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.








Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My daily routine

Work



 Coffee break
 


A little diversion


 Have a wonderful day!


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Monday, October 20, 2014

My latest painting.... with violet on the brain.

I picked up a tube of purple paint, a colour I rarely, if ever, use. Just because (not everything I do has an explanation!).

I mixed with titanium white to get a shade I liked and it ended up here. A light touch, but effective.




 
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

 My love affair with cabinet cards continues.
I made four greeting cards with them, and they sold out (thank you!).

Three more have joined the shop today.

SOLD









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Friday, October 17, 2014

 Wishing you a happy friday.

photo: Stampington & Company






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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A small tour of my studio space.

This is as tidy as it gets. I've finally accepted that, because as long as I can work efficiently, it really doesn't matter how it looks. I used to look at other people's amazingly well laid out and organized studios, and despair. But no more. This is my space and I'm thankful for it (although it occurs to me that if I ever moved, it would be a nightmare!).












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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 I spent the better part of a day painting this. My butterfly-loving niece is a huge inspiration, and I couldn't resist making another painting. I became obsessed with it, wanting to keep going until it was finished, with the result that I neglected everything else. When I thought it was finished, I resumed my life.

 Last night I looked at it for a long time and saw a very slight imbalance. This morning I corrected it by placing a butterfly in the bottom right-hand corner.

Now I'm happy!


Mixed media on canvas, Butterflies are Free, 12 x 12 inches.




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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

 And here she is.
My Beautiful Butterly











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Monday, October 13, 2014

It's been a pleasant Thanksgiving weekend. For me, holidays are usually on the quiet side, although I did have two dinner guests yesterday, when I served up roast beef and all the trimmings because a turkey is just beyond me.

Today, I painted. The work is still in progress, and the subject is my lovely niece who loves butterflies. It will be probably go in the art show that I'm preparing for, a group show that will open Nov. 21, at the Dignam Gallery.  I expect to finish it sometime tomorrow.












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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Day in Canada is on Monday.
We give thanks for the Harvest.
Wishing you all a bountiful weekend.







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Thursday, October 09, 2014

This is what I do in the middle of the night.
The outline was already there. I looked at it in passing and then pulled out my tubes of gouache paint and this is what happened. Sometimes I think some entity is in control of me because this just happens, and it usually happens late at night. There is no plan, no intent, just pure action. And I always flow with it.

If it feels right, follow it. It's your intuition at work.






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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

 In contrast to my black dog friend in my previous post, here's a white doggie that stole my heart in a painting by artist Lauren Paradise.

Lauren Paradise is one of my favourite artists. I've been a fan for years. I love her style, and I love her subjects.

Lauren grew up in Rome, Italy, and studied art at Saint Martin's School of Art in London, England, as well as Urbino in Italy. She lives in Wisconsin and, as she puts it, "paints overlooking a millpond."

See her paintings here.

Portrait with Two Dogs (c) Lauren Paradise


Les chiens (c) Lauren Paradise


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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

She is a frequent visitor, she has stayed with me on occasion, I let her curl up on the couch because this.............................

 

 A faithful and affectionate friend.




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Monday, October 06, 2014

The colour pink

It took a long time for me to use pink in my artwork. There are many shades that I dislike, especially bubble-gum and loud and neon pinks, but at the other end of the spectrum, I've always liked the washed-out, pale shades, and pinks with a touch of violet. I get another shade of pink that I like by mixing magenta with a lot of titanium white.

These paintings have the most pink I've ever used in an individual piece. The darker shades are actually red, but my camera had other ideas. It shows them as pink.

Madam Butterfly and the Tea Lady

 And so the week begins.




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Friday, October 03, 2014

It was so nice to wake up to this email this morning. An early birthday present (my birthday is on Sunday).
 

Congratulations! Your sketchbook has been chosen to go on a NEW tour!

We are teaming up with 'Ontario, Canada' to bring a curated selection of sketchbooks to 5 cities in the Northeast US, and your book was selected to come along! Great Job! Your book must be mighty nice.

Can't make it to the exhibition? Don't forget to follow us on Instagram from October 5th-20th, as we travel through the collection to check out some amazing Ontario, Canada artists!






 
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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Michelangelo: Quest for Genius, an exhibition of  28 drawings by Michelangelo, telling the story of his creative process and the frustrations of it, opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Oct. 18 and continues to Jan. 11. The collection is on loan from the Casa Buonarotti in Florence. "These drawings represent the range of Michelangelo’s work, revealing the private world of the artist – his ideas, emotions and struggles to create and highlighting his unrivalled achievements as a painter, sculptor and architect." [AGO]

I studied Michelangelo at University, not his sculpture, but his prose, some of it so powerful that it has stayed with me all these years. Like the drawings in the upcoming exhibition, his words are filled with his emotions and struggles and ideas.











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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I make greeting cards the way I make anything else -- collage, stitching, adorning. I think of the cards as small, one-of-a-kind artworks that the receiver will want to keep.

I had a hard time with this one because it involves an antique postcard that had just as interesting back to it -- writing, postage stamp -- and if I use one side, I lose the other. So a choice has to be made. This postcard was embossed and that won out in the end.

AVAILABLE IN MY ETSY SHOP

 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Do you ever come across a saying, a word, a quotation that stops you in your tracks and makes you think? I'm sure you do.

When I saw this Zen saying, I had to stop and think about it for the meaning to sink in. And then I pulled out by brush and paint, and recorded it.





Once the meaning has sunk in, the next thing to figure out is the "how". Because if you don't know the how, you stay stuck in the statement and continue in the same old way. These sayings are meant to spur us to action and make some changes, but they are useless if we don't know how...




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Friday, September 26, 2014

Today's painting.
Coffee and Harlequin.

And.... I've run out of canvasses.



They look good together, I think.




  Wishing you a pleasant weekend.


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Today's painting.
Coffee and Cricket.

Newly listed in my Etsy shop.

Acrylic and collage on canvas, 12x12 inches








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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Daily painting

This, to me, is what it looks like, feels like today: late summer. In the shade, though, the air is crisp, some leaves are turning, the autumn season announcing itself, "mists and mellow fruitfulness" to follow.

Acrylic on canvas board.



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

 If you go out in the woods today,
You're sure of a big surprise.








If you go out in the woods today,
You'd better go in disguise.


For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the Teddy bears have their picnic.





 Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Monday, September 22, 2014

Yesterday, I was walking around Word on the Street, an annual book and magazine festival, when I came across what struck me as a miniature Irish Wolfhound.



Irish Wolfhounds are a big favorite of mine, and I've posted photos of them on this blog before, but this one, a partial Wolfhound, one of the mostly beautiful mutts I've ever seen -- and, yes, I am partial to mutts -- completely stole my heart.



 His name is Seamus and it's hard to believe that he was in the pound before the lovely Kate took him home.


 May they both live long and prosper!



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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mark making

Take several differently shaped palette knives and acrylic paints, and make your mark.






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Friday, September 19, 2014

Corners of my home.

My desk -- a corner of it.

Minori, if you're reading this, the angel says Hello!






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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 Another painting that I started a long time ago, and finally finished today. My paintings have a lot of patience when they need to....

Last of the Summer Wine II

Mixed media on canvas, 11 x 14 in., available for purchase in my Etsy shop



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