Monday, September 1, 2014

Close to Home

Lately I seem to struggle with words,
and giving this creation a title was difficult.

And I almost didn't title it.
But it is heading to an exhibition, 
and therefore it was said a title was needed. 

So I sat quietly with my creation. 
It's story buried within.

I knew it was about being rooted
I knew it was about the depth and strength of self 

But then I learned that self was also home - 
my body being home for the me within.

The story continued and told the tale of taking opportunities that are all around us.
Of  reaching to places that are not so comfortable -  be they near or far,
while still staying true to self,
or as the title says -  'Close to Home'.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Maybe Just Maybe

Maybe as the summer season begins to wind down
I will begin to find more time to create.

But I don't want summer to end 
I just want more time to create.

Maybe there is a way to have both summer days and creative time?
Or at least I can hope.

This journal has been slowly progressing over the past few weeks

For now the pages are blank
Maybe I will fill them,
 Maybe I will put it out into the world for someone else to fill.

Maybe one day I will use this computer altered piece in another creation
Maybe just maybe.

But for now I am heading out to enjoy a beautiful summer day.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Creative Comfort Zone

My creative comfort zone lately has been working with the bird drawings 
I did at the beginning of the year. 

I have been enjoying using these drawings together with bits of 
ink, paper, paint and pencil
to create original collages. 

When I don't have too much time to create
It is so nice to have a  creative comfort zone to come back to.

Creating makes me happy
And this piece was no exception,
even if it was within the comfort zone.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Grand Adventure

My daughter has been talking about doing this hike the past week or so.
So even though I knew it would be a long one, I asked if I could join her. 
And off we went for a grand adventure. 

First of all I should tell you this trip follows a bit of a beaten path in places,
 and a well marked trail for a few kilometers, 
but the toughest sections you are really on your own for. 
We started by spending about 3 hours climbing straight up from the highway you can see far below.
And with my fear of heights this had some challenging and difficult moments for me. 

When we reached the top the view was spectacular 
in all directions.

And we rested for a bit.
This image looks very still - but in real life the wind was howling all around us. 

There were numerous alpine flowers

the colours in the lake were spectacular

and beautiful patterns filled our camera frame.

The mountains go in all directions for mile after mile,

and are home to many Dall Sheep.

Some of which got a little too close. 

We followed the little beaten trail 
along the mountain top

many feet up above the valley floor. 

for mile after mile, until we eventually made it down again. 

Time - 8 hours 
Distance - 16 kms/10 miles
Elevation Gain -  1312metres/4300 ft
Aching Muscles - Many
Adventure - A Grand One!

Thursday, June 26, 2014


I called it  findings
in the hope that I could 
find some time
 to find the creativity
that lately seems to 
be slipping through my fingers.

I worked so hard to find it
and now I have to work hard to keep it. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Coming Into Rhythm

There has been a big change in the rhythm of my life.
Work has shifted into the busyness that summer brings with staff and visitors
Home's rhythm has changed to include the busyness of the daughters returned from their winter at school
Forest fire season has begun, which changes the rhythm of the times I spend with the fire fighting hubby.

 I hope that I am beginning to find the rhythm of the season
in order that I find some time to create.
For create I must, or else I am not the whole that I am meant to be.
The whole that keeps me happy. 

I found some time to paint this week.
And I will continue to work towards 
coming into a comfortable rhythm.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Finding My Creativity

It has been so long since I have had a chunk of time to be creative.
But it finally happened - This week I had some time - but I couldn't figure out what to do.
I tried and tried  to be creative but it just wouldn't come.
I guess I am out of practice.  

I finally made these cards, using some dyed tea bags, and my hand carved stamps. 
and although they are okay
they have not satisfied my need to create. 
I will continue to work to find something more creative to sink my whole self into
or at least that is what I hope.