Friday, November 11, 2016

Always Remember

My new painting is called Always Remember 
It is in an exhibition this weekend at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garmond Toronto Saturday - Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm 


Always Remember (C) 2016

For this Remembrance Day November 11th 2016 I dedicate these poppies to all the men and women who served and are serving 

Remembering all who died, all who served, all who stayed home and looked after things.

Remembering my grandfather in law wounded at the Battle of Somme WWI

Remembering my Uncle who flew Liberators in WWII receiving the Victoria Cross, another uncle who was a gunner for 5 years in the RAF

Remembering my father in law who drove trucks in Europe, saw the camps and would never speak of his experiences

Remembering my aunt who was a "Bomb Girl" in a munitions plant in Toronto

Remembering my mother in law at home with 4 children under 3 and a husband in Europe

Remembering my father who joined the Merchant Navy and travelled up and down the Eastern seaboard

Remembering my mother who was one of the group of women who were "feminists" before their time by serving in the Air Force doing "men's work" or as their motto said "We Serve so Men Can Fly" 

Today please remember these people and so many others like them who gave up so much for our freedoms

Always Remember

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Panic!

Trying hard not to panic ... the Stouffville Studio Tour is just over two weeks away and I am trying to be organized.

Think I am okay but I can't believe how fast the time goes by.

This is a series of my latest work from the beginning to the finished work. Just have to frame and name.





Diana Bullock (C) 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

It's over

Yes summer is over ... maybe a few more days of official summer but tonight is the Harvest Moon. Cooler nights and yes that means it is almost Stouffville Studio Tour time.
I am gathering and organizing my new work. Four weeks will go fast!
My banner on Main Street


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Really!

We just took down the show at the Kent Farndale Gallery [see invitation below] It was a wonderful venue and a we had absolutely fantastic feedback, so very very positive except......

There were three comments
"a bit blah",
"more diverse selection would provide a more interesting experience"
and my favourite
"I have seen better".

What is wrong with people!

Now please remember this is three out of over a hundred comments of our sixty-four paintings in this show. Yes, there wasn't enough diversity in sixty-four watercolours, acrylics, graphite, encaustic, mixed media and Sumi-e work. We had many, many comments the exact polar opposite of these comments. People loved the show and we are grateful to all the people who took the time to leave a comment.

I just want to say for the record I appreciate that my work might not be for everyone.... they may not like it. I am absolutely fine with that. The other two artists in this show Allison and June also recognize this reality .... we get it, art has a very personal appeal. While one person loves a work, the next person can't stand it. No problem with that and I for one always welcome constructive criticism.

What I do have a problem with is such cowardly comments in a book. I was always told if you don't have something nice to say or write, don't say or write anything at all. As artists we put ourselves out there every time we show our work. Each painting or art work has a piece of our soul in it. They are our babies! Don't show how small and cowardly a person you are by leaving negative comments in a book. Shame on you!

End of my rant.... I am going to bask in the positive and forget these three!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

With apologies

It has been far too long since my last post .....

However here is an invite to my next show with my daughter Allison and my friend June Probert
The beautiful town of Port Perry is a great place to visit and the gallery is a true gem

Hope you can make it



Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas .... Happy Holidays 

Peace on Earth 

Good will to all!

Boogie Woogie Penguins (C) Diana Bullock 2015




Monday, December 21, 2015

The Penguins

The "penguins" have become my signature holiday card. The gang have been busy again this year.
Here are the last seven paintings.
Rockin around the tree 2014 (C)

This year's painting will be revealed soon!




Saturday, December 19, 2015

Remembering

Remembering
Holidays are a wonderful time of year. For many people it is also a time of great sadness.

Remembering all the people who have lost someone either recently or in the past.

Remembering all the people in my life who are now with me in spirit but never, ever forgotten.

Remembering that life is wonderful and we should forget about the small aggravations of day to day living ... just enjoy each moment that we have.
Diana Bullock (C)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remembrance Day

Remembering all who died, all who served, all who stayed home and looked after things.

Remembering my grandfather in law wounded at the Battle of Somme WWI

Remembering my Uncle who flew Liberators in WWII receiving the Victoria Cross, another uncle who was a gunner for 5 years in the RAF

Remembering my father in law who drove trucks in Europe, saw the camps and would never speak of his experiences

Remembering my aunt who was a "Bomb Girl" in a munitions plant in Toronto

Remembering my mother in law at home with 4 children under 3 and a husband in Europe

Remembering my father who joined the Merchant Navy and travelled up and down the Eastern seaboard

Remembering my mother who was one of the group of women who were "feminists" before their time by serving in the Air Force doing "men's work" or as their motto said "We Serve so Men Can Fly"

Today please remember these people and so many others like them who gave up so much for our freedoms

I will be remembering my family at the Legion Service today

Lest we Forget

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Time ......

I can't believe how fast time is zooming by .... I have been busy with life events so ... think that is part of the issue. I have never understood how people can say they are bored or have nothing to do. There are never enough hours in the day for me.

