Thursday, January 31, 2013

Live a Creative Life

"Lungs"
8Hrs
Black ink on watercolour paper
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Le Kensington Bistro

I don't know if I should tell  you my recent discovery,
but I can never keep a secret...

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I had the pleasure of dining with friends last weekend in Toronto, and in our quest to find great food and french wine, we met Sylvain Brissonnet in our travels.
Le Kensington Bistro is priced delicious, and so is the cousine. 
What friendly service and quaint atmosphere.
A new favourite - 
Just save a seat for me! 
~ a.

Bienvenue chez nous,

Located in the heart of Kensington Market between Spadina and College Street, Le Kensington Bistro & Rotisserie offers traditional French bistro cuisine in a warm and friendly ambiance.

Le Kensington Bistro & Rotisserie has taken classic style French cooking and combined it with local ingredients to offer an affordable bistro menu that is casual with a certain "joie de vivre". House specialties will tempt any pallet whether it is our French style rotisserie chicken, home made charcuterie or traditional creme brulee. It will be our pleasure to enhance your dining experience by pairing your meal with one of our selected French or Canadian wines offered by the glass or bottle.

À bientôt


"Kings"


Copyright PomonaLIFE, 2013, all rights reserved

Title                Kings (Original, not copied) (2012-2013)
Artist              Andrea Currie
Medium         Fine tip black ink on textured watercolour paper
Price               550
Contact          andrea@pomonalife.com


Description:
There is soul. 
Licking the heels of accomplishment with unrefined intelligence, I crawled around this piece on my hands and knees.  I found something interesting; something that mirrored an absurd peace, dangling from the nodules of nature’s skin. 
I am enlightened.  

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

If the Sun & Moon should Doubt; Theyd immediately Go out - W.Blake, Auguries of Innocence

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WorkInProgess
"Lungs"
Black ink on watercolour paper
6.5 Hrs
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An abandoned tree

In the balance between success and failure, there is growth...


Sometimes my trees just don't look right.
Success is knowing when to quit.
~ a.

In context, out of context, quote of the day:

Stay in your heart and just give'r!
Danielle LaPorte
{Taken from: Richness & Desire with Danielle LaPorte}
http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=37535304

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WorkInProgress
"My House"
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"Meatloaf"


"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."  - Wayne Dyer


"Meatloaf"
8x10
Black ink on paper

Mental segues are radio fueled.  Today I am musically driven, entertained with flashbacks of school dances from grade 7.  I am the awkward girl, asking the awkward boy to dance.  He laughs and dances with me anyways.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Breathing Trees

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WorkInProgress
"Lungs"
5 Hrs
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In the skin I breath
these branches I climb;
Whistler, this one is for you ~ a.

Old soul, you're beginning to recalibrate:

WorkInProgress
Bermuda Cedar II
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Passion drives patience to get there.

WorkInProgress
"Lungs"
3Hrs
Black ink on watercolour paper.
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“She knocked and waited, because when the door was opened from within, it had the potential to lead someplace quite different.” ― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

WorkInProgress
"My House"
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Black felt pen on watercolour paper.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Goddess of Wisdom

http://www.150.si.edu/chap9/9owl.htm
The Owl & Her Message
What do you believe?

I am a big fan of the Owl. Her presence, her character and her sleeping habits.  
In my leisure, I have been reading different accounts from cultural and mythical perspectives of the symbolism and folklore surrounding this mystical messenger.
  
In Ancient Greek Mythology, the owl is associated with Athena, the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AthenaAs a companion to the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, the owl sits on her shoulder revealing unseen truths to her.  Having the ability to light up Athena's blind side, the owl enables her to speak the whole truth, opposed to only half truths. http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/articles/mythology_folklore/owls.asp

The word owl in Scottish-Gaelic is coileach-oidhche and it means "night-cockerel."  Yet,
 cailleach, means "old woman."  This magnificent and powerful bird is most often associated with the Crone aspect of the Goddess because of her precise nighttime vision and her silent and swift hunting habits. Also, as a guide to the Underworld, being an 'all-seeing' guide, she has the ability to unmask those who would deceive or take advantage of you.

Shakespeare wrote of "The owl, night's herald" (Venus and Adonis, 1593, Line 531) and recognized the role that owls have as the "fatal bellmen" (Macbeth, 1605-1606, Act II, Scene ii, Line 4) of that final deepest sleep. In this way, owls have been seen as heralds of eschatology or the ultimate fate of humans.
(The Oxford English Dictionary defines eschatology as "The department of theological science concerned with ‘the four last things: deathjudgementheavenand hell’.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eschatology)

Click the below site for further descriptions from various countries around the world:
What does the owl mean to you?
An omen of strength, wisdom, or warning?!
~ a.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pathways

"Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that's the one that is going to require the most from you." - Caroline Myss

WorkInProgress:
"Kings"
5Hrs
Black ink on watercolour paper.
{a.currie}

Female Style & Voice

I had the pleasure of meeting Parmis in Toronto at my art opening two weeks ago.  She is charming and unique - this young woman has style.  

