These are our winter days…
Hello friends and family!
We are in the dead of winter up here in Canada. The snow has come in deep folds and drifts, our walks are short and brisk and I’m starting to dream of those warm summer nights just like everyone else! But we aren’t done with this season just yet, so I am sharing with you two of my favorite things that are bringing me through these cold days…
Time is a sparse and fleeting thing around here while we homeschool our three children. But when I do have a quiet moment (or a chaotic one alongside my little artists!), I love spending time journaling. I try and capture my kids conversations, some of their favorite words of the day, and their imaginative play. Along with my own doodles and ideas forming with pen, pencil and my favorite Faber Castell markers, spending time with this sort of expression is beautifully freeing and grounding. It brings me right into the moment and I love that. Lately I’ve been enjoying creating little boxes of simple images and filling them with bold colors as you will see below. Sometimes I only have a block of five minutes before the next little one is needing attention, so this sort of simplistic documenting through art and journaling is great way to connect the dots of the day without having to devote an entire hour or two. Although I wish I had an extra hour to myself (or ten!), feeling like I’ve captured a little bit of our life together is rewarding.
What better way to warm the body, mind and soul than by dancing through these winters days.
I have been dancing my whole life, having trained as a classical ballet dancer and later teaching as a second career. But when the babies started arriving, getting to the studio became harder to manage. But I’m so thrilled to announce that I am back at it! Two other local dance professionals and I have formed a new dance company called the Northumberland Contemporary Dance Collective. See and Like our Facebook page here:
We meet weekly to rehearse and are slowly developing a repertoire that we are excited to share in our first performing gig this Valentine’s Day! (Insert shameless self-promotion). We will be performing a community inspired piece about the many facets of love called
Go Where The Love Is. It is part of the Green Wood Coalition’s Imaginate – An Evening of Possibilities. It will be a wonderful night of Ted-Talks inspired performances, music, interviews, local food and drink and dance! It is happening this Saturday evening at 7:30pm at Trinity College School in Port Hope. See the lovely poster and link below to purchase tickets for this wonderful community cause:
Members of the Northumberland Contemporary Dance Collective during a radio interview.
NCDC rehearsing Go Where The Love Is
During rehearsal of Go Where The Love Is, NCDC using a small children’s table prop to represent
community dinners and how we can connect with each other through meals together.
Stay warm, stay in love and keep be in touch,
Studio Tour 2014 was a wonderful experience for me! Thank you to the local and not-so-local (Paris France!) folks who came out and supported the arts in our community! Speaking of community, many people who stopped by added their colors and words to one or a few small blocks of wood for a community art project. Today I arranged the pieces into a swirl of one combined piece. Let us call it “Better Together”. Enjoy the pictures of the finished art installation.
Memories of Studio Tour goers both young and old leaning over the table engrossed in a creation of their own… that is what will stay in my heart. Thank you!
If only I could gather every moment. Every laugh and tear, every joke, every first climb up the stairs, every watchful stare, every bounce and run….every breath during sleeping dreams. There are so many moments to gather. I want to hold each marker drawing of my son’s smiley faces close and remember the hand brushing over the paper. I want to cup my hand over my daughter’s head and feel her soft curls ever curling and breezy. I want to hear the giggles and first baby words my littlest son, as life makes him bubble over. But the days are fleeting….the summer is drawing to a close. Autumn in quietly making her steady approach. It is ever so as a Mother. You want to stop time. Stay where you can always hear your children’s laughter. So I’m gathering the memories and tucking them away in my heart. Trying my best to live in the now, right where they are.
Remi’s first peach
If only I could hear what they were saying.
This year I’m changing things up. For almost ten years I’ve enjoyed my corner booth in the Lions art tents at the Cobourg Waterfront Festival. But this year I’m changing things up and opening up a sparkling new booth in the Rotary tents! I’m going to miss the breeze off the lake, but I’ve been having a lot of fun designing a whole new booth and new paintings to hang in it too! Here are a couple of new pieces that I’ll be bringing next weekend!
“The Owl Field”
I am joining forces with the fairies! And sometimes with the amount of dishes and laundry edging me out of house and home, I wish I could do just that! But maybe this wee door that I’ve been painting will do just the trick and tuck me away in a magical little world for a small vacation!
This is the Homes, Gardens, Music and Fairy Door Tour! Check it out:
Here are some moments in the process of Fairy Door creation! With compliments to Meghan Sheffield for her serious camera skills!
The following artwork is from my recent show of tree houses called “Let Them Play”. The opening was at Impresario Artisan Market in Cobourg, ON. Thank you for all of my family and friends who attended! You made the event so special! Many of these original works are for sell. If you see something that catches your eye, just let me know and I can send you more info. I will also be making cards and limited edition prints of these pieces.
A Star for You
Chickens on Top
Apple Blossoms (SOLD)
Out on the Line
In My Head
Play by Day
Dream by Night
Let Them Play
I’ve been sorting through clothes this week and came across Luca’s first Halloween costume. A little elephant was he! I held it up to Roes and realized I better get her into it now and have a pre-Halloween photo shoot! These kiddos of mine really look alike! Sometimes we can’t tell their pictures apart! Here is Luca in the elephant ears (around 6 months) and after is Rose (at a healthy 4 months!). Love my little circus!