Project:Moments Intercepted

"Kathryn Ward"

Occupation: Museum Educator, Artist
Location: Ottawa, ON

Why does this project interest me?
My current To Do list includes, quite literally, 'create work'. No, not just to add to my busy life, but to start feeling creative again - and to act on that creativity. A series of random challenges with a deadline & accountability is just what I need!

Challenge: *Final Challenge: Leave behind something special for someone else to discover

Goodbye Birdie

A good friend and I found several bird pencil sharpeners a few years ago in a thrift store and couldn’t pass them up.  We each bought a few of them , then another shopper scrambled to buy the rest – hoping we were on to something. I shared one of the birds with Denise and saved the last three. I’m not sure what it is about them, but the birds make me smile.

I separated my trio tonight, leaving the odd duck next to a children’s hair salon with a note. I almost stayed to watch, but I hope the mystery is better.

Challenge: *Challenge 9: Capture summertime

Summer in under 2 megs

Video: CaptureSummer

After a long few weeks helping to build a cottage – we completed it today. To celebrate we napped in the sun and went for a swim. It couldn’t feel more like summer.

Challenge: *Challenge 8: Take a before & after shot

A necessary chore creates a relaxing space

Before: an uninspiring, unusable, neglected space.

The task: weeding, sweeping, and rearranging patio furniture. A trip to the nursery is needed, too, but today is a holiday so new plants will have to wait.

After: a relaxing space to sketch.

Challenge: *Challenge 7: Create something with garbage

Not quite dumpster diving, but close


An abandoned pile of dirty, broken pieces of wood -full of nails- in a parking lot next to a dumpster.

Challenge: *Challenge 6: Make your next meal a work of art

Hot meal on the table

As my friends ate their meals, I frantically sketched my tofu burger with fries and salad.

Challenge: *Challenge 5: Make or take a portrait of a stranger

People watching at its best

After giving a heads up to those in Ottawa today I stopped off at a local coffee shop on my way home, hid behind my laptop and did a quick sketch of this girl sipping an iced drink across the table.

Challenge: *Challenge 4: Play with fire

37 Steps to Play With Fire

I’d like to thank Adam J for spending his birthday at a pub with me,

changing one letter at a time.

Challenge: *Challenge 3: Reveal something hidden

I’m not sure it was hidden

Worry. Worry that I’ll succeed. Worry that I won’t. Worry I’m not good enough. Worry I won’t meet my own expectations. Worry that I will. Worry. I try to hide it. But I’m not sure it was hidden.

Challenge: *Challenge 2: Make something old new

Upcycling: Ski Bums Tee to Necklace

Making something old new brought three things to mind: upcycling, giving my things away, and shopping for vintage clothing. As tempting as shopping for new-to-me clothing was, I decided to upcycle an old t-shirt. I’ve had this shirt for about 15 years but haven’t worn it in ages. The necklace uses only the body of the shirt – I still have the ski bum graphic for another project.

Challenge: *Challenge 1: Turn something green

Even Greener

I had a quick stop to make on my way home after hearing about the first challenge and this green plastic Astro turf was calling my name. Green and recycling go hand in hand for me, so as soon as I returned home I went through my recyclables. The brightest one I found was an empty pink ice cream container – so I turned it green.