Thursday, December 30, 2010

Merry and Happy

A compilation of images from the trip to Paris last year come together for these well wishes!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Glamourous Life - Nova Scotia

today's foggy seascape...
We got up early and trotted off down the street to the Hubbard's Barn farmer's market because I was going to surprise Anna The Hat Junkie.
The surprise was for me. She wasn't there today. But the market is charming... of course. Everything is.

SEE? a cove.

We went off to the neighbour's house on the ocean... this is the view from the deck.

The lighthouse at Peggy's Cove. The clouds were fabulous in the background der eh?

The first day we were here, we went to the beach for the was really warm and sunny. Then there is mist, rain, fog, sun... neato.

The dinners so far... mackeral, haddock, cod, mussels... home by the sea.

Halifax and the lobster feast is up for tomorrow!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Glamourous Life - Grumbacher Paints All the Classes.

Teaching classes is really quite as good as taking them. Seascape.. vertical and horizontal lines of interest...
Still Life
Painting sideways and upside down so the technique and brushstokes are visible to the students. I will incorporate this into the other paintings as a new technique!

The Saskatchewan Landscape. Focal point, Color mixing and the palette knife.
Still Life II
Texture and negative space... the silver teapot and a patterny tea cup.

Floral petals on flowers, ceramic pots..

The new Grumbacher Paint Workshops start again on October 5, 12 19, 26 -Tuesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Michaels Store South Edmonton Common.

$27 + Supplies (around $50.)

Until then ... we are off to Nova Scotia! I will see if I can post pictures and events.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Glamourous Life - Relaxation, Clarity and Well Being

photo from Musee d'Orsay... a famous painting

Reflexology. She is so goooood.

I am loving introducing you to Marlayna's Circle of Healing soul business.

Balance Relaxation and Well being know how fabulous you feel when you take, a beautiful way, care of yourself.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Glamourous Life - Grumbacher Paints and the Still Life

Green Felt 12"x12" Original Acrylic on Canvas $480.00

Although this image is a portrait that was part of my last gallery show, I will still go on to mention...
Coming up this Friday at the Michael's store at South Edmonton Common (19th AVE Gateway Blvd) near you! Actually near me.

This two hour workshop is a Still Life

in Grumbacher Acrylic Paints
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Friday night!
August 6 ... the still life
6:00-8:00 pm


Each session is $27 +$50 for supplies The supplies will last for all four sessions.

I look forward to seeing you there.

The Glamourous Life - ligament, tendons, patella, femurs...anatomy...!!!

Purple 10"x8" Original Acrylic on Canvas $360.

Whoa is me. Are you tired of the damaged leg story yet? I am.

It is a close encounter with my idea of time. Dragging my leg along, rather than the customary following of them, as a pair, is a bit of an impediment to rapid movement, stairs, distances.

Reading books. I can do this.
Isabel Allende- Inez of My Soul, Island beneath the Sea.
Michael Gruber- The Forgery of Venus -very painterly... I recommend it.
Thomas King The Truth about Stories.

Hafiz, Seneca, Epictetus... Stoics and Sufis.

The Glamourous Life... it is, actually.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Glamourous Life - Grumbacher Paints Paint Landscape

clouds on the prairie
the house abandoned on the side of the highway...
the avenue of trees

A workshop for Painting Landscapes.
In this 2 hour workshop we will cover some techniques in the art of landscape thereby also covering a canvas board with paint! Trees and clouds, leaves and roads wandering off to the middle distance...
I am doing this workshop for Grumbacher Acrylic Paints at the
Michael's store at South Edmonton Common (19th AVE Gateway Blvd)780 430 1299 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 780 430 1299 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
To register please call 780 430 1299

Friday night!
July 30
6:00-8:00 pm


Each session is $27 +$50 for supplies The supplies will last for all four sessions.

I look forward to seeing you there.

August 6 ... the still life
August 13 ... the sea scape!

The last class on florals was great. A good Friday night painting session with the ladies! Nothing like a group of women laughing about the frailties of the body as they create to get the balance and perspective in place. Not just on the painting!

