currently ...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

early morning starlings / red roses in Eaton Park / a new puddle house shot / more cheery autumn asters / a gull in the harbour / lavender / the front of 29 Black Street & my window boxes / sunflower love

Be Ground.
Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are. 
You've been stony for too many years.
Try something different.

currently around here ...

watching & listening / to day 2, 1-8pm Atlantic time, of the fabulous Lisa Congdon's live FREE e-course from - Become A Working Artist
reading / Lisa Congdon's new book Art Inc: the Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist / filmmaker Dianne Whelan's personal exposé of her time spent making a film about Mount Everest - Base Camp: 40 Days on Everest & the wonderful book (I will be buying my own copy of this one) by Tara Brach - True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart
eating / (at my desk) Neal Brother's Pink Salt & Vinegar kettle cooked potato chips (if you asked me what my favourite food is sadly I would say either potato chips or Cheetos - it's true)
working on / drawing thumbnail concept sketches NEW ideas for two of my existing customers
moving my body / to hits of the 80's ( my fav) at both Zumba & pilates classes
meeting - friends for breakfast & lunches at Inn the Elms
researching & online exploring /  my soon to be new home Lunenburg !! they even have a swimming pool ! Shut Up !
smelling / occasionally ;-) lavender essential oil (calming) + Aveda peppermint (stimulating) Foot Relief lotion
drinking / lots of H2O & regular tea
planning / lots of big changes, new work & tons of exciting personal growth
dreaming / endlessly & limitlessly

red leaves & geese

Monday, September 29, 2014

first photo on the crescent beach is for sweet Marie Cameron / berry time / beach glass / a lobster boat leaving the harbour / from the deck of the newly renovated & restored Lobster factory/ Thinker's Lodge Dining Hall / autumn asters are everywhere / the crescent beach / golden rod / Thinker's Lodge & Dining Hall / selfie in the window's of the former Lobster Factory

Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you, As a fish out of water hears the waves ... Come back. Come back. This turning toward what you deeply love saves you. Rumi

Time keeps marching forward, faster almost than I can stand. How is it that it's October this week ? suddenly it seems I'm seeing brilliant red leaves and seeing and hearing the beautifully haunting sight & sound of huge flocks of Canada geese flying in formation high in the sky. I don't feel ready ... ready for what I ask myself. I forgot I only need to be ready for this moment, now.

It's looking like Lunenburg has won the "destination" prize. I may be moving before year's end to an apartment a rental while Doug, Betty & Sam stay behind to finish the second floor painting etc for selling. I could be living in my new home by December 1 ... yikes ! I best do a workback ;-)

beginning again

Saturday, September 27, 2014

my studio/office windowsill garden / Miss Winnie D on our early morning stroll / sunflowers / after heavy rains - puddle magic / pale blue lobelia / alyssum / a very old Anglican tiny cemetery near the crescent beach / red roses in the new Eaton Park Peace Garden

The only real battle in life 
is between hanging on and letting go.
Shannon L. Alder

Hello Saturday. Hello friends. Hello beautiful warm new fall day.

For those of you concerned or worried about me, Thank You ! I am fine ... we are fine.

Busy with lots more of that secret (for now) kind of art/illustration work, commitments & deadlines and finally, finally wrapping my head around moving. I'm beginning to really feel excitement about having this amazing opportunity to make a fresh start & to begin again. To simplify my life as much as possible. To make new friends, to walk new places, to smell the salt air of the Atlantic ocean. To join a new library, to paint new walls, to purge and de-clutter. To organize. To really grow my creative business. To pare down my life to the very basics & to live as sparely as I can manage.

I'm filled with gratitude for the chance to be beginning again.

Recreate your life, always, always. 
Remove the stones, plant rose bushes and make sweets. 
Begin again.

Cora Coralina