Monday, January 28, 2019

Portrait of Rebecca

Working from an appropriated Instagram image
as a breezy reference point...
Gouache on archival illustration board.
I love the matte chalk feel/look of this medium.
Peace Love Create Art

The portrait is sitting on an 
antique writing desk....
I painted the flowers on it
in 1994

Patti Friday: Reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Collingwood Art School and Alexander Art Supplies Ontario Canada

If you are an Artist who lives west of Barrie or north of Toronto and dreads the winter drive(s) to art supply stores 30-60 minutes away, you will be thrilled to hear this.  If you are someone interested in art, art collecting, classes, gifting, paint nights, clay or becoming an Artist yourself - you will be happy to hear this!

We have our very own art school and art supply store!    Hello Georgian Bay residents and visitors!

The key point:  This shop-school (with a cozy, homey, historical, welcoming vibe) is owned by a bonafide, working, professional Artist, Jason Alexander. (not the actor/character George from Seinfeld) - Jason from Collingwood whose art was on the set of Seinfeld!

His paintings are found in such notable private collections as the Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the old Skydome Corporation, Power Stream (Ontario Hydro), Motorola of Dallas and I.B.M in Atlanta to name a few. Jason’s paintings have been honoured to have been exhibited as set props on the late great TV shows “Seinfeld” and “Will & Grace”.

Alexander Art Materials / Collingwood Art School recently moved to the heart of Collingwood’s Creative Simcoe Street. Owner Jason Alexander now has three classrooms where he offers lessons in clay making, figure drawing as well as acrylic, oil & watercolour painting. You can find him at 77 Simcoe, painting daily for his next exhibition or managing the art materials store & art school.

Jason is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design. He worked in advertising and taught painting and design at Centennial College before devoting himself full-time in 1995 as an independent visual artist and creative business owner. Jason opened his art material store and art school in 2010.

Jason has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada, United States and Europe over the past 20 years. He has had 12 paintings published by “Poster’s International” and serigraphs prints with “Foundation Fine Art” Who had exhibited Jason’s work annually in “Art Expo New York” Jason has business relationships with Canadian art dealer’s; Profile Fine Art and Foundation Fine Art who ship to US galleries mostly. Locally his paintings exhibit in the “Loft Gallery” in Thornbury and his local studio. Jason participates in Collingwood’s September “Art Crawl” annually with his students as well Collingwood’s “Battle Of The Brushes”

When selecting an art school I know that I want to take classes where 'real' Artists teach.  Jason creates his original artworks right inside this location.  You can peek inside his world and marvel at his talent.  View works in progress too! Art is for sale.

Since 1995 his signature paintings capture the physical and emotional spirit of Jason’s world that takes you on a journey through a vibrant modern landscape. They delight the eye and appeal to anyone with an appreciation for highly energized representational art. Jason’s painting style has been compared to the work of the Impressionist, Fauvist painters and Post Pop Art.   
For information about classes visit
Jason exhibits his most recent paintings on Instagram: xanderpaintings or have a look at what’s happening at the school: collingwood_art_school  

The school, Jason Alexander Art Studio and art supply shop is located across the street from The Tremont.  It was erected during the active building period after the 1881 fire that devastated a large part of the downtown. It was built in only 3 months during a time when many of the town’s wooden structures were replaced by brick buildings.
The proximity of the hotel to the railway station made it a popular destination for travellers, including many Americans through the mid 1900’s as they came to Collingwood to spend their summers here. Operated as a hotel for over 100 years, the Tremont still carries its original name and is an important historical link to Collingwood’s booming railway and shipbuilding era.
“Large and commodious, the rooms airy and furnished in the most approved style. Visitors to the hotel will find it pleasant and convenient and the rates reasonable. The proximity of the hotel to the G.T. Railway station is an advantage not to be overlooked. The proprietor is always on hand to see that every attention is paid to his guests…” -1894 ad

This 1870’s duplex is one of the oldest surviving brick buildings in the downtown. After standing vacant and in danger of demolition for several years, the building was carefully restored in 2012 and received the Collingwood Heritage Restoration Award.

