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Portrait of Artist Carolynn Anctil

“My style of artwork is lighthearted, with a hint of magic, and is designed to inspire joy”

Carolynn Anctil

Welcome Kindred Spirit

Whether it’s a love of country living or a lighthearted view of life, you enjoy a touch of whimsy and are delighted by everyday magic.

You’re a creative thinker, with a curious mind and your favourite question is “What if?”. 

You imagine a world where the fantastical exists and possibility abounds. 

You believe in serendipity and listen to the small whispers in your soul that tell you life doesn’t have to be so hard.

You dream of a life of serenity and ease and a return to simpler times. 

We find comfort, strength, and connection in the stories of others.  We share a playful imagination and chickens are our idea of the ideal pet.

Okay, maybe that last bit’s just me.

One thing’s for certain, you love the thrill of discovery and you are inspired by unique, joyful artwork that appeals to your playful side. You want to decorate your home and your life with artwork that brightens your day and makes your soul sing.

Your home is your sanctuary and you want the artwork you display to reflect your desire to live a life of harmony.

You’ve come to the right place.

"One of the things that makes life worth living, is bringing other people joy." Penn & Teller - Magicians

About the Artist

Self Portrait

I am, at my essence, a Dreamer.

Watercolour illustrator, storyteller, and photographer, my style of art creation is lighthearted, with a hint of magic, and is designed to inspire joy.

As far back as I can remember, as a child growing up in a volatile household, my soul’s deepest desire was to attain a prolonged state of Peace. It has proven to be as elusive as the legendary pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Yet, I have brushed up against it, from time to time, so I know this place of rest exists.

Throughout my life, I’ve chosen to view the world from a place of hopeful optimism. That isn’t to say that I haven’t also been intimate with the shadows, but I choose not to live in darkness, believing instead in the power of beauty, and joy, and the magic of birdsong on a spring morning.

The best thing about being an artist, for me, is that I’m free to create the kind of world I want to believe in, simply by dreaming it into existence.

By employing a generous use of imagination,  I’m able to conjure characters and worlds into existence where my mind can pause, if even for just a moment, and find stillness. So much of what I do, with my artwork and my monthly subscription service Little Pockets of Peace, is dedicated to this, my soul’s calling. It’s taken me nearly 6 decades to unpack and embrace this vocation and accept that my Purpose in Life is:

To create joyful artwork for a mind made weary by the noise and chaos of the world to find sanctuary within.

I believe that a sense of hope is at the basis of all human achievement and that those who do not abandon this fundamental mindset are those who are the most resilient in the face of adversity.

What does this have to do with you?

My quest is far from over and I’m excited to keep exploring and revealing more of these magical worlds for others to enjoy and find solace in. I do hope you’ll come with me and that you’ll bring your friends. If the events of 2020 have shown us anything, I think it’s the truth that 

the adventure is so much more enjoyable when we have the company of others.

There is always something to be grateful for, something of the good in everything, and something to celebrate. I’m so glad you’re here.

Have you heard about my Art Initiative?

#joyfulartcreation

I created this hashtag to celebrate the creation of art, purely for the pleasure it brings. It’s not about making “good” art (whatever that means), or even art that sells. It’s about tapping into our natural inclination to play and not about monetary gain. It can feel like a rebellious act.

I’m committed to following this feeling of freedom and playful expression wherever it leads. If you decide to join me, please use the hashtag #joyfulartcreation and tag me, so I can follow along.

Find me on Instagram @carolynnanctildesign.

"In our present day, it can be easy to conclude from the various crises taking place around the world, all the injustice and political unrest, the rampant poverty and environmental threats, persecution and killings, diseases and displacements, that art & beauty are mere luxury. It could even make some feel that to focus on art & beauty is insensitive or short sighted. However, I want to suggest that it's precisely because of these desperate situations that the artist is called upon to beautify the world with art and engage these issues from a vantage point of hope."

Stephen Roach

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