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Safari hike in Clear Creek Metro Park

One of my passions in life is the animal kingdom. When I turned 14 I volunteered at an animal shelter for a summer. At the age of 15 I began working at our local zoo and stayed there well after graduating from college. Now I’m in the veterinary field, so

Three books I read over vacation

Books I ingested while on vacation

During winter I miss living down south for an obvious reason – it is too cold up here! However, when it comes to summer I don’t feel that disconnected from the southern states. As I type this afternoon, one storm has graced us with its presence and I see another

Clear Creek Metro Park by COrtney North

Our anniversary dessert and a hazardous hike

My husband and I took a few days off this week to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We are well out of the newly-married phase and next year will join the ranks of people who are in the double-digit club. One of my co-workers asked how long we’ve been married and

Blue and White ocean painting by Cortney North Fine Art

My unplanned word of the week is patience…how about yours?

If I had to guess the topic I was meant to work on this week it would be patience. I would find myself exasperated if I tried to explain every incident of ridiculousness that prompted me to type this prior sentence, but why don’t I list a few for fun?

Newest landscape painting by Cortney North

A painting for my bedroom and delightful outdoor showers

Did this week fly by as fast for you as it did for me? It seemed as though I woke up and a few hours later was back in bed getting ready to fall asleep. It’s been a whirlwind! In this shortened week I’ve enjoyed a run in the sunshine,

Watercolors as playtime: It’s good for creativity

There has been an emphasis in our culture about the importance of playtime. For me the subject first came into awareness after reading the book Exuberance: The Passion for Life by Kay Redfield Jamison. At one point she explained how vital it is for young animals to learn about life

Blue and Green Abstract

In the studio: an almost-finished painting sits on my easel

For the past two weeks I’ve been focused on administrative tasks with my art business. The logical left side of my brain kicks into gear when that happens and limits my creativity. I don’t mind switching back and forth though I prefer to be creative for the majority of my

Peony Up Close | Cortney North Fine Art

Lots of flowers and one unique bird: A photo journal

I hope you enjoyed the weekend! It was a perfect weekend here in Ohio with lots of sun and mild temperatures. My husband and I had pretty busy days leading up to the weekend, so we decided it was best to take it easy. Friday night we enjoyed the quite

Yellow Iris

Yellow irises, one new book and tiramisu torte!

For reasons I’m still trying to figure out, this week has felt heavy and gritty. Do you have weeks that feel like an emotional whirlwind? Though I feel a bit rattled, I don’t want this post feel that way. Perhaps writing about the positives will get my good vibes flowing.

Seaside Breezes by Cortney North

New Print in Shop: “Seaside Breezes”

And debuting my latest print to be placed on Etsy: “Seaside Breezes” – so lovely! What I love about this painting/print: the colors! I’ve been working with my absolute favorite colors lately. I was inspired by the brilliant colors of spring. The pop of green is a perfect representation of