I have graduated from the contraption to a 'knee immobilizer' -a beige leg corset with velcro instead of strings. Sexy!
So I will be the one haplessly kicking over chairs and dragging tables behind her over this week!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Glamourous Life - Grumbacher Paints and the Flower

Tulips 12"x12" original Acrylic Encaustic on Hardboard. Sold.
Detail of Still Life Blue Vase Green Cup.

Learn to paint -florals.
I am doing this workshop for Grumbacher Acrylic Paints at the
Michael's store at South Edmonton Common (19th AVE Gateway Blvd)780 430 1299 to register.
It is for 4 consecutive Friday night sessions of two hours starting tomorrow -Friday night!
July 23
6:30-8:30 pm


$27 +$50 for supplies

I look forward to seeing you there.

I will be the one hobbling...
I crashed my right knee into the corner and tore a few of the very important ligaments off of it... I have a splishy quad muscle collection that makes the knee unbendable.
Always something hein?

I can walk with the aid of a scarf contraption tied around the foot crossed over to the (k)neck and a pulley(my arm basically) to make the leg move forward. it is two scarves actually, (I got them for free with a purchase over $25 at Cotton Ginny years ago. Well I was there with my sister and she didn't want hers so she said I could have it and the clerk had to check with the manager if that was ok and everything so we told her that my sister would take it and then give it to me.. or not! outside of the store if that would make things less complicated. One is mauve and the other a sherbet orange color.
Now you know.)

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Glamourous Life -Red and another great hat from the Hat Junkie

Red 10" x 8" Original Acrylic on Canvas $360.00 Yippee This one is sold!
Can't you just feeeeel the summer evening warmth in this picture? mmmm mmmmm Summer! Picnics! Family reunions! Barbequed everything, Walking in rain and sunshine.... The Hat Junkie, Anna Shoub's hats work for all these summer events. I, personally, do not own one of these hats yet...but I am looking forward to choosing one in September. or two..

In the meantime I am doing lots of research as an artist... weeding the garden, eating peas, lettuce and tomatoes! admiring the flowers, doing the occasional sketch, photographing like mad because there is such freedom with the digital camera... for example...


Today's music... Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt again.

Quintette du Hot Club de France

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Glamourous Life. - Calypso Moon Artist Movement - Freedom

Market Original Oil on Canvas 16" x 8" $480.00

Crisp early morning air, walking through the market, anywhere on the planet. The freedom of choices and moving through them. The freedom of relationship. The freedom of abundance. Fruit, vegetables, crafts, bread, clothing, jewelry... all the riches of the world... the market.
This is my Calypso Moon Artist Movement entry.

Live is good hein?

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Glamourous Life. - Doing the shout out for Margaret Lynch

Hat, Boots and Gloves. 12"x12" original acrylic on canvas, $480.
Thank you to everybody for coming to the opening! xoxo!

Sheesh! is it summer or what!? Sunshine lolly pops and rainbows... everywhere.


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Glamourous Life. -Sylvia in Color and how the heck to take pictures of oil paintings?!

Sylvia 16"x8" original oil on stretched canvas

from the color!
Hmmm, I have heard this before...but photographing oil paintings is very different than acrylic. I keep getting this haze... if you have any suggestions, I would lovalovalove to hear them.

All the pieces have to be in tomorrow morning for the vernissage. And here.. you are getting a sneak peak. Exciting, huh?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Glamourous Life. -World Tours someone to look after the house while you

look after theirs... how is this for a great idea....???

Lucy Godwin's

Sign up! it is a great way to live in the world!

detail from

If you just knew how wonderful you are... 36" x24"

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Glamourous Life. - Orange and Rainbow... somewhere over...

Orange... Lisa Bebi Art challenge.. using orange as the focal point in a picture. Original Acrylic on Canvas 8 x 10 inches
The Glamourous Life of An Artist. Charcoal leather chairs and linen dresses.
They just move so good together.

Your rainbow is strongly shaded red.

What is says about you: You are a passionate person. You appreciate energetic people. You get bored easily and want friends who will keep up with you.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Hmm.... fun little test .... let me know what are your colours...?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Glamourous Life. - Grisaille...

Open grisaille- a method of underpainting to get the values. I love these... they can look DONE!

I got to hear this line last night... 'I paint but I cannot draw.' What a place to leave oneself! Another person said that she had heard that anyone can draw. This provoked a few contradictions about artistic bones and bodies...

