art, Art News, Writing News

Newsletter Week

This week I sent out an artist/author newsletter. In it I announced an ART SHOP SALE! The newsletter is also available online. View it HERE. (Many items in the shop are one only. First come, first served. Don’t miss out!) If you'd like to get my author / artist newsletter delivered directly to you via… Continue reading Newsletter Week

art, Poems by others, Poetry

“Silver” – Walter de la Mare

Sketch for "MOON" - Oct. 18, 2021 - VN A recent sketch I did, inspired by the October 18 Inktober prompt MOON, reminds me of a favourite poem I memorized when I was a youngster. Maybe it's a favourite of yours too. SILVER Slowly, silently, now the moonWalks the night in her silver shoon;This way,… Continue reading “Silver” – Walter de la Mare

art, Personal, Poetry, wall art

Gratitude on Thanksgiving week

Welcome to my updated website and blog. Template changes were long overdue! I hope you like the new look. Last Monday was Canadian Thanksgiving. We, in Canada, certainly have a lot to be thankful for. My personal list includes continuing gratitude for health during this pandemic and the fact that we can again attend church… Continue reading Gratitude on Thanksgiving week

art, wall art

Display watercolors up close and personal

One thing I learned, early in my time of working with watercolors, was that the finished paintings needed to be protected. This protection has traditionally been provided by glass or plexiglass. I always wished there was some way to view the work more immediately, without the reflective aspect of glass getting in the way.  Also,… Continue reading Display watercolors up close and personal

art, nature, Poetry

Welcome Fall!

Today is the Autumnal Equinox–officially the first day of Fall (or Autumn). In honor of the changing season, I give you an ode celebrating one of Fall’s most popular gifts, the handsome and versatile pumpkin. To Pumpkin You kept the new world’shungry pioneers and pilgrims alivewith your soft sweet fleshand nutty seeds,their feet warm with… Continue reading Welcome Fall!

art, art instruction, Book Reviews, note cards, wall art

Hand Lettering by Thy Doan Graves – Yes you should!

Are you a victim of impulse buying? The stores that hold the greatest temptation for me to buy on a whim are stationery / office supply stores (like Staples), craft stores (like Michaels), and art supply outlets (like our local Opus store). Often I regret these on-the-spot decisions but occasionally I don’t. That turned out… Continue reading Hand Lettering by Thy Doan Graves – Yes you should!

art, Kids, Objects

Some of my favourite art books are written for kids

Art for Kids – Drawing by Kathryn Temple, for example, explains the basics of drawing and shading with pencil really well and has excellent sections on perspective, human body structure, drawing faces, and gestures. Another favourite I purchased a few months ago is The Drawing Book for Kids—365 Daily Things to Draw by Woo! Junior… Continue reading Some of my favourite art books are written for kids

art, art instruction, Book Reviews, Personal, wall art

Welcome September!

Happy September! I’ve kept my promise and given my blog a summer break. Now summer is all but over—hard to believe but that’s what the calendar and the shrinking hours of daylight say—and it’s back to more regular posts here. I’ll try for weekly. Though the summer was a quiet one due to continuing Covid… Continue reading Welcome September!

art, note cards, Poems by others, wall art

Ode to peonies

t’s peony season here on the west coast of Canada! These gorgeous, fragrant flowers decorated the reception tables at our June wedding in Saskatchewan back in 1981, so my love affair with them is lasting. They are also an irresistible magnet for my camera and paintbrush. I was excited to see a peony in bloom… Continue reading Ode to peonies

art, note cards, wall art

Selling online through a sweet local art market

Finding places to sell art is a challenge. That’s why, a few months ago, Pacific Arts Market caught my attention when I saw that a few of the local artists I follow on Instagram had shopfronts there. Pacific Arts Market is a physical marketplace in Vancouver. It operates out of the second floor of a… Continue reading Selling online through a sweet local art market