About This Blog

I started this blog on the feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2012, to celebrate my joy at surviving five cardiac arrests on January 6, 2011. For the next 365 days, I posted a photo or piece of art that I created that reflects what I call the Optimism of Color.

Through vibrant colors and bold visceral forms, these works shout out my joy at being alive, and my good fortune at being able to continue to make art. The images, celebrating life and the cathartic and healing properties of art-making, form part of my personal, creative response to a seemingly mundane accident that led to near death. Working on the images has taken me far from the trauma of my accident and the depression that followed me through recovery.

Each of the images I post brings a smile to my face. I hope they bring you similar joy and laughter through the Optimism of Color.

Starting January 8, 2013, this blog went to a twice-weekly format and I’m posting images every Tuesday and Friday.

About Linda Joyce Ott

Linda Joyce Ott is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist working in photography, painting, collage and assemblage.

She is also the author of the dystopian novel The Naked Law & the book of short stories Open Wounds, Secret Obsessions.

Linda lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Visit Linda’s website  www.lindajoyceott.com  to find art and photo galleries showcasing her work in thematic groupings. On the site My Fiction Books features a page about her published writing and My Photo Books showcases her printed photo art portfolios.

If you’re interested in buying her art or prints of her photographs, e-mail her at linda.ott@sympatico.ca

Linda’s novel, The Naked Law and her book of short stories, Open Wounds, Secret Obsessions are available from www.amazon.com and as a free download from www.smashwords.com


Linda honed her creative writing over the course of a successful career as a writer, editor and communications consultant. She has an Hons BA in English from McMaster University. Mentored by the late Paul Quarrington, she earned a Certificate in Creative Writing from The Humber School for Writers. Linda also took part in a workshop with Isabel Huggan at The Humber School for Writers.

To accompany exhibitions of her photographic work, Linda has published ten photo art portfolios through Magcloud: All Dolled Up; Auto Parts; Hard Core: Hornby Island Rocks; Hood Ornaments; Mexico Obscura; Orchidaceous!; Strands of Time;The Earth Laughs in Flowers, Transcending Time and Tree Totems. 

Linda’s art and photos have been exhibited in solo and group shows in Hamilton, Toronto and Alberta, including the Female Eye Film Festival, Artist’s Inc, Index G, the Toronto Outdoors Art Exhibition, Hugh’s Room and Visual Arts Ontario. Her photographs have been published in Art Focus, Photo Life, and Camera Canada magazines, and in The Hamilton Spectator.

In 2019, four photos from Linda’s Orchidaceous! portfolio, juried into the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Annual Orchid Show Art Exhibit won 1st, 2nd (2x) and 3rd prizes in their categories. In 2018, four photos won 1st and 2nd prizes in their categories. In 2017, the photo White Orchid won Best in Class (Photography) and 1st prize. In 2016, two photos placed 1st and 2nd in their categories at the exhibit.

In 2015 Linda was selected to be the Featured Artist at McMaster Innovation Park ‘s18th juried Art in the Workplace exhibition (Aug – Nov 2015) in Hamilton.

Linda received Ontario Arts Council exhibition assistance grants for five solo exhibitions at the Hamilton Public Library’s Gallery4: Strands of Time (2017) Orchidaceous! (2016); All Dolled Up (2015); Urban Fresh (2013); The Earth Laughs in Flowers (2012). 

In 2011 Auto Parts, her photo portfolio of details from classic cars, was nominated for a Hamilton Literary Award. In 2010 she was nominated for a Hamilton Tourism Award for her chrysanthemum photo calendar

In 2010 Linda received an Ontario Arts Council International Residency Grant for a juried, month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center. In 2007 she was juried into a two-week creative residency program at the Prairie North Creative Residency, Grand Prairie Regional College, in Alberta.

Between 2003 and 2006 Linda participated in eight, week-long intensive painting workshops facilitated by artist Harold Klunder in Ontario and Quebec. Over the years, Linda has completed numerous art and photography workshops at Central Technical School, Ontario College of Art and Design and Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, and at Mohawk College in Hamilton.


All photos © Linda Joyce Ott, 2020. All photos appearing in the Optimism of Color blog are the exclusive property of Linda Joyce Ott  and are protected under Canadian and International Copyright laws. The photos may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission of Linda Joyce Ott. Use of any photo as the basis for another photographic concept or illustration (digital, artist rendering or alike) is a violation of Canadian and International Copyright laws.

