Friday, February 05, 2016

Today was one of those crazy weather days - sun, blue skies, snow, then back to sun, then wet snow.... This is weather that gives me headaches. One of the things that distracts me from the headache is to get absorbed in something. Black coffee, ibuprofen, and reviving an old painting on canvas and adding layers to it.

So far it's a work in progress. The weather has calmed down and the headache has lifted. Tomorrow, in the morning light, I'll finish it.







 
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Monday, February 01, 2016

 Another wire heart, a different application.

I hammered the wire to flatten it, brushed gloss medium onto a piece of vintage dressmaking pattern tissue paper, then placed the heart on it. I covered it with another piece of tissue and let it dry.

When it was bone-dry, I trimmed the paper, brushed more medium on both sides, and let it dry again. The next step was to adhere found words and brush with more medium. The effect is beautiful but it doesn't photograph well. It reminds me of glass.


 The reverse. Because it's transparent, the words on the back of my chosen ones show up.




 Thank you for stopping by!



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Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday love.


 I wasted no time using some of the materials from the pile of vintage muslin and lace in my previous post. I made a heart shape out of wire, hammered it flat and stitched it to the layersof lace scraps. Then I added a little embroidery.



Wishing you a happy, heartful weekend!




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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

We call these vintage finds, but in fact they're much older. Whatever their age, I love getting them for my artwork. This little haul came from a dear friend. The muslin and lace got a good soaking/washing, and now they're ready to be used.


 I like old patterns

 ...for their paper


To use in collage or as wrapping paper, or building a substrate with many layers, like this
 
 Or to build shapes, flying creatures, wings....


 Have a lovely day, and thanks for stopping by.



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Monday, January 25, 2016

Good food. Eating well is very simple. So is preparing delicious, healthy food.
I'm not a vegetarian because I eat fish and the occasional piece of chicken, but these are dishes I grew with so the habit of very little meat is ingrained. These are some one my favourite dishes.

Salads that can double up as a meal: tomatoes, avocados, fresh herbs, black olives, croutons, seasoned and tossed in a lemon/olive oil dressing. A couple of tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and a good squirt of lemon, depending on the size of the dish (use more or less). I use this dressing over cooked vegetables and legumes, too. My croutons are usually stale wholemeal bread torn into pieces. I don't oil them or toast them; there's no need to because they will absorb the dressing anyway.



Chickpeas with steamed spinach and garlic cloves, seasoned and dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. 




Spaghettini with homemade pesto, sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan cheese. I get the parmesan at my grocery store already shredded and keep it in the freezer. Unlike the processed variety, it will go mouldy in time and keeping in the freezer prevents this.



Fried cheese (fried in a non-stick pan) and chopped spinach dressed with my lemon/olive oil dressing while it's still warm so that it can absorb it. Topped with black olive. I love haloomi, a cheese from Cyprus, that is perfect for grilling or frying.



Dessert, if any, is usually fresh fruit.


And once in a while, a treat, as long as it's made with dark chocolate and without chemicals and additives, like this chocolate tart by Dufflet.






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Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday is tag day. Mixing the old with the new to give life to the old: the tags and paper are new, the trimmings are vintage and antique.

Looking back, I see that I tend to work in short cycles. I'll paint for a while, then do some collage, then pick up a needle and stitch something, then make tags.







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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

More winter evening stitching. Rooting around my box of bits and pieces, no scrap goes unloved or wasted.

For this brooch, I added a little embroidery in the form of French knots.


And ticking and a lifesafer for a beach scene. 




 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Painting over an existing painting.
Why?
Because you don't like the painting anymore.
Because you want to paint but you've run out of canvasses.
Because, just because.

Originally this was a painting with a paper bird collaged to it. As I painted over it, layer after layer, the bird refused to go away. You could see the outline through all the paint. So, instead of obliterating it, I highlighted it.

  Going with the flow.





 


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Monday, January 18, 2016

A little weekend stitching.

Perhaps it's the hibernation instinct on a winter's evening.
I pulled out my sewing basket, and some scraps and pieces of fabric (the threads are underneath).


 I tried a few combinations; this part can take a while. Everything has to click. This clicked for me, so I stitched. Happily. It's a form of meditation.


