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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 […]

Challenging Your Creative Norm

I decided to challenge my creative practice, try something I don’t normally do.  Usually I like to work more intuitively, painting, drawing,  making art about whatever needs to come out in that moment.  This is my comfort zone, to work without a directive or plan. For some that is daunting, for me it is freedom. […]

Create Creative BEing

On Friday I had a relaxing afternoon with colleagues at the Spa. A social worker, psychotherapist, psychiatrist and another art therapist and I went to a Spa for water therapies; relaxing in the sauna, hot tub and salt pool before going for a much-needed and deserved massage.  This is the second time we have done this […]

The Journey of Art

December is here and my Doodle Journey e-course has finished. As I worked through the course myself,  my inner critic tried to interfere with my doodle journey discouraging my loose and somewhat “messy” style.  It was a practice in letting go of judgement, though  even as I write this post and prepare to upload some of […]

Deeper Self-Care

Self-care is something we all know about but don’t necessarily take the time to do. Wether it is relaxing with a favourite book ( non work related), taking time to prepare a nutritious meal, getting some fresh air out in nature or taking some creative “me” time.  As much as I know self-care is important […]

Digging Deep Via Creativity

  Digging deep into the unknown crevices of your emotional life can sometimes be daunting, even uncomfortable. Its easier to pretend like it does not exist rather than to explore it through our creativity. Why is it that inner reflection so important?  The stuff we ignore can stifle us, and block us from moving forward. […]

The Inner Wilderness of Creativity

Canoe camping in the backcountry is always an adventure.  We had been away from it for a few years as our kids no longer fit with us in the canoe and it meant taking a second canoe and portaging it- with two kids who at that point were starting to say they were not interested. […]

Following Your Intuition

In a world where we are taught to follow the rules, play it safe, fit in, etc. its hard to remember how to just be yourself. We are taught from a young age how to do things properly, unless you were one of the lucky few who had parents who allowed you to discover things […]