Thursday, 10 January 2019

When I think about celebrating...

...my first thought is always about friends and family, because they are lighthouses that I return to all the time.

Alice Saltiel (linked to her blog) Marshall has been a friend (think sister from another mother) for many years now, so today I'm celebrating her, her artwork, and her extraordinary be-ing.  When you check out her blog, you'll see that she has been dealing with cancer for the past few years; yet she remains a vibrant light in this world.  Her generosity, kindness, and zest for living are incomparable.

Alice has been a long-standing mentor in my art world - her facility with a paintbrush is pure magic.  Some of my favourite paintings (and she has done, literally, thousands of them) by her include:

'Creation' 8 x 24 © Alice Saltiel

'Stem Dance' 6 x 6" © Alice Saltiel

'Dancing Queen' 5 x 7" © Alice Saltiel


'Fireweed at Grassi' 7 x 10 © Alice Saltiel


'Crimson Blush' 6 x 6 © Alice Saltiel
'Midnight Magic' 12 x 9" © Alice Saltiel

'Icicles, Claresholm House' 12 x 16, oil  © Alice Saltiel


'Lily Bright Light' 8 x 10" © Alice Saltiel


'Portes de Roussillon' 22 x 30 © Alice Saltiel
'Alice in Wonderland' © Alice Saltiel

'Market Sunflowers' © Alice Saltiel

'Red Hot Harmony' 18 x 24" © Alice Saltiel
From abstract to wild animals to florals to mixed media whimsy and still life, her passion for painting and life shines through.  Alice's life philosophy can be summed up with this Charlie Brown cartoon:


Do pop over to Alice's blog, check it out and give her some love!  She's just the best and would love to see your comments.

22 comments:

  1. Oh, just LOVE that creation one! Thank you for bringing Alice to my attention, Win.

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  2. You're most welcome, Tracy - Alice is an extraordinarily gifted artist, and an amazing woman and friend to boot!

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  3. Alice is so very talented. 'Fireweed at Grassi' evokes such a feeling of calm. Beautiful.

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    1. Agreed, Eileen - her love of Grassi Lakes shines through every painting she'd done of the area. It's palpable and visceral.

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  4. Thank you Winn for this celebration of our true friend and mentor Alice. There are paintings that I haven't seen before. Gorgeous as always. Love this celebration of Alice's truth of love and generosity.

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    1. You are most welcome - she is a master in too many ways to tell; I am proud to count her a friend.

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  5. She is such a fantastic painter! Thank you for writing about her!
    Big hugs, Susi

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    1. She is, indeed, Susi - and you are most welcome.

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  6. Fabulous work Win - thanks so much for sharing

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    1. You're so right, Val - and you are most welcome. Alice's work is incomparable.

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  7. I can see why you are celebrating Alice's friendship and her wonderful artwork. She takes a piece of her world and celebrates it with color and light and illuminates each piece with joy. Her art is bright, happy and filled with warmth, not as you say unlike the woman herself.
    I wish you both all the best, keep warm Spring is coming.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to see, Deann - I knew you'd appreciate Alice's work. She is truly a master with light and colour!

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  8. Alice is a great artist, Win. I will visit her blog right now. Kisses, my friend.

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    1. You're going to love it, my friend! Happy viewing....

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  9. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady by a wonderful friend! Alice is a true gem! Nicely done Win!

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    1. Thanks you, Sharlene, and I'm definitely with you on the gem part. Alice is beyond brilliant in so many ways.

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  10. A gifted artist! Alice In Wonderland is a fabulous piece and I was lucky to see it in person! My other fav's are Market Sunflowers and Red Hot Harmony.

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    1. It is indeed, Laura, and that Red Hot Harmony is a special favourite of mine as well, as is Drama Queen (not shown) that graces a cabinet in my living room. Cannot get enough of Alice's fabulous colour!!!

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  11. It's always a great pleasure to come here!
    I wish you and your a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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    1. So many thanks, Sim - lovely to see you here! And may your year be the best one ever. xo

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  12. Love them all, but Midnight Magic, is, well, magic to me. So happy that I have been able to get 'up close and personal' with that beautiful creation! Love the luminosity!

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    1. You bet, Linda - I had to beg/cajole/plead/steal that one from Alice, and worth every bit of it and then some! xo

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