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Creative Inner Work and Balance

In November I held my last workshop for 2017.  I was honoured to lead one of my Creative Self-Care workshops in my home studio with a full house so to speak.   It was exciting to have some new and old faces join me in this self-care series.  One of the things that I spoke […]

Reflections on Doodle Journey Part Two

  It has been amazing seeing all the different interpretations and expressions of the Doodle Journey course.  Once a year I offer this course free to those willing to take the time to explore through doodles, while setting judgement aside.  Because doodling is so process based, it is a simple and easy way to allow […]

Reflections on Doodle Journey Part One

Every year that I run Doodle Journey (and this is its fourth year) I am reminded of the power of simplicity.  We are coming up to the beginning of the third week of this year’s journey and still the doodle does not get boring for me.  Though I had hoped to post sooner about the […]

Gratitude Art: A Free 7 Day Journey

In the beginning of August I asked those in the Virtual Art Circle Facebook group what most interfered with their having art-making time and the response was mainly “not having enough time”.  Over the years in my creative work with others this has been an ongoing theme that seems to deter people from creating art […]

Creative Momentum

  I’m feeling really inspired after our mountain bike trip to Mount Saint Anne, near Quebec City, where the UCI Mountain-bike World-Cup races were held.  Even though the rest of my family are much stronger cross-country mountain bikers, and are into downhill mountain bike riding (unlike myself who will take a climb over a downhill anytime) I really appreciated taking my […]

Growing Your Creative Practice

Every spring and summer I spend a lot of time in my garden; in the spring I am planting seeds, nurturing seedlings and watching them grow. In the summer, I watch my garden more closely, with my guard up because of past experiences with pests wiping out what I have created and grown on my […]

Renewal Through Creative Re-Purposing

Sometimes we need to look at things differently, with fresh eyes. Doing this allows us to take a new perspective, and opens the door to all the possibilities in life, including ones we may not have known existed. Creating art is a direct way to make this happen. When art-making, there is always the potential […]

Creating Opportunities

Last weekend I ran another in person Painting With Your Muse intuitive painting workshop with a lovely group of muses. Reflecting back now I realized it has been 5 years since I first created the online course which later became the in person workshop here in Toronto. I have been running the in person workshop since […]

Creative Mythology

This weekend I had the pleasure of running two arts based workshops where the focus was on self-exploration through creative process. In both the question came up- as often it does at these workshops: how are you able to keep your creative practice going?  I must admit one of the reasons I began doing these […]

Self-Care Through Elemental Art

This week is children’s mental health week here in Canada. With many events promoting awareness about children’s mental health and the importance of supporting services.  As an art therapists who primarily works with children and youth I see the need for more understanding and compassion towards children who often become labeled as “difficult” due to […]