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Creative, non-fiction, content, poetry, marginalia

Things Worth Holding Onto

Things Worth Holding Onto

things worth holding ontoThe New Year is well underway. New projects are gradually taking form.  With a fresh start I have to ask myself, what are the things worth holding onto? A fresh slate always feels welcome and holding up the shiny new mirror to reveal a new level of clarity gives me renewed enthusiasm, even with the biting winds of March upon us.

2014 was a milestone year in so many ways. I did not expect my father to pass away and he did on November 19, 2014. He was my moral compass and loving father. He has left us all with memories to last through many years to come. Words cannot express how much I will miss him. I was honoured to give the eulogy and pay tribute to him. In some ways I still cannot believe he is gone.

Placing one foot in front of the other, I trust the path will direct me to where I am supposed to be. Daily practise leads one to the next step of the journey. After all the only moment that exists is now. Trusting the process without proof of the formula requires faith, determination & resilience.

Sometimes the amount of work I want to do, seems daunting. We only have so much time. I am beginning a landscape commission, have been developing a new musical show, as well as writing some original musical material.

I recorded keyboard tracks for a soon to be released album of my friends and designing a CD cover for them. I continue to host the Open Mic at the
Kensington Pub on the first Sunday of every month. We have a variety of music from folk, original, to blues & gypsy soul. It’s a great time.

Reviewing this past year had me doing a self-inventory, tallying up where I shone and where I want to improve. Simplifying, discarding what is no longer needed, only bringing forth with me what is important & necessary for the journey ahead.

One massive job currently in progress is sorting many books from my possession. I have been a bibliophile for ever since I can remember. Now I must thin out the numbers to make room for new stuff, cataloguing my collection for future reference.

When I collect things I think they will always resonate with me but now I am finding things lose their shine as new things unfold. One day we realize we are trapped by material objects, a barrier we have built ourselves.

Clinging to the old energies, no longer relevant are an extra burden to carry. The lingering scent of that which once was now fuels my present life. I remind myself to keep only things worth holding onto.

Welcome to My New DIgs

New Digs

 

New Website & Blog

Welcome to my new digs. This is my new website & blog. I have decided to integrate everything I do into one site.Sunset Over the Rockies

I had my blog on another service for nine years, and now it is here and this is the first post. I like the idea of being able to manage my own domain and the contents. Below this, in the right hand column you will see the blog archive where you can read my  old posts. I will eventually move it all over here.  For now, it will be a gradual transition.

A fresh start, feels wonderful, just in time for summer. Almost overnight green leaves have sprouted and the fragrance of blossoms fills the air. The launch of this website corresponds with the three year anniversary of being laid off as Director of the Music Academy. Since then, I have been working on establishing myself as a creative entrepreneur.

My music teaching schedule has shrunk for the summer, and art classes have finished. However ART CAMPS are coming! Stay tuned for the latest details about locations and availability. If you have a special group, a birthday party, ladies night we can cater to your wishes. Let’s create something together!

Upcoming Events

Caprice’s Fine Art Summer Event
Saturday June 14, 2014 10-5pm
10-5pm Inglewood Community Hall.

My Art will be on Display & For Sale, and my musical performance will be from 11 am to 12 pm. Many other fine artists, musicians, food trucks & more … come & hang out. The last one was a blast.


Writing

Writing; Writer for Hire

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Currently I develop content for websites. If you need assistance get in touch. I enjoy doing the research to help place you as an expert in your field. Hire me to write for your business and help you to create your content. Writing for search engine optimization will make you visible in the search results. My wide scope of interests and research skills allow me to write on a number of topics.

Topics I specialize in are health, environmental, green technology, job search, organizational psychology, real estate, construction, building, renovations, design, creative process, philosophy and lifestyle. I am able to write extensively on business, art, music and the beauty industry as I have the technical knowledge and experience.

I do freelance work by contract and for marketing companies as well as small business. Professional content samples of my work are available upon request.

Career articles by me for JobSearchDOTca

Environmental articles by me for About My Planet

Health articles by me for Latest Health Treatments, a website no longer online.

 Not much creative writing here yet, I know. In the meantime, you can visit my blog here.

