Adding in colour. & being Thankful.

A little more work. & being Thankful.

I love long weekends. It’s enough time to be lazy and productive.
Feeling thankful for this extra time to work on my art—and clean the house (I even clean and organized my kitchen cupboards), spending lazy time napping on the couch, baking, family, reacquainting myself to tea time, cuddling with my dogs, appreciating fall colours, my handsome man (who drew and painted too for the first time in a long time!). 🙂

Summer Road Trips.

I love Road trips in the summer: The excitement of packing up the car filled with clothes, food, beer, and the possibility of going somewhere other than the daily routine. We gathered the dogs in the car and left the city.
This was Ty’s first road trip.
He was a little confused as to why it took so long to get where we were going, but when we got there, he was very happy: A dog’s dream… So many smells, so many things to discover.
Ruby Lake: possibly the best place on earth.

I enjoy it there so much: reading, eating, drinking, thinking, relaxing, spending time with family, it’s always fleeting though, back to real life.

maybe there?

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Time & Space.

Does the address really matter?

The location, the square footage, the design, or the details…
or just the feeling?

there are basics to houses like having the rooms that one needs to ‘live’: a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen, a dining room and a living room….

but what makes it a home?

we go beyond to want something that feels safe, comfortable, and structurally sound.
A place to relax in, a place to be creative in, a space to work in, to hang out in, a space to entertain in, an outdoor space, and a place to store and display our things too!

We spend so much time, money, love, in these spaces we call home.

The amount of space we need is dependent on maybe—what we grew up with to expect, or maybe what we think we can afford, or even what we can actually afford, and ultimately timing in our lives.

Making a house/a home is something that can be done to just about anywhere…

Maybe it’s all just a state of mind.

Could i, you, we, be happy there?

I imagine myself, my life, our life, there…. what would be different?

acrylic underpainting

I choose to start my paintings in acrylic for several reasons but mainly because it dries faster than oil— therefore, I can work on several at a time— and get the jist of it painted before I get to the good stuff with my oil paints. I always end in oil because I love the depth of colour oil painting provides, I love the feel and consistency of oil, and even the smell better! It makes me happy.

Do you paint in acrylic first too?
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