Early May Days
Early May days are splendid for speculation and regrouping. The returning sun strains our eyes and shines light on anything which neglected over the darker months. When in contemplation I go to the river, like yesterday and today.
Lots of ducks and geese were actively creating their summer life. No babies yet but mating season is well underway. I was lucky to catch this guy in mid-air!
Still a lot of mud yet, and ice on the banks. The lagoon restoration does not seem complete but the restaurant is open. The reflections have always been wonderful in the lagoon at Bowness Park, depending on what time of day you go. Everything seems different post flood.
This is an interesting shot I took of a Canada goose, a portrait. My sense was this guy was looking for his mate & going from being concerned to becoming irate causing a huge ruckus. I hope he found her.
My plan is getting outside more this summer. Some walking, biking and plein air painting will be a grand start. Oh and of course outdoor yoga in the park which begins this Sunday! Fingers crossed the sunshine lasts. A herb garden is on my wish list.
I am reviving my journal writing. Journaling is a tool I use to help me to shift my perceptions, to break old patterns, which in turn makes room to create something new. See how the water rolls off a goose’s belly. It doesn’t get under the skin. This is a lesson we humans can learn. My reminder this week to not take things personally. What is the message for you these days?
What’s on Deck; May & Beyond
On Sunday, June 4th, you can hear my music at the Leighton Centre for their Clothesline Festival and Art Sale! I will be performing from 2-4 pm. It is beautiful out there, so come out for a Sunday drive and enjoy some fine art & music. I am working on a couple of things at the moment. I will share as soon as I can. In the meantime have fun. Drop a comment to say hi. I would love to hear from you.
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Fine Art by Artist Deborah Robinson
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Grateful for my gifts and talents to create beauty. I spent years developing them, and I am still learning. I love to share this with others.
If you are an art lover, consider investing in a piece of fine art for yourself. Why not commission me to do something special for you? Owning a piece of original fine art is an investment that you can cherish for years to come. To see my art, visit my Galleries.
I work in pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolour, oils and acrylic. Keeping an art journal regularly is one of my goals. My love of nature attracted me to plein air painting. Summer is short in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I have been known to sketch in my car while temperatures plummet (during my years of living in the Arctic) and to tote my paints with me. Being surrounded by world renown beautiful scenery, from foothills to mountains to lakes and rivers is a true inspiration.
As well as painting miniature art, I also paint large-scale works, murals, environments and theme development. Many artists who do large-scale works are also known to create miniatures. There is something to the expression, “Go big, or stay home.”
Lux, Calgary AB 2018
30 Years of Art: An NWT Arts Council Exhibit, Prince of Wales Heritage Centre, YK, NT
Caprices Fine Art Show & Musical Performance Inglewood 2014
Caprices Fine Art Show & Sale Inglewood 2013
Calgary Public Library, Petals, Birds & Branches Sept. 2012
Priddis Valley Gardens, Show & Sale, June 2011, Priddis, AB
Priddis Valley Gardens, Show & Sale, June 2010, Priddis, AB
ArtPoint Main Gallery ‘Vision-An Inner Journey’, April 2010, Cal., AB
ArtPoint Upstairs Salon ‘Transmutation’ , October 2009, Cal., AB
Independent Show & Sale, Spring Hotchpotch, April 2008, Cal., AB
Independent Show & Sale, Studio Parallel, Yellowknife, NWT
Open Studio Visits Calgary, Studio Parallel, Yellowknife, NWT
Murals Private Residences Calgary, AB
Commissions Calgary, AB
Murals Urban Interiors, Calgary, AB
Art Fair Drumheller, AB
Artisan Show, Calgary, AB
Studio Parallel, Yellowknife, NWT
Prince of Wales Heritage Centre International Woman’s Day Exhibition, Yellowknife, NWT
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You will also find murals, small works, miniatures and works on paper. I have an collection of landscapes, flowers, macro floral, figures and nature scenes. My art is available for sale, and archived works are also on display here. I wanted to include some of my older works, so you can see how my development as an artist has progressed.
Since residing in many areas of Canada, traveling extensively throughout North America, my favorite destinations include the west coast and New Mexico and I always try to paint on location, where ever I go. My paintings are all made with archival materials and acrylics are varnished to protect and preserve for a long life and to prevent fading of the colours. Browse the galleries and enjoy.
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Look at this landscape I captured in my travels. Taking pictures is therapy for me, as well as a wonderful excuse to go for a walk, get fresh air, sunshine and vitamin D.
The clouds were spectacular that day, an assortment of every type imaginable. Downloading pictures from the camera is one of my favourite things to do. A little background music sets the mood, while I open my keepsakes.
September rains have come. This is one of my dahlia blooms. I grew them and many more are yet to come. The dahlia bush is almost five feet high, the blooms are slowly opening. I have my order in for an Indian summer reprieve, and I may see sweet peas too!
Birds are plentiful at the feeders. I saw a beautiful chartreuse green finch yesterday. The greens are fading on the trees and the trunks are dark from the rain. Leaves have begun to litter the gutters.
Now is my time for regrouping, taking stock and setting intentions. Still doing some clearing, and I will soon be offering a clearance on some of my fine art pieces on Facebook. If you are on Facebook, please join me on my Facebook page to keep up with the latest developments here.
