Thursday, March 26, 2015

 More cats. 


 Can dogs be far behind?



At the One-of-a-Kind Spring show in Toronto, a gift of gorgeous French fabric scraps from L'Atelier du Presbytère




And a cassoulet from Les Canardises in Quebec. My treat for the year. Sometimes you have to.






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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

More cats are entering the building, slowly migrating to my shop.






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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The cats have left the building.


I know they will be very happy in their new home.


 This one is dreaming of red herrings....

This one wanted tuna but got a sardine instead

 
 This one is always ready for a party



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Monday, March 23, 2015

A new week, and new additions to my shop.
And, alas, an emergency appointment with my dentist.
I'm hoping one mitigates the other....

 My homage to Paul Klee. Or, as I refer to it, Klee's Bird.



 Somewhere Beyond the Sea

And a grumpy feline (she prefers tuna)


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Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday got away from me. It was such a lovely Spring day that I went out a-visiting.
First, a visit with humans which found me sunning myself on a bench on Scollard Street with an old friend of mine. Then a visit with animals. As I walked home, a lone sparrow was chirping its little head off and I stopped to watch and listen.

This was one of my experiments with plaster cloth. I found it the other day, and realized that I had drawn her eyes to look sideways without noticing the little bee she was looking at. Sometimes my eyes don't see, but my inner eye obviously does.





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Thursday, March 19, 2015

There used to be a blog feature called Corners of my Home. I don't know if it's still ongoing, but this is a corner of my home -- literally a corner!


 And this is a watercolour turned into a greeting card. Unfortunately, I used thick paper so it didn't fold very nicely...



 Next time, I'll use thinner paper.

Have a sunny day!


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 I'm primarily a dog person. But occasionally I take care of cats. These two are regulars and they know that I love them as much as I love dogs because I give them the same TLC.

 Calypso is playful and always wants attention. The minute I walk in, she does this, beckoning me to play with her.


 Coco is more reserved. But she doesn't object if I go to her and pick her up for a cuddle.





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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The month of March holds a couple of difficult anniversaries for me.
The only way to counteract them is with love.










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Monday, March 16, 2015

The air was mild and friendly today.
Spring proper is around the corner.


 Monoprint, with overpainting, available for purchase here.








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Friday, March 13, 2015

Pictures are fine, but seeing the real thing is extraordinary.

Yesterday, a friend and I went to see the Basquiat retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ontario. It was worth every minute. Pictures don'tn really capture the vibrancy of the large-scale paintings. They have to be seen and I'm grateful to have had the opportuity.



 Today, work in progress.




 
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Thursday, March 12, 2015



Recently, I gave a testimonial. I don't normally do them, but my experience was so amazing and beautiful, that it came easily. This is what I wrote:

“For one schooled in a system that valued logic, I wasn’t a good candidate for believing in things unseen. Because I trusted Denise, I asked her for a session even though we live on different continents. The result was extraordinary: no generalities, but specifics, the important specifics, even those forgotten by me, that convinced me she is the real thing. I was left with an incredible peacefulness that I still carry around."

I've known Denise for some time now. I knew her as an artist whose style I loved, partly perhaps because it wasn't unlike mine so I was drawn to it. I liked her tremendously because she is authentic (not my favourite word these days because it's been overused to death and lost some of  its meaning), strong, has survived a lot of adversity in her life; I liked her honesty, her irreverence (never unkind, however) and her fabulous sense of humour.  What I didn't know about her until she created her new website was that she was a psychic medium, and was now ready to go back to her roots.


You may believe in Spirit, or you may not. I do. I also have a healthy dose of skepticism because for me it's a matter of finding that one person who is the Real Thing. Like any field, there are good and not so good. And, yes, there are phonies -- as there are in every field.

Denise's blog is a joy to read. Her humour and her heart shine through. So not only did I give her a testimonial, I also asked her permission to add her link to my sidebar. I do so with love and gratitude.





