Painterly Perspectives

I guess I did a good job because I can't really remember what the original colour of these flowers was. They may have been blue, but they might also have been yellow, or orange. I'm not sure. I played with this image about a week ago and it's been an incredibly full week. I just … Continue reading Painterly Perspectives

The Root & Foot of the Issue

I'm starting to wonder if I'm obsessed with tree trunks and why that might be? Sure, I love everything Wabi-Sabi: the colours, subtle tones, textures, naturally occurring patterns... all making the work unique and impossible to reproduce (easily). But, why all these gnarly stumps? There was a time that I thought I was looking for … Continue reading The Root & Foot of the Issue

Mrs. Roopy is the kind of teacher I want to be!

Book Review: My Weird School #3: Mrs. Roopy is Loopy! by Dan Gutman  I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Teaching is all about inspiring the love of learning, in my books. 😉 The illustrations complement the writing charmingly, and the writing... well, it's perfect for the kid in all of us! Every child has something special that … Continue reading Mrs. Roopy is the kind of teacher I want to be!

Persistence and Heart

Book Review: The Boy Who Never Gave Up by Stephen Curry What a beautiful story. Stephen exemplifies what we want all our kids to know... they can be whatever they want, if they never give up wanting it and work to get it. There's a second valuable lesson here... Follow your dreams with all your … Continue reading Persistence and Heart

Building a Creative Community – Presenting Víctor Mauricio Rodríguez

Let's encourage and support our fellow artists! I recently connected with an inspiring artist and art educator: Víctor Mauricio Rodríguez on LinkedIn. We embraced what social media allows us to continue, where isolation has left us wanting... sharing creative passions! I'd like to share a little of what he shared about himself and his work, … Continue reading Building a Creative Community – Presenting Víctor Mauricio Rodríguez

Foibles of the Judge Called Jury

I'm pretty sure I saw this as a drawing somewhere, well, actually not so sure. However, the image seems to pop up in my memories from Monty Python skits, Star Trek TNG scenes with Q, and strange Kafka-esque gothic films from the 1960s and 1970s. It's all from that mess of what an old friend … Continue reading Foibles of the Judge Called Jury

Study Of A Sky Spirit

Inspired more from one of the stories from the Hopi, but also from descriptions of the Manitou. The funny thing is I found this curious book and the back cover said it was written from the perspective of a crow and I'm sure that's part of this too. All these creatures come from an amalgamation … Continue reading Study Of A Sky Spirit

Study Of A Mountain Spirit

I got inspired by one of many descriptions I’ve read of the Manitou according to the Ojibwe people combined with various Japanese forest creatures. The strange figure rises out of the dead tree stump and remains part of it. It is ready to wander the world. Perhaps looking for those who harm the earth. The … Continue reading Study Of A Mountain Spirit

Study Of A Great Plains Spirit

In this case, I got inspired by one of many descriptions I’ve read of the Manitou according to the Ojibwe people. Floating around my mind, are a great many folk tales and illustrations from the old folktale paperbacks I collected as a teen. This one seems to rise out of the ground like heat haze … Continue reading Study Of A Great Plains Spirit

Study Of A Forest Spirit

I can easily say the only thing original about this might be my simplified style of it. I have filled my imagination with images of tree beings and forest spirits from endless books, movies, and illustrations. They aren't always female and I'm not sure this one is meant to be fully female either. It is … Continue reading Study Of A Forest Spirit