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 music, but I think it is really also about living.

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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 don’t really have an answer.  Actually I think what I enjoyed most was the process of looking.

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Monarch Mountain

This painting called “Monarch Mountain” is inspired by a hike with a friend in Atlin, B.C. (near Whitehorse) last summer.  Due to this being a south facing slope in a northern latitude in June, I witnessed the most wildflowers I had ever seen in one spot.  We were surrounded by colour!

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Time With Emily Carr

While reading all her books in succession I started to feel like Emily Carr was becoming a friend which I looked forward to hanging out with at the end of the day.  Maybe it is the frank, direct way in which she wrote – believing you shouldn’t “use a big word if a little one will suffice” or  the humour she found in everyday life, which made her feel so real.

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Blast From the Past

I recently acquired two paintings I did 20 years ago that had been sold  to a local art collector.  It was a bit of a surprise to see them, it was like I just painted them yesterday I remembered them so well.

 

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Working Creatively

To do creative work we need to transfer from our everyday busy thoughts. Rituals can help.   I have a few: as soon as I put on my painting apron I feel like “I’m working”.   I also make a cup of tea and play upbeat music – cues that it is time to focus.

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