Last month I was in Montreal for a single day which I spent (due to heavy rain) indoors at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). While it may have been gloomy outdoors, inside it felt like a magical Garden of Paradise thanks to the ethereal, other-worldly glass sculpture of American artist Dale Chihuly.
An acknowledged master of site-specific installation, Chihuly created a unique exhibit consisting of eight immersive environments, four of them designed specifically for the Museum.This exhibit inspired me to take MANY photos and his use of bold colours and organic forms have even made an impact on my latest drawings.
The Canadian exclusive exhibit CHIHULY: Utterly Breathtaking is on now at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts until October 20, 2013. If you can, go see it!
Armed with my camera and a cocktail (yes the cruise has a full-service bar!) I did my best to capture the beauty of the Chicago skyline; most fascinating for me were the distorted reflections of buildings within buildings as shown below.
February may be the shortest month of the year, but the cold weather and grey skies seem never-ending and leave me feeling blah. Fortunately I recently discovered an antidote: The Lumineers, a folk-rock trio out of Denver, Colorado. Their music literally puts a spring in my step.
I’m in love with all 12 songs on their self-titled album (which you can preview on iTunes here), but my favourites are Stubborn Love, Flowers in Your Hair, Submarines, and Ho Hey.
Enjoy the video.
If you don’t have a New Year’s resolution to be more active in 2013 this infographic should give you some inspiration to get fitter. Working out doesn’t just affect the body, it affects the brain by stimulating brain cell growth. A fitter body = a fitter brain.
Maybe it’s time they renamed exercise weights “smartbells“.
Want to stay young at heart? The secret is to never lose your sense of curiosity or wonder. Why not start the year off by learning something new? I’ve just enrolled in this 2 week course with Skillshare - a global learning community where you can learn real-world skills from real people. If you don’t already know about Skillshare then click here to check out the classes they are currently offering. You can learn anything from meatball making to logo design at affordable prices (my course was only $20).
I hope your 2013 is filled with curiosity and wonder. Happy New Year!
Need a little inspiration?Click on the image above to watch this short video on staying curious.
On the last day of 2012 I’m feeling very grateful for all the wonderful people in my life. Thanks to all of you who read this. Wishing you a 2013 filled with love, laughter and gratitude. Happy New Year!
It’s hard to believe Christmas is only 1 week away! We just brought our tree home yesterday and the house smells wonderful. It’s always a lot of work stringing the lights and hanging the decorations but so worth the effort. I can’t wait until I can sit back and gaze at my little twinkling tree (while sipping a little rum & eggnog) and then it will truly start to FEEL like Christmas.
I hope all of you have a magical holiday season and a 2013 filled with love, good health, and happiness. Merry Christmas!
“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.” From Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs (1732)
I took this photo in Scotland when I was there in 2008. I’ve always dreamed of living somewhere with my own tree-lined road just like this. Thanks to the person (long ago) who planted these beautiful trees.