Feb

23

2013

Holding On

Exhausted and longing to find refuge in rest. I am awake and unable to sleep. Pain always seems to be my body’s response to stress. It is my early warning system that things are overwhelming. As if in the past my normal response would have been to stuff it all down and keep on going.

Now beyond my control my body forces me to recognize something I can’t ignore. I have limited reserves and I know the importance of self-care. I practise being compassionate with myself and accepting when I know there is nothing more I can do but take the pain meds required to take the edge off so that I can rest. So I will retire to the comfort of bed, warm blankets, and a heating pad. I am grateful for the blessings in my life,and I will hope for a better tomorrow. Holding on….

windowsofmyheartCW

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Nov

29

2012

So Much Magic and Hope

I have a whole lot of catching up to do on this site.  This year has been unbelievable, exciting and I am so hopeful about the future.  Just for today I wanted to share an image I just finished.  Often my artwork expresses things that in my heart I have always known was true.

 

May your days be filled with magic, where wishes and dreams come true.

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Sep

26

2012

Wishcasting Wednesday

Fall

 

Well it has been an amazing and busy summer and I find myself so delighted that Fall has arrived.

I found this amazing call out to others to share their “Wishcasting Wednesday” about what our Autumn/Fall wish is from Jamie Ridler and knew it was a perfect way for me to reconnect with blogging.  So here it is, my wish for this fall :)

First of all what some of you may or may not know about me is that Fall is my absolute favourite time of the year.  I love the return of cooler weather after the heat of summer and the amazing and colourful canvas that the world displays for us as the leaves change and begin to drop, slowly floating down to cover the ground.  I love to hear the sound of the Canada Geese flying overhead and returning home here to the west coast.  There is something so beautiful in their call to each other as they wing their way back to us.

This year has been an incredible rollar coster after getting the push I needed to leave my secure corporate position to become self employed and be the artist and writer that has been waiting for so long to break free.  It took a huge leap of faith to make this change and now 6 months into it, I have:

  • Currated a digital art show in the Cowichan Valley featuring 12 digital artist that ran for a month
  • Currently have my own solo art show at Java World that runs to the end of October
  • And most significantly have completed the creation of The Rainbow Travellers Tarot deck, which is just back from the printers and is ready to begin shipping out internationally.

Wow!! I’ve done more in 6 months than I have in years combined and while not all of it was easy it has been a tremendous life altering experience.  So what do I wish for this autumn:

  • To spend more time connecting with nature as it is my gateway to feelings of peace and joy
  • To share all that I have to offer to help others to believe in their own dreams
  • To continue to make soulful connections with kindred spirits that have come into my life so that we can share in this amazing journey that is unfolding
  • To make more time for doing the things that touch our hearts with  my beloved wife, soulmate, and best friend

I feel so lucky and so blessed for so many reasons and my heart sends much love and light to all.

Brightest Blessings

Carmen

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The 2012 Digital Art Expo being held at Portals the CVAC Centre for Arts, Culture and Heritage is going brilliantly with recognition from newspapers and most recently this morning on CBC Radio.

One of the greatest gifts of this show has been working with 12 of the most awesome local artists, collaborating and putting the show together to showcase and demonstrate their brilliant and diverse artworks.  In addition the expo is providing opportunities for the artists to share their passion and their expertise in two artist speak events, the next one scheduled for Tuesday, July 24th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

On July 4th we received news coverage from the Cowichan Valley Citizen.

Cowichan Valley Citizen - Digital Art Takes Centre Stage

 

 

Which brings us to this morning’s interview with Gregor Craigie on CBC Radio 1. I was so thrilled that they were willing to take the time and bring our Digital Art Expo to their morning listeners and believe it is yet another step in helping us to showcase the talent we have in the Cowichan Valley and the amazing work and medium that is Digital Art.

We are all making a difference and sharing our love of digital art with the world.  Woohoo!

 

 

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Jul

11

2012

Digital Art Expo

Last night was the Opening Reception for the 2012 Digital Art Expo that is being held at CVAC, Cowichan Valley Arts Council Centre of Arts Culture and Heritage.  Showing the artwork of 12 amazing digital artists including one soundscape artist is exciting and so rewarding.

Viewers got to not only see and hear the artworks produced for the show they were also given the opportunity to learn more about digital art as a medium from the following artist presentations:

  • Introduction to Digital Art – Me
  • It’s a digital world – How are you marketing your art – Beverley Koski
  • Photoshop as a tool – Nancy Oliver
  • From Ordinary to Extraordinary – Zosia Miller
  • Making Art Accessible for People with Disabilities and Infirmities – Jane Waterman.

While we had a few technical issues the artist’s had the opportunity to speak from their hearts and the audience was treated with an incredible learning opportunity to get to meet and know a bit more about them as well as learn about digital art as an exciting medium.  As curator and participant of the show I can say there has been an incredible response from artists, art enthusiasts and the community.  I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to share my artwork and to be able to help other artists, some very new to the Cowichan Valley showcase their work and talent.

It’s been a blast and we are only into a the first few days of the month long exhibition.  I promise to share more soon.

 

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