Top 5 Reasons why Ottawa is the Best City in Canada

I hope you all had a Happy Canada Day yesterday!!

I may be biased, but I’m fairly certain that I live in Canada’s most beautiful city, which also happens to be our capital. I moved here just under 4 year ago for school, and initially thought I would be getting the hell out the second I was done school. Winter here is COLD and I don’t do well with cold. But then summer happened, and I fell hard for this city. My reasons why Ottawa is the best city:

1. The Rideau Canal

In the summer, you can bike along it for miles. In the winter, you can skate on it, right up to a BeaverTail booth. Year round, it breaks up the downtown and makes for beautiful views and beautiful sunsets.

Ottawa's Rideau Canal in the summer and winter.

Ottawa’s Rideau Canal in the summer and winter.

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3 Surefire Ways to Make Someone’s Birthday Special

There are three surefire ways to make someone feel extra special on their birthday, and that is a fact!

1. Be there. 

How can you tell them how special they are to you if you are not there for their birthday? My parents live almost 700km away so usually a phone call and a snail mail card (eons better than a Facebook happy birthday wish) has to do the trick, but this year, luckily, Easter was around the time of my dad’s and brother’s birthdays so I had an extra long weekend and was able to make the trek down to see them. Bonus points for me.

2. Bake a cake. 

Sweets are the secret to anyone’s heart, and that is also a fact. If someone tells you they do not like sweets, they are a lying liar who lies so make them cake anyways. Fortunately, my dad loves anything sweet. A couple of years ago, I made him this cake. It was supposed to be a sexy red sports car. Major fail. However, the old man mobile that it looks like is probably more age appropriate anyways. Just kidding dad. You are only as old as you feel and we all know you feel like a 22-year-old.

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Rainy Night in NYC

Not too long ago, I spent the weekend in NYC. It was the rainiest weekend ever. This resulted in a lot of indoor activities. Luckily art galleries are generally indoors.

Some steam after all the rain

Some steam after all the rain

We went to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) among other places, hoping to get inspired to paint. If I’m being completely honest (which I am) I’ll admit that I was quite disappointed by the lack of actual paintings there. Maybe I’m just not up to speed with modern art, but the majority of the art work there was just strange.

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Bigger is Better {Time Lapse Video}

I’ve been a little absent from this blog but now I hope to be back to a regular posting schedule. I’ve got big plans for this website coming in the next few months, including ways fellow artists can get involved so stay tuned :) It will be the best art website you’ve ever seen. Promise.

Adjusting to having a ‘real job’ has been new to me after all these years of the student life. I don’t love waking up to an alarm every morning but I certainly do love having evenings and weekends to do as I please.

The painting below is a commissioned one that I began back when I was still living the dream as a student at Ottawa U. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift from the man in the picture to his wife, but then turned into a Valentine’s Day gift. It’s nice and huge and therefore took a solid chuck of time to paint. But that’s okay, because bigger is better.

In 5 easy steps!

In 5 easy steps!

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