Last summer I was doing some modelling for the MEETUP group of photographers that I run (TO PHOTO). This one was one of my favourites of me, from the day! Great lighting, interesting 'story' to the image. We were at an old western town setup, out in the country. Everyone had a great time, perfect weather, and lots to photograph! I don't remember who sent me this photo, and I'd love to give them credit, so if anyone recalls who took this, please have them email me!!
Well, tomorrow I shall be traveling to Penetanguishene, to sign the documents on the new Retreat Centre, B&B, and rental cottage apartment! Such an exciting move, and so many opportunities for new adventures! This summer at the small cottage was wonderful, lots of time to relax, write, take photographs and canoeing to the sound of the loons in the mornings. Next summer will be even more wonderful in the new location! Do keep your eyes posted on the "RETREATS" page, where photos of the new location will be posted soon!
In the meantime, I'm teaching YIN yoga in a few locations this season, and the classes are growing! So wonderful to see people nurture themselves and feel repaired from the stresses of the week!
This season I'm also opening up my Landscape business in a new direction: Balcony retreat gardens! Small sanctuary spaces in the city, to escape and do yoga, read, relax, or just sit indoors and look out at something beautiful! Keep checking back for new photos and details of projects underway!
The "tree series" of paintings is doing well, and will be showing at Mangiacake Restaurant this season for Nuit Blanche! It will remain up for the fall season, for those who haven't had a chance to get out for Nuit Blanche! Do join us this year... October 1st, 659 pm to sunrise! For more information, check out the website at mangiacake.ca
Coming this spring, Awenda Retreat Centre will be opening!
Awenda is a cute little cottage in Georgian Bay, just a few minutes from Penetanguishene. We have a 'moroccan style' yoga studio space on the garden level, where we'll be offering seasonal yoga, pilates, meditation and creativity in a variety of different retreats!
Keep your eyes out for more updates and a sign-up page for spring retreats in early May, 2011! Group events will be restricted to a maximum of 10 people, -small and private-, with the option of cottage shared accommodation or private B&B accommodation in the neighbouring cottage.
Such exciting times ahead! Watch here on my website for more updates!
Well, as of this week, the new teen online book publishing website will be LIVE! 'Quaggabooks', a new kind of reading website is coming to a teen's life near you! "We're re-inventing reading!"
Teens of all ages can visit QUAGGABOOKS.COM and find free new novels of varying lengths and genres, to read online! Each week a new chapter of the novel will be posted online. New books will be happening each month or two, with a wide variety of types and themes to be offered! There is also the option of signing up free, to receive chapter update notifications via your email!
In the near future, printed copies of each of the novels will become available for purchase, for those who'd like the old- fashioned method of reading a paperback.
It's time to write n my blog again! -long overdue! Since it's March Fourth, I always try to consider marching my life FORTH on this date each year. It's a great pre-spring activity, looking forward and making intentions for the coming year. It's also nice that we get an extra opportunity to re-state our New Year's Intentions, since by March we've all but forgotten what those resolutions were!
So, for this March FORTH, I'm looking ahead to the coming season with a brand new project that 2 friends and I have been creating together. We're setting up a writer/reader website, where teens can go online to find great stories to read, any time, anywhere. There will be a new chapter of the story posted each week, so no pressure to finish a book in your spare time!
Also, I've just hung another Art Show at Absolute Chocolate, at 453 Queen Street East, just 2 blocks East of Broadview. The show consists of 10 paintings of flowers, -some oils, some water colours, and will be hanging for the month of March.
Now that the Yoga teacher training is completed, my life is getting back to being in balance once more. Last week I just returned from a 10 day silent meditation retreat just near Barrie. Silence is something I generally only accomplish when I'm alone. It was a lovely experience to have the opportunity to focus inwards and learn more about myself. It wasn't a holiday, but it was life-changing in some ways!
In the near future, I shall become an official cottage owner, so once things are organised, I'll be running seasonal retreats up on Georgian Bay, just 2 hours drove from downtown! There will be retreats of different focuses, -yoga, meditation, painting, photography, etc. I hope to run them 4 times a year, covering all 4 seasons!
Watch here for more information, or contact me via email if you have direct questions!
