sprout

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I sprouted some peas for a salad and thought they had some interesting qualities so then I decided to sketch them. I took those sketches and transfered them into a painting.

To me they reminded me of musical notes, thus visually depiciting the secret language of plants. I have been reading a book called “The Secret Life of Plants” by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. They talk about different experiments and cases where plants respond to stimuli in all forms.  By using touch , sound , smell, thoughts etc. the plants have responded/reacted in one way or another.

10″ x 16″ on wood panel painted with acrylic and ink

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flower power

These are from a class I took last fall with Cecelia Elizabeth on Alcohol Ink on tile. It is a fun relaxing way to paint or it can drive you crazy! The vibrant colors are so juicy and exciting its hard not to want to keep painting with them.This is the kind of  painting where one has to let go of control and go with the flow. Not always an easy thing to do for a detail oriented person like me.

They are done on 4″ x 4″ceramic tiles.

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Rosehips

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I picked these rosehips while walking at the lake last summer. The deep red instantly caught my eye amongst the dried up grasses. I also have random thoughts written in the background.

This one is done on a 12″ x 16″ cradled panel.

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Wild Sunflower

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This is another painting I did also on the cradled wood panel (12″ x16″) I was taken with the strength and elegance of the sunflower all dried up, gone to seed and still standing during the winter season.

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Goats Beard

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I love walking along the country roads, through the hills, in the fields;  exploring . The ebb and flow of the seasons always create new things to see from spring to winter. The seeds, like our thoughts, float onward in the wind to form new creations.

The text is representative of my free flowing thoughts as I walk and appreciate all the small treasures nature has to offer. This is part of the ongoing series of Weeds and Seeds that I have been working on.

This painitng is done on a wood cradled panel and is acrylic, in  and graphite.

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Prairie Rock 3

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This is one of the acrylic paintings that I did at the Assiniboia Artist Retreat in August. It is a typical rock in our area that sits on the top of the hills.

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Plein Air Painting

It has been a busy fall and I have been very neglectful of my blog, I suppose one can always find excuses for not posting but it comes right down to getting out of the habit. Why is it; that good habits are hard to keep and bad habits are hard to give up?

I have been painting and sketching throughout this time so I will post some of the things I have been doing. This year I started plein air painting and love it! I was able to go out 4 times.( would have liked to have done more) My two favorite things combined; painting and being outside.

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This was the end of May at Maxstone Curch. I took part in a workshop with instructor  Neil Jones.

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My July painting was out in the field on a day of  thundershowers  going through.

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This time was August and a hot 35 degrees and full on mosquito heaven. Standing at the end of Main Street in Assiniboia.

 

 

 

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This one was on November 1 by my yard and was a beautiful day for that time of year.

 

 

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Shurniak Art Gallery

Saskatchewan Roots Exhibition     July 22 – August 15

This is a themed exhibition of the artists who will be part of the Assiniboia Art Retreat August 10 – 15.

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Slough Weed – Acrylic, ink, graphite on a cradled wood panel

The Shurniak Art Gallery is located in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan and houses an international collection of artwork as well as rotating art exhbitions of local, provincial and national artists.

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Park Art July 1

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ParkArt is held at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery in beautiful Crescent Park.       July 1  from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. I will have some of my paintings and handmade books there with the Moose Jaw Art Guild booth.

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Open Studio Invitation

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Please consider this as your invitaion to come to the 6th Annual Open Studio where Anna is graciously hosting 17 members of the Moose Jaw Art Guild. There will be a wide variety of mediums to view and purchase, demonstrations and refreshments.

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