Friday, December 19, 2014

One week to Christmas.
Have a merry one!



 
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

My inaginary house in Tuscany.
I painted this about 15 years ago.
It's now on sale in my Etsy shop.


Watercolour on paper, 12 x 9 in.



 
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

 Two new pieces are in my shop today.

Because we love buttons! You know who you are...


 And another bird in the hand from my original drawing. 





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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Foggy Day in London Toronto Town

Yesterday's fog that gave me a headache has lifted somewhat although the headache lingers.
I've been at the computer, black coffee in hand (helps the headaches), listing items in my Etsy shop.
I will be open over the holidays. I'm also offering a discount coupon good until the end of the month.

Some new items

Stitched postcards



 Stitched and embroidered old textiles


Stay warm, be safe.



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Monday, December 15, 2014

My Christmas tree / mon sapin de Noël

Compliments of Charlie Brown.
I've had it for three years now. During the year, it lives in a corner with a bird attached to it. In December, I switch the bird for the red ornament and place it in a prominent position.




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Thursday, December 11, 2014

I woke up around 3 a.m., and a dull white light was filtering through the curtains. I suspected snow, and, sure enough, when I looked out, the world was blanketed in snow. Many hours later, it's still snowing. And this is why I do my "Christmas" with family travelling in November.

 Fortunately, in Canada, we are trained to deal with snow, so it won't stop me from going out later on. Meanwhile, a nice hot cup of something and needle and thread fit the bill.


 Be safe, wherever you are!



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Finishing touches.

I painted this 7x5-inch piece of plywood with acrylic paint. (Did you know that paintings are measured not the usual way of width x height but by height x width? I've always tended to do that, but recently found out that it's actually correct.)

So, I tried some shell shapes, but in the end, I opted for a starfish.



To hang it, I used string because it was more nautical. Now all I need is a cottage by the sea....




 
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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

 "Oh, God, your sea is so great and my boat is so small." -- Breton fisherman's prayer






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Monday, December 08, 2014

SMALL GEMS ART

There is NO ADMISSION FEE to the Artists' Reception on Friday December 12. It is FREE to all WAAC  members, their guests and the general public. Please come and support our artists in attendance. Lots of beautiful Small Gems from which to choose. Meet our Studio Artists in the Ruth Upjohn Gallery.








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Painting my morning coffee.
I like a small cup.
A shot of black coffee made from the best coffee beans, dark roast, no sugar.
Like fine wine.





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Friday, December 05, 2014

Back in the late 1990s I was infatuated with watercolours straight out of the tube. I wanted strong colours. This was before I waded into acrylics, but I still have a soft spot for them. These landscapes were part of a series I painted about 17 years ago.








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The things you can do with paper bags, small doilies, and string. Tied up with ribbon.


 Packaged in a cellophane bag, and you have a sweet little gift.


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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

After a week's break across the border, I'm home. I successfully avoided the Black Friday hullabaloo (and a little shocked to hear the words "grey Thursday" -- there goes Thanksgiving), and am now bracing to avoid the Christmas hullabaloo while still enjoying the season.....

A friend sent me this photo. It's a clever idea, and I wanted to share it with you.

Photo (c) Nick Jainschigg







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Monday, November 24, 2014

Small Gems, the art show I'm in, is open to the public.

There's an Artist Reception on Friday, Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please come if you can. I will be there. The show goes on until January 7. Twenty per cent of the proceeds go to the gallery to support its work for the arts.

Women's Art Institute of Canada
Dignam Gallery
23 Prince Arthur Ave.
St. George subway, Bedford Exit.


Leap of Faith, acrylic and graphite on canvas, 8 x 8 in.




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Friday, November 21, 2014


Stitched paper and fabric collage.

I didn't plan on it, but I did think my sewing machine was feeling neglected because I haven't used it in a long time. I do a lot of my sewing by hand these days, and I've been painting a lot, and the old girl was beckoning.




