Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Punk Peace Painting

I'm still finding paintings and prints in nooks and crannies all over the house. I don't know where this one has been hiding, the date says 2006 so it's time it found a home!
I've just added it to my Christmas Studio Sale. It's fun to go back and see what I was working on a couple of years ago...almost everything I painted was quite small, not quite real miniatures but we were all calling them "minis".

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Sale Continues!

I'm happy to say my camera is home and working again. I've just added a couple new pieces to my Christmas Studio Sale.

I had started this Madonna Icon several months ago and somehow it got tucked away out of sight. So this afternoon I added the gold leaf to her halo and with my tiny needle nosed tweezers attached all those sparkling Swarovski crystals. Although the sky was a bit dingy and overcast to get a good shot of the sparkle, this detail at least picks up the colour of the crystals.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today. We had our Canadian Thanksgiving back in October when it was still warm and we could still get by in sandals...seems like a long time ago now.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One Month Away and Snow In The Air!

A bit of snow in the air today, and Christmas is...WHAT? One month from today! Ever since I was a child, the weeks leading up to Christmas have always been the quickest to pass. And as the years have crept along, well...time marches even faster it seems.

Sadly, my camera is in the shop again so I have no new work to post. But for those of you who are checking into my Christms Studio Sale I will add a couple new pieces once that camera comes home.

In the meantime, this is a painting that I'll be adding to my sale later today. It seems I'm still finding the odd painting tucked away here and there. And as the advertisers say "Everything Must Go!"

It's called "Such A Pretty Pair" and is painted in acrylics on a wooden box frame, 12 x 36 inches, kind of sweet and romantic I think.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's Been So Long...

It has been too long since I sat down to write anything on this blog. I've thought about it, signed in...then stared at the screen, tapped away at the keyboard and then hit "delete"...the muses had fled and abandoned me.

My days of late have been mostly spent cleaning the studio, the basement, the kitchen...A brand new year is around the corner and I want to be ready for it!

For those of you who visit my website you might remember that due to family responsibilities I made the difficult decision to cancel all my fall and winter shows. So, it seemed like a good time to run my first ever on line Christmas Studio Sale.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Today is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

It would have slipped right by me had I not turned on CBC Newsworld just in time to catch an interview with Mia Farrow, who is currently drawing attention to the plight of Haitians following those four recent storms that devastated that tiny country. It's a good day to do something good...even something that may seem too small to matter...

Just take the time to click on the The Hungersite to help provide food to the hungry. It's a fabulous site, well worth the time.

"The campaign to make poverty history-a central moral challenge of our age-cannot remain a task for the few, it must become a calling for the many. On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I urge everyone to join this struggle. Together, we can make real and sufficient progress towards the end of poverty."

United Nations Ex-Secretary-General, Kofi Annan
"Excerpts taken from his message to be delivered on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2006".

All this reminds me, it's high time I put a Hungersite widget on my blog...

And yes, in case you're wondering, I do still paint. I've had this one on my little table top easel - almost finished - for the last couple of weeks.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Autumn's Here - Well Almost

Even before the calender tells us it is officially Fall, there's no escaping it, Autumn is undeniably here. Before we close up the ponds for the winter, I thought I'd share one last shot of the gorgeous foliage.

As I made dinner tonight, the radio played the plaintive sounds of Hawksley Workman's "Autumn's Here", the perfect accompaniment to my thoughtful mood.

"...Auntumn's here
It's time to cry now

I think that ghosts like
The cooler weather
When leaves turn colour
They get together
And walk along
These old back roads
Where no one lives
And no one goes
With all their hopes set
On the railway
That never came
So no one stayed
I guess that autumn
Gets you remembering
And the smallest things
Just make you cry...."

~ Hawksley Workman

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Canadian Breast Cancer Network Online Auction

Well before another day goes by, I gotta get this link up here! If you like the fun of an auction and would like to also support a worthy cause, you might find something you would like on The Canadian Breast Cancer Network Online Auction

I've donated "Princess of Spring". It's a large 12 x 24 x 1.5 inch acrylic painting on a wooden box frame. It's a pretty romantic piece, an innocent maiden with flowers in her hair set against a teal blue background. There are only five days left so hope you'll have a look and spread the good word.

And of course, there are all kinds of other wonderful items up for auction as well. So have some fun, good luck and bid often!

