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Twittering First, Then CPM

Posted on 15 November, 2017 at 17:55 Comments comments (0)

Winter is nearly here and it's soon going to be time to think about the approaching holidays.  It's a busy time when there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish what needs to be done in preparation for the day.  Most years I coast blissfully along then all of a sudden I realise that it's only two weeks away.  I descend into what I refer to as Christmas Panic Mode, or CPM for short.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.  There's a couple of projects I'm working on before CPM sets in.  There's a commissioned piece that I'm currently working on.  I've almost finished it but it's not quite right, so it's sitting on my easel where I can keep an eye on it and figure out what needs to be done.  It's a fairly difficult piece and I want it to be perfect.  I'm sure I've talked about my method of leaving a painting in full view so I can study it until it comes to me what's actually bothering me about it.  it really works for me,  I haven't had an awful lot of time lately though, and the painting has been sitting neglected unfortunately.  After I've completed this painting my mind will be turned to this year's Twitter Art Exhibit, which is taking place in Canberra, Australia.  This year Twitter Art Exhibit, or TAE18 as it's known, is in support of Pegasus Riding Academy, which specialises in teaching disabled children to ride. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Twitter Art Exhibit.  I'm proud to say that this will be my third year to submit a postcard-sized piece of art.   It is held in a different country every year and a charity to support is chosen.  The postcards are exhibited in a gallery and sold for a set rate while the show runs and beyond.  So, plenty to think about.

Have a wonderful, blessed week. 


Twittering

Posted on 15 November, 2017 at 17:55 Comments comments (0)

Winter is nearly here and it's soon going to be time to think about the approaching holidays.  It's a busy time when there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish what needs to be done in preparation for the day.  Most years I coast blissfully along then all of a sudden I realise that it's only two weeks away.  I descend into what I refer to as Christmas Panic Mode, or CPM for short.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.  There's a couple of projects I'm working on before CPM sets in.  There's a commissioned piece that I'm currently working on.  I've almost finished it but it's not quite right, so it's sitting on my easel where I can keep an eye on it and figure out what needs to be done.  It's a fairly difficult piece and I want it to be perfect.  I'm sure I've talked about my method of leaving a painting in full view so I can study it until it comes to me what's actually bothering me about it.  it really works for me,  I haven't had an awful lot of time lately though, and the painting has been sitting neglected unfortunately.  After I've completed this painting my mind will be turned to this year's Twitter Art Exhibit, which is taking place in Canberra, Australia.  This year Twitter Art Exhibit, or TAE18 as it's known, is in support of Pegasus Riding Academy, which specialises in teaching disabled children to ride. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Twitter Art Exhibit.  I'm proud to say that this will be my third year to submit a postcard-sized piece of art.   It is held in a different country every year and a charity to support is chosen.  The postcards are exhibited in a gallery and sold for a set rate while the show runs and beyond.  So, plenty to think about.

Have a wonderful, blessed week. 


Last Tuesday Was Hallowe'en...And Now It's November

Posted on 7 November, 2017 at 18:50 Comments comments (0)

Yes I forgot all about writing my blog last week, and it's because I was wrapped up in Hallowe'en.  I had decorated the day before, and carved out the pumpkins.  I was off work on Monday so I really got into the spirit of things and on Tuesday I was just thinking about giving out treats.  It wasn't until Wednesday that I remembered the blog wasn't written.  I just decided to wait until the following week instead of writing it on Wednesday.

We didn't get all that many trick-or-treaters.  Our street is a small court and not everyone likes to participate in Hallowe'en giveaways so not many venture round to my house.  I counted about twenty at the most and I'm not sure if a couple were repeat visitors.  So of course I've got chocolate and Pringles left, which I'm trying to ignore.

Last Saturday I was at the Meaford Museum, participating in their annual Holiday Gift Sale.  It was a very pleasant experience once more with a suprising amount of attendees.  I enjoyed the company of my fellow artisans as well.  I sold three small paintings and quite a few of my cards.  

I had a great spot with a lovely brick wall as a backdrop as you can see in this photo.  It even had hangers.  The weather was pretty decent as well, not too cold, but not too warm as to get people out of the Christmas and holiday shopping mood.

