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

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Winter Begins......

 
FIRST SNOW by Mary Oliver
The snow
began here
this morning and all day
continued, its white
rhetoric everywhere
calling us back to why, how,
whence
such beauty and what
the meaning; such
an oracular fever! flowing
past windows, an energy it seemed
would never ebb, never settle
less than lovely! and only now,
deep into night,
it has finally ended.
The silence
is immense,
and the heavens still hold
a million candles; nowhere
the familiar things:
stars, the moon,
the darkness we expect
and nightly turn from. Trees
glitter like castles
of ribbons, the broad fields
smolder with light, a passing
creek bed lies
heaped with shining hills;
and though the questions
that have assailed us all day
remain- not a single
answer has been found -
walking out now
into the silence and the light
under the trees,
and through the fields,
feels like one.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Shelagh Duffett Winter Painting Class Schedule is here!

PAINT DAYS!

(Perfect gift for someone:)

January, February, March 2017

ALL SUPPLIES AND LUNCH INCLUDED! 
Classes........
 

Where:  
 Fruition Cafe, Coburg Professional Centre 
6389 Coburg Rd, Halifax. (Corner of Oxford and Coburg Road.)
 A bright sunny space with lots of room. It will be closed for the day.
Wheelchair accessible, with gender-neutral and accessible washrooms on-site.
What:
A day of painting , chatting, good music and lunch!  We will be recreating this painting! 
BUT you can make it your own:) add three houses and a bird etc.... 

We will use ACRYLIC paints on an 11 x 14" wooden canvas with painted sides. Ready to hang. You can use as much artistic license as you please to make it yours. I will guide you through it step by step:) No experience needed but if you do have experience and want to join us for a fun day, all the better!

We will stop around 12 for a lunch break. Soup and a grilled wrap, quiche or sandwich. You choose when you get there. Tea and coffee available but only dairy free milk options. 

Please bring an apron or wear something an errant drop of paint might enhance. Casual comfortable,crafty clothing encouraged.
TESTIMONIALS
" Thank-you Shelagh, I learned so much. You are an excellent, patient teacher and a wonderful artist. "
"Wicked fun class! Thank-you!"
"Just a blast!~ Off to buy paint! Amazing results for the whole class!"
"Great day! I am thrilled with my painting!. The venue was nice and bright and the tunes were inspiring:)"
"Shelagh this was wonderful! The energy was so positive and I am feeling very accomplished. I can't wait for another!"
"Thank- you so much Shelagh, this was such a fun relaxing and inspiring day away from the regular routine"
"I will definitely like to do another one and would highly reccommend to anyone to do!"
"Loved the whole day! Will definitely come to another workshop. Thanks so much!"


COST:
$99+tax 

HOW:
Registration in advance is required, space is limited. Please sign-up by dropping me an email to shelaghduffett@gmail.com or purchase your tickets online at links above.

If you have any further questions, please email me: shelaghduffett@gmail.com

Creamy Butternut Squash Tomato Soup with Coriander and Lentils

What's for lunch you ask? Why Butternut Squash Tomato Soup with loads of coriander and ginger! I had these ingredients on hand and did some creative combining ....  The secret? A heaping tablespoon of ground coriander....with a bit of tumeric, ginger and nutmeg.
 Simple Creamy Butternut Squash Tomato Soup

3/4 butternut squash, coarsely chopped
1 box of veggie broth ( 4 cups)
2 chopped onions
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 big can of diced tomatoes 
3/4 cup of red lentils
1 T ground coriander
1 t Tumeric 
1 t Ginger 
1/2 t Nutmeg

Squeeze of lemon juice and a squirt of hot sauce at the end to taste! 

Plop it all together in a pot and cook until squash tender. Puree with hand blender et voila!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Coincidental Connections

This is my art on the cover of Lesley Crewe's latest book! 

Totally cool happenstance. I sell my work on a few "Microstock" sites and pretty much forget that I have art and images out there that are selling worldwide. I never know where they go. Well, sometimes I have stumbled across one or two, most notably one on Jamie Oliver's   website and the Philadelphia International Flower show used one on their poster, Oh and one was published in a book on Fashion through the Ages....and then there was a journal company in Brazil that used one, and one was used in a school textbook published in Hong Kong. (hmm I guess I know of more than I realized)  I get a check every few months and that is great, and I go back to my forgetting..

A couple of months ago I got an email from the Art Director at Nimbus which is an Atlantic Canada based publishing company. She told me she had picked my art for the cover of Lesley's' new book and not to be surprised when I start seeing it in bookstores and ads. She had chosen it from a Microstock site where images can be from anywhere in the world, liked liked mine  a lot and purchased it. She decided to research the creator and was delighted to discover I was a LOCAL artist!!  What a nice surprise to discover I was just down the street!

So I now have a copy ready to read thanks to Heather Bryan the art director. Lesley Crewe found me also as a result and now is a facebook friend and has some of my prints to brighten her wall! Happy all round....