One of my paintings was accepted into the Uxbridge Celebrations of the Arts Juried Show for the past week "Oh Pear" is a Sumi-e work that I created painting with feather brushes that I made awhile back. Here is the picture of them .... very little control with these brushes!


and here is the painting

Oh Pear         (C) Diana Bullock 2014



Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1st ..... YIKES

Where did June, July and August go? Summer is my very favourite time of year .... I love the heat and yes even the humidity and I guess that is always why it seems to zoom by ..... winter always seems never ending to me. This summer has been very busy with lots of things happening including spending a week in British Columbia.

Several things have been happening and I will be updating more in the next few days.

In the meantime I participated in the Sketchbook Project again this year and my book visited the GTA last weekend. I unfortunately was unable to visit the mobile library this year but here is the link to this years book.

SBP 2015 Diana Bullock #16087

and if you are interested here is the link to last years book SBP 2014 Diana Bullock #14698

This is a bit of a family affair .... my daughter  SBP 2013 Allison Bullock #11487

and my mother SBP 2015 Grace MacPherson #16115

It is a fun project and well worth viewing some books online

(C) Diana Bullock 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Summer Time

Here it is the 17th of July and we are still waiting for the first day of 30 C.  I love summer and the heat. While I appreciate that not everyone enjoys the heat and humidity of a Southern Ontario summer I will be disappointed if we don't have a long stretch of very hot weather.

I haven't been painting much these last few weeks but I have been organizing and that always spurs my creativity.

Here is a painting that has a new home but I feel that perhaps this might be the first in a series ... we shall see!


Summer's Song
Mixed Media
(C) 2014 Bullock

Monday, May 25, 2015

Stop Gap

Artists are always being asked to donate work and there are so many great causes. I am very selective but I had no hesitation supporting this opportunity ..... I am very pleased to be a part of this fundraiser. Please read about Stop Gap

Many years ago, Stouffville resident Luke Anderson was involved in a tragic mountain bike accident. Based on his experiences after his accident, Luke created an initiative called 'Stop-Gap;' ramps designed to create awareness as well as access for individuals with mobility issues.




Luke's initiative began in Stouffville, where he grew up and now he wants to put more ramps in other areas including Toronto. Check out this great video featuring Luke himself explaining his vision.

Luke and his family have organized a fundraiser for Stop Gap and asked the arts community for help. Artists have created unique art on a Stop Gap ramp and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the cause this Friday evening May 29th. If you can attend please consider this event. Even if you are unable to attend but would like to support this fantastic cause please visit the website stopgap.ca

This is an innovative solution to a very serious barrier for people with mobility issues. This is why I am pleased to be supporting this event.

Here is my contribution to this fundraiser...... my ramp /painting

"It's a beautiful day" (C) Diana Bullock 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

22nd Annual Lemonville Group of Artists Show and Sale

Spring feels like it is finally here ..... let's hope it stays

This weekend is the Annual Lemonville Show and Sale. We always have great crowds and a lot of enthusiastic people stop by to see our show. Hope to see you!






Monday, April 20, 2015

Happy Anniversary

64 years ago .....                                          


To my parents Happy Anniversary!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas




Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2015 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lest we forget

Lest we forget. Not just today but everyday.

All of the freedoms we enjoy are because of the men and women, most of them still teenagers who served our country. I went to the service at the local Legion today as I try to do whenever possible and it was so wonderful to see such a large crowd. After the events of last month I think we are all more aware of our military. 

Remembering all who fought and lost their lives, remembering all who came home.

With gratitude, I remember my grandfather in law who fought and was wounded at the Somme in WW 1, my father in law who drove trucks in WW 2 through liberated Europe and who could never speak about what he saw. 

My parents, both still very active, served... my father in the Merchant Marines up and down the Atlantic Coast and my mother in the Womens Division of the Air Force, stationed on the west coast watching for enemy planes. I was fortunate to go to a reunion of these women a few years ago .... what a group, how young they were during the war  and how young at heart they were at the reunion, all of them well into their 80's. My mother's of her WD story is here 

Lest we forget is not just a saying but something we should hold to our hearts and honour every day. War on paper is one thing but the realities are very different. Our freedom is because of the sacrifices that were made.

To all our veterans from all the wars thank you!
Let our future be filled be peace. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our location during the Stouffville Studio Tour. We had great crowds and lots of positive feedback. A few paintings even found new homes.




These cards were extremely popular on the Tour. If you are interested please contact me

Another show in a few weeks ..... have to create some new work for this.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

All ready

Hard to believe it is that time of year again ..... 14th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour
I am all ready ..... just have to hang the paintings put on the apple cider and we will be all set to meet you.

