July 4, 2016

Dear Friends and Happy Mail ....

Good morning my lovelies.  Happy to see you here.  I have not been visiting any of you -- hopefully I'll get around soon when I'm feeling better.  I certainly have not forgotten you!

I've had some wonderful Happy Mail and a great reunion which I must share with you.  The Happy Mail has been sitting here for awhile.  My regrets for not acknowledging it sooner! As they say - better late than never.

Had a lovely card and letter from Carolyn, whom I've known through swaps and blogging since 2004.  We have talked on the phone, written letters, emailed, however have never had the pleasure of meeting in person. Thank you Carolyn for the lovely card -- your beautiful style as usual - always admired.

Sometime ago, I received an awesome package from Valerie.  Still drooling over the contents.  Thank you so very much, dear Valerie.

One of Valerie's original cards.

Some seven years ago when I started my blog, Patty and I connected. Over the  years a lovely friendship developed.  Last night, Patty, her husband Stu, and the lovely Bailey came over for the evening.  We spent some happy hours talking, eating, catching up and enjoying the time together as old friends do.  I was delighted to get my 'doggy fix' with Bailey here.

Bailey, Patty and myself.

Bailey, Patty and Stu

Getting my 'doggy fix'

That's all the news of the moment.  Thanks so much for dropping by.  I'll be over to see you soon.

To be with old friends is very warming and comforting.     
Ian Ziering

June 24, 2016

A Little Sunshine for Stormy Europe

Good morning my Lovelies.  Welcome.  It's raining here at the moment, but nothing like the storms and rain some parts of Europe are receiving at the moment.  I'm sending this bouquet of sunflowers to all of you who are drenched, waterlogged, sick of thunder, lightening and just plain weary of the whole scene. Hope it will remind you that somewhere under those clouds there really is a sun!

I'm linking up to Paint Party Friday  where the theme is all about the garden.  I adore sunflowers.  This painting was done not long before I left Mexico.

"A Sunflower Day", oil on canvas, by Donna Parker

Rain, rain, go away.  Thanks so much for dropping by.  Always lovely to see you and read your comments.  Do hope you have sunshine in your area for the weekend so you can enjoy the outdoors and your garden.

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do." ― Helen Keller

June 17, 2016

A Little Town in Mexico

Good Morning my Lovelies.  It's Friday already -- where does the time go these days.  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and the weather in your part of the world is pleasant.  Forecasting rain here - it's been cold and wet as in many places these days.  Looking forward to some sunshine.

I'd like to share with you my painting called "A Little Town in Mexico".  It's 4 ft. X 4 ft., and is my version of San Miguel.  

"A Little Town in Mexico" oil on canvas by Donna Parker

That's all for today.  Still very early here - the birds are busy with their morning songs which makes me very happy.  I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday.

Thanks for dropping by.  See you soon.

You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. – Miriam Adeney

June 15, 2016

The Keeper of Dreams

My Lovelies!  How divine to see you here.  Welcome.  Please stay and enjoy.

Unpacking is a true adventure.  Boxes marked art supplies, contain shoes.  I have found bottoms of lamps, no top in site.  Knives - but wait - where are the forks and spoons?
I did stumbled across some old journal pages - one of which I would like to share with you today.  It's a most interesting page in as much as everything I wrote came to fruition.  I often receive messages in my head from what I call 'the Universe' .. the beginning of this page was one of them.  It was interesting to find these writings of my dreams as by the beginning of 2013 I had finished my Goddess Series.  In February of that year I was invited to do my first art exhibition in San Miguel.  About the same time, I met Toller Cranston.  He became a dear friend, a mentor, my oak tree in so many ways.  I was invited to paint with him ... he collected my work, and I was totally shattered by his untimely dealth two years later.  That same year I was accepted by a prestigious, very old well established Gallery in SMA and was permanently represented by them.  After that things snowballed.  Four exhibitions followed and many press releases.  

I looked back at the message and how I responded.  I am a little stunned as I have not practiced this for some time.  I need to do it again - here in Canada - here at another new beginning in my life.

