March 29,2012
"ARTISTS OF VANCOUVER ISLAND" - 7TH MONTH

I HAVE DONE 14 POSES. FOUR ARE FINISHED, 10 ARE IN VARIOUS STAGES AND SOME ARE BOOKED AND SOME ARE PROMISED WITH 5 OR MAYBE 10 MORE POSSIBLE. IN APRIL I WILL LIST THE ARTISTS WHO HAVE POSED. THIS IS A JOY TO DO!

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March 20,2012
A MAGIC DAY

OH WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY!

THE SUN IS SHINING, RAIN PELTED, SNOW FLUTTERED AND WIND BLEW WILDLY. I CAME EARLY TO THE STUDIO READY TO PAINT ALL DAY. I USUALLY ACCOMPANY MY ACTIVITY WITH THE TV PLAYING, BUT OH WHAT IT REVEALED TODAY. NOT FRED ASTAIRE, BOGART OR THAT BEAUTIFUL MEXICAN FELLOW - INSTEAD IT WAS MOVIES ABOUT REMBRANDT, GOYA AND VINCENT.

HOUR AFTER HOUR OF PAINT, ARTISTS AND WILD WEATHER - WHAT MORE COULD I WANT.


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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?