Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Handmade Journals Available

New Sketchbook Journals are now available in my Etsy shop!  A lot of work goes into the making of each book, made with high quality materials in the pursuit of making a very versatile books for artists and writers alike.  The books above consist of Stonehenge Paper with a natural torn edge look.  To find out more about how these sketchbook journals are made you can read about them in my online shop..

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sold Sketchbook/Journal

New Sketchbook Journals for the New Year!  There are new ones to come but several wonderful books left in my shop at

Sunday, December 19, 2010

In the Snow Belt

Here is a view from my art lair down in the basement which used to be a small workshop that had been abandoned for years, mired high in mice poop and sawdust.  After a heavy clean from top to bottom it is now a homey little place where I can work and not freeze.  This view is through the window that I open to let out the toxic fumes of oil and mineral spirits.  As I write this it is snowing in big soft flakes falling gently to the ground capturing the essence of a snow globe.  Just 10 minutes away going east there is almost no snow at all and here we have at least a half a foot.  I am grateful for having snow this Christmas, having not any in since living in California for the last 5 years.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Luca Oil Painting

I am excited to share that I just sold my first commissioned portrait painting today and Luca's mom really loved it which is great because a mother has a very discerning eye when it comes to a portrait of their own baby.  Katie, Luca's mom drove an hour and change to pick it up and brought Luca too who is Jude's age.  The both got to play together for a little bit and go in and out of the snow fort outside.  Sam and I used the money for the portrait to go shopping for Christmas gifts and have just come home after hours of buying gifts.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Handmade book Sold

One more handmade sketchbook sold in my shop!  I am so excited to share these books that are carefully made for artists and writers alike.  More high quality books can be found in my shop in time for the holidays and for New Year beginnings.

Snow Home

For Isabella's Birthday I built her a snow hut of sorts with giant balls of snow which was in a perfect state for packing.  I think I was outside for several hours before I was done.  The only pictures we got were of Jude playing in and around it as he was really excited by it and yelled out in gleeful tones as he approached it.  Then entrance was just at his standing height and inside the snow fort Isabella could stand straight up without her head touching.  Grandpa Joe and Isabella engaged in a snowball fight and Sam crawled inside with Jude.  Since that night the snow has been melting and today it is freeze raining but I am grateful that we all got a chance to see it. 

The giant snow ball at the entrance is to close up the entrance so that the neighbors dogs who run loose at night don't run inside to pee in it as they do on other things. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sketchbook Journals

I just sold a tall handmade sketchbook journal in my shop just after posting them last night!  More are still left to buy in time for the holidays.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

New Sketchbook Journals added to my shop

These are handmade books for artists and writers alike that can now be bought in my shop

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Port Perry Christmas Parade

Last night was the Port Perry Christmas parade which took place along Main Street through the center of town.  For once I saw a Christmas parade with snow, which covered the ground outside the high traffic area of strolling pedestrians.  Christmas lights could be seen all over town in sidewalk trees and shop windows.  Outside cafes there was the selling of hot chocolate with generous amounts of whipped cream and tasty things to eat.  We took refuge from the cold in the Native Canadian store Native Focus which is owned and run by friends of ours who also have two little boys.  Inside Erin made hot chocolate for everyone while Jude and I strolled around the store waiting for our chai latte to cool down.  For such a small town I was surprised by the crowd and heard said that some folks had set up their chairs hours before to reserve an ideal spot for viewing the floats.  When the parade began, it began like any other Christmas parade, people dancing around in gift wrapped boxes and folks sitting on hay bales on a flat bed pulled by a semi truck.  But we were really impressed by the animals.  A horse with a winter maiden was adorned with a rope of lights, illuminating the horses features in an ethereal quality.  Reindeer were paraded in next, followed by lions, llamas, sheep, goats, and a girl riding center between the huge humps of a camel.  Jude was up on my shoulders for most of the time in pure contentment, undisturbed by the blaring of horns and drums.  I will openly admit that this small town parade was even better than the Christmas parades held in Oakland California.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Changing of the Seasons

Well winter is definitely here in Scugog which one can tell by the seeping chill that gets inside your bones despite all the layering you can wear.  The icy wind penetrates through your clothes or winds its way up your sleeves, pant legs and the opening of your winter coat.  The sky today is grey from the horizon up, the jack-o-lanterns aged with turned in mouths and squinty eyes, and all between is colorless and gloomy.  My little studio in the garage is no longer adequate and I have now moved down into the basement amongst the sawdust and cobwebs of an old abandoned wood shop which resembled an abandoned ship before I set out to clean it.  Like an archeologist I moved gradually through layers of sediment that coated the floor and all other surfaces.  Evidence that several generations of house mice occupied this area had to be swept up and stacks of tools, wood and wire piled up like the game pick up sticks had to be rearranged and put into some semblance of order.  I am proud to say that hours of exacavating has found me a nice little studio in which I will be making paintings through the winter season.  Sam and I have been working hard to get some things in order for future sales and I have gotten my first commissioned painting to work on as soon as the photographs arrive.  Sam will hopefully have her work up in a few shops, one local, one overseas and another in the states, before Christmas shoppers have completed their purchases.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Christmas Fine Craft & Decorative Art Show & Sale

Taking breaks from art/craft show preparations by getting some sushi at Kyoto House. 