Here are some of the new work that I will have on display





Hope to see you
Map is here or you can pick up a brochure at all of our sponsors before and at all locations during the Tour
Three generations at our location ... My mother Grace and my daughter Allison ....... a little story about this here 

Friday, September 19, 2014

My Sketchbook

My sketchbook is in Toronto this weekend at the Distillery District

If you are down that way stop by and check it out .... there are many more to view also. I had a lot of fun creating this book and look forward to maybe another one in the future.

Details of my thoughts behind this book are outlined in this blog post 

The digital copy is here .... book number 14698 ..... but there is nothing like seeing the real thing!







Monday, June 30, 2014

You're Invited

Hope everyone is enjoying this summer weather. Little humid but at least there is no shovelling and polar vortex so that is a real bonus. I for one am quite happy.

I have 10 Sumi-e works at the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Municipal Offices in the lobby. If your in the area during business hours stop by and see the show.

Next week Take Three - new work by Allison Bullock, Diana Bullock and June Probert at the beautiful McKay Centre in historic Unionville.  Hope to see you!

You're invited



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Very pleased

Very pleased that 2 of my paintings and 1 of my daughter's Allison are part of  The Colour and Form Society’s 2014 Biennial Exhibition and will take place on June 4 to June 24, 2014 at The Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre, 87 Pottery Road in Toronto.

Here are the paintings lined up and ready to be taken to the gallery. Mine are on the outside and Allison's is in the  middle 

Opening on Sunday ..... planning to be there and if you are in the city please stop by 


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Anniversary

My parents 63 years ago. Happy Anniversary

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A little story about my family

Grace MacPherson, Diana Bullock and Allison Bullock were the subject of a recent article in Good Life Magazine York Region Edition. For the complete magazine please visit here  and scroll down to the York Region edition at the bottom of the page.

Here is the article




All credits to Good Life Magazine
Picture of artists by Mary Cook  
All images of art (c) the artists


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Less than six degrees to William Shatner

Just before Christmas I found out that I have an almost direct connection to William Shatner of Star Trek fame.

 I have mentioned  before about my volunteering at the York Durham Aphasia Centre for over 24 years. I have done a wide variety of things from Board Chair for 5 years, to fundraising; organizing garden tours, raffles and selling all manner of items to raise money. I am also still a weekly communication facilitator working with clients in group settings.

I also developed and deliver an Art for Communication program to the clients in 3 programs. Through art, this program helps people gain another tool for communication.

It is not an art lesson; most people would not be interested in lessons. It is not art therapy; art therapy is a powerful tool used to make connections to deep thoughts and feelings .... for people who have a challenge communicating this could be very problematic! My explanation of Art for Communication is here.

With other volunteers, I have also used some of this art to create note cards or "Cheery Notes" for a fundraising and aphasia awareness. Over the years we have raised a significant amount of money for the Aphasia Centre.

In 2001 twenty four client paintings were shown at The Latcham Gallery a local public art gallery.  I worked closely with curator Maura Broadhurst to present these beautiful works of art and raise Aphasia Awareness. This show was displayed in many different venues over the years with the final exhibition at 19 on the Park in Stouffville during the 2009 celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the York Durham Aphasia Centre. Where possible each of these paintings was given back to the clients who created them. There were a few paintings that we couldn't return.

So what does all of this have to do with William Shatner?

In 2010 the York Durham Aphasia Centre became a program of March of Dimes Canada.  For more information about the York Durham Aphasia Centre, a program of March of Dimes please visit here.

William Shatner is the spokesperson for March of Dimes.

As a gift of appreciation one of the paintings that was not returned to a client was presented to him.


So my connection to William Shatner is the painting that was presented to him.
Pretty neat!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

It is in the mail

My book for the 2014 Sketchbook Tour is on the way to Brooklyn, New York one day before the deadline of Jan 15th. I must confess that I had the book for over a year and just started to work on it last Monday. What can I say.

I am very pleased with how it turned out and even think I might have a few ideas for large paintings from this work. 

My idea started with some of my favourite music and how to portray these songs. I decided that Sumi-e or Japanese ink paintings would be the best way to accomplish this and I am very happy with the concept. 

I admit I was so happy with this sketchbook I wasn't quite ready to part with it, yes I sometimes get too attached to my work. This Tour will be coming to Toronto later this year so I will be able to visit with my book again. I did pay to have the book digitized so it will be online soon. 
All and all a very satisfying experience so I will probably try this again. 

I will post the link to the digital copy but in the meantime a sneak preview of the book.... The Music in my Life 
The Cover -Someone to watch over me

One of my favourite pages - Imperial March [Star Wars]


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year

A very Happy New Year to everyone. 

This has been a crazy 12 days for everyone in the Toronto area. We now know what is really important ..... electricity! 

I was very fortunate with the ice storm, just a few minor outages. Christmas plans changed a little but that was okay, we were all safe and warm and it just kept everything in perspective. The ice was beautiful.


Happy 2014. Wishing health, happiness, peace and prosperity.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Very Merry Christmas

Wishing you all the best of this holiday season 
A very Merry Christmas and a Joyous 2014

Jingle Bells 2014