Archive for July, 2010

Spiritual Alignment

Monday, July 26th, 2010

On July 13th I was signed up for a free call for my life coach Beth’s Inspired Speaker Series. Every month she interviews one of her mentors, colleagues, or friends and anyone can join in to get inspired. On July 13th I was especially interested in the call because the Inspired guest speaker was one of my own graphic design clients, Angel Therapist Deborah Wilson.

One of things that Deborah talked about is how each and every one of us has the ability to tune into our spiritual intuition. Have you thought about one of your friends out of the blue and then received an email from them an hour later? Or have you ever said you were going to do something and then, without even seeking it, receive exactly what you need to move forward?

Deborah calls these intuitive thoughts ‘spiritual downloads’ and she believes that you can learn how to tune into them and grow your spiritual awareness.

On the call I couldn’t think of a question to ask (at first) but I did speak up and say that I love the thought of the Universe starting to conspire in our favor when we put something out there. Deborah says that the Universe is always trying to conspire in our favor but that it’s up to us to allow it to do so. She says that when we ‘make a decision’ we are coming into alignment. When we get ‘really clear about something we want’ it almost seems like we instantaneously get what we asked for.

Part of me believes in the power of the Universe and part of me believes that it is about creating a state of awareness. If you have your head down and you are only thinking about the negative aspects of your life, then you might miss out on seeing opportunities as they arise. Whereas if you keep your head up and you are clear about what you do want to create a more positive life for yourself then you will naturally be more aware of these opportunities as they come your way.

It’s Deborah’s birthday tomorrow so I just want to take this opportunity to say “Happy Birthday Deborah!”

If you would like to comment on this or any of your own experiences, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Garden Angel by Kendra Smith

To find out more about Deborah Wilson you can visit her Angels and Prosperity Facebook Page or her Angels and Prosperity website. To sign up for the Inspired Speaker Series and gain free access to the recording of Deborah’s call on Spirtual Alignment (the one I am on) you can go to Beth’s Inspired Speaker Series webpage.

Painting in the Park

Friday, July 16th, 2010

When I lived in Fernie, BC, my friends and I used to have painting parties together. Basically that just meant that we would get together and paint for fun. Last Friday when I was in Whistler, my friend Keya was visiting me from Fernie and we kept up our tradition by having a little painting party in the park. Here we are painting canvases by Alta Lake in Whistler, BC:

Kendra Smith and Keya White Painting in the Park

It is so fun to paint with a friend. I love it.

Here are the little paintings we did:

8x8 Acrylic Paintings by Kendra Smith and Keya White

On September 10th these paintings will be raffled off at a fundraiser for the Whistler Arts Council in support of the Whistler on the Lake Art Workshops program. You can see more of Keya White’s paintings at

Sun Peaks Wine and Culture Festival 2010

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

This weekend I am heading to Sun Peaks, BC where I will be paired with Bella restaurant. There are four other artists who will also be paired with resort restaurants on Saturday, July 17th as guests tour from location to location throughout the stunning alpine village. Visitors will learn about various art mediums while tasting some of the finest wines British Columbia has to offer and indulging in sumptuous tapas created by Sun Peaks Chefs.

Reservations are required, tickets are 49.00$ per person. For more information you can check out the Sun Peaks Resort website or contact Tourism Sun Peaks at .

On July 18th there is a second opportunity to meet the artists and view our work in the “Art Zone” outside Tree Line Studios in the heart of the village.

Sun Peaks Wine and Culture Festival Artwalk July 17th and 18th 2010

Participating artist include:
Kendra Smith (myself)
Ken Farrar
Vic Strikaitis
Joanne Hastie
Sol Metal Designs

New Blog!

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

On May 1st Blogger took away support for self-hosted blogs and I didn’t care for their other options. I decided that a WordPress blog would suit me better but then I was so busy that I didn’t have time to port it over. I’m so happy to announce that I have finally moved my blog over to WordPress. Since I hadn’t been able to update my blog for the last few months I had TEN new blog entries waiting to be posted. I am so happy to be blogging again!

Let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks!

Artist Heaven

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Last night at midnight I got home from a week of painting in Whistler, BC. I was buzzing the whole drive home. My 3 day workshop with David McEown was amazing. I LOVED it! The advanced workshop lived up to it’s name as we tackled a very complex studio piece of the Larch Trees and waterfalls near Lake O’Hara. It was great to learn how to approach the layers of the painting and keep the whites in the water.

On Friday my artist friend Keya White and I biked around Alta Lake and painted 8×8 canvases to donate to a fundraiser for the Whistler Arts Council. On September 10th they are going draw the raffle winners and someone will get to take home my painting and support the Whistler on the Lake Art Workshops at the same time.

On Saturday I took the gondola up to the top of Whistler Mountain. I spent the full day hiking and painting. The views were stunning. Here are the four en plein air paintings I did over the course of the day: