Inner Voices

And suddenly… three months had passed

3 months. It's the time Mom stayed with us here in Canada. She is going back to her home in France today.

As I told you in yesterday's blogpost, I always turn into Gratitude when my heart is heavy. when sadness takes over.

Some people think three months, 24/7 with your Mom (or... Mother-in-law in Chéridoo's case) is a nightmare.
Well, we love my Mom so much that for us it is always a Love fest. So yes, sometimes we higher our voice at each other. But this year is the first year for her in our new Home. She has her own room. Her own bathroom. And we are not all over each other. Trust me: it makes all the difference.

We do have our ups and downs, but the ups always eventually take over and washes over the rest. Our love is strong.

Saying goodbye is always the hardest, and will always be.

We invited some of our friends over yesterday night, very last minute notice («guys, would you come over in 30 mn for some cocktails before Mom leaves tomorrow ?»). Almost all of them were able to come and say goodbye, until next time.
We never know exactly when we will see each other again, I guess this adds to the difficulty of seeing her go.

Mom and I

(she will hate me a few seconds for sharing this self-portrait of us I took on the beach at White Rock ! mwahaha)

Thank you Mom
for the love
for the honesty
for the sense of humour
for the help
for the come back in time
for the external point of view
for the cooking
for the laundry folding
for the hugs
for being such an amazing grandma
for being the mother-in-law every man dreams of having
for the long talks. and walks
for teaching me to be a better person
thank you for everything

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Gratitude Friday 06/28/2013, thank you open doors

Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual I started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during my week. I invite you to join me, you'll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read my introduction post.

Hello !

Summer is officially here, Loves. My girls are out from school for two months. It is both exciting and scaring for me (this is another story…) but we will make the best of it.

I received lots of bad news coming from family and friends, regarding their health this week. It is scary. My heart keeps them close.

This week, I am thankful for:

  • People who believe in me. In my art.
  • No morning rush for the next two months.
  • Working on my new website/blog.
  • I won an amazing bag from Allen Design, which I love.
  • I am in pain, but I am alive.
  • Good news from a long time friend.
  • I got a name for my new serie of work, still not sure but we’ll see.
  • Acceptance (it does not mean resignation).
  • Criminal Minds (we’re starting season 3).
  • Our neighbors.
  • Losing weight, I don’t know how but eh, I take it !
  • New projects.
  • My Spirituality. My Faith. Acceptance, again.
  • Words.
  • Self-portraiture.

*sigh* Sometimes, it is a real exercise to turn our head slightly so we don’t freak out by what is happening around us, or in our lives. But by doing it again and again, then it becomes a survival tool.

What fills your gratitude list this week ?

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    Happily happening in my world currently:

    Listening to Mom and Cheridoo talking about Religion and Spirituality and Philosophy.

    Seeing the red shoes Grenouille is proudly wearing.

    Knowing that we deeply love one another for who we are.

    Feeling like my life is going where it's supposed to go.

    Appreciating the week-end family adventure.

    Loving the cuddles from Koala.


    What's happening in your own world today?


    Sugar & Spice day #3, what I learned from Juliette Crane

    For our final day, our group was with Juliette. It actually was the class that made me the more nervous. But I’ve always been curious about how Juliette works on her paintings, I was eager to see the «behind the scenes» in more in details.


    Juliette is sweet, it is the first word that comes in mind when I think of her (and she is so beautiful). When she is the room, everything felt calmer. Like it all fell into places just because she was there.


    Passionate about sharing her stories, Juliette is also a writer. This is a common thread between the three artists that we had the chance to learn from at Sugar & Spice: the stories are told through their paintings. Each of them has her own way to convey her stories, but it is always there.

    I hope that people will see that Juliette is SO MUCH MORE than her owls. I love seeing where her art is going, I see a great evolution and appreciate all the «in progress» pictures she shares.


    Some of the things I learned from Juliette’s class:

    • Every layer has its own meaning.
    • Keep pushing until you love what is going on on your canvas.
    • Don’t be afraid to experiment.
    • There is a story behind each of her paintings.
    • Not being afraid of covering it all up.
    • Love the supplies you use.
    • Simple can become complex.
    • Don’t like this paint ? Use in to create painted papers. It’ll be covered up eventually !
    • Use and abuse this paper you love, it’s okay to have it in every painting you currently create.
    • It’s okay to see my art evolving, just go with it.
    • Animals are fun to see emerging.

    It was so nice to end up this amazing experience with Juliette. It was the calm needed to take everything in.


    Sugar & Spice day #2, what I learned from Mindy Lacefield

    I don’t know where to begin… If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know my admiration for Mindy Lacefield (aka Tim’s Sally). I have been trying to share this with you, but keep deleting and starting again, thinking it is not matching the experience... but I guess I will do my best and see where it leads this blogpost.

    I love her deeply. I remember when I contacted her, telling her I was hoping she did not think I was stalking her ! (yea… I told you already: I can become very obsessed when I love something. And it happens with artists too).

    I have been learning from Mindy, online, since her first class: Paint Your Story. Holy wow, let me tell you. I then signed up for Neat stuff (which focused on using art journaling to revisit childhood memories), and I just could not pass out the chance to learn a new project from Mindy every month for a whole year… so I signed up for the amazing True Free Spirit class (and… how great is that name anyway ?).

    I met amazing women (not only artists, human beings) thanks to the community that gather around her classes. I became friend with Lynda in Mindy’s classes, and we planned to share a room at the retreat but lemons came her way and she had to cancel, I dearly missed at the retreat but was with me anyway (thank you technology eh !).


    My heart is so tender for all that Mindy is sharing in the world.

    I was excited and nervous to meet her in person. I knew, however, that she would not disappoint me in any way (I was afraid of the other way around, shhh).


    Let me tell you guys, there are no word to express how learning directly from Mindy was the whipped cream to my fresh strawberries (I love strawberries, but love them even more if paired with chantilly. now you know).

    She has this thing that makes it easy, she is always looking for the fun but meaningful, as Danielle she also shares her stories in her painting (she was painting while talking with Anna *our hostess extraordinaire*, and apparently their entire conversation made it in the painting. You don’t know it if you don’t know the «behind the scenes» but I find it is magical to have this ability), and words are very important in her art as well.


    Some of the things I learned from Mindy’s class:

    • My stories can be painted.
    • It does not have to look real to be real.
    • The dark places of my Soul have their importance too.
    • Cover up until you really like it.
    • My art needs both the calm and the busy.
    • I love the background making process. A lot.
    • My symbols are very important. My painting is not mine without it.
    • I have way more childhood memories than I actually recalled.
    • I love the word «Pompidou».
    • I want more poetry in my life.
    • I have things to share with the World, and will find myself through my Art (even more).
    • Oracle cards are amazing starting points.
    • There is no coincidence.
    • I actually enjoy painting with neon colors. And even start seeing neon red appearing in Nature.
    • Bunnies and Hares seem to currently have a message for me, couldn’t help but paint them.

    {my art from Mindy’s class will be added soon}

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