December 13, 2014

Why bother making garland?

Every year I make two garlands to go down the railings of our front entrance, and every year it takes too long and it makes a mess all over the living room, but you know what? It's one of my favourite Christmas activities to do!  I love making them and they're kind of like a Christmas present to myself! I gather all the holly, cedar and pine from my yard, and twist it into a pre-made artificial garland... in the end it looks full and lively and survives our winter wind storms.

Why not spend an afternoon surrounded by lots of winter evergreens, a pair of garden shears and a hot cup of tea?

December 02, 2014

The maple leaf, at her best

The maple leaves have been glorious lately, especially when the afternoon sun hits them.
I think they're at their very best this time of year!

I hope you're feeling at your best too on this sunny December day!

"The maple leaf, at her best"
The original 8 x 10 inch watercolour painting is currently available in my shop.

November 28, 2014

The leaves are still swirling outside...

...but I'm in the house with my budgies at my side, totally immersed in washes of alizarin crimson and cadmium yellow. It's a good place to be!

November 21, 2014

This was fun!

I've been busy creating some new things...

This week, instead of painting, I've been busy putting some of my artwork on all kinds of fun products. It's been really interesting to see my paintings take on a new life!

I've used Society6 to make all these great things available (with a wee bit of help from a certain someone). They include prints, mugs, tote bags, pillows, greeting cards, clocks and more. It still makes me chuckle to see my kale on an iPhone case! But I like it! There's even a shower curtain available but I really don't think a life size swiss chard is necessary in anyone's life!!

I've ordered a few things myself to check things out and I'm really happy with the quality of Society6 and their store and shipping experiences were great too.

When you have a moment, please take a peek and let me know what you think!
I can also make more images available if you have a particular painting in mind.

Thanks! Here's a few photos:

November 09, 2014

I painted a single leaf...

...that had fallen from the huge old cherry tree in my backyard.

And as I was painting all its intricacies this week, all its holes and creases and veins, I could easily see how this leaf has been on its own journey. It had a unique life, tucked in among all the other leaves up there in that cherry tree. A life with the larger group, yet its own. 

I call this painting: "Every leaf has a story to tell."

The original watercolour painting is currently available in my shop.

Prints, tote bags, mugs and other fun things are available in my Society6 shop.

October 31, 2014

I needed to do housework today...

...but instead, found myself wandering around in the rain looking at the texture and colour of leaves. 
And so, I've got my next subject!
I'm ready to dive into those crinkling edges and strong veins.

Art is a wonderful way to procrastinate from doing boring everyday housework!

October 27, 2014

The chestnuts have fallen...

Every year the chestnuts fall from the big tree in our front yard and my favourite part of this event is watching all the neighbourhood kids stop, bend down, and pick up a few. They have such a look of wonder on their faces. Some kids like them for the smooth, glossy coating.  Others like them still inside the spiky outer shells so they can stomp on them and bust them apart. 

I had to join in too, and so I call this painting: "I had to slip a few of these into my coat pocket".

This original painting is available in my shop.
(8 x 10 inches, watercolour on paper)

October 20, 2014

The colours of Fall

Not everything out there is red, orange and yellow!

I've always loved the fading colours of hydrangea in the Fall. They can change several times over the months and have the most amazing antiqued colours in pinks, blues, creams and greens.

One day I'll learn to paint them... for now, here's a photo!

October 07, 2014

The apples are finally ready...

... and they went through a lot to get here. 
This apple is from a very old, very unhealthy tree. It's been growing slowly for months and has survived caterpillars, wasps, birds and who knows what else, as you can see by the eaten leaves. But the apple is perfect, sweeter than any I can buy in a store, and this tree keeps growing these beauties for us to eat every October, year after year. 

And so, I've named this picture:  I've waited all year for this apple.

This original painting is available in my shop. ($95 USD)
(8 x 10 inches, water colour on paper)

September 21, 2014

My roses have left...

... and I'm forced to find beauty in other places.

