Posts Tagged ‘Musings’

first rooftop sketch – and the struggle of calling myself an Urban Sketcher

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I’ve seen images such as this all over Pinterest and Instagram and was on the lookout for rooftops to try.  I was initially put off of this one because of the snow on the rooftops (see my last post!) but ultimately decided just to go for it. Here’s the other funny thing about me (okay, […]


From the Brazilian Archives

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Good morning!  Happy Saturday! Not sure if you want to call them archives, I did these sketches back in February after we got back from the trip.  They were completed around Valentine’s Day as I recall.  Frank and I had a lovely Valentine’s date one day where we wandered into a coffee shop to sit […]


Reasons why I will never be a star blogger…

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Oooh hai. Just wanted to pop on and put up a few new pieces.  I had a co-worker commission me back in February for an anniversary gift for her husband.  She provided me the photos, requested the size of the paintings and gave me a nice wide time frame to complete them.  And here they […]


Trusting the Process

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So I can happily say some of those New Years Resolutions remain on track.  Actually I read a great blog post recently about not calling them Resolutions, because then it feels like way too big a deal when you fail.  I understand.  So I set best Intentions (yes with a capital I) for the year […]


the Travel Kit: my review

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Ooooh hi. I just thought it would be fun now that I’m home to do a quick review of what worked for me in my travel kit and what did not.  To recap, let’s visit this post. I had a nicely filled bag to take with me to Brazil.  Two sketchbooks, a container for brushes, […]


Travel Sketches from Brazil

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Hello and happy Saturday!  It is our first normal weekend back home from Brazil.  I think we might have just the teensiest bit of jetlag still as we have both been out of bed since 7AM – something I love to do and my other half is not exactly known for.  I thought I should […]


My Travel Kit

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  Okay, so by now I’ve been travelling through Brazil for almost two weeks.  How insightful of me for the first time in almost four years to schedule a bunch of posts for January!  Excuse me while I pat myself on the back a moment… Done.  It’s probably painfully sunburnt right now anyways.  So!  The […]


Recommended Reading – any reading really…

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I read a new book a little while ago called Big Magic.  It was written by Elizabeth Gilbert, same author who wrote ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.  That was a great book too, about new beginnings. Big Magic imparted several lessons, and honestly after each chapter I had to fight with the desire to take notes on […]


Inktober: the Home Stretch

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We’re in the final week of Inktober and I wanted to talk about a few things I have learned over the course of the past month with it.  There is quite the disconnect, I’m finding, between my blog and my Instagram account.  The blog still shows the occassional fashion illustration and some other random musings. […]


a mid-summer’s July

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To quote the white rabbit: “Goodness me!  I’m late I’m late I’m late!” The last two weeks have been unintentionally spent travelling from coast to coast in Canada.  My dad, sister and I ventured out to Regina beach the last weekend in June to spend some time with my mom’s side of the family.  Late […]


Life, Lately

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  I should really be updating more now that the blog has been cleaned up! I keep realizing too that I mean to write up posts and forget entirely.  We were in Mexico a little while ago – I could write about that.  I completed the third year of the Vitality Awards for the Downtown […]


back in the swing of things?

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I know, I know…the blogging schedule really does leave something to be desired. I’m still on a bit of a leave from work.  The normal Type-A part of me thought I would be efficient as all get out, maximizing the time off, working tirelessly on new pieces and maybe even finally following through on the […]


Birds and BABIES

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  It’s not really a secret.  My husband and I have been trying for a baby for some time now.  I’m doing my best to trust the path I’m on now, and not worry too deeply about why it’s taking the time it is.  Maybe I’m meant to discover something about myself.  Maybe there’s a […]


New Year, New Hashtag: #DBSLdrawsYYC

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Happy Friday!  Three posts so far this month, colour ME impressed!  Why the change?  Because I’m so thirsty to keep creating these days! I’ve been taking those Urban Sketchers books I received for Christmas to heart – I have found time almost every day so far this year to pull out my sketchbook and draw […]


Am I…complicated enough to be here?

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  What a start, right?  Well I do want to get back to this space more often, so I think questions like these are important!  Frank and I ventured out into the bitter cold tonight to attend an art show for a fellow capoeirista and artist friend of ours, Jason Lamacraft .  It was pretty neat […]


A new January

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Good morning!  Happy January the Fourth! New calendar, new year.  There’s always a story behind each month.  Last year I can recall creating a girl in a killer pencil skirt in an office setting, ready to take on the world.  I loved the image, but I remember by the end of January I was like…ugh…bite […]


A few more aMiNals…

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Well hello again!  Look at that…less than a month to return to blogging!  I am patting myself on the back right now. So I believe I’ve covered how all of my friends have been having babies this past year.  I’m eagerly feeling ready for one of my own, but in the mean time, I had […]


Beep beep.

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  Well hello fair readers, if you are still stopping in. I confess, I have been more than absent lately. It’s been in my best interests.  Life throws funny curve balls at you sometimes, and you have to take time off for yourself as needed.  I’d been feeling this way for a while with the […]


Sweet, sweet September

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Finally, finally life can slow down just a little.  I write these words having just returned hours ago from Vancouver following three intense weeks of capoeira which culminated Sunday in receiving my next belt.  I feel good.  I was exhausted and just breaths away from tears most of Saturday evening, but I’ve worked so hard […]


July! and Happy Canada Day

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Get those bikini’s ready!  Finally Calgary weather forecast is predicting a week of temperatures in the high twenties – meaning I may actually be able to go to work without a sweater over my cute outfit! It’s funny to look at this illustration almost a year after painting it – I was so proud of […]


Spring Forward

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Hello all!  My apologies for recent absenteeism.  I’ve got a few things on the plate right now! I am very excited to say that I will be working with the Downtown Calgary Association for the second year in a row on their Vitality Awards! At the moment my desk is absolutely covered with sketches, watercolour […]


Gala Gonzalez

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This was an image I saved…forever ago from Instagram. I don’t know how I end up following half the people that I do, and periodically I’ll go in there and purge.  But this photo I liked.  I think what I like about fashion illustration when done right is the element of play that it has. […]


In sickness and in SO sickness…

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Let me just start this post off by coming out and saying… I am disgustingly sick right now.  Like, my loving husband, after giving me flu medicine and Vicks vapo-rub before bed last night, had to sweetly ask me to turn my face the other way to breathe because I’m so congested, achy and moaning […]


Kicking SAD to the Curb

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Just a snippet of what’s waiting to be painted right now… Whew!  Alright, SERIOUSLY, how is everyone feeling today?  I’ve been battling the royal headache that is Seasonal Affective Disorder now since Friday and I think I’ve finally got a grip on it.  The sad part is, it took a while to even recognize what […]