"Wider ranges of normal make the world a better place for everyone." Author @laurie.frankel from her book, This is How It Always Is. Beautiful read. I was captured by the writing style from the get go.
This bright orange book fell off the shelf at the library, that is when I knew it was meant for me to read. Yes, books fly off shelves, and sometimes dimes fly out of them too!
At the time our neighbour, and friend confided that her granddaughter would be transitioning. She is now her grandson, and married a woman who was born a man.
I love Nell, as she is inclusive. The way I too choose to be. She is a woman with a strong Christian faith. Her willingness to be open to all is something I admire.
This photo she took, reminded me of a rainbow, symbolic. A mix of all colours. No filters required, to see the beauty of nature, and life through the lens of your heart.
I am a storyteller by heart. I used to tell stories through music as a performing artist. And as a blogger. Now I choose to tell stories through art.
When we choose an inclusive world, how much larger our world becomes.
This photo is for @romerobiene for showing me the beauty of her heart. And for being a real, genuine, caring soul.
Blue hair and slippers.
Last night I met my favourite singer @alan_frew of @glasstiger On the last leg of their #glasstiger acoustic tour
Up until yesterday #queen was my all time favourite concert.
3 hours of laughter, joy, and the best music ever!
It was the "most" intimate concert I have ever attended.
I have always loved the tone of Alan's voice.
What resonated was his voice on topics that matter.
He is a supporter of #camh
Center for Addiction and Mental Health and I am now a supporter.
He spoke about a family member (with their approval) and how he credits CAMH for saving his son's life.
He also touched on crisis happening in Other parts of the world. California in his heart, as he spends much time in Los Angeles.
When a celebrity lends their voice, the impact is felt. I appreciate this in anyone.
Mental Health is something I am committed to "raising awareness." The concert was amazing. I smiled all night, and laughed until my gut hurt.
Alan has a sense of humour that is infectious. He admits to "the gift of gab." Besides being a frontman, awe-inspiring musician. He is a public speaker.
He engaged us with many stories. Hence the caption, blue hair, and slippers" about his grandma whose name I share, "Chrissy." His humbling experience when meeting Sir #paulmcartney
I love his openness. He had a stroke in 2015, and he talked of his experience. Sometimes, we need humour to get us through challenging events.
Glass Tiger has a new album called 31. Reimagining their hits. Duets with Julian Lennon and with First Nations artist, Susan Aglukark.
Thank-you Sam Reid, Al Connelly, the beautiful Carmela Long, and guest performer #jessicamitchell Beautiful voice.
Alan, you are an inspiration. Your words are what is important. Love the words in your songs, "healing hands, faith is the temple." The love of your band family, family. Your mentioning what is important: family, love, and kindness.
Your passion for a better world.
I loved meeting you, and please, "Don't forget me when I am gone."
Nature at its best.
Nature and its beauty, gives into hope.
Very fortunate to have a room with a view. I never cease at how in an instant the view changes. Like life, your world can change in an instant.
Appreciate all the simple things. And live with gratitude. I heard words earlier today that made me think. "Shine like stars, would your name come to light?" Pastor Chad. In reference about the welfare of Others, and building community.
1. View of the Fraser River, foggy mist rising.
2. Sun rising in the morning, view of Mount Baker.
3.. Afternoon, clear skies, different view of Mount Baker.
Change is a good thing. Embrace it.
Life is worth living.
"Lest We Forget." Rudyard Kipling
Today is Remembrance Day.
I don't normally post on weekends. I am an emotional person, and sometimes I get overwhelmed with "feelings." Today, last night was a night of tossing and turning.
There are many current atrocities happening in this world. Wars, and human right violations occurring.
My heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones. As I mentioned, this is not the post I would normally write about.
It is because last night I had a vivid dream. I recall who was in it. Someone I had not seen in many years. I was woken by 3 knocks on the door. It startled me, and I didn't answer as I knew it was the middle of the night. When I finally looked at the clock it was just after 3 a.m.
I have been known to talk in my sleep, and last night I caught myself talking twice. I am still asleep so I can't remember what I was saying.
Then I was woken up again, this time I heard 5 knocks. I quickly looked at the clock, it was 614 a.
I do not know what all this means for sure. I did google the significance of 614. And that was very interesting, it has to do with life choices. And since I am taking a new path with my art. That was calming. Will put the article in my #instagramstories
Posting, as life happens, signs happen. It's when we are aware, and open to infinite possibilities.
Take a moment and remember today.
Serendipity would have it that @7chakras111 texted me about the same time. Giving me some needed reassurance. Thank-you MJ
Painting: Poppies by CT.
Painting: Me to a T
This is a painting of myself, standing in "my secret place." I posted the animated video with a little whimsy for fun.
This painting is my interpretation of fall colours.
