Friday, November 21, 2014


Stitched paper and fabric collage.

I didn't plan on it, but I did think my sewing machine was feeling neglected because I haven't used it in a long time. I do a lot of my sewing by hand these days, and I've been painting a lot, and the old girl was beckoning.




 This evening, an art show that I'm a part of is opening at the Dignam Gallery, Women's Art Association of Canada. I don't normally show in galleries so this is a big thing for me. Fingers crossed!




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Thursday, November 20, 2014

 Yesterday was a good day.

I made a big pot of soup with lentils, spinach, garlic, lemon, and my home made broth, sat at my computer and worked on an article from start to finish (that's a first, but I will be away for a week and I don't want to miss the deadline), photographed some items for my shop, including the postcard-size paintings below, with all the work that entails, and listed them.







I had intended to go out, at the very least for my walk, but by the time I looked up, it was dark. It snowed during the day without much damage and tomorrow looks like a clear day. I'll go out for my errands and walk tomorrow with a morning jog to make up for it.

And since it's tomorrow already, off I go.



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

 The Tag Elf came to me and pointed out that I hadn't made any tags for a long time.
Was there a problem?
No, said I.
And got to work.



The tags are now in my shop.


 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

 Yesterday I got up at the crack of dawn (OK, my version of the crack of dawn, since I'm a night owl) to take my paintings over to the Dignam Gallery where we would spend the day hanging all the artwork. I had spent the night before wiring the backs of the paintings. When I returned home, I was exhausted, not least to because of this new intruder in my life: The Allergy. It seems to be connected to the weather.




Today I tried to catch up. The allergy is better. I framed this painting, and began a new article for Somerset Studio (stay tuned)!



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Friday, November 14, 2014

 The view from my window today.
All the snow that was forecast went elsewhere. I can happily live with that.
 


 I was out most of yesterday. I met a friend for coffee in the afternoon and part of our conversation was an animated discussion on coffee. Someone should write a play about that.....two friends discussing coffee over coffee.

Later I relaxed with a needle and thread.


 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This is my third and final self-portrait.

Call them old-school "selfies".
(I don't own a cellphone because I don't need one.)



 How it started
 How it progressed
 How it finished



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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

 Remembrance Day/Jour du souvenir








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Monday, November 10, 2014

What looks "simplistic", isn't.

At first glance it may look like a coat of paint, cut and paste, and there you are.
For starters, that doesn't take in the idea, choosing the elements/images, composition (where to position everything), colour choices, and pulling it all together.
 
This 12 x 12-inch painting started out with a lot of colour. Smooshing bright colours over a canvas is lovely, but I wanted to use a photograph, and it didn't work, so I  added pieces of paper here and there and painted many layers over it, in white, light taupe, cream, a little grey.


 The colour would come from the butterflies.


 I began with two, and played around with a few more until I was satisfied with the composition. I chose the Monarch butterfly, with blue ones to make it pop.


 Finished!

 

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Friday, November 07, 2014

A small accident changes the whole picture.

This accident could have ruined the whole piece, but I'm not one to give up (and in the process waste my canvas and my work).  I dropped some liquid onto the photo, said liquid interacted with the ink and I didn't like what happened, so I painted over the accident (the face).



 I could have called it "Anonymous" and left it there, but it really needed something-something.


One small touch makes all the difference. I can now call it Portrait of the Artist (in search of herself -- haha!)




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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Some days it's about production. I make my supplies in batches, both for myself and for my shop.



These are now in my shop
 
When I finished, I stitched this little piece.
 



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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

It all began with a photo.

Rosa is a friend of mine. She has an exotic beauty that reminds me of the Italian goddesses of the cinema (Sophia Loren and Company) and shares their heritage.  When I saw this photo, I asked her husband to send it to me because a painting was forming in my head that I wanted to make for them. I made a black and white copy, blew it up and printed it, then went to work.

I had no idea that, as I was finishing this, Sophia Loren's book was being released.





I love creating these "portraits".  I think I'm going to start taking commissions......
 

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Monday, November 03, 2014

Giving and receiving.
It flows both ways.
It's good energy.
It keeps things moving.

The author gave me a copy of her luscious new book.







 To thank her, I made this as a hommage to both Harold Town and her book.


 

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Friday, October 31, 2014

It's that time again.


Tread softly!




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Thursday, October 30, 2014

A thing of beauty.

An object of my affection, but something that I would never buy for myself.

After years of admiring these antique wooden stamps, one landed in my hands as a birthday present earlier this month. A big carved piece with the patina of age and use. Because I have a friend or two who instinctively know what I like, friends who tailor their gift to my taste, not theirs. I like to think that I'm that kind of a friend, too.






 
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Buttons
I cannot live without them.
Well, I can, but I don't want to.



 


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I'd forgotten, but the past caught up with me.

A couple of months or so ago, I decided to join the Women's Art Association of Canada (a venerable institution founded in the late 1800s) to get out of the shell I was growing into.


Meanwhile........

Author Iris Nowell is presenting her latest book (on Canadian artist Harold Town) at the Women's Art Assoc. of Canada on Thursday. We live in the same building and I have known her for years.







Last week I received a notice from WAAC about the presentation. Days later, I bumped into Iris in the elevator. She told me about the book. I told her that I had interviewed Harold Town years ago for a magazine cover story; after the interview he had also allowed me to photograph him in black and white in his backyard. In those days, photography was my art.

Iris tells me she's using the cover photo from the magazine article in her presentation. I tell her that I wrote that article (Putting on the Style).  She suggests I say a word or two about that at her presentation, maybe, perhaps........ I laugh. Who knows. At the very least, I will be there and assisting her in any way I can.



 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

The first thing I did today was to cast my vote in our local elections.

Then I returned home and got to work.

New greeting cards, just listed in my Etsy shop.

SOLD


Les demoiselles de Chicoutimi

Mr. Papillon, the Butterfly Man

Signor Farfalla, the Butterfly Man







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Saturday, October 25, 2014

 Poppies






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Friday, October 24, 2014


Thank you so much, dear readers, for your kind comments.

This was the scene today:

The Highway of Heroes/Autoroute des héros as the hearse carrying Cpl Nathan Cirillo's body heads home to Hamilton. (Soldiers who die overseas are driven down this section of the Highway. There is always a turnout on the bridge and the side the of the road to honour their passing.) Cpl Cirillo will be given a full regimental funeral on Tuesday. Funeral arrangements for Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who had also served as a military firefighter, have not been finalized.




Nathan Cirillo's dogs waiting for him. This photo broke my heart.












And life goes on.
But for the family and friends of the fallen, it's stopped.
We musn't forget them as they face a difficult time ahead. Life will never be the same for them.
Spare a thought, a little prayer, every day for them. It will take a long time, years, to get past their loss, and we must respect that.






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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Finishing a portrait of the light of my life.
For her parents.
For Christmas.
I'll be delivering it at next month at Thanksgiving so it had to be done now.








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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 It's been a devastating day here.
I want to honour Cpl Nathan Cirillo, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, who was gunned down today while on guard at the War Memorial, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa. RIP, brave soldier.
I have no words.

And not forgetting Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, the soldier who was run down in Quebec two days before. It is believed the two murders are linked.