A few minutes to myself

I am a pretty low maintenance gal & a trip to the hair salon isn't top priority on my calendar. Since I live in Ontario & our winters our COLD!!! I usually wear a toque every time I leave my house. It's tricky with bangs once I have hat head, they really look awful for the rest of the day. One evening last week I found a few hours to sit & relax while my hair was being cut & coloured. I usually don't take a lot of time to read magazines that aren't the home decor ones that I have monthly subscriptions to. The pile that sat next to my chair was amazing & my hair dresser could tell I was excited about the one I was looking at as he was cutting away.

 This is the March 2016 issue of Elle Canada a fashion magazine that I got to bring home with me

This is the March 2016 issue of Elle Canada a fashion magazine that I got to bring home with me

I am not into fashion trends & usually this type of magazine doesn't catch my attention. I had just read online about an artist named Shantell Martins & her upcoming exhibit in Toronto. This issue has a great interview with her. I follow the design work of Christine Dovey & her Elle Canada Closet project has a great feature as well. The one thing that I was surprised by was how some of the images triggered ideas & memories in my mind of artwork & colour palettes. I am inspired by things I see on a daily basis & this few hours to myself that evening really got ideas flowing.

 I used to do a lot of watercolour while in University & nowadays don't use the medium very often. These pages were inspiration for this quick piece.

I used to do a lot of watercolour while in University & nowadays don't use the medium very often. These pages were inspiration for this quick piece.

 I love to use cool colours like green & blue, I find them very comforting.

I love to use cool colours like green & blue, I find them very comforting.

 I created this painting a while ago & the dark blue section has always been my favourite section of the painting. To me it has a warmth & distressed feel of your favourite pair of denim jeans.

I created this painting a while ago & the dark blue section has always been my favourite section of the painting. To me it has a warmth & distressed feel of your favourite pair of denim jeans.

I think that I may have to browse more fashion ads & magazines. Great ideas are often born when least expected.