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Monday, September 29, 2008

The Days Are Getting Shorter

Sitting here at my computer this evening, it's only 7:30 and already dark. I'm still clinging stubbornly to sandals and shorts...but it is undeniably autumn.

I finished a couple of large paintings today. They were commissioned by a loyal collector who has been a great supporter. I was really excited about this project. I was going for an early 20th Century kind of feel...sort of channeling the style of Modigliani...
It was a cloudy day today; I took these shots indoors on my easel but I think you can get the idea.

Last week I decided to open my eBay store again. I'm still in the process of stocking my virtual shelves, but I'm getting there and running a number of auctions. I'm starting this angel called "Out of the Blue" at auction tonight. It's mixed media, acrylic, Swarovski crystals and gold leaf on a box frame.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Frida, Trotsky and the CBC

Even though I'm not able to be there, I'm so happy to see the sun shining on the Old Ottawa South Arts and Music Festival... Well, the sun was shining when I started this post. It is late summer after all so we have to expect that that soft breeze blowing may bring a few clouds.

For those of you who are radio addicts like myself, you'll understand my incredible sense of loss over the replacement of several familiar shows and personalities on my beloved national broadcaster CBC 2. It seems the management at CBC Radio have decided that it was time for a radical makeover. I'm sad, no, I'm heartbroken to say that after many years my dial is no longer tuned to CBC 2, at least not Monday to Friday. So my kitchen radio is now set to CBC Radio One. Oh yes, I miss the lovely mix of world, jazz, roots and classical music that once kept me company. But with any luck, CBC One will at least connect me to what is Canada...I hope. And yesterday, thanks to Ottawa Morning I discovered a fabulous photo artist living and working here in Ottawa! Check out Genevieve Thauvette. It was all background chatter until I heard the words "Frida and Trotsky". So, if you're anywhere near Ottawa, visit the Dale Smith Gallery to see her amazing interpretation of the self portrait.

With Frida on my mind again...here's the latest in my "Frida à Klimt" series.

It's called "Moments Remembered" on 16 x 16 in canvas.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Old Ottawa South Art and Music Festival

Saturday, Sept 18 is the Old Ottawa South Art and Music Festival. It is a fabulous one day, outdoor event in a leafy, green, neighbourhood park. I've been so looking forward to exhibiting at this show again, but sadly I've hit a snag and won't be able to attend. So, my apologies to everyone in the Ottawa area who might have stopped by. When you return home from the show,after seeing all that amazing art and hearing the fantastic music, I hope you'll take a browse through my website.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11 Remembered

September 11 and impossible not to mark the day in some way. I felt this very pale angel emerging from the darkness was somehow appropriate.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

August Over Too Soon

August roared past me like a freight train and here I am, in near disbelief that the calender page has flipped to September. No matter how cool or rainy it may have been, I mourn the end of summer. But of course, there's little time for nostalgia, September is the month of new beginnings and another outdoor show. I'm off tomorrow for my first year at Cabbagetown Art and Crafts. So, if you happen to be in beautiful Toronto for the weekend, drop by and say "Hi!"

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Frida à la Klimt again!

August 24 already! My apologies to those of you who regularly visit my little blog. With the clock ticking towards Cabbagetown Art and Crafts Show, I've been spending long hours at the easel.

This piece is another in my on-going Frida à la Klimt series. I've had this one started since sometime in the mid winter, but just couldn't seem to figure out the deco design until last week. I splurged on this one and used lots of 14K gold leaf from Thailand. It is so delicate and rich; almost buttery in texture.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Back Again

Apologies for these long stretches between posts. I haven't been in my studio as often as I usually am. But I have managed to finish a couple of pieces.

This sweet little Chihuahua is called "Kahlu"; what a great name for a sweet little dog. I did it in acrylics on 5 x 7 in wood for a very nice collector.

The second piece is acrylics and collage paper, another red haired angel.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Frida at Home

It's late afternoon here in my little studio and I'm already noticing how the days seem to be getting shorter. Summer is so fleeting, especially in a northern climate. We've had a wet summer here, not nearly enough sun, but everything is gloriously green and lush. There's the lightest soft breeze drifting in my window; it's all quite lovely.

