• A Portrait of my Nana in 1942

    February 1, 2018 Kate

    I mean, wow. I don’t think I need to explain how good this is. What’s this development style called? The wash of colour of stunning. I’ve never seen a portrait of my Nana like this. Something about it—maybe it’s her gaze or the curve of her back—has really struck me. I can’t find a date…

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  • My Great-Grandmother’s Charmion Lever Watch

    January 25, 2018 Kate

    I’m told that if you saw Hannah (my great-grandmother) you could bet on your life she was wearing this watch. That, and she’d have a left ring finger stacked with rings. In every picture I’ve seen of her that proves to be true. She died in 1978 and we’re guessing she got this watch in…

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  • A Buttercup For My Thirteenth Birthday

    January 18, 2018 Kate

    Note to (future) self. A reminder of what’s important. Because if anyone knows what’s right for me, it’s her. SaveSave

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  • On Sundays We Walk

    January 16, 2018 Kate

    A (chilly) Sunday stroll along the Humber Trail near the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg. Here’s a question… why do my photos look overcast or just generally bleh? I always seem to have trouble shooting landscapes that aren’t super vibrant/colourful (so, winter landscapes). Not sure if it’s a camera settings thing or a Lightroom editing…

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  • My Mum’s Vintage 1950s Peter Rabbit Toy from England

    January 11, 2018 Kate

    Well will you look at this. My Mum’s very own stuffed Peter Rabbit toy from England, looking remarkably dapper given his age. Her English Grandparents mailed it to her in the early 1950s. The tag says it’s made by “Chiltern Hygienic Toys” (so glad they specified?!) and the inside actually looks like it may be…

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  • Ask Better Questions

    December 27, 2017 Kate

    We’re problem solvers. We want to fix things. When we’re low we want to make ourselves feel better. Fast. We might ask ourselves, “What can I do to feel better right now?” That question tends to lead to short-term solutions. Solutions that focus on pleasure over happiness. Maybe it’s the pleasure of excesses—I don’t feel…

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  • The Great Family History Project… Continues!

    December 25, 2017 Kate

    And so it continues! Thirty-six Christmases later. The Great Family History Project, or so it shall be named until I come up with something better. My Aunty Cathy started the immense task of compiling decades (centuries?) of family history back in the 70s. Not only figuring out who came from where and what they did,…

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  • Consume Less, Create More

    December 25, 2017 Kate

    I’m taking a break for the last 10 days of 2017. A break from social media, a break from content, a break from the ding-ding-ding of notifications. No Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, or Facebook. No news. No email on my phone. It’s back to basics. Back to using a phone as a phone and…

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  • You Are Not Your Work

    December 21, 2017 Kate

    A criticism of your work is not a criticism of you. If someone doesn’t like your work it doesn’t mean they don’t like you. Making bad work doesn’t make you a bad artist. Good artists make bad art all the time. That’s what makes them artists.   The only way to avoid making bad art…

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  • From Dumbo to Manhattan

    December 14, 2017 Kate

    A morning spent in Dumbo, Brooklyn, and a walk across the Manhattan Bridge for my last day in New York City. That’s right, a whole month later, I’ve finally gotten through editing all my trip photos. Some I’m really happy with, most I’m not, and that’s OK. The point was to get out with my…

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