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Simple Sketching

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
This week I kept it simple with my sketchbook and only did one little page and a little somethign to send off to a friend. It would be really easy to say I failed only getting so little in, but really, I did it, so why declare it as a fail?!




My Studio Today


You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
~Friedrich Nietzsche


Interestingly I don’t have much of a mess going on in the studio right now.  Much is a relative word of course, because I tidied but it’s not spic and span, but what studio should be when you’re working?

three hearts

Really, I just wanted to share one of my recent paintings with you.  One that made me cry.  A couple from my home town of Chilliwack had their sweet baby girl die of cancer this week, I read about it when a friend posted this article on her FB feed.  Being that I have had a child die my heart just broke, I get what it’s like to be in their shoes, even if our situations are so very different.  I didn’t realize how much reading that story impacted me until I went to paint.

I pulled out my background and started working on a piece for Scott, a FB friend I am doing a painting swap with.  And this is what I painted:

little angel

No, I’m not sending him this.  I ended up painting him something else the next day, but this is what I painted.  And then I cried.  Because 9 years later it still hurts.  Even with my precious little ones I wouldn’t trade for the world, I’m still missing one.  Of course, it’s because of her I adore my two living children as much as I do, smother them with loves and appreciate them the way I do, and for that I am thankful.  She has made me a rockin’ mom.  But I still miss her.

little girl angel

 Looking back I see that almost every single one of my paintings has a story or feeling that I needed to let out and express and art is such a brilliant outlet which I am so thankful I have.