Christmas Clarity

The air is crisp and cool. The season is settling in throughout the continent. I saw a video of the opening of a new outdoor ice arena in Mexico.
In the Eastern section of Canada there was a meter and 1/2 of snow last night. The romantic image of snow on trees, two wet mitten covered hands linking a couple strolling through the diamond studded snow scape comes to mind. People digging out their dog houses and cars is not usually featured in this dream land.
The interesting work of being in the present means embracing what is and saying this is a season, this is a day. To look at the tree out my window and remember the fullness of green is to reject the beautiful lines of the black branches against the gray, winter sky. There are things to appreciate in even the harshness of the view.
Not being able to be happy in the now, is a practice. Living into the future is a practice. I am starting to “get” that only by being able to enjoy the moment can I get better at accepting the now.

the golden moment of now, a gift from the universe

May you live in joy this day.

Art Walk and Beyond: What keeps an artist going?

Shows, submissions, sales. The ssssing sound of energy.

working on the pieces in my studio

working on the pieces in my studio

On November 14th I will have a show at Kalamalka Library in Vernon. A supportive friend has provided the possibility for another show in a show home. Wilden show home by Authentec still houses some of my mixed media pieces. Some time in the future I will be hanging work again for Artscape in Kelowna.

smaqll threads are glued on the surface of this canvas piece

small threads are glued on the surface of this canvas piece

But last weekend, it was Art Walk.

red brick wall circle

red brick wall circle

Over six thousand people came past each day. Being with friends around me, fellow artists, was really enjoyable.

mixed media on canvas

mixed media on canvas

The images that I selected for the show are always a bit of a gamble. Does one select works that the public might understand, or does one go to the works that one loves.

My friend Rose looked great with two of my works around her.

My friend Rose looked great with two of my works around her.

This year I created mixed media pieces that I responded deeply to. Color. Moving Planes. Vibrancy. These were the direction that I explored.

Embrace is a sensual exploration of two people

Embrace is a sensual exploration of two people