November 26,2011
I Love Painting People!

I intended to paint the "Artists of Vancouver Island" on linen 18"x24" but used a beveled 24"x36" that I had on hand for a subject that needed size. Liked that size so much I did some of each size. Now the bigger ones are all I want. I dread the idea of redoing the small ones and loosing the freshness, so I guess I will just have a mixture of sizes - and let someone else figure out how to hang them. Gary had a magic touch hanging paintings, that I miss already.

It was invigorating to see visiting family and the new baby, now I can seriously attack the paintings again.

If poses slow down over Christmas that will give me a chance to finish some and be ready for the third flight.


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For over forty years, painting related totally to the American Southwest. It was people of the dry hot desert, solid mesas, cacti, stone and canyons that made my heart leap.

When I realized I would never see the desert again, I began a search for something to paint. Nana suggested, B.C, vineyards and took me to Penticton where I did one painting. Nana and Gary then began to take me on Mystery tours of the island and always included a vineyard. But they all were so green! So many leaves so many trees - I don't do trees and I rarely use green - dont really like looking at green, but I got started on a duty series not an inspired series.

I guess it was July or early August when we were driving home from a winery visit. I was grousing about painting the Festive Flying Grape series when Gary said "Start another series, you can work on more than one at a time."

For some reason those words triggered the words "I could paint the Island artists!" Nana and Gary agreed and it was the topic of conversation all the way home

For a while I was afraid I wouldn't get volunteers to pose but it is rolling and each one offers something special to inspire me. And it is lovely to feel all I am doing was sparked by Gary and like all I do, supported by Nana.

April Update 2012 Sixteen fine artists, many of national repute, have posed for Artists of Vancouver Island and many are booked or promised. There will be no poses after June 30,2012. When I have painted all twenty-five I will turn my thought to . . . what next?