Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I had two live models with me (no, no, not that kind of model!). Two little violas were still alive on that lovely tangled bouquet I started working on last week. My painting is almost finished now. Did you notice the one upside down viola near the base of the bouquet. I just left it that way instead of rearranging it. It's a good reminder that things don't always need to be right side up to be beautiful.
My desktop computer was in for repair today. It was a good thing as that meant I wasn't tempted to sit down and work on any new prints in Photoshop. The computer will be back tonight but I'll try to walk past it and head up to the studio tomorrow. Hope you are all having a good week.
Friday, November 25, 2011
We've put our Christmas lights up outside. I love approaching our house from a distance and seeing the golden lights. They'll be even prettier once the snow returns.
In the end, it's important not to hurry and worry too much as I think this is the best part of Christmas: the approach.
If you have started to think about your Christmas shopping, just a reminder that I have a special in my Etsy shop all this weekend right until the end of the day, Monday November 28th. Just apply the coupon code THANKS2011 when you check out and you will receive 15% off your entire order.
Enjoy your weekend.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Someone was quite happy about this morning's condition. It's not his first winter but he looked a little surprised when we opened the back door.
Then he did what we refer to as the 'weasel run'. This is a wild, high speed run that he does back and forth from one side of the yard to the other, running precariously close to hard, jutting objects and incorporating as many fancy airborne moves as are possible. I caught part of it with my camera. Thanks to Meeko, I was able to test out the action function of my new camera. :)
Have a good day. Safe travels if you are in the States moving towards a family celebration. I'll announce a sale in my Etsy store later today.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
|Here's the mug of violas in progress alongside a pansy painting I did a while ago|
I have spent more time indoors than outdoors this week. I have been working hard on converting my paintings into prints and have added a few more to my Etsy store. Here's one of them:
You see we live in Canada and we celebrate our Thanksgiving in October! It shows you what a big impact the U.S. celebration has on us. Chloé is not a kid who gets confused easily. We see the American Thanksgiving mentioned on cooking shows, in magazines, on blogs and on television shows to the point that we feel that we are celebrating along with you!
To all of my U.S. readers, good luck with all of your preparations, travel and celebrations. I will be offering a special in my Etsy shop over the weekend, so be sure to have a look!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Every now and then you watch something beyond words. (Thanks to my beloved 101 cookbooks site for posting the link--Credits: Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith.)
Posts from me about painting (a late, late bouquet from the garden) and other things later this week. Enjoy.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Thanks for joining me on my walk. It did me a lot of good.
I hope to do some more painting this week. I appreciate all of the warm and encouraging comments about my recent paintings. I hold your comments to my heart.
It occurred to me this week that when I write about my painting, I lose the garden, nature and dog enthusiasts. When I write about my garden and nature, I may lose the art lovers. When I write about Meeko, I lose the not-so-crazy-about-dogs readers. (He's going to have a hard time believing that one!) I hope it all makes sense over time as they are all things that are part of me and my life. I appreciate you coming here to share them. ♥
Monday, November 14, 2011
The chickadee is one of my favourite visitors to our backyard. It is a polite, delicate and joyful bird. I find the sight and sound of it to be uplifting.
I did this painting on a paper I've never used before. It's actually paper that is mounted on a thick board (Crescent Watercolour Board). I normally paint on textured cold press paper but this paper is hot press and therefore has a very smooth surface.
Maybe it was the new paper. Maybe it was because I am constantly inspired by the gorgeous bird paintings of Geninne and some of her beautiful 'birdieness' has rubbed off on me. :) Whatever the reason, I think it turned out!
I just might have to give that snow bunting painting another try.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
This morning I decided to work on a painting that I started when we were in Ogunquit, Maine a couple of summers ago.
I love rocks. I love hearts. I guess it should be no surprise then that I love heart-shaped rocks. I originally had two rocks in my painting but found a third small one this morning in my rock collection and so added it to the composition. They look like they belong together--a family of rocks, a family of hearts. I like the symbolism.
As I was working today, I was feeling the echoes of another painting I did a long time ago. I dug it out so that you can see it. It's actually half a painting. I did it from some photos that my brother took many years ago when he worked for a week or so in Pond Inlet, a remote Inuit community on the northern shore of Baffin Island in Nunavut. (He was there as part of his medical residency. He's a psychiatrist.) I was very unhappy with the top part of the painting, the water, so I cut the painting in two. I don't remember ever having done that before but it worked: I was happy with the rocks, spent a good deal of time painting them and there was enough interest in them for them to be the focal point.
To give credit where credit is due, my daughter Emma took the photo of me working in my studio.
(I have retaken some of the photos I took yesterday. I may post them in yesterday's post--a before and after--or in a new one. I'm making some progress working with my new camera.)