Text 29 Aug Inspired by Emily
Touching the Wild Inside, detail

Touching the Wild Inside, detail

The piece above was originally made for my solo show, The Body Speaks. I tweaked the colors and shapes a little and painted its  frame to look like stone for its latest appearance in a show at Coast Collective Gallery entitled Inspired by Emily.

Emily Carris one of Canada’s best known and beloved artists. Hailing from Victoria, BC, she travelled extensively around…

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Text 25 Aug Bringing Joy

Mardi's piece

I was recently commissioned to make this photo etching from a photo of this lovely, and happy, couple, to be given to them as a gift.

I am delighted to report that they are overjoyed with the piece. With their permission, I am sharing it with you for the joy it has brought me in the hopes that it may bring a smile to your day as well.

Info about commissions can be found here.

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Text 15 Aug 1 note Photo Fridays - Blooms in Blue

Photo Fridays – Blooms in Blue

Gabriola Morning

Gabriola Morning

Last weekend I went up to Gabriola Island for a wedding. While having breakfast I couldn’t help but photograph these luscious hydrangea blooms that were spilling out onto the ground in a riot of blueness!

More pics of these blooms and our scrumptious breakfast here.

Pics of a gorgeous Gabriola sunset to follow.

Great weekend to all!

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Photo 6 Aug 1 note Lazy Days of Summer
Text 5 Aug Chia Comics - My New Career?

Chia Comics – My New Career?

I was recently invited to participate in an unusual art show, one that features comic covers.  In this show, every artist could exhibit up to three pieces and they had to be 8.5″x11″, unframed. Now comic covers are not something I ever do but I thought it would be a fun challenge.

So I began by thinking who my superhero would be and whether I could use the imagery from any of my previous artwork…

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Text 18 Jul 1 note My New House Guests

My New House Guests

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After a long stint at INDEXG Gallery in Toronto my first art brownies have come home, and I like them here keeping me company in my kitchen. I think I will ask them to stay.

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Him and Her

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Have you had artwork returned to you only to discover that you are really glad they came home to stay?

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Text 18 Jul Let’s Get Physical!

Let’s Get Physical!

rolling it on

rolling it on

A recent German study found that recent retirees who engaged in active creative activity showed improved brain function and psychological resilience compared to those who attended art appreciation courses. The physical act of creating art seemed to be the key to this improvement for it strenghtened brain connections and enhanced memory processing.

So get your paintbrushes, pencils,…

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Text 11 Jul Hiking the Tongariro Crossing

Hiking the Tongariro Crossing

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Tongariro Crossing

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Start of the Hike

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Reaching the highest point

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Down and back up to the blue lake

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Looking back to Mount Ngauruhoe, aka Mount Doom

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The Emerald lakes

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One of many ridge lines

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Down to the last hut and onwards to the end

“Little by little, one travels far”

J.R.R. Tolkien

An epic travel day, hiking the Tongariro Crossing in new Zealand. More pics here.

May your feet take you a little…

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Text 10 Jul What You Build
What You Build

What You Build

It has been a while since I have posted about my artwork. Family matters have kept me occupied and away from my computer. It has been a good time, with my son getting married and my sisters coming for an extended visit, but it has ended on a bittersweet note with a lot of departures, including both of my children leaving for parts East as they embark on new adventures. My house,…

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Text 27 Jun Photo Fridays - Reflected Rocks

Photo Fridays – Reflected Rocks

Wharariki Beach

Wharariki Beach

The most beautiful beach in the world is this one I came across on my trip to New Zealand earlier this year. It is Wharariki Beachon the northwestern tip of the south island. A hidden gem reached by a twenty minute walk from the closest car park, it is an unspoiled, vast, breathtaking piece of heaven on earth. It’s remoteness and unsuitability for swimming due to strong currents…

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