Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Talking about my girl Jacqui....

Jacqui Fehl just fires me up. Every piece she does has a story, her characters are so rich. 
She also happens to be one of the contributing artists at this years #soulfoodclass. She was an instructor last year too and her class was amazing! I just loved it and I can't wait for this years class.

REGISTER NOW if you haven't already......... you won't want to miss this.


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Peonies and Serenity

Well I finally cracked open that box of ink. I'm pretty sure I did not use them the way they were intended and of course I pulled everything off my cart in the end but I am happy with the result.

Right after I was done the ink I wasn't happy with it. I found the colors garish. It does't show in the video for some reason but in real life they were pretty neon for some reason. I wasn't sure if I should stick to the plan or take the road less travelled. In the end the flowers kept calling me. I pulled out my brand new aquatones that I got for Christmas, throw in some acrylics and what the heck some neocolor pastels and voila. The whole process reminded me of the serenity prayer. 

Hope you like!

the fairy

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Resolutions........... resolve....

Define it.

  1. a firm decision to do or not to do something.
    "she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more"

  2. the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.
    "the peaceful resolution of all disputes"
    synonyms:solution to, answer to, end to, ending to, settlement of, conclusion to
    "a satisfactory resolution of the problem"

All have a similar sort of direction but a word or two strategically placed can change the entire feel or intent and sometimes can all be folded into one. Usually New Years Resolutions centre around improving yourself in some way, but sometimes I think we don't really focus on the root problem, we focus rather on preventing or changing the outcome. In my way of thinking it is kind of like coping or trying to deal with a problem rather than taking the time and effort to prevent it. 

My New Years resolutions are usually entered around improving health, getting fit, making more art, put in the time and effort to further my art career. I commit to things without a thought to a backup plan if something gets in the way, or only agreeing to it if things are going well but allowing myself not to deal with it if things don't. I was thinking this morning, I really have had a crappy couple years, more if I were to be honest. I won't dare complain.... it could always be worse and when I think further, I have had plenty of really great things happen too. I have some really solid and genuine friends who are always there for me.

My dad's death from cancer hit me hard. Looking back I can see I kind of fell out of my steady stream of productivity. Sometimes it is good to fall off the "wagon" because you see things along the path that you would not have noticed had you not. You also get a really good look at the wagon too lol.
 I accept that I did, I can tell myself it's ok. I can let go of my guilt for not getting things done.

Don't get me wrong. My year hasn't been totally unproductive lol. 

To all of those who shared a part of my creative year with me..... THANK YOU!
It was a blast!

Having said that, most of those images come from the first half of my year.......
When my brother was killed in a motorcycle accident this summer my mojo left me. After a month, I went and treated myself to a new art supply, something new, hopefully to kill the funk.

I bought these babies

Scouted out some vids on youtube....... looking for some inspiration.
 Package has not been opened. Even had some dust on it. 

So back to my resolution

NOT to
loose weight
keep the house clean
make more art
enter some of it for publication
get more art gigs
exercise more
blah blah blah......

those are all symptoms of one thing.

My inability to respect myself enough to:

Let go of control of everything and let others help me and following through with it.

Yep. I will take (yes take) help (I am the queen of "it's ok I can handle it."). 
I will follow through with respectfully demanding that help, if necessary, from others. 
I will let go..... of control.
I will not let others make their problems my own. I realize I am not helping them by always trying to fix it.

It is my guess that most of those other resolutions will fix themselves if I do that. If they don't, I accept that I don't have control over that. ;)

I wish any who read this a glorious 2015. 

Healthy enough to be free of pain or suffering.
Wealthy enough to get a bit spoiled.
Just sad enough to realize how good happy feels
Of course tons of happiness!
To be loved even if only by one person, yourself.

Here's to another year of whatever may come!

And now, on to those inks ;) and hopefully maybe a video of the results. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

And the winner is..............!

So I pulled up that handy gadget and Mr. Random chose:

Congrats Shayani! Shoot me an email and we will get you registered for 


the fairy!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Soul Food interview and a giveaway!

It's my week to have my soulfood 2015 interview featured and do you know what that means?

That means you can enter here to win a spot to take part in Soulfood 2015....ya way!

Here is my interview:

and now to enter for a chance to win your spot just leave me a comment on this post telling me what you would love to learn more about in Soulfood 2015.

Draw for the spot will be Dec 15th.

Good luck!

Thursday, December 4, 2014


I have my first class up on ICreateflix! Wahoo!

This class is fantastic for kids from 5 to 99, everyone I have ever done this class with has loved it. Everyone is successful because there is no right or wrong way for them to turn out.

And here are a few samples from a Kindergarten class I did this workshop with.

I love how imaginative the little ones are. 

You can find my new class FUN WITH BLOBIMALS on ICreateflix right now.

the fairy!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lost mojo

It's funny, doing this video reminds me of the last time I actually painted could hang. This painting was it and it was July. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I mean I knew but... well anyways.

I don't know, I feel like I lost my mojo. I seriously think that for a time I was or am suffering kind of a post traumatic stress from the accident. I was really not myself for a while and I mean really not myself. I couldn't stand it. My usual plough through stuff and get tons done was gone, nowhere to be found. I was left with this person who couldn't remember where she put things, couldn't figure out what to do next. Part of it I am sure was having to cope with not only the reality of what had happened but also everything to follow. 

You know human nature, you see people for who they really are at difficult times. You realize how corrupt the system is, how corrupt some people are. Deep down you tell yourself that despite the anger, greed, and violence that the world is a good place and is just. At difficult times..... sometimes you find out it is not. And you struggle to find a way to move on from it. To find those warm fuzzy feelings that settle you into a happy existence. 

I am trying to find peace in 

I hope you enjoy.

the fairy

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Win a spot in soulfood 2015...

Jeanette House has a giveaway on right now......... head over there to enter to WIN!

the fairy!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Oh wow......

It sure glares at you when you come back to your blog to see how many.......choke, months it's been since you posted something. C'est la vie. 

I have been busy however...... doing lots of things. Like, I recently finally finished our "Future Flight Path" installation at École Powerview School. I am so happy with how it turned out. I'm sharing the link to the video. 

I have also been dabbling heavily in photography lately too. I sure am loving it! I did a photo shoot with my niece and nephews late this afternoon and had a chance to edit a few. 

They are sooooo cute! The boys are at that age where it is so not cool to hold their little sister's hands but I basically told them they had no choice lol. 

And last but certainly not least, I have my first video set ready to upload to icreateflix... wahoooo! It is actually a video version of a live workshop I did with several classes when I was doing integrated arts in Winnpeg last spring. Truth be told the teachers had just as much fun doing it as the kids. I'm uploading tonight. Will post links as soon as it goes live. I've also starting getting ready to film my segment for soulfood 2015! Wow time is creeping up on me. Wish I had more of it.

the fairy!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Awesome news!

I have some wonderful news...........yipppeeeeee!!!!!!!

I am teaching again this year in Soul Food 2015! It's changed a little, but will still have all the awesome wonderful goodness like it did last year! 

 I am just so excited to see what my fellow instructors are going to do! I loved being able to play along with everyone last year. You won't regret signing up!

Stay tuned for more details!