Friday, November 26, 2010

Are You Curious???

I have been painting to music as I usually do...  Fun Bunny - it is like that little Velveteen Rabbit we used to read about where the stuffed animals get more worn and torn the more they are loved - this little bunny is "Imitating Nature" and hiding out but has obviously been loved and appreciated for the sweet little soul that he is... the colours on this one are wonderfully vivid and FUN and he was painted to Michael's music and offered on my website for sale as prints, cards

I also was inspired to paint the beautiful forest in the Fall Colours - I walk my dog every day through these woods and it is just magical ... This is called "Autumn in Muskoka" and it really is absolutely beautiful and quiet - the leaves were fluttering down around our heads one day, hundreds of them, like being surrounded by butterflies - very pretty

So - Are You Curious??? I asked because I have not posted for a while and then there was just a video with no words... I have been PAINTING and resting and knitting and trying to catch up to life - I am finally getting a bit more stability as far as pain goes and the medication is helping. Have actually been thinking about making shortbread cookies for Christmas and was able to decorate a bit and it feels good but still have to slow down as it catches up to me and then of course, I can't paint. So physically and mentally I am just trying to produce the work and keep up with life and try to be cheery but I am thinking of all of you and hoping you like what I have been doing... I have not been ignoring you ... just trying to keep up with you all - Below is a bit about Michael and why I listen to so many of his songs...

On the previous post I put up a video with the song I have been listening to by Michael Jackson. It is actually an empowering song and he was speaking from the heart. There is negativity in the song lyrics but if you listen to it, to me it feels like he is feeling strong and wanting to overcome all the negative reactions towards him - and when I myself hear the lyrics, I feel the power and the strength and his confidence and the artistic spirit - it is like he is saying "OK so I'm different (no kidding) but don't "wrong or right me" I am who I am and I am doing my best" - I like the kids singing along and I love the beat of the music - it is EXCELLENT to paint along with and I have had it on "loop" mode on iTunes while I paint - Michael was unusual and different but every song is really so inspiring and the words are so interesting and the scope of his talent ... he left a wonderful legacy - I am painting to his music and creating art with his influence  - I wonder how many others have been inspired by his music??

Whatever music you enjoy and whatever you may be creating, I hope it is a wonderful creative artistic day for you and thank you for your support and kind words to me, it is honestly really helpful and I appreciate it - please join me on Facebook (
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Autumn in Muskoka

I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL SAFE Halloween ... we have had some wind and snow and rain hail sleet here and now the leaves have fallen
I have painted a tribute to Oak Bay and the beautiful scenery here on Georgian Bay with the trees and the Fall colours of the leaves
I had a great time painting this and it was painted to Michael Jackson and the BeeGees so a fun time dancing along and singing and painting 
This painting talked to me and I talked back... It wanted to be some raw sienna and paynes gray but I am the artist... and I talked back - so it has COLOUR and is bright and happy and reminds me of the scenery here 

What a wonderful painting Day!! If you are artistic, you might understand what I mean when I say "I was in the Zone" - my father used to say he would get that feeling when he was running... so maybe it is a sports thing too... but I felt like today was one of those days - and it is a FABULOUS feeling!!! You abandon all thoughts and you disappear into the art - I don't know how else to describe it
So today was great - I hope tomorrow is the same but you can never tell
Each day is different
I also have been working on a Monet tribute - the Lily Pond - but I am not using a photo or reference... just looked at his painting and then shut it down
so I am doing it by how it feels ... I don't know if you feel that way too but it is like when you have something you love... you can just feel it
so this painting is in progress and is 48x48 gallery canvas with acrylics
It is a commissioned piece but I am taking my time as the arthritis is killer with a large piece of art like this... little bits at a time and it feels good
So this is not done yet but you can see the willow tree on the upper right and the sun reflecting on the pond with the lilies - it is a HUGE painting for me ... but wow I am really enjoying painting this in little bits at a time 
then I have to rest... thank goodness I am a knitter too and I can knit a bit on my lace shawl which is totally different than standing up and painting 

I will try to update my blog more often - especially for those of you who have written me and asked what is happening with the blog
I think I just need a break from all the upkeep and have been trying to rest and walk and be healthy - the art is wonderful for the mental health but the physical  health requires rest and little walks ... we have enjoyed the Fall and have had our first snow fall, and looking forward to a cozy warm winter 
Happy Painting and Creating to all of you!!! I will be back sooner than before and try to keep up with the blog - had to take a bit of a break - hope you are still here and still happy and thank you for believing in me and your support