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art, Poetry, wall art

Walk the Beach

Are you taking some beach time this summer? For us It looks like actual time on the beach will be rare. And so I go there vicariously. Last week I dug out a beach photo I took on our Salt Spring Island vacation in 2012 and did a painting. I could almost smell the ocean… Continue reading Walk the Beach

nature, Poetry

Summer collection

I hope you're enjoying your summer! Here are a few summer poems for these end-of-July, beginning-of-August days along with a few photos of my town's whimsical umbrella display from last summer. HOLIDAYS Another newly minted coinrolls from the satin purse of nightadds yet more hours of wealthto the collectionof summertime perfection. © 2013 by Violet… Continue reading Summer collection

nature, Poetry

Heat Wave

HEAT WAVE Yesterday’s feverbroke in the eveningThis morningcool soothing airbathes face arms legsthe neighborhood refreshedas if it sleptdeep and exhaustedafter sickness But sun’s warm hand upon my backwarns temperature is risingand burning heat will soonagain blister the brown grassmake bright-eyed impatiensand roadside chicorydroop in the dazzling delirium We will lie in darkened roomssplayed under whirring… Continue reading Heat Wave

Book Reviews

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – review

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. ShirerMy rating: 5 of 5 starsIf you’re a history buff, you need to read this book! Written by William L. Shirer, an American journalist active in Europe and Germany during WWII (his dates: February 23, 1904 – December 20, 1993), this is a history… Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – review

art, Poetry

Flag

Happy Canada Day! Today, a poem, celebrating our Canadian flag. Canada Flag - Acrylic on Canvas, 4 x 4 x .5 inches. Flag “National flag of Canadatwo by length and one by width, redcontaining in its center a white squarethe width of the flagwith a single red maple leafcentered therein”*flies majestic since 1965over town squaresby… Continue reading Flag

nature, Poetry, travel

Canadian Rivers

North Saskatchewan River, Saskatchewn, Canada (Photo © 2022 by V. Nesdoly) It's almost Canada Day and today, when some Canadian rivers are in the news due to the danger of flooding, I share a poem celebrating these beautiful waterways of Canada. CANADIAN RIVERS Headwaters drip from snowy melt of mountain glaciersgurgle down glistening rock faces… Continue reading Canadian Rivers

People, Personal, Poetry

In His Shop

It’s Father’s Day this weekend. Many years have passed since I was able to wish my dad a happy Father’s Day in person… he died in 1975. But he lives on in memory, which grows more haloed as time passes. He was a quiet, kind, hard-working man. Very creative too, always fixing things using the… Continue reading In His Shop

art, note cards, Poetry

Changing of the Wardrobe

Time is moving along so quickly. In less than two weeks we’ll be at the official beginning of summer…though it still feels like early to mid spring here most days with lots of cool rainy weather. At least there are no fires! One of my semi-annual tasks is the changing of the wardrobe, when I… Continue reading Changing of the Wardrobe

Personal

Listen while you work

When I write, I need quiet. But when I draw or paint, I welcome some audio company. Often I listen to playlists on Spotify (the streaming service we subscribe to)—classical or contemporary Christian music. I have also subscribed and listen to some wonderful podcasts. Here are some of my favourites. Back to the Bible Canada… Continue reading Listen while you work

art, Art News

New Gallery on Daily Paintworks

A few weeks ago the book Daily Painting came to my attention. I read a sample and decided that author Carol Marine’s philosophy of painting often and small fit with my resolve to do some art every day. I purchased the book. On reading the whole book, I discovered that there is an online community… Continue reading New Gallery on Daily Paintworks