Rafting the Alsek River

This August I embarked on an adventure – a rafting trip on the upper Alsek River with Canadian River Expeditions.   I had saved for this trip for a few years as a 50th birthday present to myself but then Covid struck and everything was cancelled.  However, on July 31st Yukon opened its borders to B.C. and NWT residents so the rafting company put together a custom trip for locals that stopped short of the Alaskan border.  Within a couple of weeks I had to wrap my head around the fact I might actually do this.

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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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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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The Artist's Path

One thing I’ve learned about being an artist is that no one else will tell you that you must create.  An artist needs to have their own belief in what they have been most equipped to do. This takes an incredible amount of courage and also: self-love.  And not in a pumped up ego kind of way, but in a way that you truly believe that you are a worthy person and it is right to trust your inner voice.

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Seeing More

Drawing is a very direct path from your eye to pencil to paper, there is no technological barrier such as a computer or a camera.  I think this immediacy has a way of revealing mysteries, either about the world around us or what we might be feeling or thinking.

 

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