Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 Another painting that I started a long time ago, and finally finished today. My paintings have a lot of patience when they need to....

Last of the Summer Wine II

Mixed media on canvas, 11 x 14 in., available for purchase in my Etsy shop



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A new painting, acrylic on 11 x 14 inch canvas.

Pinafores on a clothes line.





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Monday, September 15, 2014

Framed.

Back in the day, when my pieces hung in galleries, I was obliged to frame them. I stopped doing that for several reasons: overall cost, shipping, and giving the buyer the freedom to choose their own frame (or not). This piece was hidden behind a pile of canvasses and I had forgotten all about it. It was nice to revisit my past.





 
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Colours.

Two new abstract paintings celebrating gardens in their full glory.

Available for purchase in my Etsy shop










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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Make the tea.
Drink the tea (optional).
Dry the bag.
Paint it.
Collage it.
Hang it.





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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

 Patience is not a virtue I can claim; I struggle with it. But when it comes to painting, I can be as patient as the hills because I can paint or sew something else.

I painted this canvas last year. I knew something was missing, but I didn't know what. I put it away and forgot about it.  The other day, I came across it and placed it on my easel. It definitely needed something. As I was sorting out some other work I saw a collage with a blackbird in flight. A little bell rang in the back of my head, out came the black paint and the bird flew into the painting.

Last of the Summer Wine, acrylic on canvas, 11 x 17 inches

 

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Minimalism is where something "minimal" speaks volumes. Simple, but not simplistic. There needs to be thought behind it. I wish you love.










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Monday, September 08, 2014

Postcards, printed from my original drawing.
Le regard, gouache on vintage paper, 2014

Thought for the day: What could go right?




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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Words by e.e. cummings


 Enjoy your weekend.




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Thursday, September 04, 2014

 Work in progress, continued.
The next step: I mixed cobalt blue with white and a hint of red to get a violet tinge, and painted three flowers.


 A few layers later, I added the finished touches.


 Painting available in my Etsy shop.


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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

 On my easel


Painting a background, I first pick my colours and apply them with a light hand. The colours have to go together, otherwise you get mud. Titanium white is my great ally. Then I examine it from all angles. And I keep going until I know it's enough. If an idea comes to mind while I'm doing this, great. If not, it will sit there until it finds it subject. Meanwhile the joy is in the smooshing of paint over the canvas.






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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

 The skies went dark, then opened up and what a downpour!
I was out early running errands, so I'm grateful that the weather waited for me to get home.
I'm now waiting for the rain to stop or at least thin out, so that I can go out and do the rest of my day's work.

Meanwhile, I've been painting mini-canvasses, 3x5 inches. They will be flying into my Etsy shop later today.




 
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Monday, September 01, 2014

It's a warm and humid Labour Day ....
and I am labouring indoors where the stickiness is at a minimum.

And here is Mary Jane in her black maryjanes (no white after Labour Day!!)


AVAILABLE IN MY ETSY SHOP



 

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday painting.



 Grey skies over yellow fields, acrylic on canvas, 8x8 inches



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The stars were aligned yesterday when I found a package of ivory-coloured cards and matching envelopes, and a set of reproduction cabinet cards. I immediate thought "greeting cards." But not just any cards. One of a kind artwork that can be framed. This is the sort of thing that makes me happy!



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I'm not a jewelry maker, but I like to put a little something together once in a while because I enjoy it. The closest I get is making my textile brooches. But once in a while, I'll put together earrings and necklaces. Some I keep, and some end up in my Etsy shop.








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Monday, August 25, 2014

The day has been taken up with bureaucratic affairs, reading the fine print, making sure everything is complete. Yes, dear Reader, I have been preparing my passport renewal forms, complete with photos (no expression allowed), and getting people to vouch for my existence... The next step is to deliver everything to the appropriate office, but that will have to wait for another day.  I am exhausted!

Meanwhile, I am reminded that this is coming up in a week.
Meet me on page 6.






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Friday, August 22, 2014

Old photos

I have a few, collected over the years. I use them in my work.
And I have two that are framed. I don't know who these people are, but I seem to have an attachment to them.
They are long gone, and I have a great admiration for collectors because they are in a sense preserving a record of the human race.

