27 February 2014
I welcome each new moon with the creation of a plant mandala from things found about my garden.
As the Okanagan winter lingers, things are so very bare with few options to choose from. Mostly twigs, pine cones and the dead of last year still. Among this apparent barrenness though the tiny whisper of a new year's fresh growth to come as shrubs begin to reveal the buds of new life. Tiny gems of hope. This is the raw end of winter and I shall be so glad when things begin to warm once more. Not long now, is the mantra we repeat. Not long now...
Is spring come where you are?
18 February 2014
"I move easily and effortlessly, trusting the process of life."
A collection of orange things found from around my little workspace as part of my journey into orange this week with Louise Gale's Creative Colour Energy workshop series. Unlike red I have no issue with spicey orange, and am at complete ease with it's vibrant warmth and juicy tones frequently choosing it when I want a splash of fun, happy colour...
Where have you spotted orange in your world today?
15 February 2014
From childhood I used to be a great devourer of books, romping through them to journey side by side on their wild adventures across far away, imagined places. Books and the writing of books was definitely a huge passion and dream for a long, long while with hours upon hours lost in plotting story lines, visualising characters in fine detail and drawing vast maps of my own imagined landscapes. Like Slartibartfast* before me, my favourite part was drawing all those wiggly bits of coastline...
But I digress...
Though the idea of ever getting one of my curious tales finished enough to submit to a publisher waned, my passion for reading continued strong all the way up to and for some time into that phase which is mamahood. Though I have continued to read more practical books at a steady pace, the habit of reading the 'just for fun' written word has not stuck back the way it once was, though I have tried many times a book has caught my eye and I would very much like it to do so again.
And so when I happened upon another new-to-me book that captured my attention at our little local library earlier this week, the seed of an idea took hold and began to grow: why not start my very own, just for fun, book club? For grown-ups like me who still love reading young adult fantasy!
So here I am, feeling rather awkward, asking if you might be interested in reading alongside me to talk about books that fire up our imaginations with the possibilities they play with? Just for fun? Sound good?
As I'd like to keep this super-simple for everyone, here's how this little club will work: Each month we'll read one book together. Just one. Nothing too scary. I'll announce which book it will be right here on the blog with enough time for you to seek out a copy via your local library, indie book store or Kindle (where available). Then toward the end of each month I'll open up a discussion on it so you can add in your thoughts and suggest other books we might like to read next. Whether or not you chose to read alongside me at the time, if it is something you have already read you are absolutely very welcome to join in discussions at the end of each month. I'd love to connect with you!
So, what do you think? Are you in? I do hope so, very, very much. To begin with I shall be starting in March with Erin Morgenstern's debut novel, The Night Circus, which I have heard mixed reviews about but whose concept intruiges me all the same. I hope it does you too. Care to join me?
*designer of planets from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
09 February 2014
06 February 2014
A veritable rainbow of colouricious snippets gathered as part of Louise Gale's Creative Colour Energy workshop series.
Things have been a little monochrome around here lately, and while I do very much like the crisp minimalism that an Okanagan winter brings, I don't have much care for the drear grungy muck that it so rapidly fades to under human foot. So I am rebelling and seeking my colour elsewhere!
Spanning a period of five weeks and presented through a mixture of audio, video and playful creative exercises that include free-form journalling, painting, collage and photography, Creative Colour Energy explores how colour speaks to us on an emotional and creative level. Exploration of colour also draws upon eastern philosophy and colour's associations with the chakra energy system, something that has been calling my attention to explore more deeply for a while also.
Several hours of chopping up old magazines destined for recycling (and still more to go) in search of colour swatches has already begun to brighten my winter grey seeing all my snips gathered all higgledy-piggledy. Now I want to rainbow-ify everything!
As for the winter drear? By the time this class is complete, the first glimmer of Nature's own colour should be making its' reappearance from beneath that deep blanket of white...
What colours have you noticed in your world today?