For a seductive gothic spin, keep your claws out for this one - Thank you for the visual wardrobe!
~ a.

NUIT a label by designer Anastasia 
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Visit Parmis' website for creative dark fervor.
& then
Check out your horoscope!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Kevin Day - A beautiful haunted tree

A love that will never blossom: Beautiful images chart seven years of photographer's obsession with a DEAD oak tree
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259589/Haunting-images-chart-seven-years-changing-seasons-dead-tree-blossom.html



Click the link above and read the article.
Clearly, I can appreciate Kevin Day's obsession!
What a magnificent eye.

Any comments or similar tree-loving vistas in your world?!
~ a.
ps. Thanks for the article Jonathan!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bermuda

In my day to day encounters, I often have a conversation that leaves me wanting more.  Inspiration is both received and given in these moments of intertwined curiosity.  I am grateful to have met Jonathan & Donna Smith - two artists and life enthusiasts.

Jonathan and Donna were in Collingwood, taking in winter activities as they were visiting from Bermuda. 

Jonathan is a retired Police Officer and Police Chief and has written a book, In the Hour of Victoryhttp://inthehourofvictory.com, which is the life and death of his Grandfather in World War II.  

Donna is a retired teacher who is now self-employed expanding her craft in mosaics. http://www.facebook.com/PieceworksMosaicArtStudio?fref=ts

In our post-meeting conversations, Jonathan has introduced me to the Bermuda Cedar. As I am inspired by life's paths and creative passion, I am also impressed with Mother Nature's geography and her trees.


I have a new muse, thank you Jonathan & Donna!
~ a.

Juniperus bermudiana occurs throughout Bermuda so the total area of the island is the equivalent of its extent of occurrence. 
Juniperus bermudiana underwent a catastrophic decline of almost 95% between 1946 and 1956. Over the last 30 years, the population has started to recover as a result of natural resistance in part of the remnant population and intensive conservation efforts.



Monday, January 21, 2013

WE DID IT!

Thank you to EVERYONE for supporting Calendar 2013!!


Today we reached my goal of $5000 for the 
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  
I know there are still some outstanding collections, 
but in the meantime we can celebrate. 
WE DID IT!!
From Victoria, BC to Cape Spear, Newfoundland,
Thank you!
a.


{In loving memory, Susan Currie}


Friday, January 18, 2013

CurrieLIFE

Freedom worships inquiry. - Danielle Laporte

How do you express your freedom?!

"Royal Palm" & "Wine Kissed"
For your pleasure, your interest & for purchase, at 
Gallery 1313, Queen Street West, Toronto, ON.

Come visit me this Saturday & Sunday from 1pm-6pm

Art is community.
~ a.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Photo Happy

"If you have a happy friend, your happiness goes up 10%." 
- Deepak Chopra

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(Pictures not meant to be posted mysteriously found their way on the world wide web! 
You have  to admit, this photo bursts a smile - Lookin' good D!)
~ a.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I trust in the process


Found in the back pages of a travel diary from 2002, when I backpacked around Scotland, England, and Ireland. (With a little jaunt to Ibiza, Spain for my 21st Birthday.)
Before art was my life, it was simply my style.
~ a.

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The XX- Intro (theMmMiXX - Long Version)

A Beautiful Metaphor

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Past, Present & Future

Our internal state determines our experience in our lives; our experiences do not determine our internal state. - Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love, p78.


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I have journals dating back to when I was twelve years old.  I think I have well over fifty by now; I have lost count.  Recently I have unearthed some of them as I piece back the pages of Self.  In these pages I read a voice both loving & hating; struggling & surviving.  I embrace her paths, her decisions, some more daunting than others, and I find comfort in knowing that I have lived many lives only to find myself in my authentic state as a body and being of love. 
Reading through my memoirs is a courageous journey where I have one foot tethered to the ground while the other swings careless in the wind.  I must remember this present, otherwise I could get carried away.  Sifting through these paper trails and semantic ruins, I am reassured for this path I am so gratefully on. 
Whenever in doubt, draw; whenever in fear, love.

What is your story?
~ a. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

How to discover and use your signature strengths

I am a sieve for ideas. I am a sponge for happiness. Click the links below and discover how you can make some happy decisions!
~ a.


