52 OVER 50: A YEAR OF PAINTINGS AND PROSE

Original Post: November 29, 2017

The gauntlet has been thrown, the challenge declared, the proposal accepted.  And so with the first sentence written I will embark on a year-long journey of words and paint to illustrate my thoughts, dreams, and whims, be they boring or inspiring, colorful, dull, or insightful.  Each Tuesday evening I will install a new painting accompanied by a commentary (which may or may not have anything connected to the art created).

First a little back story.  Twenty-five years ago I was lucky to make the acquaintance of my neighbor, a brand new mom, Carol Kinnee,  RN.  We were living in a townhouse complex on Ozada Avenue in Coquitlam B.C.  In a strange coincidence, we both purchased our first homes and moved to Mission B.C. within weeks of each other.  At that time, 1991, I had just completed my ECE degree and was teaching preschool in Coquitlam, but when we moved I decided to renovate the basement and open The PlayHouse Family Daycare.  Carol and her infant daughter Chelsea were my first customers. 

Now fast forward to Spring 2017.  I had just started working as an LPN at ARH where Carol has been a long time PAR RN and I ran into her on my coffee break.  We hadn't seen each other for about a decade.  With a promise to get together for coffee we exchanged contact info and fell headlong back into our busy lives.  Until this October. 

We met at a quaint little bakery tea shop on first avenue in Mission ( fb English Tarts ) and passed 2 hours of non-stop catch-up and discovery and of course cake.  Carol had written a novel The Christmas Presence  www.carolkinnee.com and I had taken up watercolors.  We both acknowledged that we needed a kick in the ass to promote our arts and so sprouted the tenuous roots of "52 Over 50". 

Working on our blogs and websites seemed to be a natural progression after a successful giant leap out of our comfort zones participating in the 15th Annual Chilliwack Christmas Craft Crawl ( www.chilliwackchristmascraftcrawl.com ). 

In case you need it spelled out for you:  52 is the number of Tuesdays in a year, "Over 50"  is a gentle reminder that we are middle-aged.  Between us, we have over a century of experience.  The title is Carol's gem; she's pretty great with words!  Hers will be a weekly blog of literary wonder and mine will be a weekly blog (or blob) of paint.  This week I'm posting a painting that I completed in August instead of this week, so that I can practice manipulating my website.  I'm amazed that I figured it out!  

See you next Tuesday!