November 27, 2015

Finished The Beagle - 10" x 13" Pastel on Paper.  I am very happy with him or her. Worth framing. Liked working with pastels and will try using them to make Christmas cards with a pastel painting of My Josie.

November 23, 2015

One more 2 hour class although he/she looks pretty finished to me? - pastels are very forgiving - just be sure to start with the light colours.

November 20, 2015

Elvera on my iPad - drawn in the Procreate App at the BAC 
on Friday, Nov. 20/15. Fun and a great learning experience. I love doing art in my iPad - no muss, no fuss!
Elvira in my sketchbook on Friday, Nov. 20/15 - using a 3B Pencil - the chair should be much larger!

November 16, 2015

My little jungle in my studio - when I was a kid I had an aunt - Aunt May, she looked like a Dresden Doll - I loved going to her home because she had "stuff" everywhere.  Eyecandy for me! I just loved it and I am sure it is why I love having lots of "stuff" in my house. This is a mixture of real and artifical stuff. 

November 13, 2015

Getting there! 2 more 2 hour classes .... 

November 07, 2015

The beginning of a beautiful beagle! I am in a Pastel Class at the Barrie Art Club - it is fun and  pastel seems very forgiving. 

October 31, 2015

Are these not the most beautiful flowers you have ever seen? 30% off $5.99 - you figure it out. I could be persuaded to sell these - make me an offer! My friend says they are hyacinths but I say they are daffodils.

October 29, 2015

And this terrific cat for all of $4.99 less 30%. Since I don't really understand cats this is exactly the right cat for me! at the right price too! 

October 28, 2015

A Great Find! - hand painted on tin with a solid hanger on the back. I bought it yesterday at Value Village $6.99  less 30% because Tuesday is seniors day. Love it!

October 25, 2015

I guess I should have combed my hair!

Having a last bath in the kitchen sink.

She was born on August 8, 2009. She died last Thursday - October 22, 2015 after 14 years and 46 days of living. We lived together for all but 62 of those days. I thought we had a deal to die on the same day but at the end she got tired and cranky and couldn't wait. I feel she clearly told me she wanted out - I clearly heard her.
She never lost her sweetness. She knew I didn't like her lick/kissing my face so she only did it when she knew I was in distress - like the last day of her life before we headed out to the vet. 
She climbed onto the table willingly, whimpered a bit when they inserted the catheter [if I had to do it over again ai would ask they simply search for a vein and only use the catheter as a last resort - it is painful]. I massaged her little brain as I had done most every night for most of her life - she got a "full body massage" but the brain was her sweet spot. Almost immediately she lay her little head on the table. Her ears were perfectly placed, her left eye [the only one I could see] was open. She was SO beautiful - I wish I had taken a picture although I know I will never forget how lovely and perfect she looked. 
Josie was a Joy. My Joy. She gave me a laugh a day most every day of her life. Such a sweet, smart, sensitive,funny dog you can't even imagine! Unless, of course, you have been in love with your own dog. Then you will understand. 

I am posting this because I have friends and family who also loved Josie and right now I can't talk about her without crying and yet I know they would want to know she doesn't live with me anymore and never will again. 
I am so glad and grateful we knew and loved each other.

October 24, 2015

"My" dog to be was in a cage with 4 adorable looking velvety black little pinchers. "Mine" was an off white Cocapoo with a red/blond Spaniel streak down her back a very poodley face. I watched her for a long time. She became mine when the attendant came to feed the dogs. All 5 dogs scrambled and begged to get out but only one made it as far as the woman's shoulder - hey! thats MY dog!! I asked if I could hold her. Certainly. She rested her head on my left shoulder gazed up at my face and never moved as we walked around the store listening to other customers say "look at that dog - they are made for each other etc.!!  You know I bought her, bought the cage, bought the food and anything else we needed. We headed for the subway and a fairly long ride home. She stayed on my shoulder the whole way. I suppose some would say we bonded! I would say we fell in love. Eventually I named her Josie. We lived together until the day before yesterday. 

More tomorrow or the next day ..... 

