So here in Calgary, the snow is almost gone, birds are arriving with the warming sun, and my mind is turning to the joys of being outside with fewer layers of clothing and less hassle!
Who knows what the remainder of the year will bring? Are you dreaming of new adventures, but reluctant to commit in case your plans are scuppered again? I feel exactly like that.
This month, enjoy my latest art, forest soundscapes, virtual tours of almost anywhere, therapeutic expressive drawing, and the best of my bookshelf.
I'm behind on adding new work to my art store, but this 18 x 24 inch acrylic on board is my new favourite.
Called The Rain Calls Their Name, it represents the shore birds that flock to Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre in the centre of Australia about four times a century when there is enough rain!
It wasn't accepted into either of the shows I submitted it to so far, but I will keep trying because it makes me smile. Of course, the Canadian judges might not have the same resonance to the subject. Maybe I need to go back to mountains!
I'm still doing a daily playful art project, lots of experimenting with different materials and subjects: collage, nature journals, watercolour, clay jewelry. If you have an Instagram account, you can see them all here.
Quite a fun one for the resources section this month, as I suspect you are also all a bit fed up with being restricted. These virtual tours are free, with an option to tip, and cover pretty much everything: city tours, history tours, even cooking.
As many of you know, David and I were due to spend four months in Russia in 2020 and 2021 for his work. The trip has obviously been postponed, but I ordered this from my local bookstore and it is riveting. I haven't finished it yet, but it raises so many questions about how any of our countries would respond to an event of similar magnitude.
Shelley Klammer is a therapist who uses art as a route to self-expression and healing. Her site is packed with classes and free resources.
Her Dive Deep Art Journaling starts with something as simple as choosing one image in the morning that speaks to you, reflecting on it as you go about your day, and making a few notes before bed.
I personally enjoy journal methods that go beyond the verbal as I find the insights a lot more revealing.
Just for fun
Click on the image above to take a tour around the forest soundscapes of the world. I find it so soothing to see the trees and hear the different birds singing. A nice micro dose of diversity and armchair travel.
If you're good with a microphone, upload your own to the Timber Festival full sound map.
Let me know if are reading or listening to anything interesting, or have something Just for Fun to share.
Until next month, happy venturing out and connecting!
PS I am chipping away at the next fiction project, but writing is a lot slower than my current style of painting!