Monday, September 29, 2008

The Days Are Getting Shorter

Sitting here at my computer this evening, it's only 7:30 and already dark. I'm still clinging stubbornly to sandals and shorts...but it is undeniably autumn.

I finished a couple of large paintings today. They were commissioned by a loyal collector who has been a great supporter. I was really excited about this project. I was going for an early 20th Century kind of feel...sort of channeling the style of Modigliani...
It was a cloudy day today; I took these shots indoors on my easel but I think you can get the idea.

Last week I decided to open my eBay store again. I'm still in the process of stocking my virtual shelves, but I'm getting there and running a number of auctions. I'm starting this angel called "Out of the Blue" at auction tonight. It's mixed media, acrylic, Swarovski crystals and gold leaf on a box frame.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Frida, Trotsky and the CBC

Even though I'm not able to be there, I'm so happy to see the sun shining on the Old Ottawa South Arts and Music Festival... Well, the sun was shining when I started this post. It is late summer after all so we have to expect that that soft breeze blowing may bring a few clouds.

For those of you who are radio addicts like myself, you'll understand my incredible sense of loss over the replacement of several familiar shows and personalities on my beloved national broadcaster CBC 2. It seems the management at CBC Radio have decided that it was time for a radical makeover. I'm sad, no, I'm heartbroken to say that after many years my dial is no longer tuned to CBC 2, at least not Monday to Friday. So my kitchen radio is now set to CBC Radio One. Oh yes, I miss the lovely mix of world, jazz, roots and classical music that once kept me company. But with any luck, CBC One will at least connect me to what is Canada...I hope. And yesterday, thanks to Ottawa Morning I discovered a fabulous photo artist living and working here in Ottawa! Check out Genevieve Thauvette. It was all background chatter until I heard the words "Frida and Trotsky". So, if you're anywhere near Ottawa, visit the Dale Smith Gallery to see her amazing interpretation of the self portrait.

With Frida on my mind's the latest in my "Frida à Klimt" series.

It's called "Moments Remembered" on 16 x 16 in canvas.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Old Ottawa South Art and Music Festival

Saturday, Sept 18 is the Old Ottawa South Art and Music Festival. It is a fabulous one day, outdoor event in a leafy, green, neighbourhood park. I've been so looking forward to exhibiting at this show again, but sadly I've hit a snag and won't be able to attend. So, my apologies to everyone in the Ottawa area who might have stopped by. When you return home from the show,after seeing all that amazing art and hearing the fantastic music, I hope you'll take a browse through my website.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11 Remembered

September 11 and impossible not to mark the day in some way. I felt this very pale angel emerging from the darkness was somehow appropriate.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

August Over Too Soon

August roared past me like a freight train and here I am, in near disbelief that the calender page has flipped to September. No matter how cool or rainy it may have been, I mourn the end of summer. But of course, there's little time for nostalgia, September is the month of new beginnings and another outdoor show. I'm off tomorrow for my first year at Cabbagetown Art and Crafts. So, if you happen to be in beautiful Toronto for the weekend, drop by and say "Hi!"

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