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.





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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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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A new painting, acrylic on 11 x 14 inch canvas.

Pinafores on a clothes line.





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Monday, September 15, 2014

Framed.

Back in the day, when my pieces hung in galleries, I was obliged to frame them. I stopped doing that for several reasons: overall cost, shipping, and giving the buyer the freedom to choose their own frame (or not). This piece was hidden behind a pile of canvasses and I had forgotten all about it. It was nice to revisit my past.





 
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Colours.

Two new abstract paintings celebrating gardens in their full glory.

Available for purchase in my Etsy shop










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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Make the tea.
Drink the tea (optional).
Dry the bag.
Paint it.
Collage it.
Hang it.





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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

 Patience is not a virtue I can claim; I struggle with it. But when it comes to painting, I can be as patient as the hills because I can paint or sew something else.

I painted this canvas last year. I knew something was missing, but I didn't know what. I put it away and forgot about it.  The other day, I came across it and placed it on my easel. It definitely needed something. As I was sorting out some other work I saw a collage with a blackbird in flight. A little bell rang in the back of my head, out came the black paint and the bird flew into the painting.

Last of the Summer Wine, acrylic on canvas, 11 x 17 inches

 

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Minimalism is where something "minimal" speaks volumes. Simple, but not simplistic. There needs to be thought behind it. I wish you love.










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Monday, September 08, 2014

Postcards, printed from my original drawing.
Le regard, gouache on vintage paper, 2014

Thought for the day: What could go right?




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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Words by e.e. cummings


 Enjoy your weekend.




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Thursday, September 04, 2014

 Work in progress, continued.
The next step: I mixed cobalt blue with white and a hint of red to get a violet tinge, and painted three flowers.


 A few layers later, I added the finished touches.


 Painting available in my Etsy shop.


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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

 On my easel


Painting a background, I first pick my colours and apply them with a light hand. The colours have to go together, otherwise you get mud. Titanium white is my great ally. Then I examine it from all angles. And I keep going until I know it's enough. If an idea comes to mind while I'm doing this, great. If not, it will sit there until it finds it subject. Meanwhile the joy is in the smooshing of paint over the canvas.






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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

 The skies went dark, then opened up and what a downpour!
I was out early running errands, so I'm grateful that the weather waited for me to get home.
I'm now waiting for the rain to stop or at least thin out, so that I can go out and do the rest of my day's work.

Meanwhile, I've been painting mini-canvasses, 3x5 inches. They will be flying into my Etsy shop later today.




 
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Monday, September 01, 2014

It's a warm and humid Labour Day ....
and I am labouring indoors where the stickiness is at a minimum.

And here is Mary Jane in her black maryjanes (no white after Labour Day!!)


AVAILABLE IN MY ETSY SHOP



 

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday painting.



 Grey skies over yellow fields, acrylic on canvas, 8x8 inches



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The stars were aligned yesterday when I found a package of ivory-coloured cards and matching envelopes, and a set of reproduction cabinet cards. I immediate thought "greeting cards." But not just any cards. One of a kind artwork that can be framed. This is the sort of thing that makes me happy!



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I'm not a jewelry maker, but I like to put a little something together once in a while because I enjoy it. The closest I get is making my textile brooches. But once in a while, I'll put together earrings and necklaces. Some I keep, and some end up in my Etsy shop.








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Monday, August 25, 2014

The day has been taken up with bureaucratic affairs, reading the fine print, making sure everything is complete. Yes, dear Reader, I have been preparing my passport renewal forms, complete with photos (no expression allowed), and getting people to vouch for my existence... The next step is to deliver everything to the appropriate office, but that will have to wait for another day.  I am exhausted!

Meanwhile, I am reminded that this is coming up in a week.
Meet me on page 6.






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Friday, August 22, 2014

Old photos

I have a few, collected over the years. I use them in my work.
And I have two that are framed. I don't know who these people are, but I seem to have an attachment to them.
They are long gone, and I have a great admiration for collectors because they are in a sense preserving a record of the human race.

A gentleman from Upstate New York



Summer camp in Northern Ontario






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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

There are ideas that I love, but I'm also aware that words are easy. It's the action that's not easy. And the action I'm concentrating on now is to focus on what I have, rather than bemoan what I don't have. This is a constant battle with me, but one I intend to win.

So, as I was thinking about this, some photos arrived from a regular customer who has become a friend. And how humbling it is -- she has been making a "collage" of my work for her special room where likes to be surrounded by the things she loves. She is facing some big challenges, so she has created a haven for herself focusing on what she loves. A potent reminder for me.



 Thank you for the reminder, Sparky!





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Monday, August 18, 2014

Once upon a time I licensed my watercolors to a company that made wall clocks. They did well for a while, and then the company changed direction, and that was the end of that.

This morning, while looking for something, I unearthed two clocks that I had stashed away and forgotten about. I'm planning on listing them in my Etsy shop in the near future. The photos show a little reflection, so I may have to photograph them again.

SOLD

For the kitchen

This was the very first one. It's been on my wall for 15+ years and still going strong.




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Thursday, August 14, 2014

 And they are finished.

A quartet of mini canvasses.





 


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Minimalist and small



Work in progress. Three little canvasses drying.


one canvas finished

 While I work, the TV program, Covert Affairs, is filming on my street.

And that's a wrap. For Wednesday.



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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

 RIP, dear Robin Williams

After life, there is more -- What Dreams May Come


photo via Lise Ferguson





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Monday, August 11, 2014

Once upon a time I wanted to design posters. But getting into that area was a mystery to me, although it was no mystery that it was highly competitive and I was no graphic artist. So I created my own. This is the most recent one. Because I am a coffee drinker/lover.
Cheers!




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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Saturday painting.

A study in blue.
Calming blues shot through with energetic yellow.

Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 inches, new listing in my Etsy shop



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Friday, August 08, 2014

 There's been no ecstasy to speak of, but there's always laundry.....


 


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