Donna Strickland

Donna Strickland

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Nobel physics prize for laser research.

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“The world works best if we all do what we are good at”

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I watched the press conference from the University of Waterloo and found Professor Donna Strickland funny and charming throughout. I don’t know much about Physics but I really enjoyed her sense of humour and her ease with communicating complex information.

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“This is for work done a long time ago”. Specifically research and a paper she wrote and presented in 1984-1985. This paper; the first she published, resulted in the Noble prize. It is also the first time for a first publication to win. She is the first Canadian woman to win a Nobel prize. A trail blazer to the core. She shares the prize with Gerard Mourou and Arthur Ashkin.

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Donna Strickland is one of three women to win the Nobel prize for Physics with Marie Curie (1903) and Maria Goeppert-Mayer (1963). She continues her research in lasers and is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo here in Ontario, Canada. Hopefully this prize will expand the possibilities for herself and women in STEM throughout Canada and the world.

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The drawing was a real pleasure to work on during this difficult time – I’m so glad of this bright light amongst the clouds.

Winter colour

Escada: Checked coat made of new wool.

I was out walking and passed the Escada store and saw this fantastic coat in the window. I’m like most Torontonians and have a closet full of black winter coats. I feel like I could break with my sombre tradition this year and get something in a vibrant colour. In the mean time I’ve drawn this wonderful coat and added my own make believe colourful accessories to summon a riot of colour into my life.

Dries Van Noten’s sketch-print blouse

Dries Van Noten.

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Holy smokes. Did I ever fall in love with this blouse. There seems to be nothing of Dries Van Noten’s Women’s wear collection I wouldn’t wear. But for some reason this lovely blouse was something I had to draw. It’s a sketch of a sketch-print. It reads as a simple blue ballpoint pen drawing. So that’s how I sketched it. I love the simplicity of the pattern and the echoes of nature as seen through the hand of an artist. Wow, what a lovely thing to wear.

Cherry Red

Window shopping – I’m adding my fashion related drawings to the passions I share on my instagram. So I thought I’d start with shoes…

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What do you call the colour of these shoes. Cherry red pops into my mind. I love this red and it’s the only colour I paint my nails. It looks good on us pale freckled women. So I stopped wasting my money on other polish colours and now I have a nice collection of reds that are perfect for me; red moving towards orange.

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I’ve been going on window shopping expeditions as inspiration for fashion drawings. On my first trip out I found a gorgeous pair of Miu Miu dusty pink satin sling backs but when I looked for them online I found these beauties instead. They called to me. Just my colour.

Hank

Hank is a Boston Terrier/English Bulldog mix and the silliest dog around. He loves running after an orange ball at the park, swimming at Cherry Beach (even though he’s not very good at it), and making nests out of pillows and blankets on the couch. He’s the best cuddler and is very loved.

100/100

100/100

I’m finishing up #the100dayproject with an image of Smitten. Who is the reason for this adventure.

I didn’t realize that hitting the goal of 100 would be so emotional for me. The busyness of getting a dog drawn each day and the wonderful stories I got to post has been a tonic for the loss of my best girl. I thank everyone for their generosity. It has been a pleasure to draw such beauty and share it here with an audience as dog crazy as I am.

Smitten is my heart. Her short time with me a joy; she made love visible.

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99/100

99/100

Bruiser was an owner surrender to Rescue Dogs Match, and I was the lucky person to foster him. He came to me at the age of 11, no front teeth and his tongue hanging out of his mouth. People came to meet the little 7 pound chihuahua with their arms outstretched, extended long painted fingernails, massive unknown monsters and he was so scared he’d run away. He would run away to me. He wanted to be with me. Soon after I stopped sending cute pictures of him to the rescue. I didn’t need another dog I told myself. He wanted to sleep on my bed, sit on my lap while I watched tv, danced when it was walk-time. I finally got the message and adopted him. He’s 14 now, with a bad heart and expensive meds to keep him alive and brings me joy every moment I am with him. I hope he lives forever.

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98/100

98/100

Sandy was rescued by a friend, and came to me at 3 months. She’s a strong little bully cross. I was amazed when I saw that golden, happy little face for the first time. She is a perfect beauty, and has been a ray of sunshine since Day One. She is immensely charming and has many friends and admirers, both 2-legs and 4-legs. She will be 9 this year, I can’t believe it.

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97/100

97/100

My Boston with the mostly a white face is Holly the love of my life. She stayed by my side through 3 surgeries took care of my grandkids. She was so gentle she accepted any animal I brought home she made it almost 14 years and not a day goes by I don’t miss her.

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