Blue Heron Writes

Sharing to Inspire through Words and Pictures

‘4’ Painters Autumn Show & Sale

For the third year, artists, Janice Feist, Lynda Lynn,Pat Whittle and Wendie Donabie, present their ‘4’  Autumn Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28 at the Bala Bay Inn on Hwy 169 in Bala.

'4' Painters - Wendie Donabie, Pat Whittle, Lynda Lynn, Janice Feist

‘4’ Painters – Wendie Donabie, Pat Whittle, Lynda Lynn, Janice Feist

Offering a variety of styles and mediums (including acrylic, oil, watercolour, encaustic, ink, pastel and mixed media), the 4 artists, welcome visitors to the Bala Bay Inn September 27 & 28 from 10 am to 6 pm.

No matter your taste, the diversity of the artists ensures you will find a painting you will love

For more information please visit or call 705-646-3663

NorthWords Literary Festival Comes to the Heart of Muskoka


Muskoka Magic, Chinese Ink on watercolour paper, 15 x 4.5 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

Muskoka Magic, Chinese Ink on watercolour paper, 15 x 4.5 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

There’s great news for lovers of the written word. On the weekend of October 3-5, the NorthWords Literary Festival will take place in the Bracebridge, Ontario.

Now in its fourth year, the festival is a celebration of Canadian literature, designed to promote a love of reading in children and adults. Other goals of the festival include providing a forum for inspiration and education in literature, and promoting Muskoka and surrounding areas.

Past festivals have provided an outstanding experience for authors, attendees and sponsors. Many of Canada’s most acclaimed authors have participated in readings, workshops, and book signings over the past years.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s festival will feature award-winning and acclaimed authors from across Canada including: Terry Fallis, Anthony De Sa, Richard Scrimger, Michael Wuitchik, Craig Davidson, Michelle Berry, Catherine Bush, Krista Foss, Ali Bryan, Janet Turpin-Myers, Anne Lazurko and M. G. Vassanji. In addition to readings and book signings, the festival will feature a one-day workshop with well-known authors discussing fiction writing.

The NorthWords Muskoka Literary Festival is an amazing community event which draws people from all over Ontario and brings together people from all walks of life, united in their love of a story. The organizing committee is currently seeking sponsors for the festival. If you are interested please contact Festival Organizer, Cindy Watson at 705-645-5595 to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

For more information on the festival and registration, please visit

You can register online for the Writers’ Workshop and all 7 authors events.

And Full Weekend passes available for discounted prices (NOTE: Writers’ Workshop not included in Pass price)!

(NOTE re Painting: Muskoka Magic was created as the promotional artwork for the 2014 NorthWords Muskoka Literary Festival. It will be auctioned during the Festival weekend)

Internet Art Scams – Artists, Don’t Get Caught!

My Story

Recently, I received an email from a stranger, out of the country, offering to purchase a number of my paintings. First Red Flag! Who buys one painting let alone five from an unknown artist, sight unseen, off a website. It seemed too good to be true and ultimately it was… The details of my experience are personal but I felt I needed to share my story to warn other artists.

I wrote back to the ‘buyer’ asking why they wanted my work and how they found me. It’s not as if I’m a world-famous artist! She said she found me through a tourism site in our area (plausible) and loved my work;  she connected with them. All creative types hope for this kind of feedback on their work. The woman (might have been a man – who knows?) had all the right words to ease my concerns.

When she wanted to use her own shipping company and not a well-known one like UPS or FEDEX, I questioned her. Second Red Flag! She explained that she had used them before and trusted them to handle the paintings for her.

I checked out the shipper’s website. It was not very sophisticated but appeared to have a legitimate address and contact information. I even Google mapped the shipper’s address, a row house in England – not a commercial building. Third Red Flag! The shipping company offered me what could have been a legitimate reason for their location. They were moving their warehouse and using the residential address to continue to conduct their business.

The shipper provided a quote for packaging, shipping and insurance and requested payment by wire transfer, not credit card, addressed to an individual, not a company. Fourth Red Flag!

Then the buyer wanted to add another 3 paintings to her order. Fifth Red Flag! I woke up and Googled her address. It was non-existent. When I questioned her, she offered the excuse that she lived in a remote area which was another reason for using her shipper. That was the nail in her coffin. The address she had provided was in the middle of a the capital city of a European country.

