Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Two collages

Listed today in my Etsy shop, two collages on antique papers.


Alternative methods of travel series


Peculiar people






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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Books and art

Way back when, I wanted to design book covers. Many years later, I was given the opportunity to design a cover by a friend who is publishing her books on Kobo.

This was the first one - I created the artwork, not the title and cover lines.
 

This is the second one that I just finished - I designed the whole cover, cover lines and all.

 


 All I can say is that I really like designing book covers....

 

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Friday, April 12, 2019


I just listed another art bundle/instant art collection in my Etsy shop. Six original pieces. You can view them here .


 Meanwhile, I'm working on my manuscript and some new artwork, too.

And occasionally taking care of Gustav. He likes to look out the window...








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Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Dog story

 For the past two weeks, my friend's dog, Gustav the dachshund, has been staying with me while she and her family are on vacation.





Gustav is one of the most affectionate dogs I have known. And because of that, he managed to completely take over my life.... It's just as well that he goes home tomorrow night because the temptation to spoil him is strong.

As for me, it will be back to work - something I haven't done much of since he arrived!





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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Writing.... and drawing.

I don't know where she came from, but she means something to me and maybe one of these days I'll figure it out.
  
 



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Friday, January 25, 2019

Books

Writing fiction activates the imagination, so when I took a break, I got the idea to combine my quilties into a fabric book.

They are in a sense like finished "pages".


 One of the spreads

Another spread
 
 You can see the whole book here



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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

I have a book project to work on this year. It's already written, and now it needs to be amplified from a novella to a full-length novel.

It's not easy to revisit a story, but I'm committed; I got the push from someone I trust and who knows what she's talking about. It's never too late!

That doesn't mean I don't continue to create my artwork. This is a brand-new listing in my Etsy shop.











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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

2019

Wishing you all a very Happy and peaceful New Year.

So does Gustav the Magnificent!
Sometimes I take this little guy out for a walk, and sometimes he spends the day with me.
He's small but his psychology is big...









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Friday, December 14, 2018

New in the shop!

Three little art patches [SOLD]


and

Cuckoo in the Nest (can you spot him?)

 




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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Christmas tags

I make these Christmas tags on order every year.

This year, I've made 16 tags so far, on order for some special people. It may not sound a lot, but they are fiddly and time-consuming, and I enjoy making each and every one! Each tag is one of a kind, some are similar, most are different, but no two are the same.


 









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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Yuletide

It's that time of year again. 



My little Christmas trees are back and listed in my Etsy shop. Orders taken here





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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Ancestors

You have nothing to teach and everything to learn. 
You are an artist and the flowers want to bloom near you. 
Your ancestors use you to speak.
-- John Patrick Shanley


 Self-portrait with birds.







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Monday, October 29, 2018

Art bundle

 My first art bundle is up in my Etsy shop. You can see it here.

I'm offering 9 small pieces of original art in acrylic, watercolour and collage. Free shipping to Canada and the U.S.

SOLD. Thank you.





 Thank you for dropping by!



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Friday, October 12, 2018

New listings

 In between photographing artwork for my art bundles, I made these mini art quilts, now available in my Etsy shop.







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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Pug with art bundles

 Bella went home last night.

This is her "What ARE you doing?" look.


 Apart from taking her photo, I've been sorting my works on paper - there is a lot of it. This pile is only about 15% of what I have. It all has to go somewhere. The not-so-good stuff has been thrown out or cut up for other projects.

My idea is to create art bundles, 4-6 artworks and list them in my Etsy shop for *sale* prices.




  
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Saturday, October 06, 2018

Fun with cats and dogs

Rufus


Watercolour/6x8 inches. Available in my Etsy shop 


 The Cat. 
4x6 inches, gouache and acrylic. 
Will be available in my Etsy shop shortly.







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Thursday, October 04, 2018

Miss Bella

I am boarding this bundle of joy for the next five days.


