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Memories are such a great inspiration for ideas.

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I have had an idea percolating for a while.  It has been a bit of a challenge to try to formulate it into a cohesive series.  Yesterday, it all came together.

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The first set of boards have been prepped.  The paint and mediums are all mixed, and I’ve started on the first painting.

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The youngest “mewse” was in attendance in the studio today – for added inspiration.

I’m excited to see how this all unfolds.  Will it come together as anticipated?  I’ll just have to wait and see! 

Upcoming Local Calgary Art Show

Next Saturday, March 14th, 2015 – I am participating in the “All Things Spring” FCA Calgary Chapter art show.

Four of my pieces have been accepted, and I’m very excited about that!

There will be 44 artists participating and over 150 pieces being exhibited. The show will be at the Edgemont Community Centre (33 Edgevalley Circle NW). I’m really looking forward to connecting with fellow local artists, and being inspired by their beautiful art!

Come by and say hello –I am working the show from 11:00 to 1:00.   It would be wonderful to see you.

 

Juried Debut

Today, my first painting to be accepted in a juried show makes its debut.

“Summer Joy” is part of the Artist’s Choice Exhibition at Federation Gallery in Vancouver  The exhibition runs February 3rd to February 15th, 2015.

Another first for me – a juried show!  Amazing!

This time, packing and shipping went so much smoother (and far less stressful).  I guess like the second born child – I wrapped it up quickly, and sent it out the door – knowing it would arrive just fine.

Summer Joy Bubble Wrap

 

Summer Joy Boxed

I really like the way the the pattern of the bubble wrap interacts with the paintings.  Hmmm inspiration for something new???

A Weekend and Crows

With my painting “Wish” hanging in a gallery on Granville Island, it seemed like the perfect reason to take my first trip out to Vancouver.

I wrangled up some friends, and off we went.

We stayed at the Granville Island Hotel, which is right across the street from the Federation Gallery. By the time we had arrived, the gallery was closed for the day. I was okay with that. I was feeling a little nervous, and was quite happy to have some time to soak it all in.

Crows

A few of the crows that greeted us in the morning.

On Saturday morning, we were woken up by raucous caws from a murder of crows. When I pulled back the curtains, at least 150 of these beautiful, but noisy birds were perched in a tree right in front of us. The sight was beautiful – the noise, not so much.

I still wasn’t quite ready to step into the gallery. Some fresh air and a latte helped with the nerves.

Thoughts ran through my head.   What if my painting didn’t stand up to the others in the gallery? What if it did?

Then, there it was. Hanging proudly. The nerves went away, and it just felt right.

It did fit in – it belonged.

A “Wish” has been sent

I’m so excited!

My painting “Wish” has been accepted in the Active Member Exhibition, running January 7th – 18th 2015, at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver.

This is a BIG first for me – a show outside of Calgary!  I admit I had butterflies when I submitted my application.

The painting had to be shipped the week before Christmas.  I was a teeny bit skeptical that, in the shipping mayhem of pre-Christmas present delivery, the painting would arrive at the gallery by the December 23rd  deadline.

I lovingly wrapped the painting in lots of bubble wrap, then wedged in a box with Styrofoam sheets. (I had visions of the high school experiments where you drop a raw egg from a ladder… on reflection, I probably went a little overboard on the packing.)

With fingers crossed, I shipped the painting overnight, and hoped that it wouldn’t get lost or damaged.

The courier company came through, and as promised, the painting did indeed arrive the following day.

Another step towards my goal.

 

Wonders unfold

Developing a website has been on my wish list for at least two years. However, web design and implementation are definitely not part of my skill set. I’ve dabbled with a few online free templates, and that experience made me realize how much more there was to learn. I wanted to “understand” the process, and that led me to books, classes and tutorials – but no progress. It just seemed WAY to big to tackle.

And yet, here it is – finished, beautiful.

From an overwhelming idea – to a published website in two months. This would not have been possible without three amazing people.

First is my wonderful coach and mentor, Liz Wiltzen, mountainartist.com and liveattuned.com.

Working with Liz, I have focused on the direction that I want to be moving as an artist. A part of that, has been the creation of this website.

With her guidance and challenges (thank you!) I have moved from trying, unsuccessfully, to build the website by myself – to successfully finding and developing an inspiring partnership.

Nita and Issa Breibish at You Me & The Bear  listened to my dream, and said “let’s do it”!

From the first consultation, I knew the fit was right. Nita’s passion and vision are infectious, and Issa made me feel at ease about all the technical areas I did not know. They had the answers. My website developed into far more than I could have hoped for. Far more than I could have created on my own.

Thank you!

 

Looking Back. Moving Forward.

I was 5 years old when I painted this picture. It was summer, and family & friends went on a painting day excursion. Mom drove out to the South Saskatchewan River, and we set up easels on the cliffs overlooking the river. As a little girl, I remember it being hot, really hot, with no shade anywhere. This was my only painting on that day – of the river running through the prairie below.

The adults painted most of the day, the kids finishing quickly, then playing up and down the hills, avoiding gopher holes and cactus.

I was so excited when my mom framed the painting, and hung it in our living room. I had painted a “real” picture.

From one house to another, through all the moves, this child’s painting has always found a prominent place in someone’s house. Then, 4 years ago, it was gifted back to me.

My feelings about this little painting have changed over the years. It started with pride with being included on the walls with my Mom’s paintings. Then moved to embarrassment as a teenager that it still remained on the walls for everyone to see. Finally, I was honoured – that my Dad had kept it all these years, and that he wanted to have it hanging where it could be seen as you walked into his house.

A little square of paint – connecting me to my Mom and Dad, memories and stories.