Monday, February 22, 2016


Accumulation seems to be part of the human makeup although some are better at it than others. It has been two weeks since I have been out of the studio and I have noticed a decided accumulation of papers around my computer indicating things are not getting done. Being sick is a nuisance. There is so much I wish to accomplish in the short month ahead. I am in the process of evaluating some very old work, reassessing, reducing and preparing for the new grand opening of my little gallery “Inspirations”. I hope to have some new work to show and things are moving…. slowly…. I have been warned not to push myself too hard, too soon, or I will end up back in bed. Sigh. Let go. Go with the flow… I think I prefer rapids…. It felt good this morning as I added a few more layers to the panels I am readying for the new mixed media series. I have decided to once again send out my blog the old way as my new website is still waiting for my finishing touches. All is well and all will be well. The world will not come to an end if I miss my deadlines… I am having trouble believing that…. Relax, breathe… Life is good.

Monday, February 15, 2016


Hello world!! Last Monday I was in bed with a 40°C fever and today I am still dragging myself through the day. For all intents and purposes life as I know it is suspended until further notice. There are several monumental happenings coming up very quickly like the grand reopening of my gallery “Inspirations” on the 2nd April. I begin drawing classes on the 30th March and my new website should be up and running sometime this week. A few deadlines for submissions are also rearing their timely heads and what am I doing? Sleeping mostly. Cancelling appointments. Making it through each day. At last I surrender. I will be making an appointment with the doctor tomorrow just to make sure I don’t have pneumonia or something serious. I am so done being sick. On the up side I have released some extra weight and my contemplative prayer skills have definitely improved. Next Monday I hope to introduce you a fully integrated system with my blog, FB, Twitter, all through my new website. Life is still good.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Fundraisers or Working Under Pressure

I really do not know how well the fundraiser for the Lois Hole Hospital went. I do know I had a blast. It was so much fun working with two models at the same time. The up close part was a little difficult as the perspective was not the usual being that I was looking up thereby making the heads a lot smaller than what is typically expected. In the end eliminating the heads made the drawing easier…. Off with their heads, I say!! I love having control… Of the three drawings one was auctioned, one was sold and the other came home with me. There is one aspect of this art business that eludes me. The fellow who bought the sketch is completely unknown. I forgot to ask his name and his contact information so I could pester him with invitations to other shows. Sigh… It is a good thing I have a husband who provides food and shelter… among other things. Life is good.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Painting in the Dark

If one likes jazz this is the evening of the year!! So fun. CAVA sponsors a fundraising event each January to cover some of the gallery’s expenses inviting several artists and a jazz ensemble to create together. The visual pieces produced by the artists are then auctioned off at the intermissions. I was asked to draw three portraits during the evening, the winning prize of an ongoing raffle for which the patrons purchased tickets. On average I spent about ten minutes with two colours (quinachridone gold and purple) from the Daniel Smith line of watercolour sticks and ended up doing four portraits. It turned out to be a popular item on the agenda! In the meantime I decided to play with some watercolour on the side. As one can see from the less than steady photos, the conditions are not ideal. There are few masterpieces produced, if any, yet people are there for a purpose and the money rolls in. I missed out on most of the delicious food but the wine was good. Life is so good.

P.S. I have been invited to participate in another fundraiser for the Lois Hole Hospital here in Edmonton. It is happening on Saturday. So if you are in town....

Monday, January 18, 2016

Naming Work

There is some discussion about whether or not one should name a painting or a drawing or an installation. Abstracts are often numbered. I like choosing a name. Often, I am told, it allows the viewer to get in the door. Sometimes is closes it. This image came to me while I was meditating one morning. Having a sketchbook beside my bed I leaned over to record the inspiration before continuing contemplation. It stayed in my sketchbook for some time, incubating. This week I decided to develop it as a linocut. I printed around forty images. They are all different. I am in the process of editing (ripping up the less desirable ones). My intention is to enter a certain competition, an ongoing occupation. And the name? To begin with I chose “Never Alone”. Having sat with that for a while I became increasingly aware of the negative energy around ‘never’. Although the image can be challenging my intention is to share the hope. Sometimes I feel all alone, even in a crowd. I am sure everyone experiences this at various times while living life. I have come to know, however, the feeling is fleeting and false. I am not alone. I am “Beloved”. Life is good. 

Don't miss the JazzArt event at Bonnie Doon Community League (9240 93 St Edmonton) this Saturday at 7pm. Should be fun.