Friday, July 31, 2015

ReFreshed, Cruelty-Free & A Big Treat

I just treated myself to a refresh at our local salon ReThink after having heavy past my shoulder locks
 
 
Now I just gotta add some colour with my favorite all natural cruelty-free dye from HerbaTint
 

P.S.  If you don't get my e-studio-news.
Join me here tomorrow for a big announcement
and treat regarding my art. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

WHEW & PHEW & AHHHHH!

Wow, that was a hard week with such hot hot hot motionless air and heavy humidity, ugh!
We ended up going old school by doing all our cooking outside or eating cold pasta outta a can!
 
 
It was too hot to even turn on the computers so pen and pencil were dug out for work!
We were getting near our wits end.  Days were kept quiet and dark as possible.
All I did was try not to pass out, drink tons of water, eat very little for my appetite was gone
and go from rabbit to rabbit, wetting ears, adjusting fans, doling out treats to keep spirits up!!
There was such a rare stillness in the air,
the whole city seemed quiet as though everyone was tiredly waiting & wishing for it to break.
But finally late last night, after a very long week, relief came whooshing in with a heavy downpour
and today we have wind....oh my goodness the wind feels heavenly today, ha ha!
 
 
We're finally able to get back to the outside...to have windows and doors and curtains wide open
we're all breathing a sigh of relief, especially the buns....WHEW & PHEW & AHHHHH!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Transferring Time

Transferring some sketches...
 
 
Making the lines darker on one so I can see him on my light table.  I love this part of it all.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Basking in Bastin

I've been learning about one of my all time favorite artists, Marjolein Bastin
It's so easy to sink in and bask in all the beauty this talented woman creates, wow!
 
 
I've also been basking in the beauty of flowers galore both in and outside of the house.
What's making you happy this week?

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Back Deck Project

Well one project we wanted to get done straight away was our back deck redo...
We've been wanting to refresh and improve this much used space for some time now.


I am always SOOOOO glad and grateful
that I have not only a handsome bearded honey but one who is also very handy & hardworking.


After a long harsh winter we had to take the old gazebo down because it had seen it's best days...
our winters are so hard on any and all of our outdoor areas and stuff.


We put up a structure for a clear roof all by our handy little selves, ha ha...
Painted it...sanded and re-painted the floor and VOILA.....
  

Well, okay!  It wasn't just 'Voila', ha ha, it was a lot of work but it was so worth it.
We made sure to get this all done in early Spring so that we could enjoy it for a nice long season.


I just love sitting on the pillows on the floor at the long bench Japanese style with some food.
Or stretching out on it to watch the rain.


I love all of the flowers.
Oh flowers galore.


I love sweeping it and keeping it all clean
because it feels like the loveliest spot and keeping it up is me respecting & appreciating it.


I love putting on the pretty white flickering lanterns at night.
I love just watching the buns play about.


I love sitting here in the mornings with my espresso and a book.
I love how the chickadees bathe and drink from the fountain even with me sitting right there.


I love it all by myself or with the bun babies.
But I especially love it when I have lovely company to share it with.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wee Wings 2

I just finished up this a wee little guy


He's a tiny 3 x 3 inches and coloured pencil and paint on a cute little canvas board.


He's already flown into my shop if your interested in him & he's only $30.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Art Cards at Michelle's FrameMaker & Gallery

So one of my favorite local shops is Michelle's FrameMaker & Gallery.
She has been carrying my handmade art cards since 2007.
 
I have such fond memories of visiting this Art Shop & Gallery with my Mom as a young kid.
We'd go in regularly to look around...I think my Mom knew it would inspire me. 
 

Michelle carries the most beautiful art prints & other really cool stuff including
being thee best local spot to get any framing done.
 
I am so honored that Michelle has been carrying my cards for so long and I love it because
when I go in to see her, I am also getting too see one of my very most favourite beautiful souls.

Besides buying from me,
The FrameMakers is currently the only place in town where you can buy my cards.
Do check them out at 168 Main St West in North Bay.
 


Friday, July 17, 2015

A Great Read

I just finished this book...If your a fan of historical fiction,
 
 
Interested in the underground railroad & just love great writing give it a try.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

AOM Alumni Exhibition

3 of my mixed media ladies are at the AOM Gallery
for an Alumni Invitational Show
Featuring all new work from Art On Main's current & past alumni.
 

The show opened on July 1st and runs until August 31
with a reception this coming Friday, July 17th.
So if your in the neighborhood, do drop by and have a look...my works are in some great company.


Friday, July 10, 2015

The Phoenix Soul Magazine

I am so excited
I'll be featured in the next issue of
Yayyyyyyy
with both my art and a little article about serendipitous connections and sacred rituals.
 
 
If you've not heard about it, The Phoenix Soul Magazine is an indie digital magazine
with an awesome community of souls who seek out
"vibrant art. intimate interviews. gaspworthy poetry.
hand-painted pages. handwritten love notes.
revealing essays. soul-stirring prompts
"
 
http://www.thephoenixsoul.com/
 
I'll be in the "Serendipity" issue alongside good company like: Cory Sipper, Teresa Robinson,
Carissa Paige, Beth Morey, Julia Fehrenbacher, De Jackson, Suzanne l. Vinson,
Maureen Helms Blake, Laurie Blackwell, and Patricia Crisafulli.
 
Each issue is 60 whole vibrant pages of artsy soulful goodness with a
"a soul-centered theme, seeking beauty &
blessing in our everyday lives
(even/especially among our bumps & bruises)"
(Don't you just LOVE that description)

I am so excited I am going to be a part of it and it comes out on July 15th

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Pagoda Project

I wanted to share this big project with you guys last season but I forgot to take good shots!
 
 
So here we are, this was our first big Spring project last year...our new 'Pagoda'
 
 
It was a huge job of tearing down our old gazebo which we had made also years ago.
 
 
We had to remove the old patio bricks, pull out dead trees, redo the walkway, etc...
 

 
Once my honey sets his mind to something he's like a workhorse, ha ha, so we got it up pretty fast!
 

We wanted to make sure that it was done quickly so the rabbits could safely use their yard again...
 
 
But also of course so that we could make sure to really enjoy it all season long too.
 
 
And enjoy it and adore it, we do...ahhhh.

 
It's one of my favorite places.  especially cause we made it together, just us twosome.

 
We created our own little Shangri-la, I think...and I am pretty sure the buns love it too.

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