Category Archives: 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Back to My Roots

1602 Scrivener- Back to My Roots SM

This is the second painting of 2016. A remnant from a class demo on landscape painting that took a few twists and turns today.

I find myself doing a lot of reflecting at this time of year and this painting takes me back to my roots.

Growing up on a farm on the prairies seemed like a simpler time. A time with less stimuli and more time to ponder. Long snowy days and days filled with sunshine.

A time when neighbours dropped by and had time for a visit.

Simpler in terms of stuff! We lived simple – a small house only 400 sq. feet with 2 bedrooms in the eaves. By today’s standards that would be crowded for 6 people. It was the way it was, we did not know any different. I have already experienced the small house movement that is becoming all the rage.

Farm house

The larger house in this photo belonged to my grandfather.  When I was around 14 we built a new house. I got my own bedroom!

We lived outside a lot.  We did not have many toys but invented toys and games. I learned to skate at the neighbours house on the outdoor rink using skates two sizes too big stuffed with tissue.

In grade one I went to the one room school a mile away and we walked to and from most days. It had to be extremely cold to get a ride.

Carlea School


I learned to play softball in grade one on a mixed team, There where only 16 of us in the school up to grade eight.

I drooled over the art of a grade four boy.

Although I can never go back could I just recreate some of that simpler living in our now complex world? I think that lines up with my guiding word for 2016 -BALANCE

Slow down, take time to ponder and reflect.


What are you pondering?

Leave a comment  – I would love to hear your thoughts.


First Painting of Jan. 2016

Scrivener 1601---The-Big-Tree---11x14-SM


I joined a 30 day challenge to start off the New Year. Not sure I will be able to keep up with it everyday but I am going to try!

I have a lot going on with having my speaking engagement tomorrow at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery and my Make Your Mark Mentorship program for 2016 starts on Tuesday.

My partner Rick had surgery in late November and has developed a blood clot as a result so there have been lots of trips to and fro the Medi Center and hospital. Not to mention all the extra things that come with caring for someone.

I am not going to be focusing on any particular theme for this challenge but rather finishing a waiting in limbo painting. There will be a large variety!  I will be offering them at a discounted price for one day. They will also be posted on Social Media.

This painting is about GROWTH and STRETCHING and FLOURISHING – all things that seemed to be a good theme for the beginning of the year!

My wish for everyone in 2016 is to have a fantastic year of GROWTH and to allow your self to stretch and flourish!

The BIG Tree SOLD before I had a chance to write the blog post.



A New Home

1512 Day12 Scrivener A New Home LR

“A New Home”  Today we found out that the Provincial Health Region had a permanent placement for Mom. She would be moving to a new home. A facility where the qualified staff would be there to care for her, Part of me is relieved and the other part of me is full of emotion – worry, anxiety, fear! I am not looking forward to move in day and yet I really am ready to get back to my own life, Nothing is ever easy when there are two sides to the coin.

Raw Beauty

1511 Scrivener Day 11 Raw Beauty LR“Raw Beauty” is about more than the unclothed human form. When you are put in the position of being the caregiver for a loved one or any one for that matter you want to give them their privacy as much as possible. When viewing them in the raw you tend to look through them and past all of that into the beauty that lies deep within.


1510 Scrivener Day 10 Contemplation LRContemplation  – 1. the act of contemplating –  thoughtful observation.

2. full or deep consideration; reflection: religious contemplation.

3. purpose or intention.
4. prospect or expectation.
I have been spending a lot of time contemplating. Searching for the best outcome and solution to the problem. It is never easy when you are making decisions on somebodies behalf.

In a Cage

1508 Scrivner Day 8 In a Cage LR jpg

In A Cage 9×5″ Mixed Media $50.00


“In a Cage” reflects how I feel! Being confined to the house as a live in caregiver 24/7 starts to make you stir crazy. Finding small bits of time to paint, journal and listen to podcasts has kept me sane!

At the same time I think the person living with dementia feels like they are in a cage too. Being unable to find the words to express yourself has got to be more than frustrating.

Bundled Up

Bundled Up 9x5" Mixed Media $50.00

Bundled Up 9×5″ Mixed Media $50.00

“All Bundled Up” was inspired by the cold winter temperatures in Saskatchewan. It has been as cold as -47 with the wind chill. To cold for man or beast!  And to think I endured these temperatures while owning a flower shop for 10 years. Wrapping the flowers to protect from the elements took as much time as making the arrangements. We sure did recycle a lot of newspaper! We even ran out some time and had to go dumpster diving in the paper recycling bin! And yes we did loose the odd arrangement to sever frostbite!

Missing the warmer days on the island and the smell of salt air.

Loving the blue sky and sunshine, the sparkling white snow and the pink sunrises and sunsets.

There is beauty everywhere.

The Big Catch

1506 Day 6 Scrivener The Big One LR























The Big Catch 9×5″ Mixed Media

$50.00 Available for purchase

Day 6 of the painting challenge landed on the second anniversary of the passing of my Dad.

He was an avid fisherman and this painting although not an accurate resemblance of him it is about remembering and honouring him.

Read more about how my Dad influenced my art career.

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

1505 Scrivener The Sun WIll COme Out Tomorrow LR                                       “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” Mixed Media on Canvas Panel

$50.00 available for purchase

Today I was thinking about the story of Annie. The first time I saw this musical was in London England when I was in my twenties.  The positive message of the song “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow”  kept running through my head today. Trying to stay upbeat and positive can be challenging at times like this!

I so want to get back to my large work and my plethora of supplies. Having a few pens, one plein air book, a few watercolour sticks and 6 little tubes of paint is really stretching me.


Until tomorrow! Here’s to brighter days.