Best thing that happened to ME is YOU!

Let me repeat that,  Best thing that happned to ME is YOU!

Why, you may ask.

 

  You are the reason I paint, I paint for you and you and you…It’s all the you’s out there that look at my art, think about my art, see what I see and then finally buy it. 

 

You buy it for colour, for looks, for feelings, for your kids, for the kid in you, for your parents, siblings, co workers, friends, wives, husbands, cousins, and, for yourselves.

 

How did I become so lucky? 

 What led me down this path of full time painting, and loving it for 20 years now.  It might have been my art appreciation since a child, it might have been that I said “yes I can” over and over and read and taught myself and believed that I would do what I loved no matter what…Maybe someone was smiling at me from above and showed me the way. Who knows..

  

What made me so determined?

  Passion that is what did it.  Even when a teacher told me NO I said YES, even when reality was saying stay in a desk job I said NO.  Even my well meaning father told me YOU WILL STARVE I said NO way..

All I can say is thank YOU! All of YOU!

Hoping my art is making YOU happy and, YOU are making me happy. 

May you all find the best thing that happened to you one day!

 

Treasured Gifts

It’s the time of the year when many people show their love and appreciation of others by wishing each other Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.

 

  It’s certainly my all time favourite holiday! 

 

I start my shopping every year way too early and end with way too much!  I truly love to give more than to receive. 

 

During my art shows I often sign the back of my works to the recipient of the painting and more often than not the paintings are bought to give away at Christmas.  I think that buying artwork for Christmas is a good idea for many reasons.  Artwork is not like a sweater that will be out of style in a year..it’s a lasting gift.  One year I surprised my husband by commissioning an artist to do a portrait of one of my daughters at Christmas.  We still cherish that piece of well done art.

 

Everyone has different budget allotments but the great thing about buying one of my pieces is that they are affordable and just about anyone can buy it.  Galleries also deliver, install and have lay a way plans too.  Also you can find my prints for sale in case an original is really not in your budget.

 

So, before you go hopping from store to store do check out my galleries for that perfect piece for one of your loved ones for this wonderful season coming up. 

 

Happy shopping!

 

Looking out the window

I can recall looking out the window as a young girl and being joyful at the sight of snow covered grass, I loved the look of it, and the smell of snow.  It was beautiful!  Today my girls told me their children were also delighted when they were looking out the window.  So glad, for them.

 

Today, when I was looking out the window, I was sad that I could not be joyful when first seeing the snow.  What happened between then and now?  Must be knowing that it’s going to be a long winter and thoughts of my car getting stuck and being pushed by neighbours out of snow piles, or having to pay the snow plow people every single year to clean my laneway because I just can’t do it, and don’t wish that on my husband either.  Worse yet, freezing right through any winter coat I have bought.  Now, I even worry about the kids freezing, all kids, mine, my grandkids and the other little Canadian children, but if God is good he has made them weatherproof until they too get older…

 

I also know that I have to fork out the money to go south now because I just can’t handle the thought of no break from winter.  Oh well, for all the skaters, skiers out there sorry for not loving the snow.  However I do paint beautiful scenery with snow, as a matter of fact all my children in my art seem happy and warm in their coats and full of joy as they play hockey, or ski.  I must be painting the child I used to be…Happy winter everyone.

What Are you looking at?

What are you looking at when you look at my art?  Are you looking at the colours, the children, the homes, the sky? 

 

Take a minute and see something else, see your own childhood.  Do you remember skating in your own back yard rink? Playing hockey with your friends?  Do you remember if you felt cold and wanted to get home for a warm cup of hot chocolate?  Hopefully you might be seeing your own kids in the paintings,  playing or catching a school bus. 

 

Each of my paintings is something to look at and see something meaningful to you.  When I paint them many have a story behind them.  However other than giving a title I leave the rest up to you to reminisce, to ponder, to perhaps feel nostalgia or look forward to your children enjoying their days.  I think my job is done when you find your own story in my work.

 

 Thanks for reading.