October 23, 2015

A Little Story about A Little Dog 
It was October 11. 2001. Exactly a month after I had watched the planes crash into the Towers in New York City. A Canadian friend was walking down 5th Avenue and saw it happen. She told me how brave the New Yorkers were - continuing in their work with tears in their eyes. 
New York was on my mind as I walked East along Queen Street past St. Micheal's Hospital where the good looking intelligent looking man who often slept on the grate at the corner. One day he spoke to me - "nice rack" he said. I didn't even know what a rack was! 
October 11/2009 was a beautiful fall day and I had time on my hands. I decided I would go to Yorkdale. They had a large PJ Pet Store I had been avoiding for some time. I needed a dog and now that the towers had fallen I had the perfect excuse! A couple of months before I bought a loft condo on Queen Street East. Pets were allowed. No further rationalization was needed! I knew I should buy from a breeder but when you live in the city, don't have a car or know what kind of dog you want that was rather impossible. 

More tomorrow................... or the next day

October 20, 2015

Wow! I can be a proud Canadian again! No longer are we a war mongering hate promoting country. Good luck Justin. You are young but we are behind you!

October 19, 2015

My living room/studio this morning with a close up of Josie - Diapered and Collared [she has been chewing her paw] and telling me "Hey Lady, life is not worth living like this!"

October 18, 2015

A lot of little paintings - oil on mostly 7"x5" boards - either sold or given as gifts - in any case they are long gone.

October 17, 2015

Barrie around 6PM tonight - click on it  for a better view of my town. From my balcony.

October 15, 2015

 Isn't she cute? Bought her Tuesday at Value Village. $5.99 less 30% because I am a senior and seniors get 30% off on Tuesdays!

October 13, 2015

"Brown Boots" is my Granddaughter Jessie - standing in the hall in my house in Toronto. 28" x 22".  Jessie is an all grown up lawyer now!

October 11, 2015

"Jodelle" - 16" x 12" Oil on Canvas. Sold. I had a storefront studio on Danforth Avenue in Toronto. Named it A Place to Paint which is exactly what it was. Jodelle was one of the kids who came there to paint under my direction. She was/is a great little painter. I can't remember how she broke her arm and I doubt her hair was really that electric! A fun painting.

October 10, 2015

I haven't been painting lately - other stuff on my plate - a blog tends to die  if it is neglected  ...
Therefore I will post some of my old paintings. This is an 24" x 18" acrylic I painted in 1991 when I was in Greece. I lived in Glyfada for 8 very lonely months. Sold my Toronto house and mostly everything in it thinking I might retire in Greece. In December huge snowflakes started falling in Glyfada - my luxury apartment only had heat from 6 to 9AM and 6 to 9PM - the rest of the time it was damn cold! While I was there I would walk to the sea every evening for a swim - here I am suspended in the between the earth and the sky. 

September 28, 2015

Sometimes in the morning I lay in bed and read The Guardian on my iphone. I love the comments - the Brits are so good at sarcasm. This was my favourite this morning.

Someone posts "It was a tremendous blessing to have Pope Francis visit the United States, and especially Philadelphia, the cradle of liberty. His sermon to the families of the world on Saturday night was right on point, especially the part about families not allowing the sun to go down on their anger, when such occasions arise, and making peace with each other at night before they go to bed."

Someone Replies - "Couldn’t you get the same advise from a fortune cookie?"

September 27, 2015

Full Moon - over Barrie last night

September 05, 2015

Josie and I walking in Heritage Park after 7.30 PM tonight. Soon it will be dark at 7.30 ...  click on the photos for a  closer look at Barrie, Ontario!

September 02, 2015

              Oh Canada! Isn't she beautiful!!!

September 01, 2015

Why in the world is this dog looking at me like that?

August 31, 2015

Another work in Progress .... 

August 30, 2015

Work In Progress - Charcoal on Canvas Board 

August 27, 2015

Her house is tidy so she can have a nap!

August 23, 2015

Working on this one - charcoal on canvas board and I hope to make her [me?] look old....

August 22, 2015

A very good friend staring at my work. Yes!!