Last month it became obvious that it was time to introduce a new MEETUP group for Photographers in Toronto! The group I had formerly belonged to had become too large, and it had lost it's heart, so to speak :D
Our new group is getting close to 100 members already, and we've had a few meetup events already! The focus of our new smaller group is to share learning experiences at events, and have educational events to be able to improve our skills as we shoot together! This fall season should offer many great opportunities for us to gather those perfect images, get better at our work, have photography shows, travel, and market ourselves in any way we can! That's the group goal!
Just a little posting to let you know that I"m having another Studio Opening show, during the Cabbagetown Festival next weekend!
I'll be sharing the show with 3 other artists, so we'll have a variety of items for sale! My paintings, pottery and photography will be on display, as will Iain Lamont's photographs, and Marge Litvinskas paintings, craft items, photography and designer bird houses, as well as Melissa Arnold's unique jewellery made from semi-precious jewels and Swarovski crystals!
DO drop by with friends while you're in Cabbagetown, visiting the Festival!
The hours of our Opening will be 10-5pm Sunday, September 12th.
The address is 11 Wellesley Avenue - it runs North, between Sackville and Sumach streets!
Check out my Facebook Page for more updates closer to the event!
Hope to see you all there!
Well, I've been busy, as you can see, since I haven't written in a few weeks! This month has been a photography month, with a little writing thrown in for good measure. I finally completed "Renaissance Woman" and have sent it off to be critiqued for now. It will need some re-writes! The egrets on the Spit are still haunting me, so I've been back at least 6 times to gather more photo knowledge.
Two weeks ago our photography group met at Sunnyside park for a special shoot. 7 models dressed as brides all posed for us at sunset. We shot til we dropped, and some of the results you can see on my photo page. The practice was excellent for preparing for wedding photography season! Always so much to do and so much to learn!
My pilates teacher training is now complete, and I'm ready and capable to teach private or small group pilates classes now!
July is the height of Homestay season, and the house repairs and preparations are taking more time than I'd like, but that's always the way as things get busy. 9 students will be visiting us this season, learning English, as well as bachelorhood! By August I shall be ready for a holiday!
Speaking of holidays, this year's photography group travel experience will be in January 2011. We are going as a small group to Egypt, cruise down the Nile, and then a short added trip to Kenya to do a little safari adventure. This will be another trip of a lifetime, perhaps on par with South America!
I'm looking forward to showing you the photos when we return!
Cheers, and, until next time,
Well, Script Frenzy ended last night. It was a grand event, perhaps the best Script Frenzy yet! I managed to complete 101 pages of script, but they were 3 or 4 different projects -all of which are not complete works in themselves, at this point!
On other fronts, I've taken some surprising photos of wild birds down at the Spit this week! Phenomenal surprise to find such unusual large birds in our neck of the woods!
I'm also working further on 'Renaissance Woman' which should be complete this month, and I can begin the re-writes! (Yet another book awaiting re-writes...)
May is upon us, and the season brings colour and light and life. Perhaps the landscape series will continue this month, we'll have to wait and see!
Enjoy the weather!
I've got too many projects on the go, that's my problem. I know, I know, you don't want to hear it, since you don't suffer from such a struggle. But we all have our struggles, and too many projects can be as daunting as too few. The brain gets befuddled with the decision of "Which one is most likely to be worth the time I"m going to need to spend on it, to prepare it for publication (or at least attempted publication)?"
Well, the "hot seat" belongs to the "Whatever Happened to Henry Hudson?" novel since it's got a bit of a deadline. I mean, when I wrote the thing, in all of about 6 days, I had no idea that 2011 was the 400th anniversary of Hudson's death, (well it hadn't struck me, that's all). The realisation of that made it more pressing than the others, since an important date like that just doesn't happen by chance now, does it?
And so, I've been whipping myself to complete the re-writes, and it's out there, being considered now, half re-written, but percolating nicely.
The others are all in lesser states of completion. I'll fill you in later!
Hilary Slater: I write in the morning before I get out of bed. I write in the evening when the world is quiet. I write at Starbucks, where I can escape the household interruptions. But most of all I write in November, when NaNoWriMo inspires me!