I've been working on commissions this week. They're not quite ready to share, but in the meantime, I've received a lovely shot of one of my large "Frida à la Klimt" pieces hung in its new home. Many thanks to Catherine for her patronage and for sharing this photo of Frida in her new home.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Morning Remembered

A few weeks ago I met a lovely young woman who commissioned me to do a painting for her. July was a busy month with shows but at long last her painting is ready. It's called "A Morning Remembered" and was one of those pieces that was a joy to paint.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Home From Hillside Festival

It always takes a day or two to come down from Hillside Festival. It's one of those special summer festivals full of great music, amazing food and friendly supportive people who stop by my tent and go home with a piece of my art. And if I'm very lucky, I'm blessed with my "Hillside Moment"...that one little treasure that I'll hold in my memory until the next Hillside comes along. And 2008 did not disappoint. This is my 2008 Hillside Moment.

Shortly after six pm on Sunday, just moments after Stuart McLean had taken the stage, the wind blew, the heavens opened, and the rain came down. I can’t remember exactly how many people took refuge in our tent, but we all hung on and prayed that it would hold tight until the storm had passed. The wind was crazy, the rain was pelting down, but it was all over in a matter of moments. The sun came out, the tent cleared, and the show went on…

It soon became time for the Aboriginal Circle to close. As the participants, including eight Tibetan monks turned to face the four corners of the world, singing and drumming, the brightest, most breathtaking rainbow you can imagine arched perfectly above the wigwam.

Everyone was snapping pictures…except me…I never seem to have my camera…but I think I prefer having this one stored away in my memory rather than a photograph...

So now it's time to return to my paints...maybe tomorrow I'll have something new to post...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Madonna Icon Revisited

Sunday night and time to clean my brushes and turn this machine off! I've been working on a few commissions these past few days. One is a gift so of course I can't share it until after the surprise is delivered.
But I can share this one...it's a recreation of one of my previous pieces...a little tweak here and a little tweak there and it's a brand new piece. I've sent a pic off to the collector and they are delighted. This is the best music to my ears.

I loved painting this one...reminds me of pre and early Renaissances. I used lots of texture and gold leaf. Tomorrow, after it's glazed, I'll add a few Swarovski crystals.

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

The Garden Pond

Somehow the week has gotten away from me. I started this post last Saturday and the clock ticked away and it remained a draft... But I'm going to go ahead and post it...so for the next paragraph, just pretend it's Saturday.

A glorious weekend off...well, I'll still be painting, but happily, we're not packing up the car for a show! The sun is shining, no sign of rain and even the humidity and mosquitoes seem to have taken bit of a holiday. I don't often share personal photos or stories, I'm not a good photographer, nor a great writer, so the focus of this humble little blog will remain my paintings. But as I so completely enjoyed my morning coffee in the back yard, I thought I'd share a shot of my unkempt garden pond. I made the garden warrior using a hypertufa recipe I found on the interent. I poured the mixture of cement, sand, and peat moss into a plastic pail, caught it before it set and carved it using an old paring knife. He's been guarding the pond for the last four years, surviving even the harshest of winters.

So that was Saturday and now it's Tuesday and I've been painting of course, so I'll share some work with you.

This painting is called "Favourite Friends". It's a collage on gallery wrapped canvas and I've got it up for auction on eBay.

Ive been experimenting with this really cool texture paint I found at the art store. This Frida is definitely Art Deco...a bit industrial, a bit naive, maybe even a bit Nouveau.

It's also for auction on eBay .

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008


Back from the Cobourg Waterfront Festival and very happy to have three weeks off before Hillside Festival. I've been so busy with these shows I haven't even had a chance to check out the line up - until tonight. I am so excited! Vinyl Café, Hawksley Workman, Sarah Slean, Cowboy Junkies, Sue Folley, and so many more. It is going to a fantastic weekend! But in the meantime, I've got work to do and bills to pay.

So, the brushes were flying today. I finished this little Frida and have listed it tonight on eBay She's all a-glitter and sitting pretty with her violin and sweet little birds.

I've called this little piece "Etude"...I love music terminology.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thunderstorms and Festivals

Summer is so short in this part of the world...we wait and we wait and we wait while the winter wind blows and the snow flies and then finally winter ends. But here we are already past the summer solstice and still wondering about our beloved summer weather. We had another thunderstorm today and it doesn't look like it's over yet. Let's hope there's sun and gentle weather for the Cobourg Waterfront Festival. But before all that fun begins, don't forget to have a peek at my Nibblefest entry eBay The auction ends tomorrow night.

