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Ventures into Abstraction


I’ve repeated on more than one occasion that I don’t understand abstract painting and thus would never do it… As they say, Never say never.

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Artistic Evolution


Working on material for a group show with three fellow artists this fall, I’m stretching and trying new things in my paintings. Although I feel I will always be a representational painter, I am working on loosening up my work and evolving into a more impressionistic style of painting. I continue to use photos as reference …

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Mother Earth Book Available!


It’s ready!  This Little Rock We Call Earth is printed and available for purchase. On February 2, I posted about the creation of a book of my art and words that documents my painting journey from 2011 to 2015 using a selection of images with supportive text.  The underlying message of this first book is one of care and concern …

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Rock, Paper, Scissors – The Creative Process


I’ve noticed that readers of my posts want to understand the creative process that takes me from idea to finished painting. When I recently, posted about a mixed media painting I created for a local art show, I didn’t include those details so here is how Rock, Paper, Scissors: Collaboration – It’s A Draw, came into being. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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How Long Did It Take to Paint That?

The Red Canoe, Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

How long did it take you to paint that?

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New Paintings – Getting It Done


Here’s what I’ve been up to since my post, The Creative Struggle, in which I explained my recent difficulty taking my art and writing ideas from inspiration to application. In writing that post I actually did experience a breakthrough in my art. For a few weeks, several painting ideas for a themed show, Betwixt & Between, competed for …

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The Creative Struggle


It’s really a lack of confidence and some basic insecurity on my part…I’m still a little afraid of being wrong in my technique or unoriginal in my thinking. This is my creative struggle . . . Can I write something the engages a reader or paint a picture that captures the viewer’s eye and imagination? I’ve …

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