Monday, December 27, 2010

time keeps on slippin' into the future...



and... yes, i do want to fly like an eagle to the sea!

but for now this crooked little birdie will buff up her downy featherage and brave the cold while dreaming of warm breezes, coctailitos by the ocean, and midnight walks under a full summer moon.

i have a bit of time here over the christmas season to relax, settle in, and dabble a bit on some canvases and paper. made a fabulous trade with one of my most inspirational and favorite artist friends, and someone i simply need to visit with more often! my new year should be chock full of art, experimentation, happiness, friends and family. i have desires to travel east, and south- and hopefully will be able to do both- to change my daily habits, better the good ones and lessen the baddies. and overall simply enjoy each day and the little bits of magic within!

Friday, October 1, 2010

ahhhhhhhhh, autumn



a tryptic of glowing trees are in my mind. layers of luminescence, earthly tones and goldish reflections and delicate textures mixes with splashes of light.
these are next...




Saturday, September 25, 2010

Head toppers of unusual substance

it's my favorite time of year. autumn may be bringing the cooler weather and is the precursor to winter, but i love the smell and sight of the air, the beauty of nature's transformation into it's long sleep. the harvesty feel to edibles & wearables. this includes hats. hat people are HAT people- lovers of the noggin-toppers, and i am proud to call myself one. i also am grateful that i have the ability to make them from start to finish, raw wool to completion; i can create each one as a work of art in it's own right.





a friend who owns her own fabulous cafe here on Whyte Ave (Sarah from LAZZARA) is in the beginnings of planning her own market taking over the space in the shop beside her. i'm eager to participate, and have already started creating a plethora of varied and unique hats. made of soft organic merino wool mixed with raw tussah silk and organic cotton- felted leaves and flowers and pom-poms, and who knows what else! bare heads, never be bare again!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Work up in my old "flying" ground

with the gracious help of my dear sister, i hung my new work up at the Slave Lake Library this weekend. it's a wonderful thing to see a series of work all together, having a nice rhythm & flow, and working as a unified show, not just one piece at a time sitting on my easel. there are a total of 10 pieces hanging, including a fun little self-portrait that i did just for me.

so, if you're in the area, feel free to drop by & have a look.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

head fulf of big, furry ones and long feathery ones...

inspiration can come from the all over. for me, it normally comes from a dream, or the particular shape of a canvas, or seeing something in person that makes me want to paint it.

i'm working on a bison because i have 3 friends who, in the last few weeks, have painted beautiful bisons! a big violet one, a large soft brown eye, and a meatatarian's dream have forced (though, eagerly and with copious pleasure, mind you) my hand into painting my own furry beauty.


also, i recently heard that Grizzlies have (sadly) been placed on Canada's threatened species list, and my mind's eye is filled with golden fur and stoic shyness.

oh, yes, i also am working on a new Black-throated hummingbird, a Cedar Waxwing, and a Blue Heron; always, my birds :)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

snowy is done

Snowy Owl (SNOW)
20x24"
mixed media on gallery canvas


i had a lot of fun creating and working on this piece; there's not one inch of the painting that is not full of texture and depth. the sky is luminescent, glowing leaf under washes of blue & gold, the snow is full of winery hues of violet & aqua, the rocks built up from actual stone & sands. and the owl himself is cut from one heavy sheet of paper & mounted upon it all.
i thought long & hard to show the right stage of his plumage- go all white or speckle his feathers with more blacks for the spring. in the end i chose a late February look; he's just beginning to get his spots back.
he, along with 3 other canvases are designated for the Gallery, and now i get to work on some new pieces for the Slave Lake library show as well as more (always more) for the Gallery and even a few smaller pieces for trades :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

redwinged blackie



my Red-winged blackbird is complete- he's 15x30x2", and has many different layers and textures throughout. the cattails are a mix of soft hemp paper and sand, and the leaves are embellished with swirls of japanese lace tissue, and his "red-wing" brilliantly shines with gold leaf. i love him! off to the Gallery he goes...

Friday, May 14, 2010

the path to tread... or fly.

wow, for someone wanting to update this blog more often, i'm sad to say that it's been 2 months since my last post. a lot has happened since then; i'm back to having official representation here in the city at the FRONT Gallery. looking forward to a big group show it's putting on at the new Lexus dealership for the month of June, and painting a few works for it- a snowy owl in violets and copper, and a red-winged blackbird surrounded by cattails.

i've also been asked to have a show at the new Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library in September. it'll be a great venue for some smaller works, plus i'll get to reunite with some old friends that i haven't seen for a while.

i've got some big plans brewing in my head for the future, and how to accomplish them. taking a jump, albeit a well-prepared one, is always exciting and scary. but it must be done!

Monday, March 15, 2010

4 and 20 blackbirds...

ummm, well, maybe just 2, and a couple more.

i've been working on a submission with a fellow artist and dear friend, Nancy Corrigan, for a show at the McMullen Gallery- a public art gallery at the University of Alberta. we're combining our love of our feathered friends, and building a spring (hopefully) show around the wee birdies.


i've been doodling up a few red-winged blackbirds, here & there, and will be transferring the doodles to a canvas shortly. at least one, or maybe a few. in a pie.

Friday, February 26, 2010

early mornings

... are a wonderful thing.

granted, waking up just before 4:30 this morning was okay- sometimes i can fall back asleep until i need to actually get up (around 6 or so) but this morning, my mind was all abuzz and excited and happy... so i listened to it. managed to get my studio corner tidied up, a couple of smaller canvases prep'd and texturized to start painting, a new water container at the ready, and realized how much i LOVE and desire my early-morning creative time.






this is how i know that spring is coming,
and coming fast!



Saturday, February 20, 2010

whooo are you ?

i'm sure i'm not the only one asking this on a daily basis, looking into the mirror in the wee hours of the morn, in dreams, in art... life is all about discovery, and finding passion and love in everything. well, for me, it is.

i love how things present themselves when one's ready for them. in the last week or so i've received 3 possible opportunities to show new work in a variety of venues. no guarantees yet on any of them, but the mere fact of the opportunity itself is exciting and encouraging and makes my senses tingle and my fingers twitch.

most of my recent work is inspired by the last couple of years that i spent up north, surrounded by wild beauty, the trees holding sway to all the creatures within.

i'm finishing up a yellow warbler painting, but the next one i'm sketching out is a barn owl. i've had this fella in my head for a long time now, and see him perched on an aspen branch, surrounded by songbirds hiding in the leaves, playing peekaboo.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

revelations, revolution and joy

in the last few months my life has changed in all manner of ways; location, employment, singleness, artistically, etc ... therefore i thought it was a great time to start a new online journal as well. a new year, a new decade, new promises, new view on who i am as a creative individual.

here, i hope to jot down my personal artistic travels through the world inside, and outside, my heart and mind.

so, if you're adventurous, come along for the ride :)