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Resisting Delay of Creativity

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Resist the voice that says No. What does it take to create? To make something- a piece of art, a piece of music, a new business? The making something out of nothing takes an enormous amount of initiative, motivation and perserverance. Most of the effort is the resisting of creating that seems to envelop us. …

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Small Art can Make a Big Statement

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Small art in little boxes. There is nothing like a small package. The receiving, the opening, the discovery of a small little moment that says “love”. Really nothing like it. I know you are thinking about the diamond, the bracelet, the pair of socks. I’m not talking about that. I am talking about the handmade …

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Is Art Dead?

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Is the power of art dead? Does art still have power that it used to have? Is art dead? Do we care about the handmade or the one of a kind? Does it have the same power that art had in the 17th and 18th centuries? Although it does not have the same power as …

Looking at art can improve your children's art. The power of art comes in the form of a story told about women dancing.

Is your Children’s Art enough?

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Children’s art in your home does not help your children. Can your home just have your children’s art? Is it enough to hang the naive, lovely, personal pieces of art that your kids make in your home? A few weeks ago I was invited to a beautiful home in Seattle. The people who lived here …

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Know your history to know yourself.

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Know your History Learning about ourselves, to know your history,  gives us deeper understanding of who we are. Knowing ourselves with the knowledge of our past, with the understanding of where we come from, can enable our lives to grow. Looking back at our ancestors, the people in our lives who made us, give us …

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How Art increases Creativity.

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Creativity comes from looking at art. This is a simple fact. Living with empty walls is boring and uninspiring. It makes sense that when walking into your home, art is there to remind you of vibrancy and life. But what about your workplace? Do you work in a cubicle or office that has empty walls? …

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Art in the Digital Age

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Art and the digital question. Is there an “aura” to art that that doesn’t appear in a digital form? Or is it the idea that is the main value of the piece? In the age of digital reproductions, there seems to be a dissolving break between the “original” and the “print”.  Is it important that …

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Where do Ideas come From?

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Past Images can Inspire the Ideas Where do ideas come from? Nothing is original. You may disagree with this, but it is true. Everything spins from something else. A piece of music, an old photo, a place that reminds us of our younger self; all are triggers for ideas. Ideas that I can use to …

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Memory and Forgetting

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We are all a String of Memories. We create our identity by experiencing moments.  Every moment is a memory as soon as it passes. I often think of a moment in the past and put myself back at that time.  Like trying to remember my daughter at the age of two walking for the first …

There are no women artists because of the lack of representation.

It All started With the Word No

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There are No Women Artists As the 2019 International Women’s day approaches in March, I am once again reminded of where my creative voice started. It started with the word NO- No you can’t do this because you are a woman. The message was that because I was a woman I would be paid less, …

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Memory; Reality or Lie?

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Memories as a Reality Memories as a reality? Are our memories truth or a lie? If it is a lie- can we rely on these memories to truly define us? Confusing questions, to be sure. But I am interested in how this relates to Art. My art. Memories are my inspiration, but I interpret the …

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Just Show Up

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Show Up “Just show up”, she said. What does that mean today? What does it mean to be there, to act, to react, to give, to take and to be? It means that being in the moment and acting like you are producing and contributing is showing up. That being part of life, sharing your …

Looking at art can improve your children's art. The power of art comes in the form of a story told about women dancing.

Art Has a Power.

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Art and its Power Can the power of art change your life?  Can art change the world? It’s a question that many have asked and answered. Art, in its many forms, can reveal the power that we can acquire through the engagement and understanding of the stories behind art. For this reason, just filling a …

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The Business of Art

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Selling of Art has its Challenges The business of art is challenging. First of all its not just the making of the art, but being able to market, distribute and sell it. Finding collectors that love and support my art is the ongoing uphill battle. Many artists choose to use galleries to sell their work. …

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Surround Yourself with the Good

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Surround yourself with the Good What does this mean? The “good” is the positive energy we get when we look or experience the positive. How do we introduce the positive into our life? We surround ourselves with good people. Mentors who tell us that we Can Do It. Most importantly we should make our environment …

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Enjoy the Everyday Sounds of Life

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Sounds of everyday life can be taken for granted. When my daughter was young, she would wake up everyday with a song. Singing in her childlike voice I would listen as I wake up and revel in this moment of happiness. Just to stop and listen. The other day I asked  my 14 year old …

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Buying a Gift of Art

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Buying a Gift of Art Actually I find that buying gifts is challenging. So this time of year can bring on the grumps. In the last couple of years I have asked my teenage daughter to just send me the link of what she wants for Christmas. This is the time of year that this …

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How to be Happy?

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How to be Happy can be Easy A question that we often asks ourselves is how to be happy? What makes us feel satisfied that we are doing the things in life that makes us feel fulfilled. Is it service to others that makes us happy? Is it having a work life that is challenging …

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Weed and Art- What do they Have in Common?

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Does Pot make you more of an artist? Can you be more creative when you smoke pot? Today is a monumental day in Canada. Consuming marijuana has become legal.  A major cultural shift in this country. One that inspired my 14 year old to ask me if I would now be smoking a joint in …

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Choose to bring the Joy in your Life

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It is Your Choice to be Happy Choosing the joy in life can come in many ways. It can come from walking your dog in the morning as the sun comes up. It can come from just sitting at a cafe and enjoying the last few moments of warmth and sunshine before the winter descends …

Home is where the heart is as seen by this couple walking in paris arm in arm sharing a moment. Roses collaged onto surface promotes the beauty and love of the moment.

Home is a Place of Renewal

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Renewal of the Home and Feng Shui Your home should be a place or renewal and regeneration. The question becomes how? How does the design and flow of your home take you into a place of the positive. The theory of Feng Shui delves into this theory through the use of colour, symbols and placement …

Commissioning of a painting of young girls eating cotton candy. Vintage photos creates the story.

Commission a Painting and Preserve a Memory

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Commissioning a painting creates a family heirloom. Commissioning a painting from me preserves a special memory. The client often realizes the importance of their family, and the experiences they had as they were growing up. The question becomes how do they represent these past moments?  Of course, a wall of photos or a mantel piece …

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Remember to experience art

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Experience art. How to experience art can be a challenge. We have to remind ourselves that art is a gentle reminder of escape to another psychic place. Many say that the “millennial” generation is all about experiences. So buying a product is just not part of their priority. This maybe the case but the experience …

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Storytelling with a Painting

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Telling a story with a Single Image Storytelling with a painting, a static image, can be challenging. How is it possible to create an image that tells the different sides to the story? Recently I came upon a quote by the Jean Renoir, the son of the impressionist painter Pierre August Renoir. He stated that …

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The Meaning of what I Make

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The meaning of what I make? Often there is a question about the meaning of what I make. What is the message and how does it relate to the viewer’s world? My work has a self evident message with the use of nostalgic imagery.  As seen in the painting highlighted titled Turn It On, this …

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