 This evening, an art show that I'm a part of is opening at the Dignam Gallery, Women's Art Association of Canada. I don't normally show in galleries so this is a big thing for me. Fingers crossed!




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Thursday, November 20, 2014

 Yesterday was a good day.

I made a big pot of soup with lentils, spinach, garlic, lemon, and my home made broth, sat at my computer and worked on an article from start to finish (that's a first, but I will be away for a week and I don't want to miss the deadline), photographed some items for my shop, including the postcard-size paintings below, with all the work that entails, and listed them.







I had intended to go out, at the very least for my walk, but by the time I looked up, it was dark. It snowed during the day without much damage and tomorrow looks like a clear day. I'll go out for my errands and walk tomorrow with a morning jog to make up for it.

And since it's tomorrow already, off I go.



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

 The Tag Elf came to me and pointed out that I hadn't made any tags for a long time.
Was there a problem?
No, said I.
And got to work.



The tags are now in my shop.


 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

 Yesterday I got up at the crack of dawn (OK, my version of the crack of dawn, since I'm a night owl) to take my paintings over to the Dignam Gallery where we would spend the day hanging all the artwork. I had spent the night before wiring the backs of the paintings. When I returned home, I was exhausted, not least to because of this new intruder in my life: The Allergy. It seems to be connected to the weather.




Today I tried to catch up. The allergy is better. I framed this painting, and began a new article for Somerset Studio (stay tuned)!



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Friday, November 14, 2014

 The view from my window today.
All the snow that was forecast went elsewhere. I can happily live with that.
 


 I was out most of yesterday. I met a friend for coffee in the afternoon and part of our conversation was an animated discussion on coffee. Someone should write a play about that.....two friends discussing coffee over coffee.

Later I relaxed with a needle and thread.


 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This is my third and final self-portrait.

Call them old-school "selfies".
(I don't own a cellphone because I don't need one.)



 How it started
 How it progressed
 How it finished



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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

 Remembrance Day/Jour du souvenir








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Monday, November 10, 2014

What looks "simplistic", isn't.

At first glance it may look like a coat of paint, cut and paste, and there you are.
For starters, that doesn't take in the idea, choosing the elements/images, composition (where to position everything), colour choices, and pulling it all together.
 
This 12 x 12-inch painting started out with a lot of colour. Smooshing bright colours over a canvas is lovely, but I wanted to use a photograph, and it didn't work, so I  added pieces of paper here and there and painted many layers over it, in white, light taupe, cream, a little grey.


 The colour would come from the butterflies.


 I began with two, and played around with a few more until I was satisfied with the composition. I chose the Monarch butterfly, with blue ones to make it pop.


 Finished!

 

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Friday, November 07, 2014

A small accident changes the whole picture.

This accident could have ruined the whole piece, but I'm not one to give up (and in the process waste my canvas and my work).  I dropped some liquid onto the photo, said liquid interacted with the ink and I didn't like what happened, so I painted over the accident (the face).



 I could have called it "Anonymous" and left it there, but it really needed something-something.


One small touch makes all the difference. I can now call it Portrait of the Artist (in search of herself -- haha!)




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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Some days it's about production. I make my supplies in batches, both for myself and for my shop.



These are now in my shop
 
When I finished, I stitched this little piece.
 



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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

It all began with a photo.

Rosa is a friend of mine. She has an exotic beauty that reminds me of the Italian goddesses of the cinema (Sophia Loren and Company) and shares their heritage.  When I saw this photo, I asked her husband to send it to me because a painting was forming in my head that I wanted to make for them. I made a black and white copy, blew it up and printed it, then went to work.

I had no idea that, as I was finishing this, Sophia Loren's book was being released.





I love creating these "portraits".  I think I'm going to start taking commissions......
 

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Monday, November 03, 2014

Giving and receiving.
It flows both ways.
It's good energy.
It keeps things moving.

The author gave me a copy of her luscious new book.







 To thank her, I made this as a hommage to both Harold Town and her book.


 

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