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How to be Happy?

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How to be Happy can be Easy A question that we often asks ourselves is how to be happy? What makes us feel satisfied that we are doing the things in life that makes us feel fulfilled. Is it service to others that makes us happy? Is it having a work life that is challenging …

Creativity sprinkles from the sky in the form of raindrops

Weed and Art- What do they Have in Common?

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Does Pot make you more of an artist? Can you be more creative when you smoke pot? Today is a monumental day in Canada. Consuming marijuana has become legal.  A major cultural shift in this country. One that inspired my 14 year old to ask me if I would now be smoking a joint in …

Choosing the joy of the day by sitting in a cafe in paris on a cool day enjoying a moment of watching and revelling in the moment

Choose to bring the Joy in your Life

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It is Your Choice to be Happy Choosing the joy in life can come in many ways. It can come from walking your dog in the morning as the sun comes up. It can come from just sitting at a cafe and enjoying the last few moments of warmth and sunshine before the winter descends …

Home is where the heart is as seen by this couple walking in paris arm in arm sharing a moment. Roses collaged onto surface promotes the beauty and love of the moment.

Home is a Place of Renewal

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Renewal of the Home and Feng Shui Your home should be a place or renewal and regeneration. The question becomes how? How does the design and flow of your home take you into a place of the positive. The theory of Feng Shui delves into this theory through the use of colour, symbols and placement …

Commissioning of a painting of young girls eating cotton candy. Vintage photos creates the story.

Commission a Painting and Preserve a Memory

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Commissioning a painting creates a family heirloom. Commissioning a painting from me preserves a special memory. The client often realizes the importance of their family, and the experiences they had as they were growing up. The question becomes how do they represent these past moments?  Of course, a wall of photos or a mantel piece …

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Remember to experience art

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Experience art. How to experience art can be a challenge. We have to remind ourselves that art is a gentle reminder of escape to another psychic place. Many say that the “millennial” generation is all about experiences. So buying a product is just not part of their priority. This maybe the case but the experience …

Storytelling of a Poolside in a vintage motel with a body builder looking for attention.

Storytelling with a Painting

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Telling a story with a Single Image Storytelling with a painting, a static image, can be challenging. How is it possible to create an image that tells the different sides to the story? Recently I came upon a quote by the Jean Renoir, the son of the impressionist painter Pierre August Renoir. He stated that …

the meaning of the materials in making of this image. Fabric patterns, flowered paper and dancing girls create an image of cocktail party with the girl's dancing in a mid century home.

The Meaning of what I Make

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The meaning of what I make? Often there is a question about the meaning of what I make. What is the message and how does it relate to the viewer’s world? My work has a self evident message with the use of nostalgic imagery.  As seen in the painting highlighted titled Turn It On, this …

Finding her voice as seen with a Woman on a bike from the 1940s brings to mind strength and power.

Finding Her Voice

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Finding Her Voice Sometimes a painting such as the piece highlighted titled Still I Rise, inspires a collective reaction of celebration and empowerment.  Finding her voice is a goal that every woman has. There is an assumption that with the #metoo movement women are allowed to speak and to stand up, but I don’t think …

A happy place in paris walking arm in arm.

Finding a Place of Happy

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How to Be Happy? Being happy can be a challenge. How do you remind yourself that life is good and there is warmth and sunshine just around the corner. As the cold wraps itself around us and the grey colours seem to permeate into our psyche, there is a sense that life is drab, boring …

Power of art as shown by the strident powerful women from the 1950s. These women, Pan Am Stewardesses, are presented as the independent women of today.

How the power of Art can Change your Life

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Can the power of art change your life?  Can art change the world? It’s a question that many have asked and answered. Art, in its many forms, can reveal the power that we can acquire through the engagement and understanding of the stories behind art. For this reason, just filling a space in the wall …

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How to preserve memories?

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How to preserve memories? Memories that happen in a glimpse of time that we experience and take for granted at that moment? There are many moments that we try to recreate through a photograph, a short film, but the actual sensation can never be recaptured. As the holidays descend upon us, many are recreating traditions …

Handmade painting showing the Home of the mid century sets the story of memory and identity.

The Handmade is the perfect Gift

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As you know, the handmade, one of a kind gift is the perfect choice!  The question is why? Your Creative Voice in Giving As the search for the perfect gift comes upon us for the holiday season, we are struggling to find the present that speaks to our own creative voice. This creative voice, which …

A bikini girl inspired by James Bond films, is set within the Cottage country context.

Calling all Art Lovers!

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Wonderland Calling for Art Lovers! This morning I met a woman who’s first words were “I am an art collector”. She hadn’t bought a piece from me, but I was struck at how proud she was that her home was filled with art. She didn’t care whether the art was seen as “good” or “bad”, …

vintage art style painting of 1950s comics and men that are wandering and looking for fun

Let there be Light in Life

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Let there be Light in Life- how Art can help you be positive “Choose your thoughts wisely, find out what gets you excited, what energizes you and what you value in life.” Diana Reid This past weekend was my last show on the road for a while. The weather was beautiful and the crowds were …

vintage art painting of new york city during the 1950s

How Art can make you into a Better Person

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“When a piece of art reflects what you feel, it can give you a stronger sense of who you are.” Jean Huble There are times when I am at an art fair, or at an opening at a gallery that I wonder about the purpose of all of this work and presentation. The business of …

A piece of art with a man watching the drama of life

Why buy art?

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Often people ask themselves “what is the reason to buy art for their home?”. This is a normal question as Art is not a “need”. It is a “Want”. It isn’t food, shelter, or clothing. However, it is part of self care. It is part of making certain we retain our identity and reminds ourselves …