A gentleman from Upstate New York



Summer camp in Northern Ontario






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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

There are ideas that I love, but I'm also aware that words are easy. It's the action that's not easy. And the action I'm concentrating on now is to focus on what I have, rather than bemoan what I don't have. This is a constant battle with me, but one I intend to win.

So, as I was thinking about this, some photos arrived from a regular customer who has become a friend. And how humbling it is -- she has been making a "collage" of my work for her special room where likes to be surrounded by the things she loves. She is facing some big challenges, so she has created a haven for herself focusing on what she loves. A potent reminder for me.



 Thank you for the reminder, Sparky!





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Monday, August 18, 2014

Once upon a time I licensed my watercolors to a company that made wall clocks. They did well for a while, and then the company changed direction, and that was the end of that.

This morning, while looking for something, I unearthed two clocks that I had stashed away and forgotten about. I'm planning on listing them in my Etsy shop in the near future. The photos show a little reflection, so I may have to photograph them again.

SOLD

For the kitchen

This was the very first one. It's been on my wall for 15+ years and still going strong.




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Thursday, August 14, 2014

 And they are finished.

A quartet of mini canvasses.





 


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Minimalist and small



Work in progress. Three little canvasses drying.


one canvas finished

 While I work, the TV program, Covert Affairs, is filming on my street.

And that's a wrap. For Wednesday.



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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

 RIP, dear Robin Williams

After life, there is more -- What Dreams May Come


photo via Lise Ferguson





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Monday, August 11, 2014

Once upon a time I wanted to design posters. But getting into that area was a mystery to me, although it was no mystery that it was highly competitive and I was no graphic artist. So I created my own. This is the most recent one. Because I am a coffee drinker/lover.
Cheers!




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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Saturday painting.

A study in blue.
Calming blues shot through with energetic yellow.

Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 inches, new listing in my Etsy shop



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Friday, August 08, 2014

 There's been no ecstasy to speak of, but there's always laundry.....


 


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Thursday, August 07, 2014

 I went ahead with the patches, using some of my favourite quotations, some deep, some irreverent. And one set with birds and words.

SOLD



SOLD





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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

 This is one of several of my drawings that I've transferred to fabric. I like how they're turning out.
I received a custom order yesterday for one of my fabric quotations, and it gave me the idea to make sets of patches that people can stitch or glue to their own bags/journals/clothing, etc.

Available in my Etsy shop


 
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014


 Something I've been lucky to be enjoying this summer is yoga followed by art making.

First you need a generous friend who is not only an artist but also a yogini. It also helps if she lives not far from you.

Yesterday we had our second such afternoon. Today I'm feeling the effects of yoga (excellent) and this is what I made in our art making session.

 


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Saturday, August 02, 2014

Well, hello there!


Just listed in my Etsy shop.


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Friday, August 01, 2014

The week ends with clear eyes -- mine. The allergy has lifted even though the weather is iffy (allergy-making). Call me grateful!

This weeks stitching

With open arms

SOLD


Woman with bluebird

SOLD

Both are available for purchase in my etsy shop.


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

 What more can I say?


 


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

August is the height of summer.


From today until the last day of August, I'm offering a 10% off everything coupon in my Etsy shop. It's filled with variety, big and small, and inbetween.

Just enter the code SPECIAL2014 when you check out.
 Thank you!




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Monday, July 28, 2014

'The eyes of my eyes are opened" -- e.e.cummings

When I saw U.K. artist Emma Parker stitching over photos, it hit me like a ton of bricks... love! I normally stitch around the photo and would never have thought of stitching over it.
I can only hope to return the inspiration that I get from Emma and many others.
May our discoveries be endless.


Oh, Frida








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Friday, July 25, 2014

Sometimes nothing escapes the needle, the sewing needle that is.


 And sometimes, a beautiful big button needs to be the star.



 Happy Friday.



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

 In another life, I would be heading for St. Tropez for the summer, or maybe Rimini, whose beaches I fondly remember. But in this life, as I paint, I look over the tree tops and into the ravine, and thanking the cool breeze which will let me hike without getting hot and uncomfortable.


New work in my Etsy shop


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