Creativity

Heat wave! Hot days are great for watercolours, at least for an impatient painter like me...layers dry super fast! I painted peach coloured roses, and I really like how they turned out:

Roses (finished)

Day 3 - watercolour of geraniums (finished)

Today I decided to challenge myself with some watercolour painting. It's something that I enjoy, but haven't done much of, and I'll admit it still feels pretty un-natural with me. I hope that the more I do it, the more natural it'll feel.

I painted from a photo of geraniums (below) that I took yesterday while we were eating sorbettos at the neighbourhood gelato place - I had Pear William and it was delicious!

Ah! I'm kind of excited and kind of nervous to post this, but here goes... Today is the first day of the 365 project I'm going to be working on! I've considered doing a 365 project many times before, but it just feels like the right time. I just finished a surface design course that I was taking online, and I want some kind of habitual project to work on to keep me making art regularly.

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Today was the final day of a six week self-portraiture course I was taking, called You Are Your Own Muse, taught by local photographer Vivienne McMaster. I found out about Vivienne's courses through a friend who had taken one of her previous courses, and decided to sign up. I've been finding having some daily prompts and extra motivation to do creative work very helpful in keeping my momentum after finally getting out of my creative paralysis last fall!

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Our house came with "custom blinds" on every single window in the house. Great! Well, sorta... except they are exceptionally heavy and on wimpy cords, which means some of them have already broken. Not to mention, the bigger ones are extremely hard to put up and down, especially without gouging your hands on the little strings. As fate would have it, all of the windows are non-standard sizes, at least as far as Ikea is concerned (we did manage to buy long curtains there luckily!), so without spending a fortune, the only real option is to make new ones. A challenge I plan to slowly chip away at as long as we live here...

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I've been drawing more lately, and keep forgetting to actually post the pictures!

Drawing my favourite flicker

Goodness, I'm so behind on updates about crafty projects and health stuff that I hardly know where to start! But I'm going to get this one up because it's short and sweet!

In the last few years, the three kids I grew up next door to in Saskatoon (who I like to think of as my pseudo-siblings) have all had kids of their own (the 4th was born just around a month ago). Since I was actually going to be in Saskatoon at the same time as all of them for the first time in ages, I decided to work on a special project for all the kiddos. It was a surprise so I didn't post any of the photos till just now...

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I went for a little solo photowalk the other day, in some strange yellow sunset light... As most of you know I'm no longer really a West End girl, so these shots are around East Van. Hope you like em!

Cone variety of hydrangeas?

Hot One Inch Action is an art show put on every year by Hot Art Wet City, an organization that promotes local artists in Vancouver and organizes various shows around town. Hot One Inch Action now happens in Vancouver, Portland, Seattle, and for the first time this year also NYC. This is the third year in a row I've attended the show, it's really fun as you (as an attendee) can take part by buying $5 bags of buttons and then trading to get the buttons you like best! 

That's all great on its own, but... this year I had a button in the show! Not only is it my first time with a design in the show, but it's the first time I've ever entered a submission in any kind of art show! So many firsts!

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Knitters from Vancouver and surrounding areas have been eagerly chomping at the bit for weeks, nay months, waiting for this past weekend to arrive. Why? Knit City!!!

Knit City was a weekend-long event put on by Knit Social, a knitting event company run by Amanda Milne and Fiona McLean. It was the first one, but judging by how popular it was, I doubt it will be the last. The level of excitement about this event was hard to contain - Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook were full of knitting posts and high praise for the event. It was indeed wonderful!

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