A couple of weeks ago I saw a call out from a local community health centre. They were looking for artists to propose different pieces of permanent art for display at their newly renovated centre. My passion is writing and mixed media. I am definitely more known when it comes to my writing (which is good because it’s my first passion and what keeps me breathing every day) but I do teach Jr. Art through Christie Lake Kids STAR program (this fall will be my 6th year) and I have had a few solo art shows. I have sold more than a dozen original paintings and been involved in other exhibitions as well.
I decided I had a couple of good ideas but needed someone with more experience and who had already established themselves as an artist, enter Jeannette Tossounian. I had met Jeannette previously for another art exhibit and felt like we had clicked. Not to mention she had written a couple of books, including “Human Kennel” which I had thoroughly enjoyed.
Jeannette has had several exhibitions and even Senator Kim Pate has one of her paintings. Her murals are always breathtaking, her art speaks volumes and her life sized sculptures make you stop and think.
I contacted Jeannette and told her about my idea of us teaming up to come up with an artist proposal. She was on board and excited about the idea. Over the last couple weeks we visited the centre to get a grasp of the layout, came up with a few ideas, went back and forth. Finally, it was time to hand in the proposal. Done. Now the other hard part (besides spending hours of energy on something that may turn into absolutely nothing or something completely incredible) begins-waiting to see IF we get the proposal or not. Of course it would be amazing if we did but either way, I have built a deeper relationship with a fellow artist and writer and I have learned a lot about writing art proposal and working as part of a team.
Check out Jeannette’s website at: https://tossounianart.com/
My first full collection of poetry titles “Katzenjammer” is available on Amazon.
Here is a review from another writer, Sherrill Wark:
“Raw courage exudes from the poetry of Catina Noble. Many of the poems in Katzenjammer will evoke a strange familiarity — not in the words themselves but in the emotions they dredge up — for any reader who has experienced a less-than-perfect relationship.” — Sherrill Wark, author of Death in l’Acadie: a Kesk8a story.__Catina Noble’s collection of poetry in Katzenjammer spans from a couple of years ago to her most recent work. Included in this eclectic collection is her poem “You Can’t See Me”, which won 1st Place in the Canadian Author’s Association–NCR Poetry contest in May 2014. Her poems are raw, without fluff, tingle with hope and every-day struggles. No matter the age, gender or circumstance in life, each person who reads this book will be able to identify with Catina and her poetry. Although she has three chapbooks in print Pussyfoot (2013), Clean Up In Aisle 4 (2014) and Odds & Ends (2014), this is her first full-length collection.”
To be honest, I am never sure where my writing dreams and my quest for adventures are going to take me. Last week I was pleasantly surprised to find myself in front of a video camera with a mini mic attached to me. I chatted along as I was recorded. This could turn into nothing. Or it could turn into a documentary. I really don’t know at this point so for now all I can say is that just the opportunity to chat and possibly BE in a documentary is kind of exciting! Of course I will keep you posted.
Reach for your dreams.
Every so often I am asked where I get my story ideas from or it seems like I have “personal knowledge” of a particular scene I have written. Truth be told I collect “snippets” from my every day life. I jot down notes to use them in a story or poem at a later point in time.
For example tonight I’m spending the night at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, my own city. I have taken down a few notes and snapped a few quick pics. This might very well end up as a scene in one of my books down the road. You just never know. If you want to become a writer or are starting out, this might be something to keep in mind. A few minutes worth of notes now could end up being pages or an entire setting for a novel or another piece of writing down the road!
I am also the Managing Editor of Fiddles & Scribbles. For now we just publish poetry. We started publishing one poem a month on the 1st of each month. The first time was August 1st-just a couple of days ago. We currently only publish work by poets who reside in Canada. It doesn’t pay a lot but it does pay $10.00 CAD.
For poets wanting to submit, you can check our submission guidelines here
At first I was nervous that we wouldn’t receive a single submission and nothing we would be published for our first “issue” on August 1st. I am happy to say that this was not the case. Currently we have a poem by John Sweeney “Guernica in Crayon” posted. We have submissions coming in. Woot woot!
A couple pictures from the Lincoln Park Zoo.
A couple pictures from the Zoo. In the middle, a picture of David and I.