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Thanks to theeditorsjournal blogger who pointed out the link to Art Fido was questionable. It was!!!! Now corrected.. to visit try Art Fido


Looking for a way to sell your art?

This is a quick post to let other artists know about a site I discovered today. It’s

Setting up an account and adding your art is free. When your art sells, you pay 10% to Fido Art. That’s an incredible deal. The only issue I have is shipping costs. I put in an estimate and advised I would obtain actual cost for legitimate buyers. I’ll let you know how this works out.

Here is the first painting I offered for sale. Winter Solstice is a watercolour on paper, framed, but I have listed an unframed price as well.  (Framed:$400; Unframed: $300  - both prices plus shipping).


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Winter Solstice © Wendie Donabie 2012 Watercolour on paper 213/4x145/8

Winter Solstice © Wendie Donabie 2012
Watercolour on paper 21.75×145/8

Winter Solstice - Copyright Wendie Donabie

Article-365: A Four Letter Word

Wendie Donabie:

I’m reblogging this post so more people can find out about Project 365. Please take time to read and then visit Richard Radstone’s blog page.
Thank you…..Wendie

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four letter

I sit here writing, contemplative, examining… I sit here, looking at my wife and daughter across the room, wondering about the example I am setting for them? I sit here thinking about the sum whole of why Operation-365 even exists and the blood, sweat and tears put into building it. I sit here in analysis—self-debating as I decide to recommit to my essays in adding a different spin on our daily entries.

For almost three years Operation-365 has allowed us to meet and get to know 100s of absolute strangers, and it will continue to do so. To read about, and now with the video entries, to literally hear the words shared by these hundreds of brave people. All walks of life have we met. All manner of attitudes have we approached, and to be open, the big take away is still being developed.

However, I can faithfully say this:…

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One Month to Art Show Opening

2013-3 Guardian of the Forest, Waterolour & Ink, 9x11.5 - copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

Firmly Rooted - Guardian of the Forest, Watercolour & Ink, 9×11.5 inches – copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

One month tomorrow, on Saturday, May 3, Janice Feist and I open our 2-woman art show at Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge. Firmly Rooted examines where we’ve come from and where we are now in our lives and creative journeys as artists. Our shared love of trees and nature, passion for painting and desire to connect with childhood roots drew Janice Feist and I together and resulted in this show concept. We hope the work inspires viewers to examine their own roots, their connections to nature, to each other and to all life.

I’ve always felt an affinity with nature, not as a camper, but rather as one who spent hours hiking and playing in the woods as a child and later in my life as an adult. I grew up without any siblings but I always had one close friend. We would play in the tree covered drumlins of Hastings County that surrounded the village of Batawa, picking wildflowers and catching polliwogs in the local creek. I loved the sounds of the forest – the leaves rustling in the wind, the scampering of small squirrels and chipmunks around the forest floor and the chorus of birdsong.

I’m attracted to all trees but especially those character trees with unique bark configurations, trunk shapes and root systems. Like humans, I see them as unique individuals, each with a personality of its own. I’m not sure when I developed my love of trees but perhaps it began when my father rescued an ancient oak on our property. It stood outside my bedroom window, like a stalwart guardian throughout my childhood. Its branches yielded abundant harvests of acorns attracting flocks of blue jays and one summer an oriole built its hammock-like nest in the oak’s branches.

2014-2 Firmly Rooted - Enchantment #3, Oil on Canvas, 10 x 8 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

Firmly Rooted – Enchanted #3, Oil on Canvas, 10 x 8 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

A show like this requires a lot of planning, soul-searching and nose-to-the-grindstone work. For the past few months we’ve both struggled to select images to convey our message and experience. Then came the actual creative time at the easel applying brush and paint to paper and canvas. We’ve produced a body of work in acrylic, oil, ink and watercolour that we believe expresses our intention for the show. Paintings range in size from 8 x 10 inches to 36 x 48 inches.

As the show approaches, we continue to create new work and will select what we feel best represents our theme and our current development as artists. Future posts will share more show details.

Please visit to see more work.

Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

April Fools’ Haiku

Wendie Donabie:

Thought this haiku still fit for spring 2014….The birds are wondering when the snow will go.

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I’m not one to normally participate in a daily writing challenges but this one from WORDPRESS intrigued me – write a poem every day for the month of April. Besides I haven’t blogged for over a month and I had committed to one post a month. Plus I do write poetry although lately my focus has more on prose and painting….

I’ll do my best to bring something to the table every day – they will be short. Today I offer up a HAIKU poem on the reluctance of spring to arrive. It’s April 1 and in my area of Canada we are experiencing snow flurries, at times almost blizzard conditions mixed with sunny breaks. It’s nature’s April Fools’ joke on us!

April Fools’

Oh reluctant spring,

as trees bud red, snow blows white

birds  huddle in trees.

© Wendie Donabie 2013

Hai·ku  (hk)

n. pl. 

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Defy Winter – Welcome Spring with Original Artwork

At 12:57 pm local time, spring arrived in Muskoka with a blizzard! The local news suggested Mother Nature didn’t get the memo but I think she simply had a mind of her own.


Henrike, we make a great team. Just look at this wall!
Perfect, Linda!

In spite of the weather and perhaps to spite it, the art show set-up crew showed up at the Bracebridge Sportsplex and spent the day hanging, placing, arranging the over 225+ pieces of original art submitted for the MAC Members’ Spring Art Show. Pottery, sculpture, fibre work, paintings in all mediums, metal work, stained glass, clothing, jewelry, basketry and more!


