The encaustic medium is magical, vibrant and translucent.  My creative muse guides, inspires and feeds my soul through this medium, mixed media and collage.  Blessing me with endless moments of creative joy and harmony...providing those ahhaa moments about life.  Join me on this creative journey, spend some time reading my musings about this life, the blessed other souls that come into contact with mine, however brief or often, that can leave everlasting imprints on our journey....perhaps our lives might share some similarities, bringing us closer and more connected...and less isolated.

"I suppose there is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul." ~ Edith Wharton

Here's to finding those expansive moments.....

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Encaustic Greeting Card ORIGINALS coming to my Etsy shop

Here is a newer piece that will be turned into an Encaustic Original Greeting Card.  These cards are not only original pieces of work, they can be framed as a gift for a special someone in your life or for your lovely home & sanctuary.  There will be many more to come and they will be added to my etsy shop during the week of Oct. 6th.

Also there are some upcoming shows I will be part of during November, more news to follow on these new events shortly.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Every Morning a New Arrival

"Every Morning a new arrival", quote from a Rumi poem....This morning I am thinking about how each day there are so many possibilities many new arrivals, new ideas, new moments to be treasured and savoured...all of which can bring harmony.

The Elora-Fergus Studio Tour was hopping with visitors this weekend...It was so busy that I eventually lost track or keeping track of the was lovely to meet friends and acquaintances of the past, as well as to meet some new friends to be, I am always delighted to make new friends...  Some of whom are new artists and lovely souls seeking to embrace a daring art journey themselves.  All of which is delightful to hear about and to share a bit about my journey into the art world was a pleasure.  Thank you for your visit and for your lovely feedback to my work.
Keep in touch whenever you would like.  I am currently running a free draw prize for a piece of my work, your name can get entered with a comment on any one of my blog posts, until Oct. 5th, when the draw will be made by a studio tour visitor.  To do this all you have to do is click on the comment icon at the end of any blog post and follow the prompts.

I look forward to seeing some of you again in creative play at some of the upcoming workshops I will be offering.

Enjoy the day and may it bring harmony to your life.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Gloriously Full Days

It has been a gloriously full two days...been busying myself with tidying the is amazing how unruly, messy and cluttered a space can get after doing nothing but creating...So in the last two days, we stripped the one side of the studio, painted the wall a nice new fresh colour of white.  Installed a new hanging system.  Decluttered the space, hung up pieces for the upcoming tour...and on top of that taught a second week out of five Encaustic Course...and loving is magical watching others get as much joy out of a medium you love....and I felt that magical presence has been a great group and I am so looking forward to our time together the next few weeks.  I am honoured that they want to delve into the process of encaustic painting with me and to be able to teach it..what is even more lovely, I believe that the group all came through what I solemnly believe to be due to the "law of attraction".
Anyway, maybe more about that later.
Hope you come to check out my studio, work and spend some time over a beverage and nibbles.

I will be posting again next week on the last few artists to be featured on the tour.
Reminder to post a comment to get your chance at the prize from my free draw.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Anne Luxton, Fibre Artist on the Elora - Fergus Studio Tour

Anne Luxton is a fibre artist on the Elora - Fergus Studio Tour.  Her inspiration for her work comes from nature as well as from objects of man's design.  This includes decayed logs, graffiti on walls etc.   Anne likes to transform bits of fabric, thread, paint, dye and found objects into three-dimensional works and wall pieces.  

Tour starts this weekend Sept. 27th and 28th - 10 - 5, a great time to take yourself on an artist date and to soak up the lovely Fall weather in our wonderful countryside, quaint towns and hamlets.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Photographers of the Elora - Fergus Studio Tour and Free Draw Prize Continues

Isn't this a gorgeous photo of a dog....Sheri Visakaly, takes natural, candid portraits of maternity, newborn, children and families and more recently has directed her work to our four legged friends.

Sheri has earned a reputation for quality work.  She understands precious moments are in the every day simplicity of life...and she captures this so eloquently and vibrantly...her work is alive with colour, emotion and passion..Sheri is a highly talented photographer, a lovely person, really human and down to earth...I am a big fan...

David Wilcox is new to the Elora- Fergus Studio Tour this year..but is a well established artist in town.  David photographs the local landscape with passion and authenticity.  

Visit both photographers at their studios.

One more week for the free draw prize for a piece of my work, please enter by leaving a comment with your name.  You can enter as many times as you like.

Hope you are enjoying this Indian Summer we are having as much as I am... 

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Last Summer Get Away - At the Tinga, Tinga Cottage

What a fabulous place, Tinga - Tinga cottage is...just outside of Mar, north of Wiarton, Ontario...A lovely spot and what a fabulous way to spend the last weekend of summer.  Thanks for sharing your lovely spot with us Georgina and Bernard.  It is definitely a spot that is treated with love and care, what a treat to be able to enjoy the fruits of your lovely touches...the landscaping, gardens and other nooks here and there were full of joy and treasures to behold.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Painters on the Elora-Fergus Studio Tour + Free Draw Continues

Melitta Toth, is new to the tour this year, she paints in a variety of media.

