Friday, September 25, 2015

Beach Landscape Abstract Paintings: Organic Disruptive Bold

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Part of my 'Shore Lane' series of beach inspired landscapes.
Originals may be viewed in Wasaga Beach at

They can also be shipped worldwide.

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Thursday, September 24, 2015

With Love: Beach Abstract Landscape Paintings, Giving Flowers and Investing in Art

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9 NEW and Available (This Weekend)
Worldwide Shipping Available
Series:  Shore Lane
Beach Inspired Abstract Landscapes by Patti Friday

6 are 11" x 14" acrylic on gallery canvas
3 are 16" x 20" acrylic on gallery canvas
No framing required. Coated. Ready to hang.

INVITATION:  Please drop by Petals in Thyme 
Lots of Canadian Art! 

"With Love".  Aren't these the best two words to read on a gift insertion card?  "I bought you this original piece of art, With Love"  or "I hope you love the colours Abigail chose for you, With Love" or "Hope these flowers cheer you up, With Love" or "Wish you were here with me at the beach. Hope this abstract painting makes you happy, With Love".

I believe fresh flowers need to be on your table every Thursday;  ready for Friday dinner - beauty to enjoy all weekend and into the following week.  Abigail Hitchens (Rock Star Floral Designer) has the most fresh and unique selections!  

I believe original art is one of the very best investments you can make. Your investment grows and your collection makes your home exceptional!  (The 'Shore Lane' series abstract shown above are available at Petals in Thyme in Wasaga Beach. Worldwide shipping.)

There’s a hundred variations on the messages we send with flowers, but in essence, it’s all about love. For me the cleverest message to accompany flowers is simply ‘With love’ because that says it all, regardless of the situation. - Brenton Alexander

....and in other news

Scientists in Spain have just dated an early flowering plant, Montsechia vidalii, to the Cretaceous Period – during the reign of the dinosaurs – so flowers were waiting around for a few million years before we appeared and promptly made them emblems of our love and affection. - Stoddard Kull

These 6 originals are also available at Petals in Thyme


Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Friday, September 18, 2015

Mayfair Mansions Avenue Road Heritage Toronto

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I adore the grand apartments on Avenue Rd. in Toronto
Built in the 1930's I am sure that if the walls could talk.....

Here is some further reading from 


P.S.  I want to live here.

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Sunday, September 13, 2015

10 Tech Tools for Writers

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Behind the scenes. I want to go there. Don't you? I want to sit on the beach (like I often do) and delve into the mysteries of writing - that the magic involves many things including a lot of hard work.  I find it so enlightening and fascinating to learn the secrets of writing from Writers.  I think this new article from Amy Stewart is so useful.  Thank you for teaching us Amy! 

Click here to read why she uses each of these 10 tech tools. 

1. Evernote

2. Ancestry

3. Freedom & Anti-Social

4. Dragon

5. Das Keyboard

6. Varidesk Standing Desk

7. Google Ngram Viewer

8. My Top-Secret Google Spellcheck Method

9. TripIt

10. Expensify

Amy Stewart is the author of seven books. Her latest, Girl Waits With Gun, is a novel based on a true story. She has also written six nonfiction books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including four New York Times bestsellers: The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential.  She lives in Eureka, California, with her husband Scott Brown, who is a rare book dealer. They own a bookstore called Eureka Books. The store is housed in a classic nineteenth-century Victorian building that Amy very much hopes is haunted.

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Hive Honey Harbour: Life Inspired by Georgian Bay - Shop Eat Relax

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It's an annual thing now
One of my favorite Ontario travel destinations

Here is their Facebook

This isn't the shop
This is a darling rustic cabin 
that sits at their front steps

No No
but I couldn't resist this shot
The sign is so damn Canadiana charming

Their Fall Hours are:
Thursday - Sunday
10am - 5pm



Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'
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