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

April 22, 2016

",,, Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair ....

Good morning my Lovelies.  How are you, and how is your day going.  The beginning of a weekend, so have a good one.

Today I thought I would share a painting which I did just before I left Mexico.  I called it " ... and She Wore Flowers in Her Hair".  Obviously on her way to "San Francisco" for 'the summer love in there', I had the song in mind when I painted her.   I am linking to Art Journal Journey, which has the theme of "For the Record", and also to Paint Party Friday, where you can enjoy a lovely sketch by Jill 
Holmes. 
 "... She Wore Flowers in Her Hair" ... oil on canvas by Donna Parker

I have actually used her on a journal page, however, my journals are still hiding in a box in storage, so I hope that will be forgiven this time.  

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Be well and enjoy life to the fullest.

“Spring dances with joy in every flower and in every bud letting us know that changes are beautiful and an inevitable law of life.”
` Debasish Mridha

April 19, 2016

Music Makes Me Happy ....

Good Morning my Lovelies.  Another beautiful day here on 'The Island'.  Hope your day is fantastic.

Music has always been a huge part of my life.  When I was very young, my Mama exposed me to all sorts of music, taking me to live musical plays, concerts, classical genres, dancing among others.  I was in heaven.  Studying piano, singing, traveling with concert choirs, singing in small groups has allowed me a real appreciation for the workings and effort of creating and producing musical productions of any kind. As far back as I can remember I have always, ALWAYS, been drawn to music in any genre, well ... except perhaps rapp.  Just can't seem to get a handle on it.  To me, life without music would be an empty void.

I whipped up this journal page with supplies from the lovely Yvonne who so magically appeared at my door bearing creative gifts when I had no supplies yet unpacked.  (Still unpacking!!)  I'm linking to Art Journal Journey, where the theme this month is all about music.  What could be better.


Do hope you are enjoying the moment and having a wonderful day.  Thanks so much for dropping by.  

“Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!”
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

April 18, 2016

Girls just 'wanna

have fun!  Hello my Lovelies.  Nice to see you here.  

I must say, I'm becoming very frustrated not having my studio and supplies set up.  I've decided to make a concerted effort this week to do something about that.  Oddly enough, it's difficult to get help here -- everyone is working -- things are booming, and I'm honestly quite surprised by it all.  Consequently, I'm trying to find someone to help me move boxes etc.   So far, no luck.  I'll keep looking.

The theme at Art Journal Journey is "For the Record" - Inspired by a song.  I'm still working with the wonderful supplies people gifted me until I get set up which is keeping me sane.  Linking the following page to AJJ.


Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hoping all is well with you and you are enjoying each moment of life as it presents itself.


Life is won when you learn to run in the Sun and have Fun before Life is done.



April 16, 2016

Almost .....

complete! .... the shed I mean.  Hello my Lovelies.  My apologies for not being around to visit your wonderful blogs.  I've been rather ill and even blogging seems to be an effort.  Hope all is well with you.

The shed is almost complete.  






Just feast your eyes on all those beautiful shelves.  What a gift to have all this space so conveniently close to me!  Can't wait to have it organized.

Thanks for dropping by.  I'll try and get around for a visit soon.  Enjoy the moment.  

“When you find yourself in the thickness of pursuing a goal or dream, stop only to rest. Momentum builds success.”
~ Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

March 29, 2016

A New Kind of Garden

Good day my Lovelies.  Hope you had a wonderful, restful, renewing, creative long weekend and thoroughly enjoyed yourselves.

Today I am showing you a double page from my art journal.  The quote is my own.  My 'new kind of garden' is reconnecting with the Universal Energy and growing my soul in ways I perhaps have not explored before.  I think the move has shaken my connection just a little ... so I am looking for ways to reconnect and grow a different kind of garden here, in this new place.  Linking to Add A Quote at TIOT



Thanks for stopping by.  So nice to read your comments.  Be well, and enjoy the moment.

“When we commune with the spirit within and ask for new ideas, they are always forthcoming."
~ Charles Filmore

March 27, 2016

Happy Easter ...

Hello my Lovelies.  Hope your long weekend is a great one.  Did the Easter Bunny come?

I seem to have contracted bronchitis (yuk) .. so no going out for dinner today.  However, on the bright side, I was very spoiled.  Received lovely bouquet of flowers from my niece and her husband, a basket full of goodies from my new neighbour and a lovely lily from Ray.  It's raining - so this has certainly brightened up a grey day.





Thanks so much for stopping by.  Enjoy the moment.

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...”
~Susan Polis Schutz

March 26, 2016

Progress .....

is being made, my Lovelies.  Soon I will have a shed.



Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are having a great long weekend and enjoying each moment.

