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, 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, 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

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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

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Art Exhibition

Art shows are a new experience for me. Applying to have my art included in a show is a lot like getting a writing submission ready for publication or a contest—exciting and a little stressful. And so, a few weeks ago, after completing just such a submission, I was thrilled to have my painting “Persimmon… Continue reading Art Exhibition

art, Form poems, Haiku, Religious, Theology, wall art

Resurrection!

He is risen! He is risen indeed! This is how Christians around the world greet each other on the day we celebrate Jesus' resurrection from the dead, in western Christianity Easter Sunday. One last duo from Laurel and me, for this special day. I sent her the painting, she wrote the haiku. "Joy" - by… Continue reading Resurrection!

art, nature, Poems by others, Poetry, Prayer, Religious, wall art

A Lent Conversation – Week 4

I can hardly believe we're already into week four of our Lent project. This week I sent Laurel the prompt--a painting I did, inspired by a photo I took on a summer holiday trip we made to Salt Spring Island some years ago. I love her psalm-like prayer poem in response. My painting and the… Continue reading A Lent Conversation – Week 4