The season is changing and I've been cleaning up the garden this week. My roses have turned to rose hip, and now I must wait until next summer to see their blooms again. They inspired this painting.

My roses have left
This 8 x 10 original watercolour painting is available. ($95 USD)

August 31, 2014

Sun warmed cherry tomatoes...

...have been rolling off my vines.
It's summer's last hurrah, and I'm enjoying every minute of it!

Cherry Tomatoes, summer's last hurrah
(watercolour on paper)

August 22, 2014

I pulled up a few more....

... carrots.

They were a small but happy bunch that have been growing side by side for quite a while,
not unlike a lot of families I know.

Together, we grow
(Watercolour on paper)

July 06, 2014

Lettuce has been growing for thousands of years...

... and is continuing to grow in my backyard.

As I was painting the many layers of green in this painting I was thinking about how comforting it is to have this humble plant growing just outside my door. My parents have it growing in their yard as well, as did my Grandparents and their parents. 

And that got me to thinking.... how long has lettuce been growing? After a short Wikipedia search,  I learned that lettuce has been growing and feeding us for thousands of years! It was the ancient Egyptians who bred lettuce into a plant grown for its edible leaves in 2680 BC. That's 4694 years ago!

Over four thousand years of bright green tasty leaves... somehow I take great comfort in that.

Homegrown Lettuce
This original 8 x 10 painting is available in my shop.
(Watercolour on paper)

June 25, 2014

The smell of sweet peas... you know it? It's one of the scents of summer for me.
Ahhhh.... Summer's really here.
I like to put a little vase of them on the mantle and let their sweet smell waft through the breezy house.

Summer sweet peas
(watercolour on paper)

May 08, 2014

Constant change...

This is one of my favourite parts of gardening... the tulip is withering away and the spirea has sprung to life. And if you look closely, there's a basketball hiding in the garden too.
That's life... well, my life anyway!

May 01, 2014

It is possible... have too much of a good thing!

I have a kale forest in my garden. I've been so busy picking, steaming and chopping that I haven't had time to draw it. So here's a drawing from last year's kale - it's always been one of my favourites (the drawing and the vegetable!). 

I also have this image available as a print, phone case, and tote bag through Society6, if you're in need of a little more kale in your life!

April 22, 2014

The magnolia... much beauty is around us.
Happy Gorgeous Earth Day to you all!

The Magnolia was dripping in gorgeousness

This original 8 x 10 drawing is available.
(watercolour and coloured pencils on paper)

April 10, 2014


True beauty... nothing complicated... no words needed... 
Silently dripping in gorgeousness.

April 04, 2014

This was fun!

And a little thrill is always a good boost, isn't it?

Another one of my drawings was accepted in Taproot magazine!
This time the issue is themed, "Breathe" and they chose my white tulip drawing to be paired with a lovely poem called "Imaginary Air". I am so pleased to be included in this wonderful, thoughtful, and inspiring magazine. It's a real honour!

The white tulip I drew is growing again in my garden right now, and it's just about to open. Ohhhh.... the cycles of the garden, of art, of life....

March 27, 2014

The daffodils are showing off... they were meant to do.

Over the last few weeks, I've been watching my daffodils growing taller by the day.
They're out in full bloom now... and I'm so happy to see them again.
They're like dear old friends.

This original 8 x 10 inch drawing is available.
(watercolour and coloured pencils on paper)

March 23, 2014

I need to...

... sit here and draw this.
And think of nothing but creases in petals, edges with frills, and long slender stems. 
Care to try it?

February 27, 2014

The garden is starting to waken...

Still weary from the winter, the viburnum was forced to bloom.

This original drawing is sold, but I have
 prints, bags, mugs, phone cases etc. available at my Society6 shop.

February 11, 2014

I treated myself...

... to a drawing class.

And for homework I'm forced to sit by the fire and draw - every day.

There's nothing like having a teacher tell you what you really secretly want to hear.
"Don't FIND time, MAKE time."