All last week I was busy on each evening baking all the little pieces of personal sized gingerbread houses,
making yummy icing
so that 12 children and young people decorated on Saturday morning.
And the houses were so artistic!
The children who have participated before came right in, picked out a house and got right to it. They have spent time even thinking of how they will decorate their house. Those new to the process were more tentative and wanted to know if they could take their houses home…of course! I love doing this every year. This year we have a split event because I didn’t pay attention to a big dance event…the Nutcracker! I can’t wait to catch up with three more and their friends this coming Saturday!
We did have fun last week decorating the office…
I am working with some great people!
See you on Thursday! Maybe with some painting…hopefully! ;)
Remember that this is the last month to have a chance to win an original 5×7 watercolour painting. Comment, follow or sign up for my newsletter (next one to come out in January) to get your name in the figurative “hat”.
Regularly I use a brain storming program called FreeMind. It is brilliant and it is free! I use it for my years planning or for idea generating for series that I would like to do. I even use it for my yearly letter I send out in December to family and friends.
Here is a great video that will get you going. FreeMind Tutorial . You can download this program here!
“Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It’s off to work I go!” I put my resume out on Thursday at 1am…I had an interview at 4pm the next day. I got an job offer on Tuesday and started work on Wednesday morning. So painting will happening…just a little slower.
“Morning Delight”, 13×19″, Watercolour, SOLD
I am very pleased with this piece. I liked the layers of depth I created with the leaves. It sold on Friday night of my Open House. I dropped it off to their house just two days later and they showed me where they are hanging this piece of art.
See you on Monday!
Sorry that I didn’t get to this on Thursday. Turns out when one totally ignores everything but painting there are a lot of household and business related items that take care of and it consumes all of one’s attention when one is no longer painting frantically! ;)
Minette your painting is in the post!
After such a busy time I have to say it was a complete delight to take a full day off work on Friday which was my second day off since August 28th. I had a brilliant day. I went down and watched the “gravel” turning for BETTY house (transitional housing for women) and I just enjoyed the day completely.
A photo from my husband. It was bitterly cold out so they delivered the warm gravel as late as possible…
So lets get to who the winners are! Drum roll please………………………….
Congratulations to Jill from Afternoon Artist you won an 5×7 original painting. She is thrilled! Congratulations to Brenda D. and Chris B. on winning a set of my cards. I am so thrilled to be sending out these little packages each month. Only two more months then there will be a change. ;)
Now how do you have a chance to enter into the draw for November. Well there are three options: 1. comment on the blog, 2. follow the blog, and three sign up to receive my bi-monthly newsletter. All three put your name into the draw. I use random.org to do the draw!!!!
Working on the Hosta leaves. It was dark when I took this photo so the colours are affected by the yellow light.
“Golden Glowing Rays”, 15×22, Watercolour, $475.00 plus shipping fee. Click here to purchase
See you on Thursday.
Well I hadn’t planned on the computer being dismantled this past week in preparation for my very first Open House. Next year I will be better prepared! ;)
Beginning to set up the “walls”!
The next “walls” go here!
Now to cover the “walls”!
So here is the video I was hoping to upload on Friday for when the Open House began. It was a great success. Loads of people came and we enjoyed wine, food and talking about art! But I didn’t coordinate anyone to take photos and both Ian and I were too busy to remember. Next year I will remember to do that!
I was very pleased with how the lighting worked!
Yesterday I delivered the paintings…
See you on Thursday when I will do the draw for last month now that I can concentrate on something else beyond the Open House. Only 2 more months to win an original 5×7 painting!
Today I spent the whole day with Fran Aeyelts showing him around Yellowknife. It was a great day. We had a fabulous lunch at the Museum Cafe. We saw all the highlights…though we didn’t get him his north of 60 certificate. I will do that for him tomorrow.
Checking out Old Town but it was far to treacherous to walk with all the ice.
