Thursday, 29 October 2015

November postcards

green tea mug with landscape

'green tea mug with landscape' - mixed media on linen

a coffee pot

'a coffee pot' - mixed media on linen

'tea pot on a shelf' - mixed media on brown card


'teabowl' - mixed media on linen

postcard-sized original artworks - these will be available to purchase in my shop next week, Wednesday 4th November.

Sizes: I have varied the sizing and so although most are about 14cm x 10cm - some are slightly smaller or larger. All works will be individually priced.

Thanks always.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

November Postcards

blue and white cup with portrait

blue and white cup with portrait
(mixed media on linen)

red cup, evening

red cup, evening
(mixed media on linen)

blue and white jar

blue and white jar
(mixed media on linen)

yellow jug with dotty curtain

yellow jug with dotty curtain
(mixed media on brown card)

new postcard sized original works - coming to my shop in November.... I'll be adding postcards through the month. First update Wednesday 4th November.

Monday, 26 October 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. Untitled, 2. Still wet, 3. the blue veil (story of a funeral fiend, with butterflies), 4. gato, 5. Herbstfeuer, 6. Untitled, 7. lunch, 24/10, 2015, 8. october patchwork, 9. The river today, 10. ·, 11. Struttura38 - G025, 12. Swinging #inktober, 13. Untitled, 14. STUDIO, 15. Untitled, 16. Collage Fever - Leutnant Gustl/Arthur Schnitzler, 17. nice to meet you!, 18. pumpkin patch, 19. Autumnal Love, 20. Untitled

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

A happy autumnal Monday to you - many thanks to all the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. It's the last week of October and here we are ankle-deep in vibrant autumn leaves and enjoying the fleeting sunshine..... The hot water bottles are filled up each evening, the heating is switched on for a little while, and my thoughts are moving toward winter.

As many other people I have mixed feelings regarding winter. I enjoy seeing the first real frost and the first 'proper snow' - if we get any. I'm happy to see children pulling their sledges along the street - we live in a hilly neighbourhood and have some great slopes! But I do find the dark days difficult at times. I get seasonal adjustment disorder and can struggle a bit, but do have the help of a lightbox and daylight bulbs - and they do help.

So right now I am making the most of any autumn sunshine, charging my batteries in anticipation of winter. I am embracing colour so much these days. For a while I almost avoided colour as if it was something that wasn't 'for me', but I think I understand why I had to do that. Now I want to know more about colour. I've spent several years working by myself and working through things - my work has been evolving and if I hit a 'wall' I have taught myself how to make a turn. Like many artists I feel my working life is a constant apprenticeship and I am always challenging myself because I thrive under a certain amount of pressure. That is why I create projects, but am also open to reinventing ideas and understanding when I need a change of direction.

My November postcards project is a happy challenge indeed - and I am looking forward to sharing more previews of artwork. This week I'll be posting several 'mostly pictures' posts - to share here some of the postcard-sized original paintings that will be in my shop from November 4th.

And this week I'll also be sharing here some of the new stitched works that I am creating and will write a little more about them.

Have a good start to your week and more soon.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

coming in November

postcard painting - (temporary frame)

a postcard-sized work placed temporarily in a vintage frame

Yes, I am pleased to let you know here that I am once again (for a second year) offering a special selection of postcard-sized works throughout November.

November Postcards starts November 4th - and I'll be adding additional postcard-sized works throughout November.

Last year I offered a variety of original small works: still life paintings, figure/abstract works too. This year I am once again considering the still life. However my focus will be very much about colour, shape and pattern.  There will also be special postcard-sized stitched text works (more on those next week).

still life (postcard size)

a postcard work

I am interested in pictures within pictures, composition and abstraction.... But yes more than anything colour! Over the past few years I have explored colour with more confidence. I'm fascinated by how colour works and how it may transform ideas.


My artworks are created to be enjoyed in homes, they are small-scale and often homely - I make no apology for making pictures I would want in my own home. I believe that even the most neutral and pared-down home interior needs a shot of colour, even if on a small scale..... As you may know I am very interested in ceramics and have a modest collection, so pots of all shapes and sizes feature in my work. I don't create compositions directly 'from life' - but look about my home and find ideas, perhaps the shape of a cup as a starting point...

Over the next few weeks I will be showing here a small selection of the larger selection....

Looking forward to sharing more.

Monday, 19 October 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. 5451266069_b1ca453a58_z, 2. Oct 17/15 #embroidery #embroideryart #broderie #naturaldyeing #weathersystem #autumn #greatlakes #lakeontario #toronto #ontario, 3. Skanning_20151017 (3), 4. