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!



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

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.








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

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!





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

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.





 


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

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.....


 


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

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.


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

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?


 


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

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!




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

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








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

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.



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

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


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



The figs have arrived. The thinner the skin, the sweeter and riper the fruit.

 

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Leaving well enough alone.
Usually my eye tells me when to stop.
For me, this was finished.
But then a thought crawled into my mind.
What if no one likes this? Should I add some more elements?
I could. I might even like it. (Be true to yourself, but don't be stubborn.)
But right now, I like it the way it is.








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

Monday, July 21, 2014

As my de-cluttering progresses, at a snail's pace, I'm finding things forgotten in boxes, the back of a shelf, and so on. Today, I found a package of Sculpey. I tested it to see if it was still workable, and it was.

I manipulated the Sculpey into a rectangle, not a perfect one by choice, pressed in the key, baked it, then painted it.


The result of the test


 Have a lovely day!


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

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday painting.
Spreading paint
seeing what emerges
making marks


 Enjoy the weekend.

 



Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown
Summer
On my balcony
sweet strawberries
organic
homegrown





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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

So my eyes cleared somewhat thanks to drier weather, so I don't know if the prescription eye drops helped. Perhaps they did.Today, one eye is good, the other not so much. But I am complying so we'll see (ha!) what happens in the long run. I'm told this is a very bad year for allergies, and from your nice comments in the previous post, I'm obviously not alone. May it all end soon!



I spent a little time making cards. Sometimes I'm too restless so all I can do is fiddle. So now that I've fiddled with paint and pencils, it's time to take a walk and get rid of some restless energy.

Have a peaceful day!




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

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lately I've been bedevilled by an allergy, mostly affecting my eyes. Over-the-counter medications and allergy eye drops proved useless (and a colossal waste of money), so I consulted my doctor. She confirmed the allergy and gave me a prescription for eye drops. She also told me that what the pharmacist had recommended was a prophylactic, useless if the allergy is already in full bloom. I passed that information along to the pharmacist (gently) and handed him the Rx. Naturally he didn't have it available until tomorrow morning. All I can hope for now is that the Rx will work.

Meanwhile, bleary-eyed or not, I continue adding to my collage postcard series. The original series will be in Somerset Studio, Nov. issue. These two are in my Etsy shop.




Happy quatorze juillet to my French friends and family!



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

Friday, July 11, 2014

He's been in one of my folders for years. I've always thought of him as "Hombre" -- the first word (turned into a name) that came to mind when I saw the photo. He is the masculine foil to the feminine antique lace. So as not to completely overwhelm him, I added a [masculine] stick pin. Balance restored.



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

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

 The mess is still there. If anything, it's worse. But one assignment is almost done. I can't show you much, but it will see the light of day in the Somerset Studio issue of Nov/Dec. It's easily one of my favourite projects.

Here's a clue.


 And now, back to work.
Have a happy day.



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

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

No de-cluttering today because I'm working on a couple of assignments. In other words, creating more clutter.


Is this any way to work? Yes and no. I can work up to a point, but then it gets too much and I will either abandon ship and go and do something else, or move some of the mess to another part of the space. Sometimes I dream of just sweeping everything into garbage bags; the only thing stopping me is that the piles of stuff contain things I will need down the road. So I resign myself to the one thing I do not want to do -- sorting through everything first.

You only need a tiny space to paint this, though.




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

Monday, July 07, 2014

I'm slowly clearing my work space, determined to have it done by the end of summer. I need space to breathe as I can only work in the midst of chaos for so long. While going through piles of stuff, I can across some old photos of my paintings, taken before my digital era (!). Before I got into collage, textiles, mixed media, etc., I used to paint on canvas. I still do, but it's now only a tiny part of my repertoire. Again, it's a matter of space. Canvasses take space that I don't have (and, unfortunately, they don't pay the bills). At the time, I was with a gallery that liked my work, sold it, and paid me promptly. Then the gallery closed, and I never found a replacement; if anything, I had enough bad experiences with galleries that I gave them up.






 I do better with smaller work now, but I do miss putting a fresh canvas on my easel and slathering it with paint!

Available in my Etsy shop


 

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