Those who know me can attest to me knowing a million stories. Story telling and writing have always been an intricate part of my life. I kept journals even as a child, and always enjoyed making up stories and poetry. I took some writing courses at the university, creative and novel-writing, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Also I completed the songwriting course through Berklee online. Written projects are in progress. I will post things here when they become available. I am hoping to release a book of short stories soon.

I have been a blogger since 2005 though I have always written. Blogging was something I never imagined myself doing, yet once I started, it became addictive. It is a useful tool for sharing my creative projects and interests, as well as a way to set goals for myself.

Art and Healing

Art and Healing


“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is a symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring.
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature–the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter. The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world…are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea and sky and their amazing life.”
~Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

HealingHealers healing artists … artists healing the world. Why do healers heal and why do artists paint? Empathic calling perhaps, a need for expression for the good of humankind.

Healers and artists share an affinity with beauty, and a desire for truth and happiness. Beauty is necessary to every culture, and in every culture is defined differently. Beauty inspires. Beauty heals.


ART & HEALING
… are One and the Same …”


Treating mind, body, and spirit holistically to achieve harmony is the goal of the healer. In the artist’s work, such harmony exists in the essence of the art, it’s elements of freshness in its originality. Unique expressions living entirely in the moment, aspects of a larger knowing. No two snowflakes, flower petals or tree trunk the same. Yet all are living organisms joined by a common thread, part of a larger plan.

Rose
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Destination Nirvana


Destination Nirvana

In a time of universal deceit …
telling the truth is
a revolutionary act.
~George Orwell

BuddhaWhy seek the truth? How is it that so many of the great minds have spent lifetimes looking for the answer to that eternal question? A universal set of truths and values are common to all peoples and cultures.

I believe that all religions are merely different roads to the same place. It doesn’t matter what you believe. When your belief is strong, then there is no need to to prove it is correct, nor to attempt to convert others to your beliefs. Conviction needs no justification.

Trying to convince others your way is the only way, is a futile pastime. Focus on yourself instead. What you believe is what you will become. Perhaps an important reason to seek the truth. Beliefs are only real to the one who holds them. From belief emerges truth. Truth is universal.

Rose

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Aspects of Reality

Aspects of Reality

citronfractalArt is concrete, while philosophy is abstract. My love of philosophy allows me to obtain some of my ideas from abstract thoughts. The challenge becomes creating work concretely & significantly in form, colour, all the elements of design. We have the facts, then we have the perception of what is real.

The artist observes, learning to see is crucial. Originality is not influenced by the judgments of others. The conclusions others tend to draw about a particular artist and their work, may or may not be true. What the viewer sees is only true for themselves. The artist has a different sense of what is. Synchronization exists when the communication has a value of truth for both the artist and the viewer.

Parallels can be drawn with subjective and concrete, with objective and abstract coinciding. Subjective is what the individual knows. Objectivity is the other side of the coin. We cannot say for sure that anything that exists beyond one’s own mind and self exists. How do we know if what we see is real, or merely illusion?

Rose

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Imagination

Blue UmbrellaImagination is the ability to form mental images, and the source of creative mind power. It is all about images … images … images. Inspiration and the stuff that dreams are made of, come from the imagination. On occasion, I have mentioned my experience of seeing images on the big screen in my mind’s eye.

Puzzled, some had no idea what I was talking about. Apparently this is not the experience of all. Georgia O’Keeffe, has been noted to say she remembers seeing images, as a tiny child in her crib, pictures in the shadows on the wall, shapes, colours, shadows, light. Where does this come from?

Rose

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Wonder of Phi

sunflower-sqNew found knowledge of the golden mean, divine proportion, & the golden section based on the Greek number Phi began a new world of fascination for me.

If I could study this for more than one lifetime, I doubt I would ever understand the essence of it’s existence. Primarily, I was interested in how the concepts related to composition in visual art.

This led me to the Fibonacci series of numbers which have been around for a long time. You can read more about it here and here. The first awareness of this was recorded in Sanskrit somewhere between 450 and 200 BC. Yet they were named after the greatest mathematician of the middle ages, who first investigated this concept.

Rose

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