This is one of my mantra…
When in doubt, be thankful.
When in tears, be thankful.
When it aches, be thankful.
When you smile, be thankful.
When you’re happy, be thankful.
I never stop doing my own personal Gratitude Friday, in the shadows. But today, after a tough week on many levels, I decided to share mine with you, to invite you to pause for a few minutes and reflect. Feel free to share you own list. There is power in seeing words and sending them to be seen by other eyes.
On this Friday, I am thankful for:
- Technology bringing us together despite geographic distance.
- My Sabbatical Sisters.
- My will power.
- The morning Sun on my skin while I eat my breakfast, alone, on the balcony.
- Raw veggies.
- Our neighbors.
- Moral support.
Your turn, it does not have to be long or big. Tell me, what are you thankful for ?
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.
In my world…
Binge watching Mindy’s latest class’s videos, Imagine*Play*Emerge.
Editing the next episode of *Scraps of Life*.
Feeling lonely and lost.
Planning what I want to do next, what products I want to create.
Eating my way through the Whole30 program. Today is day #7.
Sketching again and again, new faces. Practice builds confidence.
Praying, my own way. For me, for them, for you.
Letting go of my expectactions, of what does not serve me anymore.
Missing my husband, currently on a business trip to Texas for the whole week.
Listening to an India.Arie station on Pandora. One of my fav. because it plays a lot of songs I used to listen to more than 10 years ago *hello Maxwell, Alliya, TLC etc*.
What is going on in yours, right now ?
I am so so happy to introduce you to what makes what seems to me to be a 180° turn. Abstract. No Nixie. No Sprixie. Yes, you have read right.
See, I have been willing to go more abstract for the past year. Because it is something I love looking at from other artists. But me, doing it, was another story. I used to be one of these people thinking «How can a square with a dot in the middle sell for millions of dollars ?» but until you know the artist’s process, who are we to judge. Right ?
I hate wasting my supplies, so I usually use what I call «the end of my palette». When I have leftovers paint on my painting palette at the end of a session in the Studio, I will use it to start (or continue) a page in my Art Journal. But this time I decided «why not actually start a background on a wood panel instead, and see where it leads me», so I played around and loved it too much as it to actually wait for a Nixie or a Sprixie to appear.
As usual, they are meant to be touched, they all have a fantastic texture. And not only the colors tell a story, but each stroke as well.
There will be more to come during this month of July :)
I hope you’ll enjoy watching me create one of them:
«Colorful Chaos» is in the shop right here.
«Gentle» is in the shop right here.
«Hidden» is in the shop right here.
«Shine On» is in the shop right here.
«Underneath it all» is in the shop right here.
… and what you don’t necessarily see/know.
For those of you not in BC (which means the vast majority) you may not know that our teachers are fighting the Government, which resulted in an early class dismissal for all the kids in public schools. So Summer Break started two weeks early for my daughters this year. Luckily, the weather is not that bad and it means they spend most of their days playing outside with the neighbors. However, it completely change my routine (and I love my routine).
I will very soon release my newest series, called Colorful Chaos (you can already see them on my Facebook page). Listing and sharing art takes a lot of time and energy, or at least I know it does for me and this is why I am almost always dragging my feet to do it. Taking pictures, resizing them, uploading them, finding the right words to share the intention behind each painting… it is not what I prefer but I take a special care in this because this is what you guys see :)
My fibro has not been really nice with me, either, and standing to paint results in plenty of pain afterwards (during the painting session itself, everything is good and it is as if fibro is not ruining my body… but it recalls itself to me as soon as I stop). I had to limit my time in the Studio, which is hard when you have so many images asking to be unleashed…
I am also changing things in this virtual space, so it makes more sense and looks more like who I am at the moment. So expect to see shifts happen here and there.
But know there is things happening behind the scenes ;)
I hope Life is treating you well, what’s going on for you ?
Happy Monday !
I am finally sharing with you what I have been wanting to do for months (if not years now): a vlog.
It is not perfect, but I am not perfect. Yes I have an accent. Oh yes, I am a dork :p
I hope you’ll enjoy, and please don’t be shy and tell me what you’d like to see in the next edition, and if you have any question you’d like me to answer, leave a comment below to let me know.
Have fun !: