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CottageExcited to announce that registration is now open for the Cottage Art Retreats that will happen this May! 2 weekend retreats and 1 five day retreat are being offered. Get all the details here: Cottage Painting Retreats with Cheryl O

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DaisyThis is a great list to some of the best online art museums. Well worth having a look - but you need a lot of time to do it justice! Thank you Brightside: Museums You Can Explore Without Leaving Your House.

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Started a new floral painting. This initial sketch was done with white chalk on a black canvas. It's from a lovely reference that was collaborated on in the last Fruit Flowers & Crystal Class. I sure enjoyed having that as a one week class - will likely do that again this summer.

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Bouquet in BlueSome parts of growing older are lovely. Such as learning to make peace with oneself. It's only been in the last few years that I have started to come to grips with my humaness; the fact that I will not always say, do, or understand things rightly. That getting it wrong is synonymous with the human condition. This immense relief of applying grace to myself quite naturally becomes applicable to others as well. We are all constantly in a state of change; we are all constantly in a state of becoming. We are all on a journey both inside and out.

It's odd to be this far along in my personal journey. When did that happen? Apparently when I wasn't looking! Twenty more good years perhaps? Sometimes I am sad about that - so much unlearned, unspoken, yet to be done. Other times I love the way that knowing time is short helps me to live each day more fully. And then there are times when my heart aches for joy at the thought of leaving this life behind for the next adventure. I expect there will still be lots to learn there, but no more growing older.

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First, sincere congratulaions to Trish Jokat Kitching who won the TVO video competition. Her story of being a Mom dedicated to raising her autistic child was heart warming and wonderful, and she is well deserving of this award.

Thanks again to each of you who voted. It was a lovely opportunity to tell a little of my own story, and I have been absolutely delighted that so many of you responded with similar stories and encouraging comments! It's been a great experience.

The painting below is one that I recently finished. I will be submitting it to the "Paint Ontario" show. "Spotted" - oil - 30" x 40". Look closely to see where the title comes from.

Spotted by Cheryl O

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SnowHave a look at these paper sculptures - beautiful! Paper Sculptures by Calvin Nicholls.

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A sincere thank you to each of you who voted in the TVO video competition. Voting ends today, and thanks to you, my video is one of the top three that will go forward for jurying by TVO! The grand prize is a filming session with TVO to be part of their "Learning Portraits" series that is aired throughout 2016. It's been fun to be a part of this, and I will let you know the winner as soon as I know. Thanks again!

Thank You!

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Soft StoneNow here's a fascinating art form. Spanish sculptor Jose Manual Castro Lopez carves stone in such a way that it looks like it is soft! See more of his work at this link:

Jose Lopez Sculptor - article on Brightside

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All the details about upcoming art courses that start in April 2016 are now up - and registration is open! Check it out here (and scroll down to see the whole list):

Art Courses with Cheryl O

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