Wednesday, 30 March 2016

I owe my art gift to Jazz

New work "Spirited"
Charcoal on canvas 18 x 24 inches

This is Jazz and I 
Jazz was born in 1986


He was my best buddy


My horse Jazz is why I do art. When I lost him, I was obsessed with finding all the photos I had of him, which was not nearly enough. I signed up for art lessons to learn to draw horses. My idea was to draw him doing all the things I never got a photo of. I wanted to write and illustrate the story of Jazz. Not sure now if I will ever do that but he died in 1997 and I am still doing art and doing it more passionately than ever. I owe this gift to him. 


He was so handsome!


I have been steadily focuses more and more on drawing and painting and I have a plan for a new series. I am also planning on having an art show at my residence in late summer. Stay tuned for future updates. :)

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Handmade art journals


I love handmade art journals! I am not as keen about making them as I am working in them. I do it because I love the results. The ultimate custom work for your own needs is pretty hard to beat.

This first one was inspired by a pad of beautiful Italian paper I bought in a pad. It is a lovely ivory colour and has a deckled edge. I simply folded it in half and used the full size of the sheet.


I painted the outside sheet of each signature with my Gelli plate in fresh spring colours and used the Coptic stitch to bind it. The covers are birch panels from the art store and it was also painted with the Gelli plate.







This journal is made to explore using Yupo. Yupo is a synthetic paper made from resin. The cover is actually Terraskin which is a similar paper made from limestone and resin only thicker.  This cover was also painted using my trusty Gelli plate. The strap is just a left over scrap of the Terraskin. I used the long stitch binding method for this journal.


Wire Works


Ballerina Bunny!


I have been having a blast in the year long class "Year of the Spark"
Lynn Whipple and Carla Sonhiem have been putting together great classes full of fun and inspiration. And the Facebook group has also been such a great place for support and inspiration. I am so happy I joined up!






Crazy Horses



Fun face

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Photo Phun or Abstract Photograpy

I am using my iPad Air for taking these close up shots. 
It is fun to use it in positions you could't fit a traditional camera.

Can you guess what these are?

Close of leather and copper journal

Lichen on wood
Porcelain statue
Sea shell
Inside of cracked coffee cup


Reflection of deck roof on glass table


Close up of painted canvas and wood frame



Gizelle's (my horse) foot

Clematis seed pod and horse shoe


Dried flower stems


Detail of Gelli print


Japanese paint brush bristles

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Julep and Trolls


This is Julep

Signed up for Carla Sonheim's Art Camp
I made Julep under the guidance counsellor of
Lynn Whipple


It was a blast and will definitely be doing more like this!


details






Then under the guidance counsellor of Karine Swenson
we did studies in values with a fun subject
I picked an childhood favourite
The Troll :)