Welcome….

greekstars2013Hello!  I am glad you are here! I am an artist in Nova Scotia and this is where you can find all I have on offer. There are links above that will direct you to various destinations depending on what you are interested in. I have a wonderful children’s book, called CATalphabet! which I hope you check out. I am very proud of it. I  sell prints of my work in my Etsy shop called AliceinParis. (Alice was my grandmother’s name) I teach art classes!
treesoflife2012I paint in various styles but am known for my use of colour and imagery. I do commissions and sell my originals around the world. The painting below is my interpretation of Peggy’s Cove. I always have projects and new paintings on the go so check back often!
SummersolsticePeggysCove2012Underneath this post is my blog which I update frequently with new paintings, photography, recipes, musings and basically whatever is in the forefront of my life!  You can follow along by bookmarking this page or subscribing (on the right sidebar) to get updates via email each time I do a new post or have a painting to sell. If you have any questions about anything at all, please contact me. ShelaghDuffett@gmail.com
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7 years ago….

Illustration by Janet Cleland

( A reminder on FB told me that this happened on this day 7 years ago… Thought I would repost! I had forgotten all about it!)

That picture illustrates how I felt all day today!

I got a delightful surprise this morning! A wee book in the mail and this note!

from…

Yes!!!

How did this happen?

Well………I have been a huge fan of Dean Koontz since reading The Watchers, years ago. Often when reading a book of his I will come across a passage that really speaks to me or an insight of his that resonates and sometimes something that just makes me laugh really hard. I have wanted to contact him for years. In the back of every book of his, there is mailing address.

Finally, a month ago, after reading his latest book in which there is a hysterically funny scene with a sweet bun and the consumption of it, I decided to sit down and pen a short letter. I also sent him one of my prints as a thank-you for all the years of reading pleasure he has provided me with. I thought he would enjoy it and that was that. Never in a million years did I expect to hear anything back. This man gets 10,000 letters a year.

The book he sent is called is called I, Trixie Who is Dog and it is wonderful fun. What you might not know about Koontz is that he has an abiding soft spot for dogs. Trixie a beautiful Golden, and a retired companion dog was their loveable family pet. She sadly died at twelve. This book, a few others and a new one in October, Trixie and Jinx, are his tribute to her love and faithful companionship.
100% of the proceed of these books go to
Canine Companions for Independence.

and look….. he personalized it:) I’m thrilled.

YOU are invited!!

S-Curves,FIXEDv3JOIN US at our opening reception August 3, 6-9pm at the Chase Exhibition Room in the Nova Scotia Archives on the corner of Robie St and University Ave. There will be live music with performances by the Koconut Kings! Snacks, wine and a whole gallery of wonderful paintings to peruse and purchase:) Its an art party!

Lost and Found…thanks to a soft hearted woman, a curious woman and a sharp mind.

So once upon a time there was a lovely evening in Halifax not so long ago….about a week to be exact. A fire was set in the outdoor pit and the logs being a bit damp were not co-operating…

My friend M said “Hey! Ive got just the thing” She disappeared inside and came out with a large piece of black foam core and proceeded to fan the wimpy flames.

I stopped her and said what on earth is that, who are they and where did it come from? 

She said “Isnt it interesting! I have no idea who they are and didn’t have the heart to throw it out. It arrived with my things after I moved here. 

She had put her furniture in storage in Vancouver in 2011 and went to Ireland. The next year she had them shipped to Kingston, Ontario where they sat again in storage for a couple of years and then here to Nova Scotia. Some things were broken and some missing and then there was this picture of a smiling couple with well wishes for a lovely move to BC. The moving company went bankrupt and she had no way of finding the couple.

I said “I wonder if they are still together ?… they would love this back I bet.  Let me put out a call on Facebook, post this picture and see if anyone might recognize them.”

It was shared 83 times! A good friend of mine decided to do some sleuthing on her own based on the names signed on the card. She spent an entire morning piecing together a network of connections and relatedness and determined they were now in Ontario and then….. she figured out who they were!! She sent me their facebook pages and even got their phone number! Here they are today! Ed and Barb Stronks from Guelph Ontario!

I now have their address and will ship this off to them next week:) Crazy, it went from BC to Kingston then spent a few years in Nova Scotia and now will go back to Ontario!  they are thrilled.The power of the internet!

Battle of Culloden

Today is Easter Sunday but it is also April 16 and in 1746, at Culloden, a terrible battle was fought. The Scots lost their right to wear tartan and almost 2000 men died within 40 minutes! The English wanted the land for sheep which was more profitable. The Battle of Culloden was fought 271 years ago, on a grey overcast Wednesday, cold sleet slashing the faces of those who fought for their families and homes. Bonnie Prince Charlie was up against the Duke of Cumberland, known as “the butcher”, fighting for the survival of Scotland.
The only other memorial cairn commemorating that battle exists here in Nova Scotia at a tiny community called Knoydart near Antigonish. Many displaced Scots moved to Nova Scotia to start new lives after the fallout and each year a service is still held here to honor their fallen ancestors.
Here is a youtube clip of Makem and Clancey singing Sound the Pibroch

Buy 1 Get 1 Free

Buy One Get One FREE Sale!!

 and a GIVEAWAY! 

Until April 9. Buy any print in my shop and get another of your choice free. http://www.aliceinparis.etsy.com At checkout…tell me in *notes to seller* which print/prints you would like for free. As a THANK YOU….I am drawing a name from all who purchase during my sale and will GIVEAWAY another 4 prints to someone! ($100 value) Woo hoo! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity:) http://www.aliceinparis.etsy.com