steady

Walking slowly into 2016. I’ve got a new day timer that I can hold in my hands and get inky with. I’ve written in my intentions & goals for 2016 and  further broken those down into months, weeks and days. Small and steady steps. But there’s a slight problem with the set-up – a messy desk. To […]

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into 2016

fieldwork 2

Produce  (verb) → to bring into existence; give rise to; cause I seem to go through several “new year” events. In September it feels like a new year because of the association with the school year (even though I am long beyond going to school I do take classes from time to time). Then there is the […]

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on location

a quest

in this island place we see in all directions home is everywhere from “on location” A while ago I talked about a chapbook of poetry I had created. My artist self worked on the images (local photos altered using various apps) and the design (paper, fonts, layout etc.) while my writer self went through the […]

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lining up my words – a meditation

I’ve been hammering and shaping copper. Letter by letter I put words on the copper that might inspire or remind. My sister calls them cue words. The first bracelet I tried making I stamped “practice” in both directions. Yes, it was a practice bracelet but also I wanted to remind myself to keep practicing. – […]

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In Gratitude

Some magic happened today at Coast Collective. Poets read, artists talked and the audience responded with much applause. The show, “In Conversation: Poets Speak; Artists Respond”, began with a call out to poets back in June. Poets responded by submitting twenty-nine poems that were given to participating artists to work with. A few months later […]

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poems from Vancouver Island

I finally got my chapbook together the way I wanted. There were a number of things I had to put in place : – choose the poems, review/edit, put them in some kind of order – decide if I wanted to include any images (yes) – create the images using my photos and then altering […]

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drawn by the strange pull

Sometimes I am at a loss for words. That’s when I make “other things” – things physical and hopefully, things that have a quality of beauty. Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder so I can only be true to myself, my vision. I’ve given a lot of thought lately about why […]

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Making Art

There’s something energizing about being in the same room with “like” people. Last week I spent 5 energizing days at MISSA (Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts) in a workshop that was quite different from anything I’ve taken. Instead of the touch of clay or the impulse of paint and paper I learned how […]

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Projects & Promises

I’m setting some project goals for myself over the next six months. I have set them in the past and have disappointed myself by not following through. Now my impulse as I am getting closer to my 60th birthday is to do the work and please myself. ☺ In an attempt to integrate the artist […]

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My Tribe

My writing group, the Sooke Writers’ Collective, has been working toward a 2015 anthology since last fall. It is a professionally designed and printed book – one hundred and fourteen pages this year with nineteen participants, five of which are high school students. The five are winners of our annual student writing contest we host […]

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