Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Days of Our Lives....


One of my favourite things is to sit with a blank sheet of paper or journal and a pen and a head full of ideas. If I don't write them down, I lose some of those thoughts and brilliant light bulb ideas and whims and basic things I HAVE to get done. Just like a kettle boiling water into steam, away they go.....
Spilling them onto paper they become real and possible. They become tangible, I can see them and new lists form creating steps to making things happen.   

Even just what I want to accomplish in a day becomes easier when I jot it down. Somehow I tend to get more done. 

Dreams and schemes....... Autumn is coming......

Monday, September 12, 2016

PAint Day with Shelagh Duffett Sunday October 16


Paint Day with Shelagh Duffett Sun. Oct 16

Register HERE!  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-day-with-shelagh-duffett-sunday-october-16-tickets-27675120029
 
This will be a fun day of painting and chat and good music and food! NO experience necessary but if you have some and want to participate and enjoy a day of painting, you are absolutely welcome. We will be painting this cat which you can personalize using acrylic paint on an 11 x 14" cradled birch support, OF course artistic license is welcomed and you can make it your own:) 


ALL Supplies included AND a yummy vegetarian lunch. Soup AND either a wrap, quiche or sandwich will be served. It is a dairy free zone, so almond milk and soy milk are used for coffee and tea.

Wear something comfortable that an errant drop of paint won't hurt. If you have a craft apron or old t-shirt, might be a good idea to wear it:)

WHERE: Fruition Cafe, Coburg Professional Centre 6389 Coburg Rd, Halifax. (corner of Oxford St. and Coburg Road)

PARKING is free in the lot at Dalhousie across from Fruition on Coburg or on the side of the bldg on Oxford.

WHEN: Sunday Oct 16 10-4pm
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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 reccomend to anyone to do!"
"Loved the whole day! Will definitely come to another workshop. Thanks so much!"
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We will be spending the day at Fruition Cafe which will be closed for us. It is a bright sunny space with lots of room. Fruition Cafe is wheelchair accessible, with gender-neutral and has accessible washrooms on-site.
PARKING is abundant. The Dalhousie University lot across the street is open for public use on Sundays.

Registration in advance is required, space is limited. You may also register in person at Alice in Paris's  Pavillion location at the Seaport Farmers’ Market on Saturdays with credit or cash. Price is $99 plus tax. EARLYBIRD TICKETS FOR $89. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-day-with-shelagh-duffett-sunday-october-16-tickets-27675120029

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Painting Workshop Sept 18!

My next painting workshop is on September 18. We will be painting this vase of flowers:) You can choose the colour you want....it does not have to be green. The cost is $99 plus tax  It is held in Halifax at Fruition Cafe, 6863 Coburg Road.
 All supplies are included and yummy lunch too!!
Click HERE to learn more and register...

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!"


Common Roots Urban Farm

Deep in the heart of the city of Halifax there is a farm! Right next to one of the busiest intersections in Halifax. Common Roots Urban Farm
Things are growing! There are private plots and public plots. Everywhere you see a green stake, you can nibble and pick things. Look at this abundance of tomato!
Bazillions of flowers are growing,and the gentle buzz of bees can be heard over the traffic.
It is a living breathing oasis right next to the QE2 Hospital on Robie Street and Bell Road.
 From Tuesdays to Fridays 11:30-5:30 you can purchase lovely veggies and flowers and compost and gardeny things.These charming gals might be on hand to help you:)
Look at these!! I bought some purple beans. Alas they turned green when I cooked them but yum! so good.
 Charities and interested groups have garden beds here too. Here is a story about the Paramedic's garden 
Pop by and have a stroll...
Buy some flowers. Do yourself a world of good and help support a wonderful initiative!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sensational Snap Society e-course July 3 2016


Hey it is Sensational Snap Society time again!
I'm running my FUN, no pressure, no experience, even a phone will do, just a creative spirit needed.... 
PHOTOGRAPHY eCOURSE  starting Sunday July 3, finishing Aug 17.
A few hundred people have taken this course over the years and it has always been a joy to see everyone's efforts. Open worldwide! Learn more about it HERE
PS. The photographer in the top picture is Louis Mendes