During the last few stages of this drama, I did an internet search for ART SCAMS and found a blog by Artist, Kathleen McMahon called Stop Art Scams. In the comments from other artists, I found, both the name of my buyer and the shipper. They had all received similar email correspondence. I recommend you take a look at the blog.

To make the initial purchase, the buyer used a credit card which I now believe to be stolen.

When I realized I had been the victim of a scam, I reported the incident to the local Ontario Provincial Police detachment and the RCMP Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre; they found the email address for the shipper in their files.

I’m left a little embarrassed for not trusting my gut instinct and all the red flags! I believed I had asked all the right questions and protected myself and never expected to fall for such a scheme. How wrong I was!

Scammers may actually be near or far, any gender, any nationality,  and relish the challenge of fooling a questioning, sophisticated, intelligent, selling artist.


What you can do

  • Please protect yourself and your work. Only sell to people you have met and who have seen your work.
  • Get full payment is advance of shipping (ensure all transactions have cleared your bank).
  • Arrange your own shipping with a well-known and reliable company.
  • If your buyer asks for any special concessions that seem odd, question them.
  • If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

Stop Art Scams

The police confirmed my experience reflected a common pattern followed by scammers; the exact details may differ. Although these criminals are rarely tracked down and caught, let alone prosecuted for their crimes, we need to report all fraud incidents to the authorities. The more information they have, the better chance of reducing and stopping these crimes.

To report fraud:

In Canada: the provincial police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501



© Wendie Donabie





Seen Between the Stacks

Huntsville Public Library

- My First Solo Exhibition!


A selection of  8 paintings are hanging between the stacks  at Huntsville Library, 7 Minerva Street East, Huntsville, Ontario. Phone: 705-789-5232

Here is a list of the work in the show:

  • 2014-15 Firmly Rooted – Stream of Consciousness
  • 2014-11 Firmly Rooted – Gathering of Elders
  • 2014-10 Watchman
  • 2014-9 Firmly Rooted – Contentment
  • 2014-8 Firmly Rooted – Morning Has Broken
  • 2014-4 Woven Path
  • 2013 -3 Firmly Rooted – Guardians of the Forest
  • 2011-15 Muskoka River at Bracebridge Falls #1

The show runs to September 25. Click here for the price list of paintings in the show. To see images of the work on display at Huntsville Public Library, please visit my website at

Please drop by the library if you are visiting Huntsville this summer or early fall!
Woven Path

Woven Path, 40 x 30 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014






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Last Evening of Public Summer Readings in Muskoka!

Bracebridge CCW Poster Final




Tall Pine Tales

A series of public readings by talented writers

from Haliburton and Muskoka

comes to an end on

Monday, August 18, 7 pm

Bracebridge Public Library

94 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge


Admission by donation – refreshments served & there are door prizes!


 You will be entertained by great writing from Haliburton and Muskoka, as well as,

Master of Ceremonies, Paul Feist, well known local resident, actor, writer, singer.


Paul Feist, Master of Ceremonies for Cottage Country Writers August 18

Please come out and support your local writers!

 Proceeds to the local libraries

For more information please contact Wendie at 705-646-3663

Public readings were held earlier on the following dates

  Wednesday, July 16, 7 pm

Haliburton Community Hall

Wednesday, July 30, 7 pm
Baysville Library


ARTS FESTIVAL in Downtown Bracebridge – August 9!

Saturday, August 9, Manitoba Street (from Taylor Road to Ontario Street) in Bracebridge is closing to traffic for ART IN THE HEART 2014.  Festival Hours are 9 am – 6 pm

You’ll find Carolyn Freedman and I at SOULL KREATIONSBooth #4, by the clock tower building (Taylor Rd and Manitoba Street) as part of the Arts Festival. Our one-of-a-kind jewellery created from crystals, glass beads, a variety of semi precious stones and recycled materials, hand-made bookmarks, blank art cards and other unique items will be available.

