Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas..... Happy Holidays 
Wishing you all good things 

one horse open sleigh (c) 2012

The penguins are having fun again this year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

In memory

During all the hustle bustle of the Christmas season it is easy to forget that for many this is a time of deep sadness coping with the loss of loved ones. Remembering all the friends and family who are no longer here in body but are still in my heart.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Workshop tomorrow

I am very pleased to be conducting a workshop tomorrow for the Sumi-e Artists of Canada. We are going to have fun with resists on rice paper. Anyone who has ever worked on this paper knows how thin and fragile it can be so it seems hard to imagine adding a resist to the surface. It is a very fun process and you can get some fantastic results. Looking forward to tomorrow. 

C'est moi

Workshops are held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre from 9:30 am to noon on these Saturdays. Cost: $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members.

Canadian Shield

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tic tock

That holiday clock is ticking .....LOUDLY. I am trying to be very organized this year so my panic mode is earlier than normal!

I am busy trying to create a new holiday card. These are the last 4 years of my cards. 
The penguins need to be up to something new. My thinking cap is on. Stay tuned

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Honourable Mention

The Patriarch

Very pleased and surprised that this painting of mine was given an Honourable Mention at the Sumi-e Artist of Canada's show Shades of Ink this past weekend. I have painted several of these "birds" and this was the latest one. I used feather brushes for this work and he ended up with quite ruffled feathers but somehow looking in charge ..... hence the name.
Will post a better image when I get it off my camera

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Shades of Ink ....Sumi-e Art Show

If you are looking for something different to do this weekend why not visit the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre for the annual show Shades of Ink. I have Four of my paintings in this show and two of older work is part of a calendar that will be on sale. I was very pleased that one of them was selected for the cover.

There is a lovely tea room and demonstrations all day long of Sumi-e or Japanese ink painting. I will be demonstrating at 3 pm tomorrow afternoon.

Stop by and say hello

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Remebrance Day 2012

I just got back from the ceremony at our local Legion. I have tried to go to as many of these ceremonies as possible over the years. It was very nice to see a large turnout on this warm Sunday morning.  
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, really listening and studying what happened is another. Our freedom is because of the sacrifices that were made and we should never take it for granted. 

For my Mother's story from the war visit this blog and also some other family stories visit this post and this post.

Remembering all of our Veterans today and all who are still in harms way. May our future be filled with peace.

Friday, November 2, 2012


Okay where has 2012 gone. I find it hard to believe that we are at November already! 
I have another show coming up ... Sumi-e Artists of Canada. I need five new paintings for this show. One down five to go!

Your invited!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Latcham Gallery

We are very fortunate to have a public gallery in our Town. Latcham Gallery is a great place to see art!
They are having a major fund raising event tomorrow. If your looking for a night of art, food and dancing come and join in the fun. 
I have donated this painting to the silent auction.

Monday, October 15, 2012

That's a wrap

The 12th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour is now over. Just finished cleaning my house/studio so now time to put everything back together. 
Thanks to everyone who stopped by ... record crowds on not the best weekend weather wise. Several paintings found new homes so that is a bonus!
Mark your calendars for next year our 13th, weekend after Thanksgiving,

Friday, October 12, 2012

All ready

We are all set to go at our location for the 12th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour. Paintings are hung .... just putting the labels together and then some baking. Hope you can stop by.

I have also found out that two of my Sumi-e paintings were chosen to be part of a calendar that will be for sale next month at the Sumi-e Exhibition.... more about that later.

Here are a couple of my new paintings for this weekend. I found them in the "to finish" pile and couldn't remember why I didn't like them!

For lot of information on the Tour and the artists visit their blog

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Canada

Hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Getting my space ready for the12th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour next weekend between cooking the turkey. Hope you can stop by and see our latest work. Three generations at out location.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Who turned off the heat

I love hot weather. 

Just came back from a week in Arizona .. hottest day 113F or 45 C. It was great and I will have some more thoughts when I get over the jet lag however WHO TURNED OFF THE HEAT in Stouffville. 

Yesterday bathing suit today I have fleece on and socks and I turned on the furnace when the house reached 59F. 

Can't we ease into this fall weather!

Cactus bloom at night and they are beautiful.
A morning picture.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Friday

Beautiful morning in Southern Ontario.
I have never been a fan of the return to structured life that happens this time of year.

I love summer and the wonderful hot lazy days. This summer has been exceptional for me, lots of heat and sunshine.

