Our eyes meet, time stops
Creatures from different worlds
A divine moment…
Close Encounter was just accepted into the Huntsville Art Society, Spring Vitality Show, running at the Summit Centre from February 17-May 17, 2016.
I’m coming to realize one of my greatest artistic motivations is to increase our sensitivity to the environment, to the fragility of the earth and our mutual interdependence.
Since 2011, I’ve drawn most of my painting inspirations from our natural environs. In 2013, I wrote a short essay entitled, Mother Earth – the Mother of Us All that received first prize in the August edition of Art Ascent magazine. This piece addresses my love of the planet and my concern for her long-term viability.
As a result of the artistic collision, both accidental and intentional, of my writing and painting, I created a book, This Little Rock We Call Earth. The book documents my painting journey from 2011 to 2015 with a selection of images and supportive text. This is just the beginning!
Recently, I started a more intense exploration of our relationship with Mother Earth amd began digging deeper into the effects of climate change on our planet. As my research develops and I allow my creative tools fuller expression, you can expect more posts about what I’m learning and need to share.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about where I’m headed and your questions or curiosities about our shared home. You can post comments here or write to me at email@example.com
This Little Rock We Call Earth (MyPictureBook) is a 20 page, glossy, full-colour, hardcover, 8.5 x 11 inch book. I’ll post details about availability in the near future. Stay Tuned!
Thank you for hanging in here with me!
Please visit www.wendiedonabie.com to view more of my artwork.
Where did 2015 go! I can’t believe another year has flown by. With the administrative responsibilities in my life I didn’t get much time for creative expression, but some wonderful volunteers have stepped forward to take over a couple of jobs from me so now I’m gearing up for a productive year ahead with more words and images….and more posts.
Already I’ve begun working on illustrations for my children’s book, Pete’s Feet. The three main characters are roughly sketched out and I have images in my mind for scenes in the story. To offer you a taste of what is to come, here is my first concept of the hero, Sam.
Illustration brings new challenges but I’m excited about the journey ahead.
I wish you all a healthy, happy, abundant and creative New Year!
Please visit www.wendiedonabie.com to see my artwork!
Demonstrating oil painting and jewellery making at Huntsville Public Library, Sept 25-27.
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