Speaking of weather....it has been pretty good up to now, but apparently that might change as we get closer to the weekend, and actually drop to the 1 degree range.  Gasp.  I've been in denial for weeks but I suppose I have to face the fact that it could snow at any time really.  I am prepared in the sense that at least my winter tires have been installed...there's another little adventure behind that.  I came out of the flower shop last week only to discover that one of my tires was flat.  The tire decided that it needed an embellishment of a rather large screw, then changed it's mind and went flat as a protest.  Luckily the CAA came out and put on my little temporary tire.  Then it was decided just to put on the winter ones as it was time to do so anyway. So my car is ready but I am not.  I'm not a fan of winter driving and will avoid it if possible. 

As if the impending long winter isn't enough, November is a sad month for me, always has been, and with the exception of my son being born on the twelfth day, a month that I have come to dread.  There was always that grey sad feeling in the air, possibly stemming from the sadness I always felt on Remembrance Day, even as a child.  Growing up in a military environment, it was strictly observed and now, reminds me of the loss of my father, who served 26 years in the Royal Air Force.  November is also the month that I lost my mother.  However, it does come every year, right on time and must be endured until Christmas takes over. 

Have a blessed week.  

The Butter Is Hard.

Posted on 24 October, 2017 at 15:45 Comments comments (0)

I can tell the weather is becoming cooler by noticing the butter is hard.  I keep a dish of butter on the kitchen counter.  When the weather is warm, the butter is pleasantly spreadable, however, this week I've noticed some difficulty in spreadability..  It's quite a reiiable weather predictor.  So far this autumn has been more like the summer, with temperatures in the twenties and above.  We didn't have much nice weather during the summer months, it was like Mother Nature postponed things a bit.  We've most definitely been spoiled, I've hardly worn a sweater lately and when I have done, I've been too hot.  One morning I had to defrost a very thin layer of ice from the car window, but if I had been able to delay my trip most likely I wouldn't have had to do that at all.  Things have cooled down somewhat this week however, and the sky is dark on one side, sunny on the other, with a brisk wind wreaking havoc on the wheelie bins outside.  

I didn't attend too many outdoor events this year.  I cut down mostly because I wasn't able to set up or transport my outdoor kit witho0ut a truck and/or some muscle and that wasn't an option for most of the summer.  I did participate in a couple of small shows that I was able to set up alone.  

On November 4, I'm going to do a small show at the Meaford Museum. I did this show last year and loved the atmosphere of the Museum as well as the friendly and appreciative crowd that visited there.  I've never felt so welcome at a show before!  Everyone was in a great mood, perhaps getting in the holiday spirit early.  The Museum itself is interesting, with a lot of history of the town complete with displays and marine models.

I've been working on a commissioned painting this week.  It's a difficult piece and a little bit different to my usual subject matter.  It's required a lot of my concentration.  I'll talk more about that at a later date, once I've released the piece to the client. 

That's it for this week.  Enjoy your week, and many blessings to all..

Art By The Square Foot

Posted on 17 October, 2017 at 19:40 Comments comments (0)

Every year, in November, The Loft Gallery Inc. hosts a remarkable show and sale called The Square Foot Show.  It's a great concept.  The show consists entirely of 12" x 12" works submitted by many artists.  I believe as many as fifty artists participated in last year's show, so you can imagine the wide variety of styles and subject matter available.  Each piece is priced at $144, ($1 per square inch!) regardless of artist, making an original piece quite affordable.  I had participated in the show some years ago and it was pretty popular then but in the years since, it appears to have grown to impressive proportions, making it necessary to issue tickets for entry on opening night.  I was at a small show last November and an artist friend started talking about The Square Foot Show which renewed my interest once again.

Over the spring and summer I worked almost exclusively on 12" x 12" canvasses, and I managed to gather twelve pieces together.  Last Sunday I took them into the Gallery and was very well received.  I was a bit nervous at first but Heather at the Gallery put me at ease immediately with her friendly and pleasant manner.  I'm very excited about being a part of this most excellent show.  It opens November 4 and runs until November 12.  Opening reception is 6-8pm.


