September 29, 2015

New Paintings Installed at Hecho in Mexico

Hi my lovelies.  Had a busy busy day, however accomplished much.  For all of you in or near San Miguel de Allende, or who are coming down soon. there are a number of my new paintings in Hecho en Mexico located on the Ancha.  Here's a little taste of what is there.  Please keep in mind these are not the professional photographs I use for print making ... have to give him a call.  Just my little camera and actually, not great! 

"Waiting for Toller" oil on canvas, gold leaf frame
Toller had two English Setters when he lived in Canada.  He loved them very much. We had that interest in common as I once had an English Setter.  Such beautiful dogs.  Anyway, their names were Lapis and Mingus.  A Blue and a Liver.  So here they are, on the other side, accompanied by his Guardian Angle, awaiting Tollers' arrival. 

 "M'Lady" oil on canvas, gold leaf frame

 "Gypsy Woman", mixed media on canvas, gold leaf frame.

 "A Little Town in Mexico", oil on canvas, 42" X 42" gold leaf frame

"Gypsy Love" otherwise known as "Mama, will you still love me when I am artist?"  oil on canvas, gold leaf frame

Recommendation:  If your anywhere near Hecho, pop in for lunch and have a look at the beautiful art which graces  the walls of a wonderful restaurant.  Toller's work is there, along with my colleague and friend, Andrew Osta.  An added treat to an exquisite lunch.  Eric is the owner.  Be sure to say hi if you drop by.

Hope your day was amazing and life is being kind to you.  I'm on a 'recruiting mission' for people who are interested in reading my blog.  All you have to do is go to 'join this site" in the side bar, and sign up.  Would love to have you.  
By the way, it's just about sunset, birds are singing their heads off in my beautiful tree.  ..... sangria is on.  You ... and ... me.  What do you say? 
Until later my sweets ... 
“You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don't know it, all of that doesn't even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It's not like you have forever, so don't waste any of your seconds, don't throw even one of your moments away.”
C. JoyBell C.

September 28, 2015

In the Studio Today

Short post today, my sweets.  I must say it's lovely to hear from all my old blogging friends.  I would adore making new ones.  If you are so inclined to stay (and why not, may I ask?), please do so in the "join this site" on the side bar. It's easy.  My pleasure would be to have you along for the ride.  I lost my blog once .. due to "whatever" at blogger .. and with it 279 friends, whom had been with me for over three years.  It was a blow and, frankly, maddening!  So I'm beginning again ... some of my old friends have found me ... (love you), and as I said, why not stick around and become a friend.  I write about all sorts of things.  In particular, if you are interested in art, specifically, my art, ... yes ... please stay.  We will get to know each other.

Short post today.  Errands must be taken care of!  (B O R I  N G).  Someone has to do it.  Before Toller passed to the other side, he arranged to have my art, along with his, in a lovely restaurant in San Miguel, Hecho in Mexico.  I have met many people through that restaurant who are interested or have bought a piece of my art.  Such a gift.  Today, I must replace four paintings.  Sounds like nothing, but I need a man with a truck, and help to carry huge pieces and hang them.  The frames, which are wood with gold leaf, weigh a ton.  The larger pieces, I couldn't possibly carry.  That's no. 1.  Then the bank, then groceries, then mail, then ............... you know how it goes.

In the past my interest in painting flowers has been minimal, so thought I would give it a try.  A couple of pieces have emerged I quite like.  We shall see where it takes me from here.  Hope you enjoy them.

"The Sound of Silence" oil on canvas, 31" X 31" framed, gold leaf

"Here Comes The Sun" oil on canvas, 32" X 37" framed, gold leaf

That's it for today, my lovelies.  Hope you are making yourself an amazing day.  Don't forget to enjoy the moment.  

“What day is it?"
It's today," squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day," said Pooh.”

A.A. Milne

Truth Well Out ....

I also suppose I had better bring you up to date on the latest news on the personal front.  I am moving back to Canada!!  No choice.  My health has major issues and private insurance has skyrocketed due to the fall of the Canadian dollar.  It is with sad heart I leave Mexico for I have fallen deeply in love with her.  However, the decision has been made, and I'm ready to move forward.  All I need now, is ONE buyer to purchase my home and I'm off!  (just a little ... lol)

I've been here almost six years.  It's been a wonderful adventure.  Now a new one will begin.  I'm posting the listing for my house, just in case.  Also, thought you might like to have a peek.  Built it from scratch, designed it myself and watched construction every day to make sure all was done correctly.  It was a blast.  I would do it again in a minute.

Pop over HERE to have a lookie.

Vancouver Island in Canada will be my home ... the Cowichan Valley, Duncan to be exact.  I've lived there before and like it.  After all, Vancouver Island is the warmest place in Canada ... where else is there???

A few photos of my little abode, "Quinta de Luz" (House of Light) ... just for fun.  You won't see these on the listing.

Sunsets from the upstairs terrace.

 Soirees in my sunken jardin ... Salvador always comes to sing.

 Twirling is always good ....

 Good food with good friends ...

A little dancing ....

 My family of Mourning Doves who have lived here for 5 years.  I shall miss them.

A little BBQ now and then ...

 Entertaining dear friends ... always a pleasure

Love my little dining room

 more great friends

A quiet jardin to relax, read, visit or just enjoy the sun.

So that's the news from San Miguel for today.  Hope you all have an amazing day.  Thanks so much for dropping by.  So love seeing you.

Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
  ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

September 27, 2015

Let's begin with my magical years with Toller Cranston .....

