Friday, April 28, 2017

Our Morning in the Country



This is what I love about a return to warmer weather, the chance to get out and enjoy early morning walks in the fields with my animal companions. Prairie light is especially gorgeous at dawn and this morning, a thick fog rolled over us, coating everything in a fine mist and softening the edges.


Our dog, Willow, loves nothing more than a good romp through the tall grass. There's always so much to discover with her nose.


Luna loves to trail along behind us, too. She's so tiny, we sometimes lose sight of her in the tall grass. Teddy, our other mouser, opted to stay inside and sleep, after having spent the entire night gallivanting outdoors, the rascal.

I love my life in the country.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Details



I'm still working away on all the little details for my project and it's all very exciting. I'm closing in on a launch date and hope to be able to share it all with you very soon!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lovely Weeds



I've been busily working out the details of a new project that's dear to my heart. It's multi-layered and nuanced and there are a lot of ideas to sort through and experiment with. I'm quite excited to share it with you, once I've worked out all the kinks!


Lovely Weeds
Original Watercolour Illustrations
Copywrite Carolynn Anctil 2017

In the meantime, here's a sneak peek into the sort of unbridled creativity that's happening in the studio, in preparation for the big unveiling. 


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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

I'm Back and Spilling Over With Exciting New Ideas!


Three Sisters
Canmore, Alberta

I'm back from our vacation on the West Coast of B.C. and am excited to get back into my studio. I visited my favourite art supply store while in Vancouver and brought back a whole host of goodies to play with.



Rocky Mountains, Alberta

I have so many exciting ideas and new creations to share with you. As you know, I've been restructuring and adjusting my focus and, as part of that process, I'm developing a mailing list so I can keep you informed of updates, new work, and time sensitive offers. Use the sign-up form on my sidebar to make sure you don't miss out on anything!

Rocky Mountain Elk
Canmore AB

Which brings me to my latest project. I'm currently working on something new and exciting and I hope to be able to release details very soon! Sign up and Stay tuned!

In the meantime, swing over to my Instagram account (@carolynnanctil) to see more of my vacation photos, including a few ink drawings I did in the wee hours of the morning, when I couldn't sleep. I'm not used to city noises anymore! 

Thank you for stopping by! 
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

In Transition


Teacups
Original Watercolour Illustration
© Carolynn Anctil 2017

I'm not entirely sure what I want to say here today, I just know that I'm in transition. My artwork is undergoing a change, as is my lifestyle.

Some of the things that are affecting this change include our decision to take our house off the market and stay where we are for the foreseeable future. This decision has made it possible to make plans again and to reassess what it is that we really want out of life and what that looks like to us.

For me, it's a move toward a simpler way of living. Not long ago, I used to look forward to slipping into my bed an hour or so before lights out, all cosy and warm, and reading a real book made of paper and ink. Now, I snuggle into bed and stare at a blue screen for a while until the eyestrain becomes too much and I turn out the light. So, Step One for me is to return to reading actual books with bindings and a pretty bookmark tucked in between paper pages to mark the spot last read.

It also means reducing our use of electronics in a more general sense. That means turning off our wifi unless we are using it for a specific purpose. The same goes for our flatscreen tv and the microwave, which will be used less overall, as well. 

It means looking into installing a landline telephone again and only using our mobile phones for navigation and for communication when we're actually mobile. Which, naturally means, less SMTS (Social Media Time Suck) and more time for food preparation, time spent in nature, conversation, and art creation.

I'm also advocating reintroducing softer lighting in the evenings in the form of beeswax candles, which makes even the simplest meal more intimate and enjoyable. 

My word for the year is Hygge - a Danish word meaning, the art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive.

It also speaks to what Danielle LaPorte calls Core Desired Feelings in her book The Desire Map. Mine are Serenity, Simplicity, Liberty, Creativity and Harmony. 

Ultimately, my goal is not to create hardship for ourselves but rather to make more conscious decisions about what we bring into our home and how we choose to use it in order to live a more fulfilling, rather than a 'filled' life.

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I've been making art! Visit me here to see my latest watercolour illustrations.


Tuesday, January 03, 2017

I Am Restructuring




Hello Lovely People.

Effective immediately, I will be taking a step back to reassess my creative direction and restructure my business.

On Monday, January 9, 2017, my work will no longer be available to purchase through Society6. If you have been waiting to make a purchase there, I suggest you take advantage of the opportunity to do so at the currently reduced prices on offer, as I will likely not make my work available in this way again for the foreseeable future.*

In recent months, I have been devoted to producing and promoting original watercolour illustrations on-line, primarily through Society6. I have participated fully by offering my designs on a variety of products, ranging from coffee mugs to shower curtains and I've come to realize that it has only served to dilute my artistic vision and has had a negative impact on my original intention to develop as a legitimate artist.

They say you teach people how to treat you. While I have no complaint with the quality of products Society6 offers, it has become very apparent to me that this platform is not a good fit.

If you've been following me on Facebook, you will know that their marketing strategy relies heavily on discounting their product offerings - products that bear my original designs. The frequency with which this occurs effectively devalues my work and undermines my efforts to establish myself as a legitimate artist. What makes it worse, is I am given no opportunity to opt out of these sales that are good for everyone, but myself.

Going forward, I will be producing less work and endeavouring to create higher quality.

For the time being, I will continue to offer a select number of signed and numbered prints on my Etsy site, where I can offer a more personal service. I will also continue to share my progress on my Facebook page and Instagram feed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to leave a comment here or contact me directly via e-mail.

My objective in 2017 is to grow as an artist, to focus on quality, not quantity, and to develop both my own unique style and my technique. It is my desire to reconnect to the stirrings in my soul that first led me to pursue artistic expression in the first place. I hope you'll join me.





*Special requests for specific items currently available on my Society6 shop will be considered on an individual basis, however, they will not be made available at reduced prices, so please bear that in mind should you contact me to discuss that.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

New Illustration and a Poem


Generations
Original Watercolour Illustration
Copywrite Carolynn Anctil 2016

I completed what will likely be my last illustration of the year. I based it on a photograph I took several years ago and it's been one of my favourites.


For the longest time, I saw these two men as old friends, enjoying a warm summer's day, comfortable in each other's company.


After spending some time with them over the last few days, I think they're father and son. 


What do you think?

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I wrote a poem the other day. That, in itself, is not all that remarkable. I don't consider myself a poet though and I kind of surprised m'self. Enjoy!

Keep Going

I feel a small drop in the vast ocean of time.
What possible influence could I have on distant shores?
Yet, fjords and caverns are carved by one such as I.

Keep going.  Keep going.

You don't know whom you touch by simply drawing breath each day.
Hold fast to your dreams, ethereal and coy.
Hold fast to the thin thread that draws you ever closer to your soul's desire.
Heed that soft whisper that breathes "Destiny" against your neck and sends shivers down your spine.

Train your eyes to see the faint glimmer of promise in the gloaming
as though a candle set amid a dark forest thick.
Set your shields against the gathering mist, brave one, and forge ahead
with all you have been gifted with, knowing that, 
though your journey be long and fraught with danger,
you never travel alone.

Written by Carolynn Anctil 2016
All Rights Reserved

Monday, December 12, 2016

Best Nine of 2016



These are my most liked images posted to Instagram this year. Thanks for all the love!

I'm @carolynnanctil on Instagram. I'll see you there!