Sunday, June 26, 2016

Work in progress
Step 5










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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Work in progress.
Step 4







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Friday, June 24, 2016

 Work in progress. Acrylic and oil bars on 16 x 20-inch canvas.

I started painting the background the day before yesterday. I spent yesterday looking at it and wondering what to do next.


Today I decided it would be flowers. I took a deep breath, softened the background and started putting in the flowers from the top. I'll be working my way down the canvas.



 
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Friday, June 17, 2016

 A tribute to a beloved pet, sweet Old English Sheepdog, Cleo, whose earthly life ended yesterday.
She was my sister's baby, adopted when she born. By the time I met her, she was 9 weeks old.


 She was full of life and brought a lot of joy to her family, and to me when I visited, for 11 years. I'll never forget the time I was sitting on the couch, upset about something, when she came over to me, hopped onto the couch and lay her head in my lap. She had felt my emotions and was consoling me (it worked).



She grew into a big, beautiful, loving girl.


  We will always remember her with love and gratitude.




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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

I tried these out today. I'd been eyeing them when one of my friends told me I could try hers out.


So I made lots of marks, then went over them with my brushes and paint only to find that they dissolve in water. I should have known that because it says "easy to wipe off" on the package....








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Monday, June 06, 2016

 When I'm working on a project with a deadline, I go full speed for a while and then take a break.
I might sit down with a cup of coffee and gaze out the window, but often I'll do something else, like paint.
This past week, I was writing an article and creating an art project, and my breaks consisted of smooshing colour over a canvas. 

This painting was done over an old painting that I didn't care for anymore. One of the projects was colouring someone else's drawings and this helped me loosen up with my colour applications.














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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

So this made me very happy.

I love dogs and have some favourites. One of them lives in Australia and is a rescue dog, now living the good life thanks to my friend. I've seen many photos of him and decided to try my hand at drawing his sweet face.

I drew and painted it in watercolours, in my own style, and think I caught his essence if not his complete resemblance.

I sent it off as a surprise and today it arrived, and here's the proof.



 


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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

 The owlet is completed and ready to fly to a new home.

I have a lot of fun with my birds. I take huge liberties but I do it affectionately, so they don't mind at all.

 


Hoot!  Thank you for stopping by.




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Monday, May 30, 2016

The heatwave had me feeling like this.


 But work must be done. In the middle of writing an article, I take little breaks from the computer and do this.












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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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