Hello my Artsy Friends!
Spring is really happening, here.
Each day the weather differs and within each day, you may experience 4 seasons, no kidding!
It sure is fun to live in Ontario, especially, this time of year.
As I write this to you, we are back to warmer temperatures and hopefully, a long spring to enjoy it's many splendours. Rain & sunshine is helping to push out those buds and bring on the leaves.
Welcoming in many species of our annual Spring Bird Migration.
We have certainly been out & about seeing many a sightings and posting our top favs on Social.
Hope you've had a chance to check them out.
_____________ Art Studio News! _____________
There's a New Series starting in the Studio!
Introducing: Erieau, Red
© 2021 Lynda Moffatt / Erieau, Red / Acrylics on Studio Canvas / 9" x 12" Framed / Available thru the Artist's Studio
What a delight it was to paint this Red Headed Woodpecker!
Over the year's we have seen a few Red Headed Woodpecker's and this one in particular we seen at Erieau, just last spring, hence the name!
This year, we observed another in the garden as we were attending to cleaning things up and shared a video with you on Social, just last week.
We could certainly, hear him long before we saw him!
Seeing him on a tree in the garden was a reminder, to leave something for his species survival. The more research I did on them, the more I learned and thought it would be a good idea to share here with you to give some insight into how to help them exist.
You see they have continued to decline over the past 20 years here in Ontario. Needing dead wood for their existence, as this is a necessity of life for them. They also, enjoy black oil sunflower seeds and a bird house if you are able to put one out.
They are Near Threatened (Population decreasing)
Red-headed woodpecker/Conservation status as of April, 2021.
I hope you enjoy the painting and a little information on them as well! :)
This guy is just the beginning of the Spring Series that will include many
small Song birds and their story that we see this year.
Ooh, and how to pick which ones to paint, eh!
Well, that will be done in the days to come as we observe the many species, headed our way.
So Excited to share with you, I received my copy of the book Pursuit 365
Featuring Myself & 364 Canadian woman co-authors!
Pursuit: 365 is an all inclusive book co authored by 364 Canadian Women from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, from all walks of life. The book includes @JannArden , @BifNakedofficial , @ToscaReno , Celebrity Stylist @stylebykimxo, moi and so many more!! Every day in 2021 I will be reading one of their inspiring stories.
This book sold out on the day of launch over Amazon and will be
selling at Chapters soon. A percentage of the monies are going to Affordable Housing to help those in need & to feel respected having a safe place to live.
If we can help those that need help it is truly a Blessing.
Documenting our journey with covid
Here we are 1 year into covid and in our 3rd lockdown in Ontario.
I personally, have now celebrated 2 Birthdays in covid lockdown.
We are keeping Safe and as Isolated as possible except for essentials.
We will be getting Vaccinated this coming week.
Keeping our mental health, physical health and spiritual health in check each day.
Our hope is that you are able to do this as well. We are here if anyone needs to reach out and talk.
I believe, we will get through this.
With Prayers and our Belief we can get through this together. Other Countries are showing this is working for them. I am more than hopeful at this point.
History from our Elders (story telling if you will)
Kevin's Mother and I was chatting as we do. And she spoke of stories when the Influenza pandemic hit their home. She remembers her Mother Praying with siblings in highchairs at the kitchen table before meals. It was their daily ritual to Believe and Pray. They made it through.
What will the next generation hear about our pandemic. Something, to think about, eh!
As an artist and an introvert, I do require alone time, possibly more than most to work on my studies. It is truly is my norm, something I have become used to and need to schedule into my busy life.
I prefer it actually, and obtain balance with Kevin making sure, I get out as often as I can to enjoy our surroundings.
I do believe, you give some things up as artist. You begin to focus on the reason why you are here if it's your calling. You need to paint, if it is. The day is not the same if you don't.
Writing, has become a major part of my practice now as well and helps to communicate my thoughts, feelings, expressions as we go along our journey here.
With this being said, I would like to Pivot the conversation in even another direction.
I was always taught if you can't be anything, be nice!
This continues to be my go to, no matter who you are.
There is World News going on, in which saddens me.
We are experiencing so much hate for cultures around the world
There seems to be good conversation about this and I hope it continues.
There is real work needed here. Let's embrace each other and get real about helping and taking care of one another.
I know we cannot all be perfect, but I do believe deep down inside we do know the difference between right and wrong. It is our choice to make the right decision on how we act especially towards another human being.
My goodness, even birdwatching will teach you that lots of different species can live in harmony!
I hope we can learn this, every life matters.
I received a Testimony this past week.
A Collector of my work shared a special story with me this
month and asked me to share it with you, saying it might help others.
You see this person was in a very dark place for a few weeks and they were not sure how to get out of it. At first they didn't want help or to try anything different. Then, a light came on when they saw one of my posts!
They decided to purchase a painting they had watched me paint and have been looking at since, I completed it.
They told me, by observing the painting, they actually marveled over the workmanship that went into it and this is what has brightened up their days! It has become a study of theirs now. You see I also worked with this person and they know how much work went into our day job. They could only imagine the work that went into the painting as well.
Wow, is all I could think and appreciated them for letting me know, that
something I created helped them more than I could have ever imagined.
I will keep this close to my heart, while painting in the studio for certain.
To have someone let you know how you have helped them,
it is truly humbling!
I have always felt this is my passion, the reason why I am here.
Testaments like this, drives my soul to do more.
Take care my friends, Stay Safe.