I don't normally board dogs, I walk them. But Bella belongs to a good friend of mine, and I know my friends' dogs, so I don't mind boarding them. Also she's keeping me fit!

Tomorrow she's getting a special treat because... it's my birthday.



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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

All buttoned up

I have a box of buttons I tried to give away but no one wanted them.


 So I sifted through them, and made this on a 4x6-inch piece of plywood.






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Thursday, September 20, 2018

I've made one piece in three days, but one is better than none, a little practice is better than no practice, so I'm thinking this is an improvement!

 

I have a good excuse, though. I'm going through piles of paperwork and shredding what is no longer needed. I have tax returns and related paperwork going back to 1990, so you can imagine how much there is and how long it's taking. Of course, the shredder had to break in the middle of it all, so I tried shredding by hand. That didn't last long. Out of exasperation, I filled the sink with water and dumped the papers in it. Left them to soak for a few hours, then put on rubber gloves and squeezed the water out (pretending I doing laundry by hand). The paper fell apart as I twisted the water out of it and ended up looking like cottage cheese. It's one way to destroy personal information!


 



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Sunday, September 16, 2018

My energy has been low; the heat and humidity don't help, and I'm thinking getting older also has something to do with it. I don't work as much as I used to and it worries me when I go a full week without making anything.

So, when I get a burst of energy, I take advantage of it. I wanted to practise some abstract and semi-abstract ideas.

I painted this entirely with a small sponge because I wanted to see how it would feel and what it would look like.


 Blowing in the wind

Rear window



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Friday, September 07, 2018

Faces

 I like drawing and painting faces. It occurred to me that the 8x10" mixed media art boards are the perfect substrate and size for faces (for me). I sketched this in the afternoon, put down some paint, then had to go and take care of a few things. Last night, as I was watching TV, I got up and went to work on it.


 L’été meurtier, acrylic on art board, 8x10 in. // 20.3 x 25.4 cm







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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Two paintings and an article

In the last couple of days, I finished an article for Somerset Studio and made two paintings. After a couple of slow months, my energy is returning.

The paintings are done on a new (to me) product - Canson Mixed Media Art Boards. They come in a pad of 10 boards and measure 8 x 10 inches.


Watercolour
 
Acrylic




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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Small is good

I like creating small items, maybe because of instant gratification but also because of the portability.








I made a pouch out of kozuke paper (it's a very sturdy Japanese paper), stamped and stitched it. It's perfect for keeping small supplies in it along with needle and thread, thimble and mini scissors.









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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Indigenous Canadian art

 Yesterday I went to the Art Gallery of Ontario to see the Tunirrusiangit exhibition. It was gorgeous and extremely well done. Several galleries were filled with the works of Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak and her son Tim Pitsiulak.

This work, The Enchanted Owl, is by Kenojuak Ashevak, stonecut on paper, 1960.










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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

 I wonder what was going through the sculptor's mind....

Abbey of Sainte Foy (France), c. 1050


Source unknown.









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Monday, July 23, 2018

Start your engine

I couldn't get started. So I cut a large piece from a roll of paper, took a big brush and some paint, and smooshed it around. It was very freeing.



 Then I made a small piece using a charcoal pencil. 




 It got me started and I had a productive day.




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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Strawberries

Strawberries from Quebec. They are luscious and very sweet. I was happy to see them in my local market. They give Ontario strawberries a run for their money.








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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I'm having a "yard sale" in my apartment. It's astounding to see how many supplies I've accumulated over the years. Much of them aren't being used anymore, so I've giving away stuff as well as selling at yard sale prices.

I didn't want to part with my antique doll parts, so I made this for a friend. Making a tiny pin cushion with a doll leg is not my idea -- I saw something similar years ago (unfortunately I don't remember where or who came up with it).







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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Small collages

Waste not, want not. Using up the leftover scraps and slivers from my larger collages. When you make your own painted papers, it's hard to throw anything away...

Artist Trading Cards


 And a work in progress.






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