While I go back to structure kicking and screaming once it happens I am happy to get back to my routine.  Spent yesterday with my art group and will be seeing another group this weekend. the highlight of my week was Tuesday and Wednesday with the clients of the YorkDurham Aphasia Centre. It was Art for Communication days and they as always were amazing. 

Many of them brought their sketch books in to share. Part of my article for the YDAC newsletter

The Power of Art

Study after study has shown that brains can be retrained to adjust to the new realities after a brain injury. It is not just one thing that helps the brain but many different activities that might help. Of course each person is different and results are varied. Art for Communication is a monthly part of our program in Newmarket. Each month we go through a series of drawing exercises designed to stimulate the brain and exercise our muscles. The most important part is we have fun! By repetition we hope to create these new pathways. Drawing is also another tool to communicate. The more we draw the more comfortable we all feel drawing.  

Last month each client and volunteer in the Wednesday afternoon program received a sketch book from the dollar store to take home. They could draw anything; the only rule was that it must be in pen. The “homework” was due on the next art day. People were so pleased with what they had accomplished that they brought them before art during the month to show everyone. WOW. 
We were all amazed at everyone’s work. I doesn’t matter what is on the page but that they are working hard at retraining their brain by drawing and doodling. Now the Tuesday programs also have books and their “homework”. All of the books will be brought in to share on our next art day. 

I am so excited to see all these books. They are truly wonderful pieces of work, every single page.

More information about the art program can be found here 

Remember that most of these people they are using their non dominant hand, have never drawn before and would have never even considered trying any kind of art. They are very brave!

one person wrote a story with pictures

The courage that everyone that I have met with Aphasia can be summed up by this video of Gabby Gifford last night. 
Have a beautiful Day.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Thank you

Great 5 days at the McKay. Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

At the McKay

We are here at the McKay Centre 197 Main St today until 8 pm. Our opening is tonight 5.30 to 7.45.
Stop by and say hello, have a treat. 
We are open tomorrow and Saturday 10.15 to 5 and on Sunday 12.15 to 5. It's going to be a beautiful warm weekend and Unionville Main Street is a wonderful place to spend some time. 

Friday, August 17, 2012


The CNE begins today ..... the fair that signals the end of summer for Southern Ontario;  the new food item this year, deep fried bacon and mars bar. Thanks but no thanks, yuck. Of course there is over a month of summer left so plenty of time to enjoy my favourite season.

And next week I am very pleased to be at the McKay Centre in Unionville On with my daughter Allison Bullock and our friend June Probert. We will have 60 paintings on display. Please stop by and say hello! Your invited.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Maybe it is gone

I have been in  a little rut most of this year. Not painting as much and not even knowing what I wanted to paint. This afternoon was VERY productive. Three paintings!
Maybe the slump is gone. 

Not the best photo but these are three separate paintings

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Artist Challenge

One day I was discussing my sketchbooks collection, yes a collection, with a fellow artist and how I buy sketch books and don't want to "ruin" them by putting work in them. Turns out she did the same thing so we made a pact to use one of our books and bring it to show the next week. Of course I didn't use one of the really good books but I did start to fill up pages in a book. It has been a really stimulating exercise and I have been surprised with  how it has helped my work. Here are some of the results.
And I created a couple of paintings from one of the sketches. Sometimes we all just need a little shove to get creativity going. 

I have finished one book and have another one on the go. 

This has been really a great exercise and one that I think every artist can use. No rules, paint or draw what ever you want. My friend used poems on the opposite page, I just played with brushes and colours and paint.

It is fun! 

By the way, thanks to everyone who stopped by at our show yesterday. It was a huge success and we really enjoyed the day.

Friday, July 6, 2012

If your in Toronto

If your in Toronto tomorrow, stop by and say hello 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy Canada Day

Happy Birthday Canada..... Best place to live!

Sunday, June 24, 2012


End of June already. Where does the time go!

Paintings are still up at the Love of Jo and also I am going to be showing work in 2 locations over the next few months. Busy getting ready with some new work that I will be posting. Details to follow soon.

In the meantime I am enjoying this first weekend of summer.
Hope you are also

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Art at the Love of Jo Coffee House

One of the sponsors of the Stouffville Studio Tour The Love of Jo Coffee House showcase a different visual artist every month.

For the month of June there are three artists' work on the walls, mother, Grace MacPherson, daughter Diana Bullock and granddaughter Allison Bullock.

We are delighted to each have six paintings on exhibit.
Stop by, have a coffee and see our work

Friday, May 25, 2012


My favourite time of year is now. 
I love the spring, the colour of green in Southern Ontario is so beautiful. 

