Friday, March 17, 2017

Alice's Album

This is my grandmother Alice whom I named by biz after:)  AliceinParis! Here she is about 16 years old. I recently found a small Autograph Album of hers buried in a box of old photos. This album is almost 100 years old! There is a tremendous innocence to some of the entries by her pals.and incredible talent! This book must have been kept overnight in order to do this water colour sketch of the Brig o Balgownie in Aberdeen, Scotland.
And this corner of a page folded over:)And check this one out. Wow. There were bits of red pencil scribbles throughout. My father's handiwork as a kid. Ha ha.  
I had an autograph book when I was 12. I can still remember what some kids wrote in it. Are they a thing of the past? What a great memento to have.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring will be here soon...

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 We are still in the clutches of winter! One more week until Spring…. I went for a walk yesterday and the lakes are still skimmed with ice. Tonight we are getting a huge rain storm which will start as snow and then fingers crossed  will turn to rain. It is pummeling the East Coast of the US right now as snow. I am going to make this Lemon Lentil Soup to warm things up quickly:) I make it without the feta and dill but those would take it over the top! It is still DELICIOUS without.  Here is the recipe sent to my by one of my painting students, Judy. Thanks!
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To be honest, I just dump everything in the pot together. No sauteing, I don’t use the oil and I also use a generous squirt of Siracha instead of the chili flakes:) Because I don’t add the feta and dill, I  only add the juice of one lemon. And I use the zest of the entire lemon, haven’t measured to see how much it was. Sooo very good. Enjoy
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Starts with a Sketch

Actually it starts with an idea… then pencil to paper. I was looking through an old sketchbook and had a little trip down memory lane. I remembered doing these and it was interesting to see which ones became paintings. This one below for example…became this one! Available to buy here in my Etsy shop. There are loads of mini sketches and scrawls and ideas and things yet to be painted. I also have lists and thoughts and info I want to remember jotted down. Do you have a sketch book you drop your thoughts and creative bursts into?

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Breakfast of Champions...

or losers....haha. Tea and toast!  (with peanut butter no less) The clocks sprang forward last night. One of the harbingers of Spring, hooray. But sadly we are in the vicegrip of an Arctic freeze at the moment. -26 windchill this morning!!  The poor wee birds and animals.... It is very demoralizing. I find it almost impossible to motivate myself to do anything that requires being outside. 
I spent last night at a friend's house and she has branches of forsythia blooming on her table. Very uplifting. I think I will do that when I get home. Pick some and plop in a vase of water. They bloom and lift ones spirits! Other peoples houses always seem more interesting! Here's a mortar and pestle in her kitchen. I love how the light hits it just so.  Also.....I have a new WEBSITE and will be blogging there mostly! Pop by and visit! You can get updates via email. All my endeavors in one place...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Elephant Painting

The elephant is a symbol of strength, honor, stability and patience. In the Hindu tradition,, the elephant is found in the form of Ganesha who is the god of luck, fortune, protection and is a blessing upon all new projects.

This beautiful elephant painting is for sale:) 18 x 24 x 1.5" Acrylic on birch wood. Send me an email for more details if you are interested. shelaghduffett@gmail.com
Also available as a print HERE...https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/513286519/elephant-with-flowers-and-starry-sky

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Journey

 “A story has no beginning or end: Arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” Graham Greene. 

"Remember your self always and everywhere." G.I.Gurdjieff

Monday, January 30, 2017

Golden Ginger Tumeric Lemon Fire Tea!


It's that time of year.......sniff , sniff.....hack. This is my secret weapon and I am sharing it with you! My special healing tea elixir. Full of good stuff.
First fill a saucepan with water. Then take some ginger and grate a LOT into the water. For 4 cups maybe 3" of ginger; if you don't want to grate it you can cut into coins and drop into H2O. This is all to taste so if you like more ginger, add more next time or less.
This tea has a real zing and heat to it. I know this pic looks kind of weird but that's the grated ginger in the water. Next add 1/2 TBSP of organic Tumeric.
Whisk together. The spice floats on top.
Add a grated clove of garlic! Has great anti viral properties.
Squeeze half a lemon in it or more...
Then simmer it all for about five minutes.
Strain and enjoy with a tsp of maple syrup or honey for sweetener. If it is too strong, add some plain water to your cup. I also continue to add water to the main tea mixture through day and re-simmer as needed.  ( I also add a couple of cardamom pods to the tea as it simmers, but that is completely optional)
Beautiful Kick Ass Golden Immune Booster Fire Tea! Thank-you, thank you very much :)

Friday, January 6, 2017

January


I have an affinity with people born during these first of weeks of January. Winter babes that arrive in the sharp harsh lull after the festivities of December and bright start of a New Year. Entering during the season of long dark nights and brilliant icy days.