So before I call it a night, here are a few of the new paintings I'll be taking to the festival.

This one is called "Can't Catch Them". It's acrylic and collage on 8 x 10 in gallery stretched canvas.

Under The Smiling Moon
size: 12 x 36 in

Princess of Spring
Size: 12 x 24 in

I've stamped little gold Celtic knots along the neck of her gown.

And for the rest, I hope you'll take a browse through my website.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Never Caught Up!

With less than a week left before the Cobourg Waterfront Festival I'm spending long hours at my paints. I have a number of new pieces all set to take pictures of...if I can dash out during a sunny break from these rain showers that seem to roll in every hour. Perhaps later today.

And I have to tell you about my June Nibblefest entry on eBay. As you may recall, I participate in a art contest once at month with a number of really fine artists. It's a themed contest, this month the theme is "Out of the Mist" and all entries must start at the low opening bid of $0.99. The auction closes on June 27th so you still have lots of time. Have some fun, try a bid or two!

It's another collage piece with lots of glitter and sparkles!

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Home Again

Home again from another show. And this time the weather was just not as co-operative as we had hoped. We had sun, we had shade...and yes we also had thunder and lightening. And the last place I care to be during an electrical storm is in a wooded park under a metal frame tent! We were very happy to pack up and hit the highway home.

And of course it's back to work for me. Here's a little 8 x 10 in canvas, called "Twilight Tricks. It's at auction on eBay and ends in the evening on June 22. I've added a little touch of glitter to Frida's dress and the stars in the sky. These cats have simply worn her out!

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dogs and Mermaids

When you are awakened by the sound of your 92 pound dog throwing up on the bedroom rug you know that you should tread lightly on this day...
Matters of doggie bodily functions are left to my ever suffering husband as I have the weakest of stomachs. I can gag at the mere thought of what went on at 6:11 am!
So, I quickly sidestepped the - well, you know what - thinking my skills could be better utilized making coffee and hubby's brown bag lunch. A lovely way to avoid the doggie mess except that in my haste to exit the bedroom, I forgot my glasses, which meant that I was doing everything by touch and sound rather than by sight...the end result being a broken glass and big ol' boo boo on my right hand. I did have a moment of panic, fearing that I might not be able to hold a paint brush for a day or two. But plenty of pressure, cold water and band aids put me back together again.

So with only one sleep before we head to Toronto for the Beaches Arts and Crafts Show I've finished a few more pieces. It's already late and time for bed, so I'll just put a few up here. As always, you can see more on my website.

This one is called "A Fanciful Idea" and is at auction on eBay.

This one is called "The Gentle One".

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Monday, June 09, 2008

The Day After

Well Art In The Park 2008 is now behind us. And it was a glorious weekend. While other parts of Ontario had severe storms we had mostly blue skies over head. It was incredibly hot but heck, we complained all winter about the cold and the snow, so it's time to enjoy summer.

I would have loved to take today day off to clean up my studio and maybe even relax, but there was no time for that with Beaches Art and Crafts Showthis weekend. So it was right back to my easel. And my poor hubby is the steamy hot garage right this minute building a couple more box frames for me...what a great guy.

I finished a couple of pieces to day that I had been started earlier in the year. At least I think they're finished...hmm, maybe tomorrow I'll feel differently....

I took these pics indoors so the quality isn't great. I'll have better outdoor shots tomorrow and add them to my website. And now it's time to clean my brushes and call it a day!

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Glitter and Art Deco!

I can't be the only one out there old enough to remember "glitter paint kits". I've heard they're quite collectible these days. Back in the 1960's these sparkly paint by number kits were absolutely magical to a little farm girl like I was. And I remember it was the year that I snooped around and found my Mom's Christmas stash. And yes, I ultimately got caught. I do recall that Christmas really wasn't as much fun knowing what I would find under the tree.

Well today's first painting is my own glitter collage painting. It's a sweet little mermaid who has decided to set her basket of fish free! I seem to be on a theme here...yesterday a basket of butterflies and today the fishes...maybe it will make us all more conscious of the need to conserve and take only what we really need...

And for those of you who read my blog, you know that tomorrow is my first summer show, you can find all the info for this and my other shows on my website. And as I mentioned earlier in the week, I've been finishing all the paintings that have been lurking in the corners of my studio. I did pretty well, so thought I'd share them with you too.

