Do you believe in love at first sight? Your eyes lock. You see and feel something like never before. You bring it home only to discover to your great disappointment that it doesn’t match your couch. A bad break up ensues.
Mostly what I paint, I consider to be decorative art (as opposed to investment art, but I’m ever hopeful). My thoughts are, if you like one of my pieces, chances are you are attracted, in part, to the colours that you already have in your home. My art colleagues often cringe when they hear the words, ”I love that piece, but it doesn’t match my couch”. I’m of the minority with my artist friends in this matter. I equate it to this: Would you wear an animal print Hermes scarf with a green geometric Channel blouse? Personally, I don’t think you are doing Hermes, Channel or yourself any favours. (but whatever floats your boat - I’m a free spirit and wear whatever I want!) So, what to do if you fall totally in love with a painting?
When you buy a piece of art, decorative or investment, you are buying a piece BY and OF of the artist. And, if it is Love at first sight, that is extraordinary. You have an emotional response that is unparalleled and you know you can’t live without it! At that point, the piece of art becomes a part of you as well. When this happens, and you want to avoid disappointed when you bring it home, be fully prepared to sell the couch.
Great Expectations: How to manage the inevitable deviation from a plan
As poet Robert Burns accurately and eloquently said: Well laid out plans of mice and men often go awry.
T’is the season to K.I.S.S.
So you’re planning a festive gathering.
You’ve selected nine recipes… and that’s just for the appetizers. You’ve hauled up five boxes of holiday decorations… and that’s just for the dining room. You’ve pinned three signature cocktails… and that’s just the Bailys based bevvies. You’re accommodating three guests with food sensitivities, two ‘gluten freers’, and one vegan. As they say in Newfoundland…’Yer up to yer arse in rattlesnakes!
'Have you been seeing 11:11? You’re not alone.
According to Numerologist.com, "this year more than ever before, countless people all over the planet have reported seeing the 11/11 code repeatedly appear in their daily lives”.
Are there times when you would like to be beamed up to a faraway galaxy? We are in the age where we are bombarded with the sensory assault of our devices, and are involuntarily connected to the turbulence of our world. Our hurried lives are filled with busyness, and every minute is accounted for. By the end of each day we are emotionally and physically exhausted. Time and space are at a premium and a rare luxury. Whether it is alone time with your thoughts or a quiet place for your senses to rest in a painting, we seek out places to breathe. We welcome these ‘spaces’, physical and emotional, and are comforted and calmed as with a good cup of tea.
It's Labour Day Weekend. Happy New Year!
Many people ring in the new year on January 1, while some people consider their birthdays as the start of a new beginning. For me, the new year arrives in September.
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The ‘Nesting Grounds’ journey:
The concept for Nesting Grounds was set. Ten birds featured with 2 dedicated paintings: One page with the bird nesting, the other page showcasing their eggs in their nest. The birds have been carefully selected with considerations including bird familiarity, nest uniqueness and clutch size. The research was tedious but enjoyable. No more procrastinations. Time to paint.
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So, I've decided I was going to do another book! It was going to be about familiar birds and their nests and their eggs. To make the book a little more engaging, the clutch in each nest was to increase incrementally from 1-10. Did birds actually lay 10 eggs? It was imperative that in allowing for artistic license, the book was based on fact, and maintained the integrity of the chosen birds and their nesting habits.
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Did you know that Robins sometimes use string to build their nests? Or that chickadees can lay up to 9 eggs?
Like most authors, I wrote about something that interests me. Nesting Grounds is about birds and bird's nests. Furthermore, it was a throw back to my childhood. I would be perched in my Dad’s crossed legs - what he affectionately referred to as ‘the Bird’s Nest’- and watch the birds in our garden.