Grannys Rule!

It is about time I talk about grannys, don’t you think? My grandmothers were truly spectacular, strong, and adventurous women now that I think back about it.

I received a journal in the mail last week from the “Willowing” round robin with a theme of “Stately Ladies”. Immediately I thought about my granny and her sisters on my dad’s side. True stately women with big torpedo tits, blue hair, and stockings. The three sisters were Betty the oldest, Jean the middle, and Beatrice the baby. They made up the fabulous Baker-Boys sisters. All three sisters married to wonderful men, all went to Havergal College in Toronto, all had affluent and a wonderful familial upbringing.

My granny, Beatrice, married John (Nickname Jack, middle name Hales) who unfortunately died when I was one. My Aunt Betty, or Aubie as we called her, married Walter (nickname Gray) Graham who sadly also died before I was born. My Aunt Jean Clarke married Bob who was around for my whole life until early adulthood and ended up being the overseer/protector for all the sisters. These three stately women were strong and lived well into their 80’s and 90’s.

I remember stories of how my Aubie went to Japan with the YWCA during the war and then travelled back many times after that to visit friends she had made while staying there. I spent hours listening to stories of riding elephants in India and numerous trips to mysterious and far off places all over the world. With their husbands gone they decided to take the world by storm and travel, which at the time was not something women did (how times have changed).

So, here is my picture depicting three stately and courageous women. Not a photo realistic picture in any way, but an artistic representation of who they were. A memory embrace for me. I love you. I miss you! Who you were has molded me into who I am today. Thank you!

The fabulous Baker Boys sisters

Rainbows are all around us!

Here is a new journal entry that I completed tonight to take with me as part of my display for the networking event next week. I used one of the new journals, acrylic paint, vintage collage papers, matte medium, washi tape, and my sharpie. It was done in no time at all…in fact…I forgot how much fun it was to get messy with paint and just let the ideas flow.

The other day I went out my front door and onto the lawn to see that it had been raining. There in front of me was a divine rainbow that formed a huge magnificent arc. I stood there staring with my mouth open because it was so beautiful. The colours were so vivid I would have sworn that if I walked down the street I would have been able to capture the pot of gold. It was WOW!! Sooooo…I made a journal entry about that day.

Keep your eyes open for the beautiful things around you this week as they are all around us and help us to put things into perspective.


The fun starts now!

Hi everyone! I have finally decided to start and ART blog. It will focus on my adventures in art journalling and might also showcase some of my other artistic endeavours. I hope you will join me on this adventure. Who knows…I may even start to offer some art journalling workshops. Want to come out to play???