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Everyday life

Sunday

Luke and I took a drive to Fintry Provincial park with the dogs. It’s about a half hour drive with beautiful views of the lake almost the entire way. The park is mostly closed for the season, but you can park and walk down to the water. Oliver being blind was kept on leash, but we let Jazmine run free and they both had a blast.

When I was in San Diego I remember having a conversation with my Uber driver regarding him living in a beautiful city and not taking time to look around much anymore. He hadn’t been to the beach in years. It made me think about living here in Kelowna. This place is an attraction for people around the world because of how beautiful it is. I need to remember to never forget to appreciate the life I live here, and how lucky I am.

That evening we ended up going out to watch a friends band play for Saint Patrick’s day at O’Flanagans pub. They are still not well known but are amazingly talented and I know they’ll make it big one of these days. They are called “Lucky Monkey“, click the link to check them out!

Monday

Luke had to work but I was off so did the usual. Laundry and house cleaning in the morning and took the dogs for a walk. In the afternoon the sun came out and it was the warmest day of 2019 for us. I took my computer, phone and beer outside and worked all afternoon on a new way of promoting my art.

My mom sent me a website that allows artists of all sorts to upload their content. I spent all afternoon Monday doing this. It’s pretty awesome actually. I am now able to offer my work in print, canvas print and various textiles. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years and couldn’t find an affordable, sort of hands off method of doing this until now. This site handles all the orders, printing and shipping. It’s an incredible way to grow my business and promote my work. Click here to check it out.

I’m sorry it took me until today to post this week, I will try and get another post in before week’s end. Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers from time to time!

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Life is in the moments

This past week was a whirlwind of experiences I shared with friends and husband. To start it all off on Friday we went to a small venue concert to watch two Canadian indie rock bands that I love. We were very close to the stage so could really get into the show and feel the music. Songs like “I love you” from Said the Whale, and “Let’s fall in Love” from Mother Mother are a few of my favorites. What a sap I must be. Ha.

On Sunday night, I was one of 12 artists competing to win the votes of the crowd in an art battle. In a previous blog post, I showed two of my practice pieces. The vibe was stirring when we got there, all the artists trying to get into the right head space for the competition. It began with 6 artists in a circle with their canvases on easels facing inward . “And GO” these artists had 20 minutes to start and finish a painting. As the artists painted, the crowd was allowed to circle them and watch. The round ended, very quickly.

I started preparing my palate, still unsure what I would do, I grabbed some of my favorite colors. I got placed in front of my canvas and my head was whirling…”what am I going to paint, what am I going to paint”. Luke had suggested before it all started that I paint eyes, I have this obsession with eyes, particularly sad ones. I’ve become rather good at drawing and painting eyes and people like them. There’s something so emotional about these pieces, it tends to draw people in. So, the round started and away I went. I could hear the people talking behind me but I ignored the noise because “I HAVE 20 MINUTES TO FINISH THIS” screaming in my head.

Here are a couple of pictures my friends took of the event.

Myself and 3 other artists made it through to round two. I should’ve been little more creative and done something completely different, but I panicked and did another painting of a face. So I ended up not winning overall, but the experience was amazing and inspiring and I would love to do more things like this in the future.

Tuesday night we had another concert to go to. This time at Prospera place here in Kelowna to see “Lord Huron” and “The Arkells” Luke bought all these tickets for me for my Christmas present. We decided to spend money on activities and events vs. presents. Lord Huron is a band Luke and I connected over. When we first met we went through each others music to see if we had similar taste. We did, we both love music and sing all the time, mostly when we hear a word and then a song pops up in your head. It’s kinda funny. All of this to say that life is truly in the moments. The video below is our song.

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Last year in my 30’s

I turned 39 on the 28th. Age has never really bothered me before, but the whole week leading up to my birthday I became very aware that I would be older. I went through a small bout of depression thinking about when I was 20, I had all these plans of what I would achieve before 40. I have achieved some of these goals but not all of them. Maybe that is unrealistic, but nevertheless it all kind of hit me like a bag of bricks. I am lucky because my husband and sisters helped me get over my funk with silly antic-dotes and jokes. They helped me stop overthinking and just be OK with getting older! It is not a bad thing! This next decade will be pretty exciting I decided.

I was off work for my birthday, which is not something that happens often when you work in retail. The depression had passed and I woke up feeling thankful and happy. I snuggled on the couch with the pups and watched a movie first thing, and then took them on a nice long walk. It was pretty crisp out but the sun was shinning so I didn’t mind the cold. Our winters here in Kelowna are probably some of the mildest in the country, there is cloud cover which keeps it warm but then we don’t see a ton of sun.

After our walk I decided to practice for the upcoming Art Battle. This event is awesome, they travel to cities all over the world to host them. I am one of 12 artists who are competing for a final spot. We all paint for 20 minutes, and when the time is up, hands up and walk away allowing for the crowd to determine who goes to the next round. There are three rounds of this. So, I wanted to see what I could do in 20 minutes, here are the results.

That evening Luke and I went to the Waterfront Cafe and had a lovely meal with a great bottle of Brezeme 2014. After dinner we went next door to this French bistro to have an aperitif. They have this amazing cognac that you can’t buy anywhere but Quebec or France. If you ever have a chance to have a sip of this , it’ll blow you away.

So that sums up my 39th birthday. Here’s to another year….my last year in my 30’s!

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