Excuse me while I go share this on Twitter.

A couple of things happened this week, that seem totally unrelated at first.

I got a new phone! I’ve hopped on the Apple bandwagon and got a iPhone 4 (for $0, thank you Telus). This is a drastic improvement over my 3-year-old Samsung Gravity. I’ve been spending a lot of time amusing myself with my all new capability to Twitter-on-the-go-Yay-Instagram-Ding-new-email!

I’m also still in the process of fleshing out my artist statement. In case you missed it, my work is all about slowing down and enjoying the moment, in the moment.

Does anyone else see the irony here? While my art focuses on the little moments that might be missed if one didn’t slow down and look around, I’ve joined the masses in Tweet-this-Take-a-photo-Update-my-status-NOWNOWNOW.

 

I’m doomed.

 

I’ve come to the conclusion that my Aunt G really has life figured out.

Aunt G lives in a beautiful city in the interior of British Columbia. She works as a Kindergarten teacher, and lives alone in her beautiful home on the side of a mountain. She has no computer, a television she barely watches, and I very much doubt she owns a cell phone.

Sounds boring, eh?

I thought so too, until I realized that she really is living her life and enjoying things as they happen. She quilts. She takes hikes in the mountains. She travels. She renovates her home.

And she does all of this without updating any statuses, posting photos, or checking in anywhere. She truly does enjoy the moment, in the moment. She isn’t distracted by techno-anything.

 

We all need to do more of this.

Enjoying my son, while I can.

 

 

 

 

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Not your typical blog post…

…Because this week hasn’t been a typical week. Don’t worry. I haven’t (completely) forgotten about this blog. I’ve been *gasp* working in the studio!

I’ve also been working on a new and exciting project, one of which I will share with you in a few weeks. It’s just THAT exciting. This particular project also shows me that networking and having connections really DOES pay off, and that I need to do more of it.

So, I’ll just leave you with some Retro Art….

Day Seven

Day Seven, Acrylic on Canvas, 26 x 48″, 2007

Inspired by: God resting on the seventh day, after six days of creation. Very suitable for a bedroom, where my customer hung it (sorry folks, this one is sold).

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And today’s Super Story Answer is…

So it might not come as a huge surprise, but I watch an inordinate amount of children’s television.

My son’s favourite show right now is Super Why!, a show about finding the answers to life’s problems by reading. He’s quickly learning his letters and their sounds, and likes to identify all the characters as they appear on screen. I like that it occupies him long enough for me to finish my morning coffee in relative peace.

L to R: Alpha Pig, Wonder Red, Super Why, and Princess Presto.

This morning’s story followed the main character, Whyatt, as he wanted to draw a comic book for his sick brother. Whyatt, however, didn’t know what to draw. As any artist can attest, that’s a “super big problem”.

By reading the (watered-down) version of the Japanese folk tale “The Boy Who Drew Cats”, Whyatt and his friends the Super Readers learn the Super Story Answer: DOODLE.

 

I’ll admit it: I’ve been in an artistic slump. I don’t know if it’s because I’m busy doing other things, or if I’m uninspired, but I’ve barely set foot into the studio over the past couple of weeks. Maybe I’m becoming too precious with my work, and I’m hesitant to add any new paint to a painting. In any case, there really is only one solution to my problem: DOODLE.

Shockingly, I’m an artist who doesn’t keep a sketchbook. I’ve tried in the past, but I’ve always found myself either becoming too invested in a drawing and afraid of ruining it (and the sketchbook), or too critical of myself and hating everything I put down on paper.

But it’s come to the point where I don’t even know how to doodle anymore. I picked up a sketchbook for the first time in awhile last week, intent on getting something out, and drew a blank (no pun intended). It’s frustrating, and I find myself increasingly jealous of the abilities of others. I recently found a blog by a local Edmonton artist Justina Smith, and fell in love with her travel sketches. She is very well practiced, as she doodles and draws at every opportunity. Her motto: Draw Everything.

That’s exactly what I need to do.

Stop being precious. Stop being overly critical. DOODLE.

My feelings exactly, Mr. Cloud.
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You know you have artist’s block when you… (OR: Things I’ve done this week instead of painting)

  • Build a fort for your son in the living room while he’s napping.

    My husband says it’s cheating to tie the blanket to stuff. I say it’s toddler-proofing.
  • Pout over Treehouse’s new program schedule.
  • PLAY ENDLESS HOURS OF ADDICTION SOLITAIRE.
  • Call around to salons to book hair appointments for your Bride best friend and 3 bridesmaids.
  • Cuddle under a blanket with a cup of coffee to ward off the Fall-time coldness.
  • Shred years worth of old bills (Gee, I haven’t had a phone with Bell in forever…)
  • Oh yeah, I should get started on that guestbook…
  • Weed the garden.
  • Agonize over a blog post.
  • Two words: Sheep Parade.

In other words, it’s pretty easy to get off track.

I met up with my client (who has commissioned the painting I’m working on) while I was at the sheep parade with my family. While the painting doesn’t need to be finished until the end of October, she’s given me a little incentive to get it done even sooner.

At the end of this month is Alberta Arts and Culture Days, and she has suggested we have an “unveiling” of the painting at her office on 30th of September. She is a notable local public figure, and this would be a wonderful opportunity to showcase my work.

I’d better get crackin’.

 

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Sorry, no Retro Art this week. Instead, I bring you some wonderfully exciting news!

While I was typing up this blog post, a lovely e-mail popped into my inbox. Timeraiser has decided to purchase Equinox for their 4th Edmonton Timeraiser, happening this October! It’s something like this that reminds me that good things can happen if I just put a little effort into it.

Equinox

Equinox, Acrylic on Canvas, 19 x 41″, 2011

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