27 comments on “About”

  1. Love your idea! Congratulations on surviving. I’ve never had an NDE but I’m a color person too! I moved into the brownest of brown basements and immediately painted all the walls the most beautiful shade of yellow I could find. Color can heal you.

  2. Wow. Surviving five cardiac arrests is amazing. Good for you. Beautiful blog.

  3. Because I love your pictures, I nominated your blog for the ABC Award: http://thenorthwardroute.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/awards/. Have a nice day, and please keep posting your beautiful pictures 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the nomination and your kind comments. Cheers, Linda

      • Hi Maša!I used to check your flickr aoncuct where you upload your awesome shots!I truly think that you are an amazing artist with have such a good talent!keep doing what you really enjoy cause it’s a really pleasure to see it!Congrats,RoDoLfO

  4. As a Newbie, I am continuously exploring online for articles that can benefit me. Thank you

  5. What an incredible journey you have travelled Linda~ Bless you always and can’t express how happy I am for you finding complete passion in your art as a celebration of surviving such adversity. The Optimism of Color is a very perfect name for your blog — can’t wait to explore more soon… Much Love, Blessings, Health and Peace always, Robyn

    • Thank you for your feedback Robyn. Like you I was pretty happy with my life and where it was going before my accident. I couldn’t believe that on the cusp of finally carving out more time to more fully explore my creative destiny, in painting, photography and writing, I hit the abyss. But that’s part of “the full catastrophe of life” for everyone, isn’t it? To be sure I have my “why me?” and “what if” moments and I’m often scared but but I also love the adventure, and surprises, of each day. And my blog has been really cathartic and fulfilling for me in more ways than I could have imagined. Love, Linda

  6. Wow…congratulations on surviving not one, but five, cardiac arrests. Such strength and deep health to do so and what a wonderful way to celebrate your life. I love your blog’s title as well. You may be interested in reading my essay on touching death twice. It’s on the elizabethweaver.wp blog and titled “This Edge of Sea.” Thank you for creating this blog, your art and for visiting mine. All blessings….

    • Hi Elizabeth:
      I just read your awesome story and am deeply moved! You and I are both incredibly blessed, aren’t we? I have written some of my experience and find it very difficult and incredibly draining to go there. Yet I feel it’s important too. Yours in the struggle, Linda

  7. Wonderful blog! I can connect with you on the healing effects of making art : )
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my art.

    • Thank you Tahir for your kind comment about my blog. I appreciate the feedback. And the pleasure is all mine for discovering your blog and your beautiful art. Cheers, Linda

  8. Very inspiring. Excellent premise for this project. I want to see more. I’m going to enjoy trawling through the posts.

    • Thank you for your feedback and for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy trawling through my posts as much as I did trawling through my photo and art files to find the images for posting. Cheers, Linda

      • According to Jamie’s Blog:

        1. Share one random thing about yourself; and
        2. nominate 5 other blogs for this award.

        The easiest one I come across so far.

  9. I leave a comment when I appreciate a article on a blog or I have something to add
    to the discussion. Usually it’s a result of the fire communicated in the article I read. And on this post About | The Optimism of Color. I was excited enough to leave a commenta response 😛 I actually do have a couple of questions for you if you usually do not mind. Could it be only me or does it seem like a few of these remarks look like they are left by brain dead individuals? 😛 And, if you are posting on other online social sites, I’d
    like to keep up with anything new you have to post.
    Could you make a list all of all your public pages like
    your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  10. Good to read that you survived! ♥ Enjoy life and keep up the good work. I’ll be back for more; I’m your new follower.:-)
    Greetings from the Far North

  11. Hi! I really enjoy your blog and wanted to share that I nominated you for “The WordPress Family Award”, you can find the criteria to accept here: http://sabrinacarvalho.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/the-wordpress-family-award/ if you would like to accept. Congrats!

  12. Hey Linda!!! Thank you for visiting Keep Picturing and of course for likes. I found your paintings really wonderful. Recently I have been learning how to understand an art piece so it wonderful to visit optimism of color…Nice to meet you. See you soon. Have a good day..:)

  13. Hey Linda !!! Time to share it with you now 🙂 I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award, if you haven’t received it before, or if you even receive awards; either way your a great read and a good soul… so here is your award and yes they have rules if you follow! 😛 on Keep Pictuiring ….

  14. Great work-well done

  15. Hi Linda, thank you for visiting my blog. So glad it led me to yours. You take incredible photos and I’m looking forward to more! 🙂 – Faye

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