Tuesday, June 27, 2017


It's no secret that I like to work with cardboard....



But I've never used it for direct painting until today. 

 I applied several layers of paint, letting each layer dry completely.



Here I painted wet on wet. I used a palette knife and the texture of the cardboard came through, creating a nice effect.






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

Monday, June 26, 2017

I like to cut up and rearrange some of my pieces. I find that they take on a completely new meaning and a new look that I like much better than the original.

This piece was trimmed and mounted on cardboard. It's a small piece but it packs a much bigger punch than the original painting. 


Nolite te bastardes carborundorum




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

Friday, June 23, 2017

Textile Friday.

I've made many little quilts over the years that I'm bringing out of hibernation. I've combined fabrics with vintage photos, paper, lace, tiny objects.
Priced to sell, they are all available for purchase and will be going into my Etsy shop in the very near future. Meanwhile, they are available directly from me.











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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I haven't been posting daily, but I have painted (almost) daily.


 The Blue Rock. Watercolour on paper.

 Still Standing. Watercolour on paper.


 And a birthday card for a very special little girl born in July.







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Monday, June 12, 2017

 Stampington June publications.

You can find me here.

 

 ...and here






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Thursday, June 08, 2017

The week's daily paintings so far...


 Acrylic on canvas board


 Acrylic, gouache and oil pastel on canvas board.







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

Friday, June 02, 2017

Daily painting.

A sketch done on watercolour paper. I used pencils, watercolours and oil pastels.




 Have an enjoyable weekend.






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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

 Daily painting

This small sketch was done in acrylics on a canvas board. When it was dry, I covered it in a layer of heavy gel gloss medium with a palette knife to see what would happen. The result a smoother, slightly more intense look.






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Tuesday, May 30, 2017


 Daily painting.

This is a sketch done with acrylics, with a touch of oil pastel, on a 5 x 7-inch canvas board.


Available for purchase directly from me. 

Thank you for your visit.





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

Monday, May 29, 2017

 Daily painting.

Small watercolour sketches are very satisfying and uncomplicated.

 


Watercolour sketch on paper.
Desert Landscape II
6 x 9 in.
Available for purchase directly from me.




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

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Daily painting.




 
Watercolour sketch on paper.
Desert Landscape I
6 x 9 in.
Available for purchase directly from me.





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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Daily painting.

Shield Maiden.

Mixed media on paper.
6 x 8 in.
Available in my Etsy shop.



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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Making collages on a Saturday.
Using what I have, which is a lot, collected over the years.
One of these days, I'm going to sort it all out and make collage packages for my Etsy shop.

SOLD

 


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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This week I switched gears and made some collages. For me, working in different media and styles keeps my practice fresh and brings on new ideas.






All three collages are available for purchase in my Etsy shop.





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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Daily Painting.

Weekend daily paintings.

Two sketches using pencils, oil pastels, and water-soluble crayons.









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

Friday, May 12, 2017

 Daily Painting.

There's a reason I didn't commit to a daily painting, but rather to the intention to paint daily: I know myself. In the last couple of days, I got sidetracked, not least by something that felt like a head cold but I suspect is more of an allergy.

Today I eased myself back in with watercolours.

Watermelon
 

Watercolour on paper, 7 x 10 in. // 17.8 x 25.4 cm
US$30, shipping included, Paypal preferred. Please email me if interested.






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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Daily Painting.

New life for yesterday's scrubbed canvas board.

 I have a fabulous view of the sky from my wall-to-wall windows, ever changing and always inspiring.

Big Sky
 

Acrylic on canvas board, 10x10 in.





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

Monday, May 08, 2017

Not the Daily Painting.

Sometimes, it just doesn't work.

I couldn't get the shape I wanted. It didn't matter if it was OK. I didn't like it, and that's what matters.


I spent an hour trying, and then gave up. I scrubbed the painting and put it aside for another day.

There's no shame in that.


Scrubbed and ready to be painted over.







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

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Daily painting.

The Daily Walk



Acrylic on paper, 7 x 9 in. // 17.8 x 23 cm

US$30, shipping included, Paypal preferred. Please email me if interested.







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

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Daily Painting.

Red Cliffs (aerial view)



Acrylic on paper, 5.75 x 7.5 in. // 14.5 x 19 cm
US$22, shipping included, Paypal preferred. Please email me if interested.







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

Friday, May 05, 2017

Daily Painting.

Coffee. What Else?

 
Acrylic on paper, 7 x 10 in. // 17.8 x 25.4 cm
US$30, shipping included, Paypal preferred. Please email me if interested.





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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Daily painting 2.

The Pink House



Acrylic on paper, 7 x 10 in. // 17.8 x 25.4 cm
US$30, shipping included, Paypal preferred. Please email me if interested.
 



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

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Daily painting.
The idea is to make one small painting a day, and offer it for sale.
This is a start. I hope to continue for as long as I can.


Abstract floral No. 1

Acrylic on paper, 7 x 10 in. // 17.8 x 25.4 cm
US$30, shipping included, Paypal preferred. Please email me if interested.






Saturday, April 29, 2017

At the Art Gallery of Ontario, I was taken by some of the Cape Dorset Inuit paintings, particularly by the owls.

I painted my version of a trio of owls.



Then I took it further, and made it my own.




I don't think my owl phase is over just yet.


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

Friday, April 21, 2017

Waiting for paint to dry in between layers makes me impatient, so instead of being impatient, I spent that time to take photos of the process. I usually forget, but I'm getting better at it.

I started with a rough sketch with a charcoal pencil, painted the outlines with  yellow ochre, then I put down blocks of colour.

 
 Almost there
 Finished


 The Harbour, 9x12 in., acrylic (with touches of oil pastel) on paper.

Available for purchase in my Etsy shop.




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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I thought I was done with owls, at least for a while, but after I did some sketching over morning coffee, I went ahead and painted this sweet wild thing.





 Cheers!

 


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

Monday, April 17, 2017

My daily practice.

Whether I feel like it or not, I put something down on paper. Every day, even if it's just a scrawl or something I tear up and throw away. I use pencils, watercolours, ink, pastels to keep me interested.





I've found that if I go too long without making something, I lose energy, interest, and there's a danger of hopelessness creeping in... because my art is passion and if I lose any part of it, it's like losing myself.


 


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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

As the slow process of decluttering and destashing progresses, I come across materials that I'd forgotten about.

Today's foray brought up some scrim and a vintage broken necklace with white beads, and some scraps of cheesecloth that I'd dyed with diluted acrylic paint.

I put them all together and stitched them on a piece of Italian linen.













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