A snapshot of one of our tables full of Sam's wares full of gnomes, ornamental owls, holiday cards, origami decorations and baby tee shirts with Sam's art on them.  I am so proud of Sam's talent and I am a huge fan of all her work. 
All things in are handmade and one-of-a-kind.  There is a truly special feeling in things handmade that can be felt in the objects themselves.  We are very excited about our upcoming show taking place this weekend, Nov. 21 Lions Community Centre, 157 Elgin Street in East Cobourg.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Grandma Jude Painting

It took a bit of time to convince Jude to let me do a portrait of her.  She is a spiritual being and a writer who incorporates her sensitivity and zest for life in her work.  Her hair flows free and untamed as she is herself, letting things go and not bound by thoughts of should, but believes in following the natural flow of things as they come.  We have had many conversations over warm tea in the kitchen about art, writing, and view of life as it presents itself in all things. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Paintings for Sale

I have just added 3 new paintings to my online shop which are available for sale!  You can find them on

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Isabella Painting

This will be my sixth painting since I have moved here to Port Perry Canada and I am currently working on my seventh and eighth.  Each painting has its own challenges but I am learning through the struggles and developing gradually, I can see it.  This shows Isabella at the age of 9, right about the time we landed here.  She looks to be a dancer in this picture and has a braided piece of string wrapped around her head.  I will make some little adjustments to this picture before I put it in my etsy shop for sale.  My other paintings are now in a contemporty art store in downtown Port Perry called Meta4.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Come and Support Us Artists

Sam and I will be attending this show to sell our art!  We have been working hard to make our dream of becoming independent artists a reality.  Since we have moved to Canada we have been given time to spend our days making things that we can sell.  I will have for sale a group of paintings and mixed media works while Sam will have all the many wonderful things in her shop ( and more.   

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Disapproving Look

A Disapproving Look- Original Oil Painting
I am happy to announce that I have just added this painting into my online shop for sale.  I have not had the opportunity to photograph the stages of this painting's development but it has been one that I have been working on for the last 2 weeks or so.  This is a painting of Sam in her favorite plaid dress that she is even wearing today.  More detailed photos can be found on my etsy shop
along with further details. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Large Original Oil Painting of Erin

Here is my newest painting that I have just added to my shop!  It is an 18 x 20 inch portrait of a woman named Erin who Sam has been friends with for many years.  Erin is an artistic being and a mother of two little boys.  I was drawn to Erin's unique and captivating face which I was eager to paint a portrait of.  More visual details of this painting or purchase information can be found at my online shop:

My studio

These pictures were taken by Sam of me working on my first two paintings in my little outdoor studio.  I have since made a studio within the garage for a more consistant light source using a number of day light bulbs to provide a lighting that is true to color.  The weather here has been random, with humid haze in one day and autumn cool breezes on another with the occasional lightening storm in between.  I have now paint on all my clothing so far which I suppose I wear with pride.  It is good to make new work.  I used to listen to an Ipod of my favorite music as a source of inspiration but now I prefer the quiet.  At night when I work I am often visited by little mice that climb the shelve and the rafters of the garage space without paying me too much mind. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Small oil painting of Erin

This is a new painting that I have just added into my etsy shop!  It is an oil portrait of a friend in town named Erin who is a mother of two little boys.  She also lives a very creative life of painting and art making with her boys. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Large Erin Painting

This is a new painting that I am doing of the same girl.  The previous painting below has been worked on for two sessions or so but I didn't get a moment to photograph it and will probably do so when it is done.  This painting however is much bigger and has been a real challenge for some reason as I struggled to get the foundation of the facial features right and spent a grand chunk of time editiing.  Some days are just bad painting days where the planetary arrangement plays a part I suppose.  It was a beautiful day to paint outside but doing so I have discovered is challenging when light is continuously changing.  The best days to paint are the over cast ones when the light conditions are stable.  I am thinking about creating a more controlled studio environment in the garage.  This canvas has been put together and gessoed myself but I find the canvas is a dry surface as opposed to masonite even after 4 coats of gesso and sanding in between coats.  Let's see if tomorrow is a more promising day at the easel.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New Small Erin Painting

Today looked stormy but I decided that I was going to paint outside anyway and so began this new small painting.  You can see that I had to use boards to elevated the canvas to my eye level as I like to stand when I am painting.  At first I struggled when working in such a small dimension but soon enough the portrait began to come together.  I have several other canvas of this size that I made myself, the stretcher bars assembled from recycled wood.  Each canvas is an object in itself.  I don't know the size off hand but it is about 10 or 11 inches high but not quite a foot.  Erin is a friend of Sam's and I am just getting to know her but I have been delighted to paint her and her son Callum.  I will be looking for other new faces to paint as well.  For the painting above I will work on it until it has a more finished look.