One year ago today, I left Canmore for Haida Gwaii and a life-changing artist's residency at Gwaii Haanas National Park. In a month's time, I learned more than I could absorb, met new family and friends, saw, touched, smelled and heard things that were literally Super-Natural and was inspired and welcomed with open arms by the Haida Nation and the islanders.
Earlier this year, I was invited along with 36 artists in Alberta and Saskatchewan to participate in the inaugural "Cenovus Art Competition". The focus of the competition was to identify "under-recognized artists" in Alberta and Saskatchewan, in the form of a competition. Normally, I don't go in for these sort of things, but I liked what the company was proposing to do.
There is so much incredible content available to artists on the internet that it's hard to filter through all the "beauties" that fall in our lap. Here are three different, but beautiful, and hilarious videos that I've come across in the past two days.
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.
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.