The qualities of artwork and you…

A simple exercise… Have you ever considered the characteristics behind the artwork you’re personally attracted to? What exactly it is that pulls you to certain styles and pieces? I ask you for one reason – to invite you to go inward, on a journey so-to-speak, into the qualities and emotions that you find yourself most […]

Illusion of Comfort

Evoking questions through art The predictable, familiar, and ordinary all describe what most consider elements of comfort. The systems and structures that we know, like, and trust, including emotions and thoughts, all fall into a little space often referred to as a comfort zone. Although this space tends to feel safe and secure, the very […]

“20/20” – As an Owl Sees

I titled this beautiful Barn Owl, my latest painting, “20/20” – As an Owl Sees, not only for the obvious reason that birds of prey have excellent vision, but also because of what I’m personally coming to realize. At the time I write this post, we humans, as a collective whole, have never in recent […]

Cultivate Calm – Coloring Sheets

For moments when you crave tranquility, turn to creativity… Download and print out a coloring sheet —  Plums, succulents, lilies, Steller’s Jay bird or a selection of hummingbirds (all from my paintings!) Develop greater mindfulness, relax into reflection, and cultivate calm! (Alternative idea: print image onto watercolor paper and take out some brushes!) Share your […]

Trading Self-Criticism with Self-Awareness

After reading Robin Sharma’s The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, and all the other books in this series, such as Discover Your Destiny with The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, I’ve taken acute notice and inventory of my own personal evolution and the way I tend to show up in life. I seem to be fairly […]

Summertime – Room for Spontaneity

School is officially out for the summer! My kids aren’t the only ones who are excited! This is my family’s time for embracing spontaneity!  We all know summer in Alberta is but a brief period of time, so I like to let some of our buttoned-up routines take a bit of a back seat to […]

A Personal Contemplation – Nature’s Metaphors

There’s a bounty of beauty that nature offers up this month, from the deep and lush greens of grass and hill tops, the growing crops of fields and gardens, and the vibrant scent of flowers, wild or cut. Nature is buzzing and flourishing! I always find myself contemplating on the similarities of nature’s seasons with the […]