Mindful Monday: At water’s edge with Isabelle

Being mindful of the last night days of summer, we have been having family picnics near the water several times a week. After eating we explore the beach or park. This was lovely evening at Kin Beach. Photograph by my husband.

At water's edge

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Mindful Monday: Feather Collage

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This is a photograph of a collage that I made this past week while on a sailing trip. I found the feathers on a walk onshore in Desolation Sound. On a sketchbook page that I had primed with gesso before the trip, I added some watercolour paint and then taped down the two feathers. I worked on the photo in Snapseed and 100 Cameras to achieve a peaceful and dreamy feeling of an etching. The colours remind me of the sailing charts we were using and I love the movement of the feathers.

Mindful Monday: Airplane sticker at park

Children are mindfulness experts. My toddler is notices teeny tiny things that I walk by. Lately we’ve been going down to our favourite by the marina in the early morning before nap time. We cruise around looking at anything that captures our interest. We found this little sticker on a post in the parking lot. It’s fitting because my husband loves planes and Isabelle had just caught on to noticing them. 20140818-152545-55545221.jpg

Mindful Monday: Grasses and Blue Sky

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Grasses and blue sky – from a parking lot – really!

Yesterday we were driving home after a beautiful weekend on Mayne Island. We were hot, tired and needed to stretch our legs. We found a small patch of shade on the outskirts of a mall parking lot near the highway. I nursed small one and while I was sitting on the curb in the shade I noticed the pathway behind me. It is a walkway in Nanaimo which parallels the highway. I was really drawn to the warm colours of the grasses against the blue sky and the the wispy white clouds. I was happy to have found a breathing space within an urban setting.