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Good-bye Dear Blog!

After much thought I’ve decided to take a blog break for the foreseeable future. The decision was not an easy one, as I’ve enjoyed sharing my creative thoughts and art with you here. But as we are continuously being told, the only constant is “change” and I’ve decided it’s time for me to make a […]

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A New Series To Welcome Spring!

Ah, Spring! I can feel it in the air. It’s just around the corner. Flowers and leaves haven’t quite made an appearance yet, but I have a solution for that. My new series, Softly Floral! I’ve been painting these impressions of warmer weather all winter and now I’m ready to share them with you. These […]

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Song Dong’s Evocative Communal Courtyard Installation

Last week I buzzed into Toronto to see the Art Gallery of Ontario‘s newest exhibition titled Wisdom of the Poor: Communal Courtyard, an installation of 100 vintage Chinese wardrobe doors. The doors are joined together to create snaking walkways, small rooms and larger “courtyards,” reminiscent of Beijing’s traditional communal living spaces. The artist Song Dong […]

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Packaging Fine Art for Shipping

Packaging fine art for shipping is an art in itself. Before beginning it’s journey to it’s new home, everything possible must be done to ensure it gets there safely. I recently packaged some fairly large pieces to send, and this is how I did it. The piece in the example below measures 40 inches high […]

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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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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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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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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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A Buzz of “Vital Energy” at The Colborne Art Gallery!

The new show at The Colborne Art Gallery features my fellow member Charles Funnell’s incredible jewellery, metalwork and mixed media pieces. Entitled “Vital Energy,” the show explores the concept of life-force energy and its central role in creativity. Charles’ work often blurs the lines among the functional, wearable and sculptural. Many of his jewellery pieces […]

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Cushions and Scarves and Totes, Oh My!

Today I’m excited to introduce my new RedBubble shop. What’s that, you ask? It’s a print-on-demand website where my artwork is magically transformed into a whole plethora of cool products. Do you enjoy my art but don’t want to spring for an original piece? Now you can economically order prints on paper, canvas or metal, […]

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Music to My Ears

I love silence. I also like being by myself most of the time. After all, I have my painting to keep me company. Maybe this is true of most artists—we need our alone time and our dream time. That being said, I do often listen to music or lately, podcasts in my studio. In the […]

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The 3rd Annual Juried Show is a Great Success!

The 3rd Annual Juried Show at The Colborne Art Gallery is now ongoing, and what an exciting show it is! I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception on July 11 and the gallery was packed with participating artists, supporters and art lovers. Curator Linda Jansma, Senior Curator of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in […]

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