I must apologize for my lengthy absence. I didn't realize that I have a fair number of visitors to my site and therefore didn't think anyone would miss me! I only learned that by checking statistics one day. Please feel free to comment! I would love to hear from you. What brought you here?
What have I been up to you ask? Gosh what haven't I been up to would be more appropriate. My summers are spent working at a garden centre and my winters are spent cocooned at home, filling my time with painting, crafts, and waiting for that annual trip south away from our harsh winters. In between all that, there's always the reality of keeping up with the mundane tasks of housework and grounds maintenance isn't there? This past winter came with a second bonus trip so you can bet that I've been snapping lots of great painting subjects!
On top of that I've recently joined a group of artists who display their art in a hospital corridor on a monthly basis. A percentage of their sales goes to the volunteer association. It has been such a stress free opportunity for me to show my art in small batches while making people smile every day. If I happen to sell something, it's a win-win situation too! All good stuff that warms the cockles of my heart. It feels good to give back to the community. You can read all about it here.
My first piece on display actually sold! I was thrilled because the painting had a story and the new owners were part of the story as well! The painting "Yellow Door" was from a house we drove by one day. I spotted that bright yellow door and screamed at my husband to "stop the car!" (much like those IKEA commercials). I jumped out and snapped some pics.
I learned that the original owners had sold the home to their son. When the son and his wife were going out of town, they asked the grandparents to keep an eye on the grandson and the house. The grandpa offered to fix or paint anything while they were gone. The son said the front door could use a fresh coat of paint...but don't use any "outrageous colours". Well if that didn't rub "grandpa" the wrong way and so he let the grandson choose his favourite colour! In fact he even painted the doorknob! What a character grandpa is! Long story short, the house was to be torn down, with some hardwood flooring and trim and of course that now infamous door recycled into the new house to be built in its place. The first time I drove by and noticed the new house, there was the yellow door, leaning against the wall on the wrap around porch as part of the rustic decor!
The sale happened around Christmas when sadly an elderly relative of this family was in hospital. While family members visited the dying relative, they all noticed the yellow door painting and contacted the original owners to come have a look. They of course bought it as a Christmas gift for their son. It now hangs proudly in the entrance hall of their new house! I even got to speak with them on the phone as they left their number for me to contact them. Don't you just love it when your art finds its forever home? That was the best belated Christmas Present ever for me.
In addition to wall art, they have begun a ceiling tile project that raises much needed funds for the hospital's expansion while creating a visual artscape with a different perspective! Imagine patients lying on gurneys, staring at the ceiling only to discover beautiful artwork that has the power to uplift a weakened spirit! I jumped at the opportunity to participate. My first ceiling tile was one of my favourites,...the dandelion seeds in the wind. I thought, how I imagined a sky light and what you would see through it. Although the dandelion is oversized and out of proportion, they loved it.
My second idea came from thinking what else could you see through a sky light? . Then I found "cats on glass" through some internet searches and "Buster" was born. I always wondered what our cat Buster would have looked like as a kitten. Still adorable as an adult, but OMG what a cutie patootie as a little guy! ADORABLE! I think he will be the talk of the hospital, bringing much joy to those in need of distraction and cheering up. My "feel good" meter has increased by leaps and bounds (if you'll pardon the pun!).