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A Cut Above

Lately I’ve been incorporating a variety of techniques into my paintings other than my usual arsenal of squeegees, brayers and sponges. There’s nothing like variety to keep the creative muse interesting. Something I’m really enjoying is creating my own stamps. I had already been using a few commercial stamps to add interest and texture to […]

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Morocco Captivates All Five Senses

I recently returned from a two-week trip to exotic Morocco! For about a month after I returned (I went in May) my mind was buzzing with remembrances of images, scents, colour and pattern. There were many memorable aspects to the trip, but I would say that the souks (markets) were definitely one of the highlights. […]

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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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