Photo courtesy of The Loft Gallery, Inc.

I will post pictures of my submissions at a later date, after the opening reception of the show.  If you're in the Thornbury area, which is a lovely little town in between Collingwood and Owen Sound, on Hwy 26, check out this fabulous show.  It's well worth the drive.

The Loft Gallery, Inc.  18 Bruce Street South, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0 

info@loftgalleryart.com

Havey a wonderful, blessed week.

An Unwelcome Visitor

Posted on 10 October, 2017 at 18:25 Comments comments (0)

October 10

Last week I fell victim to that ruthless and sneaky invader, the 'flu. All was well on Monday during the day, but that evening I felt the first slight irritation of the throat and a bit of a headache. By the time my alarm went off on Tuesday morning I was in the throes of full blown 'flu. Coughing, blowing, wheezing, sneezing, watery eyes, aching limbs and my head feeling like it was in a huge rubber band. The next two days were spent just laying about feeling sorry for myself, sweating and shivering simultaneously. Nighttime was the worst as I lay awake thinking about how rotten I felt. Food was out of the question. I ate barely enough to keep a bird alive. I call this The ' Flu Diet. Coffee was also off the table as that's the first thing I can't face when feeling ill. Needless to say I did not write my blog last Tuesday, I was too busy with my Unwelcome Visitor.

Now to catch up, the previous Saturday, (September 30) I was a participant in the Meaford Artisans Fall Craft Show and Sale. It was a beautiful day in Meaford and there were quite a lot of activities planned in the town. It was the weekend of the annual Apple Harvest Craft Show as well as the Scarecrow Invasion. Unfortunately, due to high winds on the Friday, the Scarecrow Parade had to be canceled. High winds indeed. They caused storm surges enough to fling rocks upon the road near the shore and although I didn't witness them personally, I did see a video.

To get back to the show, it was very nice to be there as always. Held in the Ormsby Garden Centre main greenhouse, it's such a wonderful atmosphere. The storm the night before had caused a power outage that included most of the town, and although a lot of customers had their power restored, Ormsby's did not. However, the show must go on and it was business as usual for the Garden Centre as well. Everyone was cheerful and upbeat despite the challenges they faced in the Garden Centre shop. The greenhouse of course was bright and warm, in fact it was quite hot in there at one point. Power was restored just after lunchtime and it was suprising just how fast the space cooled once the big fans were turned on. I sold two of my small paintings, and put into use my new Dream Payments system. Big shout out to the wonderful Ormsbys. They are most gracious about donating the space to the Artisan group and even had coffee for us all. I love that venue.

We have just celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday here in Canada. It's a time to think and reflect on our blessings, and to give thanks for the year's harvest. I'm also extremely grateful for the fabulous weather that we've been having.  Summer-like temperatures and bright sunshine has been with us for quite some time now. My family were together last Sunday and I finally started to feel normal again and was looking forward to the big meal I prepared. My daughter, as she always does made two wonderful pies. I'm always thankful for my family, my health, my cats, my home and the fact that we're able to join together to enjoy these things.

Many blessings to you, have a wonderful week.


Say What....?

Posted on 26 September, 2017 at 18:30 Comments comments (0)

There's nothing I'd rather do in my life than paint, but being an artist and showing your work publicly is a soul-baring experience and can sometimes be a little humiliating. To me, every painting I show physically, on social media or on this website is rather like showing a little of my most private thoughts and can be very ego-bashing at times. I've learned to let some thoughtless remarks roll off my back but just for a bit of fun I'd like to share some of what I've experienced in my years of shows.

The very first time I participated in an art show I framed all my work. I learned quickly that wasn't a good idea in my particular case. First of all it adds to the costs, and not everyone has the same taste in framing even though I felt the frames I'd chosen for each piece complimented my work quite nicely. I overheard one lady say to another, "I love the painting, but I hate the frame." I was gutted.   "Can I change the frame?" That was another issue.  I decided then and there that I would not continue to frame work that was for sale.  I use 1.5" thick gallery profile stretched canvas. I continue the painting around the sides so really the paintings don't need any frames unless you want the look of a framed piece.

