“Collages can help us all open up our creative and artistic sides to create a sense of peace…”

Sometimes we get can get lost in simply living life, raising our children, and our everyday responsibilities. We often lose our own identities and forget about the goals and possibilities that we have always wanted to reach. We ignore the creativity of our inner child, setting it aside as trivial and immature. Collages can help us all open up our creative and artistic sides to create a sense of peace or to define who we are, were, or wish to become at this moment. [source]

My collage from last night's art night at Darcy's place!
My collage from last night’s art night at Darcy’s place!





Photo by Darcy Glip aka @mervglip
Photo by Darcy Glip aka @mervglip

Photo by Darcy Glip aka @mervglip






Collage by Darcy Glip: “Katie and her camel had 3 doves.”

Dead messengers. A question of metaphor and search for theme. #graphicnovel study.


I am drawn to the metaphoric significance of the dead bird in my graphic novel even though I am uncertain what the metaphor is.


I come across these sacred moments on my walks and always pay attention.  I stay still.  And try to listen.



My friends are sharing in my search for the meaning.

Dead Bird at Abandoned House.  Photo by Matthew Roy
Dead Bird at Abandoned House. Photo by Matthew Roy

Dead messengers

"Not a whole dead bird but enough evidence to open a case file." - Darcy.  Photo by Darcy
“Not a whole dead bird but enough evidence to open a case file.” – Darcy. Photo by Darcy Glip

My search continues.  I seek out meaning in literature.  Since I was 10, I come back to Oscar Wilde’s story of the nightingale.  I cannot read it without a profusion of tears for the nightingale and its sacrifice.

The Nightingale and the Rose

The Nightingale and the Rose by Chris Conn
The Nightingale and the Rose by Chris Conn




In dreams, dead birds can symbolize a loss of freedom. Various cultures view birds either as a way the soul is carried to heaven, or, in the case of vultures, ravens and crows, as a symbol of death.


When I read the quote above, I recalled my scratchy notes on the central theme for my graphic novel.  What is the need Molly is trying to fulfill?  What is her core value?  What is the one word?




That is it.  I believe I have found the central theme.  The meaning of the dead bird.  My need to seek them out and listen.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and is tune is heard
on the distant hill for the caged bird
sings of freedom…

– May Angelou





“The very pink of perfection.” My afternoon @RebeccaBree boutique!

As we start our visit Rebecca Rawlinson meets my sister-in-law, Cher Hanusiak, and my nephew, Henrik!

Every nook and cranny is a visual cornucopia.

The very pink of perfection. – Oliver Goldsmith

Glorious paper rose wall created by Darcy Guenette (Darcy Glip)

Rebecca Rawlinson, owner, with Christina Nadolski, buyer.

I could not be more proud of Rebecca Rawlinson.  Witnessing her dream come true is awe-inspiring.   Congratulations, my love!

Today’s 5-minute portrait!

Rebecca Bree 

And her partner Rick has done a stunning job building the interior from scratch.


Cher’s blog: ECO BRAVO

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A night with Passion Foundation and Global Sorority part 2: the art of interaction!

I was delighted to be a part of INSPIRE last night- an evening benefitting the Passion Foundation and Global Sorority!

Fourth floor at the Vancouver Art Gallery- not a bad place to do some interactive art!

Here are some moments of interaction and connections:

Thank you Josh Langston and Darcy Glip for all your help!




See also:

Part 1 f. photos by Joshua D. Langston

“While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, I hear it in the deep heart’s core.” #wheatpaste #streetart

Frida and dead bird, Deep Cove, North Vancouver.

The lastest pasting session was interesting as it brought me into new locations and into new dialogues.

I pasted BLU by myself- first time I didn’t have my team with me.  I almost made it to a train, but glad a found a perfect, “permanent” spot instead.

“BLU” (from New York), now pasted in Canada. (North Vancouver)

My friend, Darcy, joined me for a session in Deep Cove:

Frida in honor of her birthday and commemorating her death.

Marty Feldman, Deep Cove, North Vancouver.

The following portrait is very special to me as it was created when visiting a young man in custody a few weeks back.  As we worked on his portrait together, we spoke freely about why he (finally) found himself in custody.

After I explained my current project, the young man chose a certain spot for me to paste him.  Upon seeing the spot though, Darcy and I decided (not only because it was inundated with picnickers) that the forest would be a much more healing spot for the portrait to go.

My wish is that this young man enters his next chapter in his life with greater self-understanding and more accountability for how he has affected his community and community members.  I love talking to him, especially these days, as I see his mask dissolving.

[Both the subject and his mother have given me permission to post his portrait.]

… And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

– Yeats

“Old life. New life. I’m ready.”

See more about wheatpaste art:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

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Visual experimentation Part 4. Redo, Transform: ALTER #BATMAN


Saturday visual experimentation Part 1

Saturday visual experimentation Part 2

Saturday visual experimentation Part 3

As mentioned in part 1, I’m experimenting with using a pre-existing book as a journal.  I’m using: Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale.

On today’s re-done, transformed page, I used black and white china marker and red acrylic and was inspired by Daniel Clowes.

Afterwards, I was treated to a scrumptious dinner from Darcy Glip!

A day of creativity with Darcy Glip!

Spent an amazing day with Darcy yesterday creating and chatting and eating in his beautiful new space.  Reconnecting with old friends is very healing.

Darcy prepping delicious treats in his new kitchen!

Darcy made these extraordinary tarts.

Find the recipe at:

I added a few things, Tandoori spice to the onions near the end of cooking as well as crumbled pecans. Instead of dijon mustard I used a good Stone ground mustard. Added a thin orange slice for looks and the rest is verbatim. I doubled the recipe and it made enough for 2 doz+. “Tartlets”. – Darcy

Darcy’s eye is always roaming for beautiful moments:

Darcy is a talented and inspiring artist specializing in art brut style paintings and collaging.

Collage, by Darcy Glip
Collage by Darcy Glip
Birthday card by Darcy! I LOVE IT!

And of course- Darcy makes sock monkeys!

The first sock monkey Darcy ever made! He has made MANY since this one! He is a sock monkey ambassador, spreading the love! I am so proud!


He was guest speaker in my journal yesterday:

Thanks for a beautiful day, D and N!!!