Everything is not as it seems. Do you see a likeness of an umbrella? It is a garbage bag, as I have lost every umbrella I have owned. At times we may lose things or get lost, we need to gain different perspective, and be creative with our process.
Grateful to #uniqlo for my waterproof jacket. And to #echo for my waterproof gortex boots.
I love this park. I live in a large city yet often there is no one else at this place. I posted a photo of another secret place on #googlemaps and the photo has been seen by over hundred thousand people. If you want exposure... Thank-you to @tobiealteredreality
@luismdr93 @leandcoel for inspiring me with your creative genius. Made me want to try the animation for myself. It's fun!
#kindnessmatters Take the time to listen. There are many who need our ears, and there will be times when we need theirs. @amitkagra and @brokenbuttryingx You are both in my heart. I am only a text away.
There is Beauty everywhere. Take the time to see with new eyes.
Tell the people you love, that you love them. Life is too short.
Painting: Shall we dance.
Acrylic on canvas.
This painting was inspired by the amazing people I have met on @instagram
Continuing to meet more and more people whose talent, and heart is making me explode with joy.
I started by painting "perfect" circles. Many. Different colours, intertwining, and layering them.
Do your eyes see the one heart?
Since I am not conventional. I couldn't keep the circles perfect. As with life, there are imperfections.
Brush strokes softly connecting.
Symbolism to the connections that are made on Instagram.
A bounty of colours. A subtle painting. Reminding us to be gentle with each Other.
Each dot, stroke, and marking has its place, and significance.
I love the softness of @passion_for_pastels And I love how we are "two peas in a pod." I tried to convey connection in this painting.
My heart has been warmed by so many. Today I thank @frank_gitte @harrison_bubba @revjanebeach @jeanetteshealthyliving @lifecoachjulie and @motivatemeeachday for helping to create meaningful connections.
Painting: As seen through my eyes. "Even those who see the world through rose coloured glasses - sometimes only see grey, and feel blue." Christine Toda (CT)
Mental Health is a topic I feel compelled to discuss. To remove the stigma. To allow people to express how they are feeling.
For all of us to have compassion. To listen, and hear what is being said. More importantly, to what is not being said.
Statistics will show that depression, loneliness, and anxiety are prevalent. It affects us all. "The more we know, the better we do." (CT)
I am one of those who does see the world through rose coloured glasses. Yet, I have a real sense of reality. Intuition is my strength, and it has served me well.
This painting is a reflection of what I see on mental health.
I often use symbolism as a way of expression.
1. The colours of grey, black, and rose.
2. The rose coloured rain/tear drops.
3. The bridge.
4. The path.
5. Traces of myself, and Others throughout. Gathering to lend our ears, our hearts.
Always, magical creatures to support.
Be kind, always.
Pops of Colour. Colours are my world.
These are four paintings which I think may make pretty art cards. I collect art cards, and love to have a stash of them.
When I start selling my art, and know the direction. I wish to pursue, may have art cards available too? What do you think?
I am currently drawn to the colour orange. @jeanetteshealthyliving we are in synch re your previous comment.
First painting is my first attempt at watercolour, playing with colours.
The second is my art capture of our neighbour and friend Nell's hibiscus. A plant she has had for over thirty years.
The third is the colour orange, and always layers bold and subtle. And the last is pops of blues and subtle mauve.
I have discovered my signature style, and am building my portfolio.
Although as a creative soul, I do dabble in all genres, finding my own.
Tomorrow I am posting a painting that is completely different. It represents "mental health." As this is a topic I feel strongly about. A need to talk about it, and remove the stigma.
Thank-you to all of the beautimous comments, words of encouragement. And all the feeds that are willing to present my work. When I am ready, I will share to larger platforms.
For now, I am enjoying painting. To a degree that I never expected. So much joy, my heart is literally bursting. I so appreciate being inspired by the many talented artists I have met through this fabulous platform.
Appreciate all of you immensely.
Repurpose for purpose. Create a purposeful life. Embrace change. "Nothing just happens, it happens just." Nell to Chris.
I struggled to get the right lighting for this painting. It's one of those where you do need to see it up close to see all the different layers, and textures. I deliberately left some edges of cork exposed. And paint on the frame. "My beautiful mess." I ran out of canvasses, and had to stock up on paint.
This is an Acrylic painting 36 x 24 inches. I think I should be indicating by cm. It is on cork.
This board previously housed a photo collage, memories of my uncle. I decided to paint a realistic lake scene. Initially it was flowing. Looked like the memory of the lake in Thunderbay. Then my heart took over, and it ended up as an "not going to remain painting." Which I posted in my #instagramstories Thank-you @iframemoments for loving it. It no longer exists.
My heart decided to change it to this abstract expressionism painting. Left a bit of the blue in the center.
