Getting My Act Together – With Your Help

The year is almost a wrap. Last weekend’s Holiday Art and Craft show in Bear River was lovely, busy and a wonderful way to reconnect with many new and old friends, some who are art makers and others who are collectors. I was glad to bring home a few treasures for myself.

A bouquet of Chinese Lanterns wait to be painted.

When I stepped back inside the studio last week, it was with a feeling of gratitude at having this beautiful space in which to work. It was also with a shock at seeing the mess I had left behind or ignored while I harvested the garden, planted garlic, prepped for the final show.

It was time to prepare for my winter painting.

This meant spending days tidying up – sweeping up everything from dead crickets to grass clippings to bean pods from seed saving.

Surrounded by beauty. Beautiful raindrops make jewelled patterns in the wild, brambly roses

I replaced most of the hanging, finished paintings with either unfinished works or with ones that will help to inspire this winter’s painting.

I rearranged the furniture so that I can have a fresh point of view. I wanted the room to feel different.

I brought in wood for the stove and will try to keep a good supply of dry wood on hand.

The wood stove is my favorite heating source.

Many ideas are bubbling for 2020 about painting and printmaking and writing and I will get those ideas onto paper so that I can create a production plan / schedule.

My style in housework, cooking, creating and painting is ‘controlled chaos’. Maybe that comes from my inner child. It usually serves me well, but works especially well when paired with a physical reminder on paper or in a notebook. Maybe that’s my inner grown-up giving directions.

That grown-up also suggests that I need to get my writing act together again by blogging regularly. Writing about what I’m doing and where I’m going helps keep me focused in the studio. It also fills the need I have to share what I know about painting. But I truly need your help with this.

I am asking you to answer two short questions about how often you’d like to receive my posts and what you would like to see or read.

Your answers will help me ENORMOUSLY to move my accountability from the ‘uncontrolled chaos’ to the ‘controlled chaos’ department.


Thank you so much for your help with this and for sharing this journey with me.


Late afternoon in the studio.

Painting Tulips in a Room of One’s Own

This new painting is special to me for several reasons. For starters, I really like it! I always enjoy the process of painting and trying to solve the design problem, but sometimes the end result falls short of what I am trying to achieve. Ironically I believe this is a motivating factor to paint and to try it again. But this time I am happy with the look and feel of this painting; the spontaneity and lightness. 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