Inspired by…april showers,may flowers and a little skunk

April showers bring May flowers. Well one can only hope..

Around here all my flowers are painted…not planted. Forecast calling for snow flurries tomorrow. I smile only because it’s almost funny. I dare Mother nature…

acrylic painting, poppy and pods, art

In our neck of the woods April showers also brings Skunk Cabbage! A sure sign that more spring is right around the corner..followed by more spring like weather. Lots of spring around here.

skunk cabbage, whistler Pretty~ Pretty smelly.

Western skunk cabbage is also known as swamp lantern. How pretty is that name?  Want to take a guess as to why its called skunk cabbage? Thats right…for the skunky odor it emits. A favorite saying around our town

You know you’re a local when….when you actually love the smell of skunk cabbage swamp lantern.

I do! For me its Whistler…its spring. A sign of summer to come.

I went for a dog walk yesterday to take pictures of things inspiring me. I knew that once I was out in the fresh air all thoughts of warm breezes,sunny days, bluebird sky would dissipate. Because, truth be told, I am actually quite inspired by death and decay.

I don’t know why..I love the antique, distressed feel, the organic shapes formed?? Maybe its just the experience of getting out there in the rain, at one with nature (insert eye roll).
Soft smelling skunk, a light mist rolling over the mountains and lake, many shades of gray, the anticipation of summer, my goofy dog…..or maybe it’s just my rose-colored glasses. Whatever it is ~ it makes me smile.

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photography, spring buds, whistler
photography, whistler, nature, birch Whenever I need a hit of inspiration I get out my camera and start with my birch. I love my birch. They have been the subject of many a photo shoot. Look at all the lovely layers of paper…which of course have made their way into my daily collage.
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photography, whistler, nature, dead leaf
photography, whistler, nature, red canoe
It’s all good. I don’t know if I could imagine a life without seasons.

Thanks today goes out to Lori Moon. I started this blog post to participate in her May Flower challenge. Look where it led me…to a fine, appreciation of this gloomy rainy day!
If you would like to play along or just need a dose of prettiness, go on over to her blog and have a look!
I hope you have on your rose-colored glasses today! (especially if you live in the pacific northwest:)

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Inspired by…a bit of creative living

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I have my little bliss list all ready to go. I am enjoying the moment it takes to stop and reflect  on all the things I am grateful for. Keeps the spin on life positive.

I have to admit I was a bit down at the beginning of the week. It always takes me a little while to recover from vacation time. I love all the change, excitement and discovery that comes with a holiday. I am a creature of habit and tend to get a little stuck in my old ways and routine here at home. I need and crave the fresh perspective that comes with a little change.

Feeling happy now and really making an effort to add a little something new into each and every day. I am calling it Creative Living

Make creative thinking a part of your daily life. Ask questions. Vary routines. Do the unexpected. Creativity becomes more accessible when you learn to act more impulsively in your everyday life. Change starts your creative juices flowing and makes you more observant of whats going on around you. Nita Leland

So my first little big bliss this week ~ Mixing things up to spice it up.

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Very appreciative of the time I have had this week to sit and be still. Spent lots of time observing with my camera and then pen in hand. Lots of journaling…

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art, journal,doodle

A little collage…Slowly getting back on track with my daily collage.

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collage, art, journal, butterfly

Also fely very lucky this week to have a little extra special bliss from the lovely Dion Dior and Luminarte . I won a spot in her Mastering Twinkling H20s class!  I am always grateful for the online creative community that I have become a part of. It is such an encouraging (and generous!)  gathering spot to hang out.

Have a look at Dion’s blog for more inspiration! She creates really beautiful work usually accompanied by some inspirational thoughts.. You will definitely be hearing more about this class from me!

As your week comes to an end, I hope it finds you happy, healthy and feeling a little blissful. If you would like to share please join us over at Livs blog with your own little Bliss list.

Have a happy weekend my friends!

Inspired by…a little bliss

I love Fridays and the beginning of the weekend. A time to access all that has been accomplished during the week. A time to breathe and enjoy. For us as a family, a time to reconnect after a busy week full of activity and travel.

I recently stumbled upon Liv Lanes  Little Bliss List. I also love it.

