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Monday, October 17, 2011

Featured Artist! Yay!

I was in a rush and a flurry all day.  From my son's doctor's appointment in the morning to a highly important run to walmart with my oldest son for hair product, supper ready, piano lessons, then off to French class.  Phew!  I came home checked my email and guess what?  I'm featured in the Top Artist cool is that? 

So, what is the Top Artist Directory, you ask?  

The Top Artists Directory is a list compiled by Kim Barker, aka laketrees and is compiled from the Top 101 Artist's Blogs List at laketrees.  Kim features an artist from the Directory every Friday.  I feel honored to be this weeks pick...Thanks so much, Kim!

By the way, speaking of featured artist, and though I hate to blow my own horn, I am excited to share this with you!   I have also been given the great honor of being chosen as featured artist for Pierscape this spring 2012.

Pierscape was started to highlight local talent and has grown into an annual weeklong festival celebrating Sydney's Whitney Pier.  Pierscape continues to grow every year.  Paintings by local artists are exhibited for the entire week with activities going on every day.  There is Ukrainian egg decorating workshops, painting workshops, food festivals, poetry and prose reading as well as music.  

My grandfather came to Whitney Pier from Poland in the early 1900s.  He worked at the steel plant  until he retired.  Here is some information I took from's website.

Whitney Pier is a working class area of Sydney that was settled at the turn of the 20th century by peoples from all over the world who came to work in the steel and coal industries. Presently, the ethnic groups represented in the "Pier" include Jewish, Celtic, Newfoundland, Ukrainian, Polish, Italian and Black (both Nova Scotian and West Indian), as well as a small number of First Nation families.  Whitney Pier is considered to be one of the most ethnically diverse areas in Eastern Canada. Community institutions, represented by "ethnic" halls places of worship and, reflect this diversity.
The development of Whitney Pier has been going on for more than 100 years.  Since it began as a working class community (steel and coal transportation) at the turn of the 20th century, this multicultural community has always retained a strong and proud sense of itself, and it is that pride which continues to make Whitney Pier an ideal place in which to live and to work.
The activities of the Whitney Pier Festival of Visual Arts (PierScape'98 Sept. 14-20, 1998) will coincide with and enhance recent and positive changes in the community.  Several new businesses have started in the "Pier".  Park areas have been revitalized, the Boys and Girls Club has initiated a beautification program, and there is considerable interest in the summer walking tours.  Furthermore, the Whitney Pier Resource Centre has become a focus for community development. These developments all indicate a new ambience of optimism in this community which has been hard hit by the down-turn of the coal and steel industries in Cape Breton.  In the midst of these initiatives, the strong voluntarism within the community has guaranteed the strength of its ethnic groups and its historical society as the basis for continued cultural development.
So my plan is to do some paintings that celebrate the origins of Whitney Pier from my grandfather's perspective.  Stay tuned and thanks for dropping by :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Some Vitamin C...

There's some nasty colds going around these days with the change in weather.  How about some Vitamin C for the soul?  Here are two paintings I did in the spring and I finally just got around to listing them in my Etsy shop today.  These were both done from life in my kitchen.  Hope you enjoy!

Both this painting and the next one are painted on watercolor paper, 140 lb using transparent watercolors.  Both are 5x7 inches.  You can click on either image to go to my Etsy shop where they are for sale.

This next one is a painting of pear.  I find pears to be very zen like, don't you?  I added some collage and stamping to this one with the words, "live simply".

Here's some great news...A while back I did a post on the Canadian Mental Health Association's Mosaic for Mental Health.  Here's the link here if you'd like check it out.  The association invited artists to create paintings on 6x6 inch tiles.  The put the tiles together to create the Mosaic for Mental Health.  Here are the paintings I did on the tiles:

The opening was last night.  And both of these paintings sold!  Yay!  It feels great knowing these small paintings are helping people in a huge way.  

They have the posters of the mosaic made and hopefully mine will be here soon.  As soon as I get a pic of the poster, I will post it here!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Giving Thanks

This weekend is Thanksgiving here in Canada.  So as it is a day to give thanks for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed, I thought I would show you a painting I did a little while back.

My grandmother grew garlic in her garden and after she passed my uncle carried on the tradition.   After the bulbs were harvested, they would let them dry and save them for cooking.  They would always set some aside for replanting.  They were absolutely huge bulbs!  And if you love garlic, you would love these!  So flavorful!

I painted this one on an 8x8 inch gallery wrapped canvas using acrylic paint and I also collaged some handwritten text.

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Columbia Day to my American friends!

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