Friday, April 24, 2015

I've finally done something I've been wanting to do for a long time: make transfers on antique leather gloves. I hesitated because, even though I have a couple of pairs of gloves in my little glove collection, I was afraid of ruining them. Then a dear friend of mine gave me a glove that had lost its mate, and also confirmed that leather takes photo transfers beautifully.

I'm very pleased with the results.





  
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I can't resist a sweet bunny face, not since I met a real one close up. He was outside, sitting on the lawn with his keeper, and I went over and introduced myself. Bunny was quiet and friendly, and I fell for him like a ton of bricks.


 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

My first love, my art roots, is painting.
And while I explore other media and techniques and go off on tangents, I always go back to painting. It is my refuge and my bliss.
My first summery painting after a long winter.

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN MY ETSY SHOP


 
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Fish on Friday

I've been adding to my catch of the day for an upcoming pop-up shop at the end of next month.


 They are time-consuming, but I do like the result.





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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My good intentions regarding decluttering my art supplies, which include stacks of paper, and an unholy amount of scraps and bits and pieces, get interrupted when I find something that sparks an idea. I can't help myself.
First came the old postcard that had slipped off the table and into a box underneath said table. Then came sorting out another box of scraps and coming across some already trimmed bits.

Out came the glue. And my imagination took off.


 
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Well, hello Spring.
Can I come out now?
I've been waiting for you for so long.




 
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Today it really feels like Spring, almost like early summer. 
It's warm, and the buds in the trees and the plants are unfolding a little cautiously like the blue ones below.


This one is more adventurous.
 

Spring was late this year, but that makes it even more welcome.





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Friday, April 10, 2015

When I'm painting I usually dab my paintbrush on a paper towel, then I throw it away.

I was out of paper towels, so I used a piece of dropcloth. I noticed that there was a pattern forming, so I filled in the blanks with a brush, my finger, and bubble wrap.

And now I have this.





 Spring has sprung!




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Thursday, April 09, 2015

This trio took my fancy, so I turned them into postcards. I'm offering a set of 5 in my Etsy shop. They are high quality, 4 x 6 inches, with a glossy front and matt back for easy writing.



In other news, my monoprints made with the Gelli plate will be featured in the May/June issue of Somerset Studio. Here's a sneak peek. I created my own drawings, made stencils and masks, and I've explained it all in this article.







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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A friend of mine loved this bunny so much, that she wanted it. Because I had painted it on plain paper, it wasn't for sale, but she didn't care about the quality of the paper or the buckling from the watercolours. She was in love with it. So I sent it to her as a gift.
But not before I photographed it, and turned it into a card here.

BUNNY LOVE


 Wishing you a loving day.


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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

I took a break from the more complicated shapes, and chose a sweet and simple bunny.


 

 I will be blending the colours around the head before declaring it finished. I find that photographing a drawing shows me the flaws very clearly.




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Monday, April 06, 2015

I found this book in the library and I thought, "Why not?"




This was my first attempt, not very good but I intend to practise, mostly because I enjoyed it.



 

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Friday, April 03, 2015

Happy Weekend from me and my doglets.





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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The dogs are coming to life with pen and acrylic ink.

Feline Fannie snuck in between Happy and Puggles when I wasn't looking...




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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dogs. I find them a little harder to draw, so I'm practising.



 Practice: there are no shortcuts!

  
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Because the cats have been multiplying, they asked to be -- cough -- immortalized on greeting cards.
So I went over to Zazzle and began the series. There are two designs at the moment, with more to follow.
If you'd like to take a look, they are here.

Now it's the dogs' turn.

There's also a button in the left-hand margin...look for the cat jumping over the moon.





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Thursday, March 26, 2015

 More cats. 


 Can dogs be far behind?



At the One-of-a-Kind Spring show in Toronto, a gift of gorgeous French fabric scraps from L'Atelier du Presbytère




And a cassoulet from Les Canardises in Quebec. My treat for the year. Sometimes you have to.






