Monday, July 20, 2015

Rooted III

“You won’t know until you try it!” Well, I’ve tried it: the outdoor venue. It was an absolutely perfect day in the Devonian Gardens yesterday. Just enough wind to keep it cool and drive away the bugs, sunny and rainless. The staff was most accommodating guiding our vehicles in and out so we would not have to walk too far with our goods for the show. Chatted with some other marvelous artists and the visitors! They came from all over the globe! So refreshing. The day went quickly. Of the forty invitations I had made for my upcoming show in November with the same series only one remains. And I sold one package of cards. A lovely lady suggested a possible venue in Edmonton where I might be able to sell some more. Will I do it again? The jury is out. As you can see in the photo the sun bathed two of my paintings almost all day. I feel fortunate the wind did not damage anything; others were not so lucky. Standing in the right place at the right moment helps. All in all it was fun and relaxing. Life is good.

Monday, July 13, 2015


Honing skills requires consistent practice. It has been a while since I have managed to do so. I had dreamed of getting out and painting ‘en plein air’ and I may yet; the thought of loading up and going somewhere is somehow daunting. Another artist began three hundred and sixty-five days of daily sketches; I suspect she started in January. This simple task inspired me with the confidence that it could be done since I love drawing and I always have a sketchbook with me. Now I may not have all the sketches in the same book. That would be too consistent. In any case, I have managed the first four. Another artistic activity this week is preparing for the outdoor show in the Devonian Gardens on Sunday. I will be in a tent with a display of some work from the “Connections” series which will include the book and notecards made up from the same images. The gates open at 10am and close at 6pm. Drop in and visit for a while. Life is good.   

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Latest Medium

 Catering for a wedding involves a lot of planning. Most of the food cannot be prepared ahead of time. The cake is one of the exceptions so this was the first thing on the agenda for the wedding. I baked it on Monday. No eggs, no ordinary flour and no dairy. Thank God for gluten free cake mixes. Nine mixes later I had a thirteen by twenty inch cake. That is the size of my fridge freezer. Unfortunately, once the cake was made I realized I could not open the door sufficiently to slide the cake into the empty space... I sent it home with my daughter, my other daughter! Tuesday I iced the cake and the leftover bit which would be a bit of a joke on the bride. I had pots of various tonal values and food colouring all over my workspace. Using three photos, one for my daughter's smile, one for the groom's eyes and the other for their cozy embrace I managed a fair portrait of the two of them. The wedding took place on Saturday and the temporary work of art is all but consumed. Such is life. So good!

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Art of Babysitting

Although I missed the deadline for the Naked Show this year I know there is always a shortage of babysitters for the show and I signed up for the day on Friday having nothing else to do…. I am so thankful for the peaceful quiet the day provided. Not only did I have time to finish hemming eight pairs of pants, I wrote my blog!!! “Exposed” is a wonderful display (even without me!). The parameters of this exposition include a limitation: only work produced during the past year at Harcourt House live-model sessions is accepted. Another limit is each artist is allowed to submit five drawings/paintings with the guarantee of one to show with a maximum of three. There are several excellent pieces this year and several artists have three works showing. Well worth the time to drop in. Hurry though, the show ends June 30th. Tomorrow. Getting back to the pants… Three of them were for my wonderful husband. We celebrated Father’s Day yesterday. I know, we missed the deadline on that one too! Still, we like being different and not following the crowd… Today begins the preparations for the wedding on Saturday. Nothing like a full schedule. Nothing like a down day. Babysitting art shows is a joy when one needs a rest…. Life is good.

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Last Minute

I am so thankful for the last minute! Last week I was anticipating the joy of drawing for the first time in what seemed like ages. Indeed there is something about the feel of a pencil on paper, there is something about the clarity of clean felt pen lines after the cleanup has been completed, there is something that opens the heart, disconnects the mind and engages the soul. Immersing myself in the delight of mark making I came up for air sometime in the evening having finalized the preliminary sketches for my submission to the Calder Library Public Art Project. I looked with satisfaction at what I had accomplished and began the more tedious task of filling out forms and completing requirements according to those in charge. One of the requests was a measurement of the entire project. Yes! That would be 16 feet by….. no! I finally found the page stating the size of the wall. As I feared: 13 feet. I put everything away and went to bed. Tomorrow morning would be a better time to tackle this… after I had calmed down with a good rest. Yes, indeed. Panic was beginning to set in as the clock approached noon. My appointment at one was twenty minutes away. Finally putting the finishing brushstrokes to paper I dashed to my computer to modify what I had already entered… I hope I picked up on all that needed changing… In any case the last minute was done and I left for an afternoon filled with connection!! All is well and all will be well. Life is so good!   

Monday, June 15, 2015


O.K. My life is a little hectic at the moment. I finished teaching at one school on Friday, the evaluations are complete and we are meeting on Thursday morning to close my assignment. One down. The other school  had a “flip day” so I did not receive the work due. Not sure when I will but the evaluations will be completed before the 24th when the report card entries must be done or they will not be entered at all. On hold. The marriage reception arrangements are coming along and the committee (me, my daughter-in-law and my two daughters) is meeting tomorrow night to further the advancement. A new item has been added to the list: BBQ baked beans. Having never made these before I am so grateful for friends in the know! Breathe. Don’t forget to breathe! Yes. The major commitment in the present moment (besides my blog!) is an upcoming deadline for Wednesday: a submission for a mural at a local library. Submissions are precise documents. No two are exactly alike. This one requires references so I have emailed and phoned a number of people today to determine whether or not they wish to be cited. The bio and the statements were no problem, copy/paste. The curriculum vitae was the same. The budget is another matter. Materials are expensive. The enquiry about insurance and permits has not been answered. The number of screws has been estimated. My online searching for prices has yielded few results. There is still tomorrow. Oh, yes. The little matter of writing up a proposal with visual references and putting a few images of what I have done in the past in the mix is in the offing. I am looking forward to tomorrow. Mostly it will be drawing…. Heaven! Life is good.