Portal, a new painting and video

" Nothing is sacred and nothing is sure anymore
Except all that you are and stand for
Guide me toward your portal
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This painting is the fifth in a series of paintings inspired by the songs of Canada's female singer-songwriters. It is inspired by the song of the same name by Lights. I'm not sure what the meaning of of this song is to Lights, but to me it's about my relationship to music, and how it has been both an abusive lover (when I was pursuing a career in music) as well as the most transformative, transcendent portal bringing me to some of the most beautiful moments of my life.

This piece has in interesting quality to it because of the interference paints that were used. When viewed straight on, it appears to be entirely in shades of white, cream and grey. But move slightly to the side and you will see the colours from the metallicinterference paints bring it to life, activating the portal as it were ;)

Portal is a 12x12 original mixed media collage on board. It is seeking a new home. Are you its new owner?

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Devil's Paintbrush Road, painting video

" Live and die and gone, live and die and gone,

the devil paints a double life, live and die and gone."

This painting is the fourth in a series of paintings inspired by the songs of Canada's female singer-songwriters. It is inspired by the song of the same name by the Wailin' Jennies. I loved pondering what the Devil's Paintbrush Road might look like. The setting sun is a Devil's Paintbrush flower, and the road is also lined by those flowers. The road itself is textured with glass bead gel to give the impression of a road of hot coals.

I chose this song not only because of the imagery, but because of the idea in the song of being at a crossroads between two lives and having to make the choice of which one you will choose. I think even years later after making those big choices, we still wonder, what if I had gone the other way?

Devil's Paintbrush Road is a 12x12 original painting, mixed media on board. It is seeking a new home. Are you its new owner?

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Careful, a new song inspired by the Happier Podcast

I'm a huge fan of Gretchen Rubin's Happier Podcast, and last week she posted a quote from one of her favourite children's books that inspired me to write a song (something I have not done in a while!)  The quote is:

"Being careful is not as much fun as being friends..."

I think this quote is a great marker when we are making decisions about who we have in our lives. When we feel we need to put up any kind of emotional barrier to protect ourselves, that's probably not someone you want to be close friends with. 

Here is my new song, Careful. Full lyrics are below.

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careful

 

every so often my memory hazy

time passed and photographs

blurry with age I think

maybe

 

but I don't want to be careful

I don't want to be careful

with my tender heart

 

sometimes I think I should call you

seems it's a thing that people do

then I recall the way

you let me fall the way

you let me walk away

 

and I don't want to be careful

I don't want to be careful

with my tender heart