November 29,2011
READY - SET - GO!

I now have a full stack of linen the right size - as well as topped up paint,glaze and brushes. So other than possible weather I am ready to fill the first series of "Artists of Vancouver Island" quota. No more panic about having people and no canvas! I thought I might have an artist arrive and have to paint them on the wall . . . .

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November 26,2011
I Love Painting People!

I intended to paint the "Artists of Vancouver Island" on linen 18"x24" but used a beveled 24"x36" that I had on hand for a subject that needed size. Liked that size so much I did some of each size. Now the bigger ones are all I want. I dread the idea of redoing the small ones and loosing the freshness, so I guess I will just have a mixture of sizes - and let someone else figure out how to hang them. Gary had a magic touch hanging paintings, that I miss already.

It was invigorating to see visiting family and the new baby, now I can seriously attack the paintings again.

If poses slow down over Christmas that will give me a chance to finish some and be ready for the third flight.


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November 17,2011
TODAY

This morning Nana called me for a walk, moments after I rose from my bed. I layered on clothes, kicked the Woo off "Hailley," my scooter, and drove out to meet Nana in the brisk cold sunshine. What a lovely way to start a day, now what can I accomplish? . . . get ready for family arriving from California and work on yesterday's pose.

It used to bother me that I kept working on "Mile 555" and it never ended while I kept finishing other paintings. I wonder what effect it has on one, to have twenty-five unfinshed paintings. I no sooner get well into one - when I start another. It is chaotic fun - so far. . . .


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November 13,2011
TOMORROW

Tomorrow, Monday November 13 I will have done one third of the poses in this series, and each of those eight, are well on the way to finished. I anticipate finishing each painting and seeing them all standing in a row. I shall miss Gary's skill with hanging so much. He did it with such finess, I once hung paintings for open studio sales and it was a disaster. Gary came over and rehung them. I walked in and the arrangement took my breath away. He just knew, how they should be. And I loved to have him take publicity photos, somehow his calm mischievous way made me enjoy the session and ended up taking years off my face and attitude.

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November 06,2011
MORE

Six paintings started Two more volunteers booked to pose Four promised That is near the halfway point of the first series! Won't be long now 'till I am calling "only room for one more man and one more woman!" Less computer time Charle and more paint time.

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November 03,2011
Gary Cook

So young, so tall dark and handsome, so filled with mischeif and laughter, beloved husband of Nana Cook, loving father of Morgan Cook and my treasured son in law, died November first 2011.

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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?