Hard to believe that our perfectly warm day could change so drastically into an icy evening but those were the circumstances for our outdoor concert , last of the Thursday night series in Morinville, Alberta.
That said , it was such a warm reception by the (50?) people who showed up to welcome us. The church grounds were lovely ; grass immaculately groomed, and I thought the clock tower made a nice back drop for our outdoor stage.
I shared the ‘ Folk Fest’ type stage with Tim Chesterton , an Edmonton Minister and incredible guitar player/singer/songwriter. To his left we saw another Edmonton talent in Jessica Heine. All three of us played our original guitar tunes and my friends added some great ‘covers’ to their repertoire .
I started us off with my song, WAITING, from the album of the same name and then we took turns playing in sequence. My niece, Alaina, added some fun cajone percussion to the mix.
All the proceeds went to the Morinville Food Bank . What a pleasure to play with such talented folks.
I had the honour of being asked to perform for a Volunteer Appreciation Night for the 10th year anniversary of Kaleido in Edmonton. It was a Canada Day themed event ; great people, food and we even had people dancing to our tunes !
It is truly summer here now . Yesterday saw Edmonton experience a new record for the hottest day recorded for July 9th : 34 c.
These last couple of weeks have been so busy at The Works in downtown Edmonton , Churchill Square. Terry and I carted about 30 paintings over to our purchased tent space where we spent 13 gruelling days in the sun and heat .
We met many many marginalized/homeless people who certainly could not afford to purchase original paintings. But the good news is that they really seemed to appreciate the chance to …well…appreciate art !
Thank God we sold enough art to pay for the booth ( and cover parking and dinners) but we certainly did not ‘make’ any money.
And to boot we ended up receiving a $75.00 parking ticket for the couple of minutes ( literally !) that we spent unloading the art on that first morning. UGH !
Well, the other night we were blessed to hear about a documentary called Nicky’s Family .
I know that it is corny to say this overused expression but all the same : this movie changed my life !
After watching what this young man did for the jewish children in Hitler’s era ( and so humbly and without a second thought to the outcome) and what the repercussions are all these years later I made a decision.
From now on :100 % of the proceeds ( after costs) of any of our art sold will go to Charity Terry and I are in the process of choosing the charity that speaks to our heart .
We are also thinking of asking other artists to join us in this endeavour. ” Painting For The Poor “?
What a wonderful but bittersweet feeling it is to come home after an incredible month away with my extended south western ontario family. Great to reunite with my husband- difficult to say good-bye to Ontario friends and family.
I was so blessed to be able to spend quality time with my in-laws and my parents . I had a birthday mid-week away with my husband at Niagara on the Lake, a fantastic reunion with my dear girlfriends from grade school/high school , hung out with my sisters, Mary and Pam and brother, John ( who gave me a cool tour of his work at Caesar’s, Windsor), and celebrated my Mom’s 80th on our famous sister weekend , ” The Girls’ Weekend Away ” .
We also celebrated my Dad’s 83rd birthday , went to a funeral for an old friend, and of course Mother’s Day was in there too !
I had some tough days with 2 of my closest friends, Rose and Barb , when we went away for a B & B weekend in Waterloo. Prayers needed for peace and health for situations both are concerned about.
Throughout the month I was able to continue to illustrate 2 of my children’s books, paint for enjoyment and for the upcoming ” The Works” in Edmonton, and work on the ” Elvis song ” for my friend, Jason.
Family. Friends. Creativity. And a prayerful reminder that life is short. May was lovely.
I have been in many studios and have had some great experiences. Emily’s studio experience did not disappoint. She is not only fun to work with but very professional. Emily had cool ideas to make each song extra special. I can’t wait to hear what she is going to do with the mixing and mastering.
Emily helped me choose 4 songs from the 7 new songs I have written and I am excited to share them with you soon.
My 2 day recording sessions were a belated Christmas gift. Perfect.