Thanks so much for dropping in.  So enjoy reading your comments and visiting your very creative blogs.
 "Stop trying, stop struggling, begin to be calm, to trust the higher laws of life, even though you don't see them, they are still there."  Ernest Holmes

June 13, 2016

Playing with Inktense ....

Good morning my lovelies.  It's 1:40 am ... I am wide awake.  Thought I would blog.  One has to keep oneself amused if one can't sleep!  Seriously, I find it much easier to get up and do something rather than toss and turn.

Awhile ago, the lovely Sandy sent me a package which included a beautiful set of Inktense by Derwent.  I've played with them in different ways, however never in my journal to do a small painting.  Certainly different than oils, or acrylic with an extender - I had great fun.  More like watercolour which I find I don't have much control over and am not very good at.  The ink itself is beautiful .. and for my first serious attempt in my art journal I am satisfied.  More practice obvious required.
I don't know if I told you about my 'secret garden' project.  There is a place behind the shed, which can be made very private.  Ray dropped in the other night and layed the quartz.  Much more work is required.  A 6 ft. privacy fence of rolled fernwood with go around the area -- then some furniture etc.  I'll keep you posted.  I'm excited about this little spot.  

Nice to see you here today.  Thanks for all your lovely comments.  It's always great to hear from you.  The beginning of a new week.  What are you up to?  It's sort of cold and rainy here on the Island.  I'm still busy sorting boxes.  Began to set up my studio this week.  HOORAY!
“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”
~ C. JoyBell C.

June 12, 2016

Gypsy Courage

Greetings my lovelies.  Oh so nice to see you here.  Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend.

Looking back on my life, I realize I have the soul of a Gypsy.  Wanderlust stirs, curiosity rages, and I seem to find the courage to move about the world, making a new life in places that allow my heart to sing.  Eventually, I return to the mother land in which I was born, although I have a sneaking suspicion the stork may have yawned at an inopportune moment and dropped me on a continent which was not in the 'big plan'.  :o)

The move from Mexico back to Canada has been an interesting one.  A time to learn more about myself - go within once again and have a good look.  I'm certainly not settled.  It will take time.  I'm prepared for that.  I shant go on ...   I've been doing some journal pages which reflect my inner explorations.  Here is one of them.

Thanks for dropping by.  It is indeed a pleasure to read your comments.

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. ”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

June 10, 2016

Maps, Glorious Maps ....

Hello My Lovelies.  Where have I been???  Good question.  I'm not even sure of the answer.  Seeing lots of Dr.'s so hopefully one of these days I will get my energy back and feel 'normal' again.  ha ha Yes, you may have a chuckle at that one ... not sure normal is in my range of consciousness.

At any rate - back to maps.  I have always loved them.  Having a huge high end atlas has indeed always been a delight for me. I can spend literally hours just looking and dreaming.  Reading road maps, however, is not one of my fortes.  I remember one time while on a lovely road trip holiday being criticized for my map reading.  "You read it then.", I retorted as I threw the map out the window while attempting to navigate one of the larger clover leaf, over/under thingies in LA.  Has been a good source of entertainment ever since.

The piece here today is about my ancestors.  It's in a collage book I made about some of my heritage.
The map behind the car depicts the drive these women took from Omaha, Nebraska to Alberta in Canada.  In those days it would have been harsh and wild I'm sure.  I especially love the old car in this photograph.  From left to right, Aunt Martha, my paternal granny's sister, her mother, (my great grandmother) and the next person -- I don't have a clue.  She would have been one of the cousins from the States.  My great grandmother immigrated from Ireland during the potato famine.  She was a babe in arms and they smuggled her aboard the boat as she had small pox.  Obviously, she survived the ordeal, however my Mama said her face was very scared from the pox.
Hope you enjoy.  I'm linking it to Art Journal Journey where, of course, the theme is maps.
Thanks so very much for dropping by.  I haven't been to see any of you in such a long time.  I will indeed attempt to rectify that situation in the next while.  

“The entire road trip could be summed up as one giant attempt to keep from crashing the car during fits of rage and fits of hysteria.”
~Kari Martindale