Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunshine Blogger Award

I would like to thank Punitha at for nominating me for this lovely award.  It is a great time of year for the Sunshine Blogger Award as it is so warm and sunny here in Victoria.

I would like to gift this award to the following 10 lovely people:

1/  Sissym at
2/  Jane and Lance at
3/  Gary at
4/  Launna at
5/  Alida at
6/ Nana at
7/  Petro at
8/  Petronela at
9/  Coradinha at
10/Lavanya at

I am always inspired by how each creates their own way of being in the world.  Thank you for all your support and wonderful words!!!


Creativity in Charcoal

I love drawing in all mediums, pencil, charcoal and pen.  I was asked by Petronela if I had any charcoal images, but I must admit charcoal isn't something that I've mastered.  The material feels awkward to use, so details can be more difficult to articulate when getting exact ideas across on paper.  This image is in charcoal and something I did in school.  The object is of a skeleton, something that I've always found fascinating, not only for its form, but for the metaphor or death.

I enjoy feeling the different cycles within life, the transformations that allow us to grow and expand into someone who we never thought we could become.  I feel close to this image for my life has shown me, so many dramatic changes within myself that if I were to image twenty or even five years ago who I would be, I would not have been able to comprehend the transformation.  Die to the old and allow yourself to bloom into who are you becoming.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hats and more......

 I designed this hat the other day for my Mom's 75th Birthday party.  The party's theme was hats, so I thought instead of buying one I would make one.  I so enjoyed creating this little sculpture that I'm going to make more.

These are all the wonderful ladies who came to celebrate my Mom's birthday.  My Mom is the lady sitting in red with the white hat.  

The day was so much fun, a lot of laughter, a lot of food and especially birthday cake!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Seagull Summer

 I live in a low rise apartment park that is very close to the ocean, so we have many seagulls flying around the city.  At this time of year, the seagulls are nesting and have found a place on our rooftop to care for their babies.
 I remembered these photos that were taken about 4 years ago from another home I lived in.  This particular seagull would fly onto my balcony everyday for a couple of months.  I sometimes would feed him (I think it was a male???), but he wasn't very interested in the food.

Most of the time he would just come to visit.  I would sit at the window and look at him as he was looking at me.  And occasionally I would get a picture of his cute little gestures.  I really enjoyed having this neighbor during my time in this place.  This post is to celebrate all sweet seagulls.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Something old revisited

I'm starting to go into my inner world once again.  The feminine within wants a voice, to be taken away from the world of material consumption, so I listen.  This painting was sold a number of years ago, but it is still a part of me.  I love the echo of words that seem to scream for attention.  Perhaps another painting will birth itself in the near future.

The Wounded Feminine
oil and acrylic on canvas
36" x 48"

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Local Artists

 I do love the summer, the sun, the outdoors, and the art.  I was out walking this afternoon and came upon some children' chalk drawing that I found just adorable.  I had to share them.

I call this one -
"Sailing the Stormy Seas"
Brian created this drawing.

I call this creation -
"Love and Flowers"
This one was a really big drawing.

I call this drawing-
"Sea Monster and the Stair Case"
Title -  
"Two birds at Sea"
George created this masterpiece, so I'm going to call it - "George"

Monday, July 9, 2012

I love Architecture

If someone would have told me a couple of years ago that I would love archtecture I would have laughed at them.  I didn't really gain an appreciate for structure until I started to draw and also teach people how to render buildings.  I then become hooked.  I love looking at all the angles, decor, and new forms that are created during different time periods.  The images are of many different styles.  I also love to abstract the buildings in photographs to create something new and different.

Most of these building don't have a name, but this particular image is of Fan Tan Alley.  It is located in China Town, and is noted the thinest alley in town.

I love this image of concrete and sky, connecting as one.  An old abandoned building on Pandora Street.  A part of the city with a lot of heritage buildings.

From old to new, these two last images are of the Atrium Building located on Yates Street.  I love the curves of movement built within this structure.  It was just opened about one year ago.  It has been developed as a green building in Victoria.  

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Love is in the air.......

In the summer it is mating season for the local peacocks.  There are so many of these beautiful birds wandering around, calling with their high picked screams, and shaking their tails to attract the perfect female for the next generation.  The dance is very sweet, as each male moves his booty quickly to send the sexiest message.  This is only one of the many that I saw tonight on my walk.  I even found a peacock egg this morning before my run.  I expect we are going to have a record number of these birds walking around Beacon Hill Park in the very near future.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

What a lovely surprise!!!!

Upon waking this morning, I went to my blog and found that Petronela from had nominated me for two blogger awards!!!  Thanks so much for your lovely words of encouragement and sweet kindness!!!

With each award we are asked to mention the person that nominated you, nominate 7 blogs and mention 5 fabulous moments of your life!!!!

I would like to play this award forward to 7 bloggers that have such wonderful recipes for thoughts and food.

Please visit  these blogs as each has such wonderful and inspiring information to share.

5 Fabulous moments of my life:

1/ The moment I realized that being alive and fully enjoying all of it was fabulous.
2/ Graduating from University at the age of 46 with a BFA in Visual Arts.
3/ Visiting India with someone I loved.
4/ Quitting a job that was a dead end and then going towards my dreams.
5/ Having the courage to speak my truth no matter what happens.