Saturday, October 15, 2011

John W. Gardner: Quote

      “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”

                                     John W. Gardner


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thanksgiving Day 2011

Drawing sewn on Canvas    Artwork and Photo by Margaret Braun   SOLD
Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada.

I spent the morning cooking a BIG batch of perogies and baking a European-style golden-flax loaf of bread for dinner.

This sunny and warm afternoon 22C (76F), I ran in my favourite park and, later, walked through a golden sea of autumn leaves. The Canadian Geese were flying in V-formation and practiced their landings.

I'm at home now, but, will be heading out in a few minutes to commune with my family and enjoy a delicious supper.

What am I grateful for today?  Pretty much EVERYTHING!  All is well in my life and has been for a very long time.  I feel VERY blessed.

If I had to list the top three things I'm thankful for they would be:

1.  The large community of BEAUTIFUL people in my life -- both family and friends -- and the new grandbaby that is still safely snuggled in my daughter's tummy whom I saw in a 3D movie last Sunday.

2.  This AMAZING country!  How stunning and diverse it is!

3.  The GOOD FORTUNE of being an active member in the art community.

I KNOW that I am blessed.

Thank you.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

George Bernard Shaw: Quote

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."

                                                                    George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Keri Smith: Mess

Mess by Keri Smith

Tuesday’s are Play Days!

My friend, Linda, and I get together every Tuesday evening to play.  We laugh a lot and it’s contagious to those around us.

We do entertaining and mindless “doings”.  Either from our own imaginations or with a little help and inspiration from Keri Smith’s book “Mess” (available through Keri's shop and Amazon) we have:  created only blue collages; dropped beet juice on to paper from the highest climbing pole in the playground; walked in the woods gathering organic materials -- smearing, wiping, rubbing, squwooshing (technical term) on to paper producing a hodgepodge of marks  and colours; with our eyes closed, coloured a line drawing with several different wax crayons; followed the outline of a squiggly circular shape 100 times really, really, really fast; ambled through a golden field of autumn leaves scattering them about and rustling up trails; hiked along the river and photographed markings that look like contour drawings; took a copy of a 1900-something photograph filled with very rigid, serious men and drew silly and vibrant articles on their heads, faces and bodies;  collected interesting rocks and relocated them elsewhere;  gathered feathers and drew them; illustrated silly objects on a profile drawing of a deciduous tree; and continue to do other imaginative and intriguing things….

Keri quotes John Cage in her blog, "Purposeless play -- this play is an affirmation of life -- not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvement in creation.  but simply a way of waking up to the very life we are living, which is so excellent once one gets one's mind and desires out of the way and lets it act of its own accord."

Would you share with us what you have done lately or would like to do?

We would love to hear about your ideas!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Bearclaw Gallery: Aaron Paquette

Artwork by Aaron Paquette exhibited at Bearclaw Gallery  

What a FABULOUS Alberta Art Days weekend!

Visiting the art galleries was so enjoyable!  I met friends, artists, new people and others I haven’t seen in years!  Some of you have emailed or facebooked (is that a word?) letting me know where in the province you were and the different activities you participated in.  What fun!

I had the pleasure of finally meeting Aaron Paquette at the Bearclaw Gallery opening reception on Saturday.

Originally, I “met” Aaron through iTunes.  He published a podcast called “Secrets of Success for the Creative Being” which I have relished.   His words reinforce what I have already come to know or discover what I have yet to learn.  He shares with us stories and words of wisdom from family members that lead to his experiences and insights.  Aaron has a beautiful way of using words to paint images in your mind.  He promised me that he would continue to publish more podcasts.

Correspondingly, he also writes a whimsical, interesting and informative blog, “The art of Aaron Paquette".   Plus,  Aaron is my facebook friend!

On Saturday, when we greeted one another I felt as though I knew him.

He personally toured interested onlookers through his world of paintings relating stories, thoughts and native beliefs.  I could feel the warmth, strength, peace and the bliss in his words and images.

If you would like to view the exhibition in person you have until 13 October 2011. 

The best part of this weekend, however, came when my five-year-old grandson called to see if he could join me in my studio.  We explored all the paraphernalia that it holds and then painted.  His final painting was pinned outside my studio wall for all to see.  That was the best!

Sorry Aaron.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Alberta Arts Days 2011

Alberta Art Days  September 30 - October 2, 2011

Alberta Arts Days is an annual celebration of our culture, heritage, artistic diversity and provincial pride. All galleries, communities, governments, organizations, schools, libraries, media outlets, cultural and recreation facilities, and individual Albertans join in the celebration!

Alberta Arts Days began in 2008 as a one-day event to recognize the value of Alberta's arts and cultural communities. Since then, it has expanded into a vibrant, three day, province-wide celebration.  This inspirational movement has raised the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life.

Last year, thousands of Albertans discovered, experienced and celebrated our unique culture, heritage, artistic diversity and provincial pride through 682 events in 91 communities throughout the province. Alberta Arts Days 2011, September 30 to October 2, will continue to showcase the province's artists, arts organizations and cultural industries, while encouraging Albertans to discover the important role the arts plays in developing a prosperous, vibrant society.