The Art of Noticing Things
Have you ever played Boggle and found every word there was possibly to find, only to suffer the shock that your opponent found fifteen words you didn’t see at all?  In life ...
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Where is Inspiration?
One question an artist often gets asked is: “where do you find your inspiration?” I usually say “nature” instead of the real answer which is much longer and harder to pinpoint.
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Symbol of Love
During Valentines’ month we see hearts everywhere, a shape recognized as the symbol* for love. The heart has taken on added associations this year as it is linked to support for frontline ...
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Finding the Edge
Reflecting on this (Robert Davidson) quote again, I think “the knife edge” between the past and future is where true creativity lives.  Some think creativity is only painting, drawing, dancing or making ...
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Seeing More
As many of my students have told me, their lives seem richer because they are seeing better and seeing more.  It’s helpful to remember that we don’t teach reading and writing to produce ...
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Windows Into the Past - Visiting the National Gallery
This December I had my dream experience of spending two days, mostly alone, at our National Gallery in Ottawa.  I have been asked several times what my favourite piece was but I ...
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My Friend the Weekly Planner
A weekly planner has been part of my daily life for over ten years now.  There are countless ways of keeping track of life’s commitments; such as in a wall calendar, computer ...
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Creative Impulse
Lately I’ve been writing in my journal almost daily as well as taking pictures as a way to stay in touch with my creativity in the midst of a busy life with ...
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