May 05,2012

When I began this series I established the fact that I would not reciprocate and pose at 81, for anyone. No way did I want in the future, to be reminding anyone of myself at this stage of my life, when I am rapidly deteriorating. I spotted one of my teacher's work on the computer, emailed to praise his work and he invited us to his studio at Granville Island. Recently I emailed to explain why we did not go this year and he said, after 42 years it was time for me to again paint him, then added he would like to paint me. I began to say no but then somehow I ended up agreeing, curious about what he would do with weight wrinkles and an old lady. It is strange, though vanity has gone, it was like ringing the firebell to an old fire horse. or lighting the stage for another show. What would I wear - haul out Santa Fe jewery, Spanish shawls, Navajo velvet, or pretend I am the person we all see . . . .

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October, 2019
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?