Best road name in all of Yellowknife! Maybe in all of Canada!
Off to the Legislative Assembly where we even got a person tour with MLA Daryl Dolynny! Great to see all the art that we can’t access normally during a tour.
Then up to see the houseboat from Pilot’s Monument. The ice is forming quite well and soon folks will be able to walk to their houses.
And the best photo of the day ! Yellowknife skyline behind Frans. It was a great day. We ended with a public talk about his very interesting life before he committed to doing art full time.
Back to painting I go. Frans is off to Behchoko tomorrow to work with young people before he is back here to teach for 3 days.
See you on Monday!
I got some of my post card invites out in the mail today. I still have a load to write up and mailed out in the next day or two. I am working on a 13×19 inch painting of irises. So far so good! :)
This weekend Frans Aeyelts from Lunenburg Nova Scotia is here to do a public lecture and to teach at a school and a workshop for local watercolour painters. If you have some time on Thursday evening at 7pm come by NUP and we will be in room 205 for the public lecture. This event is open to everyone.
I am sad that I don’t have time to take his workshop. Next time I am booking (since I am the class convenor) the workshop for February! Then I will be able to participate!!!!
See you on Thursday. I hope to find some time to figure out who are the winners for the month of October. The figuring out who won and the announcement may have to wait until after the sale…depending on how my life goes.
Sorry to fall off the face of the earth. I have been painting like crazy. Right now I am at the start of 10 DAYS LEFT! I just thought I would check it and let you know that I am still alive just rather focused. To keep up to date you can check me out on Facebook and I will be updating my EVENTS page on my website.
I promise I will be back. I just don’t have much time for sitting at a computer!
Oh ya…HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!
“Admiring Eyes”, 6×6 inches, Acrylic
$80.00 + Shipping
Our local grocery store, Yellowknife Co-op, had these silly painted pumpkins! They were so darn cute that I couldn’t resist! ;)
Have a great night! See you on Monday…
So I have been trying to get away from names like “Daisy 1″ and “Daisy 2″. Last spring I had a talented young woman come over and help me name some of my paintings, which was completely fun. So I have been working hard to create unique names for my paintings and poetry is helping me to do that. I am reading a lot of poetry these days each time I complete a painting. So to that end…
“Listen Intently” and “Whisper Tenderly”, both 5×7, Watercolour, and available at my Open House (Save the date – Nov 15 & 16)
And on to other exciting news. My painting “Simmering Summer” earned the “Viewers Choice Award” at the YWS Show on Saturday. I am deeply honoured.
Well we only have 10 days till the end of this month…halloween is nearly upon us and so is another draw for an original 5×7 painting…which I need to paint! ;) Get your name into the draw!
Have a great week and see you on Thursday. Not sure if I can show you what I am working on since the next project is the painting for my holiday card and that is a very well kept secret until folks receive their cards.
We are just two days away from the Yellowknife Watercolour Society Art Show and Sale!
“Simmering Summer”, 11×14, Watercolour, Available at my Open Studio event in November.
I will have this painting at the show! Come and check it out in person.
Off to mail out the cards and 5×7 original painting that have been won! How do you get a chance to win…sign up to follow my blog, or to get my newsletter, or (and this one really works well) comment on my blog (the more you comment the more chances you have to win). ;)
See you on Monday with how YWS show went!
I finally had some time…forced because I needed to get the cherries to fully dry before I can get going on the next step. I had to bring the painting upstairs where it is warmer. Then I tried to start a 5×7 and got the masking fluid on and it needs to dry! So here I am at the computer getting some paperwork done.
So the winner of the September 5×7 is Blog follower Minette! The winner of cards are Candee and Wendy G.! Congratulations to all three of you. I will be emailing everyone to get their details.
See you on Thursday! Hopefully with a completed painting. My DH is traveling so I will spend way more time in my studio while he is gone. Only a month until my Open House!!!!