We all want to sell our work but this is not the way…..Unless you know the person contacting you, do not reply to their communication……
Forewarned is forearmed!
So, I get the following email this morning….
Carolyn Freedman and I have been making jewellery under the name, Soull Kreations, for the past three years. As friends, we enjoyed each others company and wanted to do something creative together. Our goal was to design beautiful, easy-to-wear and affordable costume jewellery. Our necklaces are long enough to put over your head so no need to fuss with a clasp. As well, our Daisy and Memory Wire Bracelets slip easily over your hand – no fasteners to worry about. Prices on our products range from $15 to $30 CDN.
Our company name, Soull Kreations, resulted from a desire to connect our work at a deeper level with our clients. When we searched out the name, we found the ‘correct’ spelling already in use, so we got creative with ours. We really do know how to spell! :)
Today, Soull Kreations’ one-of-a-kind products are hand-made from Swarovski and other high quality crystals, glass beads, wire, metal, natural stones and sometimes interesting recycled materials. Both of us feel a strong connections to nature and wanted to reflect that in our work. For this year’s collection, we focussed on the dragonfly, a symbol of change related to mental and emotional maturity and the deeper meaning of life. And also on the Daisy, a flower associated with innocence and simplicity, both qualities so rare today.
Carolyn and I look forward to coming up with new designs to inspire and bring beauty to our clientèle.
Inspired by our beautiful Muskoka Sunsets, I created a small series of paintings to celebrate these natural works of art that grace our evening skies.
These paintings are a small selection of the work I will have available this coming weekend at the Baysville Arts & Crafts Festival. The art market sets up in the Gristmill Park and Robertson Parkette, a park-like setting adjacent to the Muskoka River in Baysville, Ontario. A band shell and public washrooms separate the two parks ; public docks on the river allow boaters direct access into the park. Admission is by donation with proceeds to the Baysville Horticultural Society.
My jewellery partner, Carolyn Freedman and I will also have a selection of our SOULL KREATIONS Jewellery Collection available featuring our newest dragonfly designs. You’ll find us in Booth #45 in Gristmill Park, under SOULL KREATIONS.
Hope to see you in Baysville!
To view my portfolio of art, please visit, www.wendiedonabie.com
Summer in Muskoka is always a busy time, trying to take advantage of the wonderful weather and so many special events. Visit Muskoka Tourism at this link to discover all there is to do in our beautiful area.
Here’s what I’m up to the next few weeks! Still lots of planning and work to be done for a couple of art shows and two reading events.
MUSKOKA FURNITURE‘S ANNUAL ARTS and CRAFTS SIDEWALK SALE!
195 Wellington Street, Bracebridge
Local artisans will be displaying and selling a variety of hand-crafted items for home and cottage!
At the SOULL KREATIONS tent, you’ll find a selection of Wendie’s small paintings and new items from the Soull Kreations Jewellery
collection – designed and made by Carolyn Freedman and Wendie Donabie.
The 3rd Annual TALL PINE TALES
presented by Cottage Country Writers:
Wednesday, August 5 – Baysville Public Library. MC – Wendie Donabie
Monday, August 17 – Bracebridge Public Library, MC – Paul Feist
Both events: 7 – 9 pm
Admission by donation. Proceeds to the libraries.
Refreshments and Door Prizes
Join us for two evenings of great entertainment with 9 talented writers at each event. These are the 2nd and 3rd nights of readings that started with the Haliburton event on July 15. Initiated 3 years ago by Melody Richardson, the writing groups from Haliburton, Baysville and Bracebridge have continued this summer tradition. This year all of the evenings are dedicated to Melody who died in June of this year. Her energy, enthusiasm and encouragement will be missed by all of the writers in Haliburton and Muskoka who had the privilege to know her.
Gristmill Park and the adjacent Robertson Parkette. Baysville, Ontario
Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9
10 am – 4 pm
Carolyn Freedman and Wendie Donabie will be participating in the 29th Baysville Arts and Crafts Festival in Baysville, Ontario hosted by The Baysville Riverfront Group. Our SOULL KREATIONS jewellery collection and a selection of my paintings will be available for sale.
The two-day outdoor event features unique and original work by artisans from all over Ontario. Admission to the park and festival is by donation with the proceeds going to the Baysville Horticultural Society.
203 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge, Ontario
As of May 22 I will have an ever-changing selection of my paintings on display here in Bracebridge.
Stop in for the best coffee roasted here in Muskoka and a menu of scrumptious sweets, breakfast and lunch items!
195 Wellington Street, BracebriWendie Donabie Websitedge, Ontario
Ongoing display of paintings
Please stop by to sample Tea Infusion’s wide selection of loose teas and take some home to enjoy.
Phone: (705) 640-8327
To view more of my paintings, please visit www.wendiedonabie.com
How do I, as an artist, capture Nature’s brilliant palette of colours when the evening sky fills with a fast-changing rainbow of hues? For me the only way is using reference photos. The next problem is matching colours. Well, forget that! No matter how many paint colours exist and how much mixing I do, it seems impossible to duplicate those amazing, natural colours.
