Monday, 31 March 2014

Pause, be still

Amidst the deadlines and goals and shuffle of daily routines our selves can slip away, vanishing into lunches in backpacks and jumbled texts on our smart phones.


I'm taking a moment to myself. I need to stop and look around me. I need a warm bubble bath with grapefruit essential oil and a nice cup of chamomile tea. I need to feel my feet on rainforest soil and breathe the fresh air of trees and sky and ocean.

I need to sit in my studio and stare for a bit. Close my eyes and rock to the rhythm of the rain falling on the skylight. I need to pick up my brush and paint from my heart. I need to get outside with my little boy, and cuddle with him in the studio while we create together.

I know what I need. If I pause and listen.

[my four year old, almost five year old son working on a painting with me. He added so much to the process and final outcome. My heart swells. It was hard to let go of control, but so glad I did. He's brilliant.]

 Pause and Listen, 2014
24" x 30"
mixed media on canvas


Thursday, 13 March 2014

Little moments along the way

Life is made up of all the little moments that seem insignificant, but add up to make, well a life. Here are a few small moments in my days lately:

Refurbishing a vintage window frame for my painting “Ritual” and sending her off to a new home. I’ll get a photo of her in her new space, perched against a beautiful brick wall and flanked by peacock feathers. It’s lovely.

Some inspiration that came when reading my young son a bedtime story— fresh spring botanicals are definitely finding their way into my favourites these days. An illustrated page from “Who Is in the Garden?” kids book by Vera Rosenberry

Hunting for treasures and getting playful at the beach with my son: Photos taken by my four year old – I'm a proud mama.


Loving these metallic journals I found by Paper Blanks. The intricate patterns stir me up.

Made these delish baked kale egg cups, adapted from a recipe from this lovely gal.

I've been working on cleaning out my studio. It feels so good purge things I’m not using and make room for the new. I designated drawers for my marketing collateral and products which are expanding. One step at a time. Feels great.

Here’s to all the tiny moments in my life and yours.


Monday, 10 March 2014

Taking the time to retreat

Last month I spent a rejuvenating few days on a retreat with a close friend and professional ally. We turned over strategies and desires for the coming year—for our businesses and our personal lives. We talked about simplicity and minimalism, spacious days, feeling like sexy goddesses, parenting, finances, growth, marketing, brand… all the pieces of being artists, entrepreneurs and more.

To kick the retreat off we found ourselves at my favourite restaurant and found ourselves mesmerized by a gorgeous belly dance performance. 

We wandered the Granville Island markets and indulged in one of our favourite paper goods boutiques (of course I fantasized about getting my art products in stock there!).  

We did yoga, drank green smoothies, walked, read, wrote. I bought new running shoes and started my fifteen-minute runs ritual back up. 

We zentangle doodled, laughed, cried, cranked up the tunes. It was a memorable weekend. It was about friendship, business and all the pieces in between. And it was an important part of how I want to work and live. 

I’m grateful we took the time to retreat.


Thursday, 6 March 2014

Late Winter Bloom

It’s the tail end of winter and life has been unfolding slowly. Just a few more weeks before spring begins to bud and sunshine returns to these grey skies. My heart yearns for it and I eagerly await the fresh beginnings of springtime.

Lightness/ Bloom
In progress, 2014
9x 12

It’s no secret I am a seeker of beauty, light and vitality. Little moments of beauty feed my soul, startle me out of my thinking and producing, and connect me to my heart. Light and lightness of being inspire, uplift, soften and heal. And vitality, well it surrounds us. Anything with life and movement and nature grabs my heart.

Remembering these things is helping push me through these darker days and highlighting the positive during a time when I’m feeling depleted. I’m letting the Hello Soul, Hello Mantras course by Kelly Rae Roberts guide me and I’m using every scrap in my creative process. Combined with lots of rest and permission to slow down, these weeks are a period of renewal, introspection and transformation.

Here are a few of my mantras: 

And so, from the dark days comes light. Sending out love as winter lingers and we await its' bloom into spring.