December 29,2011
TIEING UP 2011

Over the holidays I have been working on the paintings and one in particular that will be used for promotion, the others will remain unseen until they are hung. January 2, I will put out a reminder to those who will pose in January. My next project is pure fun. On that 4'x8' canvas I plan to paint the three dear boys we lost, as the Three Amigos astride, with their wives walking nearby in the desert. Too big to hang, the silliness of it will be an exercise in pure pleasure but certainly not meaningful to anyone except for those of us who love Lee Gary and Wolf. For that painting I will post the progress - but first, back to "Artists of Vancouver Island" I hope 2012 is truly a Happy New Year for all Charlotte Madison

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December 21,2011
THE PLAN.

Wish I could reveal the progress made on this series, as the year closes down, but that would take off the edge when they are all finally hung together. Rest assured for those who can not attend the show, I will put up all twenty-five paintings on MyArtClub.Com.

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December 17,2011
DECEMBER 17, 2011,

Ten "Artists of Vancouver Island" have posed and I am working on those paintings. January 2 I will book those promised and remind the others. I am so impressed with the willingness of artists to pose. I do enjoy the sessions, meeting all these creative people, being able to stare at them, listen to them, laugh with them and record an image of each one. I would love to hear what G.B. would have to say about all this. You will have to wait for Book III to learn how he survived the year of the Flagstaff show in l984. Book II was a greater trama for him, yet he survived with pride.

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December 03,2011
"ARTISTS OF VANCOUVER ISLAND"

I realize how strung out Vancouver Island is but this is a call to artists living on the Island. If you can make a run to Nanoose Bay in December, or January in order to pose for an hour and a half, I would love to include your portait in the series, "ARTISTS OF VANCOUVER ISLAND" It isn't my preference to have only artists from the centre of the island, so if you plan to drive north, south or east to the Nanaimo area this winter, maybe you could plan for an hour and a half pose in Nanoose Bay. Love to have you come! Charlotte Madison cmstudio@shaw.ca www.cmstudio.ca

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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?