Saturday, December 31, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016
This year has been a whirlwind. Lots of travel and tons of studio work. I have left many things undone that I wish I had accomplished this year but I will move them onto the 2017 agenda. I wanted to highlight some new favourites for me that became a big part of me this year. I spent a year drawing in coloured pencil with Wendy Hollender and her year of Botanical Drawing that she launched online. It was by far my best experience with online claasses. There were monthly deadlines to complete projects as well as critiques that happened in the online community. These two elements combined perfectly for me and kept me accountable to the deadlines. She also had a live monthly meeting where we could all connect online and ask real time questions and get answers. It was an amazing experience and one I am so glad that I had. My drawing skills are still novice but I learned much more about Botanical Illustration. I highly recommend her book Botanical Drawing in Color
Monday, December 5, 2016
One of my favourite holiday tasks is filming a little Christmas flourishlink.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Where did November go? It seems like the time keeps flying faster every day. So many things to take care of here! But even in the busiest season, I love to take time with my Christmas cards.
Friday, November 4, 2016
We are having a beautiful November here in Ontario. Many of the autumn leaves are still on the trees. The birds are busy at the feeders. The days are getting a bit cooler and we have had some frosty mornings. In my studio, I am busy from morning to night. Catching up on so many painted pen orders to be able to ship them out in time for Christmas and working hard on my last two teaching workshops of the season. I will be in Birmingham, Alabama next weeked giving a crash course in Italian Hand and The Festive Flourish.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
I was recently asked about what drew me into the calligraphic world. I remember being enticed by the world of offhand flourishing and the beautiful creative patterns that I saw in The Ames Compendium and Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy. I was hooked just by looking at the images. Skill came slowly and was hard earned. I practiced for hours a day and made very slow progress. I broke pen nibs, ran into trouble finding the correct pen point to suit the skills that I had in my hand at the time, paper surfaces challenged me and I wanted to use colour but didn't know what would work in my pen. I made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot of lessons. My daily practice included writing letters and decorating envelopes to mail out to friends and family.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Canadian Thanksgiving always brings changes. Store displays are very differnt. Full of bright orange pumpkins, scarecrows and Ontario's harvest. Flavours change to darker, richer, and more robust than the lighter fare of summer. Sounds change in the garden. There are different birds at the feeders, their chirps filling the air differently than in spring and summer. And light changes. Mornings bring a different type of light to the garden.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
My usual approach for watercolour work is to just grab the closest piece of available hot press paper and begin working. I had some preparation to do for my upcoming Enchanted Letters workshop so I grabbed my pre-cut watercolour paper and began to work. Ken Bromley Art Supplies in the UK.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
September always seems to put me back on track! I am hard at work preparing for my final fall workshops. Taking a quick break from working on the handouts for my Festive Flourish
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
This summer's project was to begin a meditation garden.