Simcoe Street is quickly becoming a creatively infused neighbourhood in downtown Collingwood, Ontario, two hours north of Toronto. Simcoe Street is home to three restored buildings, including the former Tremont Hotel and the old newspaper building. The creative community hosts over 25 independent and artistic businesses- including 14 artist studios, a black box theatre, dance and music school, two galleries and several culinary spots.

Be sure to check the website and Instagram for classes.
Painting  Clay Stained Glass and more!

Their goal is simple: To give people an artistic expression in a fun and exciting painting class experience. Their teachers are seasoned Artists who want to help you develop and share your creativity.
Collingwood Art Class
77 Simcoe St
Collingwood, ON
L9Y 1H7

 Patti Friday: Reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Thursday, January 24, 2019

14 things Orange essential oil lovers have to try!

Imagine strolling through a fresh, blooming orchard, handpicking a juicy, ripe orange and savoring its tangy taste. Want to enjoy a moment like this any time? Reach for your bottle of Orange essential oil, breathe deep, and feel transported. But that’s not all this EO is good for. Along with its bright, sweet scent, orange essential oil can help you express creativity and bring joyous moments into your home. Find out all the Orange oil life hacks here!

  • 1. Massage muscles and joints. It’s no secret that physical activity is good for your health, but sometimes strenuous workouts can make your muscles strain and cramp. Give them some love by massaging Orange essential oil on tender areas.
  • 2. Sweeten your breakfast. Add a few drops of Orange Vitality™ to your waffle batter or french toast mix to wake up your taste buds.
  • 3. Get your glow on. Did you know Orange can give you smooth-looking skin? It’s great to apply on oily areas, so be sure to add this gem into your skin care products. Remember, this oil is photosensitive, so only apply it topically at night and stay out of the sun for 12 hours after use.*
  • 4. Wear a citrus scent. Orange smells like the sweetness of early spring, so why not take that aroma with you wherever you go? Apply 1 drop each of Lavender and Orange to your wrists and temples for a calming and uplifting aroma.*
    • 5. Keep the Christmas Spirit in your heart. Orange is a supporting ingredient in most winter holiday blends, including Christmas Spirit. Keep this oil on hand in case you want a Christmas in July.
    • 6. Smile from the inside. Add 1-2 drops of Orange Vitality™ to a clear vegetable capsule and ingest to enjoy its cleansing benefits for your digestive system.**
    • 7. Remove your makeup the natural way. No need to make your face suffer through makeup remover’s harsh chemicals when a bottle of Orange essential oil is an arm’s reach away. Clean your face and fight blemishes with a combo of carrier oil and Orange. Add 4 drops of fractionated coconut oil and 1 drop of Orange oil to a cotton ball at night. Use to remove any trace of makeup. Make sure to avoid the eye area when using Orange essential oil.
    • 8. Inhale a clean burst of citrus. Purify the air and eliminate odors by simply diffusing Orange on its own.
      • 9. Pep up your Thieves cleaner. Thieves® Household Cleaner is a staple for everything, from dusting doorknobs to scrubbing sinks. Add some zesty sweetness to your cleaner with a few drops of Orange.
      • 10. Invite Peace & Calming in your life. As one of the key players in Peace & Calming® and Peace & Calming II, Orange lends its happy aroma to these gentle blends.
      • 11. Create your breath freshener. Put 1 drop each of Orange and Spearmint in 1 tablespoon of water, then swish and gargle for fresh breath.
      • 12. Sip on a healthy smoothie. Drink antioxidants first thing in the morning. Add a few drops of Orange Vitality™ to your green smoothie for a bright, citrus flavor.
      • 13. Get rid of gunk! Greasy stovetop? Sticker residue? Gum on your shoe? Orange will help you get rid of it!
      • 14. Brighten your day with a happy diffuser blend! This one’s called Liquid Sunshine!
I am an independent distributor of Young Living.  Patti Friday Kennedy #12680967
***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP.

Patti Friday: Reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'
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