During Covid, we've been getting very creative and family picnics have been one way we can all be together, keeping a safe distance ... picnic tables ... blankets spread out ,,, all our favourite foods ,,,,
Monday, September 20, 2021
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
It was to be called Writing the Rollercoaster and was the brainchild of Lynda Simmons and Sylvia McNicoll. I mentioned it to my daughter Kate who is a wonderful writer and author herself, thinking I too would submit a story. I knew exactly what/who I would write about . At this point it had only been a few weeks since we lost Archer and emotions were raw.
The submission deadline date drew closer, my daughter asked if I had sent mine in yet as she had already sent in her 2 submissions, a story and a haiku.
I had tried, unsuccessfully, to get any thought down on paper without breaking into tears and putting the pen down thinking I would try again later. This was very unusual for me. I love to write and my only issue with writing in the past was keeping the word count down as I tend to get too wordy :-)
My family asked more than a few times "Have you sent in your submission yet Mum?" They understood of course that I was having a hard time with this one. Remembering those last few months/weeks/days with Archer, his love of life and taking in every last drop of it, well ... it is very hard to write when your eyes are clouded with tears that are dropping on the paper like rain cloud puddles.
In the end, I gave up trying to write anything down on paper and went to the computer, into my email, pressed "compose" and just began clicking the keyboard and before I knew it "Silver Linings" was ready to submit.
This project came at a wonderful time for me as writing Silver Linings was so cathartic. Being able to put down thoughts was a much needed release.
A few weeks later I received an email saying my story was one of 50 chosen and would be included in the Writing the Rollercoaster anthology.
Each author received 2 copies of the book in an adorable book bag.
The event was catered with a wonderful Food truck and Ice cream truck, Coffee and Tea bar.
Monday, August 16, 2021
One is Woodland Animals - Autumn Sparrow * Autumn Hare * Woodland Nap
Barn babies * And then there were three * Out of the Blue
"All the arts we practice are apprenticeship.
The big art is our life"
Saturday, August 7, 2021
27. Woodland Wanderer - SOLD
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Monday, July 26, 2021
"take half, leave half"
"The hum of bees
is the voice of the garden"
"I want to be magic.
I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile.
I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree.
Or under a hill.
I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing.
I don't want to pretend at magic anymore.
I want to be magic"
it blossoms and the bee comes"
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Woodland Wanderer . . .
"Walk in the direction where your peace is found"
"The mind can go in a thousand directions,
but on this beautiful path,
I walk in peace.
With each step,
the wind blows.
With each step,
a flower blooms"
Our Central Park, a juxtaposition of activity and serenity.August 8, 15 and 22 on the property of Grace United Church, 2111 Walkers Line Burlington.
An opportunity for the public to walk through the Leaf Art Path and to purchase a leaf which are priced at $750.00. This city wide fundraiser will support the critical needs of Joseph Brant Hospital with help during the Covid crisis and 100% of all money raised goes to the hospital. I am so happy to be part of this amazing fundraiser!
I created a little card for the purchaser of Woodland Wanderer telling a bit about the story behind the painting. Because I like to begin most paintings with jotting down my thoughts and emotions in pencil, I thought it would be nice to show the words underneath/intertwined with the paint. I hope Woodland Wanderer brings the purchaser as much joy as I had painting xo
Thursday, July 1, 2021
because it moves us
the same way it moves others
who are nothing like us
except the way
their hearts split open
which in the end
is all the likeness
Thursday, June 24, 2021
It's rewarding to see a vision you have in your mind appear before you. The base of everything has been painted, now it's just a matter of adding all the fine details which I love. . . all the shading and brush strokes that make the images pop.
We've had the cutest little red squirrel visit our garden these past few weeks, and he has found himself tucked into the leaf. I still have to add those cute little ear tuffs to him.
"Art is something that makes you breathe
with a different kind of happiness"
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
|Sparrow garden is filling out and looking more colourful by the day . . . |
now it's time for the Yarrow
Now it's Robin's turn. I've been keeping a watchful eye on her nest and yesterday the babies were big enough that I can spot their heads bopping up and down above the rim of the nest. Both Mama and Papa Robin have been busy flying in and out of the nest with food for their hungry, growing family.
Our temperatures have been all over the place, from heat to rain to high winds, and today it feels like fall and I wore a jacket on my morning walk and afternoon bike ride. It felt more like September than June but I'm not complaining, I love the cooler temperatures. I'm so happy that Robin has built her nest tucked in tightly under the eaves protecting it from the elements.