Eleanor Steffler, is inspired by nature and she works in oil and /or watercolour.  Her paintings use an abstract intuitive approach, depicting angels and fairies.

Vivian Andrews watercolours are peaceful, glowing and inspired by nature.  Her spontaneous style captures the beauty, shapes and characteristics of her subject matter.  Flowers are her passion and a joy to paint.

Beryl Dawson's work is realistic with much attention to detail.  Her media preference is oils and oil pastels.

Linda Risacher Copp has developed a unique approach to the Batik medium.  

Joel Masewich has been working on some new aluminum collage paintings.  

Dennis Novasad uses vibrant watercolours, oils and acrylics and pastels inspired by local and scenes from traveling abroad.

The Elora - Fergus Studio Tour starts this weekend.  We had a successful group show opening this past Thursday September 18th.  Please come visit us over the course of the studio tour.  Enter your ballot for a chance at winning a $250 prize.  

Also, my free draw prize continues until Oct. 5th, to enter, make a comment and your name will be entered.  There is no limit to the number of times you may enter.

Enjoy the Fall season.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Intuition - Learning to listen and trust...

Learning to trust one's intuition is a journey in itself....this is my hope to trust my intuition so unequivocally that it is second nature, a "given", a trusted entity if you will...What a wonderful thought to manifest into trust myself, to listen to those pinches or pangs that come from a place so deep...My soul beckoning me to listen if you will...

What are the ways your inner being speaks to you letting you know what feels good, joyful, and right?  For me it is a gut visceral feeling and a giddy joy throughout my body....

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Journey - There blooms a garden....

"There blooms a garden in your own home." by Rumi.

Stopping to be in the moment...not wishing the last days of summer away..Embracing this moment and savouring every a great full bodied red wine or a deep dark brew, smelling the thick aroma of a bed of roses, or the enchanting smell of beeswax melting in the is still summer and it is still lovely...enjoy the day.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Potters of the Elora-Fergus Studio Tour, Spotlight on artists continues

This is the work of Staci Barron, who calls herself an "orphan of Canada" having lived on both coasts and in between.  After moving locations 22 times, she is pleased that her 23rd move to the Elora has found her established with both studio and retail shop.  Staci works in stoneware clay encompassing glazes that are both warm, comfortable and colourful; very different lines to satisfy aesthetics of her clientele. 
This piece from Dorothy Collin's body of work can be seen in her lovely country setting studio.  Dorothy is a self directed potter, and has been influenced by many workshops and courses taken over the years.  Her focus is on functional pottery; garden pieces, bird baths, toad houses and planters.  These are a combination of wheel and hand built pieces to give interest and are her inspiration.

Grayce Perry is an Elora artist, she sculpts in clay at the Studio Elora and paints at her home studio.  She is a self taught artist who has pursued her artist development with a passion over the last few years.  She brings to her work a rich background of world travel and a childhood spent in India.  Her sculptures and acrylic paintings explore form, texture and colour to express the complexity of feelings that are the human experience.  Most recently Grayce has received the sculpture award at the Insight Juried Art Show in 2007.

This whimsical sculpture is a piece created by Shirley Al.  Her pieces are both whimsical and sophisticated.  Shirley enjoys creating sculptures as it allows her free expression, creating from her own imagination without any limits.  Her wistful, poet-like heads with colourful hats and turbans, horses blessed by the fire-god, and the uncertainties and mysteries of sculpture have opened new paths of creativity for her.

Spotlight on Elora-Fergus Studio Tour continues - Metal and Stain Glass Artists

This is the work of Vicky Beverstein, a stained glass artisan on the Elora-Fergus Studio Tour.  Vicky is a self taught stained glass artist, with thirty years of experience.  Her studio, Glass N'Stuff is located in Elora, stop by her studio to see one of a kind creations.

The above two photographs are the work of the artisan duo, John and Heather Zondervan, of Metallic Evolution.  They come from a diverse design background, from custom wood furniture to costuming.  Strongly influenced by the Bauhaus and Deco design movements, this husband and wife team first began translating their ideas into steel in 1996, and since then have developed a broad range of metal products for the home.  They are both involved in all aspects of the design and fabrication process.  All work is done by hand, ensuring individual attention to each piece as well as making each item unique.

