Tag Archives: creativity

getting back at it

We’ve been on a bit of an unplanned blog hiatus (blogatus?). We didn’t make a conscious decision. It just happened. Neither of us sent our usual “hey check out my draft on slippers” and the other didn’t sent a “what the heck should we write about next week?”

Life was happening all around us. As it does. And that took much of our time, attention and energy.

When we first starting blogging, I brought my marketing/advertising get-shit-done-on-your-to-do-list and of-course-we-can-blog-three-times-a-week approach. It was a good plan and we did pretty well for a year or two.

Then you wonder…are we saying the same stuff as we said last November? And if we are, does anybody remember? Probably not. Hell, if we couldn’t remember and it was our blog…we were pretty sure that our readers didn’t keep mental track.

And then life happened. There were wedding details. There were kayaks to paddle. There were real jobs to get done. There were vacations to plan and take. There were tributes to write for old friends who had left this world. There were brothers to worry about and visit in the hospital. (he’s fine!) And there was stinking hot, humid weather All. The. Time. Sure we grew up in humid southern Ontario…but come on.

But enough about us. We wanna get back to sharing the stuff we love with all of you.

Stuff like…

  • a cupboard full of homemade, local jam
  • baby blankets knit for your first grandchild-to-be

So, we might repeat ourselves every 18 months or so…with a slightly different twist and new picture. Thanks for travelling along with us.

Be well.

CJR & HAR

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stress-free sketching

I’ve always loved the idea of sketching. From afar. Wishing my hand would flow freely and loosely over the page. For years I’ve been buying local art. Loving to look at it. Never really imagining I might be able to create just a little piece of my own.

And then we found Sketchbook Skool through a friend. An interesting and accessible way to learn sketchbook journalling with a range of artist instructors.

The entire course is delivered online. Every Friday, for six weeks in a row, new video instruction is made available – samples of the instructors sketchbooks, tips and techniques, and a homework assignment.

We did our first course about a year and a half ago. And I got hooked. Big time. Danny Gregory’s style really stuck with me – and I’ve read a couple of his books Art Before Breakfast and A Kiss Before You Go. And my sister and I took a second six-week course from artist Jane LaFazio who had been one of the instructors from our first go round.

What I really like about Sketchbook Skool is the Friday night lesson timing. It was a great way to end the week, leaving paid work stress behind and getting lost in the pages of the artist-of-the-week’s sketchbooks. And as I worked at the “draw what you see, not what you know” sketching mantra…I realized that while I sketched, everything else disappeared.

And I had a new reason to buy more notebooks, new pens, watercolour sets, brushes…and even more notebooks.

Here’s a little gallery from last year and a half of sketchbook journalling.

CJR