The art of life I’ve learned that life is lived in stages, sometimes one slips into the next unnoticed, other times the changes are abrupt. One’s circumstance can dictate your progress. One’s will helps define your limitations. Some blame their life events upon circumstance, but it has been shown to me over the 6 decades of my life, that our will can clearly overcome circumstance. Some folks appear to have been handed life on a silver platter. Those platters are, in some ways, deceitful. If you could walk a mile in their shoes one would discover the cost of those apparent gifts. The one thing I’ve been all my life, (apart from female), is an artist. As such, over the years, many hundreds of well-meaning folks have told me how lucky I am to have talent. Yet, talent alone is not nearly enough to succeed as an artist. Determination and a will to pursue art making are mandatory to be able to call oneself an artist. You cannot chase something while standing still. You cannot be an artist without an artistic practice. So that is why I say, Life is an art and art is my life.  
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summer again

September 7, 2007
by Karen Phillips Curran
Well, summer is back with a vengeance, a last big effort, heat billows around us and we swelter, hot sun belies the date. But I remember years ago, going to school in my new woolen uniform with knee sock in heat like this. My school tie ringing wet by the end of recess.So inside I stay under the shelter of this old brick building, cool.I frame and draw finshing off a small ‘canal’ piece of coloured pencil art on paper from Amsterdam last year, to give to the Judith Moore Gallery in Merrickville for an upcoming exhibit to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Kingston to Ottawa canal.
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