Dear Friends, March 6, 2018 Each year I choose a "Word to Accept". I've done this exercise since I started creating art over six years ago. Over these years, I have given a lot of thought to the choice of this short or long word. It seems like a simple thing....choose a word and get onto the next item on the agenda. But in actuality, it is like having a strategic plan; in art, in life, and in business. This one word encapsulates what I'm trying to achieve for a particular time frame....you could almost think of this word as a mantra. I start with five words. I mull them over in my mind over a span of weeks and gradually discard the words that do not resonate with me and I finally select what I believe to be the right word for the present time. The word I choose this year is "CREATE".
Dear Friends, January 30, 2018 My latest commission finally completed. "Beauty on Aberdeen, Medicine Hat", 42 x 30 inches. Medicine Hat Commission. When my husband came home from work last night and looked at the painting, he commented on how he liked the work and also mentioned he saw a large "X" on the bottom of the right-hand corner. I looked at the artwork again in complete surprise. "Well that's the reflection of the light hitting the door," I said.
Dear Friends, January 4, 2018 One of the things I find most interesting is to the experience of capturing a physical bricks and mortar building in a painting for a client. For this person has a story to tell. Each time he/she views the final painting, these memories associated with the bricks, pavement or landscape illicits this deep connection.
[caption id="attachment_7781" align="alignleft" width="225"] Lorenzo's Driveway in Italy[/caption] One of the challenges I have found in making my art is to remember where it is all headed. Life experiences play a huge part in this grand scheme. One day I catch glimpses of the direction of my art-making and this helps bring a new clarity to inform the next painting I begin.
Dear Friends, August 10, 2017 This was our dog Alue. I didn't post anything about her passing in April as I was too upset and my thoughts hadn't set in about our loss. We put her down due to a mass of cancer in her stomach. For a beagle, this is a death sentence as ALL they want to do with their noses is sniff out the next morsel and look for food to eat.
Dear Friends, May 31,2017 Everyone is so crazy busy these days. I often think that technology is a hindrance, not a help and is making our lives frantic with all the pressures of posting on social media platforms. Although its a necessary part of the workplace, I find it ever more increasingly important to take time to do the things, hobbies and activities I actually LOVE.