I took this photograph on the weekend (before adding Virginia Woolf to the bottom row) and I can't believe this year's 52 WEEKS project is 3/4 of the way complete. Every morning I sit in my studio and view this wall it gives me great pleasure to see the progress. I have always enjoyed working on large pieces and, through the challenges of adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), limited time and space, I am beginning to wonder if this isn't how I should work more often. I guess it has been several years since I began working in this manner and I don't think this is the end in any case, but it certainly makes me think of my creative work a little differently.
A few weeks ago I painted Daphne Odjig and sadly learned this week that she has now passed away. I'm glad that in my small way I have been able to honour her and her contribution, not only to the arts community, but to the First Nations' community as well. Every time I look at these paintings I am reminded how valuable the contribution of every single woman has been in the world as well as in my life. And I am beyond grateful for these women who have paved the way.