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Monday, October 20, 2014

Hello...
A BIG thank-you to Carol and Kellee from Calyx!! I had a wonderful time and met some amazing artists. Hopefully, I can return for the Spring show 2015.
Thank-you to the customers who stopped by to say hi, and to those who purchased a Nancy Walker painting, I thank-you!

Fall is always such a busy time of year for everyone...
I am working on new pieces for 2 more shows and a few special pieces for a soon to be revealed surprise!! I am so excited...
The photo below is now finished and framed...I was having fun playing with paper!
RECONSTRUCTING TEAL ~ 2014
Wishing you all a happy week!
Thank-you for visiting...
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello...
No excuses...August and September were filled with art and family. A vacation in August to visit my soon to be 94 year old Dad was a welcome break. We were able to see our newest addition to the family...my sister's first grandchild, little Owen. Such a smiley, sweet baby.

Now, October is almost half over! Our Canadian Thanksgiving is this coming weekend. We are going to enjoy dinner out this year with our family. I honestly don't have time to cook right now. My grandson, Matt was a little disappointed, but Christmas is coming and Nana will be cooking!

A bit of exciting news for those who don't follow me on Facebook or twitter. I have been juried into an amazing art show coming up next weekend...October 18th and 19th. I am truly honoured to be a part of the CALYX Distinctive Arts Show. There will be beautiful jewelry, pottery and lots of paintings. I will be there on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 2014

I am also doing a little demo this evening (short notice) over at Blue Rock Gallery in Black Diamond.
So happy to be there...Karen is wonderful. If you are in the area, stop by for a visit and watch me get my hands into plaster and paint!

Wishing you a happy week
Thank-you for visiting...
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hello...
I surprised myself...two posts in a month! Hope I can keep it going. It is hot, hot here right now. Enjoy the heat unless I am on the third floor working on art projects...I am not going to complain because we can have the "S" word in September. Don't want to jinx it!
I have been working away on different projects...I am about to start on a painting I promised to do for the Shaw Charity Golf Classic at the end of August. Not much time, but I will forge ahead and get it done.
I also just finished designing a shoe. I love my shoe. I don't know how to begin to explain why I had to design it...too long and crazy a story. Let me just say that I was given the length of the shoe, and had to use a picture of the Original shoe...
This is a great project and I am going to make a few more as gifts this fall. Now that I have created my patterns, it should go much quicker. The finishing is always the most tedious for me...I can be pretty fussy. But in the end...I am pleased with how it all turned out.

The shoe has a clay sole and heel and upper. I covered the upper and lid/pincushion with wool. I used wool threads to make the braid trim around the bottom. The tassels are hand made by moi and the inside of the shoe is constructed of leather scraps. You could configure the inside to accommodate whatever you wanted to include. I may do something a little different with the next shoe.
PINCUSHION SHOE ~ 2014
THE BACK DETAIL OF THE SHOE
THE INSIDE COMPARTMENTS ~ THEY ARE LEATHER
THE FRONT OF THE SHOE
THE OTHER SIDE...
Wishing you a happy week!
Thank-you for visiting...
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Hi Everyone...who is still hanging in there with me!
Blogging seems to be more miss than hit this year....it has been a crazy year for sure.
I seem to have my hands in so many pies...and fortunately for my waistline, I can't eat them!
I will keep this post brief...I have so much I could and should share, but I won't bore you with all of it at once!!
I completed the picture from the last post about a week later...and then got carried away with life.
And so here is the finished piece...
WATERCOLOR ON CANVAS ~ 2014
May and June were been filled with crafting and painting. Here is just a glimpse...

FINISHED BARN ~ OIL ON BOARD 2014









And then I did these....
OIL ON CANVAS ~ 2014
PLASTER WORK ON CANVAS 2014


MORE PLASTER WORK ON BURLAP 2014
There is more...but that will be for another post. Soon. I promise!!

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far...the weather is wonderful here right now.
Thank-you for visiting.
Wishing you a happy week!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Hello...I hadn't intended to stay away so long. I won't apologize though...
Life has been busy...and it is going to stay that way for awhile. I do hope I can spend a bit more time here now. I do miss blogging and visiting.
We are enjoying some spring-like weather after what has seemed like a FOREVER winter!! I'll take what I can get!
I have been painting and painting these past couple of months...working on technique, different surfaces and totally immersed in the joy of playing with color. What fun!
I hope to have some good news in planning for 2015...already, you ask?? I know, but I have to keep my priorities and goals in mind these days or I could go a little crazy!

I thought I would share what happens to a Canvas when you decide you don't like the Watercolor you have painted. This is probably not what a lot of artists would do, but it works for me. 
The first pic is the canvas after I have removed the original painting and then deciding how and what to paint over it...(the original paint was a staining watercolor)...hence not all was completely removed. I am sure there is a product out there, but I decided to see if I could use what was left to my advantage...
ORIGINAL PAINTING
NEW PAINTING ON PAPER

























The second picture (right) is the new painting on watercolor paper. It looks much better on the paper, but I can't share the whole picture yet...it still needs a bit of work.
ORIGINAL CANVAS WITH A NEW LOOK















The painting above is the original canvas...you can still see the heart shape, and I have turned the canvas to a horizontal position.
THE CANVAS NOW...A NEW WATERCOLOR!














This is what the canvas looks like now. It is coming along. I still have a few more elements to add
to it. It has been a fun exercise in rescuing this canvas. I'll share the final painting in a few days.



Wishing you all a happy weekend!
Thank-you for visiting...
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year...New Ideas...New Inspiration...


Hello...
There is a gentle snow falling on this New Year Eve/Day. There will be snow to shovel in the morning. The days are starting to get a little longer, although we won't be noticing it too much until mid February.
I have a few new books to read over the winter. Looking forward to curling up with a hot cup of tea and a good mystery. How about you? What books do you enjoy reading?...

~ WINTER READING ~
The books in the picture...Of course, I can't go without a cookbook. "Cooking from the Farmer's Market" was a Christmas present from my DH...I had glanced through it a week or so before Christmas while shopping in Williams Sonoma...(Love that store!!) This book is filled with lots of pictures and simple, good for you recipes.
The mystery novel is "Music of Ghosts" and was reviewed favorably by Pam from Sidewalk Shoes and so decided it might be a good read. The one underneath in the photo is called Benediction. Not a long story, but again, well received by those who have read it.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year
filled with joy and peace.
Thank-you for visiting me...
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hello...
All of the decorations have been put away for another year. I am always sad to see them come down, but happy to see a more simplistic space.
New adventures await this new year...I am looking forward to the coming days. Lots of painting, a few house projects and spending time with my family.
My apologies for the yellowish picture below...I took it with a night setting...
CHRISTMAS MANTEL 2013
THE NEW YEAR MANTEL

 I do need to add a couple of things to this...but I will do that closer to the spring...for now, it is
simple. Did you know that leaving a pomegranate to dry makes them leathery and wonderful subjects for painting??

Wishing you all a happy week..
Thank-you for visiting me.
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