Friday, October 18, 2013

A new home

My blog now has a new home over at my website.  See you there.

Friday, September 6, 2013

New Toys and Senseless Posts

I got myself a new toy for the studio which now means I can show you silly pages of doodles, like this.

Just practicing my script with watercolour & gouache.  I picked up a book on hand lettering techniques a few months ago.  Now I could spend hours practicing my script.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Studio & New Website!

I've had the usual kind of South Shore summer.  Lots of visiting with good folk & fun in the sun.  I've also been busy moving my studio to a perfect little space above the Lunenburg Makery.  I'm breaking in the space with an Open Studio & Sale to showcase some of the work I created during my Gros Morne artist residency in June.  I'll also be selling my remaining stock of Lunenburg Collection screen-printed textiles.  I'll be posting more details soon.

In the meantime, check out my long overdue website.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Waiting for the parade

Watercolour, ink and pencil.April 13 2013.

I started going through photos from last year's Apple Blossom Festival Parade in Kentville.  As usual, everything I want to draw is hiding behind what I was taking photos of.

Hello there.

It's been a while, so I should start with a few explanations.

1.  Just about a year ago I joined the team at The Lunenburg Makery (see drawing of building above).  I lot of my creative energy and love has gone into my work there which means after a great start to 2012, I instantly started neglecting my blogging duties here.  I've been up to a lot of exciting things over there though.  You should check it out.

2.  In three weeks I'm starting an artist residency in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland.  For one month I'll be residing in the town of Woody Point and soaking in all the wonderful things the natural world has to offer.  I have a lot to do to get ready for this adventure which brings us to number three.

3.  Sketchbook!  Unless I'm traveling somewhere I've not been a great sketchbook keeper.  At the start of April I picked up a new sketchbook and started picking away at it.  This new practice coincided with my new years resolution to rejoin a local life drawing class.  It was tough getting back into practice, but once everything fell back into place it felt simply wonderful.  It is a great reminder to see everything around you as if you were traveling in a new place.

I just received a copy of Julia Rothman's Drawn In: A peek into the inspiring sketchbooks of 44 fine artists, illustrators, graphic designers & cartoonists.  Exploring this book has hammered into me the importance and freedom that comes with keeping a sketchbook.  I picked up a small 7 x 10 inch book which means starting a new page isn't intimidating, not that drawing scares me.  It is failure to draw that scares me.

Images from me, here and here.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Springtime on Vinegar Hill!

Spring is my favorite time of year.  I've said it every year since moving to Lunenburg County.  Here is my lovely little house in all its springtime glory. 

Rhubarb is sprouting, the forsythia is in full bloom and the blue jays are hogging the bird feeder.  I'm jumping the gun but I've already started on a summer piece.  It's a productive way to channel my excitement for the upcoming seasons.

Friday, May 4, 2012

SPRING UP! Halifax Crafters Market

It's that time of year again!  I'm packing up all my goods and heading into the city for the Halifax Crafters Society handmade market.  Check out Halifax Crafters' website for the list of vendors and a sneak peak at some vendors and their fantastic handmade offerings.

I had some time this week to design and print some of these lovely bags to raffle off to help raise funds towards covering the market's costs.  Grab a raffle ticket at the door for your chance to win!