In January people are tired, broke and turn inward. Relieved. Gathering resources. Settling in to face the frozen months. Minimal celebration attends birthdays in early January and January babes are okay with that. They've got their own awareness of season. They are "chill"

Of course all that goes out the window if born in the Southern Hemisphere:)

Alan Watts, born January 6. One of my favourite philosophers. An early January babe! (Today was also Joan of Arc's birthday.)

Watts believed in the unity of all things.

"Individual people, nations, animals, insects, and plants do not exist in or by themselves. This is not to say only that things exist in relation to one another, but that what we call “things” are no more than glimpses of a unified process. Certainly, this process has distinct features which catch our attention, but we must remember that distinction is not separation. Sharp and clear as the crest of the wave may be, it necessarily “goes with” the smooth and less featured curve of the trough. … 

Nothing exists independently from anything else.... this is an interesting video on life..and death...... ( the background music is a bit much but I like his concepts)
https://youtu.be/mMRrCYPxD0I

Monday, December 26, 2016

CATalphabet! It's here!!

Soooo, drum roll please.... At long last, I would like to introduce you to CATalphabet!!
My first children's book! I am very happy with it and know you will enjoy it too! There was a giant learning curve to getting this accomplished. I self published it and am still learning the ins and outs. Now the marketing starts:)
CATalphabet! is a storybook book full of cats and letters of the alphabet. Jonathan Mills and I had a TON of fun writing the verse. We tried to make it super entertaining to read and full of interesting words and concepts to spark conversation and learning opportunities. Some letters of the alphabet were just written for the joy of reading it aloud, like the letter R!
There are twenty-six beautiful full colour illustrations each one featuring cats. Every letter of the alphabet also gets it's turn:) Some of my favourite paintings are included. 
Here are some Amazon.com and Amazon.ca reviews!

"Fun for kids big and small. HIGHLY recommend!
Lots of fun with alphabetical alliteration and Shelagh's fantastic cat-themed folk art!! I'm a fan of Shelagh's "folk art" cat paintings (the one for D is one of my favs) and this is great way to get a collection of her work along with a "bonus" teaching tool (or a teaching tool with "bonus" artwork)."

"Shelagh has deftly captured cats at their whimsical best through her vibrant illustrations. As a teacher, I know this book will be a welcome addition to any Primary level reading program. Kids will want to read it again and again to experience the delightful alliteration that makes reading this book to and by children a joy. Handy for car rides and great for memory work too, as you can query what cat did which activity. This book is sure to become a treasured work of art, beloved by readers of all ages. Kudos to the author and artist!"

"What a beautifully illustrated witty and whimsical book to have fun reading out loud to kids and the young at heart. I plan to gift a few of these to some cat lovers I know! For those that love art and quality illustrations, you will really appreciate the work that went in to this book."

"Ms. Duffett's lively illustrations are well matched with the book's whimsical prose; a great buy for cat-lovers of all ages!"

"Fun for kids big and small. HIGHLY recommend!
Lots of fun with alphabetical alliteration and Shelagh's fantastic cat-themed folk art!! I'm a fan of Shelagh's "folk art" cat paintings (the one for D is one of my favs) and this is great way to get a collection of her work along with a "bonus" teaching tool (or a teaching tool with "bonus" artwork)."

This book is available across many online book platforms (Amazon,Indigo, Barnes noble etc) and also as a Kindle, Kobo,tablet download.

BUT...if you would like a SIGNED copy with two postcards from the book, ... you can order a copy here from my etsy store! Thanks so much!
http://www.AliceinParis.etsy.com or email me at Shelaghduffett@gmail.com with any questions or suggestions... xo

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Allow Yourself the Uncomfortable Luxury of Changing Your Mind...

This has been a very hard year for me. For many people.
I am happy to see the end of it.
It is a struggle to stay in the present, work on change, make positive constructive choices.  KNOWING what the right choice is be can be a struggle. Do no harm. To who?  Myself, people in my life, the world, the future? What is most important? How can choices I make have only positive impact all around? What is most important?

I play tricks with myself. Self talk. I talk myself into something, I talk myself out of something. I think and rethink, and overthink. I get tangled in knots.

"Regret, remorse, guilt, sorrow, grief — whatever the emotional residue may be, we go there.  We go there again and again, even though going there changes nothing" -Dani Shapiro.  Going there changes nothing, and yet why do we do it? We want to see something that we missed that will turn everything around.... 

What I have to do is move forward. Move towards a brighter future. One day, one thought at a time. Starting here in the present.

From Maria Popova 
Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind. It’s enormously disorienting to simply say, “I don’t know.” But it’s infinitely more rewarding to understand than to be right — even if that means changing your mind about a topic, a situation, an ideology, or, above all, yourself. 

So here's to moving forward, where ever it might take us .... XO