This one is called "You Will Remember". It's acrylic on a large 12 x 36 in wooden box frame. The border is done in a sort of faux verdi gris finish. It's a romantic piece I think.

Another romantic woman done in my à la Klimt style in gold and acrylics on 16 x 20 in box frame. It's called "Touch of Romance".

More Klimt influence in this Frida piece. It's a large 18 x 36 in canvas and called "Out of Gold". I've used gold and silver leaf as well as coloured metallic paints.

And finally, one more Frida à la Klimt. I called this one Asian Accents. It's also 18 x 36 in canvas in gold and coloured metallic paints...quite jewel like I think.

And now, I'm off to pack up for the show!

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

A Basket of Butterflies

I'm still finishing those final pieces for Art in the Park.
For those of you who are coming out to the show, my booth location is 15 Central. So there's not much time to write. But here's a little collage piece that will go for auction on eBay tonight.

I've used collage paper, vintage sheet music and acrylic to create "Basket of Butterflies."

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Three More Almost Finished

The push to be ready for ART in The Park this weekend continues! I've got to keep this post short as it's already after 8 pm and I'm still working. It's been a cool rainy day and paint is slow to dry but nothing that can't be helped along by a little blast from the hairdryer.

These are three pieces that had been in various states of "started, but not finished" that I'm determined to have ready for the show this weekend.

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Art in The Park Around the Corner!

Last night I looked around at all the paintings that are nicely started, almost finished, and those that should never be finished and soon realized I need some organization and discipline to get my creative life in order. Sometimes there's nothing like a big brush, a can of gesso and a good strong stroke to put things in perspective. Aside from painting over a few canvases, I did make some other small advances today. I finished a couple of small paintings and put the final touches on a small commission that I can't share just yet, 'cause it's a gift.

But there is so much work left to do before my first outdoor show, Art in The Park right here in Ottawa that I'd better dash.

But thought I'd share the little piece that can be shared and get a little more work done before it's time for bed. This piece is a collage and acrylic on 8 x 10 in canvas. It's hard to see, but the crowns are done in a deep metallic gold. It's called "What Dynasty Is This?".

And before I forget, I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who have subscribed to my humble little blog. Thanks a bunch!

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Friday, May 30, 2008

The End of A Beautiful Month

May and June are my favourite months...I love the trees that bloom in early May, the scent of apple blossoms that give way to lilacs as the month travels on. I've had a gorgeous lilac bouquet in the kitchen counter for the past week, but it's now time to toss them in the composter. And finally, it has been warm enough this past week to empty that composter and plant some basil and a few tomato plants. With a small yard and a big do, my vegetable gardening is limited to containers.

May has proven to be a productive time, which is good. With three shows in June, the next month is going to fly. I'm a bit behind in posting pics, but I have updated my website so you can always find my work there. So here are a few from the past little while that I think I missed on my blog.

This one is a collage, acrylic on 8 x 10 in canvas.

And another Frida.

And I call this one "Never Mind The Birdhouse".

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Once A Year

We just arrived home from the yearly pilgrimage to the vet's with a clean bill of health for both doggie and kitty. Once again here it is, the end of a long day, I'm ready for a book and a cup of tea but determined to post a couple of the paintings I've been working on this week. I've stayed mostly in the "little Primitive" mode and have great fun.

This one is on 5 x 7 x 3/4 in wood and is called "Dobeedobeetwo".

Another little one on wood; acrylic and collage paper and it's called Macbeen and Molly. And now it's time to turn this thing off!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Monday Again

Monday again! I started two large paintings and finished a little one...only the little one is really ready to post. So here it is, "Tabitha In the Tulips".

It's painted on 5 x 7 x 3/4 in wood. I love painting on wood!

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Clotheslines and Rain Showers

What a gorgeous day it's been! Everything is so fresh and green and I actually had laundry dry on the clothesline...well, it has been there since yesterday and did get caught in the rain at least four times yesterday. But today it is gloriously dry and smelling that wonderful out door smell!

I've got a couple of new pieces finished, these were scanned rather than photographed so the quality of the pics may not be quite as good but I've missed the sun so they'll have to do.

This one is called "Teddy Time". I listed it at auction on eBay yesterday, already a bid - Yeah!

This little Frida is also for auction on eBay.

I don't think I'll ever get tired of painting Frida...

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