A reminder that my free draw prize continues, to enter, make a comment with your name and it will be placed in a draw for a piece of my work on Oct. 5th, at the end of the Elora-Fergus Studio Tour.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Becoming - Soul, Elora - Fergus Studio Tour, Group Show Opening Thursday Sept. 18th, 7:30 pm

The Elora-Fergus Studio Tour 2008 group show opening is taking place this Thurs. Sept. 18th, 7:30 p.m. at the Elora Centre for the Arts, Minarovich Gallery.
The opening group show will exhibit a piece from each artist on the tour this year; it is a great place to start your tour to get a sense of all the artists' work, various mediums and the amazing diversity and talent of the 28 artists participating.  The group show is revolving around the theme of the "senses", which includes all five senses, the sixth sense and even a seventh, nonsense.  This is in partnership and support of the 11 day "Sensational Elora - A Festival of the Senses".  Check out the numerous exciting events taking place during this 11 day festival.  

"Becoming - Soul" is an art piece I developed for the group show, come and see it up close and personal...Just a reminder that all comments posted on this blog for the duration of the studio tour from now until Oct. 5th, will be entered into a free draw for a piece of my work.  Your name can be entered in as many times.  All you have to do is enter a comment with your name.  It is always nice to hear from you.  Thanks to all those who have already commented, once or several times...I am looking forward to sharing my appreciation with you in the form of a free draw prize....Your thoughts and feedback have been such a delight to read, they provide connection, community and encouragement...I am grateful for all the wonderful online virtual friends I have made.  

Mandy Deskur, Macadi Jewellery - New Artist on Studio Tour This Year, Free Draw Continues

Mandy Deskur is a new artist on the Elora - Fergus Studio Tour this year.   The new store front, studio space called Macadi Jewellery was opened on September 1st 2007.  Having the workshop on site gives the customers an opportunity to see the design process from start to the finished piece.   Mandy says that she is "inspired by nature's impressions.  ...I study  very closely the unique lines in a leaf, the elaborate patterns in a butterfly wing, or the silhouette of an orchid...and then takes these characteristics and abstract them, zoom in on interesting features and add my own vision.  Simplifying a very intricate pattern often makes a design more appealing.  I often incorporate semi-precious and precious stones into my pieces.  Completing my studies in Gemology has helped me to understand the properties of each unique gem."  Add Macadi Jewellery Studio onto your route during the studio tour weekends, and meet Mandy in person.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Phil Irish, The Adventures of Painterly Imagination, Elora Fergus Studio Tour, Free Draw Continues

Phil Irish, is a member of the Elora - Fergus Studio Tour, and will be one of the fabulous artists opening up his studio to meet the artist and see his work up close and personal.  This particular piece, is one that I viewed during the Insights Show, and I have to say it BLEW ME was magnificent and intriguing.

For Phil, the practice of painting has become a way of exploring the world, stimulating imagination, and of sparking deep exchange with others.

In 2007, his work was shortlisted for the Kingston Prize, Canada's National Portrait Competition.

There are many reasons this piece blew me away, one of them being that it was gloriously large and the colour was breathe taking.. what kind of art give you that feeling of being blown away, is it size, colour, the message, the detail, the illusion, the technique?  Love to hear your thoughts.


Delightful Visitors and Universal Blessings

Yesterday was a lovely day full of Universal gifts and powerful messages.  It is awesome how the universe delivers what you need to 'know'...what you already 'know' deep within you...but just need a little reminder here and then....Yesterday, I woke feeling or thinking thoughts that would not provide me with positive outcome, they were lingering from this funk that I have been in...And in my email box there was this lovely reminder message from 'Abraham' sitting in my email box that spoke of having better thoughts, only then would better things flow my way...BINGO...I know this, I feels so true and how had I forgotten with gratitude for this universal message..I moved into my day believing that better things were going to happen and that movement, creation and magic would occur...and it did.

I had a lovely time creating a piece I needed to finish, and had wonderful visitors to my studio, providing me moments of joy and conversation, which is a lovely addition to my day when you work in isolation so much of the time.  These are good people, loving people, new friends and kindreds..for which I am grateful.  Norm and Pam, I consider as new kindreds in my life, individuals that spread joy and knowing, and I am 'buzzing' knowing that this friendship will grow, that there is LOADS to discuss and wonderful things to discover.  Norm Stiff is also a local artist and he does these fabulous family heirloom heritage collages and wonderful etchings of stone walls and more, his work is full of beauty, magic and meaning.  He has a new exhibit of his lovely family heirloom, heritage collages at the Grove's Hospital, in Fergus, Main lobby, very much worth a visit....

Lucy, is a friend who is beginning her journey in the art world and finding that as she puts her full energy and intention into her art work...magic is also happening..and I think this is lovely and another testament that life is supposed to be JOYFUL, loving and happy.  Congratulations Lucy on working hard towards your dreams...Fly lovely womyn, Fly.....!!!!

 Here are some of Norm Stiff's Pieces...they are so magnificent up close and personal.

Remember to post a comment for my free draw for a piece of my work continues until Oct. 5th.
Happy day and weekend to you all...