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in the pursuit of living a creative life

As I travel this road to fulfill my dream of living a creative life and doing what I love. I know where I want to be and the road is long and I’m okay with that. It is taking me longer than I thought. I know myself to be a plodder and others may say I’m pokey however I am persistent and I do keep trying.

I’ve had a motto I have lived by since I was a little girl, “try, try ’til you succeed”. I can’t remember where I heard that but it is a favourite of mine. So where am I at in getting to my dream? Well, in October I registered on The Blog Class by Jones Design Company to improve and get my presence on-line in all ways; at this moment, I am on my eighth day of my blogging challenge; I have an art show on Sunday November 10th; then there are personal challenges and, I have not worked since mid-July. Through the years I’ve tried to fulfill my dream but life happens and I just keep trying.

So here I am.  I have time to concentrate on my dream.


writing on the beach

By on November 8, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, creative journey, Photographs


anything is possible

To bring possibilities and choices in your life one must have courage and overcome fear.  Fears are imagined and groundless because nothing has happened yet; when you take the first step and see what unfolds perhaps it is not as terrible as imagined.  This is something I keep in mind when I am afraid to take that first step or even start a painting or a new page in my art journal.  I say to myself be brave and put aside my doubts–take that step; from there I get to explore possibilities in life and in my art.

be brave

By on November 7, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art Journals


my 6th day

Today is the sixth day of my 30 day challenge. I have been busy preparing for my art show coming up on Sunday, November 10 and making edits on my website. All this is part of making my dream come true of living a creative life. One small step at a time will get me there.

Christmas cards 2013

By on November 6, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!



Yellow and bright, a happy colour–I love sunflowers. They make me smile.

It is a simple way to bring a little cheer to your day; grab yourself a bouquet or for someone you care about. It can make a difference.

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By on November 5, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, Photographs


do what you love

It makes a happier you.  I find it so true for me.

Doing what you love gives you that feel good feeling; and I believe it is infectious–it’s a good thing.  We need “feel good” shots daily–makes us a better person, makes for a better day and who knows it can touch others in a good way.

Doing what I love gives me joy.  Try it.

a journal page

a journal page

By on November 4, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, Art Journals, creative journey


handmade art journals

I am making art journals because I have so much paper!  I have had these paper from printmaking and watercolour painting days.  I’ve collected and moved this stash for about 15+years and I didn’t want to destroy or trash them.  Then I saw all these handmade art journals by way of blogs and YouTube tutorials (Teesha Moore, Donna Downey and  CraftyLoops).   I thought…That’s it! I am going to make upcycled handmade art journals using my inked and paint splattered paper.

This was the beginning of a new project and I love it. It solved my dilemma of what to do with my stash.  Yes they do have artwork on them but they are wonderful paper (paper size is 22″x30″ and are of BFK Rives, Arches, Stonehenge to name a few).  So I have torn these paper to a couple of journal sizes (9″x6″ and 8″x5″).  Each one is covered with a gessoed canvas, and used a pamphlet stitch with a signature of 20 9”x6” pages (40 pages front and back) acid free printmaking and watercolour papers.

Yes the pages are a mixture of blank and painted pages but it is so fun to play.  I have found that blank pages can be intimidating and frightening to mar all that whiteness!  I found that seeing the colours throughout my handmade art journal made it easier for me to fill the pages with mixed-media.  I glue, collage, gesso, paint, doodle, draw and play in my art journal.

almost done, button enclosure to be sewn on right hand side of the canvas cover

almost done, button enclosure to be sewn on right hand side of the canvas cover

some of my paper stash, paint splatter and all. Transformed art journals.

some of my paper stash, paint splatter and all

transformed paper stash

transformed paper stash

transformed art journals

transformed art journals

By on November 2, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art Journals, creative journey


blogging daily for 30 days!


Yes I am putting myself out there. My aim is to blog daily for 30 days. I have many things to say and then when I try to pin one down it just slips away. Maybe I’ll just ramble on and see what happens. I have projects on the go and the most important is my art show (in my studio) coming up November 10th. I have a lot of small paintings, note cards, and handmade art journals.  But before I get into that I think I better post this.  It’s only taken me half the day to pick out a photo to attach to this post which is appropriate in my thinking. So here goes…

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By on November 1, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, Art Journals, creative journey