Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself"Mahatma Gandhi I have to admit, as a creative individual I have experienced ups and downs of emotions, which over time, I have come to learn is quite natural and useful in creativity; yet after suffering depression I found … Continue reading The ups and downs of life.
I have written about growing older recently, here at My Aging Autumn Years , but that doesn't mean that we feel old or feel sad about getting older. It means that we are preparing for a meaningful retirement when it comes because we love life. We want to embrace life. So in order to live our … Continue reading I Love Life.
Grateful for health. Over the last month I have had all my scans and blood tests to make sure that I am in full health with regards to my breast cancer which I faced 9 years ago. Having had cancer keeps me humble as I know that it is something that one has to be … Continue reading A Grateful Heart
I have had to adjourn my Icefield posts due to a technical problem I have regarding my images from the trip: no images, no posts for the moment. In the meantime here is a poem... Reflection is about going deep inside yourself, turning what you have "seen", over and over in your mind, like a … Continue reading Polishing Reflections
Most of us value our lives right down to the last breath we take, and my mother was young at heart so it was not too surprising when she retorted, “I am not old! I am not a geriatric!” at 80 years old when I suggested we make an appointment for her to see a … Continue reading Life is Sacred
Visiting Capilano Suspension Bridge Park was a very special day as we had never experienced such views from a suspension bridge before. It is a 140 meters long and 70 meters above the riverbed. My words cannot do this place justice. We met up with a dear friend of Derek's; Hubert was visiting Canada so … Continue reading Rejuvenation in Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Vancouver
We gave Derek's father a lift into the country where he met up with his sister. While we traveled I experienced the landscape as a poem: As we traveled in the countryside I began to see the autumnal earth and her layers of her farmlands as many different fabrics, a layered patchwork skirt some ploughed … Continue reading A Day in the Autumnal Country side, South Africa.
While we were visiting Vancouver Island we took an hour walk around Thetis lake which is made up of two fresh water lakes joined by a narrow piece of land in between and it is located in the Thetis Lake Regional Park on Vancouver Island. Needless to say, with the forest surrounding the lake, this … Continue reading Thetis Lake
Our autumn here is gentle and temperate, a wonderful relief from the hot summer days. Just as it is a time for summer leaves to fall and be incorporated into the soil again I have worked on two W.I.Ps that I started in summer. W.I.P. Sunflowers and Roses I took my time finding the correct … Continue reading Finished W.I.Ps
Layering: My Hands and Heart. Last time I mentioned that artists use layering. Today is just one example. This layering technique uses collage (pasting), painting, stencilling, and stamping and it is fun for all levels of compitence, even children could get involved. I find it important to fill my 'creative well' by experimenting with different … Continue reading The Artist’s Journey: the layering technique.