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Experience Collingwood’s Poets & Pics

April 18, 2022
Experience Collingwood's Poems & Pics - Me and My Shadow

So honoured and excited 
to be part of 
Experience Collingwood’s Poets & Pics!

My Poem and Photo titled Me and My Shadow are in the exhibit ‘Collingwood’s Poets & Pics’, that’s displayed along Collingwood’s Train Trail for the month of April. This is in celebration of National Poetry Month. 
There’s a total of 17 signs along this section of the trail. It starts at the Collingwood Museum (45 St. Paul Street) and ends at Collins Street.

If you are nearby, or going to be in the area, go, walk the trail and enjoy the series of poems and photographs exhibited!
(Mine is south of the water tower :D)


Cold Is My Heart

September 5, 2019


Old House ~ Photo by Patrice

Cold is my heart
As I face the darkness
Brooding there
In the deep bottomless dark.

No remorse comes
To save me
No salvation
Takes my heart.

Just cold anger
Storming in my mind
Waiting to rip apart.

That dare face me
Stand and challenge
This coldness in my heart.
~ Patrice

© Patrice Clarkson – 2019



September 13, 2016


I’ll be part of

Purple Hills Art & Heritage Society  ~ Artists on location in Creemore

Work of approximately 45 artists and artisans
will be on display throughout
the village of Creemore in businesses, studios and homes.
From watercolours, oils, sculpture
to photography.

It’ll be an experience you shouldn’t miss!


3 Rotties ~ Illustration by Patrice

Running With Automatic Worldwide WP 5k

October 27, 2015

I have joined the Automatic Worldwide WP 5k and am going to commit to a 5k run each day from yesterday, Oct. 26th to Sunday, Nov. 1. It’s not that I’m an overachiever or anything, it’s just that on Nov. 4th, I’m having a cataract operation and have been told – No Exercise! – So, I’ll do as much as I can, while I can 😀

See you on the road, treadmill, pathways, anywhere there’s a 5k run in it! 

Day 1

The first of the 5k Runs for the next week was done in the afternoon on a beautifully wooded, winding, moderately flat road. Along with my trusty running partner, Mr. Thor who’s stoked to be doing it too!!! And I should add, charted on

Mr. T and Me ~ Photo by us

Day 2 

My Second Day of the ‘Running with Automatic Worldwide WP 5k
was done on a treadmill
It was late in the afternoon and didn’t have the light or time to go on the roads.

5k WP - Day 2 start

My trusty ‘Running Partner’ was there at my side once again.

WP5k - Day 2b - Running Partner

The view was stationary but still lovely.

WP -5k - Day2 - View


I did have to pause to take a picture as my running on the treadmill gave a very distorted picture…

WP - 5k - Day 2 - Distorted View

Then we were finished for that day!


WP - 5k - Day 2 - Final reading

And the reading said it all.

5k or 3.10 miles done.


Tomorrow is another day.

Another run.

Day 3

One more day, one more run on the treadmill.
Not my favourite, but just not nice out there. Tons of cold and wind, so the treadmill it is.
And the view isn’t that bad.

WP - 5k - Day3 - view from here

My dear, sweet running partner is out here with me!

WP - 5k - Day3 - Running Partner

And then we’ve Got’er Done!

WP - 5k - Day3 - time and milage

Til tomorrow.

Day 4

Sadly, Day 4 is ANOTHER treadmill day
It was dark outside and miserable.
So, treadmill it is

WP - 5k - Day 4 - treadmill reading

No pictures of the view because it would just be black night.


My running partner was beside me all the way


Last day used Nov. 4/15

See you tomorrow – hopefully out on the road


Day 5

I Climbed To The Top Of The Sky

WP5k - Day5 -Looking Back Down

I climbed to the top of the sky
Came back down
Don’t know why.

Maybe to climb again
Share the time
Feel the view
See the height
The deep dark blue.

I climbed to the top of the sky
Looked around
Came back down.
~ Patrice

WP - 5k - Day 5 - View from the top

© Patrice Clarkson – 2015

Day 6

Today I was outside again and LOVING it!

WP-5k - Day6 - Winding Dirt Road - Photo by Patrice
Going down a dirt road, winding and climbing thru beautiful scenery

WP-5k - Day6 - Quiet Pond - Photo by Patrice

WP-5k - Day6 - Flintstone House - Photo by Patrice

And once again, accompanied by my dedicated running partner!

