art, Poetry, wall art

Shopping the Sales (and “Disappointment” – poem)

It seems the weekend of American Thanksgiving has taken on a special place in our North American economy with its accompanying sales. "Black Friday" is no longer one day but has morphed into a shopping monster that lasts a whole month, surely all the days following the Friday after US Thanksgiving. (I just got a… Continue reading Shopping the Sales (and “Disappointment” – poem)

art, writing, Writing Prompts, Writing resources

Creative Challenges – do you play along?

I’ve just finished my second year of creating an ink drawing every day in October! This art challenge, called #Inktober, is only one of the many creative challenges that I’ve participated in over the years. These creative challenges span the calendar year. Opus, our local art supply shop company, sponsors Opus Daily Practice—a challenge to… Continue reading Creative Challenges – do you play along?

art, wall art

Summer Art Shows

t’s hard to believe we’ve just turned the page to September. Where has the summer gone!? Actually I have had a really nice summer. Though we didn’t take any of our usual week-long trips away, I have immensely enjoyed this season at home with daily morning walks and the rhythms of a week off, a… Continue reading Summer Art Shows

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

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

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

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

art, art instruction, Book Reviews

The Simple Secret to Better Painting – review

The Simple Secret to Better Painting by Greg AlbertMy rating: 5 of 5 starsLately I have been taking in some webinars by the successful Canadian artist Tim Packer. He is big on composition! He says: “A strong composition can result in a successful painting even if the artist has only moderately competent technical skill.“No amount… Continue reading The Simple Secret to Better Painting – review

art, light, nature

Spring Isn’t

Crocuses - painted by Violet Nesdoly - Watercolor, 4 x 11 inches. Happy Spring! I have a seasonal ditty for you today. SPRING ISN’T Spring isn’t pallid snowdropsshyly coiled in chilly Feb.It isn’t jewel primulasor burgeoning rhodo’s red. Not hyacinths poking through dirtor blossom bursts of plum.Not heather clumps abuzz once morewith bees that float… Continue reading Spring Isn’t

art, Poetry, wall art, Writing News

“Crossings” An Art Walk for Lent

We are now in the season of Lent, the 40 days that precede the Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. One of the Lenten activities that is available to people in Toronto, Canada from March 2 to April 14, 2022 is a public Stations of the Cross art walk/exhibition titled Crossings. Art by Canadian artists has been… Continue reading “Crossings” An Art Walk for Lent