I feel really honoured today to have read the following :
The other day I had the privilege of teaching a painting class at St. Boniface in Edmonton. Each child had their own canvas on board and I brought in a vase of fresh flowers for them to try their hand at Still Life painting.
Wow! I’ve forgotten how busy 20 grade one students can be ! The teacher provided each table with one ‘pie plate’ of paint colours ( pretty terrible selection at this school …ha ha) and a yogurt cup of water per student. The first thing that happened is that 6 wee cups of water were promptly spilled on the table. Apparently we didn’t have access to rags for the clean up but we did have teeny tiny sponges !
Each canvas was covered with a plastic coating so we needed to unwrap these and after that some of the students started painting on the wrong side of the board…ha ha ha.
We finally got some semblance of order with the help of the teacher, Ms. Alcock, who has a very good class. I worked on building up the image from the background to the central image. The kids were excited and non-stop.
It was a lot of fun.
SO honoured to be part of this great radio program !
Very happy that in only 2 1/2 hours Terry and I were able to sell 9 paintings with proceeds going to YoungLife Canada, The Rosebud School of the Arts, and The Marian Center. We are also giving to the Alzheimer’s Society as the choice for Urban Timber who kindly offered their showroom/store for the show.
Leanne also provided wine , cheese and other goodies for our many guests. We purchased our 100 year old, reclaimed wooden floors from Leanne and Darren at Urban Timber. They came to our Open House Thank You evening and noticed that our walls are filled with our own original art . This got the whole thing rolling.
To date we have now sold 11 paintings , have 2 commissions and have been offered a new , 3 month Art Show/Sale in the Rosebud Theatre.
We are thrilled to be able to give to our favourite charities this way.
Above you can see a few examples of my latest work……
I am super excited to finally have a chance to show off our newest artwork for sale ! Please join us for wine , conversation , and to view our work at Urban Timber ( urbantimber.ca ) on April 23rd evening . ( around 7 pm…TBA)
These are the folks from whom we purchased our gorgeous new reclaimed wooden flooring in our home. So kind of them.
Terry and I are currently visiting family in Vancouver and will only be home a few days before we have this show! In fact , I also am on a plane the next day for another family visit in Ontario!
Can’t wait to see you all…..
Happy Easter !
So much has been happening in my life that I haven’t had much of a chance to write in this wee blog. We’ve had a family member come to live with us after some personal distress in her life.
This after just moving into our newly renovated home. ( So happy we have room for her !)
Now we are away from home for basically 2 months as we reconnect with extended family on both ends of Canada. ( I LOVE our family !!!!)
So I feel blessed on this blessed Easter.
As an added bonus I just found out my new song ” You Are Loved ” just got chosen as part of the Mother’s Day Contest radio rotation on Women of Substance Radio.
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I got sent 2 notices about 2 of my songs. From my first album , Waiting, my song “Something Perfect ” is in the top 15 on the charts for the CRC . This song has just been newly added to the roster.
” I Believe ” from my second album, Hope Is , is number one in the Faith Category on XPO radio ! AND …
I wrote a brand new song today ! Music makes my heart sing …..
I enjoyed a nice visit with birthday boy , Jason Homyshin , today. Son. Friend. Songwriter. Inspiration. One does tend to feel weird about cutting out pieces of the cake with a that kind of image on top…ha ha. All the best for a better 2016, my friend. May you be blessed with knowledgable , kind, strong and trustworthy caregivers from now on. And good health , of course…..
We have had only time for creating one thing over here in Edmonton : a home that our children can come back to for Christmas. All other creative ventures were put on hold …..well sort of….I guess I did manage to create one new painting and my 3 newly illustrated books by Sandy Smith got published in time for the big day…..while we unpacked and unpacked and sorted and gave away and unpacked and then completely decorated .
Christmas was a wonder this year. We now live back in our newly renovated home with its lovely , big covered porch and the warm atmosphere inside. We filled the rooms with our wonderful family : our four adult children, their wives and husbands and a new boyfriend for our youngest daughter, Lana. We also felt so full of love for our 2 new grandchildren ( 8 and 9 months old ) Myro and Otto respectively.
Every day we laughed over the sounds of someone playing the piano or a game in the dining room. The Christmas day gifts were incredible as we had a mandate to make each gift using the talents God gave us.
There were homemade jams and hand sewn ornaments, designed tins filled with homemade sweets and a knitted sweater from our daughter, Emily, who only learned to knit ….for that gift ! We even received a published BOOK (!) from my husband, Terry, about the joys of fatherhood called ” Until My Work is Done ” . Wow !
We were blessed to eat delicious meals and share our home with friends too.
Now the children have returned to their homes and we miss them. But we have an art studio and a music room and I look forward to creating in this beautiful home . Come for a visit ! You are welcome here.