Artist in Mourning

Many of you already know why, but for those who don’t, I apologise for not posting sooner to explain this latest long absence.  My beloved husband Robin, who struggled so very valiantly with lymphoma over the past year and a half, lost the fight on July 13 2017.  For over a month before then (only a couple of weeks after my last post) the battle raged from his hospital bed.  It’s now been just two and half months since he died, and I felt it was time to let you know.

I obviously did not make it to the Whyte Avenue Art Walk this year, nor the Strathearn Art Walk.  Robin was not only my biggest supporter and fan, he was my framer, my art-festival assistant and all ’round go-to-guy.  Of course, that doesn’t even cover the fact that he was in all ways the love of my life.  I miss him something awful.

We met when we were both beginning our writing careers, in a great writers’ group we called Allison’s Kydds.  We had great plans to write novels and short stories together, and we came close to succeeding, but honestly, there’s probably nothing worse than two writers being married to each other trying to collaborate on a work (haha).  I turned to my other love, art, and we both were very very happy.  I was also his first reader and brutal editor, and he was my favourite model.  I think that was part of our success story.

I don’t know when I’ll get back to the easel, but I hope by the end of this year I’ll have at least tried to work again…

Thank you for reading this far.





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Happy (Belated) New Year and Art Walk is Coming Soon!

I didn’t participate in any art events last year (see previous couple of blog posts) and am planning to do only two this year.  I’ll be at the Whyte Avenue Art Walk in front of the Scotia Bank a couple of doors down from Tim Horton’s (back on the street this year to avoid the laborious tent-setting-up and hauling process).  Hope to see you there, Friday July 7, all day Saturday July 8, and Sunday July 9 (afternoon only).   I’ll also be at the Strathearn Art Walk on Saturday September 9 on beautiful Strathearn Drive overlooking the river valley, the prettiest location for an art walk event in the city!  My 2016 paintings will be available for purchase, and some newer work as well.

I’m slowly getting back on track and finally finished a painting I’ve been working on for months. About nine of them.  If I count from the time I first set up and photographed the composition, it’s been closer to two years.  (It’s been a real challenge. I like to work quickly and tend to take at the very most a few days to complete a painting, whether in pastels or other media, and often only hours.)   It was inspired by the classic style known as “Veritas” or “Momento Mori”, with a little modern twist thrown in.  (If you’re familiar with The Game of Thrones books or TV series, you’ll recognise the reference.)

Until next time, here is “Still Life With Skulls”:

"Still Life With Skulls" (c) Lorraine Young 2017 acrylics on canvas

“Still Life With Skulls” (c) Lorraine Young 2017 acrylics on canvas  16″x20″  $300


Thanks for sticking around!



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Staying in touch…

Well it has been a long time, hasn’t it?

It’s been a helluva year, but it’s almost over now, and with the end of the year, I have reason to hope that the “hell” part is over too.  My husband’s many months of dealing with lymphoma and chemo are done and a mystery-mass in his lung remains to be diagnosed with certainty, but he’s doing really well and we are very hopeful.

I have been painting (mostly therapeutic) but not sharing until very recently.  I’ve been slapping acrylic paint down on canvas, avoiding the dust of my beloved soft pastels (I’ll return to them as soon as I can.  They are calling me!) and not taking them or myself too seriously.

Here is one from a few weeks ago, titled “Polonius”.  I like it because it’s playful (but it also references (a bit obliquely) Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”.

"Polonius" acrylic on canvas 16" x 20" (c) Lorraine Young 2016

“Polonius” acrylic on canvas 16″ x 20″ (c) Lorraine Young 2016


I hope to be back soon with more paintings.

Thanks for sticking around.




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When Life Happens…

I make no apologies for being away for so long.  It’s what happens when Life happens, especially in the “when you’re making other plans” sense.

I’m just posting this as a quick and brief update before I go away again.  Due to a serious and now ongoing family illness that literally had its beginning the day I wrote my last blog entry, I haven’t kept up posting although I have been painting.  At least until a couple of weeks ago, when I stopped painting/drawing completely.  I don’t know when I’ll pick up a pastel or a brush again, and for what it’s worth, at the moment painting isn’t high on my list of priorities.  I hope to be back painting and sharing one day, perhaps in a few weeks or maybe it will be months.


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A Bold Plan! (or Am I Biting Off More Than I Can Chew?)

It seems that in the last several years, the concept of creative types setting a time-limited challenge for themselves to get some work done has become more and more popular.  For writers, the 3-Day Novel Contest and NaNoWriMo come immediately to mind as the earliest examples I can think of.  I’ve attempted the gruelling 3-Day Novel Contest once, and completed NaNoWriMo successfully once – and a single print edition of my NaNoNovel “The Secrets of Marian C.” sits on my bookshelf as proof :-).

The Secrets of Marian C., Lorraine Young, Front Cover

The Secrets of Marian C., Lorraine Young, Front Cover


The Secrets of Marian C., Lorraine Young, Back Cover

The Secrets of Marian C., Lorraine Young, Back Cover


The Secrets of Marian C., Lorraine Young, Front Cover

3-Day Novel Contest 2011







Similar concepts have invaded the world of visual art as well, with Daily Painting and Daily Sketching groups or challenges everywhere you look.   They are all well-intentioned, with the ultimate goal of getting the work done and eliminating excuses procrastinators like me often use to avoid the writing or the drawing or the painting.  And a lot of writers and artists benefit from the challenge.  I’ve been daunted by the idea of doing a painting a day, or even a simple sketch a day, but I like the idea of the challenge.

So, I’ve given myself a couple of art challenges for 2016: first, a painting a week  and second, a sketch a day (or more likely every other day).   I need to be as forgiving to myself as I would be to anyone else: “If you miss a day, don’t beat yourself up! Carry on, do one the next day, it’s not the end of the world! Just don’t give up and you’ll be fine.”

So far I have been on target with my paintings, and here are the three I’ve completed for the first three weeks of January.  (I’ve been posting my sketches on my Facebook page, and won’t post them again here.)

"Shinny at Jackie Parker Park", soft pastels on Pastel Premier 400 grit sanded pastel paper, 15 1/4" x 10 1/2", $250 unframed Lorraine Young

“Shinny at Jackie Parker Park”, soft pastels on Pastel Premier 400 grit sanded pastel paper, 15 1/4″ x 10 1/2″, $250 unframed Lorraine Young








"Last Christmas", soft pastels on Pastel Premier Italian Clay sanded pastel paper, 9" x 12", $210 unframed Lorraine Young

“Last Christmas”, soft pastels on Pastel Premier Italian Clay sanded pastel paper, 9″ x 12″, $210 unframed Lorraine Young











"A Light for 2016"_soft pastels on Pastel Premier Italian Clay pastel paper_9"x12"_Lorraine Young 2016 $210 unframed

“A Light for 2016″_soft pastels on Pastel Premier Italian Clay pastel paper_9″x12″_Lorraine Young 2016 $210 unframed










And that’s it for now.  Cheers!







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