Cariboo Recollections
January 24,2012
Vacancy Cont.

The neighbour assured us that an elderly couple who lived there were in but to continue knocking as they were a bit deaf. My friend and I exchanged glances and once more looked over at the promising buildings that were begging to be painted. Again, we tried knocking until finally faint steps could be heard. A gentle, slightly disheveled lady in housecoat answered the door. We, of course, apologized profusely for disturbing her, but told her what we did and that we longed to at least photograph some of the farm buildings and surroundings. She was agreeable( we've never been turned down yet!) but warned us that her son was coming later to do some clean-up in the yard as the place was getting ready to be sold because she and her husband were moving to one of the local seniors care homes. We agreed not to get in her son's way and drove into the field to inspect a treasure of weather beaten buildings with fascinating textures and negative spaces ( see the roof on the shed of the painting Vacancy). After doing some preliminary sketches of some of the buildings, I was the most enticed by the shed and quickly set about getting the underpainting and shadows in place. Barely starting into the next layer, the son arrived with horrors, a cat, and trucks for hauling plus his group of helpers. We talked to the son briefly explaining what we were doing there and although he was kindness itself, we knew we would be in the way. It was nothing doing but pack up and leave with only our work and photos to remind us of the way it was. We heard the place was still for sale but haven't had a chance to go back and though that day we still had much of it left, we didn't have the heart to find another location and decided to quit for the afternoon and my work was eventually finished in the studio.

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January 23,2012
Thinking time

As usual being somewhat of a night owl, I'm putting a new blog entry in during the wee hours. We've had quite a cold snap with the middle of last week hovering at -40. Needless to say, the poor dog did her business very quickly and rushed back in. My studio was looked at longingly but acrylic paint does not do well below 15 degrees celsius and my studio thermometer even with the furnace on every few minutes was still only 13 and there is an extra heater as well. I kept busy catching up on reading, some crocheting and writing up lessons for my upcoming Acrylic class February 4th at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Quesnel which I'm really looking forward to. I just posted a new painting to the site called Vacancy. Although it's fairly small there is an interesting story that goes with it. It was another occasion when my painting friend and I were eying some interesting sites south of town. We knocked on a ranch house door but after a brief time with no answer we retreated when we spied a neighbour taking an interest. Crossing the street, we struck up a conversation and found out a little bit more about his neighbours. I have to quit for now, will finish this next session. Stay tuned.

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January 13,2012
Where is the snow?

Well here we are again. Another year flown by. Lots happening in my art career. This summer I attended the Tony Onley Artists Project for the Island Mountain Arts in Wells BC and racked off quite a number of monotypes. My mentors, internationally renowned artists Harald Clunder and Libby Hague were great supports as both had done lots of printmaking. My project for this mentor based workshop was to do monotypes and follow up by producing paintings to further explore the imagery in a different medium. Best of intentions aside, I did mostly monotypes often combining several to get a bigger piece. The work was physically demanding as I was printing oil monotypes by hand- a challenge to be sure. On the final day of work before the show day I managed to paint a 3ft x3ft painting to go with a particularly successful print just to fulfill my promise to myself. I want to do more of this but believe having a portable press might be just the ticket to get the idea really perking. In the meantime, I dream of snow (should be coming this weekend) for my snowshoeing excursions with all my friends and their doggies. My dear Koehanna is now 12 and still coming but she has slowed down a bit and I have to stop her from chasing around with all the puppies in the group or suffer the consequences. I want to wish all my fans a happy New Year. I'm always amazed at how many people view the work. Thanks to those who have purchased art and who sent comments as they are very appreciated.

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