Still, I want to paint them, to in some small way share the beauty of our Muskoka sunsets.
I hope you enjoy these 4 acrylic on canvas creations, all 5 x7 inches, unframed. They are part of a collection offered at $75 each during upcoming summer art shows.
To view more of my paintings, please visit www.wendiedonabie.com
With a couple of outdoor art shows coming up, I decided creating small paintings would be a good idea. There’s always room for a small piece of art to brighten up your home, workplace or cottage. These canvases are all Acrylic on Canvas, 6 x 6 inches, $50 each.
Brilliant colours, faces open to the sun, passion, the very essence of flowers reminding me of the love I have for my life partner and of a poem written as we drew closer to a life commitment to each other.
Step by cautious step
we draw closer.
We do not know.
Two fiery signs
igniting passion and desire.
When we met again I remembered
you – the teenage boy –
always quick with a joke and a dimpled smile.
What has happened in these few short weeks?
My life no longer a straight and predictable line.
Yes, I handed God a list
but never expected a response.
And now, here you are,
the answer to my prayer.
My best friend, lover, confidante.
Step by Cautious Step – Copyright Wendie Donabie 2010
Please visit my website to view more of my paintings. www.wendiedonabie.com
I’ve been asked by several readers to share some of my creative writing so today, here is the first…
I wrote this poem in 2006 as a writing exercise for an online course. And then in 2010 I lived the poem when I met my life partner.
I’d love your feedback.
A Place As Seen By A Woman In Love
Fluid as mercury, yet hard as steel
Powerful as the birth of a new star – deep in the heavens
Thunderous as a herd of stampeding horses.
Dazzling as it played dodge ball with rays of sun.
Mesmerizing, drawing her into its welcoming embrace.
Pure as liquid crystal, and cool as a mountain spring.
With each breath, she leaned closer, wishing to fall into its wonder.
What had changed for her in the place so often visited?
Was this not simply a waterfall?
No, not this day.
For love had invaded her being – body, heart, mind and soul.
No longer could she view the world in concrete terms.
Life now reeled with poetry.
Metaphor flung itself over the precipice and dove into the gorge below.
Simile cascaded over the rocks and dripped from foliage along the water’s path.
Copyright Wendie Donabie
I’ve never written about Father’s Day…I don’t exactly know why that is. My father died on a business trip to India when I was 15 – at that age when so many of us, (me included), think our parents know nothing. I talked back to both of them. It seemed I had no control over my tongue.
When he was leaving, I tried to be nice and not snippy by saying, “Don’t get sick while you’re away.” My mother scolded me. “That’s an awful thing to suggest Wendie!” And here I thought my words were considerate! Dad had a sensitive stomach and usually experienced some kind of physical upset when he travelled.
This time, rather than get sick, he died . . . and I blamed myself. Although Dad did suffer from high blood pressure, I deduced my attitude towards him had increased his BP resulting in the massive stroke that took his life. After many years of guilt, I came to accept the medical opinion that a weakness in the myelin sheath on the brain had caused the bleed and his death. The doctor explained to my mother it could have happened at any time.
I always had the feeling Dad wanted a boy but he got me instead. My parents married older than most in those days and decided not to have a family. A short time after making that decision, Mom learned she was pregnant. As a result, I’m an only child.
Dad never said or did anything to make me feel unloved. On the contrary he included me in all his projects. We gardened together in the colourful rock garden he created. When undertaking a household repair, I’d be by his side picking up skills. And even in those difficult teen years, we still had fun times playing ping pong and enjoying family trips.
It’s been 50 years since I last looked in my father’s eyes and saw mine reflected back. I inherited his hazel greens and as I’ve aged, his laugh lines.
I wish Dad could have been there for my high school graduation, my personal and work milestones and to counsel me through so many tough decisions in my life. I always thought of him as a practical man who made sensible choices.
Then I learned from my two aunts, Dad was more like me – driven at most times by his heart. Having a business early in life and then a family, forced him to dig into his less familiar practical nature. That knowledge helped me to feel more confident in my life. Rather than feel guilty for heart-lead choices, I now know it’s who I am – part Dad, part Mom (the more practical one). I’m a melting pot of their personalities and natural abilities/skills. I do miss them both and hope someday we meet again.
I still don’t know why I haven’t written about my Dad before on this blog. On Remembrance Day last year I did post a short remembrance of him about his service during WWII but it wasn’t so much about Dad and me. In part the motivation today came from a fellow blogger’s post about his father. His words touched me and made me realize I wanted more than anything to tell my Dad, “I haven’t forgotten you, your love or the impact you had on my life. I love you Dad. Happy Father’s Day to you and to all those special fathers out there including my wonderful partner in life!”
View Wendie’s Paintings at www.wendiedonabie.com