follow your passion

What gives you that tingly feeling that centres in your heart and dances out through your fingers and toes and the top of your head? I spent much of this past summer asking myself this very question.  Buried under layers of “should’s” and “if’”s and “can-I-earn-a-living-doing-that’s”, little ideas started pushing their way up to a place where I could see them in the light of day. These ideas were nothing new to me.  I’d dismissed them many times with self-doubt and “let’s-be-practical” thinking.  What’s changed is me.  Now, at the half-way point in my life, I realized that perhaps it’s …

the cows come home

Having spent the autumn touring Denmark with the popular Nova Scotian artist collective SEVEN, my collection of artworks, entitled Adagio Cow, have come home and some are now on display at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville.  My works are an invitation to contemplate the creatures that feed us and give us the products we use everyday – an invitation to ponder that moment of eye contact when we become engaged with beings other than human. In a lyrical abstract landscape, my subjects are suspended in time and place where all else melts away but the moment of connectedness. I invite you …

Intentions are good….

Sometimes life’s adventures take up all of one’s time, leaving little time to blog about life’s adventures.  Such was the case during my adventure that began in Denmark and spilled over into these days since my return.   I embarked on this artistic exchange, fully open to absorbing the Danish culture’s art, design and aesthetic – consciously unaware at the time that these are, of course, methods of communication. I fully expected to return with a new clarity to “seeing” that one often experiences after time spent elsewhere. I certainly didn’t expect to come back with a new-found awareness of …

Breathe

One week before my departure to Denmark to exhibit with my artist collective, SEVEN, and I’m feeling quite contemplative.  Looking back on these 18 months of preparation, I see that my journey with SEVEN has been ripe with personal growth. Learning to deeply and fully think as a member of a collective and not as a self-focused individual, has been quite an exciting ride.  In learning to give consideration to other’s ideas and feelings and making space for others to expand and change, I seen that I’ve also learned to give myself these gifts as well. “SEVEN to me, is …

What? Why? What The…? (The Importance of Explaining)

Powder room. First visit to the home of a delightful couple. Dinner party. Opportunity to get to know one other. Powder room: tastefully decorated, little shelves lined with hedgehog collection, and a bathroom guest book. How delightful! I sign – of course. Post dinner party. Apologetic phone call is necessary to explain why I signed as I did in said bathroom guest book. Explanation:While traveling around England with my parents many years ago, I signed Hugh Jarse into every sign-in book I could get my fingers on. After a week or so of doing this, while in one particularly large, …

Awakenings

Excellent Seven meeting today – under a big tree at Pam’s on a brilliant sunny day. We’re energized and organized. Kelly read her poem – with her words, she paints images of stunning beauty and simplicity. Our show is September is going to be wicked!