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Promote Yourself and Get Out-Of-Town!


PROMOTION In today’s marketplace, artists must self promote. We can no longer rely solely on agents and galleries to sell our work.  Here are what I consider some of the necessities for today’s professional artist: a website, a blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Etsy accounts, writing articles for your local newspaper, applications to juried shows …

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One Weekend Down – One More to Go in Windermere


WEEKEND #1 What a glorious two days in Muskoka last weekend! Everywhere the trees proudly displayed their autumn wardrobes and visitors came to experience the natural beauty and the creativity of local artists. On Friday, the 4 of us set up our art show at Windermere Village Hall. We arrived with a ‘truckload of work’ in …

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Sizzling Art Amidst Blazing Colour


AUTUMN IN MUSKOKA The world is full of beautiful, scenic locations, each one offering it’s own special sensory experience. So why come to Muskoka for a visit? National Geographic Traveler magazine chose Muskoka as one of The Best of The World – Must-see places for 2012! In 2011, Muskoka was the #1 pick on their …

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ART NEWS!


Great news to share! Last week, thirteen of my watercolour paintings took up a new exhibit space at The Diesel House Café here in Bracebridge, Ontario. So far the owners and staff have heard great comments from patrons. Local photographer, Carolyn Fullerton, and I will rotate our work and Silver Bridge Gallery in Bracebridge, will bring …

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A Magical Process


Nature is amazing – how it recycles itself and can come back when we stay out-of-the-way. I notice this mostly in the forest where new life springs up from old cedar tree stumps. But often it happens in unexpected places like today when I discovered an unusual plant growing in amongst the garden cuttings we deposit …

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When One Door Closes . . .


I’m a firm believer in the saying, “When one door closes, another one opens.”  (Alexander Graham Bell) Late last week I learned  Art in the Heart would be cancelled for this summer. Apparently, they didn’t receive enough qualified applications for this three-Saturday, outdoor summer show in down-town Bracebridge. There are plans to revamp the show and re-launch …

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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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River of Tears


High water levels are expected to continue for several more days on the North and South branches of the Muskoka River in Bracebridge.  Many roads are still flooded, several closed to vehicular traffic. Yesterday I met one resident who has decided to remain in her home. She and her husband have five pumps running to …

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Magnificent Monster – Flooding Continues in Bracebridge


On April 21, I got as close as possible to Bracebridge Falls from both sides of the river to capture some new pictures. The water level had climbed overnight but not significantly. Officials had expected the river to crest within the next 48 hours but they had no estimate on when the water levels would …

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Spring Run-Off – Waiting for the Crest


While we watch the news of major flooding in the USA and the Red River in Manitoba, homes here in Muskoka Ontario are also under states of emergency. Now in my third year in Bracebridge, I’ve learned to expect the impact of the annual spring run-off  on the Muskoka River.  The river rises dramatically, swells …

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