A new journey. A new adventure. A new life.

Photo Credit: Matt + Steph Photography

I am a firm believer that it is never too late to do what you wish to do.

This past year has been the biggest wake up call I have had. In life I have worked my way towards my dreams and have overcome many obstacles (just like everyone else). But I didn’t do this entirely on my own. I owe a great deal to my family, they have helped me every step of the way. I wouldn’t be who I am or be where I am without them.
Not to forget all your amazing support! Thank you every single one of you for coming to workshops, courses, art shows, giving my art the most amazing homes to be in and everything else you do. You are the ones who help support my dreams and make them a reality.

The next step of my journey is beginning and boy, can that leap every be scary. But, it truly feels amazing. It reminds me what it is to be alive and to continue pushing forwards.
I am no longer teaching intuitive painting with The Art School of Peterborough.
I am thankful for everything I have learned while being there. After 9 years of growing; first starting out as a volunteer to then creating my own courses, to being a board member, being chair of the marketing committee, to being the receptionist for a short duration, its been an amazing adventure.
But I know the time to move on to the next chapter of my life is here. Over the past few years I have been growing my career in the studio as an artist, then offering my own courses in the style I teach.

Photo Credit: Matt + Steph Photography

Moving forwards, I will be continuing to offer Intuitive Painting courses out of my studio, along with other creative workshops.
Plans to grow the studio are already underway as well as the search for the perfect commercial space. Additional workshops featuring a wide variety of local creatives are in the works!

I am extremely excited for this next chapter of my life and hope to see you in the studio! 
If you are interested in joining forces for a special project you have in mind or collaborating for a show, please don’t hesitate on sending me a message.

Photos of July Workshops in the STUDIO

A visual glimpse into June’s workshops at the STUDIO!

Thank you everyone for attending. I greatly appreciate everyone who comes out to join in on the creative fun and for the support.

If you are interested in attending a workshop, please head on over to the classes section to see what adventure awaits you!

A Special Commission for Trent University

In May, I was approached by Trent University  to create a large scale piece for their recently renovated student health centre. This mixed media piece was inspired by the serene landscape of the campus and its known association with nature, which has been a great influence in my work.
The Trent University campus has always been an inspiring environment to me. The way the unique architecture harmonizes with nature and to have a river flowing directly through the campus, its surreal. Its beautiful to see how we can embrace nature for all its beauty.
Over the duration of June, I worked layer by layer as this painting evolved, beginning to take a life all of its own on.

I invite you to take a look into the process of this piece and hope you enjoy.
I am extremely honoured and happy to of had this opportunity and for my piece to be established in its new home.

If you are interested in having a piece created for you, please send me a message to discuss what unique piece awaits you.

MPP Jeff Leal helped Trent University open its newly renovated health clinic Tuesday morning.

The Trent alumnus (Class of ’74) was on hand with Trent staff and students and members of the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation and Peterborough Kawartha Rotary Club, for a tour of the student health clinic, all as part of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) Take your MPP to Work initiative.

“I am thrilled to welcome our partners who funded some unique projects this year. As a result of their support, we are fulfilling our goals for an inclusive space that meet students’ clinical needs – but also helps them feel welcome,” stated Ruth Walker, manager of Student Health Services at Trent, in a release.

“When students arrive to Trent, many are accessing healthcare for the first time on their own. We want this to be a place where they feel comfortable asking for help.”

Two new features, based on the Student Wellness Centre’s Biopsychosocial model of care, were highlighted: an accessible barrier-free exam table, funded by the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundations; and therapeutic artwork, funded by the Peterborough Kawartha Rotary Club.

The Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation, also known as Your Family Health Team Foundation, funded the barrier-free exam table.

“We are very pleased to be able to support Student Health Services at Trent,” stated Laura Kennedy, executive director, GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation. “A barrier free examination table is a basic need of every primary care clinic in order to ensure all patients can appropriately access the care they require.  The team at Trent Health Services has done an exceptional job of creating an inclusive, safe space and we are proud to be a partner of their patient circle of care.”

Financial support from the Peterborough Kawartha Rotary Club led to the creation of nature-based art pieces for the clinic. Artist Cherylanne James, an Anishinaabekwe from Rama First Nation, is creating two art pieces, while a large piece has been created for the waiting area by local artist Brianna Gosselin.

The Peterborough Examiner Article can be accessed here.

 

 

Thanksgiving Workshop Special

In honour of the first day of fall, you will be able to receive 10% off all thanksgiving workshops taking place on Saturday, October 1.
This special discount will automatically be added to your order upon completion of registration.

