Monday, February 20, 2017

This is the third of my owlets, inspired by a photo I have of a baby owl that's so cute that every time I feel down, I look at it and my spirits are lifted.


In progress


 Finished



 [Owlet is available in my Etsy shop]



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Friday, February 17, 2017


A large sheet of heavy watercolour paper.

A big wide paint brush.

Acrylic paint.

You have 7 minutes.

Go!










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Monday, February 13, 2017

 I'm starting the week by testing these paints. I wasn't sure what "dry gouache" was, but the effect is almost identical to watercolours.


 Nice colours, with the help of a black pencil.








Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Monday, February 06, 2017

Les parapluies de Cherbourg Chicoutimi 



 
Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Friday, February 03, 2017


Make love, not war. (Everything old is new again.)

I wish you love, always.

New tags, just listed in my Etsy shop.





 



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Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Making art tags is one of my favourite things to do.

I like to combine rubber stamps to create my own image. Here I've used three stamps, two by Michelle Ward and one by Paperbag Studio.





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Monday, January 30, 2017

Big. Really big for me. I rarely paint on such a large canvas; I don't have the space and it's quite heavy, so shipping is expensive. Which is a pity as I would love to paint huge pieces.

My Mother's Dress. Acrylic on canvas, 76.5 x 51 cm / 30 x 20 inches













Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown
Painting the sketch with watercolours.



Maybe add some found words?






Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Saturday, January 28, 2017

There's a saying in yoga: Do your practice and all is coming.

That means doing practice regularly. The key word is "regularly" - because we can't always manage "daily."

My practice includes sketching. At least a couple of times a week, I draw something. It used to be a daily thing, but I couldn't keep it up. So I opted for a few times a week, even if it's just a scribble. Once it a while, something nice happens that may turn into a painting. The point is that I don't have any plans when I open my sketchbook.









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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Little packages as ornaments.



A simple way is to fold paper into a wad, wrap it and tie it with string.



A more involved way is to collage a piece of cardboard and wrap it in muslin dipped in wax.

 



Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Monday, January 23, 2017

 Life. Nature. The human spirit.









Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Monday, January 16, 2017

First paintings of 2017.

A bird and a fox. They're good friends; they respect their differences (they know they both need Nature and each other to survive).



SOLD

 Both paintings have just been listed in my Etsy shop.



 Thank you for your visit.


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I am blessed to have a best friend in Australia whose friendship goes back 40+ years. Twelve years ago, we met up in Washington, D.C., where we had both lived for a few years while working for the IMF (International Monetary Fund). While sorting through boxes of stuff in my ongoing efforts to declutter and simplify, I came across a journal I had put together after returning home from that trip.

Trish, this is for you.







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Sunday, January 01, 2017

My wish for you on this first day of 2017, humour and love.




 

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year








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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry, Merry.

May you be as happy as Miss Calypso and her Christmas present.


 And most of all, I wish you peace.





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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy Solstice.

I finished this painting today.
Injecting colour into the grey and white winter landscape.

Acrylic and oil on canvas

DETAIL








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Monday, December 12, 2016

One of the things I like to do, call it recreation or playtime, is cutting a poster-size piece of paper from this roll I found at Ikea, tape it to a piece of cardboard and see what happens.....






The Cat Quits.


Or Not.








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Saturday, December 10, 2016

 Some of my stitchery is in the new Sew Somerset.

A Tale of  Two Pouches











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Some minis listed in my shop today.

The Phantom Bride


The Bridesmaid

Lavender and Old Lace










Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Thursday, December 01, 2016

And so, December is here.

If you like shopping for handmade gifts, I have a discount coupon on everything in my Etsy shop, good for the whole month of December. Use Coupon Code: THANKYOU2 at checkout.

Meanwhile.......


...as for me, I've just finished making 20 tags for a charity, and will be addressing my Christmas cards this evening, hoping to get them out in the next few days.






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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Work in progress.

Another 24 x 20-inch canvas, getting a new life, turning into a mystical landscape.






Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Small is beautiful, but sometimes you need to go big.
For me, big is a 24x20-inch canvas because my space is restricted and my easel can't accommodate anything much bigger.

This canvas was put aside a few times over the last decade. Today, I put it on the easel and discovered, once again, how quickly you can go from thinking you've wrecked the canvas to pushing on and finding your way again.








Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Variety is what keeps me going.

Drawing/painting with ink



Acrylics






Collage









Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Assembling vintage materials....

 
 
...to make pretty little things.

 
Little packages tied up with string....

 
....make nice little ornaments.


 So does a papier mache oval lovingly collaged.






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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

This is part of my collection of mini stitcheries, representing many, many hours of designing, cutting, sewing, stitching, and truth be told, I love every minute.


 Most of them are in my Etsy shop. All of them are available for purchase.







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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Night stitching by the full moon

Last night's full moon caused quite a commotion.
I saw it clearly but I didn't photograph it.
Instead I sat down and did some night stitching.

Two more mini art quilts that I'll be listing in my Etsy shop today. They're the right size to use on clothing, greeting cards, journal covers, etc. Or adhered to mat board and framed.






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Monday, November 14, 2016

It's time to make my Christmas cards.

Among them will be these cute birds that I coloured and cut out for a project in The Coloring Studio. The drawings are by Monnie Bean Folk Art and they made me think of the Christmas partridge.



 I may draw a pear tree in the background or give them long legs, or something quirky... I haven't decided yet. This is why I start early, otherwise time slips away from me and my cards go out to late.


 


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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Stitched on November 11.
Remembrance.
Lest We Forget.









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