My husband and I just got back from Holguin, Cuba. I brought a sketchbook with me to record the major events in words and images. Here are a few pages from my sketchbook.
We travelled in a 1948 Jeep to reach a remote village.
Daniela, who is five, was expecting us along with her family and neighbourhood. She gave me this paper fold out. Instead of a sketch for the day, it became part of a journal page.
I’ve talked about home, exploration and novelty. Since pictures (and music) are worth a thousand words, here is a video to let you know where my husband and I are going.
Music by Arany Zoltàn, http://www.aranyzoltan.hu/
Many people have been asking us why. Why now, why Ecuador?
Part of making big changes in life is letting go to make room for novelty.
It took me a long time to think that an extended stay abroad might be for me. I’ve grown very attached to our community, my family is in Quebec, and I really enjoy our home.
But the call to explore and to experience novelty has grown on me.
For now, I am enjoying the sense of place that comes with being home. In the morning, you can usually find me at the garden terrace, having breakfast among the raspberry plants, lemon balm, basil and tomatoes…
In the afternoon, this is the perfect shady spot for sketching, writing or translating.
Like many of you, I follow some websites and blogs, listen to podcasts and use applications on a daily basis.
I’ve noticed that while working on an art project, listening to an interview or to music actually seems to calm my internal critic and set me free to explore. On the other hand, when I am walking or gardening, I would rather listen to my surroundings and be receptive to new ideas (which I make sure to quickly capture in my notebook).
So here it is, my list of current sources of inspiration and learning. I would love to find out what resources are useful to you. Let me know by adding a comment below.
As far as I can remember, my childhood paintings and creative writing pieces have been cherished, kept, sometimes framed or read aloud. This is not to say that they were outstanding, but rather, it’s a testimony to the character of the people who surrounded me as I was growing up.
If I had to name just one major artistic influence in my life, it would be Mrs Gertrude Vigneault-Prochencher, my first art teacher. When I met her, she was 75 years old. She opened her home to me, and introduced me to her creative world.