If perhaps you don't have an inkling who I am speaking of, please google Toller Cranston for more detail.  (you will be pleasantly amazed!)   I grew up with Toller in a manner of speaking.  Being a figure skating fan that I am, I watched the season  on TV every year.  Always thought men's singles were a little dull to say the least.  Then along came Toller.  In the end, he changed the face of men's skating forever.  Six time Canadian Champion, Olimpian Bronze medalist, he took men's singles to an entirely new level.  I won't go on and on .... He was also an artist.  A EXCEPTIONAL one.  In those days, Canada did not support their skaters, so Toller supported himself with his art.  When he turned professional he invented ice shows which toured the world, designed costumes, directed and produced.  Eventually he wrote seven books, received four honorary Dr. degrees, the Order of Canada, etc. etc.  That's a brief history.

Twenty four years ago, he said good bye to Canada and came to live in San Miguel where he became a full time artist.  I bumped into him at the grocery store about four years ago and couldn't resist grabbing him to let him know what a fan I was. (so unlike me).  Ultimately we would bump into each other here and there, chatting and enjoying each other's company.  I longed to ask him to look at my work ... frankly didn't have the guts!  After all, he was world renowned.

One day, I ran into him at the plant nursery.  We had a long chat.  As he turned to walk away, suddenly out of my mouth came the words ... "Toller, I'd love you to see my work".  Without turning around, he said "Come for breakfast ... bring two pieces."  I was dumbfounded, however managed to pull myself together enough to ask "What time?"  "9:00 o'clock" came the answer.

I stood there, momentarily in shock.  I had actually uttered those words. He had agreed to see my work.

I had just finished my "Goddess Series", so tucked a couple of pieces under my arm, dressed to the nines and arrived at his estate promptly at nine for breakfast.  As I entered the dining room, he greeted me with "Now!  That's how an artist should dress!"  I smiled.  That morning, I was the only one at breakfast with him ... a most unusual circumstance, I was about to learn.  We spent a lovely morning chatting, he looked at my work, purchased both pieces, and invited me to paint with him in his studio for seven days!!  STUNNED, I accepted with grace.

At the end of the seven magical days, I brought flowers for the staff who had graciously fed and cared for me, and a bouquet of roses for Toller.  (His home was always filled to the brim with flowers.)  "What is this for?" he inquired.  "Well", I replied.  "My seven days has come to an end so I won't be coming here again."  As he often did during our relationship, he grabbed the arm of the exquisite chair I was sitting in and pulled it close to his.  Eye to eye his words were:  "Now see here!  You are staying ... for three reasons.  No. 1:  You know what you are doing.  No. 2:  I don't have to teach you.  and No. 3:  You don't bug me!  (I think that was the important bit... lol)

My first breakfast with Toller took place in this room.

Toller with one of my favorite paintings "We all Float Away One Day" (Toller Cranston)

And so began a magical relationship of two years.  He was my friend, my mentor, my great supporter,  my oak tree. He passed away very suddenly on January 24th, 2015 of a heart attack.  It was a stunning blow.

At any rate, I will carry on with the story as we progress into my 'blogging career' once more.

The first two paintings he purchased from me are below.

 "You will always have a Friend"  Oil on Canvas
(Owned by Toller Cranston)

 "Expect Miracles"  oil on canvas
(Owned by Toller Cranston)

That was the beginning.  As we go along, I will intersperse the saga with other posts.

Hope this finds you all well and happy, my lovlies.  Another exquisite day in San Miguel.  Sun shining, birds singing ... what more can I say.  I'm spending the evening at friends, on their upstairs terrace, viewing the blood moon and celebrating life.

"Each day holds a surprise.  But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel when it comes to us.  Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy, it will open our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity."  ~  Henri Nouwen

September 22, 2015

I'm B....A.....C....K

Good morning my Lovlies.  It's been a  l o n g  time, and I wonder how you all are and what exciting, inspiring, wonderful things you have been up to for this past year.  I will try and get caught up, little by little.

I'm really not sure where to begin.  So much has happened.  Life, some exciting, happy and exhilarating, some sad, some good and some that could make a person throw themselves off the rooftop.  ... I'm still here.  Somehow we enjoy the good bits and leave the bad bits behind, while dealing with our day to day mostly magical lives.

I'll keep this short and ease back into my blogging routine.  I am still painting ... a passion that will never end for me.  So ... here's a few of my latest.  I think the last post included an Angel and her little helpers placing the moon and stars back into the sky for the night.  It wasn't finished.  I will begin there. 

 "Lighting The Night"  5' x 3" oil on canvas

  "The Bedouin Bride"  18" X 24" oil on canvas

 "A Little Town in Mexico" 3' X 3' oil on canvas

Other little hints as to what has taken place.  My dear friend from Australia was here for seven weeks.  We went to ???  I've had some art Exhibitions.  Was accepted permanently by a Gallery and have since left due to other surprising circumstances.  Lots of friends down from north of the border since I last posted.  And probably the most profound happening in my life since I last posted, my dearest friend and mentor, Toller Cranston, died suddenly and without saying good bye on January 24th of this year.  

I will slowly try and bring you up to date.  Also made a short trip to Canada ... more news there.

The weather is beautiful here this time of year.  Rainy season has come to an end and I bask in sunshine during the day and cool nights filled with stars.  It's sangria weather and I think there might be a pitcher on the terrace.  Join me??

FRIENDS are the link between ourselves and the road to happiness ,joy, love and success, without them we are lost.  ~ unknown