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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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 only poets and writers, but rather to improve thinking.  Betty Edwards in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

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View

This painting is loosely based on a view of the Comox Valley, perhaps from Cumberland or somewhere in the Beaufort Mountains.  It describes the place in a mountainbike ride or a hike you enjoy after having done the hard work of getting there.  Here you may have a snack, sketch, take a couple deep breaths or take a nap.  You may be with others sharing light conversation or a meaningful moment.

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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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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 or phone. I enjoy being able to write on paper and getting an overview of a whole week at a time.  Once the year is done I have a record of this time in my life in one little book.

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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 a two year old.

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Sketching Outdoors

 

Sketches aren’t about making a perfect picture, it’s the act of looking that is important. By completely stopping to look and draw (a flower, a tree, person, building..) you start to notice things you didn’t before.

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Burning Thoughts

 

Over the years I’ve had a few dreams about fire.  Sometimes I see the licking flames in sharp detail and other times something is burning more in the distance.  A couple times there was a more scary explosion or almost explosion (usually when I’m mad about something – ha).  I’ve also connected dreaming about fire to major transition points in my life, such as moving or when I started dating my husband!

Fire in a controlled sense denotes security.  It is always needing to be fed or stoked and invites interaction – it is alive.  Every year when my family goes to Tofino we enjoy fires on the beach – sometimes playing music as well.

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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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Giving Thoughts Wings

Daydreaming is a way of making connections in our life, finding meaning and coming up with new ideas.  People value busyness and the resulting rewards of a productive life but I believe that time to just let our minds completely wander is underrated.

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