Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Part of my practice is mark making.
Sometimes it starts with using up paint left over on my palette.
Other times, it's a good exercise in shape and colour.
And a good way to empty the mind.












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Thursday, March 23, 2017

This is what I painted last night, actually past midnight. I was too fidgety to read or go to bed, so I did the one thing that calms me down. I painted. When it was finished, I saw a woman who persists and overcomes. That's been my life so far, so you could call this a biographical painting.

Nevertheless, she persisted. Mixed media on 9x12 watercolour paper.




 

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This morning I watched a program on TV that was about buying a property in Cornwall (England). Halfway through, the host visited a local artist who made prints using shells and seaweed from the beach, as well as a.... fish (a dead one). She used black paint and white fabric.

I was ready to try something new, so I used a feather and Japanese paper. After several printings, I managed to get three that I liked.


 These two are now in my Etsy shop.


 You never know where inspiration will come from.








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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Today is officially the first day of spring.

Edouard Manet, c.1880











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

Friday, March 17, 2017

 Finishing up the week with another recycled painting. This canvas was a big one, and painting over it was very liberating. I used a blue palette over a black background.

The Final Frontier II


This small work may be my last owl - for a while, at least. I used watercolours and Derwent pencils,


Happy Weekend!


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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Continuing yesterday's post... I added a little colour at the bottom of the painting.
It looks like it will stay like this because I like it.



 

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

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Space saving.
Recycling old canvasses.

I covered this painting with black paint, using a palette knife and moving it around with a rag, letting bits of the original colours show through.

Now I wait to see what happens next, if anything. (I have no idea.)


The Last Frontier
  








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Saturday, March 11, 2017

I usually paint quickly and continue until I'm finished. This painting, though, was a slow one. At every stage, I spent some time just looking at it. I imagined it, part by part, in my head, and in colour.





 

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

Friday, March 10, 2017

 Work in progress.

Going big with the owl, with a 20x16-inch canvas.












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

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Little sketches and doodles betraying something of an obsession.
Gathering up my courage do go much bigger. My excuse is always that I have no space, especially to store all my canvasses - and there are many.



Owls, owls, everywhere.







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

Monday, February 27, 2017


I watch TV, but when it's longer than an hour, I get restless.

In between watching the Oscars last night, I did a little sketching. I copied the sketches on mixed media paper and coloured them with watercolours.




This morning I finished it.
 







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

Saturday, February 25, 2017

 The rabbit. Always late, but finally arrived in my Etsy shop.







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

An owlet dropped by....




 Happy weekend to all.













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

Monday, February 20, 2017

This is the third of my owlets, inspired by a photo I have of a baby owl that's so cute that every time I feel down, I look at it and my spirits are lifted.


In progress


 Finished



 [Owlet is available in my Etsy shop]



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Friday, February 17, 2017


A large sheet of heavy watercolour paper.

A big wide paint brush.

Acrylic paint.

You have 7 minutes.

Go!










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

Monday, February 13, 2017

 I'm starting the week by testing these paints. I wasn't sure what "dry gouache" was, but the effect is almost identical to watercolours.


 Nice colours, with the help of a black pencil.








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

Monday, February 06, 2017

Les parapluies de Cherbourg Chicoutimi 



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

Friday, February 03, 2017


Make love, not war. (Everything old is new again.)

I wish you love, always.

New tags, just listed in my Etsy shop.





 



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Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Making art tags is one of my favourite things to do.

I like to combine rubber stamps to create my own image. Here I've used three stamps, two by Michelle Ward and one by Paperbag Studio.





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Monday, January 30, 2017

Big. Really big for me. I rarely paint on such a large canvas; I don't have the space and it's quite heavy, so shipping is expensive. Which is a pity as I would love to paint huge pieces.

My Mother's Dress. Acrylic on canvas, 76.5 x 51 cm / 30 x 20 inches













Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown
Painting the sketch with watercolours.



Maybe add some found words?






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

Saturday, January 28, 2017

There's a saying in yoga: Do your practice and all is coming.

That means doing practice regularly. The key word is "regularly" - because we can't always manage "daily."

My practice includes sketching. At least a couple of times a week, I draw something. It used to be a daily thing, but I couldn't keep it up. So I opted for a few times a week, even if it's just a scribble. Once it a while, something nice happens that may turn into a painting. The point is that I don't have any plans when I open my sketchbook.









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

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Little packages as ornaments.



A simple way is to fold paper into a wad, wrap it and tie it with string.



A more involved way is to collage a piece of cardboard and wrap it in muslin dipped in wax.

 



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

Monday, January 23, 2017

 Life. Nature. The human spirit.









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

Monday, January 16, 2017

First paintings of 2017.

A bird and a fox. They're good friends; they respect their differences (they know they both need Nature and each other to survive).



SOLD

 Both paintings have just been listed in my Etsy shop.



 Thank you for your visit.


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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I am blessed to have a best friend in Australia whose friendship goes back 40+ years. Twelve years ago, we met up in Washington, D.C., where we had both lived for a few years while working for the IMF (International Monetary Fund). While sorting through boxes of stuff in my ongoing efforts to declutter and simplify, I came across a journal I had put together after returning home from that trip.

Trish, this is for you.







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

Sunday, January 01, 2017

My wish for you on this first day of 2017, humour and love.




 

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year








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

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry, Merry.

May you be as happy as Miss Calypso and her Christmas present.


 And most of all, I wish you peace.





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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy Solstice.

I finished this painting today.
Injecting colour into the grey and white winter landscape.

Acrylic and oil on canvas

DETAIL








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