I had a very nice lady one year admiring a rather large painting I had done of some local scenery. She was most interested in using the piece in a calendar. "....think of all the exposure..." she lamented."....of course full credit would be given..." "please if you sell the piece will you keep track of the purchaser so we can seek their permission to use it?" Needless to say I was quite excited at the prospect of having one of my paintings featured in a calendar! She took my card and of course I never heard from her again. I sold that piece the next day but I never asked for the purchaser's contact information.

Once or twice I've heard a mother say in a loud whisper to an eight-ish year old son or daughter, "You could paint that." My first reaction is to say "But he/she didn't paint it, I did", but I don't. I just smile and enjoy the kid's embarrasment. A variation on this theme is the following remark: "Oh look! It's exactly like the one (you, your twelve-year old niece, nephew, cousin) painted." 

"Walmart sells pictures for $7.99"  No explanation needed for that one.

A lady entered my tent at one outdoor show. She looked around and then called her friend over to have a look at one piece she was admiring. "I wouldn't give that wall space" the friend said loudly to her. Apparently it did not "speak to her".  The person she said it to was most embarrassed as I was standing quite close and obviously heard, I resisted the urge to suggest that I shouldn't give her tent space but instead I just smiled and wished them to have a lovely day.

"You should paint....." Now you can insert an infinite number of subjects here.

"The angle of those trees is wrong, they don't grow like that". This comment came from a rather eccentric woman passing by my tent. As I usually paint from my photographs this comment baffled me and I really couldn't think of any reply.

On another occasion I noticed a person showing quite a lot of interest in one of my pieces. After some time she appeared to come to some sort of decision and asked me, "Can I take a picture of this painting? I'd like to use it on my computer's home screen." I politely refused. I do not allow photographs and have signs to say so.

I love what I do and all of the positive feedback I receive at my shows really outweighs any odd comments that are said directly to me or overheard.  It's all part of the experience of doing any sort of show in which you are showing and/or selling your own work.

I think that to date, my favourite encounter is one I had recently with a lady who I assume lived locally and was looking with some intent at one of my paintings of the harbour in the town. She was talking to her friend at first about it then finally blurted out "I know where that is!" Of course I was pleased that she'd recognised the scene but my pleasure faded rather quickly when she added, "and that tree is not really there!" I told her that the painting was created from the photograph that I took myself and indeed the tree is there but she wouldn't have it. "Nope. That tree is not there!!!"

Have a blessed week.


My Love Affair With Flowers

Posted on 19 September, 2017 at 19:30 Comments comments (0)

For almost as many years as I've been an artist, I've also been a floral designer.  I fell into the floral industry purely by chance.  Looking for a job I spotted a piece of cardboard on which there was a handwritten sign propped up in a florist shop window.  It said simply, "Artistic Person Wanted".  It sounded interesting so I took a deep breath, plucked up my courage and went in.  That was the start of my career in the floral industry.  I was pretty lucky...the owner of the shop was willling to train me in the ins and outs of professional floristry and I quickly learned how to make arrangements and care for flowers.  Since that first position I've worked in many different shops and situations, creating all manner of arrangements for all sorts of occasions.  The aspect that I've found most appealing is that you rarely have the same day twice, so it never seems boring.  My love for flowers naturally overflowed into my art, and over the years I've produced numerous floral paintings.  I'm quite fortunate to have a large supply of many different varieties of flowers and foliage around me on any given day; that provides me with an almost unending source of inspiration, not to mention photographs to paint later.  I'd like to share a few of these paintings here.

This piece 'Glorious Gladiolas' was painted from a photo I took of a bucket of gladiolas we purchased at the market.  I think the foliage is almost as appealing as the blooms.

This is a commissioned piece in which the client wished to have certain flowers, all of which have personal meaning for her, to be in a "garden" together.

Poppies. For some a cheerful flower, for others a sombre reminder of lives sacrificed for our freedom.  I sold this piece and received a much larger commissioned piece from this painting.

These works are just a few of my floral paintings.  Flowers never cease to amaze me with their intricacy. The perfect designs of the petals, the foliage, the stamen, even the stems.  Mother Nature is a true artist.

