Another Face Appeared on the Page

HI Everyone.

It has been a very long time since I have blogged. Life is good. Life has been busy. There has still been enough time to squeeze out some secret works of art that I would like to share with you now. Here is a new friend that wanted to come out to play.

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And a bit of a closer look. What have you been up to?

rose

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All In a dream

HI ALL!

I am hosting a new workshop coming up in August on the 17th. We will be designing, drawing and painting our own personal Dream Catchers in our journals. If you live in the Durham Region (Ontario) you should RSVP on the Facebook group ART JOURNAL LOVE and come check out our group of awesome women who have ART in there heARTS. If you don’t live in Ontario – no problem! You should still join the group because it is a place where we can get inspiration and share ideas. Here is the link….

https://www.facebook.com/events/1750161118574779/

I want to shout from the rooftops!

HI All,

Happy Sunday morning. It was a lazy start for me, but now it is “get to work time” and time to do a short post.

I am very excited to share the news that my good friend Randi-Mae Stanford-Leibold has published her first book on Amazon and Kindle!

http://www.amazon.com/…/B01I7BF…/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

She tells me that the Paperback will be available on amazon.ca in less than 30 days.

Since 2014 she has been writing daily reflections about her life. She shared with me that she hopes her reflections will be helpful and will give people cause to stop, slow down, and take time to learn from each other. In an article she wrote for Elephant Journal, she shares with the reader why she writes.

http://www.elephantjournal.com/…/the-magic-of-words-why-i-…/

You can also read more of Randi’s insights and see what she is up to on her website. By the way…she is an excellent keynote speaker!

https://randimae.com/

I’ve been to London to Visit the Queen

Pussy cat, Pussy cat, where have you been? I’ve been to London to visit the Queen. Pussy cat, Pussy cat, what did you there? I frightened a little mouse under the chair….

Well…you will have noticed that I have been away for a while from my blog. It has been a busy time and not a busy time all rolled in to one. I have been teaching a lot and my day job is very stressful. Sometimes it takes all my energy just to stay upright. I have been creating, but it has been creating just for the classroom – samples of what we will be doing each class. I have not been doing much creating just for me and I believe it is a time when I could have used it.

After returning from my trip it was no surprise to those who have embarked on the same journey, that I returned a different person. Nothing seemed right…nothing fit. It was like I was displaced from my previous life and thrown into unknown waters. I know this sounds weird because you will say, but Heather it is your life. I say yes…and no.

All I truly know, is that it has been a really rough year.

As I come up to the point where I left for my adventure last year I yearn to tidy up loose ends and finish projects and get them gone! Here are a few things that I have done just recently.

I finished a round robin travelling journal entry that will be going to Harriet Hensley in Tennessee. I painted Toronto  because…Let’s face it! She would have no idea where Durham Region is. I used spray inks, collaged magazine letters, and acrylic paints in my double spread.

I also finished off a page in another journal headed for Virginia. The theme was things that you like or bring you joy. I love coffee and so I made some cups out of scrapbook papers and glued them onto the page. I used acrylic paints on the background and wrote out the words of a song by one of my fave groups the Manhattan Transfer – I love coffee, I love tea, I love my java jive and it loves me….It was a lot of fun and I really liked the colours I chose.

The last picture I worked on will go towards my many faces of women project. I have a plan to paint 52 pictures of women. I am delving in to other cultures for the next few paintings to see what flows out of me. Here is Mariel. Named by my friend Shireen.

Mariel

So you see…I have been painting. Just not sharing. I will promise to get better and post more if at all possible. Mission accomplished – 3 things done! Next!!

Artfully yours

P.S. No mice were actually harmed in the process of making this art ; )

 

Art Journal LOVE!

Art journal love

I  wanted to drop in to let you know that as of June 10th 2016 I have decided to close down my Meet up group Art Journaling 101 and open a new group up on Facebook called Art Journal Love. The meet up platform was great and well laid out, but it was getting a bit pricey each month when added to room rentals and supplies. This way there is more money for fun! Join us on Facebook to see when the next event will be taking place and watch my new you tube video attempt for the beginnings of a weekly art journal prompt.

Here is the info and the link. I hope you will join us for some fun.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1560711264232584/

Art Journaling Workshops

Once a month I hold an Art Journaling workshop at the Whitby Library in Whitby, Ontario

All the information is here on the meetup site. There are still some spots for Tuesday if you are interested. We have tons of fun.

Art Journaling 101 – An Awesome Artventure

Oshawa, ON
97 Artventurers

Do you want to go on an awesome artventure!? This is a group for anyone who is interested in learning more about the process of Art Journaling. It is for those individuals loo…

Next Meetup

Art Jounalling 101 – Don’t Blow Your Cover!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 6:30 PM
5 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →

35 at HeART

How does a painting start? Bit by bit. stage by stage, it is built up to where we feel it is complete…enough. No painting is ever REALLY 100% finished.

This painting is called “35 at Heart” because of where the stenciled numbers from the background ended up showing through the heart. It used to be a joke between friends that I would say that I felt inside as if I was still 35 or 36 years old. So in the end it has meaning.

The final photograph on the bottom right was taken by a professional photographer at the Robert McGlaughlin Gallery, in Oshawa, Ontario

A Date with Destiny on the Camino de Santiago

Hey Artsies!

Guess what!? I am leaving for Spain on Friday to embark on a spiritual journey called the Camino de Santiago, Camino Frances or The Way of St. James. I have been wanting to complete it since I was 20 ish and now that it is 20 ish years later, I think it is time. If you would like to follow me on my journey I am hoping to post as often as I can on my new blog called Painting the Way. Here is the link

https://paintingtheway.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/PaintingThe_Way

In the Garden with Eden

HI All,

Here is the painting I was moved to create the other day. It is approx 16″ x 21″. I will show you the progression so you can see my thought process. It is still a work in progress and I have not decided if it is finished yet. I used acrylic paints. Let me know what you think.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – Into the Garden

Sometimes I am not sure what I am painting. Sometimes it is down right ugly. Sometimes I know that if I never finish the painting we owe each other nothing.

By Heather Mitchell Gailey
By Heather Mitchell Gailey

Then I take a break and come back to it. I give it another chance. The painting…and…SHE… gives ME…another chance. Another chance to give her a life, and to make a difference. Sometimes it works and sometimes, it still doesn’t.

By Heather Mitchell Gailey
By Heather Mitchell Gailey

Another day passes and she reveals herself to me. She is the face of my garden. She is the soul of a colourful sunny day. She is the moment where flowers kiss the earth. She is my soul. She and I merge. She is complete.

By Heather Mitchell Gailey
By Heather Mitchell Gailey

I came to your garden – saw you there, saw you there

I hovered up above – in the air, in the air

Moved your hand with intention – as you dug, as you dug

I longed to touch it again – feel the mud, feel the mud

I am proud of your garden – my love, my love

I will smile down on it like the sun – from above, from above

Thank you Mom.