Monday, January 17, 2022

Time for an update.


Hello dear artsy friends.

 I can't believe I haven't posted here since last May. How are you doing? Are you keeping creative? Through all the uncertain times of the last few years I have tried to keep creating but I haven't been as good at keeping in touch through social media. No promises but I hope to make that better this year. I thought I would start here by sharing a few of my favourite things that I made last year.

Nature collages.
 These little collage works are on 4" x 4" wood gallery canvases.

I believe that I have finally discovered white space in my art. That makes it sound like it is something that needs to be there which it isn't. It was just something that I was becoming aware of seeing but not able to do. Sometimes with the best intentions of leaving some white space I would end up filling up the whole area with collage and colour. These little canvases are one of my favourite projects I have done while working on finding white space. With this discovery I have found a calmness both while creating them and in the finished pieces.

Summer Haze

I have found myself using softer colours in the last year. Sometimes it is the colours I choose or the addition of white gesso that creates this effect. This one is on a 10" x 10" wood gallery canvas. It has many layers of collage, paints and mark making on it.

Winter escape ornaments.

In November and December I found myself falling into a creative white hole. These dimensional ornaments on wood slices and wood snowflakes were a wonderful distracts at a busy time of year. 

So what have you been up to? Please share your creative endeavors in the comments. I'd love to see them.

Happy Creating!


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Creative momentum...

 How are you keeping creative?

Nov. 2020 theme Lines and Circles

  One of the things that gives me some creative momentum is to have some kind of focus for a short time. I started doing this a few years ago by having a theme each month. It doesn't mean I don't work on other project, not of this theme at the same time, but it helps to keep my mind a little more focused when there is too much going on in it, which is most of the time. If I am overwhelmed with ideas or just can't decide what to do I can think about my theme at the moment and find a small project to get me going. It's often what I work on in the evenings when I'm watching TV.

Dec. 2020 theme- Trees

Another thing that keeps me motivated with my themes is to share with others. A few years ago I started a Facebook group called Dragonfly Dreamers Monthly Explorations. I have a great group of creatives in the group now, that join me for a different theme each month. If you'd like to join in, come on over and take a look. 

March 2021 theme- Faces

I work in a lot of different mediums and projects during the monthly themes but in the last few months, in the Facebook group, we have been doing lot's of ATC's and trading. This is a great way to get and stay motivated. ATC's are an easy, fast way to get your creative momentum going.

February 2021 theme- February

This months theme is Flowers. Who doesn't want more flowers in May. Check it out at Dragonfly Dreamers Monthly Exploration Themes.

Happy Creating!

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Open Studio by appointment.


You're invited!

It's certainly been a different kind of year and we've all had to make changes and adjustment throughout it. I wasn't able to have my annual Open Studio this year so instead I've opened up the studio for some personal shopping by appointment. I haven't done any shows this year but I have still been creating so there is lots to choose from. I've also had a few new supply orders come in so the supply shop is stocked full of creative goodies. 

If you'd like to come by to do some shopping just give me a call or e-mail to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are in place and I ask that you wear a mask while here. If you can't make it here or are not comfortable coming in I am doing porch pick up and some local deliveries. Just give me a shout to let me know what you are in need of. 

I look forward to helping you out with your Christmas shopping. Here are a few pics of the studio and what's available .
Clare can't be here but she has been nice enough to drop off some soap so you can stock up.
All new supplies just in.

As with my usual Open House there is a supply discount table. This year everything on this table is 15% off. A great way to shop for the creative someone in your family.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Houses in isolation.

With all that is going on right now and the amount of time we are spending in our homes it only seemed right to have houses/home as the theme for August. I've had some wood houses sitting on my work table for some time now just waiting for inspiration and/or incentive to getting going on them. Of course that's not the only kind of houses I created this month. I love the theme of houses and can't stop thinking of different kinds to do now. I think houses will keep popping up in my studio long after the theme has past. 
This wood block house was nature inspired. I started off with crackle medium for some texture and used Nuvo Expanding Mousse for the mushrooms. It gave me some great dimensional texture. 

More crackle paste on the back with some nature die cuts coloured with embossing powder.

I call this one The Queens House. When I started it I was think maybe along the medieval or Gothic lines. 
It took me a few weeks to finally discover that it was the Queens house and then of course the queen bee had to go on the back. 