Saturday was a lovely day to go to Nosehill Park and capture the sunset. I needed to blow some cobwebs out of my head, and so off with camera in hand I went. The light was so interesting and follow the light is just what I did. Wouldn’t you know, when the time came to depart-I realized I was on the wrong side of the ravine. I hadn’t even realized how far I had travelled.
Clearly the flip-flops I was wearing were not going to take me down the ravine and up again, so I had to take the long way around. Fortunately I had taken note of the airport tower as a landmark, which turned out to be the first told me I was off course and helped me to locate the car. My ankles scratched and ravaged from the thistles the feeling of the wind through my hair, absorbed in nature and in my glory. The beautiful shots I got was the bonus. This one was lucky timing.
This coming weekend is the East side Studio Crawl, and the artist run gallery I belong to is part of that annual event. The East side, is the original downtown area of Calgary, and many Galleries and artist’s studios are in the area. This is you chance to see a variety of art work and many artist studios.
Some of my work will be on display for this coming weekend and throughout the month at ArtPoint, and at Euphoria Cafe in Crowchild Square I also have some art for about a month.
Beautiful fields of gold at sunset. I want to squeeze every drop of summer that I can. The rain today felt lovely, reviving and now the sun is shining. We have a frost warning for tonight. Time to get the sheets out for the hollyhocks, some of which are yet to bloom. Off to the studio to paint, before a new week begins.
Hello everyone, thanks to all for your support. I have had some response to my previous post, and am presently following some leads.
Something is sure to come through in the very near future.Your support means a lot.
Hope you like this river picture. I froze my touche off getting this photo. It is only once or twice every winter that the mist rises off the icy river, so I couldn’t resist driving around in circles looking for the perfect spot, which turned out to be Princess Island Park. The river was about a seven minute walk from the car.
Mesmerized by the beauty of my surroundings, I had only snapped about four pictures when the memory card flashed it was full. Frozen fingers could only see how to delete the whole bunch, not just the previously downloaded ones.
I trekked back, to get the spare card in the car, briefly warmed up, then back to the river. I was not dressed for cold weather and unaware it was -30C with the wind chill, but I think it was worth it. There is another I took that day where you can see the mist rising. So it’s moments like these we live for, right?
The last thing one would expect to find in Calgary is a sailboat. However the Glenmore Reservoir sports many sailboats. One can also rent canoes-I would like to try that before the summer is out.
Calgary’s drinking water comes from this reservoir. The park itself is about 84 hectares, another oasis in this rapidly growing city of ours. The pathway system is busy with cyclists, runners, roller blades, and people strolling with their dogs.
I went down and laid on the dock the other night to blow off my day. A wonderful place to go and watch the sailboats and the ducks. These shots were captured just before sunset.
A couple of quiet days coming up with fine weather. Trying to decide on a plan, perhaps go somewhere I haven’t been.
Maybe a day trip. I could just take my easel to to one of the urban parks, if nothing else. A full lunar eclipse in Aquarius tomorrow should bring good energies for a party I am attending.
Have a swell weekend everyone!
Home from a refreshing day in the mountains. The weather was optimum.
Fresh air, sunshine and good company-how can you go wrong? We strolled around Vermillion Lakes. Here is a view of Mt Rundle from that area. No paintbrushes with me this trip-just my camera. However I really must take them with me next time for some plein air painting.
We had lunch in Banff, and went to the Upper Hot Springs, which is a sulphur pool and had a lovely long soak. Sorry folks-no swimsuit shots. Here I am on the main street of Banff after our soak. How fortunate to be so close to the mountains to afford a simple day trip. The mountain town was abuzz with activity and crawling with tourists.
Vermillion Lakes is known for moose although we didn’t see any this time around. Some of the area is marsh like, and was heavily populated with red winged blackbirds as well as other varieties of birds who perch on the reeds and cattails surveying their paradise. I felt as though I was peering into a child’s picture book. No lucky bird-in-flight shots that day, only a memory etched into my mind’s eye.
Coming up soon-a NEW commissioned painting which is top secret until I post it here, so stay tuned. Now and for the next couple of weeks is prime time for viewing alpine flowers in the Rockies. Here’s a couple from my day to share with you.
By the light … of the silvery moon.
What an eclipse tonight! I left my tripod setup on the front step, where I had a front row seat for the celestial happenings of the evening. Spectacular! A friend came by for dinner, and in between bites of butter chicken, and chocolate decadence, I ran out and took shots of the eclipse.
This is the best one I have seen. Difficult to do it justice in photos. The third photo has been lightened, so you can see the earth’s reflection and Saturn. I have a fair idea what I am leaving behind, as I continue to align myself with the new energies abound.
Fun week so far and busy. I intend to return very soon to revisit your blogs, comment on your fabulous posts and tend to your comments.
Wading through paperwork, and lots of errands. Rumblings of an art show on the horizon have begun.
Time to clear out the old paintings to make room for some new exciting stuff. They need to be released and I am running out of wall space!
Earlier this week I aroused an air of suspicion when the minister of the church down the street came upon me taking photos in his churchyard!
He seemed to be puzzled by my behaviour. Often I am seen in strange places taking photos, and rarely do people take notice.
When he saw me in the local coffee shop I patronize regularly a couple of days later, he looked as though he wanted to run. I suppose he wouldn’t be pleased to know I pinched a few hollyhock seeds from there last fall.
Tomorrow night we are going to see Paul Armitage in Concert. You can also listen to samples of his music on his website. The biggest thing on my mind at this moment is that I am blessed by the love around me … and the light.