I'm back from B.C. with loads of new images, in my head, heart and on paper. I revelled in playing with my "children" and their children, the eldest of whom is almost twelve, and the youngest five. I have a video of the five year old breezing happily down the hill on his skis singing to himself, oblivious of his mother filming him. He's from Australia, and decided he quite liked snow and skiing!
Mostly the skies were blue in my eight days there, but sometimes they looked like Scottish skies with awesome cloud formations and tones in them.
So, I'm back to my studio, and look forward to helping some of you in my class at the end of March.
I hope you all had a good Christmas, and generally enjoyed your holidays. For those who had to work, "thank you", I'm sure we need what you were doing, and I'm grateful you are able to be there.
Louise and I didn't get kayaking unfortunately, the lake was just, like Banbi says, "too hard". However, it's thawing nicely, and we aim on being out there by New Year.
There was lots to draw over christmas, mainly it was edible! I spent hours on the phone to those near and dear to me as well as those far away that I don't get to talk to so often; and I loved every minute.
Keep drawing and painting folks, and I'll show you some of the things I've been up to here soon.
I'm always sketching everywhere I go, and Scotland held images and feelings I wanted to capture everywhere I looked! Above, Louise caught me sketching while waiting for a cup of coffee, outside in Edinburgh, on a beautiful sunny day during the Festival in September. I like to use water-soluble black pens, as then I can go into them later with a brush and water and add tones and textures, or add a little colour with my watercolour pencils and play around with a brush with them too.
I've been drawing a lot recently and doing small paintings as I travel. While I've been around them, my grandchildren have been doing a bit as well. The drawing was a joint project with Ranger. He started it with a house, then we took turns talking about what we might add and what we wanted in it, till it was "done".
We even found a big canvas for him. I loved the immediacy of his brushstrokes, and how he knew exactly what colour he wanted where. The red flower above is his too. I couldn't have done better myself! He also created an almost see through white ghostly image, (I think it was a space ship) on purpose ... oh the joys of being five!
I'm just back from another amazing trip to Scotland! We went to the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo where I was, again, in tears of joy at the end listening to the lone piper in the ramparts of the Castle playing his bagpipes under the night sky! We visited both Glasgow and Edinburgh, where the Festival was in high gear, then went on to many of the little nukes in Fife. Wee fishing villages, places I knew well in my childhood which brought back memories and stories. We stayed in St Andrews, the home of golf! Then crossed the country to Oban where we were in a fabulous B & B right next to Arduaine Gardens
. Ferries took us to Mull and Iona, where there are 48 Scottish kings buried, and we even got to take a small boat out on the high seas to Fingal's Cave on the Isle of Staffa where we clambered around on the stones and almost got blown off the top of the hill. Single track roads became common-place, and there was so much to draw!
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The MacLaren Art Gallery in Barrie was packed for their wonderful Benefactors Art Exchange exhibit last week in their Carnegie Room. The top painting in the photo is mine, and has found a new home for the next year, perhaps even a "forever" home. There seemed to be lots of people who really liked this one. (The colours are really more vibrant and stronger than shown here). I got to talk to lots of interesting people looking for artwork and had a great night.
I have a six year old grandson in Nanaimo in B.C. and this is one of his recent drawings. I love it, in fact I got two little paintings from my grand-daughters recently as well. These are our up and coming artists, which is terrific to see. Keep it up!
That's one happy looking dog! She's Aiza, a Rodesian Ridgeback who lives with my family in Nanaimo B.C. frolicking in their snow and full of the joys of Winter. I'm enjoying it today in Alcona in Ontario, watching the snow cover the tree branches, defining the negative spaces I see there, painting a wonderland for me. There are tracks in the snow from rabbits, mink, deer and even a big black pussy cat that I occasionally see out there braving the cold. Meanwhile my cat Frankie goes to the door asking out, then when I open the door he just lifts and shakes one of his paws, gives me a dirty look as if he's reproaching me for not turning the heat up outside, and returns to lie on the heat vent. When I go out there is golden silence as the cool flakes fall on my shoulders and my nose; and I have a warm home to go back to nest in when I want to. Life is good.