Thinking about photography

Today children have access to cameras and photography more than they ever have before historically. Cell phone cameras, pocket sized digital cameras, and other types of image recording are readily available for kids to play with, and many of today’s children are photographed thousands upon thousands of times as they grow up. Children can become creative artists using photography as their medium at a very young age, whereas it was really hard to get a camera or develop images onto paper 100 years ago. But while it is easier to access the medium and become a photographer, the medium itself has been cheapened by the easy access to it, and the easy consumption of pixels versus expensive rolls of film. It is very hard to make any profit from photos these days, unless you really are a serious professional who knows how to market photography. So long as you don’t equate profit with success, it is truly remarkable and wonderful that so many people can access photography as an artistic medium today. 

Oliver Sings Along

My cockatiel Oliver loves to sing along when I play music. Here I am rehearsing with my friend. She is playing accordion and I’m playing mandolin. The piece we are playing is Amelie’s Waltz by Yann Tiersen. Oliver really likes this song! Enjoy.


Observations from life

Downtown Victoria on a Wednesday afternoon:

Tall thin man in a full steampunk suit, tails, tophat and goggles, juggling.

Beautiful young Japanese waitresses arguing in Japanese about Interac receipts.

A dingy thrift store below ground at the bottom of a sketchy stairwell, called Vintage Buck.

A stone lionface fountain spitting a steady stream of water in a brick courtyard.

A powerful white pitbull or mastiff cross dog on a leash, regarding me with soft intelligent eyes.

A steady rock beat from a drum kit fills the busy street, coming out the window of a second floor loft apartment where a guy is givin’ ‘er on his drums, live and vibrant.

A huge construction pit crawling with workers in hardhats and flourescent coloured vests, two stories deep, riddled with heavy equipment, dump trucks, cement forms, metal pipe, and at the very bottom the ancient bedrock underneath the city, exposed and scraped at by human ants.

Fresh graffiti on the side of Woodfire bakery, windows plastered in high class graphic design posters for local concerts.

Me, gaping at it all in amazement, able to see so many details because I’m only able to walk at a snail’s pace.

Saanich Inlet

New Website Launch 2016

Hello world, welcome to the new website for Caroline Stengl’s Creativity Studio!

With the new year comes new and exciting growth and recovery for me. With the launch of this new and beautiful website I am revitalizing my art studio practice after a long hiatus due to illness.

" Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once (s)he grows up. "Pablo Picasso

Linocut cards production

I used to make linocut print greeting cards every winter for Christmas, Solstice, Hannukah etc. Last year I didn’t do it because it is SO MUCH WORK. But I thought it would be fun to share what the process looks like.

Healing with the Arts

To see the video in HD quality go to or play the YouTube version right here in this post.

In this video I talk about how music, art and creativity have helped me to heal while going through treatment for a serious illness. I also talk about my involvement with a non-profit arts organization that uses the arts for healing.

Rough Skinned Newt

This tiny amphibian was just crawling along the trail in Cowichan River Provincial Park. I just about stepped on him! Such a neat little critter.

California Quails

These cute little quails are neighbourhood residents where we live. This spring I was lucky to spot a flock of them with more than a dozen fluffy babies no bigger than a toonie 2$ coin! They were sooo tiny and cute! Too quick for my camera though. Here a few pictures of the momma and poppa birds with an older chick.

Botanical Beach

We went to see Botanical beach this summer. The trail down to the beach had some impressive twisted trees that remind me of bonsai. The tidal pools are marvelous! I also spotted some bear poop by a hidden stream running onto the beach.