“The only principle that does not inhibit progress is: anything goes.”
~ Paul Karl Feyerabend
 

March 25, 2016

Will you?

Happy Easter my Lovelies.  This year seams to be flying by!!
 
Two of my favorite Easter Bunnies have fallen in love.  They meet under the light of the moon, both dressed to the nines.  He brings her a basket filled with lush, fresh carrots, and it about to ask ..... "Will you .......?"  I had fun with this piece and am linking to Paint Party Friday.
 
 "Will You ......?"  oil on canvas by Donna Parker
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you all have a wonderful long weekend and enjoy each moment.
 
“Tell him yes. Even if you are dying of fear, even if you are sorry later, because whatever you do, you will be sorry all the rest of your life if you say no.”
~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

March 24, 2016

Mother made us a Picnic ...

Good morning my Lovelies.  It's 12:45 am and I'm wide awake .... do any of you sleep through the night anymore?  With me, it seems a thing of the past.  :o)

Another story about when 'I was young'.  Sunday was definitely a day of rest.  We only did things that were fun .. absolutely no work allowed.  A typical Sunday might include a late breakfast, and/or going to church ... always dressed up in dresses and hats.  After church I could change my cloths into something less formal if I wished and we would be off in the country for a long drive and a picnic.  Mama would make coffee in the plaid set of thermos, bread (home made), butter (home made), fried chicken (home grown), kept hot by wrapping it in layers of newspaper, blankets and keeping it in the trunk.  There would be salad and a pie or cake for dessert.  We would wind our way through unfamiliar country road, while Papa would, from time to time, stop in someones yard for a quick chat.  I later found out these days were actually road inspections.  Papa inspecting his political realm and taking care of complaints and concerns regarding the roads in his constituency.  (hmmmm .... sounds a little like work to me ... but who knew! :o) 
 
When everything was taken care of, we would find a lovely spot in the woods, or near a stream, for a picnic. It was always a lovely, joyful, relaxed afternoon and I have many happy memories of our little family.  The painting I am sharing today is named "Mother made us a Picnic", and since we were always in the country near or in trees, I am linking it to Art Journal Journey.  Toller loved this painting and purchased it from me.  It hung in his dining room.  
 
  The Clydesdale in the painting represents my Grandfather who raised these beautiful animals, broke them, and sold them as teams to work in the fields.

Do hope you are enjoying your day.  Thanks so much for stopping by ... always love seeing you here.

"Among the delights of Summer were picnics to the woods."
Author: Georg Brandes

March 23, 2016

"The Guardian" ...

Good day my Lovelies.  Nice to see you.

When I was ten years old, I spent a very long time in the hospital.  It was a catholic hospital.  Not being catholic myself, and of course being a child, I was ever so fascinated by the nuns habits.  They seemed to literally float on air.  As winter came, I could look out my window in the evening and see them on the ice rink - skating to music - laughing, falling, learning and enjoying themselves very much.  My skating the skiing nuns became a series from that experience.

After that, I became very interested in the habits they wore during medieval times, when the material used was burlap.  Two paintings appeared from this research.  "The Guardian" is one of them.  I'm linking this to Art Journal Journey, where the theme is "If you go down to the woods."  It is evening.  The nun is on her way home through the woods, when the light goes out in her lantern.

"The Guardian"  oil on canvas

Can't wait to get my studio set up.  I am learning patience.  :o)

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day and enjoy the moment.

“When you focus on the journey, you will be blessed with guardian angels to direct your path.”
~ Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!―


March 21, 2016

A 32 ft. Trailer holds a lot .....

... of stuff!  Hello my Lovelies.  Thanks for following along on this part of my journey.

My Hero, Ray, has some help today.  The shed is going up little by little -- I have never seen so many screws in a building!  It's pouring rain and very cold .... of course this doesn't stop him.  What can I say.  The shed is farther along than these photos, however I have to hunt down my camera battery charger - so this is all you get today.  :o)

Yesterday .. all the gravel down and leveled.

Today -- floor complete and sides going up with three million screws!

They are working on the side panels at the moment -- more pics later.

As you may or may not know, when I was in Mexico my kitchen cupboards were painted.  What a great surprise ...... except ....... they were the wrong colour.  Supposed to be turquoise.  Honestly, I tried to lived with it ... just couldn't.  So, currently I am taking my time and painting the fronts of the cupboards the colour I love.  The edges and insides of the doors are still purple, and I love it.

Ooooooops!

AH!  Much better for me.  The back splash will eventually be Mexican tile.

Hope you have had a marvelous day. Thanks for dropping by.  Enjoy the moment.  

“I give you this to take with you:
Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can
begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.”
~ Judith Minty, Letters to My Daughters