I like how this one fits into a passe-partout, a window cut out of a mat board, perfect for framing.



 Both pieces are available in my Etsy shop.



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Friday, January 15, 2016

I've been trying out an aqua board, a clay-coated hardboard panel for watercolourists. It's supposed to absorb watercolours like a fine paper, but this wasn't my experience. It took several layers just to get this much colour because it tends to slide off. And it all comes off with water, so it needs some kind of fixative. 
On the other hand, if you want to start over, just scrub the whole thing with a wet rag.




 
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

I usually make art every day. But there are times when I just don't want to (the feeling of "I got nothin' "). 
My method is to wait it out and do other things in the meantime. 
This week, I found another way of dealing with this nothingness. 
I went back to drawing, which led me to think I should be drawing regularly anyway.

Today I used red watercolour pencils, and some watercolour, too. With yellow to relieve all that red.




 
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

How to watercolor — with Felix Scheinberger



 





I love this, but I wouldn't try drying the paint with a lighter...



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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I'm very happy to share that I have an article in both of these magazines which will be appearing on February 1.
Unfortunately I don't have any photos of the finished articles.

Here, I make little brooches out of cutter quilts.


And here, I make a small tablecloth out of a dropcloth stitched with quotation patches. 





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Monday, January 11, 2016

 It's a much brighter day today. The sun is out despite a lot of cloud in the sky. 
So today's painting has less red and more light.

Hydrangea




  May your day be bright and sunny.





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Sunday, January 10, 2016

 RED. 
I'm not sure why I loaded my brush with red paint. 
Maybe it's the weather, which has been grey, foggy, misty, rainy for two days,
and the bold colour acts as an antidote to all that gloom. 
All I can say is that it was very satisfying.
Cheers!


 


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Friday, January 08, 2016

 Another robin happened today.
He wishes you a happy weekend.
See?







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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Message in a coffee cup.


 A perfect heart shape. It appeared on its own after I poured the coffee into the cup, last summer after something wonderful and otherwordly happened in my life. I photographed it right away, and here it is, untouched. Make of it what you will, but for me, it's a delightful little sign that all is well.

 I wish you little miracles in your daily life, and the awareness to see them.



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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

First stitch of the year
One of my joys is sitting down and stitching my little bits and pieces.

I imagine I'm in my cottage, sitting in front of the fire, a cup of something hot by my side, stitching away while the cold wind blows outside. A little like Miss Marple in her cottage, although she would be knitting and sorting out her latest case in her mind.

The reality is there's no fireplace, but I have created a cozy space to relax in.  I made these in one evening




 Be cozy. Make something with your hands!




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Monday, January 04, 2016

First painting of the year.

A robin, because robins have a very special meaning for me
I know it's early to be thinking of spring, but in Europe, the robin is a winter bird.


SOLD






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Thursday, December 31, 2015






 
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New listing in my Etsy shop.

The Redhead Looking Sideways.
Gouache/watercolor on paper, 8 x 6 in.




  My 2-month-long discount coupon expires tomorrow!





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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

As we enter the last few days of 2015, I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all those who purchased my work, in particular the handful of repeat customers who kept me afloat in what was not a very good year. 

I value you, and I'm very grateful. You propel me to create more and be better for it.



HAPPY NEW YEAR!







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Monday, December 28, 2015

Two minis made over the holidays. As winter finally sweeps in, it's time to curl up in front of the [imaginary] fire and do some stitching.









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Saturday, December 26, 2015

 End-of-year paintings.



 HAPPY NEW YEAR!







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Thursday, December 24, 2015

 Wishing you all the Blessings of the Season.



 My Christmas card nestled in the leaves of my gardenia which is about to flower.




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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Our unseasonably warm weather continues. It won't be a white Christmas. But it's nice to be able to open the windows and let the fresh air come in.

A good friend and I had a early Christmas gift exchange and among the treasures was an antique lace sampler. It's absolutely beautiful and it speaks to me in a quiet, mysterious way.
I wasted no time in framing it in an old, broken, beloved frame, and hanging it on my wall.


 Treasures from the unknown.




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