We took these pictures close to the University of Toronto and you can read why below...
Back in December, I was waiting for someone in a coffee shop. While sitting there, I couldn't help but overhear a conversation between two university students. The young woman mentioned that she was studying to be a painter. Listening to her describe her joy, and what she was learning, it took me back to a part of my past that I haven't thought about it in a very long time:
When I was a little girl, and right up into my mid-teens, I wanted to be an artist, a painter specifically. I spent all my free time, after school, summer breaks, vacations, and Christmas holidays sketching, drawing, and painting. Looking at movies and magazines for inspiration and always taking my work to my mother - a talented artist herself - for her approval.
But then, taking art classes in high school started becoming a chore. I hated that everything had to be broken down and dissected. Why couldn't I just make beautiful things? Why wasn't that good enough? I ended up studying politics and international development in university, but I continued to take art theory and history on the side. And all these years later, listening to the young woman talk about what her art meant to her, it made me realize that part of the reason I do this blog, maybe a large part, is because it's a sort of painting. I paint myself everyday, different colours, applications, moods, light, always a reflection of the environment and the inspiration all around. And the blog allows me to display art. I don't claim to be a Picasso or a Coco Chanel but I try to pay homage to them and all the great artists here.
Banana Republic Dress: Gift from Chris who was also today's photographer
Jacob Waterfall Sweater: Gift from my cousin Sabrina
Madewell Earrings: Gift from my cousins Sana and David from The One of Kind Show
Suzy Shier Bracelet
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