Friday, August 18, 2017

7 years ago today!


Illustration by Janet Cleland

( A reminder on FB told me that this happened on this day 7 years ago... Thought I would repost! i had forgotten all about it!)

That picture illustrates how I felt all day today!
I got a delightful surprise this morning! A wee book in the mail and this note!

from...

Yes!!!

How did this happen?
Well.........I have been a huge fan of Dean Koontz since reading The Watchers, years ago. Often when reading a book of his I will come across a passage that really speaks to me or an insight of his that resonates and sometimes something that just makes me laugh really hard. I have wanted to contact him for years. In the back of every book of his, there is mailing address.

Finally, a month ago, after reading his latest book in which there is a hysterically funny scene with a sweet bun and the consumption of it, I decided to sit down and pen a short letter. I also sent him one of my prints as a thank-you for all the years of reading pleasure he has provided me with. I thought he would enjoy it and that was that. Never in a million years did I expect to hear anything back. This man gets 10,000 letters a year.


The book he sent is called is called I, Trixie Who is Dog and it is wonderful fun. What you might not know about Koontz is that he has an abiding soft spot for dogs. Trixie a beautiful Golden, and a retired companion dog was their loveable family pet. She sadly died at twelve. This book, a few others and a new one in October, Trixie and Jinx, are his tribute to her love and faithful companionship.
100% of the proceed of these books go to
Canine Companions for Independence.

and look..... he personalized it:) I'm thrilled.

Monday, July 31, 2017

YOU are invited!

JOIN US at our opening reception August 3, 6-9pm at the Chase Exhibition Room in the Nova Scotia Archives on the corner of Robie St and University Ave. There will be live music with performances by the Koconut Kings! Snacks and wine and a whole gallery of wonderful paintings to peruse and purchase:) Its an art party!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

S-Curves early promotion

A sneak preview peek at one of my paintings headed to S-Curves Art exhibition! 30 x 40 X1.5" acrylic on birchwood. August 3 is our Opening Reception in the Chase Exhibition Room, 6-9 pm at the Nova Scotia Archives Featuring the work of Sarah Archibald, Suzanne O'Callaghan Visual Artist and myself! YOU are invited!! Here's a Facebook Linkto the event -> https://www.facebook.com/events/169901626879173

Friday, July 7, 2017

Cat Fest!


I will be at Cat Fest this weekend (Sat and Sun) from 10-4 at the Museum of Natural History here in Halifax. Lots of fun things to see and do! I will also be at the Halifax Seaport farmers Market!
Museum of Natural History 1747 Summer St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3A6

Friday, June 2, 2017

August Show!

I have a show coming up in Halifax for the entire month of August...... 
stay tuned for more info:)    http://www.shelaghduffett.com

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Painting "Live" Saturday May 13 at Made in the Maritimes, Hydrostone Market

I am very excited to announce that I will be painting "Live" at Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique in the Hydrostone Market this Saturday, May 13 from 11-3 as part of the "Open City" events. Please drop in and say hi and take a look at all the lovely things available. I will have some extra paintings for sale there too.

Lost and Found....thanks to the Internet, a soft hearted woman, a curious woman and a sharp mind!


So once upon a time there was a lovely evening in Halifax not so long ago....about a week to be exact. A fire was set in the outdoor pit and the logs being a bit damp were not co-operating...
My friend M said "Hey! Ive got just the thing" She disappeared inside and came out with a large piece of black foam core and proceeded to fan the wimpy flames.

I stopped her and said what on earth is that, who are they and where did it come from? 

She said "Isnt it interesting! I have no idea who they are and didn't have the heart to throw it out. It arrived with my things after I moved here. 

She had put her furniture in storage in Vancouver in 2011 and went to Ireland. The next year she had them shipped to Kingston, Ontario where they sat again in storage for a couple of years and then here to Nova Scotia. Some things were broken and some missing and then there was this picture of a smiling couple with well wishes for a lovely move to BC. The moving company went bankrupt and she had no way of finding the couple.

I said "I wonder if they are still together ?... they would love this back I bet.  Let me put out a call on Facebook, post this picture and see if anyone might recognize them."

It was shared 83 times! A good friend of mine decided to do some sleuthing on her own based on the names signed on the card. She spent an entire morning piecing together a network of connections and relatedness and determined they were now in Ontario and then..... she figured out who they were!! She sent me their facebook pages and even got their phone number! Here they are today! Ed and Barb Stronks from Guelph Ontario!

I now have their address and will ship this off to them next week:) Crazy, it went from BC to Kingston then spent a few years in Nova Scotia and now will go back to Ontario!  they are thrilled.The power of the internet!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

GIVEAWAY and BOGO Sale!

Huge sale in my Etsy Shop!
Buy a print and get one FREE until April 9
and.... I will draw a name from those who purchase during this sale and you will win 4 MORE prints for FREE ($100 value!) Lots of new images in my shop.
How to claim your BOGO... Buy a print or prints and then at checkout in *Notes to seller* tell me which print or prints you want for FREE :) Easy. Pretty good odds on winning the 4 prints!  Purchase here ----> http://www.aliceinparis.etsy.com
How bout an Easter print? :)

 

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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