Blue Heron Writes

Sharing to Inspire through Words and Pictures www.wendiedonabie.com

Close Encounter


Our eyes meet, time stops

Creatures from different worlds

A divine moment…

3710 - Close Encounter, Acrylic on Canvas, 30 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Close Encounter, Acrylic on Canvas, 30 x 20 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie – $500, unframed

Close Encounter was just accepted into the Huntsville Art Society, Spring Vitality Show, running at the Summit Centre from February 17-May 17, 2016.

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This Little Rock We Call Earth (MyPictureBook)


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!

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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 info@wendiedonabie.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!

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Thank you for hanging in here with me!

Please visit www.wendiedonabie.com to view more of my artwork.

 

 

Happy New Year!


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.

Sam - the hero of Pete's Feet, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Sam – the hero of Pete’s Feet, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Illustration brings new challenges but I’m excited about the journey ahead.

I wish you all a healthy, happy, abundant and creative New Year!

Wendie

 

Please visit www.wendiedonabie.com to see my artwork!

 

Create, Participate, Share – Culture Days!


Demonstrating oil painting and jewellery making at Huntsville Public Library, Sept 25-27.

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ANOTHER ART SCAM – THIS HAS TO STOP!


Source: ANOTHER ART SCAM – THIS HAS TO STOP!

ART SCAM ADDENDUM


art-scam-alertI just learned that others my art community received the identical email today!!

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!

~ Wendie

ANOTHER ART SCAM – THIS HAS TO STOP!


So, I get the following email this morning….

From: Brown White <teesojue@gmail.com>
Date: August 28, 2015 at 7:01:01 AM EDT
To:info@wendiedonabie.com
Subject:Artwork inquiry
Hope this message finds you well,im Brown from North Carolina,was
browsing through the internet and my eyes caught some of your
works,i’m interested in purchasing some of your artworks for some
spaces within my new house to make it unique and beautiful.
Can I have few images of your recent works?I won’t mind having your
main website so as to explore more into your works.kindly reply with
your cell number.Brown
After being caught by an online scammer last summer, I remain on constant alert. 
This is definitely a scam artist at work using a script. First clue? If he or she caught sight of my work on line, they would have my website address. So why ask for it?  All of my painting images that appear through an intentional or accidental internet search under my name or a painting subject tag, have the website URL displayed.
Second clue? the English grammar reflects someone whose first language is not English. This might not be a red flag but usually is. These people aren’t too creative. They use the same script over and over to hundreds of artists who are only hoping to sell their work. You’d think they would get an English speaking person to draft them a proper message and have a few variations… Duh!
I decided to do an online search of this ‘person’s’ name and email. What I found was article at http://painting.about.com/od/careerdevelopment/fl/Learn-About-Internet-Art-Scams.htmby artist Lisa Marder. She had received the identical email.
I will also forward the message to the RCMP Anti-Fraud Dept http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm for their information and perhaps the possibility of tracking down the con artist(s).  The chances of this are slim but at least they will have another report on file. In addition, I filed a report at http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx? – the FBI’s Internet Complaint Centre. 
So artists, PLEASE BEWARE!!! If it sounds too good, it probably is. Protect yourself and your work.
Do a search on the internet to check out the person who contacts you. If something seems fishy, report the incident to the RCMP and FBI.
Please visit www.wendiedonabie.com to view my available art.

Soull Kreations Summer Collection: Dragonfly & Daisy Inspired Jewellery


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! 🙂

Dragonfly Brooch #3

Dragonfly Brooch #3

Dragonfly Pendant #1

Dragonfly Pendant #1

Dragonfly Pendant #2

Dragonfly Pendant #2

Dragonfly Pendant #7

Dragonfly Pendant #7

Dragonfly Pendant #8

Dragonfly Pendant #8

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.

Daisy Bracelet #1

Daisy Bracelet #1

Daisy Bracelet #2

Daisy Bracelet #2

 

Carolyn and I look forward to coming up with new designs to inspire and bring beauty to our clientèle.

Crystal Memory Wire Bracelet #4

Crystal Memory Wire Bracelet #4

Crystal Memory Wire Bracelet #2

Crystal Memory Wire Bracelet #2

Newest Paintings – Inspired by Muskoka Sunsets


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.

3699 - Muskoka Sunset #7, Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

3699 – Muskoka Sunset #7 – Lounging Loons at Sunset, Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

3698 - Muskoka Sunset #6 - Great Blue Heron at Sunset, Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

3698 – Muskoka Sunset #6 – Great Blue Heron at Sunset, Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

3697 - Muskoka Sunset #5 - Mallard Ducks at Sunset, Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

3697 – Muskoka Sunset #5 – Mallard Ducks at Sunset, Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

 

3695 - Muskoka Sunset #3, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 7 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Muskoka Sunset #3, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 7 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

3696 - Muskoka Sunset #4, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 7 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

3696 – Muskoka Sunset #4, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 7 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Muskoka Sunset #2, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 7 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Muskoka Sunset #2, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 7 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Muskoka Sunset #1, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 7 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Muskoka Sunset #1, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 7 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

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.

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Nature inspired daisy spacer bracelets, Dragonfly Brooches & Pendants

Hope to see you in Baysville!

Wendie

 

To view my portfolio of art, please visit, www.wendiedonabie.com

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Busy Summers in Muskoka!


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!

MUSKOKA FURNITURE195 Wellington Street, BracebridgeIMG_3211

One day only – Saturday, August 1

10 am – 3 pm

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:

Wendie Donabie

Wednesday, August 5 – Baysville Public Library. MC – Wendie Donabie

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

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.

 

BAYSVILLE ARTS and CRAFTS FESTIVAL

Echinecea (Coneflowers) #1, Acrylic on Canvas, 6 x 6 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Echinecea (Coneflowers) #1, Acrylic on Canvas, 6 x 6 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

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 IMG_0553Baysville, 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.

 

OLIVER’S COFFEE

Stream of Consciousness, Axrylic on Canvas, 48 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendiie Donabie

Stream of Consciousness, Axrylic on Canvas, 48 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendiie Donabie

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!

 

TEA INFUSION

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Puppy Love – The Only Love That Comes Between Us, Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

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
http://www.teainfusion.ca

 

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