Arctic Circle :: Cercle arctique

“The hand-made life is based on having an idea of how you envision your life unfolding, and then proceeding with it slowly, but surely. Not being seduced by the dancing girls or dancing boys along the road; not being taken away by promises of a faster, quicker, easier, more wonderful short cut, but staying with the job of crafting your life very closely and very carefully…
The handcrafted life is very much like this. It takes a lifetime to accomplish. It emerges from a small and infinitely exquisite piecing together of one’s inner and outer lives, these being crafted, played, woven together every day, every week, every month, come summer, come winter, the same. The overall magnificence takes many years. It cannot be fast-forwarded.”

— Clarissa Pinkola Estés

For the past two weeks I have been down with the flu, and what a flu was it! I think that I slept more in the past two weeks than in a normal months’ time.  I am sure glad that it is almost over even though there are still remnants of it floating in the air around me. Today was a joyful day as I did two things that I love.  The first one is listening to majestic music such as J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, Aria no. 65 and the other is to have the time to paint something that I like and that turned out not too shabbily. So today I happily painted the Arctic Circle where I work at John Abbott College, which is an outside tunnel that has an oval form that links two buildings together.

Les deux dernières semaines j’ai eu la grippe et quelle grippe! Elle m’a assommée d’aplomb et j’ai dormi pendant le jour, une chose qui m’arrive très rarement. Je suis très contente qu’elle soit passée et aujourd’hui j’étais bien heureuse de peindre le Cercle arctique Cégep John Abbott. Il y a deux choses que j’aime beaucoup, la première est d’écouter la majestueuse musique de J. S. Bach La Passion de St-Matthew, Aria no. 65 et d’avoir le temps de peindre en ayant un résultat respectable. 

Paper: Travelogue Handbook Series
Colours: New Gambodge, Q. Orange, Burnt Umber, Alizarin Crimson & French Ultramarine
Fountain Pen: Pilot Penmanship EF
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada


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