In the Studio;

COVID-19 has taken over in Alberta like it has everywhere else. We’ve been fortunate in that we have a world class health care system here and have had a good deal of testing done in our province. We live in a rural area, so we have lots of space to self isolate. Gardening season will start soon and at least we can spend a good deal of time outdoors. I wish that everyone could have the same opportunities.

Unfortunately, our UCP provincial government seems determined to take measures that are severely affecting vital public services during this pandemic. They are alienating the public sector, including our teachers, doctors and front line health care workers, under the guise of cost cutting measures while at the same time throwing billions of dollars in tax exemptions, funding and loan guarantees at the oil and gas sector. The most vulnerable people in our province seem to be getting hit the hardest and on top of worries about this pandemic it’s been impossible for me not to get distracted by politics lately.

Of course most of our cultural activities and centres are closed down now too. Social distancing has also put an end to my plans to get out to promote my novel. I do have some ideas for promotion online though. More on that to come soon. In the meantime I’ve finished a couple of short stories that are based on back stories related to two new novels that I’ve started. Not a good idea by the way, starting two novels at the same time. I know that but I’ll be making the choice on which one to finish first soon. I hope!

I really do miss my time at the studio in town. The Rimbey Art Club studio is closed for the duration. No more large acrylic paintings until the weather warms up and I can work outdoors again. In the meantime, maybe some mixed media work on paper or a bit of photography and digital art. So I will keep busy as always.

Stay safe everyone. I’m wishing for the best for each and everyone of you where ever you are.



Secrets, Lies & Rodeo, a novel by E.M.Schumacher
Secrets, Lies & Rodeo, a novel by E.M.Schumacher

Purchase ‘Secrets, Lies and Rodeo’ as a paperback on Amazon.ca or in ebook format on Kindle.

To shop locally, in Edmonton it’s available from Pagemaster Publishing located at 11340, 120 Street NW. You can order it from their website here. The cover will be different – the novel is the same.

Thank you for your orders and please remember that an honest review means the world to every self-published author, including me!

Contact me at artist at elmasmixedmedia dot ca.

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Elma Schumacher

I’m Elma M. Schumacher, artist, writer and late-blooming geek.  This website includes my visual art, writing and my blog. Some of my other interests include SciFi and Fantasy, technology and science.

I’m forever exploring new ways to be creative and because of that especially enjoy working with mixed media.

Some of my artwork can be found in Canada Council’s Art Bank collection as well as in collections in Ontario and across Canada.

My novel ‘Secrets, Lies & Rodeo’ is now available on Amazon and Kindle. A new novel is now in progress.


You can reach this site’s admin at artist at elmasmixedmedia dot ca.