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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Thursday, February 19, 2015

 Raven tells me many stories.
This the one about the colours he hides beneath his black plumage.
Why does he hide them?
That's a secret yet to be revealed.





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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

 The day's doings:

*Finishing and article for my favourite magazine, proofreading and polishing it.
*Making a pot of vegetable soup

*Managing a headache, the result of barometric pressure
*Gluing bits of paper that I can't bear to throw away on a card.


I hope your day is pleasant and headache-free!


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mid-February and we are in a deep freeze. It reminds me of the Februaries we used to have a couple of decades ago before it got warmer. So I tell myself this is normal.

It's warmer today, but it's still freezing. All you can do is laugh.
This helped. Because it's so true.



 
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Friday, February 13, 2015

 We had a very serious power outage today. A large section of the city, both commercial and residential, including my neighbourhood, was affected. What dismayed me was how people thought the worst and jumped to conclusions without any real information: that the outage could last for 6 days, that electricity was "hard to control", and nonsense like that. Which is scary considering the consequences of such a long power outage in the middle of winter. I injected any commonsense that I could into my conversations with people and decided to take it one step at a time. The power came back on within 3 hours of the outage.

Meanwhile, I'm reminded again not to take certain things for granted.


 On my easel today, a painting begun many years ago, finished last night.





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Thursday, February 12, 2015

One of my prized papers is part of a very old map of the Florida waterways, from the days when they printed maps on quality thick paper. I've been hoarding it and it was time to bite the bullet.

I used a piece as a background for my sailboats, drawn with ink then painted in white, and adhered to a postcard-size watercolour paper. It's small, but I was careful with it because I didn't want to ruin my precious paper.




 

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Still sorting through my mounds of paper, I came across these three things, and arranged them together. And the Tea Lady emerged. I'll add some stamping, a touch of paint,  paper scraps and glue, and we'll see what happens.

"And is there honey still for tea?" -- Winnie the Pooh


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Monday, February 09, 2015

 Today, I'm sorting out countless piles of paper, all kinds of paper. When you do collage work, paper piles up faster than the speed of light. A lot of it is in the form of scraps and leftovers from projects; much of it should go into the recycle bin, but first you have to get over that I-might-need-this-in-the-future feeling. Which, of course, is why paper piles up faster than the speed of light....

 
I resist the urge to sweep it all off the table and into a garbage bag. I pick through it first and see if there's something usable right away.

Like this.


Then I take a deep breath, and ditch the leftovers.



 
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Sunday, February 08, 2015

 Valentine, say it with flowers art (it lasts far longer...)

Miniature art, avaible for purchase in my Etsy shop.

 



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Saturday, February 07, 2015

New in my shop.

Six hand-stitched and painted cards on Japanese hand-made cards.


Available for purchase by the card; discount for the whole set.


 

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Friday, February 06, 2015

 My good friend Carolyn Saxby has posted the first part of a tutorial here. She does beautiful work, and this project appeals to me  because it uses what you already have, all the scraps and leftovers that you never want to throw away.

I was also thrilled to see my little owl friend take a bow on Carolyn's post.



 
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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Something gentle to give thanks for a bright day, when grey skies give way to the light of the sun.

Tags are a beautiful way to showcase antique treasures.




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

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

I looked out of the glass doors and asked the doorman what the weather was like today.
"It's warm," he said, "much warmer than yesterday."
"Nice," I said.
"It's hovering around 0 degrees [celcius]," he offered.

What I could see for myself, however, was the dark grey sky.

So here's a shot of colour for a dark, grey day.




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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Learning from the Masters.

In my early days of painting, I studied the Masters whose work appealed to me the most, and in the time-honoured tradition, made paintings based on their work. The name of Matisse conjures up his interiors, odalisques, portraits and cut-outs, but I was more drawn to his landscapes. This painting was based on a Matisse landscape, using watercolours.

Looking at it today, I still like it. Matisse was a great teacher.

After Matisse, watercolour on paper, Colette Copeland, 1998



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Monday, February 02, 2015

Sorting out my accumulated work since the 1990s brings back a lot of memories of where I was, what I was doing, who I was. It's like a map showing my path, with all its meanderings and discoveries -- not all of them pleasant, such as the failures, which didn't stop me, I might add.

