My friend, Jason, wrote another song this year about how fast life can change and ‘ in the split of an instant ‘ those we love can be taken away from us in the world the way it is. Jason types with one knuckle on a specialized keyboard and once in a while sends me his work for me to tidy up a bit and then write the tune. I have been busy this year but I finally got around to creating music for his new song. With the help of our friend, James Seabrook, at his Studio ( Two Bodies of Water ….get it? Sea-Brook ? ) we were able to start laying down the tracks to help Jason continue his dream of recording his work. James and I both agree that WE get much enjoyment out of watching the absolute joy that Jason doesn’t have the power to repress ( like we do should we choose to do so) and it makes it worth the effort to write the music( for me) and to put together a band , record and edit ( for James) . I hope he likes the finished product.
After working so diligently on our recent Rosebud Art Gallery show it is time to get rehearsing my new songs in anticipation of my first house concert. What a blessing to have more than two creative outlets ! I am also going to Elmwood School this week for the book launch of ” The Day That Jake Swallowed The Queen ” , a ‘Tellellie ‘ book I had the privilege of illustrating.
I believe we must ” Keep creating, celebrating, see the beauty in every day ” as the words in my newest song attest. This is one way we can fight the darkness that threatens to drown us sometimes.
So I will keep praying and painting and singing and loving …and laughing too !
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.
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.
” Post Modern Triangles ” , 12 X 12 , acrylic on wood panel , $200
” Retired ! ” , 16 X 20 , acrylic on canvas, $350
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!