Monday, October 26, 2015

Easy Life in Marbella

As mentioned below, after my long walk across Spain I was invited to my friends' gorgeous villa, along with Finn, for some sun, pool and summer feasting. Here's me with Dawn Thompson on the boat heading for the old town of Marbella. We did a little walkaround, ate paella, bought some presents for my family back home. Dawn is a producer with Diplomat Films, along with her husband Keith Thompson (Tudors, Vikings et. al.), a wonderful couple I've known for years. We hope to do a project together one of these days!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Trudeaumania Encore Hurrah!

Absolutely thrilled to see the election results in Canada. They have finally thrown out American Tea Party Harper (not to mention the embarrassment for a Toronto Mayor, Ford)! Harper's attempt to swing votes with a nasty personal campaign against the charismatic Trudeau and a last-minute Hail Mary pass against the Muslims (pardon the mixed religious metaphor) failed spectacularly as Canadians remembered that kind of thing just isn't ... well ... Canadian.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky

I've always liked to sketch and paint and have to wonder why it took me so long to do something about it. (Too busy writing, travelling and child-rearing?) So I've enrolled in a full-time two-year art course in a college around the corner from me with classes in painting, drawing, textiles, metalwork, woodwork, desktop publishing and ceramics. Loving every minute of it! Was welding last week - terrifying but exciting. Here's my first attempt at painting after a few years absence: an acrylic on paper version of my favourite Canadian painter Emily Carr's oil on canvas Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky. (Haven't finished it yet.) Carr lived a lonely life in a cabin in the deep woods of British Columbia, along with her dogs. I read her autobiographical Hundreds and Thousands years ago. She was a great writer as well as painter.