An award, an exhibition, a certification, and other awesome news!

I tried. I really did. But this just had to come out in caps: I HAVE SO MANY AWESOME THINGS TO TELL YOU!!!!

(Quite proud of myself that I didn’t go overboard on the exclamation marks. Four is a good number, I think, denoting a suitable level of excitement. Any more than four is a sure sign of an insane mind.)

Special Merit Award

I am delighted and honoured to have my artwork Splashing and laughing over the edge shown in the 11th Nature Art Exhibition at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery.

And over the moon to have it win a Special Merit Award!!!!

Especially when the gallery says that for this art competition they judged 590 entries by artists from 21 countries around the world. Woah!

© 2020, Ailene Cuthbertson, Splashing and laughing over the edge. Digital fine art print on archival paper, 42 cm x 60 cm.
© 2020, Ailene Cuthbertson, Splashing and laughing over the edge. Digital fine art print on archival paper, 42 cm x 60 cm.

Hit play to see some of the award-winning artworks in this exhibition. You can also see the exhibition online here.

By Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery. Watch time: about 8 minutes. If you enjoyed this video, please help me out and like + comment on YouTube!

Me, a certified Creativity Coach

The past year, I’ve talked (a lot!) about Lisa Sonora’s Creative Immersion.

But what you might not know (because, well, I’ve been keeping rather quiet about it) is that in addition to deepening my own creative experience, I was also learning how to teach Lisa’s unique approach to creativity to others.

And now, I’m so proud to say that I’m a certified Creativity Coach through Visual Journal Studio!!!!

I have a big, hairy, audacious plan. Get your happy dance ready so you can celebrate with me – it’s going to be grand!

I quit social media


It’s like when a lamb squishes through the fence and after some time, realises that it’s here. And mum is over there. And IT CAN’T GET BACK! So it yells. And yells. (And yells.)

Oh boy, they’ve got some lungs on those things.

The steady stream of aaaaah is just loud enough and just pathetic enough that you can’t tune it out. Maybe this time it’ll rub two braincells together and figure out how to get through the fence by itself…

It never does.

So you stomp out. The amount of chasing required increases exponentially with the lamb’s age. But eventually you corner it, grab an armful of wriggly, bawling wool, and chuck it over the fence.

And ah! Sweet, sweet silence!!!!

It feels like that.

How about you? I’m over here, finger poised over the exclamation mark key, ready to cheer your wins too (no matter how big or small!) What are you celebrating this week?