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Tornado Warnings

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She’s one of my favourite living artists.  I’ve known Lynne McIlvride for decades and am honoured to own one of her originals.

I was at the opening of her new show last night http://www.davidkayegallery.com/ and once again I’m struck with the beauty of her work.  As always, I start to wonder why. What is it about this art that hits me so profoundly and more importantly, what is it trying to teach me.

Apart from her being one of the best people I know, her work speaks to me of balance and beauty – often in the midst of chaos.  She mixes found objects with fresh painting, her life 0 the good and the bad is recorded in her work with a courageous honesty that I marvel at, but it mixes with metaphor and symbols, whimsy and heartache.

This is what I love the most; she explores her art and her passions with specific and clear emotional detail while using metaphors that make her work universal.

Her latest series, Stormy weather (seriously, check it out) is all about tornadoes.  She’s put them in their sturdy glass doored boxes so we can view them and their destruction from a safe place, and then she tucks in some supplies to help with the healing after.  My favorite is the one pictured.  It’s a nasty little tornado (in spite of its colors) and Lynne’s given us thread to sew it all back together when the tornado’s done its worst.  No Band-Aids, sturdy and colourful thread.  It’s gonna leave a scar, it will never look the same, but we’re gonna hold it altogether. Another piece has the tornado coming through fabric that’s already patched together…here it comes again.

Sometimes life gets ripped apart, if we face it with integrity and creativity, we can make something beautiful.

Thanks again Lynne.

Check out her web site, she’s great.

http://www.mcilvride-evans.com/

 

Her current show runs to August 25th at the David Kaye Gallery – 1092 Queen St. W. Toronto.   http://www.davidkayegallery.com/

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Happy Half a New Year

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A fellow blogger who I’ve come to really enjoy posted a blog that really got me thinking on the weekend.  She called July 1st the threshold of the second half of the year.  What a great way to mark Canada Day.  I celebrate how much I love my country AND I take a minute or two and re-evaluate, re-think and re-group…sort of a mini New Year’s Eve.  That same day, I hit the half-way point for my Blog goal and hit 5,000 views since I started in January (2013 goal is 10,000).

Check out the inspiring post here.  http://joiworks.com/2013/06/30/crossing-the-threshold-to-the-second-half-of-2013/

I’ve learned a lot about BLOGGING and life in the last six months.  Here’s what’s come up when I think about it:

It works when I work it.  I know this seems self-evident, but when I take time to post regularly and make real connections with other bloggers I get stronger, better and more tangible results.  When I take time off my views drop to one or two a day.  Go figure.

On the subject of making good connections, I have to admit that I started looking at other blogs and leaving comments as a way to let people know about my own blog.  I specifically did this with bloggers on subjects like personal growth, my area.  The more I connected however, the more I found I loved reading other people’s thoughts on the subject.  My own personal journey has been greatly blessed by the people I read…now I still read and make comments because I truly find value in the writing I find in this community.  Leaving a comment is just a small way of showing my gratitude.  Oddly enough, (or maybe not) the more sincere I get, the more people I find connecting with my own blog.  Funny how this works.  Honesty and sincerity actually work…and you can’t fake it, people know.

I want to say thank you to everyone who stops by, everyone who follows and everyone who posts.  You inspire me, make me laugh, make me think and open my vision wider.

Helen Wilkie – one of my favourite speakers – has a great story she tells about moving forward that ties in beautifully.  Here’s a link to it…check her out, she’s awesome. http://www.mhwcom.com/HelenOnYouTube.html

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