Here is the answer... are you ready?... any one can draw. It may not appear anything like what they are looking at, but lines can be made. The skill, and it is that, a skill, is in the ability to really see what is there.

Magical, huh? Mystical, hmm?

Rather than painting what one thinks one sees with the eyes of assumption.

BEWARE- the assumption eyes! They miss out on a lot of information.

A great exercise for this is, let's say we are working with a photo here, to turn the subject upside down and paint the shapes.

Learn all the rules so you know exactly where and how to break them, quickly and painlessly.


Friday, June 4, 2010

The Glamourous Life. -Vernissage and THE WORKS

This image is from the 23 October post of last year... The Stenciled Rug.

I am reposting it because.. it is amazing. I love the rug. It turned out completely different that I expected.. better.

AND it is an Element of the Glamourous Life of an Artist!

AND I have a vernissage on the 25 June. I have in mind to show these oil paintings... some of which are still in my mind. Yikes. Should I say things like that out loud?!
Perhaps there is still time to change the name of the exhibit to -watching the paint dry-...

Come to the opening if you're around town....pretty good wine, very good cheese, and a chance to practice your French, hein?

7:00 pm

9103 95 Ave
Edmonton AB

25 June 2010

For the record...(as a Dear Me note) there is no need to stress myself out here(I cannot stress that enough!) in the least... I have a series of paintings that are complete, framed and that would work wonderfully for this show.

But there is always the next idea, the next experiment, the next line combination of color puzzle... delicious vortex of creation...

The show is in conjunction with THE WORKS festival.

I will... keep you posted.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Glamourous Life (excerpt Chapter 11) Thank you Christine Lafuente!

The Glamourous Life of An Artist...

Study-ala Christine Lafuente 6"x6" oil on hardboard.
What, tell me what is more inspiring than trying to replicate another artist's work, as a practice! that you admire profoundly. Here is my rendition of Christine Lafuente's 'Zinnias and Melon' I love the sliding slither of paint in her work. Liquid fluid Impressionism. And yet, it holds cohesive. The colors she uses are so very...delicious.
So the exercise is this, find a style that you truly admire. Paint like that. You will be surprised at how much information is in a brushstroke.

Lachelle Seated. Oil on Canvas 10"x8"

Because the sketch for this painting(see previous previous posting)was loose and relaxed, flowing, I just had to invite myself to express that in the painting.
This practice of duplication from another person style is Learning. It provides an opportunity to develop the eye hand coordination in yet another direction. Every one is so very unique that we will always be ourselves. This practice gives one a bit a view, the tiniest one, into the Way of someone else.

Today's music

Robins singing outside
The cats singing inside because the robins are sing outside.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Glamourous Life (excerpt Chapter 14) Inspiration

Inspiration. Respiration. Aspiration. Spirit. Breath.
What makes your breath alter? Catching it, holding it, breath it, in awe.
This is what is worth your wild in painting.

And worth someone else's while to see. Energy like love on the canvas is the Irresistible stuff.

Sometimes Sometimes?! All the time it is good to have fun... work with other toys...let the pencil wander about the ...CAT!

Marcello.. the Siamese cat... is a very
veritable cartoon. He looks so elegant- as he burps, sneezes, toots, and gobbles up anything.... and uuak... barfs.. Saunter.

Still.........inspiring respiring aspiring spirit.

Today's music
Andrea Griminelli
Cinema Italiano



Poulenc- Organ Concerto

How is that for variety? I'm dizzy!

Which brings to mind... Today's very veritably inspiring Book Breathe Deep, Laugh Loudly -Judith Kravitz If you feel you need more energy this is a way to it.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Glamourous Life. - The Practice, Practice, Practise

(excerpt from CHAPTER 11 in What to BE?...AN ARTIST!)

Whether you choose flowers, vegetables, pets, sweeping majestic landscapes... practice, that pesky repetition, is the only way that the magic of your subject will reveal itself to you. Seduction is a necessary art ....within art... well, in so very many aspects of life. (it is simply a coincidence that this is the image going along with these words, I haven't been working on lemons recently...)
These sketches are references for sketches in other mediums. For these I used washes in oil paints. But I can use them for the pose and gesture, add clothes, add different props. That is why it is good to have the original drawing from the model.
I have included this one because I really like it and... it has a contribution by the creative or is it just curious, CAT...

