The big day…

The actual BIG day, happened today… or rather all weekend long!  Yesterday 3 of my children pulled off a coo by having a surprise birthday breakfast for me!  A rare moment, really! Randy, my husband, made excuse that we needed to run to Costco before my oldest son arrived for breakfast… when we returned, I never even noticed all the vehicles parked in the street and couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t open the door because of about 20 pairs of shoes piled up behind it!  Then I looked up to a tribe saying Happy Birthday to me… it was an amazing moment that I have locked into my heart and it made me glow for the rest of the day.

THIS is the start of an amazing year… I feel it!

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Back Story – RCBook

Let me show you a few of the pieces that I have done that were pivotal and “inspiring”! The first two have very distinct stories that they want me to share with you and will help me to explain the WHY for this book at this time.

The picture of the cat came to me during the summer of 2014.

We had sold our house and were living in our RV for 6 months and besides working from home (or rather our RV) I spent some quality time doing art. No TV was a great motivator and I searched YouTube for instructional videos on art. My favourite show during this time was a TV show out of Australia called “Color Your World” and each week the host, Graeme Stevenson, would travel about visiting with artists and they would share their inspiration and their techniques. That hour would propel me to experiment too. Long story short… I was layering acrylics and using alcohol to disperse the medium. It created wonderful textures, dappling and on this canvas there were two big droplets formed near the top.

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I put the canvas on a shelf for several days, rotating and observing, looking for something to grab my attention. I was finally convinced that there were eyes looking at me. I decided that the only way to know for sure was to paint the eyes and see what happened.

I felt they were cat’s eyes so I “Googled” and found the perfect posture for this kitty… hiding in the grass. The lesson for me was that it does not have to be a perfect picture… it is the message and the animal totem that was truly significant to that time and piece of art.

Another kind of art that I found relaxing during our summer of escape… was an art form called ©Zentangle. I still doodle using the same idea in a small book that I carry in my purse for odd moments that I am idling. (Very odd moments it seems….) I mention this here because that is where my micron pen came into my art and became my signature style.

I took two evening workshops at a local art store, one on bookbinding and the other working with basic supplies doing marbling techniques on paper. It was fun but the paper got packed away in a drawer for the rest of the summer.

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Later in the fall we settled back into a permanent residence and I came across the beautiful papers and brought out my micron pen to define the exquisite formations that the inks had made. I lost myself completely save the occasional recognition of an image here or there; it started with feathers arcing up the left side of the page, then I changed directions and realized I was drawing a headband.  I pulled back to look at what was looking at me and realized that it was a headdress of an ancient first nation leader… “my spirit walker”.

I almost fell over at the vision that was forming and I drew in his face to anchor his presence into my creative space. He watches over me and guides me daily and I am so grateful to know that he chose now to be my leader and to show me the potential I could share.

And, now I share a view other of my early pieces… hopefully to inspire you to dig deep and allow your inner knowing to come forward, even if only for a few minutes. I find this both a healing and relaxing time…. Daily!

There are 4 images that I am sharing as I do not intend to fill this page with my past works, if you are interested in seeing more of what I do you can check my gallery. You can purchase  Reverse Colouring Book© Art Series direct from BLURB.com or find Purchase details HERE

The first image is an interesting exercise. I painted a random brushstroke piece of cardstock and when dry I cut it into small deck sized cards which I packed into my purse in a zip-lock bag. When I had a few moments to sit, I would pull out one card and immerse myself in drawing with it as my only focus. The fascination on this technique came when it was time to reassemble the pieces and frame them. The first one picture was pretty tricky because I did not mark the back so I would know the order! It was a jigsaw to put together because I had to look at the background brushstrokes instead of the lines that I had scribed onto the individual cards.

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Here are a couple of close-ups so that you can enjoy the detail of my mark making.

 

 

On this next one I used a silver sharpie because the acrylic flow paints were so intense that black would not have been as effective. I think it gives the feel of a silk scarf with resist inks highlighting the shapes.

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You may share your art and dialogue with others on the Facebook group – Reverse Colouring Book Art. I look forward to seeing your Reverse Colouring images and what other people will see in them because it has been my experience that everyone sees something different… it’s actually quite refreshing!  The group will also receive first notice on upcoming publications….

Sponsors and Donations…

Thank you the the following people and companies that have made donations toward the Charity Fundraiser for Jarrett Seck:

  • Sheraton 2 logoSheraton Cavalier – Saskatoon has generously donated a one night stay in the Club room and $50 gift certificate for Scarlet Restaurant – value is $269.
  • Dwight Powell – One-Eyed Cat – has offered to share his musical talents with us for the evening of the event and I am soooo excited to hear his mellow tunes again.
  • Several cash donations have come in… Ron Morris of Lift Coaching, Barry Rogers of Estevan and more coming our way.
  • Nutrien is sending something for the silent auction
  • FlowForm is donating for the silent auction
  • Several business associates have promised gift certificates for their services… and they are for a cross section of interests!

