Monday, January 23, 2017

 Life. Nature. The human spirit.









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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










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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.






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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.








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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Variety is what keeps me going.

Drawing/painting with ink



Acrylics






Collage









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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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Thursday, November 10, 2016

What a week it has been!

Today, almost mid-November, with fallen leaves all over the place, it's almost warm. After making my groceries, I took my coffee to a park bench and enjoyed the air and the swirling leaves and all the dogs walking by. I'm committed to living one day at a time, to be grateful for what I have, and to be positive -- at the very least, to light a candle in the dark parts of an uncertain world.


I did a little stitching.


And looked into the light.







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Friday, November 04, 2016

I love the concept of "found words."
I have a boxful cut from old books that were falling apart.

I use them on artwork and collages.



And sometimes I compose little prose poems.






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Friday, October 28, 2016

As the weather gets cooler, and the days get shorter, I turn to sewing in the evenings.

Mini art quilt, Photo Booth. Newly listed in my Etsy shop.





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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

It's interesting that my taste in art is largely unchanged since I was 14 years old or so, when I discovered art and felt hard for certain painters. One of them was Modigliani. Over the years, I've done my homages, and this is the latest one.

After Modigliani. Watercolour pencils (Derwent Inktense) on paper.



 
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Monday, October 24, 2016

One of the perks of working for myself is that I can take time off during the week and work on weekends.

This weekend I worked on a commission, a hand-stitched floral made with mostly antique fabrics, with the addition of vintage buttons.




On Saturday, I cut the first petal free-hand, then used it as a template.


 On Sunday, I stitched it all together.

 

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

 Working with blues is very soothing.









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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

 Today on my work table is getting a little surrealistic.....


 ...no, not my table (although it does get surrealistic at times), but my collage.


 I'm not sure if it's finished. I'll let it sit a while.





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Friday, October 14, 2016

I'm very happy to be a contributor to the newly designed Holidays publication by Stampington
Now titled A Somerset Holiday, it beautifully designed, crisp, clean and focused. 



My article is about making your own Christmas cards.










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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

It's finished.
I let it sit for a day or two, then added the finishing touches.







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Sunday, October 09, 2016

 Work in progress





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