Monday, June 12, 2017

Horseback riding

You know when you meet someone and you just know it is not going to work out because you have an instant dislike for that person? That is what it was like with Clem. He turned his head away from me when I approached him, snorted arrogantly, and started walking away from me to get a drink of water. Unfortunately, we were stuck together, kind of like in a marriage arranged by others, and I tried to make it work. Rode him through a muddy, mosquitoey trail, gently nudging him all the way to catch up with our friends. It was all fine with little hiccups for a bit, and then he decided to be a real jerk, speeding up randomly, eating grass, stopping suddenly - to his credit he started acting up when some people spooked him while chopping wood on the side of the trail. Clem and I had our differences, but he sure gave me a good workout. Horseback riding is not for the faint of heart!
I think I may just paint you, Clem.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

The valley of 10 peaks

One of the most magnificent places on our planet is this - Moraine Lake in Banff National Park. Lucky to have a sunny (albeit windy) day on the Moraine Lake. Canoeing is a great upper body workout for the whole family. Humbling experience, engaging probably about 600 muscles in a body to fight that wind. Fortunately, it was pushing against us in the first part of the paddle to the other side of the lake. Coming back was a breeze (pun intended).

Once upon a time I painted you for my #Canada150 project. I really enjoyed making paintings for this project and interactions with fellow Canadians along the way. My favourite (yes, I spell like a Canadian while I live here) part of living in Canada is exploring its really, really, terrifying, wild nature and meeting as many of its animal kingdom inhabitants. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Creative process is ever changing

I have been working on a large painting to complete koi-dragon series, and it has been a blast. Lots of texture, crackle medium, colour and bling. Layers of it! As I put more layers on, the painting changes and deviates from the original idea. Since there are many layers I have to wait a long time for the paint to dry and it takes a while to complete the painting, even if I work on it on consecutive days. That is why I always have several projects going on at the same time in different stages of progress. Here is one of my 2 ft diameter koi paintings from the series.

Sunday, June 4, 2017


These birds are the symbol of the West for me. They have been my neighbours for 25 years, whether in AZ, or NM or CO or now in Alberta. I see them as tough creatures, capable of surviving the most harsh conditions. They are beautiful in their ability to adopt to challenges of living in desolate places. I like to observe the sheen of their feathers and beautiful shades of green and blue.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Moose paintings

The animal I always associated Canada with is the moose. There was a couple of young ones who came through our neighbourhood a few years ago. It was strange to see them in an urban setting like that. Those two are actually the only two I saw in Canada in five years we have lived here. They are elusive in the wild - I spotted a lot of wildlife on our travels through the mountains: wolves, caribou, bears, birds, elk, deer, goats, sheep etc. , but never a moose. This is surprising to me since we saw a lot of them every time we went to Estes Park in CO. Canadian moose are more shy I suppose (or just not that used to humans as those in CO).

This is the first painting of a moose I did "In a Rut" 36x60".

This one is a part of my #Canada150 project, 11" diameter.

Friday, June 2, 2017


Motherhood is a challenging job - kids change so fast and morph into different persons overnight! It is imperative to stay a step ahead of them at all times. Children have taught me a lot of things over the years and I am grateful for the lessons they provided so far.

Today is a rainy day in Edmonton. It is a great day to work on a new large painting and do some cooking.
One thing we are working on is to improve everyone's cooking skills. I used to use an egg timer (the type you put in the water and indicates when it is done with shrinking egg inside it) to hard boil eggs but it was not working anymore. Today I found a perfect method (thank you google!) to make hard boiled eggs - bring them to rolling boil from cold water, take them off the stove, cover and time for 12 minutes then drain the water! They came out perfect. I am still learning to cook and am grateful for internet :). Kids also enjoy cooking and finding recipes. For example my boy made some delicious popsicles yesterday from a made-from-scratch smoothie. They were delightful and are already gone!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bee painting from Canada 150 project is sold

I am so excited that it will be beautifying a room of a lovely newborn baby. I am grateful for all the parents out there who introduce their children to art from the day they are born! Thank you T and M for your purchase.


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