Friday, October 06, 2017

October Notes From the Farm


"Country, to me, is living life at its simplest: 



...learning to appreciate a sliced vine-ripe tomato with a dash of salt, served between two slices of good bread and eaten over the kitchen sink." 
Art Smith, Chef





We're talking about Harvest this month in Tin Rooster Farm Notes. Won't you join us?  

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

September Notes From the Farm



"It is good to appreciate that life is now.


Whatever it offers,
little or much,  



life is now - this day - this hour."
Charles Macomb Flandrau

We're talking about wild things this month. Learn more about Tin Rooster Farm Notes and how you can join in the fun, here.

Friday, August 04, 2017

August Notes From the Farm



"Weather is a great metaphor for life - sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella."
Terri Guillemets



"When before the beauty of a sunset or a mountain, you pause and exclaim,
 "Ah", you are participating in divinity."
Joseph Campbell




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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Summer Getaway


My husband is treating me to a short getaway alone at a local spa, in a couple of weeks time. I'm so looking forward to the break from routine and the chance to recharge. It's a necessity for this solitary soul, from time to time.

Friday, July 14, 2017

New Studio Piece



Celtic Rose
Original Watercolour Illustration
© Carolynn Anctil 2017

I'm back in the studio and, boy have I missed it! I honestly don't know where my ideas come from. This most recent illustration feels slightly medieval with a Celtic flair. Perhaps, it's the books I've been reading lately, set in fantasy lands and rife with lords and ladies...and magic, of course.

Celtic Rose is available to purchase here and is available in two sizes.

Friday, July 07, 2017

July Notes from the Farm



"To be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter...
to be thrilled by the stars at night;



to be elated over a bird's nest, or a wildflower in spring - 



these are some of the rewards of a simple life." John Burroughs


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Friday, June 23, 2017

On Being Rebellious




"I love the rebelliousness of snail mail,
and I love anything that can arrive with
a postage stamp. There's something
about that person's breath and hands
on the letter." Diane Lane


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Friday, June 09, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Memories in Blue


We're painting the exterior of our house this year. While I had the paint can open for our new door colour, I decided to give our porch bench a fresh coat of paint, too. Even though we bring it inside for the winter, it was still showing signs of wear from exposure to the elements. It needed freshening up and, let's face it, we have a whole gallon of this blue!

That rationale made me smile as I realized how like my Dad I can be, at times. 

My parents painted our family home an unusual shade of turquoise and for years after, everythingand I mean everything - was painted turquoise in an attempt to use up the surplus. 



My Dad died several years ago and one of my earliest memories is of age 6 or 7, being in the garage with him. (You may have heard this story before.)

I can still see him clearly in my mind's eye. He had one knee resting on the cold cement floor of the garage while he methodically cleaned a paintbrush in an old coffee tin he'd filled with turpentine. The smell of it stung my nose while I watched him dip the brush in the solvent and then press the diluted paint out against the side of the tin. Dip and press. Dip and press. Eventually, he'd wring the brush out against his rough hand, patiently working the paint out in increments. 

We talked as he worked, rhythmically, almost meditatively. I chattered away to him, as children will, our attention fixed on the hypnotic motion of the paintbrush. I don't remember the content of our conversation. It doesn't matter. What matters is the time we spent together, just the two of us, while he worked. It took a very long time for him to clean all the turquoise paint off that brush. 




Now, 50 years later, whenever I see that particular shade, I'm transported back to my childhood and the cool interior of our garage watching my Dad clean that paintbrush.


Monday, May 15, 2017

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