There is an exciting line up of youth and teen projects awaiting your child, I look forward to creating with them in the studio!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An evening of serenity

This past Friday night I had the pleasure of leading a wonderful group of ladies through an Intuitive Painting.
They gathered together to celebrate their dear friend’s birthday. It was wonderful to see everyone relax, laugh and create beautiful masterpieces!
Together we worked on each layer and witnessed our pieces slowly emerge as they took on a life of their own. Despite us all following the same steps, each painting had its own unique identity, which is a beautiful thing.

I was able to capture a few photos of the process and invite you to take a peak into this wonderful evening that was had.
If you are interested in hosting your own intuitive painting night or wishing to know more about teen and adult birthday parties, please send an email to art@briannagosselin.com.

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Honey’s Pumpkin Chilli

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Fall is my favourite season. The air is crisp, allowing one to breath comfortably after a summer of humidity. Gardens are full of seasonal bounty and the colours are remarkable.

With the cooler evenings here, I love taking full advantage of being able to make cook without heating up an already hot kitchen.
During my last grocery trip I picked up a small cooking pumpkin, intent on using it for something special, but not knowing just exactly what that may be at the time. After a few days of mulling, I was inspired to make a seasonal chilli from scratch.

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As most may already know, I have a hard time following the rules, the same is true when it comes to cooking. 😉 I look to recipes for inspiration (mostly just the visuals), but I thrive off cooking with no recipe to specifically follow. Most often, it turns out quite well.

To add even more flavour to your chilli, make sure to bbq your corn and pumpkin. The results will be worth it, trust me.

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And always make sure you have some company in your kitchen if you can, makes the process all the more enjoyable. 😉
The recipe below is the result of some very delicious chilli. I hope you give it a try for yourself and enjoy!

Honey’s Pumpkin Chilli

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– 1 Medium Cooking/Yellow Onion
– 3 Stalks of Celery
– 1 Large Carrot
– 5 Medium Mushrooms
– 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
– 2 Cobs of Corn
– 1 Small Pumpkin
– 1 Can of Black Beans
– 2 Cans of Diced Tomatoes
– 1 tsp of Salt (+ more if desired)
– 2 tsp of Epicentre Chipotle Chile Spice
– 2 tsp of Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Optional
– 1 Small Jalepeno Diced
Epicentre Smoked Paprika
– 1 Small Jar of Tomato Paste

Directions
1. Before beginning to prep any of your vegetables, turn your bbq on for preheating. Bring the temp up high, then after a few minutes bring the temperature down to maintain a consistent temp of 400.
2. Cut your pumpkin in half, then proceed to do the same to those two pieces, resulting in having 4 pieces all together. Peel your corn. Using a kitchen brush, apply oil generously onto the corn and pumpkin pieces.
Leave your pumpkin and corn to cook on the bbq, ensuring the temperature is at 400 or below. Continue to check on your vegetables (to avoid having your food become burnt) as you being prep for the remaining ingredients.
3. Take a large stock pot, placing it on the stove and setting the temp to low-med. Drizzle some oil in the pot. As your oil begins to warm, take your cooking onion and dice up the item. Drop the pieces into the pot, sprinkle salt and pepper in with it.
4. Begin chopping up the remaining vegetables in the following sequence, adding each group to the pot before moving on to the next; mushrooms, celery, carrot, pepper. Ensure you use a wooden spoon after adding each ingredient to stir everything up. This will avoid your items from sticking to the pan and burning. Adjust the temp to a lower level if needed.
5. Don’t forget to check on your corn and pumpkin! Rotate these items on the bbq if you haven’t already, you may also need to add a bit more oil if they seem too dry.
6. Open your can of beans and tomatoes, adding both ingredients to the pot. Bring the pot to a higher temp (medium, 6/7) to bring to a boil.
7. Add your spices that your prefer. I used Chipotle Chile Spice from Epicentre. If you wish for something with a bit more heat and flavour, jalepenos and paprika make an excellent combination. This amount of spice and flavour added during this step is entirely up to you and your tastebuds.
8. By this time your corn and pumpkin should hopefully be cooked. Turn off the bbq and bring your items inside. Be cautious when it comes to adding these ingredients as they will be very warm to touch. Scrape out your pumpkin, mashing it with a fork and cut the corn off the cob then add both to your chilli. Don’t worry if your corn has a few “scorched bits”, it won’t ruin the flavour. If anything, I find it enhances it 😉
9. For a thicker chilli, stir in tomato paste if preferred. I skipped this bit and found the pumpkin made the chilli just the right texture.
10. Once all your ingredients are in your chilli and has reached a boiling point, bring it back down to low, allowing it to simmer for 30-4o minutes or whenever you are ready to eat.

If you happen to have leftovers, it is amazing the next day as the flavours become more intense overnight.
Ideal for eating on its own, served with rice or on pizza. Try garnishing with a bit of cheese/daiya and avocado for an even richer taste.

Please feel free to send in pics if you make this, I would love to see how it turns out.
Enjoy!

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