Many holes in the cork. When you #zoomin you see hearts all over. And in the mid lower left initials CHI - me saying "Hi" and symbolizing energy.
Pops of orange in this painting as I was thinking of #wallybuono CFL's winningest coach, retiring end of this season with the BC Lions. Had the honour of meeting him. One of those who leave a lasting impression. #dwaynejohnson posted words about Wally. Mentioning that Wally cutting him from the team squashed his NFL dreams. He quoted, "Sometimes, your biggest dreams that don't come true are the best things that never happened...keep the faith." These words, the integrity of Wally Buono, and the memory of my uncle. Started with the painting of the lake, and ended with my heart in a painting.
I really do need a duct tape sponsor!
Painting: Chick on skateboard.
I often see creatures and things in inanimate objects. They make their way into my paintings.
This one has a bird riding a snowboard made from falling leaves. Part of me in there wearing a hoodie.
It's a whimsical painting, and my interpretation of fall colours.
This one is painted on wood. Uses mixed media of layered homemade "chigiri" paper below the acrylic paint.
I have a painting in progress in my #instagramstories It has animals hidden in plain sight. I think some may be able to see the bear wearing a toque. Yet can you see the other creatures?
It's because I often see things in inanimate objects that they appear in my paintings. When you look at a painting as a whole you may not see these things. It doesn't matter, it's the feeling a painting provides, that matters.
Trying to instill joy. Painting gives me joy. I love to take a moment and look at paintings in detail. Knowing that an artist puts their heart and soul into each piece of art.
Next week, I am posting, "pops of colour." And the completed whimsical painting in my stories.
As well, I will have a "different" style. One that reflects mental health. As this is a topic I feel should be talked about mainstream. The stigma needs to be removed.
Find your joy. Do the little kindnesses each and every day.
Showing vulnerability is a strength. We hear it on various Instagram platforms, many discussing common threads. Life is precious, make sure to tell those you love that you love them. I love those who are not afraid to show their heart, in words, and actions. I appreciate @iframemoments for being the open caring individual you are. I am grateful to @positivitymatters1 for her meaningful connections @revjanebeach for her constant reminders of the beauty in this world, and how to achieve inner peace. @gustai Your words make my heart soar.
Have a beautimous weekend y'all.
Serendipity, synchronicity, signs, Divine Providence, coincidence.
Call it what you may. Perhaps it's because I love all these things, that I experience the weird and the wonderful. Really, it's all about finding joy in the simplest ways.
Some of the "things" that happen in my life are truly unbelievable. And if they didn't happen to me, I might find that they were unreal. Yet they do happen. I can't explain it, I accept it, enjoy it, and try to be aware, and pay attention.
When I am writing a word, I would hear the exact word on the radio, on the tv, or in a conversation.
Now that I don't write as much as when I was blogging. I find I only have to "think" the word, and I hear same at the exact moment. What's really uncanny is that it is happening to Others close to me.
If anything, it gives me laughter. I desire to convey joy, and sincerely wish you all receive it on a daily basis. That hearty belly laugh till it hurts.
#zoomin The larger words, are ones that repeated more than once. I see the significance of some words. I don't know how or why some words repeated.
Some ask for signs. For myself, it's the process of being aware. One of the words that repeated was "listening." If anything, this word does signify something. As listening is a skill most do not possess, and something we can all do better.
Try the elastic band technique. Wear the band around your wrist, and for an entire day, zap your self when you interject with, "Oh, I remember when..." Not so easy. It's good practice, as there may be a "time" when someone truly needs your ears. Sometimes it is not what is said, rather what is not said.
My weird, quirky, wondrous world.
Painting, "Colours of the heart." I was set to post an entirely different painting when my heart indicated to post this one. It was untitled, and I was thinking...then I saw @kindness_and_wonder and in her post there was mention of colours...and I knew the title of this piece.
I do paint with my heart, and I love colours. This one is as all my paintings, layered. Many different coats of paint, different thicknesses. You have to #zoomin to see the depth. As a painter, every stroke, dot, scratch, and layer of colour is intentional. This one is "muted" and blended, a metaphor of my Instagram account. As it is not only about art it is about making meaningful connections. Connecting people. And inspiring people to action.
Am currently using an android to capture, and trying my best to represent the painting in its true likeness. As I have purchased works on line, both paintings and photography, and when it has arrived it is not the same.
When I start to sell my art, will have the size, mediums used, and the closest capture to "what you see is what you get." Next week, I will be posting a series on colours, and some whimsical paintings with hidden figures, and figures in plain sight. All though you may not see them, they are there. My life is full of symbolism, and this makes its way into my art.
My favourite painter of old is Camille Pissarro. In his words, "Everything is beautiful, all that matters is to be able to interpret." My sincerest hope is that you receive "joy" from my art. How and what you see is less important to how a painting makes you feel.
