An Artist's Day in the Valley

Sunny day in February.  Looking out over the snow covered valley. Spring in the air and I’m admiring my potted tulips.  We have an abundance of beauty here in the Annapolis Valley and many talented artist to capture that beauty in it’s every facet – from scenery, people or ideas. For many months now, I’ve been helping local artists show their work at the Designer Cafe in Kentville.  Most recently, we exhibited some of, comic strip writer, Mark Oakley’s original cells.  The internet and press coverage of this exhibition netted Mark 3 international sales – 2 from the UK and …

rollin', rollin', rollin'… keep those doggies rollin'… rawhide!

Like the Fundy tides, creativity rolls in and it rolls away.  I’ve learned over the years that, like the tide, creativity can’t be held back or contained. When it’s rolling in, act on it – write, draw, compose, sing! And, when it flows away, trust that it’ll come rolling back in soon.  When my creative energy departs for faraway shores, I focus on the non-essentials (housework and bookkeeping).  But the mop will have to wait another day.  I’m on a creative roll and here is another little doggie (that’s what the cowboys call the cows). This week, my good Swiss/German …

Thank you!

Many thanks to everyone who responded so favourably to my previous post about sustainable farming and pasture-raised animal practice.  I’ve gotten some interesting leads to follow up on. Thank you!  Now for some fun…

Eat Wild

Reducing our carbon footprint was one of the factors that brought us from the big city to a simpler life in this agricultural heartland of Nova Scotia.  As a matter of course, we’ve modified our lifestyle, bought more of what we need close to home and sought out local organic foods as much as we can. We’re fortunate to be friends with many farmers who, while may not be certified organic, grow without chemicals and use only sustainable farming practices.  These people care for their land and they care for the animals they raise.  Their animals run and play outdoors …

awakenings paintings looking for good homes

Three paintings from my artist collective, Seven’s August exhibit have found temporary homes – two are at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Art Sales and Rental in Halifax and the third is at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville. These not-so-little baby pigs (about 80 pounds each!) were running over to say hello, as a took the photo that inspired me to paint this 24×24 inch painting.  It’s done on wood panel and would make a very happy addition to your home for a mere $685.

Happy Holidays! Ho! Ho! Ho!

Such an exciting time of the year!  Family, friends, food, finishing projects, starting new ones, more friends, gift-giving, gift-receiving, more family, bigger projecs, and more food! Lot’s of activity with the artist collective, Seven, that I belong to.  We’re deeply entrenched in the details of pulling together 3 Copenhagen shows in the first two weeks of August. I’m creating a really joyful and delightful body of work for these shows – my take on bringing our rural, organic Nova Scotia aesthetic to Denmark.  Stay tuned for more details.  I’m over-the-moon-excited about this new work! I hope you will be too. …

seven's awakenings show – marvelous!

Our opening reception on September 19th was well-attended, lots of positive feedback over the month long exhibit.  We are happy campers, but no time to slow down as we are now in the business/administration/planning/nitty-gritty, nuts and bolts of our Denmark project, aptly entitled Exchange. This is from Awakenings.Title:  Mine!    Dimensions:  24″ x 24″  Materials:  acrylic, oil, graphite on wooden gallery panel   Price:  $685

September 19th is fast approaching

One more painting and four digital serigraphs to do for Seven’s Awakenings Exhibit… and I spent two solid days building and launching my new website. But… it’s online! (big sigh of relief) For anyone who’s ever built a website, you’ll know how incredibly time consuming it is! But, it’s up and I’m quite pleased with the results. Of course, Michael was a huge help – would still be struggling with divs and trs and css-thingies. Thank you, Michael! There’s one more gallery to create and the menu doesn’t function quite properly in Firefox, but works fine in Internet Explorer. Your …