Archive for July, 2012

Music to My Ears

Posted: July 20, 2012 in Pencil Sketches, Portraits

I know some very creative and talented people!  Most of these people are talented musically.  I have been to more band shows than I could count.  I even have a playlist on my iPhone titled ‘Friends’.  I usually listen to this when I’m away from home, as it reminds me of the amazing community I have to come back to.

One of the first bands I remember not only supporting, but really loving their music (you go to a lot of concerts at the request of friends, but don’t always enjoy the music) is Treelight Room.  Treelight Room only lasted a couple of years and released one album, which I still listen to these days.  Still love it.  Though Treelight Room is no longer together the members of these bands have moved onto other bands that are still just as good and better!

Treelight Room was made up of three people, two guys and a girl.  The girl is Jocelyn and I knew here during her years before bands when she use to quietly play a piano at a camp we worked at together.  I remember sneaking in on her and requesting quite profusely for her to play me just one little song.  Loved those days.

This is Jocelyn.  This is also one of the first portrait drawings I did of someone I knew.  It’s pretty smudged, as it’s been around a while, but when I look at it I can hear the beautiful music Jocelyn is capable of creating!  It’s good to have reminders in your life of the people around you.

Jocelyn is now touring with the Jordan Klassen Band and is just as talented as ever.  In case you were curious, the two boys from Treelight Room are now apart of a band called Nuuka and will be releasing their first album in early September!  I am very excited to purchase this album and add it to my Friends playlist!



Posted: July 19, 2012 in Pencil Sketches, Portraits

I have been working with youth and mentoring youth for roughly ten years.  This year the last of the youth I have chosen to be committed to are graduating, or should I say graduated.  It has been an incredible season of my life.  Years of volunteer work.  I have loved doing this and having it be apart of my life.  Though I have stepped back in many ways I am still committed to my girls when they need me.

Volunteering has been such a huge aspect of my life and this year I am receiving an earthly reward for it all.  In three weeks I will be heading on a trip to Kenya to volunteer my time with and organization that has been investing in the community for years!  The best part is that the whole trip is being paid for – it’s a gift.

Life is full of amazing seasons.  Some are bad, some are good, some are harder than others and some you just embrace with both hands.  It does feel that one season of my life is ending and a new one beginning and I am ready to embrace it!

I’m graduating!

– Photo of Jasmine.  One of the girls I am committing my love and time to, whenever she needs it!




Last Five Years

Posted: July 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

Ya, it’s been a while.  I find my creative drive comes and goes.   A lot of what was posted is years of evidence of my creative drive being turned on and off.  I guess it’s those off moments you have to push through in order to allow art to become a full time career, talent, hobby or whatever you want it to be.  It seems the inspiration is what gets turned on and off.  Sometimes I find I am really inspired and other times I am not.
Recently I watched a Ted Talk by a woman named Brene Brown.  I had never seen a Ted Talk before or heard of Brene Brown; however, this talk was truly inspiring and revealed to me all kinds of pieces about myself that I didn’t know needed attention.  If you are wanting to know what I’m talking about I recommend checking out the following links:

If you aren’t wanting to pursue these I can sum it up with in saying that vulnerability is the birth place of creativity, among other things.  Perhaps it’s time I worked on unlocking this to unlock more of my creativity and inspiration.

Last night I had a moment of vulnerability with some friends as the topic of my last five years came up.  I was reminiscing my camp days and how long ago they were, which then lead to thinking about how much of my life has gone by since then and how I feel I have accomplished very little.  Turns out I have really good friends and they spent the next while telling me all I had accomplished and assuring me of my great future, whatever it looks like.

I went home feeling unwell today and couldn’t get the previous nights conversation out of my mind.  Considering I had recently been vulnerable I guess I had the inspiration to be creative.  Something I have always wanted to do, due to a friend that inspired me from my camp days – ironically – is turn myself into a cartoon.  My friend who did this would constantly draw himself doing different things or would draw himself with extreme expressions.   Usually, the drawing of himself would express what he was feeling inside, just in ways he wasn’t allowed to express outside.  For instance, he would draw himself lighting off some TNT… you get the picture.  I always thought this was such a great way to let off steam or have a constant creative outlet.

Today I drew myself as a cartoon and let me tell you, it was way easier than drawing a realistic photo of myself, which I have blogged about before.  I seemed pretty lonely on the page all by myself, so I drew representations of things I have accomplished within the last five years:

I wont go into all the explanations of what it all means, but those who know me will get it.  More importantly, I get it.  I am hoping the next time I do this particular project the page will be a lot fuller!  Here is to the next five years: