http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/max-lerner-quote-about-being-a-possibilist/ We are often saddled with labels that just don't help our mindsets! Optimist are frequently equated with idealist, or God forbid, dreamers! I don't know about you, but being a dreamer wasn't nurtured in my school or home as a kid, so that word had a less favourable connotation. It often came with the … Continue reading A little good news — Be a Pissibilist!
Over the last few days I've ranted about what this piece might say about me as an artist, a technician, a person, a creative, etc... I still don't think it says something about me... Let me rephrase that; it doesn't say everything about me, and only a little about me right now! I made it … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – Enough About Me, What Does This Say About You?
... To distract me from answering the real question: "What will this piece say about me?" Before I dive into how this question makes me feel, I need to let off a little steam... "🤨😖😩🤬🤬🤯🥶😱" (Mini-Rant: The emojis are lame and just don't release the feeling the expletives I want to scream out! Since I've … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – A Little Side Exploration… Into A Vulnerable Truth
I took a little more scientific approach to paint this one and tried to show how wide my (now 53-year-old) face has become. I tried to render my features a little more proportionately. Somethings are more accurate, but it just doesn't feel like me. I just don't see myself, nor my place in this universe … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Thirteen – I just don’t see myself this way
At this point in the explorations, I was feeling a little overwhelmed at how many more I wanted to do. I should say, I let myself get away from the moment of making and lost track of the blank canvas in front of me. I decided to look away from my selfies and look deep … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Seven – Diving Deep Inside
In my early twenties, I was almost always angry at something. My sense of privilege was frankly ridiculous and expressed itself through overcompensation and drama. Well, that sounds terrible. It wasn't a happy time for me. Looking back at photos I did make some interesting style choices, but the self-portrait drawings, which were very few … Continue reading Self-Portrait Six – Remembering Myself Younger with a Pink Denim Jacket
I flipped and moved the focal point of one of my selfies to give myself a good staring into my own eye. I needed to see something there... something I was expressing. Without my glasses on my eyes often look very sleepy, old, and tired. But inside I feel very young and curious, especially when … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project 3 – Looking into my own eye for a memory
I warped the selfie on my phone for the model on this one. I observed it for a few minutes and then painted from memory. As soon as the outlines went down on paper I was aware that I was channelling feelings about my age. I couldn't figure out why I let my nose remain … Continue reading Self-portrait project 2 – How I feel when painting the unfamiliar.
Book Review: The Bad Seed by Jory John Great illustrations and the moral is very clear, at the end: everybody can change. Not sure if I'd read this to my class of kids, but one on one, it could be a lovely story.It's just a little long. The protagonist makes a beautiful transformation in self-awareness … Continue reading Everybody Can Change
Book Review: Red - A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall This is one of those gems adults get to experience, unless under special circumstances. If you're in a teacher training course and have a clever mentor, if you got it as a gift to read your own child, or if you are a wise teacher … Continue reading Amazing Reinterpretation of The Ugly Ducking