After such a busy time I thought I would start at the beginning...I will start with my 5th Annual show called Ethereal Whisper that happened at the end of October. I can't believe a month has gone past already.
When I started to paint 5 years ago in July 2012 I decided to do an annual show. Well what a good decision that was, as it means each year I challenge myself in new ways. This year my challenge was to work larger in acrylic and to continue to explore birds in a very realistic way. I struggled with patience because these paintings both took longer than I thought they would (as most painters/quilters/metalworkers and so on know). I had to remind myself that "it takes what it takes" and not be frustrated that I wasn't getting to the other boards I had prepped for painting. In the end, I was amazed and excited at how well the owls turned out. So learning to be more patient ultimately turns out to be a good thing! :)
There has been a couple of times in the past 5 year that I have seen a jump in my painting skills. It is fascinating as it is a dramatic happening that presents itself from one painting to the next. I can see more and I can render what I see at a new level. The owls were that for me. Now I am excited with that skill development because it is time to dream of new directions. More on that another time! :)
The show was a blast and it was so fun to catch up with all the folks who came. The wine flowed, there was plenty of conversation and laughter and best of all, after months of being in solitude painting I got LOTS of hugs! I needed those hugs. :) I do love sharing my work with people and to have some welcome a piece of my art into their homes is a big honour. Thank you!
Thanks for stopping by. I would love to hear from you. Have a fabulous Thursday evening.
Recently I lost a friend. She was a woman who I first got to know through mail when she sent a little note and ordered a set of cards. I mailed out that first order not realizing how special Wendy would become in my life. She was one of my greatest fans! She loved, well actually adored, all flower paintings. She gave cards out to friends and family and they were my art cards. That made my heart glad that she was sharing my art work with those she cared about most.
In 2015 I was in Toronto for a few weeks. I was so thrilled to go and meet Wendy in person. We had emailed and written letters back and forth for quite a while. We spent a lovely day together and she showed me her part of Toronto. I will always treasure the memories of sitting on her porch, chatting and watching the world go by on a beautiful sunny day. She was such an interesting person to talk to.
“Friends”, 11x14in, Watercolour – Commissioned
This past spring Wendy decided that she wanted an original painting of her own so she commissioned me to paint her favourite flower – two irises side by side. She and I communicated back and forth about what she wanted and she chose the final design. Each person who gets a commission is different, Wendy wanted to see the painting when it was done but not in process. So when the piece was completed I sent her off an image and asked her if she wanted to name it. She did and she named it, very aptly, ‘Friends’. I thought it was a prefect name!
Wendy you will be missed! You had a kind and generous soul. Rest in peace my Friend!
Shawna is capturing moments of beauty from the world around her.
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