3 (continued from the previous post) Libido. Like an appetite. Like you are starving, suffocating, dying of thirst without it.

This is a very important part of the practice. Whetting the appetite of desire to create. Finding that ironic, paradoxically exquisite balance -on the edge of hunger and satiation. Knowing...

What does that for you?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Glamourous Life. -Dress Rehearsal

Dress Rehearsal 12" x 12" Original Acrylic on Canvas

'Because Art is not a careless thing.' - Beata Kurpinski

(excerpts from Chapter eight? of...)

What to be... an Artist.

You actually only have to know how to draw one thing… pick it… a lemon, a body.. a cat.
Draw this two thousand times and you will find that you can draw pretty much anything.

Although I have heard of artists that work more with form and color, I am very fond of using Renoir's wry line...'First learn your craft. It won't prevent you from becoming a genius later.'
Learn to draw something. Because this is how you learn to really see…everything that is there as well as everything that is not there which, paradoxically, is equally important.

You will need

1 Nerves of Steel
Live like you mean it. No one will give you approval, support, large quantities of money, with the possible exception of your mother… and any therapist will tell you that, anyway, at some point it becomes your job.

There are a few exercises one can do for this. Quite a lot really. You will find them coming to you daily! Is that abundance or what? Think of something to do that terrifies you beyond the capacity for rational thought and do it. Fearlessness is an essential quality of the great artist.
Although the whine and snivel has been a far too overdone stance, the great artist is much too busy with the experience that translates to marketing to really spend too much time on this. And that’s good for the world. Be good for the world.

Finding that you are totally absolutely in love with yourself is great for the nerves.

There are a few exercises for this as well, of course. Books of them really. Sometimes, I have noticed, people get really hung up on the exercises and pass the point of it, let’s say about 93 times a day. This is really as simple as breathing. Which can be another place that the self evident is missed. Breathe.

Great … got those two things? Now you can Be yourself. This is the point. How YOU see it, what YOU think, how YOU got to this moment what is YOU? This is what you are expressing…kinda like those little machines do for coffee. Fffffffffffffffftttttttttttttttttttttt!!

2 An Astounding Ability to Sit Still in a Cramped Position (AATSSIACP)

so then you have to take up Yoga or stretches ... I am just telling you. I didn't. So this really is the voice of experience.



stay tuned... it is pretty interesting stuff.

As always I look forward to your comments, thoughts and ideas!

Toodles for now.


On the weekend, as a guest of the wonderful Michelle Gabriel I absorbed the How to Write Publish and become a Best Seller seminar by Teresa De Grosbois and Micheal Drew, check them out! Inspiring!

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Glamourous Life- Chapter One -Straw Hat

Straw Hat 12"x12" Acrylic on Canvas

Are we not living in the most magical time? We can create and destroy worlds. We can have the awareness that we make this choice moment to moment, if we choose to.
I am sure, absolutely certain in fact, that everyone has the manifestation moment, when a thought gently surfaces in the mind, and voila! in a short time it is the current experience.
The person phones, the Chinese food is delivered to your door, the perfect chair is just given to you... a manifestation moment.
Painting, for me, is that place of non thinking gentle surfacing. It is a good place to imagine those experiences that I have had or look forward to having... and share them with you.

This Straw Hat is a rendition of Anna Shoub's Daisy Rose twisted straw hat. ( The swish of a turquoise linen dress. And bare feet laughter in the elegant doorway of a brick house in southern France, Spain, Nova Scotia...
Good Imagining...

St├ęphane Grappelli 's Django can dance you right to the place in this picture.

Thanks to Kaylyn Munro for the music... and LoML for knowing and finding it.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Glamourous Life- Bravery and Wednesday night drawing class.

BRAVERY medicine wheel -7 Grandfather teachings

I have been reading books, as research, by Thomas King...Green Grass, Running Water and The Truth about Stories.
Reading about Windigo. This is very allegorical information.

The polarity of light and dark. How wonderfully they play on with as each other.

and... every once in a while... the ten minute sketch comes up great.

