Sneak Peek

If you’ve been following my blog or any of my social media sites, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted very much new work lately. You might think that I haven’t been very busy, artistically. It couldn’t be further from the truth. Since October or November, I’ve been busy working on a couple of […]

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It’s Habitual

Welcome to 2016! Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? I haven’t. I don’t usually make resolutions, as I prefer to change or improve things as I go along, all year long. For instance, partway through 2015, I realized that I seemed to be spending a lot of time in front of the computer. I […]

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My New Beau is Better

If you’re at all a Mac person, and maybe even if you’re not, you’ll know that Apple recently released their latest version of the iPad along with a couple of nifty accessories. The new iPad Pro is a larger, brighter, juicier version of the regular iPad. There’s a special optional keyboard available and—ta, da!—the Apple […]

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Inspired to Create

If you’re an artist has this ever happened to you? You wake up and feel totally uninspired. It could be you didn’t get enough sleep the night before and you’re too tired to feel creative. Or maybe you’re in that aggravating no-man’s land between projects or series and not sure what to explore next. Maybe […]

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Enjoying a Rosy Romance

Lately I’ve been enjoying a rosy little romance with a new method for working out the details of a painting. Sometimes I get to a certain involvement with a piece, but then get stymied and don’t know how to proceed next. It’s like a form of stage fright, where I freeze up and can’t commit […]

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Looking to the Past, Present and Future

“Past, Present and Future” is the title of the newest exhibition at The Colborne Art Gallery, which opened on Saturday, November 14. As artists, it’s an interesting exercise to occasionally review where we’ve been on our artistic path, where we are now and what we foresee for our future art. This is the idea behind […]

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Sketchbook to the Rescue!

So I was sitting around trying to think of a new blog post idea, waiting for inspiration to strike and feeling completely blank. It happens. I don’t know how people can write a post everyday — that would kill me! Once a week is challenging enough, but I hope you notice that I do manage […]

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A Turn Around the Turner Exhibition

On Friday, October 30 I had the pleasure of viewing the J.M.W.Turner exhibition, “Painting Set Free” at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Turner is considered to be one of Britain’s most original artists. His dynamic, amazing watercolours, depicting light and atmosphere in his unique, ground-breaking style sustain his reputation as a great watercolourist, perhaps the […]

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Musing on Sunflowers

There’s something about sunflowers that makes me happy. I’m sure many of you feel the same. How could you not feel happy when looking into that sunny face? They seem almost human, somehow. I decided if I was going to paint sunflowers, they needed to be big and exuberant. That’s because whenever I think of […]

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The View is Great from Here

This past weekend I attended the opening reception for fellow Colborne Art Gallery member Irene Osborne’s solo exhitibion, “Views from Here.” Irene’s beautiful artworks encompassed delicate and elegant renderings of natural landscapes as well as abstract pieces. But even though this might seem a disparate offering, common to both was her refined use of colour […]

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I’ve Got Connections

It’s amazing how much we rely on the Internet. This past week it was brought painfully home to me when I changed the hosting service of my website and ended up in a technical nightmare. For awhile there I lost access to the most recent version of my website and the old website from two […]

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Golden Days of Autumn

As I write this post, summer has turned a leaf and autumn is upon us once more. It’s a bittersweet time, knowing the warm days of summer are now over, and cool, nay cold weather is on its way. But autumn has its own pleasures, as the air turns crisp and lovely fall colours start […]

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When Birds Visit

I am very fortunate to have many bird visitors to my yard. The front yard, with its newly planted trees and admittedly weedy lawn attracts robins, flickers and jays. The back yard, with its endless cornucopia of yummy bird food (safflower, sunflower, peanuts, niger, suet and nectar) attracts a huge variety all year round. We […]

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Bunnies in My Yard

There seem to be more bunnies around this year than previously. We think we have at least one front yard bunny and a back yard bunny, but they could be the same one. Who knows? Other than size differences, they all look pretty much the same. However, the front yard bunny has a hole near […]

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New Art and More Fun Stuff

I’ve got a new, colourful piece on my website. Twirly was inspired by a rampant vine that lurks in our backyard ravine, busily smothering low bushes and running up tree trunks. Unfortunately, it’s a bit invasive and every once in awhile my husband heads out there, pith helmet and machete in hand (well, not quite) […]

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