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Joanne Giesbrecht
Canadian representational artist living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Canadian representational artist living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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PORTRAIT LESSONS
While I am here in Spain, I am getting private lessons on painting portraits from my an amazing artist-daughter,  Kim Peters. She has studied under several world-class modern masters, and she is also a modern master in my humble opinion! So, we are squishin...

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PARQUE EUROPA
Last week we visited Parque Europa, one of the largest themed parks in Europe - 233,000 square meters of land. Parque Europa boasts 18 reproductions of the most important monuments of many European cities. It also has areas of different activities for kids ...

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF MADRID MUSEUM
We have been "out and about" for the last several days, and I am falling behind in posting pictures of what we've been doing! Everyone is feeling much better health-wise, so we have been able to do some exploring. We went into Madrid on the train (I love ho...

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SPHINX, SIR LANCELOT, SPIDERS AND SKETCHING
A few days ago, we were able to go into Madrid and see the Cleopatra exhibit! Although I was unable to take any pictures (forbidden!), I can assure you that it was impressive. The exhibit itself was very large, with so many interesting artifacts and informa...

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10,000 STEPS WITH ANDREW AND JAMIE WYETH
This week, we had planned to do our El Camino trip, but it has been delayed. Four of the seven people in this household have been very sick with a nasty virus which has them coughing much of the time, high temperatures, and requiring lots and lots of sleep....

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SPENDING TIME IN SPAIN
Hi Friends -  from Spain! Syd and I have been here almost a week - long enough to recover from jet lag. We are going to be here with our family, and short stints of Spanish adventure on our own, for 6 weeks total. Our plan is to hike El Camino trail with ou...

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TODAY...
Today I needed a bit of uplifting, as I was doing my art accounting. I want to get all my books up to date so that I am ready for income tax time when I return from my trip to Spain, to see my daughter and her family. (I leave on Monday!) While I was workin...

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WONDERFUL ARTICLE: THE SEVEN AGES OF AN ARTIST
Laura Cumming has written a wonderful article in The Guardian about being an artist at various ages throughout life. She looks at famous artists throughout recent history for her examples, showing how all artists struggle with similar challenges and emotion...

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COMMISSIONED PAINTING "Great Horned Owl in Flight"
"Great Horned Owl in Flight" 22" x 14" oil on standard canvas Many of the pieces I paint are commissioned paintings. A person who is interested in having a certain piece done will contact me, and together we work out all the details that will give them the ...

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THE COLLECTIVE IN QUALICUM BEACH
This is where I teach lessons: The Collective in Qualicum Beach. In this clip, you can see one of our most famous artists, Joan Larsen, and the owner, Andrea Staines talking about the reason for The Collective, and how it meets a need in the art community. ...
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