Monday, January 31, 2011


can't seem to get enough of this one image.  i've now used it in a few pieces, and i'm sure there will be more to come.  loving caran d'ache delish when you add some water, and/or titanium white.

bought me some new brushes with my birthday $$ and can't wait to use them.  more to come soon.

btw, i hate mondays.  and this monday was no exception.  all i could think about was coming home to my new brushes and experimenting.  but of course, no time tonight.  food to cook.  homework to supervise.  kids to play with.  laundry to put away. 

hoping for a better day tomorrow,

Friday, January 28, 2011

Squam, Artfest, Italy

there are so many fests, and art gatherings i want to go to.  which one to go to.  which classes to take.  there is so much out there i want to try.  one step at a time, right. 

so, i think i'll start with squam.  it's in new hampshire and close to boston.  this is the closest to toronto and we can drive down as a family.  we plan to spend some time in boston, and then the family can drop me off at the retreat on thursday, and pick me up on sunday, and off we go back home.  i've applied for this and this and this class.

my next trip is artfest.  i want to take this, this and this (but it's full so i'll take this).  how incredible. 

and my ultimate trip would be italy.  creating art in italy with artists i adore.  nothing can beat that.

in my 40th year i've become brave.  i'm taking my one word 'risks' to the limit and expanding my horizons.  earlier in life i never would have considered travelling on my own, let alone be brave enough to take an art class. with other artists.  but most of all brave in calling myself an artist. 

brave in my art.  brave in my heart.

if you're attending any of these events, please let me know which ones.  would love to know what you've chosen to take.. 

i've been creating stuff i never thought i would.  more to share soon.

have a happy friday,

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


on to week three of collage.  love love love this part of the course.  i'm going to use some of the images of the girls i sketched and reuse them in my collages.  it's so much fun just moving around papers and bits of stuff on your page until you love it, and then gluing them down and splashing paint over it.  it's fun.  it's freeing.  it's immensely fun.  i love it that i am using images that i've sketched making it more personal.  this piece i did really quickly.  i was so inspired to make a collage, but i wasn't doing a good job of staying in 'the zone' to finish it off like i would have liked. my attention was split between trying to satisfy my creative spirit and trying to keep two littles busy enough to give me time to finish.  it's a juggling act i tell ya.

so folks, i'll be 40 years old this week. yup.  the monumental 4-0.  i become an official quadrugenarian this friday.  funny how there are so many days when i still feel like i'm 20, and somedays where i feel like i'm 90. 

what are my birthday plans?  not sure.  so far friday night with the girls - all us aquarius girls.  looking forward to some good food and wine and i'm sure a few good laughs.

are you celebrating a birtday too this month?  any other fellow aquarians out there? 

happy Wednesday,

Saturday, January 22, 2011

painting with acrylics

sigh.  painting with acrylics is so dang hard.  i just can't seem to make it work.  on this one i used canvas board, with jenny bowling papers and some tissue paper that came with my new coach purse!!  looks great.  but my girl.  not so sure i like her.  but i'll keep practicing.  practice practice practice.  oy.  i sure hope this eventually gets easier.  

happy saturday night,

Friday, January 21, 2011

i am

i am courage.  it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

wondering #3

do you ever question the direction your life has taken?  do you ever wonder if you should have done things differently?  do you question the choices you've made?  well, i've been asking these questions of myself today.  seems i'm in some sort of funk.  i snapped up my moleskine journal and sketched away my mood.  i was feeling brave enough to 'bust out' in my journaling and used more elements to express my emotions.  journaling, stamping, cavallini stickers.  ah.  that made me feel so much better.  art saves.  indeed.

happy sunday,

p.s. guess what.  i almost don't want to tell you cause i don't want to jinx it.  but THIS is what i'll be doing in 2012.  I'M SO EXCITED I'M GOING TO COMBUST.  (the 2012 itinerary hasn't gone up yet, but i'm sure it'll be the same).  Yay me.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Beatrice #2

'e caddi come corpe morto cade'    
Divine Comedy, Purgatory, Canto V
i just love this image.  every time i draw her, she seems like an entire new woman.  i'm going to do a few more and my favorite of them will become my painted piece for next weeks lesson.  i like this one cause she's plump and round.  a real woman!  so excited to see what number 3 will look like.  perhaps i'll have something to post tomorrow morning.  

happy saturday all,

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Misty is such a kick-ass instructor.  I'm learning to do things I never thought I could.  I now know that I can. 
Awakening to a whole new world of possibilities.  Yay me!!

If anyone out there in cyberspace is taking an on-line course, please do share.  I'm always on the look out for new, awesome on-line classes. 

happy happy happy,

Monday, January 3, 2011

i come from

- a long line of strong beautiful women who loved their families with absolute selflessness

- from a long line of strong men who worked themselves to the bone to support their families

- a place where family comes first before anything and treated with the utmost respect

- hard working parents who instilled in their children early in life the value of a dollar, and the value of a job

- long happy summers with scraped knees, barefoot, and tangled up long braids

- sibling rivalry

- of playing 'name that tune' with vinyl records and 45's with a portable 'bay city rollers' record player

- butterfly hunting with homemade nets, of hide-and-go-seek on summer night blackouts

- growing up in the 80's and white makeup and the smiths

- skipping class, going to U2 concerts and thinking we were 'cool'

- crab apple fights and going to the video game store to spend all our quarters

- coming home, leaving home

- long summer weekends at the cottage in the 1970 brown monte carlo, all 12 of us packed into the car including the dog

- mortadella sandwiches, chip sandwiches, bottles coke, and smushed up bags of chips to make them last longer

- an incredible university experience where i learned many of lifes lessons

- of late night bonfires

- tragic car accident and death

- drinking espresso, and big family dinners

- becoming a wife, and a mother of two

- losing myself

- finding myself

- deconstructing myself

- listening to my hearts whispers and 'stretching within'

- still searching

-still learning

-still finding

- loving life

now it's your turn.  where do you come from?