September 29,2011
AFTER 5 WOMEN

Now, this weekend, after painting five women, the first man will appear. It will be fun to change gears. I have painted quarry guards and old rock doodlers so look forward to switching back and forward from women to men. I hope out of 12 men at least one has a beard - I love painting beards!

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September 23,2011
ARTISTS OF VANCOUVER ISLAND

THE NANAIMO ART GALLERY STARTED THE BALL ROLLING AND I NOW HAVE 3 MEN READY TO POSE. I WILL SOON LIST THE NAMES OF ARTISTS WHO, SO FAR, WILL BE IN THIS SERIES OF PAINTINGS.

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September 21,2011
OH YES GOOD NEWS TONIGHT!

THE FIRST MAN HAS APPLIED TO POSE FOR THE SERIES "ARTISTS OF VANCOUVER ISLAND" SO NOW I ONLY NEED 11 MORE.

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September 20,2011
ARTISTS KNOW

I am impressed how each artist dresses for their sitting. They know so well what gives excitement texture, fabric's light sensitivity etc to a painting. Incidently they are really challenging me with some of this detail, but it adds so much fun to painting the portrait. This is such a contrast to painting for "Stone and Canvas," a series I did in Arizona, featuring grime covered, sun fried ol' rock doodlers as they laboured in the desert. This series too, is a joy to do.

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September 18,2011
ARTISTS OF VANCOUVER ISLAND - update.

There are now 5 sittings, available to book for female Vancouver Island artist's portaits. There are now 12 sittings available to book for male Vancouver Island artist's portaits. To make an appointment email cmstudio@shaw.ca

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September 14,2011
TOMORROW!

Because I have a passion for Standard Poodles I have agreed to one artist posing with her dog. I am so excited about the sitting tomorrow. I have only painted one dog, a large, long haired white, my dear Beau. I was on Salt Spring Island and he began to bleed a little at the mouth, but we had to wait all through the night to catch a ferry to the vet. That night I stroked him for hours and then, went for my paints, took off my shoe and stroked him with my foot, while I painted him with my hands. I will let you all know how the poodle pose comes out.

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September 10,2011
"Artists of Vancouver Island" #2

Thank you Jan Smart. I sincerely appreciate you participating and posing for Artist #2 of this series. It was a fun session and you made a super subject.

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September 09,2011
PROGRESS REPORT

#1 "Artists of Vancouver Island" portrait, is in the last stage of glazing and #2 will pose tomorrow. I plan to line up all 25 and add a finishing touch that will weave them together as a series. I am really enjoying this project and women continue to volunteer a pose but I am so concerned that no man has contacted me re. an appointment. To islanders who read these blogs and are friends with male island artists, I hope you will encourage them to join in and create proper balance to this series.

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September 07,2011
"I AM TOO BUSY AT THE MOMENT."

If you are too busy right now, to commit to an appointment to pose, you are welcome to let me know at cmstudio@shaw.ca and I will hold a space for you on the list for "Artists of Vancouver Island", until January 2012.

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September 06,2011
THE MEN

Women keep making appointments but my last missive didn't work. Not one man has surfaced. It would be lovely to paint the ruggedness of men. And it seems to me, if male artists put their all into it, some wearing paint covered studio garb, what a strong impact and contrast that would be for viewers of "Artists of Vancouver Island."

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September 02,2011
I JUST NOTICED . . . !

Gad! Where are the men? 25 "Artists of Vancouver Island" all women? Oh no, that would not be right. So to the men I say, "Lead on McDuff!"

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September 01,2011
"Artists of Vancouver Island"

Apart from Cindy Mawle whose painting will soon be finished, artists who have made appointments to sit for this series are: Cindy Mersky; Jan Smart; Helene McDonald and Joan Larson. Are you going to be one of the 20, yet to book? If you live on Vancouver Island and think it would be fun to pose and be in this series, comment here or at cmstudio@shaw.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?