Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday is drawing day.

It's important to practise and my goal is to draw something every day. Even if it's just a scrawl.

This is an outline done in pencil. I intend to paint this owl, probably with watercolours. More details will be added with brush and paint, and maybe water-soluble pencils.




 

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

 I've begun the daunting task of sorting out my watercolour and drawings from the last 20 years. Some I'm listing in my shop. These two were just listed.

Provence landscape

Sunflowers

This piece of pie will be next. It's one of many pieces of food art that I used to create for food columns and articles. I may just thrown in some chocolate cake, too....
Bon appétit!





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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

All my floral paintings are now in my Etsy shop.

This one is the newest listing, photographed on my balcony with my beloved gardenia. It's a little on the bright side, but you can see more photos in my shop.


 


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Monday, May 23, 2016

More flowers.
Imaginary. Intuitive.
[I like to think I'm channelling my mother.]

 




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Friday, May 20, 2016

I've been off-blog this week tending to other matters, and my imaginary garden. 
This is the 5th in a series, and just in time to wish you a very pleasant weekend.

Acrylic on canvas, 12x12 in.

 




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Sunday, May 15, 2016

More flowers and tangled gardens...


 It's become a theme...


 It makes me happy, so it's a good enough reason to keep painting them.




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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

In my previous post, showing the stages of this painting


 Linda B. asked me a very good question: 'Would you mind sharing the purpose of the "overpainting"? i have seen this in other paintings and it seems to cover beautiful work - i always hold my breath to see the next step!'

 I've asked myself the same question when I see artists covering up something wonderful. The only answer I've been given is that painting over something, sometimes many times, adds depth.

I think over-painting does adds depth, but these are my reasons for over-painting: I over-paint to cover a shape that doesn't fit in, to change a colour that clashes with the rest, to smooth out rough areas, to soften dark or harsh marks, and sometimes to cover bits that I don’t like. But I do preserve what I like.

 Thank you, Linda. I hope this answers your question.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I've been painting a lot lately. It's how I started many years ago, although my subject was mostly landscapes. Last month I got bitten by the flower bug; I wanted to paint flowers and tangled gardens, letting whatever came into my head translate onto the canvas.

This is the latest one.



Stage 1, applying colours and a few shapes.


 Stage 2, over-painting


Stage 3, adding more shapes, details and colours.



 

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Sunday, May 08, 2016

 Happy Mother's Day





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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Today was a lovely early summer day, and when I checked out back amid the many trees and bushes in bud, I saw that the magnolia tree has begun to bloom. 
What a welcome sight.


 



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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The best commissions are the ones that want your style, give you their quotations, and let you get on with it.  Win-win.


Having designed and made a set of quilties for a commission....


...I continued making more. This one has just been listed in my Etsy shop, along with a bonus companion.




 

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

My Mother's Garden on the Other Side, No. 3



All three paintings 





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Monday, April 25, 2016

Painted over the weekend, listed today in my Etsy shop.

This is "My Mother's Garden on the Other Side, No. 2". I picture my beautiful Mum singing happily among her flowers. She is at peace.

Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 inches








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Friday, April 22, 2016

 Today's offering, flowers from my imaginary garden. Most of my paintings are intuitive (unless I'm being deliberate about a subject), and for me, it means that what comes out on the canvas is a reflection of my psyche. While painting this, I thought of my mother who is creating a beautiful garden on the Other Side.




 Happy gardening.




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Thursday, April 21, 2016

 I love animals, dogs in particular. One of my favourites is Bruce, an rescue dog who takes care of a very good friend of mine in Austsralia.

I'm not  much at drawing from life, but I tried anyway. I managed to capture his expression though, and that makes me happy.



  I'll be sending him his portrait soon. I wonder if he'll recognize himself....






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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

 I was happily stitching again yesterday evening.  These two new pieces are now in my shop.

 


 Why Not?



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Small art for a Tuesday.

I really enjoy the ATC ( artist trading card) format, but sometimes I want to go a little larger. Dawn Houser's slipper stamp is an old favourite.






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Monday, April 18, 2016

The week starts on a summery note.
It's a warm, sunny day, with just the right amount of cool breezes.
And it's making me.... sneeze!






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Friday, April 15, 2016

I want to express some gratitude today.

I did something I've never done, and that is mix up a couple of orders, sending one buyer's order to the other, and vice versa
.
When I found out, I was mortified. I couldn't believe what I'd done. I usually double-check orders versus mailing labels, but obviously this time I didn't.

I immediately contacted both buyers and explained what I'd done. No excuses. I was ready to bend over backwards to sort it all out.

To my utter gratitude and relief, both ladies were super kind and understanding, and very helpful. They will both be getting a gift from me. Meanwhile, I just wanted to put it out there in the world.

THANK YOU, Cindy and Ariel. A hatful of stars to you!







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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

 And then there were three. I made another mini last night. I like the combination of the quilting plus a word or two. First I make the quiltie, and while I'm stitching I think about words and what may suit the piece at hand.
All three pieces are available in my Etsy shop.


SOLD




 Thanks for stopping by!


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Monday, April 11, 2016

Reviving my stitching.

For months, I haven't been producing at my usual rate, much less in the stitching department.
I've found that trying something small can help overcome the lethargy that I've been experiencing.

A little humour also helps!


 



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Saturday, April 09, 2016

I made these art patches as part of a project for GreenCraft magazine (Spring 2016 issue). 
I have pieces of a cutter quilt, some thin and some thick. I made the thicker pieces into brooches, but the thinner ones are perfect for making patches for other projects. I use them on greeting cards, and on my little cross-body bags. They have returned home and are now in my Etsy shop, except for a couple that I've kept for gift-giving.

SOLD

SOLD




 





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Thursday, April 07, 2016

 A little Spring bouquet for you.

I took a break from preparing my taxes to paint a small watercolour.




 Now back to the Tax File. I'm almost done.







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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Today the sun was out. All day. Melting the lingering patches of snow. 
In the middle of this bizarre weather, I'm grateful for the light. 

Today's sketch.











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Monday, April 04, 2016

 What happened?

The sun was out, temperatures pleasant, the month of March behind us, the joys of Spring beckoning, thinking of putting away all the winter gear, and I was painting flowers.



 Then, all of a sudden... a step backwards, snow and wind returned to laugh at us.  
So the winter gear isn't going anywhere. For now. And I'll continue painting flowers.

 



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Saturday, April 02, 2016


 A spring bouquet of flowers to brighten your day.

 Happy weekend!







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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

 Bless this mess!

I'm working on three projects. That's my excuse. Not really an excuse, but an explanation. 


 It's feast or famine in my line of work.
 Here's a sneak preview of one project.


 I'll keep you posted. Thanks for dropping by!



 

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring is here.

To celebrate I'm offering a coupon for 25%  off any item in my Etsy shop. The coupon code is SPRING and it expires in a week (expires March 30).

Some new additions to my shop.





 Thank you for stopping by!



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Saturday, March 19, 2016

It's what's for dinner.
No, not really.

I was sorting and filing my food-related illustrations that I used to create for food magazines. I had a tendency to inject a little humour into my illustrations....

AVAIABLE FOR PURCHASE IN MY ETSY SHOP
 

EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!




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