You didn't really think I wouldn't do a doodled mushroom house did you. It may get some colours in the future.

 These are a couple of house ATC's for trading. They are still up for grabs if you'd like to do an ATC house trade.

Do you do any house art? I'd love to see it if you do.

Keep Creating!


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Keeping the creative momentum.

Oh my, time seems to have slipped through my fingers again and now it's almost the end of August and I haven't posted here since June. How does that happen even in this strange time of isolation when I have no classes or creative studio and so much time at home on my own. However it happens I am sorry for not post more here. I won't promise that I will do more but I will do my best to do better. I have the best of intentions and so many ideas to share with you. Well we will see...

The theme for July on Dragonfly Dreamers monthly exploration group was Cards. I had intended to do many different kind of cards but I ended up just doing some affirmation cards and ATC's. They were all done with layers of collage, paints and pens. I start off by doing a full sheet of collage and painting and then I cut them to the size I want before finishing them of with some mark making and doodling the back with an affirmation or quote.

These ATC's all got traded with people from the group.

These affirmation cards are 4.5"x3". I think of the left side as the front and the right side as the back but both are finished pieces on their own. I have quite a collection of these cards now and like to shuffle through them and choose one each day for a daily affirmation.

I hope you are keeping creating.


Saturday, June 27, 2020

June's inchie a day challenge.

   I hope you are finding some creative outlets during these strange times we are going through. I have been keeping busy creatively and trying some new things. 
   This month I gave myself a tiny challenge. Well, at least tiny in size. I was inspired by Belinda Fireman and her Self Love 365 Project. She did an inchie (that's a one inch square piece of art) each day for a year. I modified mine to try it for a month and my theme was Happy Little Thoughts.
   With just a few days left I thought I'd show you how it's going.
Happy Little Thought
I decide to do it in one of my art journals. This journal has Bristol pages and was great for using pens, markers and colour pencils.

Day 6 Hiding in the jungle

Day 20 Mushroom house.

Day 25 Bumble Bee

Day 8 Mandala
This was a fun project to keep my creative momentum going.

What kind of creative projects have you been doing to keep you going?


Friday, May 29, 2020

Journey of a page

   This month on the Dragonfly Dreamers Exploration group page the theme is art journaling.  I have been playing in art journals for 6 or 7 years now. It is probably one of my favourite things to do. There are no rules and it doesn't have to be perfect because it's just for me. I use them to experiment and try new techniques and mediums. I use them to do online class work in. I use them for doodling, drawing...well for just about anything. I have quite a few I'm working in at any given time and I often work in more than one at a time. The sizes vary from small 5"x5" handmade journals to larger 8"x12".  Mostly I like to use ones with heavy watercolour paper but a few have different paper and one is all black.
   Often when there is left over paint from other projects or students work, I slap it into a journal page without any thought as to what I will do with it. So my journals have quite a few pages in this ugly stage. Last week I asked people on my social media to choose a page for me to finish. This is the page they chose and it's journey.

This page was probably the nicer of the three to chose from. At this stage it's just left over paint that's been slopped on and a bit added with a stencil. I often don't have an idea when I start a page but for this one I did. I knew I wanted a kind of jungle leafy look and a face peaking out. But first I needed layers.

Since it already had some stenciling started it only seemed natural to keep going with more layers of stencils. This is all done with acrylic paints. It's amazing how fast doing some layers of stencils can bring the page together.

After the stenciling I was drawn to the circles so I accentuated them a bit with pastels and graphite.

At this point I did something that I almost regretted. I took some paint and scraped it across the page here and there. I did not like this as soon as I got it on and this stuff dries fast. I quickly took a paper towel and took some off. It didn't take it all but the effect worked after all. This is the light coloured splotches(technical term) you can see. I could live with it now.
Then it was time for mark making. For this I used pastels, Marabu Art crayons and some graphite. 

And then there are all the details. I spent quite a while, over a few days playing with the rest. For the leaves I used mostly acrylic paint and some Posca paint pens. I used Caran D'ache Neocolor II to do some shading and blending of the background. More marks were added in spaces that needed them.  It was a very fun page to do. 

I hope you enjoyed hearing a bit about the process of a journal page. Are you an art journaler?

Keep Creating!


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