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Sharing

If you are the parent of a young child, then you know the importance – and possibly the struggle – of encouraging them to share. Whether it be with a sibling, the other children at school or out on the playground, sharing goes a long way and is a very important virtue that becomes a vital skill as one develops. Sharing is a skill learned over time, and one that can sometimes be forgotten if not properly reinforced. Learning to share will not only help your child to socialize, but teaches them empathy and the power of helping others. The book ‘Sharing’ focuses on the importance of sharing between siblings but more importantly how to do it while having fun! It is perfect for all children ages 3 and up, and also helps them to practice the difficult to pronounce ‘SH’ sound as in… sharing!

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Figaro, The Flamboyant Frog

This book is an educational yet fun story aimed at helping children uncover their hidden talents as well as encouraging them to practice speaking the ‘F’ sound. This story follows the life of a flamboyant frog named Figaro – who wore a Fedora… when he felt fancy he would eat flies… well, you get the idea – as he helps other to uncovers their hidden talents. This inspirational tale of Figaro teaches children the power of commitment in order to achieve their goals along with teaching them the truth that persistence pays off; as it did for Figaro! Figaro has many artistic talents and invites others to join his foundation to help them uncover their own hidden talents as well! It is an inspiring, fun book, with coloring pages that children can directly relate to because of their own difficulties with learning to speak. There’s no better time than right now to not only encourage your child to explore his / her own hidden talents, but learn to speak and have fun while doing it! This book is suitable for all children ages 5 and up.

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Holiday Card Giving

It’s about to be that time of year again when you’re trying to figure out how you are going to make your gifts as festive as possible. It’s understandable that you are searching for a way to make your holiday gifts as unique and festive as possible, after all that’s what the season is all about. The more you can share the spirit of the holidays, the better, right?

I have some products that I can offer, including great children’s books, but what about something as simple and classic as holiday cards? Perfect for all ages and great for customization, cards are some of the best parts of the holiday season.

Do you know where, however, it all came from? The start of holiday cards is not as classic and Santa-like as you’d like to think. In fact, the person with the bright idea of creating Christmas cards was the assistant keeper at what we now call the post office. Since it was only used by the wealthy to send packages and parcels, he wanted to make it more accessible to the everyday person. With the help of artist, John Horsley, the two of them designed a card to sell to the common person that would need to be sent via the post office. This was the very start of a tradition that would grow in popularity to what we know it to be today.

While it appears as though its beginning is much more commercial-themed than many of us would like to think, it’s easy to see how, today, it’s about sharing loving messages with loved ones near and far during the holiday season.

You can find all sorts of options out there for colours, style, design and more. If you’re looking for unique holiday cards to give out to loved ones, have a look around my website. Sometimes you’ll find the right card for someone without even looking for it. This can often be part of the magic of holiday shopping.  Maybe you don’t even give out holiday cards like you used to. However, there is a true magic about picking out, addressing and sending cards to loved ones, no matter where they are.

Who knows, maybe you’ll even feel like it’s back in the early-mid 1800s when cards came into being. Regardless, grab onto the holiday feel in your own way by finding the right card for someone special in your life. From gifts to cards to the look on their face, it’ll be perfect for a holiday spirit!

References
The History of Christmas Cards, https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/cards.shtml

See more of holidays cards here. The illustrations were originally done on canvas using acrylics. Here is my collection over the years. Click on the image.

Christmas card-Gingerbread


Happy Holidays!


The Importance of Art, In Everything We Do

As humans we are all capable of creating art. In fact, we create art every day without even knowing it. Countless masterpieces are created daily and we are oblivious to them. But what is art really? Well, I like to think of art as being made up of three aspects: Creativity, Expression and Passion.

We often think of art solely as something we can touch, see, hear or feel. Like a painting, song, dance or film. But art doesn’t have to be anything physical and doesn’t even have to be measurable. You see, art is merely the bi-product of a creative expression and artistic action.

Creativity flows through us all – sometimes unknowingly – and is not just found in the painters, writers, actors or musicians of the world. Everyone on Earth is ‘a creative’ and that creativity wants to be let out. I’m sure you’ve experienced holding in a particularly strong feeling and having it eat you up inside. That feeling wants to be expressed!

When we allow ourselves to be Expressive with these feelings, we feel better – like a weight has been lifted from within us. It’s no secret that expressing ourselves feels good, and that some of the most influential and successful artists in the world are also the most emotionally expressive. The best music can be inspired from a painful or joyous past. Breathtaking theatrical performances can come as a result of turmoil or deep love. And often the most obscure and awe-inspiring paintings comes from the mind of a misunderstood painter. Art is linked, deeply, to strong emotions and created through a channel of passionate expression.

Passion is an open flood-gate of emotion, cascading through a creative path. Deep down, we are all chasing our passion and looking for an outlet to express it through.

Inventors alike, chefs or web-creators, all express themselves with passion and creativity in their field of work. Do you think the inventor of the smartphone kept all their feelings inside? No, they expressed them creatively to create maybe the most widely used and vastly influential piece of art of Earth today.

Art in everyday life.

Art is part of everyone and everything we do. It is important to embrace this, whether your art is parenting a child that always says ‘thank you’ or the way you make sure to make one person smile at your work every day. Your art doesn’t have to be something physical, visually measurable or even measurable at all. Just make sure you are expressing your true intent using your natural giving creativity and passion. Even though art is inside all of us it doesn’t belong there. It belongs out in the world, around us and we are created to create it. This is why art is not only important, but essential in everything we do.

For examples of my own personal artwork that I have created over the past ten years, check out the ‘Art Gallery’ section and make sure to follow this blog.