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Archive for May, 2015

Faith Totem


3″x30″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are red.

This painting is available HERE


Her faith was a little shaky.

It could so easily be knocked off its balance.

She needed grounding.

She dug her heels into the earth and her crow fixed himself at her feet.

“Give me strength” she whispered to him.

“You have more than you know” he whispered back.


I have felt like this all week.  Don’t worry they tell you.  It will most likely be nothing and if it is something, well, it is first stage cancer. That is good.

Yes, that is good. It is better than any other stage, this is certain, but I don’t want it. I don’t want it in any of its stages. Neither does anyone else,  but there you go, some of us are luckier than others.

So, for all the women today that didn’t get the phone call  telling them that their core biopsy results of their breast calcifications is CANCER FREE,   I am sending all of my love to you and I am hoping that this time will be gentle and kind and run smoothly for you.  You are stronger than you  think  you are. I have faith in your healing. This is my hope and blessing for you .


Release-sm6″x12″ mixed media painting on wood stretcher. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted turquoise

Ever feel like you just need a good cry? Not for any reason in particular but just for the release. When I feel like that I often put the Leonard Cohen song “Famous Blue RainCoat”. It always makes me cry when I need to. I didn’t feel like this today but the girl in this painting did.

This painting is available HERE or contact me directly maria@mariapacewynters.com

Dreaming Upstream

Dreams-UpstreamIMG_94003″x30″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE

Working toward your dreams is not always easy.  It can feel upstream some days, some weeks, even some years.  Following your dreams is important but it is the hard work that  makes fulfilling them all the sweeter. Like most things in life,  accomplishing something that is hard makes it all the more worthwhile.

MEANWHILE, on that path. In that upstream battle…look around and be grateful for all the little things that you have on a daily basis.  Gratitude will make the journey that much more pleasant and  fill your life with so much more than  even your dreams can give you. Remember it is the journey, not the destination.   Don’t miss out on the tiny little ‘presents’ along the way .


Here are some inspirational quotes:

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.

Oprah Winfrey

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

Paul Valery

HEALTH UPDATE:  Breast lump was a cyst. Yes, thank goodness.  They are checking some suspicious calcifications but good chance they are nothing. Thank you for your support this last week. I should know for sure by this Friday

Girl With The Origami Dress


6″x12″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE

Crown Of Feathers

Crown-Of-Feathers18″x20″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE

I think that I conjured this warrior up to protect me,  keep my strong and give me faith and grace.  I had not set out to do this.

Often, I say to my paintings “tell me your story”, as I am painting. I never, well very rarely, do preliminary drawings.  I like to draw out (pun intended) the  composition and image as I go along.  I started this painting awhile ago and didn’t go back into it until the beginning of this week. The beginning of this week seems like a million years ago now because on Wednesday my Dr found a lump in my left breast and  time stopped. Still.

And then every conceivable bad thought rushed at me  faster than the speed of light.

When I got home from the Dr., I went into my studio and finished this painting. There she was in her feathered crown, looking out at me with such calm determination that she literally lifted me up.  Funny, when I was going through a rough time earlier in my life, I had painted Guardian angles. These were not your sweet angelic looking angels. I called these my ‘kick ass angels’, they were there  to help me fight my battle.  They were tough, and the meant business.  Created before I even knew I needed her,  I seem to have found another version of my ‘kick ass angels’.  Still donning feathers, still determined and tough, this warrior is here beside me, ready to take down anyone or thing that comes in my way.  Did she come into being to remind me to have faith?  I  have always felt that I am not alone when I create,  that my inspiration is divine and I think this proves that.

Hopefully it is nothing, just a benign lump,  but your mind goes to the worst place instantly.  It just does.

Send me all the good energy you can spare. It is hard not to be scared of the unknown.

I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

“Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.” ~Author Unknown

Her Journey – From Beginning To End

IMG_9271IMG_9272IMG_9274IMG_9277IMG_9313IMG_9315IMG_9318Her-Journey10″x20″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted turquoise.

This painting is available HERE

I have to remember that it is her journey.  Not mine.

I have my own journey.

I can’t tell her what her journey is anymore than can she can tell me what mine is.

I have to move forward and let her move  forward too.

My hear aches a little just thinking about this seperation.

Sadness fills me and I feel no joy. Just fear.  I know this is not right but it is honest.

STOP! I want to shout. Just stop. I need more time. Just a little more time. It went so fast. It is going too fast. You are my baby still.

But no, you are almost 12 and I feel you slipping away.

Yes, you can sleep in my bed tonight.

A moment.  Another moment.


For just one more moment.




“Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …So long as I get somewhere.
The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland


Cafe Blackbird – Featured Artist For May



I am very happy to be the featured artist at Cafe Blackbird for the month of May.  Cafe Blackbird not only offers a lovely atmosphere and delicious menu but it is a wonderful live music venue.  Please go and check out this new family owned  Edmonton music and food destination.

Pretty Bird

9″x12″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE

The rising blushes, which her cheek o’er-spread, Are opening roses in the lily’s bed.

John Gay Quotes




The painting Nepalese Girls sold on EBAY for $617.00.  All proceeds  are going toward Nepal Earthquake Relief and the Canadian Government will match that number.  YAY!

If you bid on the painting and would like a fine art reproduction I am offering 9″x12″ prints on bamboo paper for $40.00 +shipping. You can place your order on Etsy HERE. 80% of proceeds will go to help Nepal.

Thanks again for all of your support! Blessings to you all.