"How to discover and use your signature strengths"
by Brian Johnson
(Published on Nov 26, 2012)
Want happiness? Put your virtues in action. Modern-day positive psychologists tell us it's all about using our signature strengths. Here are some ideas on how!
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Authentic Happiness.com

GIVING    Do things for others
RELATING Connect with people  
EXERCISING   Take care of your body  
APPRECIATING Notice the world around
TRYING OUT  Keep learning new things  
  
DIRECTION   Have goals to look forward to  
RESILIENCE Find ways to bounce back  
EMOTION   Take a positive approach  
ACCEPTANCE   Be comfortable with who you are  
MEANING   Be part of something bigger

Imagine a life

"Your Life is Your Art"
- Danielle Laporte

{photo by: acurrie @ MOMA}

{photo by: acurrie @ MOMA}


The thick surface of this panel indicates the prolonged duration of its making.  Monet worked on this and other paintings over a period of several years, building up layers of paint as he altered and refined the compositions. This ethereal image features softly flowing passages of could reflections on a tranquil surface punctuated by pink lilies.  The notably delicate palette of this painting differentiates it from others and suggests a silvery light suffusing the ponds surface.
c/o MOMA, NYC




Monday, January 14, 2013

Big Voice - Big Sound

Erin McCallum: 


Oh my, this girl is good.
She held the room with her fingers, she chilled the room with her base.
She soothed the room with her sounds,
Freeing souls with her bluesy grace.
~ a.

"In Your Dream"
by Erin McCallum






The Gift Legacy & Christine Cowley


I met Christine Cowley in Collingwood, Ontario, about 8 months ago.  We were introduced through a mutual friend who thought we would get along and perhaps collaborate on a future project.  

Little did I know that this amazing woman would inspire and direct me in so many ways that I am still in awe of her talent and voice.

As a visual artist, entrepreneur and aspiring novelist, I am open to receive the guidance provided.  Much like a GPS is programmed onto a destination, though there are different routes provided, I am always ready with a sense of adventure for what the journey entails because I know I can’t go this path alone.

Christine has become a good friend, mentor and confidant.  Christine’s passions are mixed with her perceptive and intuitive eye which she shares with us in her book The Gift.

If you haven’t already, take a few minutes and follow the link below: http://www.thegiftlegacy.com/blog/

If you’re an artist, entrepreneur, professional, or an authentic-self-seeker, read Christine’s latest blog posts to familiarize yourself with you.  

Begin your journey.
~ a.




Your body is not a structure, it is a process. - Deepak Chopra

Dear Monday,

The events of last week, and the weekend, have left my fridge empty and my apartment bare.  All of my drawings are finished and framed; my trees are on walls elsewhere, while my drawing table beckons a new beginning as I start all over again. 

I would rather be criticized than ignored. I want to improve, I will not settle.  

Today is a gift, let's begin again, shall we.
~ a.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Typing Thank-you's



"Relax girls, relax. Don't attack your machines. Remember the typewriter is an instrument, not a man."
More Than A Secretary, 1936.

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Opening Weekend was a hit!


Thank you to everyone for attending, I am so grateful for all your comments. 
I am inspired! 
~ a.

Andrea Currie & Kirsty Wilson
Featured at Gallery 1313,
1313 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON. M6K 1L8
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Sunday, 1pm-6pm
1 (416) 536 6778

Our exhibit is on until Sunday, January 20, 2013.  Kirsty and I will be in attendance.  
We are looking forward to sharing our art and our story with you.
If you have any other questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at:
andrea@pomonalife.com

Art is community!
~ a.






{photos by: Gallery 1313}




Thursday, January 10, 2013

Google me, Toronto knows

Opening Night!  
Gallery 1313
7pm-10pm
Kirsty Wilson & Andrea Currie


Bring your appetite for the visual and let us say thank you with a glass of cheer.
See you tonight,
~ a. 
Gallery 1313 
1313 Queen West 
TorontoM6K 1L8 
416-536-6778
g1313.org

Dear Artists:

{photo by Anne McGouran}

Lately I have received a few emails regarding current local projects, which have inspired me to connect with all of you. One particular project has made me smile.

A few local volunteers have committed to raising funds for the Nature League of Collingwood's (http://www.natureleague.ca/) Environmental Studies Scholarships to benefit local secondary school students. In the next year, they will produce and sell recycled wallpaper envelopes.
 
Several businesses have kindly donated wallpaper that would otherwise end up in the landfill, however they still need donations of coloured art paper to use in the insert part of their wallpaper envelopes.
 
The envelope inserts measure just 3-1/2" by 6-1/2" so small pieces of quality art paper are very valuable for their purposes.

Please send Anne McGouran an email: amcgouran@rogers.com if you would be interested in supporting this unique project.  

Art is community.

~ a.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Putting Forests on Walls in Gallery1313

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Help me celebrate!
My Toronto debut is at Gallery 1313,
1313 Queen Street West.

Together with Kirsty Wilson, 
who is proudly sponsored by the Ontario Arts Council,
we are putting on a show that demonstrates unique perspective and passion.
The opening is tomorrow, Thursday January 10, 2013,
from 7pm-10pm.

The Exhibit runs 
January 9, 2013 - January 20, 2013.

Art is community,
See you there!
~ a.

Gallery 1313 is located at
1313 Queen Street West Toronto, ON. M6K 1L8
Hours of operation: Wednesday - Sunday, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Phone: 416-536-6778