Reach out if you can help.


My name is Allyson Proulx, aka Lefty Smudges.

I am a self-taught, professional, multimedia artist and writer currently focused on generating experiences of magic and generosity alongside Deshkan Ziibi (Anishnaabemowin) in London, Ontario.

To get the ball rolling, in January, I began a daily correspondence project titled, Alone, together. To make sure the ball had somewhere to roll, this winter I applied to and was recently awarded, a two-week artist residency at Great Island Arts in Nova Scotia (June 22-July 5), and acceptance into the foundation year art program at Yukon School of Visual Arts (starting Sept.5, 2019).

During my residency I will be editing and drawing (working on two book ideas), while documenting my experience through ‘Alone, together’. My experience at Yukon SOVA will also be documented through ‘Alone, together’, and will be something entirely new –

Great Island Arts asks non-indigenous artists to critically engage with their presence on the land – unceded Mi’kmaq territory; Yukon SOVA requires students to understand the history, culture, and journey towards self-determination of the Yukon First Nations (Tr’ondek Hwech’in community).

To make it to these places – to actually be able to show up and receive this education, I am in need of some help from magical and generous folk just like you.

If you are willing and able, please join Alone, together, donate to me directly via paypal and e-transfer (, or contact me personally to purchase art work.

I created this Kijiji Ad for one special, magical patron – someone(s) with access to a safe and spacious vehicle for me; a vehicle I can use to drive myself to both of these places. It’s my most generous and magical ask, and also the one with the most potential to provide me with a sense of autonomy during this challenging and adventurous time.

I’ll be writing letters, playing with paper, and checking my email for the rest of the day.


High School Postcard Writing Workshop – #hashtagpostcards

May 26th, Period 5, Gr.11 English class – making #hashtagpostcards with Lefty Smudges.
These postcards were made, and will now be mailed to students, in Malawi, Africa, who are painting a mural of the world on a wall of their school. Our postcards, the ones these students and I made, will be hung at the school to represent Canada. I am proud of what these students created, and how they gave of themselves through this activity. I had a marvellous time getting to know you.
The reception of these postcards will be documented on the other side, and I will keep you updated as to what happens next.

All my love,

P.S. We only had permission to take pictures of some of the students faces…hence the picture style.DSC_3972 DSC_3977 DSC_4003 DSC_4076 DSC_4111 DSC_4116 DSC_4131 DSC_4147 DSC_4163 DSC_4167 DSC_4171 DSC_4187 DSC_4199 DSC_4203 DSC_4207 DSC_4211 DSC_4216 DSC_4227 DSC_4232 DSC_4236 DSC_4243 DSC_4247 DSC_4251 DSC_4255 DSC_4264 DSC_4271 DSC_4275 P1030556 P1030564 P1030607 P1030522_fotor P10305220_fotor P103052201234_fotor P103052201234567891011_fotor P1030574012345_fotor P103057401234567_fotor P1030510_fotor