Thursday, December 01, 2016

And so, December is here.

If you like shopping for handmade gifts, I have a discount coupon on everything in my Etsy shop, good for the whole month of December. Use Coupon Code: THANKYOU2 at checkout.

Meanwhile.......


...as for me, I've just finished making 20 tags for a charity, and will be addressing my Christmas cards this evening, hoping to get them out in the next few days.






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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Work in progress.

Another 24 x 20-inch canvas, getting a new life, turning into a mystical landscape.






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

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Small is beautiful, but sometimes you need to go big.
For me, big is a 24x20-inch canvas because my space is restricted and my easel can't accommodate anything much bigger.

This canvas was put aside a few times over the last decade. Today, I put it on the easel and discovered, once again, how quickly you can go from thinking you've wrecked the canvas to pushing on and finding your way again.








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

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Variety is what keeps me going.

Drawing/painting with ink



Acrylics






Collage









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

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Assembling vintage materials....

 
 
...to make pretty little things.

 
Little packages tied up with string....

 
....make nice little ornaments.


 So does a papier mache oval lovingly collaged.






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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

This is part of my collection of mini stitcheries, representing many, many hours of designing, cutting, sewing, stitching, and truth be told, I love every minute.


 Most of them are in my Etsy shop. All of them are available for purchase.







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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Night stitching by the full moon

Last night's full moon caused quite a commotion.
I saw it clearly but I didn't photograph it.
Instead I sat down and did some night stitching.

Two more mini art quilts that I'll be listing in my Etsy shop today. They're the right size to use on clothing, greeting cards, journal covers, etc. Or adhered to mat board and framed.






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Monday, November 14, 2016

It's time to make my Christmas cards.

Among them will be these cute birds that I coloured and cut out for a project in The Coloring Studio. The drawings are by Monnie Bean Folk Art and they made me think of the Christmas partridge.



 I may draw a pear tree in the background or give them long legs, or something quirky... I haven't decided yet. This is why I start early, otherwise time slips away from me and my cards go out to late.


 


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

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Stitched on November 11.
Remembrance.
Lest We Forget.









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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

What a week it has been!

Today, almost mid-November, with fallen leaves all over the place, it's almost warm. After making my groceries, I took my coffee to a park bench and enjoyed the air and the swirling leaves and all the dogs walking by. I'm committed to living one day at a time, to be grateful for what I have, and to be positive -- at the very least, to light a candle in the dark parts of an uncertain world.


I did a little stitching.


And looked into the light.







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

Friday, November 04, 2016

I love the concept of "found words."
I have a boxful cut from old books that were falling apart.

I use them on artwork and collages.



And sometimes I compose little prose poems.






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Friday, October 28, 2016

As the weather gets cooler, and the days get shorter, I turn to sewing in the evenings.

Mini art quilt, Photo Booth. Newly listed in my Etsy shop.





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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

It's interesting that my taste in art is largely unchanged since I was 14 years old or so, when I discovered art and felt hard for certain painters. One of them was Modigliani. Over the years, I've done my homages, and this is the latest one.

After Modigliani. Watercolour pencils (Derwent Inktense) on paper.



 
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Monday, October 24, 2016

One of the perks of working for myself is that I can take time off during the week and work on weekends.

This weekend I worked on a commission, a hand-stitched floral made with mostly antique fabrics, with the addition of vintage buttons.




On Saturday, I cut the first petal free-hand, then used it as a template.


 On Sunday, I stitched it all together.

 

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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

 Working with blues is very soothing.









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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

 Today on my work table is getting a little surrealistic.....


 ...no, not my table (although it does get surrealistic at times), but my collage.


 I'm not sure if it's finished. I'll let it sit a while.





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

Friday, October 14, 2016

I'm very happy to be a contributor to the newly designed Holidays publication by Stampington
Now titled A Somerset Holiday, it beautifully designed, crisp, clean and focused. 



My article is about making your own Christmas cards.










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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

It's finished.
I let it sit for a day or two, then added the finishing touches.







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

Sunday, October 09, 2016

 Work in progress





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

Saturday, October 08, 2016

 Morning Light, acrylic on canvas, 20x16 in.

Click on the photo to get a better view.



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

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Work in progress, acrylic on canvas.

A fresh blank canvas. I applied paint with a wide brush, then wiped it off because it wasn't working. I left the right-hand section because I liked it. The rest of the painting will grow from there. Something abstract or semi-abstract. For the moment, I'll leave it alone.

It started in landscape format.


When I turned it around (portrait format), I found it more interesting. So... another decision has to be made. How the painting evolves will dictate the format.









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

Saturday, September 24, 2016

This made me very sad.
 RIP Annie Pootoogook
Annie Pootoogook was a contemporary Canadian Inuit artist known for ink and crayon drawings of her life and community, Cape Dorset.





 





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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Discussing the subject with some fellow artists, we agreed that even if our art sales are low and sometimes non-existent, and we have to tighten our belts, the work doesn't stop, we never quit, it's our passion and sometimes we have to make sacrifices for it.

My companions and I each made a painting to celebrate our art making. This was my piece. I scrubbed clean a gessoed mason board that I'd collaged, lifting all the paper, and painted over it.



Landscape, acrylic on mason board,  8x8 in.




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

Monday, September 19, 2016

 Just for fun.

Dante's Infernal Cocktails



Café Tipi





 Wishing you a fun week.


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

Friday, September 16, 2016

And then there were three.
 


 Two of the sketches are now in my Etsy shop.  
Just a reminder: I'm offering a discount coupon on all the items in my shop. 
***Coupon Code: THANKYOU2  -  See my Shop Announcement.***





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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Do you sketch?

Some months ago, I told myself I would sketch something every day. I did, for a couple of days, and then got distracted. So I started sketching once in a while -- I'm not an all-or-nothing person.

To make it more interesting, I added watercolours to the sketches.

Yesterday's sketch



Today's sketch






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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

 As the weather cools -- although who knows what heatwave is around the corner -- it's time to get my sewing basket out.

Little works

Tiny scraps

Larger pieces





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