When I was a full-time magazine journalist, I did what I did best and that was writing. I loved art and I wrote about it, but I also I believed that I couldn't draw or paint. One day out of the blue, I bought a small set of watercolours and started sketching. I started very simply, and kept going, learning, enjoying, and learning some more.

When I became a freelance writer, one of my assignments was a monthly food column. The column was illustrated by someone who didn't understand what I was writing about; illustrations, after all, have to echo the subject matter. There has to be a connection between the two. I thoroughly disliked those illustrations, not least because they were boring. Come one, I thought, let's dance a little, let's have a little humour, like this:




 
But what to do? It wasn't as if I could do it. Or could I?

There was only one way to know: I was going to try, and if I failed, so be it.

 I did.

And I presented my editor with a package deal. I would both write and illustrate my column. He looked at my sketches and agreed.

This was my first illustration.


 And somewhere along the line, I began to enjoy creating the artwork a little more than writing the column....



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Sunday, February 01, 2015

 Today marks the Celtic feast of Imbolc, the halfway point between winter solstice and the spring equinox.

I created this illustration for an article I wrote on Celtic feasts back when I was freelancing for magazines, and found it when sorting through all the artwork I created over the years. It incorporates ancient symbols.




The days are getting longer.




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Friday, January 30, 2015

Sometimes I just want to tear paper and shape it into something.
Then I want to stitch it.
Then I want to hang it.
The hardest part is the stitching. I use a thimble on my working hand, but I still manage to prick the fingers of the other hand....


 Wishing you a pleasant weekend.





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Thursday, January 29, 2015

ATC giveaway

And the winner is:

 

 drumroll, please.........



 Vesna

Thank you to everyone who joined in in. We'll just have to do it again soon.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

 Winter giveaway.

An artist's trading card (ATC) made with my own rubber stamps.



 My rubber stamps are by Stampington and Company. The link is in the sidebar on the left.

If you'd like to join in, please leave a comment and make sure I can contact you if you win. The draw will take place on Thursday Jan. 29.



 
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The sun is out, in the distance the lake is a blue-grey, and the boats are waiting....

You have to be very careful folding old paper because it tends to tear and break easily. The larger boat is made of a page from a book, Sherlock Holmes written in shorthand.





 

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The down side -- if there is such a thing -- of working every day is the accumulation of artwork.

I've started a clearance sale in my Etsy shop, and these three collages are the first on offer.

They were all created on mat board, using antique papers. See them here.


 Thank you.





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

Monday, January 26, 2015

Stitching by hand.

I picked up needle and thread for the first time in months. I'd almost forgotten what a calming and pleasant thing it is, especially in winter when the wind is howling and you're curled up on the couch needing to do something.

I had put this piece aside to focus on painting. I told myself I would finish it later, and yesterday it was calling my name. (Now available in my Etsy shop.)





 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

My priority today was to go and see The Imitation Game. I went when it first opened but it was sold out, so I waited until the audiences had thinned. 

I've read about the Enigma code and Alan Turing (who cracked the code) in the past, and I can say that the movie is absolutely brilliant, and all the more poignant for being a true story. I won't say more because you should see this movie.

What's more, whenever I work on my computer, I remember that he was the Father of Computers.

 Today's art. Another sparrow.




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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Drawing birds.

I like coloured pencils, but they can be a bit thin.


 So I combined them with oil pastels.







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Monday, January 19, 2015

I dusted off my coloured pencils and made a little drawing to get back into the groove after a few days off.



 Looking at the colours, I think it might be an Irish bird ...





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Friday, January 16, 2015

New work

The past week or so has been about getting work ready for the exhibition (see previous post) which opens this evening, so I haven't been waving my paintbrush around. Until today.



The sparrow / le moineau
We have a lot of them where I live. These simple birds are sweet and friendly, and when they congregate, they twitter their hearts out -- which, occasionally, can drive you mad.....




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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

 ROMANCING THE WORD

A new exhibition at the
Dignam Gallery

  Women's Art Association of Canada 
23 Prince Arthur Ave. 
Toronto, ON M5R 1B2 
waac@womensartofcanada.ca
416-922-2060 


Opening Reception: Friday, January 16th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

 I would love to see you there. 

I have three paintings in the show.


Travellers, there is no path,
paths are made by walking.--Antonio Machado

Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
--T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

The dragonfly
can't quite land
on that blade of grass.

--Matsuo Bashō


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Today's offering.

The Stone Angel.


 Available here.






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