Teaching Chaos

Chaos Theory

My friend Linda teaches drawing at University (amongst a wide assortment of things), and she was explaining a fascinating exercise to me. Requirements: white paper, charcoal, eraser, glue stick & tolerance for dirt. This is all about developing lots of strategies for recovering from errors and changes, and stumbling upon expressive, aggressive marks and effects […]

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Need to be Dull to be Creative

For ages, I’ve been worrying about why I was feeling really low on creativity. It’s hard to pin point what changed – was work more demanding? Social life fuller? Too tired at the end of the day because I just do so much more physically (in Canada even with a pretty intense gym regime I […]

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It’s Not a Disaster

I destroyed these paintings because I did not like them

Travel gives me a lot of time to think, the planes, the airports, the queues. And the jetlag – there’s no lonelier time than four in the morning, wherever you happen to be. Probably clear from my last post that I’ve had a lot to think about, lately. Still going to have to be enigmatic and elusive […]

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Right Now Is Just Fine

Diablerets_1996

I travel completely chaotically. Most of the time I can’t remember where I’m staying (yay for free wifi at airports), I almost never exchange currency in advance, and I would never dream of arriving the “recommended” three hours before an international flight. The thing is, I know it will never be as awful as taking the boat […]

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In Search of Stability

Last night, I was on the phone to my friend whilst I was pottering about unpacking my apartment, and he said: “Have you taken anything? You’ve not been happy like this without meds in a while” (To clarify, I have strong painkillers because of wrenching my shoulder in February – which is still causing me […]

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Sharing Lessons From Stories We Can’t Tell

"looose HIM! LOOOSE..."

Last week, I wrote that things have been a little bonkers lately. I have not spent seven days straight in Ottawa since the start of August and I’m stressed, discombobulated, and overwhelmed. Normally, I figure things about by writing about them. Lots of work on? How can I be more organized/better at delegating/manage my time most […]

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Chaos

50mm HBW

Last week, I returned to Canada and signed and sent in my offer letter from Google. Then, 3 days later I rushed off to Kitchener to find an apartment. Because I didn’t get a TA at uOttawa (stupid union, and yes, I have noticed the irony and hilarity of – offer from Google, no TA […]

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