I love the temperatures especially if it is hot, it's like little surprises of summer. 

The smell of spring, apple blossoms, lilacs, peonies all so strong 

I love the baby animals in the spring, the goslings, calves, horses just enjoying the moment. 

The rain in spring smells so wonderful

My favourite U2 song is Beautiful Day.... 
Enjoy this beautiful spring day

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Monday

I know Monday but .... I have had a great busy week and half, art show, anniversary, away for a couple of days and then Mother's Day. All of it absolutely fantastic but busy. I really enjoyed it all but I was ready for a quiet day of catching up. 

Happy Monday, got a few things accomplished! Yeah!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Last autumn the Lemonville Group of Artists had a wonderful exhibition at the Latcham Gallery, Stouffville Views from the Moraine. It was the culmination of several years of work for our group exploring the Oak Ridges Moraine as artists living on or near it. 

We were very happy with our work and I used a website, to create a catalogue or book of the show with the artists statements about their work. The book can be viewed here and if you wish to own a copy you can purchase it through Blurb.

Monday, May 7, 2012

A little tired

Just a little tired after a great 2 days at the Lemonville Show. 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by. VERY supportive people with positive feedback, VERY busy with record crowds and the bonus many paintings have new homes! The energy was infectious. 

A few days of rest and then we are going to start thinking about next year ... our 20th so mark your calendars May 4th and 5th 2013!

Friday, May 4, 2012

All ready

We are all set for the show this weekend. Lemonville Group of Artists, Lemonville Community Centre 13453 McCowan Rd, Stouffville tomorrow and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Looking forward to a fun weekend! Everyone is invited.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Almost ready

I am almost ready for this weekend's show. In the past I may have been known to be painting up to the last minute, framing and generally running around. Not this year! I have finished almost everything. Just a few last minute details and I will be done.
I think I rather like this feeling!

C'est moi
Frogs a Leaping

Here are paintings that will be on display this weekend.

Monday, April 23, 2012


As an artist I am often asked to donate work to a good cause. I consider this an honour to be asked but I am also thoughtful about the organization, is it something I really believe in and the audience, how would my work be received. With these considerations I am selective about my donations. 

Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation, is one organization that I support fully, both in the past and this year for their Gala Friday. Details here


My donated painting for this event

Friday, April 20, 2012


61 is a big number especially when it's a wedding anniversary. Happy 61st wedding anniversary to my parents....still going strong!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Crisis over .... I think I retrieved all but one of my blog posts that I deleted yesterday. If anyone out there does it look for the "cache" of your page and copy and paste into a new post. 
Tedious and time consuming but now it is done...going to follow my tech support 's advise and back up everything.
Lesson learned!

Monday, April 16, 2012


The new blogger has deleted my posts from October on .... very aggravating to say the least. Working on getting them back but in the meantime here is a copy of the invitation for the upcoming show.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Ozzy-it's not easy being green

My cats love to help me paint. They love the music and the places to poke around in my studio space. They do not go in there unless I am working. 

Today I was cleaning 20 palettes and adding paint for the Aphasia Centre's Art for Communication program next week when Ozzy decided to help by jumping into the wet watercolour paint. One white cat with red and green fur, feet, stomach and face! 
An emergency bath and he is good as new [stomach fur had a slight green tinge, actually decided to cut it out seemed easier than bathing him again]

Very glad it was watercolour paint and not acrylic!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Happy Earth Hour

Turn off your lights between 8.30 and 9.30 for Earth Hour...why?

Well the crazy weather that has been going on in Southern Ontario should make us all realize that we can't continue on this same path. Whether it is a regular weather pattern or global warming that caused our wacky temperatures it  doesn't matter. We live in a world of disappearing polar caps and bees. Agricultural land that is being developed at an alarming rate and disappearing rain forests. 

Seems silly to turn off power for an hour to help the earth but everything starts with that first step, that seemingly inconsequential movement that mushrooms into something more. 

So for our planet lets turn off the lights for the hour.... what's the harm and it might start some conversations with those political types who can do something about this road we are traveling

Trees in Sunlight
Everyone should be able to enjoy nature, trees and sunlight.

Stepping down from my soap box!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Spring

Hard to believe it is spring already, my favourite season and with the weather we have been having in Stouffville it feels more like summer.
Only one week left for the Lemonville Group Show at the Town Offices. A great show!

Gearing up for our annual show at the Lemonville Community Centre. This painting might be there!