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.

I’m back – Je suis de retour

Hello my dear friends! Yes, I am back from my little blog break. The last couple of weeks have been busy and oddly enough, I did not create many things. Actually, that’s a lie. I did my Index cards and I worked on some things for my students but nothing else. The cards will be posted on Monday but I don’t have photos of the other things. Now that work is over for 2 months, though, I will hopefully have time to do more art. I haven’t played in my art journals in months and I really miss it! My mind is bursting with ideas and my fingers are itching to get busy and get dirty!

Yesterday, I saw this lovely rainbow while talking on the phone with my mother (she is officially retired as of yesterday evening!) And later on, I received a sweet email from a dear friend. What a beautiful way to end a great day and to start a fun-filled summer vacation…  What made you smile yesterday?

Bonjour chères amies (chers amis!) Et oui, je suis de retour de ma petite pause de blogue. Les deux dernières semaines ont été bien remplies et assez étrangement, je n’ai pas créé beaucoup de choses. En fait, c’est un mensonge. J’ai fait mes cartes Index et j’ai travaillé sur des choses pour mes élèves mais rien d’autre. Les cartes seront affichées lundi prochain mais je n’ai pas de photos des autres choses. Maintenant que le travail est terminé pour 2 mois, j’espère avoir le temps de créer plus d’art. Je n’ai pas joué dans mes journaux artistiques depuis des mois et ça me manque! J’ai la tête remplie d’idées et mes doigts ont hâte d’être occupés et de se salir!

Hier, j’ai vu ce magnifique arc-en-ciel pendant que je parlais au téléphone avec ma mère (elle est officiellement retraitée depuis hier soir!) Et plus tard, j’ai reçu un courriel sympathique d’une bonne amie. Quelle belle façon de terminer une bonne journée et de commencer des vacances estivales amusantes… Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait sourire hier?

Bonne St-Jean-Baptiste à mes lecteurs et lectrices du Québec!!!

Thinking about the shop – Je pense à la boutique

Ever since I opened my online shop, I’ve been thinking about my future products and marketing. A couple of years ago, I had ordered free business cards. But when I received them, I realized I had made a mistake on them. I made corrections on a few of them but the 225 others (or so) are still in their box, unused. So one thing I want to do is to at least use them as a base for new business cards. I want to make something simple on my computer that I can then just cut to size and glue on the base. But I also want a personalized stamp to add tags to my creations. So I tried making a big one to start ( about 3″ x 3″) with the letters M, K and A (for MissKoolAid.) It’s not perfect but it’s a good start. Next time, I will try a smaller one. I’m also thinking of making postcards to use as “thank you” cards. I like it when I buy something from another artist or artisan and they add a little something to the package like a postcard or if they decorate the envelop. It makes the transaction more personal to me. What do you think?

Depuis que j’ai ouvert ma boutique virtuelle, je pense à mes produits futurs et au marketing. Il y a quelques années, j’ai commandé des cartes d’affaires gratuites. Mais quand je les ai reçues, je me suis apperçue que j’avais fait une erreure dessus. J’en ai corrigé quelques-unes mais les autres 225 (environ) sont encore dans leur boite, intactes. Alors une chose que je veux faire est de m’en servir comme base pour de nouvelles cartes d’affaires. Je veux faire quelque chose de simple à l’ordinateur que je peux simplement couper et coller sur les bases. Mais je veux aussi une étampe personnalisée pour ajouter des étiquettes à mes créations. Alors j’ai essayer d’en faire une grosse pour commencer (environ 7.5cm x 7.5cm) avec les lettres M, K et A (pour MissKoolAid.) Elle n’est pas parfaite mais c’est une bon début. La prochaine fois, j’essaierai d’en faire une plus petite. Je pensais aussi faire des cartes postales pour m’en servir comme cartes de “remerciement.” J’aime bien quand j’achète d’autres artistes ou artisans et qu’ils ajoutent un petit quelque chose au colis comme une carte postale où lorsqu’ils décorent l’enveloppe. Ça rend la transaction plus personnelle pour moir. Qu’en pensez-vous?

>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.

>Simplicity

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Is it possible for an artist, a mixed media artist at that, to live a simple life? You know, less possessions, more space. Less clutter, more zen. I wonder…

Busy weekend ahead. My parents, my brother and I are going to see my grandparents on Sunday.

Today’s image is one of my Daily Art Cards from this week. Oil pastels and 4B pencil on untextured cardstock.

PS Come back after the weekend for a giveaway. No specific reason why other than trying to get rid of clutter. (This giveaway will be art by me… )

>Art soothes my soul

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I. am. an. artist.

I make art. Art is me. No matter how big or small. I have to have art. I have to make art. It is a part of me. of my life. It _is_ my life. The rest is extra. Or is it?

I finished reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. And while reading it, I’ve realized how aware I really am of living NOW. Sure I get lost in my thoughts, in my dreams like most people. But I also often get these moments where my thoughts are completely still and I can just appreciate Being. Here. Now.

It’s powerful stuff.

Artwork is a page from my journal for Emily Falconbridge’s challenge.

>Listening to the muse

>I’ve been trying different things with my art. Playing differently with my supplies. Experimenting. And I’m not done yet. Not even close. But I’m enjoying it. Every second of it.

I had a craft play day with CeeCee and Mom last Friday. For once we were able to do it during the day instead of in the evening. I made some more paper spool collages. Most of the times, when we’re all three together, that’s all I seem to do.

It’s odd. Sometimes, I seem to have no inspiration at all even though I’m creating every single day. I guess sometimes, I’m creating more out of habit than anything else. What does that mean? I wonder… Anyway, just wanted to show I’m still alive and kicking.

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