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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".

[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, This is the time of year when you automatically start to reflect on the past year and plan for the new year. I can't complain about 2016 in terms of art growth. When I reflect on the events of the year, it amazes me how my "word of the year"  actually ends of matching my art-making process. If you recall, my word this year is "Expansion". I have expanded my reputation of being a Medicine Hat artist, but didn't achieve my goal of gallery representation or a public gallery show outside of Medicine Hat. So, guess what I'll be working on this year?

I thought I'd be a smart gardener and bought a big packet of these bulbs from Home Depot. I energetically planted dug the recommended inches to plant the bulbs, covered them up, watered them in the back and front yard.