Weaving My Way into 2019

Let me squeeze under the wire and wish you a Happy New Year before this first month of 2019 ends!

I love that January feels like that reflective month when it’s OK to throw caution to the wind and change your mind, your direction and to question everything you’re doing.

I decided to set up my beautiful loom that I’ve had for years and neglected. I made a video to show you what I’m working on and to update you.

By the way, in a spectacular example of  “what was i thinking” the outcome of my weaving is this: I realized the moment I started weaving that it just does not give me the joy that painting and printmaking do. Also, I pulled my lower back in the process – even my body was saying ‘no’. It occurred to me that I had been in love with the idea of being a weaver, not with the actual task. This is BIG for me. It’s taken me decades to have that ‘aha’ moment. And now I realize that I can release my beloved loom into the world and pass her on to someone who will really care.
Contact me if you are interested in buying my Jack type loom, a Nilus LeClerc . It will handle a 45″ wide warp, has 4 heddles. Included is a warping mill, bobbin winder, shuttles and a leClerc maple bench. Replacement cost for the loom alone is over $4000.  (sold)


If you haven’t had a chance to think about creative intentions for this year, and would like some help with it, here are a few online sites that have helped me and may help you too.

  1. Zen Habits presents a straightforward list of questions followed by rituals and structures to help shape the year.
  2. Susanna Conway generously creates a workbook each year called Unravel Your Year.  She presents a methodical way to assess last year and to plan the next.
  3. Jane Dávila created ‘Art Accountability, a facebook page that is “A professional network of artists who get. stuff. done. Weekly check-ins keep goals on track; resources and tips are shared”.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. ❤ Thanks for letting me share the adventure with you.


Holiday Shows – the Excitement and the Decisions, and the more Decisions!

There are many busy artists out there this week furiously getting ready for the next seasonal art and craft show and I, for one, am feeling a mixture of excitement and frazzle.

The Holiday Spirit Craft Show together with the Bear River Artworks Gallery combine creative talents on November 24 (that’s right – THIS Saturday) at the Oakdene Centre. The place will be hopping with great, creative vibes with over 30 art and craft makers.
Four days to go and I still haven’t figured out what to bring. Or let’s turn that around. I haven’t figured out what NOT to bring! 🙂 But here is a peek at possibilities. I will mix it up this year by offering a few matted reproductions for the first time ever as well as some small art that will fit everyone’s budget.

And if you can’t make it to Bear River, Larry and I are invited artists to the upcoming show at Lucky Rabbit House in Annapolis Royal. I am so touched and honoured to be asked by Deb Kuzyk to fill a small room with art. I will be in attendance for the entire show opening Friday Nov 30, 6 – 9 pm, and continuing Saturday Dec 1, 10 – 4 pm and Sunday Dec 2, 1 – 4 pm.  You can see the work of all the creative artists here.

Finally, this is the last chance to see my summer paintings at Sissiboo Coffee in Annapolis. The show is up for 9 more days, coming down on Thursday Nov 29th.

On a personal note, the offspring are both coming home for Christmas which is a wonderful and rare event. We can all decompress together, make a little art, eat homemade food and together, take in these beautiful surroundings!

The backyard is so beyond beautiful, no matter the weather.

This is a fabulous time of year to get out and see what unique, one-of-a-kind items await. Have fun with it and please buy local.


Floral Awakening

My exhibition will include new, luscious flower paintings.

When I returned From Brier Island, I was delighted to see the gladiolus and zinnias in full bloom. It took my breath away as both are new additions to the garden.

I dragged one of my biggest canvases outside and set to work. Continue reading

REVOLUTION and RESISTANCE – Art Exhibition in Bear River & Annapolis Royal


“Every war already carries within it the war which will answer it. Every war is answered by a new war, until everything, everything is smashed… That is why I am so wholeheartedly for a radical end to this madness, and why my only hope is in a world socialism… Pacifism is not a matter of calmly looking on; it is work, hard work.” – Kåthe Kollwitz, 1943. Continue reading

After the Abstract Painting Workshop – taking action

The process of learning to make art  is like that of learning to speak. You learn the language, the grammar, the idioms. But what you say with it is totally up to you.
– Jane Davies in Abstract Painting: the elements of visual language.

I am inspired by a recent painting workshop with abstract painter Leya Evelyn, and I want to tell you about it with this video to give you a peek at my new painting series. Continue reading