Wrapped Stone Pendants

Wrapped Stone Pendants

Crocheted Necklaces

Crocheted Necklaces




Kumihimo Bracelets

Kumihimo Bracelets








Jewellery from Recycled Materials

Jewellery from Recycled Materials

Crystal Memory Bracelets

Crystal Memory Bracelets

Blank Notecards from Original Paintings

Blank Artcards from Original Paintings


Inspirational Bookmarks from Watercolour & Ink Paintings

Inspirational Bookmarks from Watercolour & Ink Paintings

Birthday Bookmarks

Birthday Bookmarks


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Tribute to Long John Baldry

If that name means anything to you, please visit the newest post at Flatoutbozo.(just click here). The blogger is a friend with project in mind

Thank you.




Penny Pottery pieces created by Johanthan Bullock

Wish, Hope, Dream
One-of-a kind creations from Pottery pieces donated by Johnathan Bullock, Medieval Pottery- Sale – August 2 & 3 in Gravenhurst, Ontairo

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Canadian Authors Association Opens Chapter in Muskoka – Author Terry Fallis guest at premier meeting

Canadian Authors Association opens chapter in Muskoka

Author Terry Fallis guest at premier meeting July 23

On Wednesday July 23, at 6:30 pm, writers of all genres and levels and lovers of the written word are invited to The Canadian Authors Association Muskoka premier meeting in the upstairs of Riverwalk Restaurant, 1 Manitoba St., Bracebridge (enter through the black door under the purple awning). This inaugural event is free to the public. David Friesen, Executive Chef and owner of Riverwalk, has generously provided space for the event and has prepared a special menu for attendees; doors open at 6 pm.

Guest speaker, award-winning author, Terry Fallis, will discuss his most recent novel, No Relation, which hit bookstores in May 2014. Attendees will hear about the inspiration for this, his fourth national best-selling novel published by McClelland & Stewart. Terry will share how he moves from inspiration to the actual writing of the novel.

His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans, won Terry the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.” Terry was a finalist for the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal. He won the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award, then in June, 2013, the Canadian Booksellers Association presented Terry with the Libris Award for Author of the Year.

During the meeting, those in attendance will also learn about the benefits of membership in The Canadian Authors’ Association. The CAA is the first and longest running national writers’ organization. Founded in 1921 by Stephen Leacock and other prominent authors of the day, CAA has evolved into a wide-reaching organization that is a unique blend of local community chapters and a dynamic national network. Members are offered a wide variety of programs, services and resources to help them develop their skills in both the craft and the business of writing, to enhance their ability to earn a living as a writer, and have access to a Canada-wide network of writers and publishing industry professionals.

Terry Fallis’s debut novel, The Best Laid Plans, won Terry the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.”

The CAA Muskoka plans to meet t on the third Thursday of every month in the upstairs of Riverwalk Restaurant. More details will follow prior to the August meeting. Each meeting is free to members and will feature an author, agent or publisher sharing their experience and expertise about writing and the writing business. There will be a fee charged to non-members.

For more information, please contact Wendie at 705-646-3663 or Cindy at 705-646-5595 and visit to learn more about the Canadian Authors Association.


Jewellery and Paintings – July 5 in Bracebridge !

Here’s a few examples of what you will see at our booth

Saturday, July 5

at the

Muskoka Furniture Arts & Crafts Show

195 Wellington Street, Bracebridge

Show hours: 10 am – 4 pm


Eleven Muskoka Artists, Entertainment, Food, MOOSE FM and Furniture deals at Muskoka Furniture!

2014-21 Dragonfly #4, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 7 inches Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

2014-21 Dragonfly #4, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 7 inches Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

2014-19 Dragonfly #2, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 7 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

2014-19 Dragonfly #2, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 7 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

Woven Path

Woven Path, Acrylic on Canvas, 40 x 30 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

Morning Has Broken

Morning Has Broken, Acrylic on watercolour paper, 7.5 x 15 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

2013-26 Fun with Fiddleheads, Acrylic on Canvas, 14  x 11, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

2013-26 Fun with Fiddleheads, Acrylic on Canvas, 14 x 11, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013






Crocheted wire necklace


New jewellery from recycled items


Memory wire bracelets


Wrapped stone pendants




Kumihimo Bracelets – Custom Orders Taken!

Carolyn and I look forward to sharing our creations with you!

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