Instagram Halifax

Found some instagram pictures from 2012 post ...
 you can follow me if you'd like https://www.instagram.com/aliceinparis1/

Here are some pics of things I see frequently.
The image above is a door on Barrington Street in a building that is about to be demolished soon next to where I have my studio. Such cool graffiti. 
Below is another view of Barrington St. near my studio.
One of my morning  views at Point Pleasant Park
Standing outside the Burrito shop looking towards Barrington Street
One of the workers outside my studio window!
View from coffee shop Just Us looking to Barrington as I wait to be served. *note* This is now Bar Stillwell
The burrito shop
Another early morning at the park where I walk
I'm on the corner, second floor from the top:)
One of my views...looking east.
Early morning view from the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market, Georges Island.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Re-cap Paint Day April 24

 Paint, glorious paint!  Once again I had a lot of fun at my painting workshop on April 24th. It was held at one of my favourite places, Fruition Cafe on Coburg Road.
What a great bunch of diligent bunch of artists (when they weren`t laughing!) I painted along with them as well as instructing. We were recreating a lighthouse and beautiful coloured sky.

 Sunset or dawn...hmmmm.
We laid out the paintings to dry and make room on the tables for a yummy lunch. Gorgeous!
Then we were back at it! Listening to Motown music and painting up a storm.
I painted the sides of the canvases before the workshop and the green tape keeps them free from paint. We just peel it off after.



Tah dah! The paintings are wonderful!! All the same and yet different. Thanks so much everyone. I had a lovely time:)
 Next one is MAY 15TH, you can find out more HERE!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-day-with-shelagh-duffett-may-15-tickets-24926002344

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Forest Bathing....

I had a Forest Bath the other day.... a walk in the woods....something we should all try to do as often as we can:) I have always felt better in myriad ways after a walk under the trees but did not realize it is a "thing." Shinrin-Yoku is the Japanese name for it. 

 Time spent in the forest has been proven to lower stress levels by reducing cortisol, elevates your mood and strengthens your immune system.   All you need to do is visit a forest for a short stroll in the green and living space, maybe sit a bit and soak it all up.
When in the forest we breathe in volatile substances, called phytoncides (wood essential oils), which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from trees; listen to the wind in the branches, birds and streams if nearby. All things which are calming...  We move with gentle purpose, soaking up the living energy. It is a form of meditation in which we unknowingly participate. In Japan there are now 44 accredited Shinrin Yoku forests. I love this idea.
Sleeping In The Forest
I thought the earth remembered me, she
took me back so tenderly, arranging
her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds. I slept
as never before, a stone
on the riverbed, nothing
between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated
light as moths among the branches
of the perfect trees. All night
I heard the small kingdoms breathing
around me, the insects, and the birds
who do their work in the darkness. All night
I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling
with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

 -Mary Oliver
Pictures were taken in Hemlock Ravine with the exception of the first pic which was in Alberta.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Simple Fennel and Citrus Salad!

This a simple and really yummy salad! Fresh and bright.
All you need is fennel (sort of like a mild licorice flavoured celery) two or three grapefruit, avocado, a tiny bit of maple syrup or a pinch of brown sugar, oil and salt and pepper. 
Rinse the fennel and chop off the fronds. Take the outer covering/leaves off if hard and scarred. Chop into narrow slices and also use a wee bit of frond. Toss into bowl. 
Next up, peel the grapefruit and pit and slice into thin slices. Save half of one to squeeze the juice into the bowl. You can ALSO use oranges, in fact that is what is usually used.
With oranges you need NO sweetener. Toss the fruit into bowl with fennel. If your grapefruit is super sour or bitter, drizzle a teeny bit of maple syrup on top or sprinkle brown sugar. If it is sweet, don't bother. 
Chop up the avocado and add to bowl. Drizzle all over with a bit of olive oil and add salt and pepper. Mix gently and let marinate for a half hour or so. 
The juice from the citrus and the oil make the dressing. You could also toss in some pine nuts, add arugula and pitted kalamata olives to really zizz it up ! It is a lovely light and simple salad.