Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Lost Whimsy?

Whimsy on a Wednesday?

I have spent the last few months feeling a bit lost. Lost in space, cyberspace that is.

In the fall our old, and usually reliable computer, died or so it seemed. Were the files gone with it? What about all my pictures?

A new computer promised improved speed and storage and the technician promise all our files were safe and had been transferred. Well, not so much.

First time I turned it on, the mail program didn't work, all our saved mail was not there and the screen looked very different. No start button?

Hey Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore.

Nothing is the same!

We had gone from a 32 bit operating system to a 64 bit one. None of my old reliable and efficient photo storage and editing tools worked anymore.

..and I admit I just gave up for quite a while.

So I have "found" my pictures, got new editing software and am gradually getting used to it. Maybe I might just get this blog off the ground again.




Well at last!

I have some paintings to share and some art news.

First here is are a couple of new paintings:

Coming and Going, watercolour, 14" X 20"
"Alight", watercolour, 20" X 14"

My art news: 

Two of my paintings have been accept in a juried exhibit titled "Works on Paper" at the Federation (of Canadian Artists) Gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver.

"Aurora", watercolour 14" X 20"
"Echoes", watercolour 20" X 14"

The show is on February 11 to 23, 2014; here is the link to the online gallery.  I am thrilled to report that "Aurora" was given an "Award of Excellence".

I am happy to say that I have a surgery date soon which should resolve the medical issue that has been hanging over my head for some time now.

Happy Wednesday, until next time, with whimsy,






  1. Great to see you back and congratulations on both the new machine and your paintings. They are excellent.

  2. Oh, you are back, I wondered where you were. I thought that I has said somethings, ha ha. Glad you came back. Those of the KITE, really photographic. And there is your paintings, wowee, beautiful.

  3. Great to see you back. I enjoyed this post and your art and photographer though so sorry about the computer issues. I had to get a new computer last April and most of my photos were on DVD so I only lost a few week. However, it took forever getting stacks of DVDs back on the new computer. I keep meaning to get an external drive for backup but haven't yet.

  4. So glad to see you back, Gillian. I was a wee bit concerned. Sorry to hear about your computer woes but those kinds of things tend to have a silver lining .. as in .. we learn new things. Thankfully your pictures were intact. As for mail, you might just have to drag the files into the right spot to be able to access them again.. or import them according to the emailer's instructions.

    A big congrats on having your beautiful paintings exhibited. You are such a talented artist - I'm not at all surprised but very pleased for you.

    Let us know when you get closer to surgery day so that we can send positive, healing thoughts your way.

    Welcome back, Gillian. :)

    Hugs to you.

  5. oooohhhh how fun to see your name again in my inbox!! I love my laptop and iPad, so much....I am not good with electronic changes!!

    Your art is beautiful!!

  6. Congrats and so nice to see you again posting. Love the paintings!

  7. Great to see you back again in blog-land! Great photos of the kite in the sky and your art work is beautiful as usual. I hope your computer woes are all over.

  8. Gillian, wonderful to see a blog post from you again. Those paintings are breathtaking, congrats on getting into the show.


  9. hi gillian! so glad you worked through the computer woes. love the kite shots. :) and congratulations on the award on your painting! awesome! you don't just sneak back into blogland - you come back with a bang! (a good one!)

  10. Hello my friend so glad to see you back! So sorry to hear about your computer problems!! Your photos look beautiful! And so does your art work!

  11. love your painting titled "Coming and Going". It reminds me of my childhood when a walk to Beacon Hill Park was a regular occurrence. I have been stuck in the middle of winter here but plan to visit my blogging friends more often.

  12. Gillian, I am so very sorry to hear of your computer woes. Sounds like things are looking up, though. A big congratulations for your award! I am not surprised your outstanding watercolor artwork received this. I am in awe of your talent! Lovely kite photographs, too!