I have been blessed by the inspiring artists I continue to meet on my @instagram journey. Learning lots from the professionals. And being encouraged by those who have been enjoying my art.
It's new territory for me. And I admit I love it, have been #todallyinspired to paint. To the point of "Ooops, I overcooked the casserole." Find your joy. Even if you "think" you can't paint. Give it a try, it's very therapeutic.
Thank-you all for the words of encouragement, and for #following me through my art journey. I am grateful.
When does FU and BS go together?
In my recipe! Get your mind out of the gutter, and journey with me. I have two simple and delicious recipes for you.
Fu Yu Persimmon Salad, and Shredded Brussel Sprouts.
Cooking with the colour "orange" my current go to colour.
The meal included lemon tarts inspired by @chefmomos and Red Miso stew inspired by @harrison_bubba Both very #yummy
Fu Yu Persimmon Salad:
Dice persimmons into bite sized pieces. Peel and section mini honey mandarins. Place in bowl. Squeeze juice of one lime. Grate "fresh nutmeg" on top. Add "real" Canadian Maple Syrup. Toss. Serve as is or over a bed of baby spinach.
Shredded brussel sprouts with bacon bits and dried apricots: Shred sprouts. Sprinkle them with juice of one lime. Let marinate for a couple of hours. Dice dried apricots. Mix together with sprouts. Saute bacon bits till crisp. Drain fat. Add butter to pan, add sprouts and apricots. Saute just until colour goes bright green. Add "real" maple syrup. Mix. Season with pepper. Serve sprinkled with toasted white or black sesame seeds.
You can add or adapt to your liking. I often add pomegranate seeds for that pop of colour and flavour.
The dinner party was to celebrate our friend Nancy's birthday. She despises brussel sprouts.
I plated them with some homemade lumpia, made by a friend, some cambozola cheese, and a little mound of the brussel sprouts. She absolutely "loved" them. First time in her life.
Simple is best! Fresh is best!
Next dinner party trying recipes inspired by @jeanetteshealthyliving and @sliceofsiska
Painting: "One with nature." #passion is what drives me. I am attracted to beauty, in all things.
This painting was #todallyinspired by the fiery orange, and reds I recently saw in a "blueberry" field.
When painting, my thoughts were carried by the beauty I see in the photography of @frank_gitte She captures the "soul of the camera." And, she is a #beautimous soul. Quick to share the works of talented artists.
It was through her that I met @luismdr93 and saw his passionate artistry.
I love all genres of art.
Often I "see" faces, and creatures in inanimate objects.
In this painting, "One with nature" there are hidden figures.
They are there as they are part of the creative process. It's how "I see." Paintings are interpretive. It doesn't matter what you see, it's about how you feel.
In the middle "I am there" with my head not attached to my body. As I am a dreamer, with a vivid imagination. Yet, I live in the real world.
Sometimes it feels as though I am outside my own body.
As with all my paintings, they are layered as it is innately who I am. Complex, and simple.
We are all unique.
Thank-you Gitte. Thank-you Luis.
I did alot of scratches in this painting, as they represent the metaphor for my Instagram journey as a painter.
Scratching the surface.
Painting brings me joy. Thank-you for allowing me to share that joy.
Next year I will start selling my #todallyinspiredart
I am a quirky artist, and it gets expressed through my paintings.
Linear - not.
Inclusive - yes.
Girls just wanna have fun!
Taking a me day, and experimenting.
Have been inspired by @fulvio_plus_actor @tobiealteredreality @luismdr93 by their creative genius.
I am technically inept. Tried my first animation.
This is a painting I did in the summer when it was hot, and I wanted to feel the cool of winter.
It was created on the back of a box of cereal, on cardboard.
Animation is the free version from #xefx
Was fun! Wanting to know more. Of course I am still having serendipity with words, as I typed "more" heard same word on background music.
Mental health is vital.
Have fun, try something new.
Painting: "My heart dictates." For the first time "I created a painting of a painting, that reminds me of a painting." I am influenced by Impressionist painters. As well, the beauty I see everywhere.
It is my heart that dictates. I love colours, and for me art is a form of mindfulness.
Next year, I will start my professional journey. I am grateful to all the artists I have met on line.
Would appreciate any advice on the ways to get my art out there. I presently know nothing, so any tips would be valuable.
This painting is acrylic 20 x 16. When I create my first professional piece it will be a larger canvass, 60 x 60.
Am practicing, honing my self-taught craft. Eagerly studying the talented works found through @instagram Such a wonderful platform.
Thank-you for all your support.
Y'all have a beautimous weekend. Keeping with my "balancing act" and not posting on weekends.
Will continue to post my current paintings.