Sunday, May 19, 2019

There is another alphabet......

I stumbled upon this quote the other day and it just seemed perfect for flourishing. I will continue to experiment with these words. Inspiration is everywhere in Spring! From the new buds on trees and branches to the green grass that seems to get a bit brighter every day and the songs of the birds in the yard.  No matter how busy life gets, I am trying hard to notice the details and the little bright spots of beauty in each day. Happy Flourishing.

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Magic of April

I love Spring. Every day is a new beginning. Every day offers a new sight and the songs of the birds are back in full swing! This is my favourite time of year. It doesn't matter how rainy it is, how dreary the skies can be or how soggy the ground is....Spring is here. Blossoms will come, the leaves will return to the trees and the longer days of sunshine are coming back. As I continue to work in my studio on more projects than I can list at the moment, I try to savour the small things that I see around me. Even the beauty of the new growth that is emerging from tulip bulbs or the rose bush causes me to stop and just enjoy. Seasons of life go flying by at an ever-increasing speed it seems. Slow down and just observe the beauty that is around you! Wherever you may be on your artistic or calligraphic journey, don't rush. You are right where you should be, enjoy the journey at every stage and in every season.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Enchanting March

The calendar has changed to March and that always means an increase in activity for me. My travel schedule launches this week and doesn't let up until November. I am used to this by now but it still catches me by surprise. My desk is overflowing with work. I am happy to be so busy, but still trying to find time to study some new techniques. I never stop being curious no matter how much "real work" I have to do.
 The images in this post will be shared in upcoming workshops. I have been busy revising my workshop handouts as some techniques have changed and I keep coming up with new ideas.
The redwork Enchanted Letter D is reminiscent of my days as an embroiderer. I used to do a lot of redwork designs and wanted to create a fairly simple initial in one colour. I put a light wash of Interference red watercolour over the pen flourished butterfly. Sometimes it is nice to keep your colour palette very simple.
The Enchanted Letter B uses all of my usual techniques. I was testing Caran D"Ache Museum Aquarelles in this piece and really love the vibrant colours. 
The Enchanted Meadow bird was a little exploration in a slightly different painting technique. I will continue to explore the technique and refine it further. Hope March brings you sunshine and flowers! Here in Canada, the snow is melting and Spring must be getting ready to visit.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Quick post

Just taking a few minutes to touch base with my blog. I appreciate the email messages I get from you and the feedback to the posts. Right now, I am so busy in the studio but feeling grateful for the work. I am about to launch into my busy travel schedule and booking in to 2020 and 2021 at the moment! I am working hard as wellon a  new workshop release in drawing, painting and gilding Acanthus ornamental designs. It should be fun! I always find it quite enlightening to try and figure out how to put my process into words.

It will be interesting to see how it all unfolds. I learn so much in the process of creating the classes and I love to dive into study and research.
I also had the tremendous pleasure to work on a special anniversary Enchanted Letter commission for someone that I met through the blog! It was a pure delight to work on this project. This piece will be incorporated into a lace wreath for her anniversary celebration. The artwork pictured at the top is the original design and the two others are prints of the original. The prints and the orignals are all gilded with 23K gold leaf as well as touches of Shell Gold. Of course, I had to add Swarovski crystals!
It is such a tremendous honour to work on pieces for special celebrations. I have so much fun, this never feels like work to me! Happy February everyone! 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Welcome January

 Happy 2019 dear friends! I am having a bit of a late start getting my blog updated, but wanted to send out a New Year Greeting.
I do believe that there is a magic in beginnings! I hope your New Year started out well and that you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season. I don't feel as if I took much of a holiday break but I love being busy and hard at work. Lots of commissions as well as some big projects are on the horizon and I will keep you updated. My 2019 teaching schedule is available if you email me. I will be visiting lots of Canadian locations this year which is always exciting for me. I have kept most of April and May free from travel so I can work with more private students. If you are interested in talking to me about the possibility of a private course of study, just email me at for details.
I am not really big on New Year's Resolutions but I do like to set goals. One of my thoughts this year is to be more appreciative of the friendships I have cultivated over the years and to be sure to write to people as they cross my mind. I used to do this as a regular practice every Sunday but slowly, other things began to take over my time. This year, I do hope to keep up with my correspondence.
Enjoy a wonderful weekend and hope you find time to relax with  your pen and ink! Big hugs all around.