Have a blessed week, and try and stop to smell the roses. 


The Ultimate Power Couple

Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 18:20 Comments comments (0)

The Ultimate Power Couple? I'm referring to Harvey and Irma, who rudely interrupted life for many people these past couple of weeks.  Hurricanes of terrifying magnitude, both devastating large areas of the US, Irma also adding many tiny Caribbean islands to her list of achievments.

I've been through a major hurricane, namely Hurricane Hugo which devastated Charleston and the Grand Strand (Myrtle Beach included) in South Carolina late in the season of 1989.  Hugo was a Category 4 storm, with a property-destroying storm surge of impressive proportions.  We lived in a lovely condo at the time, right on the beach, with ocean views to enjoy from every window.  When the talk of Hugo began, perhaps a week or so before, I wasn't overly concerned, having never experienced anything like a hurricane.  But of course as the storm approached I began to pay close attention.  We were evacuated, as were all beach residents, and managed to stay just slightly ahead of the worst weather but even so it was a terrifying drive where at times there was zero visibility.  Incredibly, we managed to find a hotel and stayed there to watch the events unfold.  To make a long story short, we were allowed to walk back into our neighbourhood after a couple of days and of course there was pretty widespread devastation. There were random household objects, appliances, bathroom fixtures, clothing and books strewn all about what was once the road.  Sand was ploughed out much the way snow is in the winter after a snowstorm.  In one area an entire house had washed off it's foundation and was blocking the road.  Along the seashore, beach homes stood on their stilts, the ocean facing walls entirely missing, with ceiling fans and light fixtures still attached and swinging lazily in the breeze.  What stood out the most however, were the sounds.  In the daytime, the constant buzz of chainsaws as people struggled to clear their yards of broken trees, at night the rumbling of the National Guard vehicles patrolling and making sure that curfew was being adhered to. That was the only sound at night, and it was eerie.

This week, as I stayed glued to CNN, all the memories of Hugo came flooding back.  My heart is with all those affected by these two storms.  First Texas, and then the devastation in the Caribbean, mindblowing in it's entirety, with most structures destroyed, and finally the assault on the Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys.  For the past three years, we've travelled to Florida in February/March.  This year we drove right to the bottom of the Keys, to mile marker 0, which is the end of the (only) highway that, along with the many bridges connects the Keys together and to the mainland.  After Irma, this string of tiny islands, this tropical paradise has been reduced to a scene similar to a war-torn zone.  Apparently there were 10,000 residents who refused to leave.  It is still not known how many perished due to that decision.  Dire circumstances indeed, there is no power, no water, no cellular service and no food.  Help is on the way but will be slow arriving.

Last night as I climbed into my bed I thanked my lucky stars that I had that bed to sleep in, hot water to bathe in, and food to eat under my little solid roof.

Count your blessings.  

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Posted on 5 September, 2017 at 19:10 Comments comments (0)

As we are entering the last weeks of summer, just barely nudging the Autumn season my thoughts usually turn to food, harvesting, storing, and  preparing fresh produce for winter meals. I'm not a fan of winter but I do love my comfort food.

In last week's blog I mentioned that I've painted a lot of apples.  I started to paint them because Meaford (where my house is located) is right in the middle of apple growing country.  There are apple orchards surrounding the town, and quite a few of them have small shops on site to sell their apples, pies, and fresh pressed apple cider among other fresh produce.  There's something wonderfully comforting about apple pie made from fresh just-picked apples. It seemed natural to paint the fruit for which Meaford has a certain claim to fame.

My first apple paintings I kept simple and small, using a plain black background on which to feature a single apple.  I painted a Granny Smith (my particular favourite), a Golden Delicious and a Red Delicious this way.  They were well received, especially in Meaford and Collingwood and I sold them all fairly quickly.  I tried a few variations; some had bites out of them, others I played with the colours, and still others were of many apples rather than just a single fruit.  

Single apples, plain black background.

Started to explore colour reversal.

And 'Apples Of The Rainbow' was born!


I still love to paint this remarkable and versatile fruit.  The apple.  A symbol to some, a temptation to others.

Have a beautiful, blessed week.. And remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. 



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