TICK, TOCK /// These days are all about the slow times, because everything is happening so fast. I’m an all-out downtown transit junkie if you ask me – forever traveling back and forth for hours at a time from the east to the west. So it only makes sense for me to jam pack my music player with great music.
I listen to tons of remixes of favorite and unfamiliar jams (honestly the best thing ever). One my favorites start off with a quote that I find awfully liberating. It speaks about our fears, and the darkness within us and how it’s not the most frightening thing. And most importantly about bringing forth your positive energy to inspire others, instead of suppressing your light in order to protect and preserve.
It’s a gloomy day today, but I hope you have the energy to inspire someone around you without being afraid. The entire quote is also below, in case you’d like to read through it.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
BLAZING RED /// I’ve recently taken up a Wacom tablet into my arms to further expand my tool palette. It’s proven to be more challenging than I thought, just because drawing and painting with my hands have always been so intuitive and real. It took some practice to really comprehend that what you were doing down here, does something all the way on screen. There is something about it not being real that allows me to freely go about creating images and making lines.
Moment When, is the second image I’ve created through the tablet, and I will be turning it into a zine for this year’s Canzine 2013! It talks about the moment of stillness, of the moment just before anything happens, before anything processes through your mind. A moment in its’ purest form.
RUBBING BELLIES /// Happy Sunday everyone! I wanted to share with you a small collection of puppy bloggers that I follow regularly on the interwebs. Today we feature Honey, Pony, Momo from Find Momo, & Maddie from Maddie on Things, two of whom I’ve been fortunate enough to meet! These little noodle brains have been great subjects to paint, with each their own expressions.
Some of you may already be familiar with Maddie from Maddie on Things, where her owner Theron would take Maddie on expeditions where she would prop on top various found objects. Momo is known from Find Momo, where Andrew would hide him within sceneries throughout their travels. On the other hand: Sweet sweet Honey, whom was adopted by her lovely owners Alyssa & Emmett from Toronto, ON. Possibly the sweetest and most mellow pup that you would ever meet – a spot on reflection of her owners. And lastly we have Pony, who often visits us in the studio with her owner Leslie. She is super shy and lovely, and has the most amazing tiny face ever!
Take some time and visit each one of their blogs! I promise you it’ll be worthwhile. ;)
SNEAK PEEK /// It’s been a while since I’ve done a Studio Sunday posting, most likely due to the fact that I do most of my work during and on the days that I go to work – hence the lack of any photographic evidence! You’re definitely in for a treat later today though! I’ve really been getting back into watercolors – stay tuned and I promise it won’t disappoint!
DRIFTWOOD CITY /// A couple of months ago I was fortunate enough to take a small camping trip with my sister and her family to Pinery Provincial Park down by Lake Huron. It feels like I go every year, but really it’s only been my second camping experience. Never is it disappointing since each place has their distinct features, and mother nature has her way of rewarding you for trekking it out this far.
My favorite part by far was the area in between the campgrounds and the beach. Between these two spaces was a glorious sand dune, a void, that dipped in after the grounds. Once I was down there smack in the middle, it felt like I was being enveloped by tiny shrubs, mounds and mounds of sand, and complete silence – it was amazing.
The waters were clear there, and we got lucky that tons of driftwood washes up all over the beach throughout the year. Tons and tons – so many that it became my mission to find the few worth bringing home. I assume there was also a huge bonfire by the beach that night now looking at the photos, or someone simply constructed fort out of driftwood to beat the heat.
Can’t wait till cottage week this weekend! Until then, enjoy!
COOL CITY /// Just the other day, a few of us took a visit to Cool City: Oyster Yard down by 99 Sudbury St. – a quaint and hidden seafood house floating in between the building of a gallery space and a parking lot. Despite it’s awkward location, the resto was incredibly cozy, and it felt like you were sitting alongside the harbor.
JUNEBUG /// This one was made during work. I think was listening to a podcast through Radiolab, specifically one about this baby named Juniper and whose parents never expected her to survive. It particularly stood out to me because her nickname was Junebug, and I felt like she’d have short hair and big eyes on her 6th birthday. I’m a horrible storyteller, so great stories paired with convincing sounds hits the spot!
I’ve been really been getting back into the darks of the ink and the bleeds of watercolor. How can I not?! It’s been treating me so well that I just can’t stop. It’s been busy, but I’m looking forward to putting together something special with all the pictures that I’ve been making on the side lately.
HOMEGROWN PEONIES /// It’s been humid and hot with rain in Toronto, but it’s hard to not love it. The plants in the garden have gotten a major growth spurt, and my little indoor succulents are breathing in all the good humidity.
A couple of weeks back I was pleasantly surprised to discover so many peonies growing in my backyard. For the longest time it was living vicariously through favorite blogs and the occasional Toronto Flower Market that happens every Saturday at 99 Sudbury St. in Queen West. If you are ever in town or in the area, it is definitely worth checking out! All Ontario-grown and potted, and often you’ll find yourself scoring a couple of succulents for $3 a pop.
*NEWS FLASH* I’ll be planning a Potted Plant Exchange in the next week few weeks, and perhaps a few if the first one turns out well! I have a ton of little succulent babies growing and waiting for a good home, and I have no need of multiples. I figure we’d all grow a better green thumb by taking on new plants outside of our comfort zone!
GREEN THUMB /// Apparently I now have a green thumb in and out of Animal Crossing. During the day you can find me tending to the succulents in my room (the only plants I really understand), and at night, crafting pink roses out of red and white ones. There’s got to be something to be proud of there, right?
I’m really looking forward to working on some new projects in the new few weeks though, and will be heading up to camp this weekend, so expect tons of new photos and paintings once I return. ;) I’ve also discovered that my Mom had planted peonies a few years back in our backyard, and have been indulging in them since, trimming them down before every rain fall.
The weather has been so amazing. Take a walk today, with or without your 3DS! (collect those coins!)
NEW LEAF /// This week’s #typetuesday is inspired by the new Animal Crossing: New Leaf! I’ve played the older edition before, but the new one is bursting with new activities to do and more customization opportunities. In addition to this, I’ll be doing a series of mini illustrations that go along with tips and tricks to earning the most bells, having the prettiest garden, and favorite items of mine in the game. :)
LET’S BE FRIENDS!