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4 years, 3 months ago 2

How Art Saved Me This Summer

It has been quite some time since I have posted in this blog.  In June I decided that I would take a bit of a summer break from Art and Craft and it has ended up being a good thing for sure.  This has been one of the most challenging summers of my life.  Two weeks ago, I was in a bad car accident.  I was taking a break from the hospital where my father had been and decided to go to the bookshop.  I took my almost three year old son Max with me and off we went.  It was a sweet visit with Max buying a book about bugs and me picking up the latest Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine.  On our way back, we were cut off by a driver and the car was totalled.  Max was fine, but I ended up with whiplash, bruises on my abdomen, and some serious back pain.  Thankfully I will be fine with some massage and physiotherapy over the next few months.

A week later, after 11 years of battling multiple myeloma, my father passed away.  For those of you who don’t know me, My dad meant the world to me. He  was a wonderful man and a great dad.  Supportive, Funny and Kind.  Now that he is gone, my heart is so very sad.  I don’t know quite how to describe it.  Since my father has left the world is quieter, a bit more serious, and somewhat frightening. I know that time heals and that memories will help me get through this  with the support of friends and family, but I can’t help but feel alone.

And this is when Art comes in.  During these past few weeks, I have sat  by my father’s bedside listening to him breathe heavily. I sat with journal in hand and i just wrote down memories, poems, thoughts.  I got out markers and drew doodles, and sketched my father’s profile.  At night when I am home and can’t sleep, I listen to music that my father adored, Spanish Zarzuelas, Mario Lanza and Placido Domingo.  And it all helps.  It helps a lot.

My dad was someone who taught me that it was important to do what you love.  I know that he was surprised when I decided to be an artist, be it a performer or a visual artist.  He might have been worried but after we would talk about things, he would always say, “I don’t really understand what you do, but it’s clear that it makes you happy and you are good at it, so keep on.”

These past few weeks have been horrible.  The most difficult times have been at night, but when i take a moment  to write, or draw or collage,  it felt like i was at home, as if healing was happening, slowly but surely.   The work that I am creating won’t be seen in public, but it’s just for me and my dad.  A way to cherish, remember and to love him. What a gift.

 

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40 Tiny Performances at The Pearl Company on June 1st

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The Artist is In – May 9th to June 9th at James North Studio

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4 years, 8 months ago 3

Art Biz Blog Saves The Day

So, although i said that i would be back to posting every day, i admit that this hasn’t happened in the past month.  What to publish? What could i possible have to share that would be of benefit to my readers?

I realized that I am now in a similar spot as I was many years ago when i first started my Blogger blog (http://www.girlcancreate.blogspot.com).  Not quite sure where I am in my career, a little bit overwhelmed by it all and wanting to do a million things.  One of the ways that i was inspired to blog so many moons ago was because of other bloggers.  And so, today, as i sit in my bed with the worst cold I decided to start looking for new inspiration. Happy to say that I found it!

I have been acquainted with the work of Alyson Stanfield for many years but for some reason I have never read her blog, and today at the most perfect time, I read her most recent post, and then the one before that, and the one before that, and the one before that.  It’s amazing and full of real life solutions for being blocked.  The one thing that really struck me is the idea of writing once a week to begin and then as the momentum builds to go with it.  So here I am.

I highly recommend checking out Alyson’s wonderful blog Art Biz Blog where you can find so much to help in every aspect of your art blog. Can’t wait to get back on track!

4 years, 9 months ago Comments Off on Hello Again!

Hello Again!

Ever since my blog has been added to my website the pressure to create perfect posts has been intense.  I know that i now need to edit more, rant less and get to the point.  Yet, as someone who used to feel that my blog was truly a space for creative freedom I have decided that i will return to my original goals of sharing ideas about art, letting the world know about awesome artists and challenging people to be their own unique creative selves.  

I won’t censor my words or my thoughts for fear that someone might not like me.  I mean, i have never done it before, so why do it now, right?

Without further ado, I would like to share some great artists with you.  If you don’t know, I am now the Gallery Coordinator of James North Studio in Hamilton.  It’s a dynamic space full of talented artists.  The current show Februum features the work of artist Wendy Bachiu and Jo Johnson.  This exhibit is a great one as it combines two artists with very different styles. I was excited about this show before i even saw it but i had no idea that the combination of Johnson’s beautiful, slightly creepy vintage dolls partnered with Bachiu’s soothing mixed media pieces would be so complimentary.  It’s a beautiful show and you have one more week to check it out!

Regina Haggo of the Hamilton Spectator wrote an article about it here.  

http://www.thespec.com/whatson/article/890026–oh-you-beautiful-doll

I look forward to sharing more with you, and to being back to the blogosphere!