As we come to the end of 2018, I am now almost 10-months since surgery, and all tests indicate I am healthy! I am taking some time out in 2019 to travel.
In February 2018, I was given a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. I had an excellent surgeon and she removed everything that needed to be removed. We are so lucky in Canada to have access to such an amazing healthcare system - only 15 days passed between my diagnosis and surgery.
I agreed to the surgery wholeheartedly, but declined the chemotherapy - for a whole host of reasons. It was scary to make this decision, only in the sense that it involved coming up against the medical model. But once my surgeon (also my oncologist) realized that I was not to be convinced otherwise, she agreed to stay on with me to monitor my status every three months.
I immediately revamped my diet to largely pesco-vegetarian, with the occasional organic chicken breast and omelette. I started on a course of immunotherapy recommended by a family friend who has managed to extend his life way beyond his oncologist's prognosis. I started a meditation practice in earnest. I reached out to the universe in prayer. I consulted many different naturopaths, and now do IV treatments once or twice a week.
I am surrounded by love and support in a myriad of ways by my amazing family and friends. My husband and I did a solid month of research into natural non-toxic treatments before I chose my various courses of treatment. My sister came to help me with my recovery. I was surrounded by a lot of love and encouragement.
By mid-April, my blood tests were well below normal. Yay!
I am now almost 3 months post-cancer. I have had to toss out many of my more toxic types of acrylic paint. I'm still not painting. I'm not ready. I have, however, been very drawn to music lately ... to the Native American flute, and to crystal singing bowls. So perhaps music is my next chapter?
Regardless of the direction I choose, the balance of 2018 is for sanctuary and healing. I have cancelled all studio tours and art shows. I truly believe, however, that there are many more paintings inside me. I feel them there, waiting. So stay tuned...
Thank you for all of your support - for the lovely feedback I get from so many of you regarding my art and my poetry. It means the world to me.
I count my many blessings.
In love and light,
Come out to the Victoria County Studio Tour in the beautiful Kawartha/Trent Lakes - September 23, 24, 30, October 1 from 10-5pm.
I am at Site #8, with garden sculptor Sandy Cogar, and stained glass artist Anne-Marie Van Brunt. The site has a beautiful garden and a little trail through the woods where I will be hanging some of my hand-painted paddles. I will also have paintings, and fine art prints and cards.
62 Moon Line North, Trent Lakes
(County Road 36, exit Moon Line Road
to Moon Line North - 5 minutes from Bobcaygeon)
I am honoured that 'Marcel's Bouquet' was accepted into the 2017 Uxbridge Juried Art Show, with 55 pieces chosen out of 289 entries. The jury panel consisted of Patrick Macaulay, Director/Curator of Harbourfront Galleries, Toronto; Susan Campbell, Sessional Instructor at OCAD University and Deborah de Ville, Photographer. The Opening is Tuesday, September 19, and the show runs until Sunday, September 24th.
I have started to paint on canoe paddles ! I only have a few at the moment but I am busy painting more on a variety wood types, and in various sizes. These paddles are triple-dipped in eurothane so can actually be used to paddle, as well as decoratively displayed.
The following passage from the book The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock perfectly captures what painting does for me, and no doubt does for others too - whether it be painting, writing, even gardening ... whatever your 'craft' happens to be:
" Craft is engaging. It results in a product. The mind works in a state of meditation in craft, almost the way we half-mediate in heavy physical exercise. There is a marvelously obsessive nature to craft that allows a person to dive down through the ocean of everyday life to a seafloor of meditative making. It is an antidote to what ails you."
- Molly Peacock, from The Paper Garden
Happy New Year!
A number of my painting are currently hanging at Frankie's Ristorante in Uxbridge, Ontario. Frankie's is a lovely spot for lunch, dinner, or to pick up always-fresh gluten-free baked goods. I was very happy to be asked to grace their walls with my art - makes me feel like I'm still part of the vibrant Uxbridge community, even though I have moved to Kawartha Lakes!
Hi - I feel blessed and deeply honoured by those of you who have chosen my work for your walls! Thank you! We are in the middle of moving, but I can't wait to get back to painting once I have unpacked my paints and brushes at our new home. Stay tuned ...
One the paintings I started while away for a week in Tadoussac this summer, 'Rocks on the Bay', was accepted into this years SCA Juried Painting Show. The show runs from August 6 to August 27, 2016 at the Scugog Council for the Arts Gallery, 181 Perry Street, Port Perry - Tues to Sat from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Check it out!
I entered the Scugog Council for the Arts Literary Competition in two categories: Poetry & Prose. I was honoured to receive 1st prize for my poem, 'Fallen Angel' (I have posted the poem on my website), and 3rd prize for my prose piece 'Safe Landings'. Other winners are: 1st Prize Prose: Susan Wadds; 2nd Prize Prose: Lori Twining; 2nd Prize Poetry: Janis McCallen; and 3rd Prize Poetry: Pamela Meacher.
Artists Lynn Bishop and Tom Loach invited Marni Grossman, Photographer, and me to be their guests this year on the 30th Anniversary of the Uxbridge Studio Tour. We displayed our work in their beautiful studio in their community of Wagg Lake. It was a successful weekend for all four of us, with plenty of visitors and sales. Thank you to all those that made the trip out to visit regional artists on this rainy/sunny weekend.
I am having my first solo show, 'Portals', at the beautiful Kent Farndale Gallery in the Scugog Memorial Public Library in Port Perry this summer. I have 51 paintings on exhibit, done from 2009 to 2014. I use acrylic paint, often with pastel and ink to create my work. I sometimes add words as an additional layer. Thank you to all who have gone to the show!
I spent a beautiful Spring weekend up at Cathy Mark's metalwork studio, along with Linda Virio (encaustic painter), and Paul Gray Diamond (wood turner) for the Lake Scugog Studio Tour. We had a good turn-out at our location.
I was fortunate to once again be Guest Artist at Wildlife Photographer, Kim Lowes Site in Claremont on the Durham West Studio Tour. The first sunny weekend of Spring!
I was honoured to have two of my paintings, 'Dream Trout' and 'Starry Atlas Moth', juried into the 2014 PineRidges Arts Council Juried Art Show, running from October 24 - November 23, 2014. Also thrilled that 'Dream Trout' won the Pickering Rotary Award ... that little fishy has sure been good to me.
Sea Turtle Dreams was accepted into the Uxbridge Juried Art Show - September 22- 27th, 2014
September 20-21st - Guest at Ceramic Artist Cynthia Cupples Site - Site 26
Dream Trout was juried into a show entitled 'Water' at the White Flag Gallery in Brockville, running from July 11-August 16. The water theme attracted a wide selection of water-inspired art and it took place a the beautiful gallery that opened in October 2013 in the heritage mill in Brockville.
Today I picked up some brochures and some posters to be distributed around Durham Region to publicize the upcoming Durham West Studio Tour on April 26-27th. I was pleasantly surprised to see my Dream Trout swimming across the centre of both the brochure and the poster!
I am a guest at photographer Kim Lowes (www.kimlowes.ca) in Claremont and I can't wait! It is my first studio tour, and so far it has been a great experience with a very welcoming group of Durham region artists.
I am so pleased to have 5 of my pieces on exhibit at the Tin Cup Caffe here in Uxbridge. It is a wonderful venue to have art displayed. So many people drop by on a daily basis to this popular cafe in our community. It's great exposure for an artist! Many thanks to Jennifer Crowe, Manager, and to Don Andrews, Owner for this opportunity.