Monday, 23 December 2013

Happy Holidays!

  [ in our neighbourhood, magical ]

[ new supplies, yeehaw ]

[ winter, a piece I created just for this holiday season ]

Peace and love to you & yours.


Thursday, 19 December 2013

2013: A Beautiful Year

 [ One of my latest pieces, perched ]

This year has truly stretched and expanded who I am as a person and an artist. Thank you for walking the journey with me. I am so incredibly grateful for you. I’m ending the year calm, inspired, and leaning into the desire for a quiet spell before I set out to create another beautiful year.

First, let me share some meaningful highlights that have filled me to the brim:
  • The inspired reading retreat with creative ally and close friend Stephanie Sauvé that launched us both deeper into our truths and onto our paths, and that deepened a friendship that celebrates our full selves and pushes us to be our best.

 [ at sugar + spice art retreat. photo credit: Joyelle Brandt ]

[ beautiful, messy art desk - some of my hand carved stamps ]

  • Working with several stellar clients on design projects grounded in self-discovery and visual voice. The work I did with Melanie Rupp of Visionaria and Andrea Papin Counselling was some of my favourite. These women are amazing and I'm so happy with how their brands and websites came to life in spacious clean designs.

  • Doing commissioned artwork. I love this experience.
  • Launching my Etsy shop and selling my art online. Thank you supporters! I have wanted to do this for a long time and it felt great to take the leap.
  • Having a big run of greeting cards printed by moo, featuring all of my latest paintings. And stickers too. It was nerve-wracking but they were so well received – thank you everyone who bought greeting card gift sets. So appreciative of your enthusiasm and support.
  • Seeing my art prints and greeting cards featured in boutiques. This is the beginning of something huge for me – I love turning my art into products. Can’t wait to expand into even more products. 

 [ Display of my art in Peaberry Boutique & Studio, Quebec. Photo credit: Renee Savoie ]

 [ packaging up my greeting card gift sets ]

  • Sketching. I’ve created a practice of sketching whenever I have small moments of time. I find so much joy in it. My sketches pile up so when it comes time to paint, carve or do digital illustrations I have lots of raw material to work with. Plus sketching is a bit like meditation for me.

 [ Harmony. Prints and greeting cards available here ]

  • Doing a 21 day meditation experience with Deepak Chopra.
  • Writing. I wrote a lot this year. Blog posts, free writing, morning pages, night pages, journaling, prompts. This has been a year of self-reflection via writing and I’m learning that I love to write.
  • Healing. Physical, emotional, spiritual.
  • Going within and looking at the limiting beliefs holding me back, and starting to replace them with beautiful truths (this is a journey). Allowing and receiving the support I need to grow through this, including my blooming relationships with a counsellor and a business consultant. 

 [ in heaven in barefoot contessa, simply my favourite shop in Vancouver ]

  • I opened myself up to real connections with creative women that have impacted me beyond words, and I have found an online creative community where I am home. I belong.
  • Most recently I’ve started integrating mixed-media jewelry making into my repertoire (this takes me back to a passion from my childhood and it feels like such a natural thing for me to explore).
  • I’ve been saying YES a lot this past year. Opening the doors to opportunity and welcoming support, abundance, beauty, spaciousness and joy.

 [ disheveled, relaxed and happy, in Port Townsend. Wearing my fave gold glitter shoes! ]

  • And on a final (longer) note, I’m proud of how I’m integrating motherhood and business right now. It is not easy, and I’m often filled with conflict, but I’m navigating it in a healthy way (bumps and dips are inevitable). It’s easy to get stuck on the guilt train and tell the same story even though it’s not serving you anymore (“being a mom doesn’t leave enough space for making art and running my business, there’s never enough time…” etc). We all get caught up in this but I felt like I had the strength this year to put it aside and change my reality to something that works better for me. I am making room for my own needs and desires within our family, and everyone is benefiting. And I’m listening to the whispers that have been getting louder and louder, trying to get my attention and remind me of what kind of parent I want to be, what kind of experience I want to offer my son.  I’ve made some big changes, and will continue to.

 [ new piece, in progress. working big ]

As the year comes to a close and I prepare for the next chapter, I'm thinking about what I’m really after...

A Quiet Mind. A Peaceful Heart. An Ignited Spirit.

This is what it’s really all about. My journey of art-making, growing, parenting, and self-discovery is all connected. Being engaged in a creative process is my most natural way of being in the world, and my way of discovering who I am. From this place I send my art out into the world and hope others will use it as a mirror to see how beautiful, gifted, capable and valuable they are too, and inspire them to reflect and discover who they are.

I hope you’ve a had a beautiful and rewarding year, and that this holiday season brings you joy and closeness with those dearest to you. Happy Holidays dear friends.

Sending peace and love,

This post is part of the Flying Lessons Blog Circle. See what my flying sisters are reflecting on at the end of this wonderful year:

Amy Riddle, Asheville NC
Sandy King, Atlanta
Monica Martin, San Diego
Robin Heim, Southern California
Naz Laila, Australia
Laly Mille, France
Kathie Gadd

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Surface Patterns

A few recent explorations in surface pattern designs, from sketch to digitally illustrated repeats…


Card Sets - Thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who ordered greeting card gift sets and supported my art this year! I love turning my art into beautiful and useful products, and it's so meaningful to bring back the written word (picture opening your mailbox and finding a heartfelt written note on a beautiful card, the best feeling, no?). I've had such enthusiastic feedback on these cards, my heart swells. 

 [ receiving my shipment from moo - 500 cards, a big day for me! ]

[ packaging up my gift sets ] 

 [ all packaged up and ready for delivery ]

All seven card sets:

I'm packaging more up to send to another boutique, exciting. And many of them are available as gift sets on my etsy shop still, as well as some individual cards too. NOTE: Etsy shop will be closed Dec 22 - early Jan, so if you need some grab them now.

Thank you again! Your support and feedback is huge.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The Art We Are boutique!

I'm happy to share that my art and greeting cards are being featured in The Art We Are, an independent Cafe and Boutique Gallery in Kamloops BC. What a fabulous place! They make fresh, gluten free, vegan, healthy, delish food and baked goodies (oh how my heart soars). And their gallery/ store is an eclectic feast for anyone loving art and beauty.

[ all photos taken by Christina at The Art We Are

Thanks Christina for welcoming me into your space and beautiful atmosphere. It's an amazing feeling to see your art out in the world, especially in places that resonate with your heart and values.

Full of gratitude.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

bask in stillness

I had an eye exam today, and unexpectedly I had blurred vision for several hours afterwards. Ack. I had to abandon all work tasks and wander to a nearby cafe to wait it out. At first it was inconvenient, but after awhile I enjoyed the stillness of being pushed into this internal world. I thought about things that mattered as I sat there sipping my hot drink on this incredibly comfortable sofa - if you're dear to me you can bet I thought of you. And inspired ideas took shape. And so I leave you with this thought today, bask in stillness. How simple.