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Friday, March 29, 2013

Blue Skies and Lupines

I have been happily painting away in my studio today dreaming of warm Spring days ahead. Actually, it has been a beautiful day here and I can almost see the snowbanks melt away. Yippeee!!

Blues Skies and Lupines
acrylic on canvas

I still have a little left to do on this painting but am now headed out for a walk to enjoy the last moments of sunlight. 
Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Dreaming of Tuscany

I have been going through my photos and came across one of beautiful Tuscany. The rolling hills of green and gold captivated me and I knew I would have to paint it. Here is an acrylic sketch I have been working on. It is a good start for inspiration for when I do the larger studio piece.

"Tuscan Hills" 
acrylic on linen

Italy is filled with many incredible sights, one more beautiful than the last. It just doesn't seem fair that a country so small should have so many incredible places to explore!! I am hoping to return there in September to discover more of her beauty.

This winter has been particularly long but the snowbanks are slowly melting and the birds will soon return. Spring is in the air....or at least it is in my studio!! 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

~ Poetic Reflections ~

Well, it has been a long and very white winter here in Canada and that's a good means more studio time!

I have been happily painting away working from photos I took when on my last wonderful artistic journey. I can't believe it's been almost a year since I was exploring my way around the Tuscan hillside and the Greek island of Rhodes. Sifting through the more than 5000 photographs has been a joy and brings me back to that particular moment in time. 

In the coming days I will be sharing with you the paintings I've created over the winter and a little story about them too. Enjoy ~

~ Poetic Reflections ~

I'd just returned from a wonderful day of exploring the island of Simi and was walking along Rhodes Old Town harbour. The sun was low in the sky washing a brilliant glowing light all around me. The stone wall fortress on one side, the harbour on the other. Beautiful doesn't begin to describe.

People were busily rushing their way along seeming not to notice what was all around them. Can't they see this beautiful light? This incredible feeling of calm that surrounds us all?

"Poetic Reflections"
22" x 30"

I stopped to absorb this magical moment when I looked deep into the watery depths and this is what I saw. I was struck by the beautiful abstract reflections. The ever changing shapes captivated me, so fluid and alive. I knew I would have to paint them.

My goal was to capture this liquid energy of calm. As I was painting Poetic Reflections I was transported back to that magical place in time. I was standing there once again mesmerized by the ever changing patterns filled with the same calmness I felt when I first discovered this perfect moment.

~ There are so many wonders that surround us each and every day. All we need to do is see and feel with an open heart and mind ~

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