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I have a confession to make.
Most of the time, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. I have a sense of what I’d like to make happen, and I figure out how to get myself there. But this is not effortless. It’s not without extreme frustration.
My work isn’t always received as I’d hoped, my personal goals are not always met. I pretty much just do my best every day and often fall short of what I’d hoped to accomplish. Bur the more practice we have with graciously failing, the more we will be able to accomplish, because failure soon becomes an old friend we’re not afraid of.
Because if I only acted upon *knowing,* it’s likely I wouldn’t *do* much. If I lived within the parameters of fear, 90% of what’s happened in my life would not exist. Maybe you feel the same, or maybe you allow fear tell you what you can and can’t do. I’m not here to judge you either way, fear is a very real feeling. I just don’t personally listens to it much.
The number of times I’ve failed but come out stronger on the other side are innumerable. I’m sure we al few that way, to some extent.
I do know one thing for certain: painting makes me happy, and hopefully my paintings bring a smile to your face too. Hopefully they remind you of some of the happiest places and memories of your life. And so with that hope in mind, I know enough to keep doing this until my last breath. I’m sure I’ll *figure out* a lot more along the way, but painting what my heart tells me too just feels right.
New small format originals, including this “Maroon Bells” 13x4” acrylic painting on reclaimed barn wood, have been added to my site! Link is in bio!! US orders made by December 15th should make it in time for Christmas!!
Pictured above is James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk. The Scottish nobleman, following the death of his wife, was advised by doctors that to improve his health he ought to travel to some part of the world where he could live an open air lifestyle, in addition to hunting large game. His travels brought him to the Rocky Mountains of Western Canada, from Fort Edmonton to Jasper and elsewhere. Carnegie later wrote of his travels, "Long wearisome riding, indifferent monotonous eating, no sport to speak of, hard bed upon the ground, hot sun, wet, no companion of my own class; nevertheless I am happier than I have been for years."
According to my kids, I'm the BESTEST mom in the entire world. Our children literally love every creature....even #snakes !! Say hello to Mr. Buddy Wiggles (Uncle Matt's python is now living with us)! Is it wrong that all I think about is the movie Anaconda??? 😂😳🐍#snakesofinstagram#parentsgonewild
This is my serious face.. my angry face... my thinking face.. and sometimes my happy face 😂. But I swear I’m approachable and nice lol. I had a great weekend in Whistler with @janicejoostemaa & @fiona.bl ⛄️. It’s also such a pleasure working with one of my favourite car groups -@portfoliobyopenroad @mercedesbenzcanada , this SUV was perfect for driving up the mountains and navigating the twist and turns on the sea to sky highway. Portfolio by open road is a new car subscription that we are happy to be apart of and I’ll be showing more details in the weeks to come on how it works. #mensfashion#mercedes#whistler#portfoliobyopenroad#travelbc#travel#maninfluence#maleblogger#canada#rockymountains#mercedesbenzcanada
Play is overlooked. We all know it’s important, and then grow up and forget all about the recharging properties of play.
Being in the mountains is one the easiest ways for me to gain a little perspective. Boarding gives me a rush, I smile, I crash(actually, I’m known for epic wipe outs), and I get moving.
I didn’t have time to go to the mountains yesterday, I made time because I needed it. Actually, my whole crew needed it, and we’ve come smiling a lot more. I couldn’t mentally leave everything that I’m dealing with at city limits either. Stuff popped in my head through out the day, that’s ok though I just noticed it and boarded on.
Remember that self care can be fun, and make it a priority this December as a part of an offensive health plan!