WP-5k - Day 6 - My Dedicated Running Partner - Photo by Patrice

All is well
Good today and tomorrow.

© Patrice Clarkson – 2015


It Was The BEST!

October 9, 2015

It was the BEST!

Artists on Location

The Purple Hills Art & Heritage Society’s

Artist on Location Show

last weekend was a success!

Purple Hills Logo
Art, Prints and merchandise were sold and new friendships were forged

Artist on Location Gallery

I would like to say ‘Thanks’ to all of you who came out to support us
and on Saturday, braved that nasty wind.

Artist on Location pic
Also the volunteers and organizers who made it run so smoothly
my fellow artists,
the best being Victoria Denoga Huntley  who shared
Ray’s Place
with me and was supportive, is absolutely talented and just so much fun!
And of course
Tony Fry for giving us his venue, Ray’s Place for a few days

– Thanks! –


Artist on Location Show

October 2, 2015
I am excited to announce
that this coming weekend 
I will be part of the

 – Artist on Location Show –

Artist on Location Show Logo
More than fifty Artists will be displaying art throughout the village
for more information, follow this link

Be part of the festivities  –

Visit me and my Art at 

RAY’S Place, 172D Mill Street, Creemore

Artist on Location Images ~ Art by Patrice

© Patrice Clarkson


Who I Am – Why I’m Here – Part 4.

July 13, 2015

Study of hands and paint brushes ~ Illustration by Patrice for New Chalice Brushes

Months, maybe a year later I can’t recall, a friend was going thru a difficult time. She was lost, spiralling. I felt she needed something to hang onto, get herself steady, stabilized. See her way out of her troubles.

One morning it came to me… Why not post my affirmations, my poetry on my blog, accompanied by my art and photos? This could be a place where my friend could come daily. Maybe to be inspired to find solutions to her troubles, know she wasn’t alone.

So, that’s how my blog began and why I came to be here.

It is my hope my words, my art and photos will bring pleasure, enjoyment and inspiration to your life.

Pen Drawing ~ Illustration by Patrice

© Patrice Clarkson – 2015


Who I Am – Why I’m Here – Part 3.

July 9, 2015

At the end of the workshop, to say thanks to my fellow journeyers, I made up postcards with a painting and an affirmation of mine on each.
Everyone in the group got their own unique card. One of the facilitators called to say thanks and said too, ‘You should do something with your poetry’.

I write poetry?
Beautiful Snow ~ Drawing by Patrice

© Patrice Clarkson – 2015


Who I Am – Why I’m Here – Part 2.

July 8, 2015

Sometime around then along with 4 or 5 other ladies, I attended a workshop called, The Artist’s Way. We were using Julia Cameron’s book by the same name.

The Artists Way Book by Julia Cameron

My purpose in going was to unlock the block I was and had been dealing with for years. To start painting again, not just hide, going in circles, accomplishing nothing. Spiralling into self-hate and depression.

To digress a little…

When I was a whole lot younger, I used to do what I called ‘Automatic Writing’. That meant I’d just start writing down whatever words I saw in my head. Not trying to figure out why I needed to write them down or where the thoughts came from. Just write.
My explanation then and now was that the words were coming from somewhere, someone who wanted, needed a voice. I became their channel.

The Artist Way workshop brought all this back and some. Not only showing me how to love myself but to write daily, expressing my feelings in multiple pages and at the end, Affirmations.

Life was good.
~ to be continued

Longhaired Kitty ~ Painting by Patrice

© Patrice Clarkson – 2015


Who I Am – Why I’m Here – Part 1.

July 7, 2015

Last used July 7/15

I’m an artist. Have been all my life. Loving the drawing, painting of nature and feeling a connection to animal life.
People, not so much. People have issues. I have issues.

And that brings me to why I’m here.

At the urging of an acquaintance, I opened my blog. She was my first ‘Follower’ — just to encourage me to get out of my comfort zone and feel I was writing to someone, not just out to empty space. I thank her so much for her support then.

I believed a blog was a good place to show my art, my photos. Drive new customers to my website. But what made my blog any different from any other artist’s blog? What would make it unique? Me?

That was where I was stagnated. For months it sat there. Not a new post, not a new word.
– to be continued… 

© Patrice Clarkson – 2015

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