Getting your hands on a different medium than what you are used to is GREAT for the soul. I had no expectations, and I admit the first thought I had was, "I'll make a little pot with the coil method." DUH...heck no. I let that go and just started playing around with the clay, watching how excited Grace was and how SURE she was about making a flower, a lily pad and a frog.
Today, I just wanted one normal day...to cook my family some dinner and actually be able to stay up and watch them eat it...and paint. In the end, three organic pears beat chemo all to hell.
When the reality of life is too much, as human beings we have our imagination, our made-up, make-believe worlds to help us navigate the unimaginable. For artists and creatives, I can only think that we are somehow super-charged with imaginations - for the best, and for the worst. Here's how I'm navigating these days.
Knowing that I have a sacred space to go to has given me a goal and a direction and helped me remember not only who I am, but what I can accomplish with my family and friends when we put our minds and hearts into it.
Having a peek at how wonderful this piece fits into a living environment has really made me feel proud and excited about where my "babies" end up.
Creativity gives us hope, a vision and ultimately - a goal. We should never be afraid to express ourselves, no matter what the situation we find ourselves in.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas, we've had a roller coaster of emotion and action in the household, combining doctor's visits, show openings, Leighton Colony residencies, tests and surgery. As the saying goes....the show must go on, and it did....on all fronts.
It's New Year's Eve day, and I should be reflecting on my past year, reviewing the accomplishments and events, inspiring others to rally and focus their talents, supporting the Fab Four and #IdleNoMore, round-dancing at a local mall, getting big canvasses moved into a Leighton Colony Residency at The Banff Centre, prepping for the Gwaii Haanas exhibition in February and being excited about CAMP, my first solo show at a public gallery.....but I can't. I have to focus on me and fight the battle of my life and advocate HARD through a government system.
Update on Bill C-45 : Yesterday (Dec 12, 2012), the Senate debated for a 3rd Reading on Bill C-45 & the Hon Joseph Day asked to have the sections of the Indian Act & the Navigable Waters Protection Act removed. And asked for a further 6 hours to debate the issue and for it not to be voted on yet. We still have some time to attempt to influence this process by contacting Senators to express our non-consent with the legislation.