The plan unfolding…

Invitations to the BIG event have been sent to close friends and family and working to spread the word far and wide.  It means a lot of computer time in these starting stages but the links for tickets are up and running.  I have had a little trouble communicating to those that live too far away that they can contribute even though them may not be able to attend…

I spent some time reaching out for donations and sponsors for the auction items and am pleased to announce the first of many to come…

Sheraton 2 logoSheraton Cavalier – Saskatoon has generously donated a one night stay in the Club room and $50 gift certificate for Scarlet Restaurant – value is $269.  Thanks to Shawna Nelson for committing to the project!  I will put this onto an online auction for those that live at a distance to bid on… then they will have a FABulous place to stay when they come to visit!  LOL

Watch for more donations to be posted soon… I have started a page specifically for listing the businesses who have kindly come forward with offerings and support!

 

I love Rocks, Family and Friends

I love rocks… I’m known for picking up rocks and filling my pockets as part of my memory bank of this journey through life, apparently, it’s a family thing.

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I used to walk 4 miles a day on a country gravel road and I always came home with a pocket of pebbles.  Sometimes the sun sitting low on the horizon would add sparkle to a stone and it would catch my eye, I can’t tell you how many pieces of amber I found mixed in with the rural gravel on those roads and they would glow with invitation that I could not resist!

Apparently, my grandchildren are also known for the same habits of brings rocks to the house… valued treasures worth hording!  Honest, it didn’t start with me… it has come down a long line of ancestors and my family has given spawn to geologists who carry that seed of curiosity even further than I.

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I’ve never been able to skip a rock in a pond.  Well, I guess I could never bring myself to part with the rock from my hand in the first place… But I do know that the rings that gravitate outward from a stone thrown into a pond carry ripples that reach far beyond the initial point of contact.

 

Life’s like that… and the second stone’s ripples intersect and overlap and cause new rhythms to emerge, each speaking it’s own language.

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I love family… I have tracked my ancestry for over 40 years and back to the Kings of England. Like branches of a tree knotted together and inseparable, a vision of connection to be discovered piece by intimate piece… I love the stories and the personalities I have uncovered, the mysteries … the skeletons… they all are part of the recipe that eventually created me in some small portion.  Famous poets – Anne Marriott and a wall paper hanger that thought he could be a farmer in Saskatchewan.  Dreamers and Doers!

stones-76525_1920I love friends… Most people never get to witness the impact of their own life, the circles of the ripples in their pond and how those ripples move outward and touch others.  I look at life as a great exercise in connecting and recognizing of that act of overlapping with others.

 

Being vulnerable and open to what a relationship has to teach and to take the lesson at face value and not be held back by my own attitude and judgements.  I don’t demand great amounts of time with friends and yet I am loyal and trusting of the relationships I build.  I value the solid foundations like the rocks in my pocket 🙂

 

** Matt Bevin Quotes. BrainyQuote.com, Xplore Inc, 2017. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/matt_bevin_781403, accessed December 18, 2017.

The Milestone Idea

I was listening to the radio (CBC) on the way to or from work and I was intrigued with the conversation about a young man named Jarrett Seck from Regina. Jarrett Seck 2 It was one of those stories that tugs at your heart strings and helps you realize how lucky you are with your life.  (If you want to read the CBC newspaper article the link is here…) I’ve never suffered migraine headaches, I’ve never had debilitating pain… oh, I’ve given birth to 5 children and I’ve had kidney stones and for what it’s worth that is pretty short term pain compared with what day to day life must be like for Jarrett Seck.  I don’t pretend to understand his position or state of being and I really don’t need to.  What I do know is that there is a young man suffering and our medical system has not identified a way to help him and to alleviate his pain.  That makes me sad and it makes me want to do something to help him reach his basic needs in life… a need to function within society in a meaningful and pragmatic way.  To feel that his life has purpose and has something to offer to others.  At the moment, I feel like he must feel like he is just at a point of basic survival, day after day and moment after moment.

About a month ago I decided to do something about it and be part of the solution for Jarrett.  I hunted down his sister on Facebook and asked if they would be open to me doing a fundraiser in conjunction with my milestone birthday in January.  They are very gracious and welcoming to any help for their family… and it is now the middle of November and I have booked the venue and tickets are ready to sell.  I’m excited, I’m motivated and I feel like I can impact another life in a positive way.  That feels incredible… I highly recommend it.

If you are interested in helping with any of the events that I work on, now or in the future, please send me a comment with your ideas and let’s make a difference in someone’s life.  I am optimistic that humanity is basically good… show me 🙂

Thanks for caring about your fellow planet citizens.

Corla….