September 6, 2013
It's good to be back at the easel. I was able to push myself to get back at it on the first of September. This painting of a street in Tuscany has been waiting impatiently for my return. I may consider it finished now, but it will have to sit in the livingroom for a few days for me to check it out. It's a little darker than the photo suggests.
24"w x 36"h oil on wooden cradle.
Photo by Gabriel Stark (Paintmyphoto.com)
I also finished off the last couple hours needed on this cool scene of Lake Okanagan near my home.
36"w x18"h oil on gallery wrapped canvas
These two paintings do not have names yet...soon.
Just to update you on my husband's health: He has no pain or discomfort. He is walking and talking better then before and his appetite is good. Unfortunately there are numerous brain glitches he has to deal with as the cancer takes it's tole. Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes since his diagnoses in April.
June 19, 2013
Hello my dear friends. My husband and I are travelling the journey called: Cancer. Radiation treatments are Monday through Friday until the end of this week when they stop for a month. Then things are reassessed, and we start again. In the beginning they told us that we might have a year or two. After the second MRI we were told they would try to give Hugh six months but that the cancer is very aggressive and...
There are many, many people praying for us and we are at peace. Hugh is not suffering in any way. We have the certain knowledge that God is with us at this time and if it's time for Hugh to go home, Jesus will come and take him in His arms.
Thanks you for your concern and prayers. I will be back blogging when this trial is over.
May 11, 2013
Hi Folks. By now some of you may have notice I haven't been blogging for some time. Sorry about that. I still go and check on you once in a while but rarely take the time to comment. Life took an unexpected turn a few weeks back when the love of my life, my husband, Hugh was diagnosed with brain cancer, stage 3. My life since then has been very busy with tests and now starting treatments. When things settle down to a predictable schedule I will again start painting and posting. Until then, know that I am checking in with you and I wish you all well with your painting and projects.
March 28, 2013
The sun and warm weather are like a tonic. I love watching my seedlings grow and I even enjoy the spring cleaning projects that seem to bring the sunshine into the condo. It's also time to get reinvigorated about painting. (reinvigorated ... is that a real word?)
This is the year I decided I would focus on larger paintings. Although I really enjoy seeing the finished paintings on display, I find I'm not painting as often. I wouldn't call it boredom but I do have the need for variety. Reverting to smaller paintings was not an option I would allow myself....so...
The solution for my desire for change and growth came via Informed Collectors artist choice for today: Mara Schasteen. While browsing her web page I came across her colour charts. Hmmmm... I started making charts a couple years ago but I never got past mixing individual colours with white. These simple charts have been an amazing help to me over the years and I have taught all my students to make them. Mara has taken the next step and made charts that mix all her primary colours with each other. That's what I need. So today I sorted out the colours I would use and gessoed some plastic canvas sheets. Mara's charts are neat and tidy. I'm more of a slap bang type person so mine aren't. Hopefully in a few days I can show you some of my completed charts... this is a big project that will probably take me most of the spring. I'll find something else to do for the summer I'm sure.
Still a lot more to paint...
March 6, 2013
Our trip to Mexico City was wonderful. I had lots of quality time to spend with my beautiful four year old grandson, Gabriel.
The weather there was wonderful but I'm not impressed with the wet snow that is falling outside my condo here in Kelowna. At least my primroses are staying perky... they seem to like the cold weather. I'd rather be a snowbird.
My March painting, of a street in Tuscany, was calling to me as soon as I returned and I'm anxious to get back to it but first I want to spend some time visiting my neighbours and fellow bloggers...it is good to be home.