August so far

Bollywood at Orientalys

What’s this? A second post before the end of the month? Oh my!!!

I’ve been quite busy over the past couple of weeks. Exploring the city and its many activities. Hanging out with family and friends as well as taking some time to myself.

Over the weekend, I went to a free event called Orientalys. All things oriental. I had some henna done on my right hand, ate Moroccan and Lebanese delights and watched some amazing belly dance and Bollywood performances. A feast for the senses, really! I’m more in love with belly dancing and Bollywood than ever before! And I’m thinking of learning to do henna body art. Because of a health issue, I probably won’t get any more tattoos so henna is a really good alternative (and I could turn it into a side job if I get really good at it!)

On the creativity front, things are looking up. I’ve played in my art journals a few times, sewed some Kool Kreatures, created a mixed media canvas (photos to come) and started getting back into making friendship bracelets.

Photo: Bollywood dancers. Altered in Picasa.

Another month bites the dust

Duck in the park

I feel that I haven’t been very creative so far this year. At least, not compared to past years. I could make excuses and find tons of reasons for being less creative, but I won’t. The year is not over yet and there is plenty of time still for creativity. Sure, I have done a few things, taken some photos but nothing special (though some people might argue.) I feel like I am stuck. Although I do love everything (or almost) I’ve created, I can seem to get excited about anything creative. Have you ever felt this way? What did you do to get “unstuck”?

In the past month, I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning in my “studio”, purging supplies which will go to the school where I work. There are a lot of projects that I wish I’d completed but I know it won’t happen so off they go. I also had to throw away quite a few things because of one of my cats; she urinated in some of the boxes to show me she was unhappy about me spending too much time away from home. So, it’s been a perfect exercise in learning to balance the different parts of my life (friends, family, home) and also working towards my goal of simplifying my life. A wrong turned into a right. Seeing the good even in the bad. I know it’s cliché but it’s true.

Photo: For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been going on walks almost every day. Today, afraid that it would rain in the evening, I decided to walk in the park near my home which has a lot of trees. Not even 2 minutes after my arrival, I spotted this lonesome duck, walking about in the grass. I “clucked” at it and it came close to me (maybe 5 feet) to drink from a puddle. I snapped a few photos with my iPod Touch and resumed my walk.

Simplicity and balance

2013 intentions

It’s been almost 6 months since I last posted on this little blog of mine. Wow. Six months. That’s long.

The hiatus was unintentional, of course. I simply had no energy to create much and to write about it. While looking through my photo files in my computer, I realized that the only year I took less photos than in 2012 was the first year I got a digital camera (2006.) Sad really. So, this year, hopefully, that will change.

I’m not making promises of blogging on a schedule but I do promise to post at least once a month. If only to let you all know that I am still alive.

For a few years now, it’s been a custom to choose a word to begin the new year. This time, I couldn’t pick just one word. “Simplicity” and “Balance” kept coming back to me so I decided to keep both words. Last year, I had made a page like this for my word (move) and I liked it so much that I made a new page this year for my words.

Have you chosen a word for the year? Do you make resolutions?

>Imperfections

>For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been struggling. Struggling with my art (my muse is playing hide and seek most days.) Struggling with my weight. Struggling with my thoughts and beliefs. Struggling with my choices.

Today, I give myself permission to accept that I am not perfect. And my imperfections make me who I am. I am imperfectly human.

I chose this photograph today because it is NOT perfect. My settings on my camera weren’t right and I just couldn’t work them out that day. But I love this photo anyway, for all its imperfections. Diesel looks like she is surrounded by light, by a presence bigger than us all. And, well, truthfully, it had been quite a while since I had posted a photo of my baby! (I just checked and the last photo of Diesel was in January!)

Work is starting next Monday. We have a meeting this Friday, in the morning, to get our group list and other important infos to start the school year. Even though I have done a lot of stuff this summer, I feel like I barely made a dent in my to-do list. But that’s ok. Tomorrow is another day. ( I did do more sorting/cleaning than I thought I would though!)

Last thing: I’m planning a giveaway for Labour Day weekend which should be when I reach 200 posts.

>Art Journal Love

>Remember a few posts ago when I said I didn’t like my art journal? Well, after a few weeks of leaving it on the side to gather dust, I decided to pick it up again and force myself to work in it. Last week I was browsing on a few of my favourite blogs and got inspired by one of my favourites: Emily Falconbridge. This girl has so much talent and I like the way she uses and reuses stuff from everyday life even in her scrapbooking. I read through all of her articles at Today’s Mama and I just had to try one of her projects. I didn’t want to do it 12X12 so I thought my art journal would be the perfect place for it. I found a bunch of photos my mom had printed for me after I got my head shaved last year so I took one of them for this page. You can see that I also started adding things to the other page but I haven’t done anything else yet.

I’m still on my quest to get rid of stuff. Last week, I spent a good portion of a day sorting through all the papers I had accumulated in the past 5 years (since I’ve been living here.) About 3/4 of the pile went to the recycling bin. The rest I plan to use to make messy journals (again inspired by Emily… I think this girl is my new muse! ha!) and collages. I still have a lot of stuff to get rid of but I’m slowly getting there. And I’ve learned to say NO to saving some things. I find that it’s actually OK to throw away some stuff and recycle some other. Really, it’s OK! Of course, I still buy things but I try to limit packaging as much as possible. For one thing, I always have my cloth bags with me and use them all the time.

On another subject… It took me one year to complete my first 100 posts. Well, I’m now closing in on 200 and it hasn’t been one year since #100. So there might be a small giveaway before I go back to work (late August.) I’m thinking maybe 2 prizes this time. I’ll have to see what I can come up with… Stay tuned!

>Keeping Busy

>It’s been a while since I updated my blog. Well, I’m keeping busy most of the time. Creating ATCs and Chunky Pages for swaps. Cleaning my brother’s apartment (doing it for one year to pay him back for the Nikon camera he sold me.) Helping my mother getting settled in her art room. And creating cards in said art room! This is one of those cards. I wanted to use more masculine colours and used new stamps that mom bought this week. (Bird is from Sandylion and sentiment is from Magenta.)

Alberta and Ava have nominated me for an award. Thanks!

>Getting your name out there

>This Mixed media Owl ATC has been published in Art Trader. Page 33.

You too can get published. Just submit your artwork. You never know!

Today, I went to the movies with Anik. We went to see Sex and the City because we’re both fans of the series. It was fun. Too bad she couldn’t go out for coffee after. Maybe another time.

Yesterday, I was very productive. I started and completed 4 cards for a swap (they’re ready to mail.) I also worked on some cards for a round robin and other cards for another swap. I’m really having fun with these swaps.

Alright, that’s all for now. Go check out that zine. There’s a lot of interesting art in there.

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