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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Monday, March 14, 2016

A couple of days ago, I added something new to my Zazzle store. I waded into the world of T-shirts. 
The image is from a cabinet card from my collection, with a bubble reading: Give me strength. I thought it was appropriate for our times! You can see it here.



 Cheers!



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Friday, March 11, 2016


Work in Progress

Painting on cloth, experimenting with techniques.





 Can you tell that Spring is almost here?






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Thursday, March 03, 2016

And today is World Book Day.

You know what I'm going to say.... in my world, every day is book day. Without books, I would suffer in many ways. Without my local library, I would be lost. I'm eternally grateful to my Mother who taught me how to read when I was 4 years old. And for all the years of books that followed. And for all the authors who wrote those books.










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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

I just read somewhere that March is National Craft Month. 

OK.

In my world, though, every day is international craft day.

So, Happy Craft to everyone!








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Sunday, February 28, 2016

I like oil pastels, I really do. But I don't like using them. I find them hard to control. So I sat down and thought about that. Why do I feel that way? Am I afraid of them? Or it is because I'm too attached to my paint brush. I didn't come up with much of an answer, but I did hear my inner voice saying "don't try to control it."

So I gave up all control and went to work.

I believe that was my answer.





  
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Friday, February 26, 2016

 “Because my work is not literal, not an exact place or thing, my audience tends to be made up of people who are capable of interpreting life in different ways. I think of my work as being like a visual poem. It’s the accuracy of a feeling, not the accuracy of representation that I am interested in." - Nicholas Wilton

 This is my "visual poem". It appears in the new issue of Somerset Apprentice (Spring 2016). I'm always happy and grateful when a painting makes it because, even though I love working with collage and textiles, my first love is painting. And in this magazine, you also get step-by-step information on how it was created.


This piece does have collage, but the painting is the most important element.
 





 


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Thursday, February 25, 2016

February blues. Or should I say greys.

When the weather is like this:


 I do this. It lifts my spirits and works every time.

This painting is available for purchase in my Big Cartel shop.
 


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Monday, February 22, 2016

 Painting on a sunny February day.


Draw an outline and paint it in.


 Add more colours and touches of green.


 A little more paint and finishing touches.


 Sunny days, sunny ways!



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Thursday, February 18, 2016

 The needles came out yesterday evening. 
Stitching is a meditation for me, a relaxing thing to do at the end of the day.

Hope springs eternal. Using a beautiful vintage doily as a frame.



Pablo Neruda's poignant words


 Both items are now in my Etsy shop.
Thank you for stopping by.



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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

It's been so long since I painted with watercolours that it took me a couple of days to start again. I was afraid of being out of practice, of having "forgotten" how to use watercolours -- I started my painting life with watercolours and became quite proficient, and now here I was feeling a little scared. I thought about this and then told myself it was like riding a bicycle: you may be out of practice but you never forget.

I began with simple exercises. Puddles of water, vague shapes, spattering.



 Then something a little more controlled. Three tomatoes.



 As always, the secret is no secret: Practise, practise, practise (the verb!).





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