Yay... the Wednesday night figure drawing class!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Glamourous Life- Truth, and Picking Your Gods

The medicine wheel of Truth- one of the 7 Grandfather teachings. The Medicine Wheel is an allegory of the journey that each of us take in this time/space that we call life.
These paintings of the teachings are a type of meditation in the landscapes. How the landscape of the earth reflects as the landscapes of our minds.
Each one of them has a real leaf.. a gigantic leaf from the trembling aspen- poplar tree. The first year saplings have these enormous leaves.

These paintings, all seven of them! are acrylic and mixed mediums on canvas. 36"x24" They are currently framed in black shadow box frames.

More artist wisdom from the workshop...
Pick your Gods.
As a visual artist one has the moments of being awestruck by the work of another artist. In studying, replicating, immersing oneself in the all of the work of that artist is a way to understanding one's own abilities and talents.

There is a tremendous merit in this exercise as a study, I have found. It is another way of training the eye and developing the co ordination between the hand and eye. One always finds in this an even more profound respect and admiration for the life and spirit of the person.

Sherry! Thank you for your comment on my lack of clarity! I see your point completely. This blog is like the studio diary.... random thoughts not being caught in the paper cup! or Perhaps all the no clues define a space... we will have to wait and see!


Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Glamourous Life- Love, The Studio Diary, and other tools of the trade

My friend Bea and I took a workshop the other weekend given by Les Graff. He had an number of really great ideas for keeping track of one's professional standing .. one of which was a studio diary. A book, scribbler, binder, journal of what was done in the studio today. I use this blog like that somewhat. ...I'll have to move the computer into the studio. Then the diary would have... 2 hours looking at websites, taking really dumb quizzes on facebook... Yikes!

Today's diary has that I worked for a couple of hours on the book cover commission. The Windigo and Nanabozho.
I talked to my beautiful sister, about Nanabozho. Thomas King. We laughed out loud and long.
Then I read some of Three Day Road.Joseph Boyden, Not so funny. Then I thought about the Windigos in my life and the way the creative force, Nanabozho, by embracing them makes something .
How one is the other in the way energy transforms.

This image is not the book cover, it isn't presentable yet, but it is in the book.
This is LOVE, in the earth land series, 7 Grandfather teachings. Medicine Wheel

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Glamourous Life- Book of Dresses 1

Here is what I am working on at the moment-
the values!

Go to gray at the photo shop and it works.

In mind...
"Look for the mysterious in life. Wherever you look – in the white clouds, in the stars in the night, in the flowers, in a flowing river – wherever you look, look for the mystery. And whenever you find that a mystery is there, meditate on it. Meditation means: dissolve yourself before that mystery, annihilate yourself before that mystery, disperse yourself before that mystery. Be no more, and let the mystery be so total that you are absorbed in it. And suddenly a new door opens, a new perception is achieved."

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Glamourous Life- How to become rich immediately

This is really tooo good! Right now! It really works!

The Glamourous Life- Anna Shoub's Hats

Click on the title to get to see these wonderful hats!

Life in the blogosphere! So many wonderful people doing such wonderful things.

Thank you Kaylyn Munro for your shout out!

...If you wish to see some amazing perspectives on 'ordinary' objects...

I have been
doing the artwork for a book, wandering through all the layout and design possibilities, Na.. only 12 of them.

Making the dirt dirty in the garden.

Drawings on cats. They don't like it so much but...

Working on my Glamourous Life Script... I may have to surrender on this project deadline... possibly... unless I completely give up on the sleep hours..

Talk to you soon!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Glamourous Life - Satin Shoes, Favorite Shoes, Mirrors on the Wall

Starting off I am having all kinds of fun with the fabric in the background. Ah yes.. the shoes are the thing.

This commissioned piece is called My Sister's Shoes.
Shoe related... because these shoes are pretty interesting. Mirror is the title. I was interested in the hand on the hip, the tilt of the shoulders... I am still arguing with myself on the lighting... or the line? Perhaps a light line in the left armpit. What do you think?

(added after the helpful comments...
OR...!!! her legs aren't underneath her and the twist is off in the hips.)

My favorite shoes.. a re visit in acrylic!
Bacci, Fluevog, Choo Bless me! The oil version.

Here is a museum Fluevog... Lizard Sling. Fun or what!?