Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Punk Peace Painting

I'm still finding paintings and prints in nooks and crannies all over the house. I don't know where this one has been hiding, the date says 2006 so it's time it found a home!
I've just added it to my Christmas Studio Sale. It's fun to go back and see what I was working on a couple of years ago...almost everything I painted was quite small, not quite real miniatures but we were all calling them "minis".

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Sale Continues!

I'm happy to say my camera is home and working again. I've just added a couple new pieces to my Christmas Studio Sale.

I had started this Madonna Icon several months ago and somehow it got tucked away out of sight. So this afternoon I added the gold leaf to her halo and with my tiny needle nosed tweezers attached all those sparkling Swarovski crystals. Although the sky was a bit dingy and overcast to get a good shot of the sparkle, this detail at least picks up the colour of the crystals.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today. We had our Canadian Thanksgiving back in October when it was still warm and we could still get by in sandals...seems like a long time ago now.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One Month Away and Snow In The Air!

A bit of snow in the air today, and Christmas is...WHAT? One month from today! Ever since I was a child, the weeks leading up to Christmas have always been the quickest to pass. And as the years have crept along, well...time marches even faster it seems.

Sadly, my camera is in the shop again so I have no new work to post. But for those of you who are checking into my Christms Studio Sale I will add a couple new pieces once that camera comes home.

In the meantime, this is a painting that I'll be adding to my sale later today. It seems I'm still finding the odd painting tucked away here and there. And as the advertisers say "Everything Must Go!"

It's called "Such A Pretty Pair" and is painted in acrylics on a wooden box frame, 12 x 36 inches, kind of sweet and romantic I think.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's Been So Long...

It has been too long since I sat down to write anything on this blog. I've thought about it, signed in...then stared at the screen, tapped away at the keyboard and then hit "delete"...the muses had fled and abandoned me.

My days of late have been mostly spent cleaning the studio, the basement, the kitchen...A brand new year is around the corner and I want to be ready for it!

For those of you who visit my website you might remember that due to family responsibilities I made the difficult decision to cancel all my fall and winter shows. So, it seemed like a good time to run my first ever on line Christmas Studio Sale.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Today is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

It would have slipped right by me had I not turned on CBC Newsworld just in time to catch an interview with Mia Farrow, who is currently drawing attention to the plight of Haitians following those four recent storms that devastated that tiny country. It's a good day to do something good...even something that may seem too small to matter...

Just take the time to click on the The Hungersite to help provide food to the hungry. It's a fabulous site, well worth the time.

"The campaign to make poverty history-a central moral challenge of our age-cannot remain a task for the few, it must become a calling for the many. On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I urge everyone to join this struggle. Together, we can make real and sufficient progress towards the end of poverty."

United Nations Ex-Secretary-General, Kofi Annan
"Excerpts taken from his message to be delivered on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2006".

All this reminds me, it's high time I put a Hungersite widget on my blog...

And yes, in case you're wondering, I do still paint. I've had this one on my little table top easel - almost finished - for the last couple of weeks.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Autumn's Here - Well Almost

Even before the calender tells us it is officially Fall, there's no escaping it, Autumn is undeniably here. Before we close up the ponds for the winter, I thought I'd share one last shot of the gorgeous foliage.

As I made dinner tonight, the radio played the plaintive sounds of Hawksley Workman's "Autumn's Here", the perfect accompaniment to my thoughtful mood.

"...Auntumn's here
It's time to cry now

I think that ghosts like
The cooler weather
When leaves turn colour
They get together
And walk along
These old back roads
Where no one lives
And no one goes
With all their hopes set
On the railway
That never came
So no one stayed
I guess that autumn
Gets you remembering
And the smallest things
Just make you cry...."

~ Hawksley Workman

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Canadian Breast Cancer Network Online Auction

Well before another day goes by, I gotta get this link up here! If you like the fun of an auction and would like to also support a worthy cause, you might find something you would like on The Canadian Breast Cancer Network Online Auction

I've donated "Princess of Spring". It's a large 12 x 24 x 1.5 inch acrylic painting on a wooden box frame. It's a pretty romantic piece, an innocent maiden with flowers in her hair set against a teal blue background. There are only five days left so hope you'll have a look and spread the good word.

And of course, there are all kinds of other wonderful items up for auction as well. So have some fun, good luck and bid often!

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