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Count Your Blessings

This painting was one of my first of 2016. The starting of a new year is always a time for me to take stock and be grateful for my life, past and present. The beginning of this year  was scary for me, I had an operation that I did not look forward to coming up in the beginning of 2016 but instead of focusing on this I decided to be grateful for all of the greatness in my life.  I often look at the new year as a chance to start a new, to TRANSFORM the parts of my life I am not happy with but this year I really did just count my blessings and was truly grateful for my life just as it was. Sometimes what can seem very scary or negative can change our perspective on what is truly important in our life.

Here’s to transforming gracefully from one year to the next.

I am truly  looking forward to 2017.


This 12″x 12″(1.5″ deep sides,painted red or turquoise) mounted reproduction will be available in the upcoming ‘transformation’ auction on Jan 4-5, 2017. To get involved with bidding on this  piece and the below original painting GO HERE


Auction Give Away

To get involved in the give away for the upcoming auction ‘Transitions’ go HERE and read the way you can win a set of 10 postcards and a brooch of the painting ‘My Protector”


Winter Garden


This is a 8″x24″  mixed media painting on paper covered canvas. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted turquoise.

This painting will be available in the upcoming auction “Transformations” for “The Heartful Soul Artist Collective” in January 2017.  For more info, please go HERE

In Edmonton we don’t usually have much of a fall. We go from summer into winter, often pretty suddenly. I always find it shocking, even though I have lived here form more than 20 years.  Like my garden being covered in snow before the leaves are even raked,  I look at Imogen and Scarlett (who I  have a few more baby years with) and just want to freeze the frame for just a moment so I can catch my breath. Life is ever changing.  I have really found this true for the last few years. I can hardly believe how fast they have gone. I look at my 13 year old daughter and ask “who is she?”, I look at myself int he mirror and ask the same thing.  Like my garden, my dark hair has faded and looks like it is topped with hoar frost.  These transformations are so difficult. Turing from a little girl into, I hesitate to even say it … a woman,  is painful, confusing and frustrating. I struggle to watch her as she strives to grasp all the things that are happening to her, both physically and mentally. And I go through my own struggles with a body I don’t even recognize between  weight gain and a double mastectomy. Side by side, we are transforming. We seem to walk parallel to one another, occasionally, and rarer and rarer lately, meeting.

The Winter Garden

I catch my breath in the cold air,

Poppy pods wear little snowy crowns,

Hops cascade down the trellis like a frozen waterfall,

Sunflowers face the sky like frosted treats,

I pause.

Winter .

I stop long enough to see my breath …

But only just.

Maria Pace-Wynters

Heartful Soul Artist Collective Monthly Auction


I am so happy to announce that in the following year I will be  a new member of the artist collective, “Heartful Soul Artist Collective Monthly Auction” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1081400241910524/
Sadly Kara Strachan Bullock, Lucy Brydon and Angela Kennedy are taking time off to explore other areas of their careers but will be back as invited guests.

The group collective is made of the following artist:
Marie Ndolo,  Olga Furman Annie Hamman, Renata Loree, Lauren RudolphKatrina KoltesSara BurchLynda Fortin KingJennifer Bonneteau, Lara Provost.
Please join the group or ask me for an invite on Facebook. “Heartful Soul Artists Collective Monthly Auction” 2017! Our next auction will be January 4th and the theme is ‘transformation’.

Thanks you!

January AuctionTheme: Transformation

The theme for the first auction of 2017 will be ‘Transformation’.

If you would  like more info check out the Facebook page HEARTFUL SOUL ARTIST COLLECTIVE here.

Below are just a few of the paintings that will be available to bid on:


This is the first painting I am working on for the January auction:

(Work In Progress)

Winter Garden Slice


These long tall paintings are so hard to document. It just looks so much better in person. Oh well.

3″ x 30″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted turquoise.

This painting is available HERE

One kind word can warm three winter months. ~Japanese Proverb

Winter Wonder

img_43515″x7″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are either painted red or turquoise.

This painting is available HERE

Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the root that she may grow it up again fairer and stronger. She calls her family together within her inmost home to prepare them for being scattered abroad upon the face of the earth. ~Hugh Macmillan, “Rejuvenescence,” The Ministry of Nature, 1871

Wrap Up Party …Holiday Auction

December 13 is the day of the wrap up party for the Holiday Auction.  Please stop by, There are plenty of paintings that have not been snapped up and can be purchased at the starting  bid price.

My following paintings are still available for purchase:

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To Join the fun, go HERE.

If you would like to be tagged on Facebook for a specific painting, let me know.  I’d love to send all of these babies to new homes and help me pay for  a heater in my new  studio! BRRRR! BABY, IT’S COLD INSIDE! ha, ha!

Also,  tomorrow, Dec 12, the very special artist, Jodi Ohl is the featured artist. Please go and check out her amazingly beautiful paintings!


Little Winter Poppy Garden


IMG_4316.PNGThis little painting is 3″x6″ mixed media on wood. This painting is flat and will need to be matted and framed by you.

This painting is available HERE

Winter Poppies


8″x8″ mixed media painting on wood. This painting will need to be framed and matted by you.

This painting is available HERE

It is so cold outside. It is so cold in my studio. I am actually working with my coat on! Brrrr. The only thing, and I mean the only thing, that I like about snow is how pretty everything looks. I never pull out the dead flowers and hops, they look so pretty with snow and frost dusting them all in white sparkles.

Make love now, by night and by day, in winter and in summer… You are in the world for that and the rest of life is nothing but vanity, illusion, waste. There is only one science, love, only one riches, love, only one policy, love. To make love is all the law, and the prophets.

 Anatole France quotes 

Read more: http://www.searchquotes.com/quotation/Make_love_now%2C_by_night_and_by_day%2C_in_winter_and_in_summer…_You_are_in_the_world_for_that_and_the/19999/#ixzz4SHl9FGjB