October 25,2011
HORRORS!

I WAS READING NANA'S BIO AND NOTICED THAT "wOMEN ON THE LOOSE I" WAS IN 2003 . . . THAT MEANS MY PROFILE PICTURE WAS TAKEN ABOUT EIGHT YEARS AGO! NO WONDER IT DOESN'T MATCH THE MIRROR'S IMAGE NOW WHAT DO I DO? THERE ARE 80 YEARS OF PHOTOS BETTER THAN THE ONE THAT COULD BE TAKEN TOMORROW, SO DO I IMMORTALIZE MYSELF FOREVER IN MY FAMILY'S MIND WITH THE ONE TAKEN TOMORROW OR SMASH THE CAMERA.

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October 22,2011
THE FIRST FLIGHT OF 6

The First Pose was the colour of her hair and garment

The Second Pose was a cloud of long amazing hair and that blouse.

The Third Pose was an amazing jacket and a mysterious accessory

The Fourth Pose was his serenity. <> The Fifth Pose was her eyes.

The Sixth Pose was the man.

When these paintings are finished, I wonder what each of the next flight will bring to me.


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October 17,2011
GIFT

What a merciful gift painting is. Serious illness has layed its hand on someone we love and treasure. Working on this series - although sometimes I can not find motivation for it - when I most need it, working on it carries me away and I am lost and resting my thoughts .

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October 06,2011
Thursday update

Oh what a model. Must be is 6'4" dressed for the occasion and overflowing with personality. Oh artists are great. Such Fun!

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October 02,2011
THE FIRST MAN

HE WAS A SCULPTOR AND SUDDENLY THE PAINTING NEEDED TO BE DIFFERENT HE WORE HIS WORK APRON AND STONE-DUST COVERED SHOES AND HELD HIS MALLET. ALTHOUGH HE WAS A YOUNG MAN AND WORKED WITH FINER STONE IT REMINDED ME OF BEING IN THE QUARRIES PAINTING OLD ROCK DOODLERS. ALTHOUGH SCULPTING IS SOMETHING NEW TO ME, STONE IS SOMETHING I TREASURE. I WONDER HOW THAT PAINTING WILL END.

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For over forty years, painting related totally to the American Southwest. It was people of the dry hot desert, solid mesas, cacti, stone and canyons that made my heart leap.

When I realized I would never see the desert again, I began a search for something to paint. Nana suggested, B.C, vineyards and took me to Penticton where I did one painting. Nana and Gary then began to take me on Mystery tours of the island and always included a vineyard. But they all were so green! So many leaves so many trees - I don't do trees and I rarely use green - dont really like looking at green, but I got started on a duty series not an inspired series.

I guess it was July or early August when we were driving home from a winery visit. I was grousing about painting the Festive Flying Grape series when Gary said "Start another series, you can work on more than one at a time."

For some reason those words triggered the words "I could paint the Island artists!" Nana and Gary agreed and it was the topic of conversation all the way home

For a while I was afraid I wouldn't get volunteers to pose but it is rolling and each one offers something special to inspire me. And it is lovely to feel all I am doing was sparked by Gary and like all I do, supported by Nana.

April Update 2012 Sixteen fine artists, many of national repute, have posed for Artists of Vancouver Island and many are booked or promised. There will be no poses after June 30,2012. When I have painted all twenty-five I will turn my thought to . . . what next?