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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The piece I began on Monday is finished and in the shop.



Acid-free mat board is included.
To purchase, click HERE








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Cardboard as substrate


I like making shapes with cardboard, but I also like using it as a substrate. It's one of  the easiest things to recycle.



With apologies to W.H. Auden for changing his pronoun and dropping the word "and".




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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The plan today was to go to a movie matinee.
But I woke up with a migraine that's keeping me temporarily pinned down.
So I turned it into a stitch day.
Work in progress.



 

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Monday, March 09, 2015

Spring thaw is here.
The sun is shining, and the temperature is rising.
Oh, what a lovely day.

Can it be long before I see this again?


 
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Friday, March 06, 2015

On a sunny Friday, hope springs eternal.
I am so very ready for spring.

Work (new listing in my shop)




Lunch



 How I made it: : organic plain, fat-free yogurt (Liberté yogurt is my favourite) sprinkled with a teaspoon of organic sugar, topped with a berry-cherry mixture sprinkled with another teaspoon of organic sugar. I use frozen berries with NO added sugar and I let a portion thaw to get the juices. It's delicious.


 

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

It was one of those days.

I did a little of this


a little of that


 Watched the Season 5 finale of Downton Abbey while eating lunch, then went out to return a library book, and get groceries and things I needed from the drugstore... and while I was doing that, I estimated the number of steps I walked doing my errands (2,000). Useless information, I know, but it was only because I have friends who are counting their steps and it got me wondering.

Before I knew it, it was evening and the day was done.



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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

 Colour palette


 And the beginning of a new card series.


 
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Sketching with a needle.


Playing with boats.



Yes, it's snowing again.


 
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Monday, March 02, 2015

What a lovely day it was... blue skies, sunshine, and noticeably less cold.

I was out most of the day so I didn't get much work done. And work in earnest I must because I've committed myself to a pop up shop in May. Most of these items are in my Etsy shop, so not guaranteed to still be there in May, which is why I will be going into production very soon. Like... tomorrow.




  It will be my first time, and I'm looking forward to it.



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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dyptich
Because they go together.
Because I couldn't stop with one canvas...

Where Love Has Gone
Acrylic and collage on canvas

 11 x 14 in. each







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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday

I began my artlove affair with birds in the mid-1990s.

 
 Along with birds, I also painted coffee and tea cups.I used many different media, and then I came across monoprinting. I love trying new things that catch my fancy.
 
My first attempt at monoprinting. It involved a piece of glass, paint and paper. I forgot that the drawing would be mirrored, so I got this.....

 
 ......... when I really wanted this


 Back then, I was teaching myself with bits of information gleaned from the Internet. A lot of it was incomplete so I had to fill in the blanks. This method was messy and limiting, so I put it aside.

Years later, I took up monoprinting again. Recently I did a project for Somerset Studio.... stay tuned !




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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Painting over a painting.

It's the biggest canvas I can manage in my small space: 24 in. (that's 2 feet!) by 20 in.  I had painted it years ago and it hung in the hallway until I got tired of it. So one night, I took a roller and black acrylic paint and covered it up. It sat on my easel for a few weeks, black as night, waiting for something.

Last night, this happened. I say "happened" because I had no plan, no ideas.
Except for one thought: I remember you.
What or who I was remembering, I can't say.












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Monday, February 23, 2015

It's almost time for the new issue of Somerset Studio.

Photo: Stampington & Company

 You'll find me in the Mélange section, paying homage to one of my favourite, or perhaps my very favourite, collage artist, the great Lenore Tawney.

Photo: Stampington & Company




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Friday, February 20, 2015

And it's Friday.
Time to tie up all the loose ends of the week.
Because it's been an untidy sort of week.
Things not completed, headaches, unkind weather, insomnia.
But also good things, never forget the good things.
In somma, as they say in Italian, life.





 
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