In her own words, it provides us a chance to celebrate the little things that brought us hope and happiness this week.

I am going to try to participate on a weekly basis. If you would like to play along it should be fun and I bet will add a nice,warm, little fuzzy feeling to your day.

I found many things to be grateful for this week. I try to take a moment everyday to stop and reflect. I think it makes for a happier me.

This week I found a little bliss in…our delightful little house guest, Ella.

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The house was filled with a song and a dance or two all week. I love the sound of birds…especially in the dead of winter. What surprised me most about little Ella was just how sociable and loveable she was. Trust me, she had no interest in her cage, but was happiest perched on a shoulder or head. At one point I had left her on top of her cage only to discover her climbing up my leg a few minutes later.  We had a little painting session together. Dog at my feet, bird on my shoulder…a sign of things to come?

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Cariboo also loved her. He sat at her cage all day long just watching as she sang and danced for him . She loved tossing all her bird seed at him. Try as we might, Cariboo decided he wanted no part of Ella perched on his shoulder.

Found a little bliss…in time for a little daily collage. Always happy in my studio playing with paint and paper. I am really enjoying this new project. I can get my creative yayas out in just one session. Sigh of relief….

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Found a little bliss…in my new book The Style Statement penned by Carrie McCarthey and Danielle Laporte. A compass for creating a life that reflects you in every way. This is deserving of a blog post on its own.. watch out for more to come! 
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Found a little bliss in…good, healthy, wholesome food (always…) Pop over to my girlfriends blog In Pursuit of More . She is a wonderful writer and inspires me daily with her wonderful recipes. I love her post today. She has found a little Bliss of her own and one that I could relate to wholeheartedly… exactly why she is one of my bestest!

Pears

Please join us over at Livs blog with your own little Bliss list. By sharing it gives each of us a chance to reflect on all the different things that make people tick. I would love to hear and see what turns your wheels!

Its a bluebird day here, the sun is shining bright and the snow is spectacular.

Have a happy weekend my friends!

Inspired by… Rex Ray and a collage a day

Welcome to the world of Rex Ray~ Great name. Great work.

Have a watch..

After watching this video I just wanted to climb right up there beside him on the desk and have a heart to heart chat about his journey, his experiences and generally what makes him tick. I believe we all need a mentor to help guide us on our journey. I have decided I want him to be mine.

Rex…just text me!    ( because it doesn’t hurt to put it out there..)

I love everything about this video ~ his work, his attitude and how he represents himself. What struck a chord with me was his daily collage work.. Oddly, I stumbled upon this video just a few days after I had made the decision to try to create a daily collage.

Serendipitous?? ..I am taking it as a sign from above..

As you may know, I love paper. I may even have a paper problem. I have stacks of it. I have been known to secretly retrieve it from the recycling.

There are moments when I am not so proud of my artistically afflicted ways…..

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I have been spending the majority of my creative time these days working on my intuitive painting skills.Very enjoyable, but I do find that I often need to step away from it every so often just to give my canvas a chance to rest, recuperate and regenerate.
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Collage, especially with a limited palette, is a  breath of fresh air. I dont struggle as much with it. Right now I am sticking to homemeade papers, pen and thread… but I know I wont be able to resist adding  some paint in time.

Playing with textures and composition.  The theme for this group is “Out of the Woods”. I have incorporated a lot of my homemade woodlike paper and birch bark from my very own birch tree.
Rex Ray, daily collage, moosehead,art

One of my goals for this year is to actually build up a body of work. Instead of flitting around from project to project, my goal is to  concentrate on working within a theme/subject. Spend some time thinking about the subject at hand and finding different ways to represent the same subject. I have been trying to work on this concept with my poppy paintings. Why not do the same with my paper projects?

A small part of my brain also thought it may be beneficial for my upcoming surface pattern design course… Well it seems that Rex also thought it would be beneficial and who am I to argue with his success.

So my friends I leave you with this..

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Every time I question the what and why of this whole creative journey, I come back to this ~  I love all the possibility. I love the zen like feeling and the a’ha moments I have when creating. I may never reach my ultimate destination, but what entertainment it has been along the way.