Monday, July 2, 2012

A Simpler Life


There are so many elements of life that often get a little overwhelming.  This morning I was flicking through Facebook...as you do...and I noticed that Violette had a wonderful video link on her page about a man whose philosophy is all about living simply.  (Click here to view the video)



There is no doubt that we can all make a better effort to reduce our carbon footprint, but the part that resonated with me was the philosophy about letting go and living simply.   This man believes that if you simplified your life and follow your heart, then the universe will bring opportunity to you.  That you'll live a more enriched life, have a better impact on the world around you, and enrich the lives of other people.  I simply couldn't agree more.


My husband has made his career out of his passion for bicycles.  He rides to and from work every day, we both have a cargo bike that carries 400lbs and we use it to do most of our errands.  Mine is fitted with a special seat for my six year old, and a capsule for my 2yo.  The three of us can be seen cruising to the grocery store, zipping along trails to swimming lessons, or just enjoying the beautiful bike trails of the Cedar Valley..  It's not just that we love the great outdoors, or that we love bicycles, it's that we want to avoid using our car and paying huge gas prices.  I guess this is a little effort on our part to live more simply, by looking at this video made me think about putting more effort into a simple life.



On another note, scrapbooking.com featured an article this weekend about Silks Acrylic Glaze. I was thrilled when they contacted me for some tips about using these beautiful paints, and even more excited when I saw the article on their website yesterday, with all my art sprinkled throughout.  WOW!  What a buzz.  Leslie from Luminarte has been a huge supporter of my art and classes for some time now and has so generously provided me with little sparkly pots of wonder along the way.  I love these products and I'm so honored that Luminarte enjoy my work enough to share it.



By the way, for those of you who have been waiting, my online class,  A Taste of Silks has just opened for registration for a four week run beginning August 3rd. If you'd like to learn how to paint with acrylic, and how to make the most of the beautiful, shimmering, luminescent properties of Silks, then please join me in August.



For more information, or to register click here.



So this painting was done with Twinkling H2O's & Silks, with a flourish of ink for definition. And to all my very dear Canadian friends and followers, I'd like to with you a very happy Canada Day.

Thanks for checking in. xx