Monthly Archives: April 2014


Beyond the Edge: Artists’ Gardens, a new project of the Canadensis Botanical Garden Society,
Ottawa, presents a lecture by Alexander Reford, Director of Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens,
Grand-Metis, Quebec.
Alexander Reford will delight gardeners, landscape architects, and artists with his presentation on The
International Garden Festival, the leading contemporary garden festival in North America held at Les
Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens. Each year, the festival exhibits over 25 conceptual gardens created by
architects, landscape architects, and designers in a natural environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence
River. Since its inception in 2000, more than 140 gardens have been exhibited.
DATE: Thursday May 1, 2014
The lecture will be given twice:
6:00 – 7:15 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
8:00 – 9:15 pm (doors open at 7:40 pm)

COST: CBGS Members: $12. Non-members: $15.
PAYMENT: Tickets for the lecture time of your choice – 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. – can be made through PayPal, or
purchased at the door. Advance purchase is recommended due to limited seating. Bring your Paypal receipt
to gain entry. Click here to Pay online
LOCATION: The renovated Cereal Barn (Bldg #76), Central Experimental Farm, off Prince of Wales Drive.
PARKING: Located off Prince of Wales Drive, south of the Arboretum. $3.00 pay and display.
Click here to View site map
Proceeds will go to Beyond the Edge: Artists’ Gardens (Ottawa), June 27- September 27, 2014,
an inaugural project of the future Canadensis: The Garden of Canada/Le Jardin du Canada. Information
on Beyond the Edge: Artists’ Gardens, including location and participating artists, will be announced at this
Complementary coffee is generously provided by BRIDGEHEAD
Pink Punch, 2013 by Michaela Macleod and Nicholas
Photo credit: Marie-Claude Hamel

How can you tell I haven’t been in the studio much?


ImageBecause I don’t blog much when I’m not in the studio either!

That is a piece I started 2 weeks ago. Then I took in a cat. A cat that needs to know he has a forever person and a forever home. A cat that is slowly destroying my home but is slowly winning my heart as well. He’s a brat but he’s a lost little boy and I have to forgive him for now.

I’m finally living alone again and the freedom is indescribable. I’m not as stressed and I can eat, drink, read and dance in any room in the house, dressed or nekid, and I  play music all weekend. I got rid of cable tv and home phone and I feel deliciously detached. I did keep my internet…a girl has to have some vices.

Back to the painting. I had a big plastic storage box full of crafters acrylics. I’d been collecting them for years from various dollar stores. About 10% of them had dried up. A lot of them were in a gummy stage so I scraped out what I could and rolled the paint into shapes and used them in another painting. I’m not sure I like the effect yet but I can work that out.

I then cleaned out my canvasses. I had one that was left behind by the previous studio owner but it had a rip in it. Instead of throwing it out I cut out two holes in different shapes, kitty corner to each other. Then I squeezed all of that old paint from the top of the canvas and let it drip down the surface. It made some wonderful puddles on the floor. Now I have to figure out how to lift it all in one piece because I want to place them behind the holes in the canvas.


I think if I spray the lot with water it may make this puddle softer so that I can lift it. If not then I will have to begin the dripping process all over again. I’ll put a piece of canvas below my easel to catch the puddles this time. We shall see. Maybe I should do puddles of just black and white. We shall see. I have to get my butt to the studio at least once this week.

The installation for Chinatown Remixed is taking over my life again. Funny thing is, I sign up for it every year. I’m kinda kooky that way. It’s going to be wonderful and generous and outrageous this year. So, if you’re in Ottawa from May 17th to June 17th, 2014, hop on over to Chinatown for some very groovy art.

ORANGE is the new HOT in Otown



Here’s what’s hot tonight people….Orange Gallery has relocated to 290 City Centre Avenue in Ottawa, the nation’s capital happenin city!!

I go to Orange every time one of my two favorite artists are showing,  Dan Martelock and Andrea Stokes. Twice I haven’t been able to make it but now that the gallery is closer to home, I’m sure I won’t ever miss a show again.

See are my farty arty, artsy fartsy friends out tonight. I’m looking forward to a new era of amazing art at ORANGE





In my last blog I whined, complained, moaned about no inspiration or motivation. I forced my butt to the studio Tuesday night after a very stressful day at work. I pittered and pattered about my studio, just kind of forced myself to stay in the conversation of art.  I was cleaning my brushes in the common area where we clean brushes. I looked at to tiny paintings on the wall of this common area and wondered who had painted them and how long they had been there. Then my eye moved a few feet to the left and I saw this…a hook on the wall of the bathroom stall.

It was like an open invitation, a dare, a challenge and my mind quickly accepted!