So, Pam, how about that one?



One of Jocelyn’s vintage creations


Make sure you’ve got that in the right spot, Wendy.

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Colourful Spring Art Show Offers Relief from Endless Winter White

It’s March 15, only 5 days until the first day of spring. Yesterday, Mother Nature teased us with lovely spring-like temperatures. Water dripping from icicles and rivulets running off shrinking snow piles warmed our hearts and filled us with hope. Winter must be coming to an end.

Then the snow returned today and temperatures dropped well below freezing again. Sigh! Yet in the midst of this seemingly endless winter, a breath of fresh air blows through Muskoka next weekend with the opening of the Muskoka Arts & Crafts Spring Members’ Show.

For three days, you can wander among beautiful works of art and escape from the world outside. And maybe  find a special item that touches your spirit, that you must make part of your home.

Here are the show details:

2014 Spring Show Evite

Date/Time -
Friday, March 21: 7 – 10 pm
Saturday, March 22: 10am – 5 pm
Sunday, March 23: 11 am – 4 pm

Location – Bracebridge Sportsplex,  110 Clearbrook Trail, Bracebridge, Ontario

The Spring Members’ Show displays the strength, vitality, creativity, and wealth of talent found within Muskoka Arts & Crafts. The diverse and outstanding work by our members creates an exciting three-day exhibition. Over one hundred of our four hundred members have their work in the show.

The Show opens with an awards presentation and reception on Friday beginning at 7pm. Following the awards presentation, Moonglow takes the stage to provide an evening of entertaining music as the artists and the public mingle to share ideas about the work on hand as well as creativity in general.

While visiting the show, you can cast your vote for the Peoples’ Choice Award.

Throughout Saturday, and Sunday, artists offer demonstrations of their techniques and artistry. In addition to the work on display, these demonstrations are an inspiring and educational glimpse into the creative world.

As a labour of love, members volunteer their time, energy, expertise, and enthusiasm to set up and manage this gala exhibition. The artists welcome you to the show, answer your questions and help you with purchases.

Please drop by next weekend to enjoy a break from winter!

On a personal note, three of my paintings will be available for sale at the MAC SPRING MEMBERS’ SHOW.


2013-28  Muskoka Rocks & Pine Needles #1, Acrylic on Canvas, 14 x 11, copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

2013-28 Muskoka Rocks & Pine Needles #1, Acrylic on Canvas, 14 x 11, copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

2013-29  Muskoka Rocks & Pine Needles #2, Acrylic on Canvas, 14 x 11, copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

2013-29 Muskoka Rocks & Pine Needles #2, Acrylic on Canvas, 14 x 11, copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

2013-36 Field of Remembrance, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 24 Copyright Wendie Donabie

2013-36 Field of Remembrance, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 24 Copyright Wendie Donabie

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Pine Point, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 12 ins Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

Pine Point, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 12 ins Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

Currently I’m participating in a Muskoka Arts and Crafts (MAC) Members Show at Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge.  A Thousand Words is a themed show challenging members to create artwork inspired by each artist’s favourite quote. The show runs until March 8, 2014.

I entered Pine Point in the show with the quote: “For a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots among the rocks.” Friedrich Nietzsche   

From March 21-23, I’ll have 3 paintings included in the MAC Spring Members’ Show. This is the 37th year for the juried show. Opening reception: 7 pm, March 21Show hours: Friday, 7pm – 10pm, Saturday, 10am – 5pm, and Sunday, 11am – 4pm. The show takes place at the Bracebridge Sportsplex, located at 110 Clearbrook Trail.

Below are my three entries in the show. Both shows provide a great opportunity for the public to view the amazing range of talent in Muskoka Arts and Crafts organization and purchase an original piece of art.

2013-28  Muskoka Rocks & Pine Needles #1, Acrylic on Canvas, 14 x 11, copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

2013-28 Muskoka Rocks & Pine Needles #1, Acrylic on Canvas, 14 x 11, copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

2013-29  Muskoka Rocks & Pine Needles #2, Acrylic on Canvas, 14 x 11, copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

2013-29 Muskoka Rocks & Pine Needles #2, Acrylic on Canvas, 14 x 11, copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

2013-36 Field of Remembrance, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 24 Copyright Wendie Donabie

2013-36 Field of Remembrance, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 24 Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

I Am A Ukrainian, This Needs To Go Viral

Wendie Donabie:

Re-posting this YOU TUBE video. The original link did not work…. Thank you.

Please share this video with your BLOG, FACEBOOK and other social media friends and family. As human beings, we need to support the peaceful protestors in the Ukraine. Thank you

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

I am not a Ukrainian. But, the creator of this video is and it should make us all feel like we are. Watch it. Share it. Send it to your representatives. It’s not your problem. True. But all of our collective voices might be part of the solution.

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If our shows of support as Europeans and Americans are weaker than Russia’s desire for control, the political ramifications of that will be felt. This simple, but powerful message has not gone viral the way videos of cats and laughing babies do — and it probably won’t, unless we do our best to make sure as many people as possible see it pop up on their news feeds.

This woman is brave and her message is clear. I dare you not to be moved by it. [tc-mark]

image – YouTube

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Wendie Donabie:

Amazing advice for us all.

Originally posted on Doug Does Life:


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