New medium

May 19, 2019

Robbie tells me that if I keep doing the same things I’ll always get the same results.
That is so true; in life and in art.

I stopped at a Value Village and bought some random oil pastels.
I’ve never used oil pastels before.
So this was it then, I grabbed those pastels, put on the ring Chloe made for me for strength, sat in the desert at sunrise, and tentatively made a stroke on the paper.

About 20 minutes later I decided there must be more to these pastels that I don’t know about. A way to smudge them together and decided to grab my chalk smudge sticks for the next day.

But this first day painting in the desert with those oil pastels was amazing and freeing.

I drove around from place to place stopping, walking, painting, sketching…exploring.

Slowly, the sun is staring to come back to my soul.

Attempted crisis management: hunkering down in the desert

On an impulse I drove south. South for days. I came to the lowest place I could think of: Death Valley. After all, if one is at the lowest place, any move one makes has to be up! There’s just nowhere lower to go.…

May 16, 2019

Attempted Crisis Management: Alone in the Cascades

There’s this meditation guru who says, “if you are breathing there’s actually more right with you than wrong with you.” My wellness Dr asked me to think about what it would be like to wake up one morning as just myself. Not Veronica the…

May 11, 2019


Brief explanation: There is no art and there hasn’t been in quite a while. I can’t make myself “do” art. I end up staring at a piece of paper, tools, lino…whatever, spend four hours trying to “do” art, and end up throwing the thing…

May 9, 2019

Happy Lunar New Year

Hi everybody, The new lunar year has begun. The year of the pig; which, incidently, is my year! Here in Vancouver, it arrived with a spring like feeling… …but don’t be fooled, February is an unpredictable month here. I went to the local asian…

February 10, 2019

Happy New Year and new art inspiration

Happy New Year everyone! I arrived home a couple days ago to a very quiet house. Too quiet, especially after the last few days! But it was also a really good time for me to do some reflecting and make some decisions about what…

January 1, 2019

A winter walk in these liminal days

I love these days. I love holidays and not knowing…and not caring what day it actually is. It’s been snowing all day today, but before today’s snow, I went for a walk on my daughter’s property to gather some winter weeds for reference for…

December 28, 2018

Merry Christmas

Hi everybody, Yes indeed, I’m back. At the moment I’m 300 miles from home visiting my daughter Kerstin and her family. The great news is that my son Jonathan and his family are here too, and that means all five of my grandchildren for…

December 25, 2018

June catch-up, in the Okanagan with the littles.

I might just have several random posts hanging in my draft folder from when my great and mighty pc died. By the way, I still don’t have that pc (under full warranty and at HP headquarters) back yet, and HP is being very unresponsive…

August 1, 2018