While driving through some of our eastern provinces I have been taking pictures of different things that interest me.
Some of the entities that grabbed my attention are "barns," so I have been taking pictures of many barns.
My husband kept asking me why I am taking pictures of old broken barns but he does not see in them what I see in them - potential paintings.
In them I see art and beauty, and sometimes the more broken the barn the more beautiful it is.
I cannot wait for you, my fans, to see those farms and how I imagine them in my paintings; right now I just want you to see some of the pictures that I have taken.
Photograps of Farmlands (ideas for future paintings)
As I am driving through these beautiful provinces, including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario, and taking a tone of pictures, I am getting new ideas for my new project. Canada trully is the most beautiful country in the world.
I am currently taking a break from my work and taking a 3 week vacation to do some photography in the area of Saguenay, QC, Windsor, ON, Toronto, ON, Ottawa, ON, and Quebec City, QC.
I am working on a set of 50 small paintings for an auction that will possibly help raise money for abandoned animals. Some of the paintings will have images of animals, and then perhaps some will exhibit flowers or fields.
Aside from working on this auction, I am working on paintings for another exhibition that intends to touch the public and give birth to a society that is more loving and compassionate towards animals. This time I am developing some paintings in the abstract style. I am really excited about this project. I believe that if I have an exhibition going at the same time as I have the auction, then I will be able to raise more money for animals that wish to be loved just like every other living being.
I am still devistated by Puncho's death; I have had animals all my life but the death of Puncho has hit me like a tone of bricks and effected me more than ever. I am slowly starting to paint again but it is hard because he is not here to disturb me. Hopefully in the future I can raise money with my paintings to hep abandoned animals.
I began painting "The Native Summer", which is the 8th painting of my "Through Canada: With a Camera and a Paintbrush" collection. I am quite excited about this painting; it is quite large and it depicts life in Canada before it was influenced by the British and French settlers.
I am currently in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean sailing with the Royal Canadian Navy. Those of you who had read my biography know that aside from painting, doing my masters degree, and trying to raise money for abandoned animals, I am also in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves. This is where I get a lot of my ideas for my paintings; the cliffs, the ocean, the fishing boats, the light-houses. A picture is first painted in my mind and then it appears on canvas, always very different from my first idea. I love the Canadian Navy.
I was asked to develop a painting depicting a field of popies. This painting will be presented in exchange for a donation to a charity of the person's choice. I thought that painting flowers is not my thing, as I have never painted flowers before. This painting, "Our Soldiers, Their Courage, Let Us Never Forget," was inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields" written by a Canadian soldier John McCrae. Every Canadian should learn this poem off by heart. It is a very beautiful poem. This painting has inspired me to paint other works of this kind, so keep an eye out!
"Our Soldiers, Their Courage, Let Us Never Forget"
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
.....................By John McCrae
My beloved cat Puncho was killed by a car. His death hit me like a tone of bricks, I will be taking a break from painting.
I just painted a couple of paintings depicting Canadian cottages. I am currently working on a project that deals with Canadian Leisure and Vacation Destinations. The two paintings here were painted in acrylic paint within a one week period. I painted these two paintings to show the Canadian summer-life and our popular get-aways to our cottages; the next ones will be painted in oil which is the medium of my choice.
(left) Vegetable Garden (right) On the Great Lakes