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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

More cats are entering the building, slowly migrating to my shop.






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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The cats have left the building.


I know they will be very happy in their new home.


 This one is dreaming of red herrings....

This one wanted tuna but got a sardine instead

 
 This one is always ready for a party



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Monday, March 23, 2015

A new week, and new additions to my shop.
And, alas, an emergency appointment with my dentist.
I'm hoping one mitigates the other....

 My homage to Paul Klee. Or, as I refer to it, Klee's Bird.



 Somewhere Beyond the Sea

And a grumpy feline (she prefers tuna)


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Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday got away from me. It was such a lovely Spring day that I went out a-visiting.
First, a visit with humans which found me sunning myself on a bench on Scollard Street with an old friend of mine. Then a visit with animals. As I walked home, a lone sparrow was chirping its little head off and I stopped to watch and listen.

This was one of my experiments with plaster cloth. I found it the other day, and realized that I had drawn her eyes to look sideways without noticing the little bee she was looking at. Sometimes my eyes don't see, but my inner eye obviously does.





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Thursday, March 19, 2015

There used to be a blog feature called Corners of my Home. I don't know if it's still ongoing, but this is a corner of my home -- literally a corner!


 And this is a watercolour turned into a greeting card. Unfortunately, I used thick paper so it didn't fold very nicely...



 Next time, I'll use thinner paper.

Have a sunny day!


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 I'm primarily a dog person. But occasionally I take care of cats. These two are regulars and they know that I love them as much as I love dogs because I give them the same TLC.

 Calypso is playful and always wants attention. The minute I walk in, she does this, beckoning me to play with her.


 Coco is more reserved. But she doesn't object if I go to her and pick her up for a cuddle.





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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The month of March holds a couple of difficult anniversaries for me.
The only way to counteract them is with love.










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Monday, March 16, 2015

The air was mild and friendly today.
Spring proper is around the corner.


 Monoprint, with overpainting, available for purchase here.








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Friday, March 13, 2015

Pictures are fine, but seeing the real thing is extraordinary.

Yesterday, a friend and I went to see the Basquiat retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ontario. It was worth every minute. Pictures don'tn really capture the vibrancy of the large-scale paintings. They have to be seen and I'm grateful to have had the opportuity.



 Today, work in progress.




 
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Thursday, March 12, 2015



Recently, I gave a testimonial. I don't normally do them, but my experience was so amazing and beautiful, that it came easily. This is what I wrote:

“For one schooled in a system that valued logic, I wasn’t a good candidate for believing in things unseen. Because I trusted Denise, I asked her for a session even though we live on different continents. The result was extraordinary: no generalities, but specifics, the important specifics, even those forgotten by me, that convinced me she is the real thing. I was left with an incredible peacefulness that I still carry around."

I've known Denise for some time now. I knew her as an artist whose style I loved, partly perhaps because it wasn't unlike mine so I was drawn to it. I liked her tremendously because she is authentic (not my favourite word these days because it's been overused to death and lost some of  its meaning), strong, has survived a lot of adversity in her life; I liked her honesty, her irreverence (never unkind, however) and her fabulous sense of humour.  What I didn't know about her until she created her new website was that she was a psychic medium, and was now ready to go back to her roots.


You may believe in Spirit, or you may not. I do. I also have a healthy dose of skepticism because for me it's a matter of finding that one person who is the Real Thing. Like any field, there are good and not so good. And, yes, there are phonies -- as there are in every field.

Denise's blog is a joy to read. Her humour and her heart shine through. So not only did I give her a testimonial, I also asked her permission to add her link to my sidebar. I do so with love and gratitude.





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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The piece I began on Monday is finished and in the shop.



Acid-free mat board is included.
To purchase, click HERE








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Cardboard as substrate


I like making shapes with cardboard, but I also like using it as a substrate. It's one of  the easiest things to recycle.



With apologies to W.H. Auden for changing his pronoun and dropping the word "and".




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