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Painting for Mother Earth


Painting, like any creative endeavour, is a voyage of self-discovery. What and how we paint differs for every artist. And the answers to those questions continue to evolve and change as we learn and grow. From the start, I’ve been inspired by the natural environment. My favourite work includes trees, lakes, skies, clouds, flowers, Dragonflies, …

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Earth Day 2015!

2013-17 Mother Earth - View of Africa Acrylic on Canvas 6 x 6 Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

April 22 marks Earth Day 2015. In honour of Mother Earth, here are two paintings I’ve done in the past couple of years to reflect her beauty and remind us of our  shared roots as human beings and our dependence on the planet for our very existence.   Mother Earth lies nestled in the arms of a tree – …

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Mother Earth – Our Shared Roots


Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 24. Copyright W. Donabie 2014 Mother Earth – the view of Africa is the one used to symbolize Earth Day. I painted it to illustrate our shared human roots and our responsibility to care for all life on the planet. Part of the FIRMLY ROOTED Art Show May 3-31, 2014 Chapel Gallery 15 King …

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Painting Poppies


This year my step-daughter and her husband asked me to create a painting for them. They wanted an image of poppies blowing in the wind. Perfect I thought. They had just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary – it would be a gift from my spouse and I. The space where it will hang requires a …

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Mother Earth’s Day?


Tonight I’ll be reading at a special annual event to honour mothers. Walking in My Mother’s Shoes involves musicians, visual artists and writers, all contributing their unique talents.  In addition to my written piece, I created  the painting, Mother Earth – View of Africa, (featured above) for the event. This year as I thought about …

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Operation 365


Please take a look at Richard Radstone’s new project, Operation 365 and consider participating. http://operation-365.org/ We have a shared humanity…let’s talk about it!!

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Interview-365: “We are all in the same sand box”


Originally posted on Operation-365:
We’re happy to share our second response to Interview-365, Wendie from Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. Thank to all who are beginning to take part in our survey. As soon as we hit the first fifty responses, we’ll publish the link to the demographic statistics. That way we’ll begin to see the scope…

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Confession of an E-Reader Convert


It’s true confession time. I’ve become an e-book reader after swearing I would never allow an electronic copy to replace a ‘real’ book. My recent birthday gifts included a, Canadian-made,  KOBO GLO e-reader. Can you imagine my surprise when I pulled off the gift-wrap and squealed with delight? I was happy. Some part of me knew …

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A Glorious Day to Say Goodbye


Yesterday we said goodbye to Joyce, the beloved cousin and friend of those who gathered by her graveside. Our numbers were small but our love immense. This  special woman touched each of us and changed us forever. Although Joyce passed away in November, her cousin delayed interment of her ashes until the spring when we …

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The Case for a Gravestone


Have you ever wandered through a cemetery reading the engravings on the headstones? JOHN W. SMITH JAN. 25, 1876 – JUL. 3, 1917 A TRUE FRIEND A life summed up in four short lines. We are born, we live, we die, we leave something behind. All of those souls buried beneath their grave markers contributed …

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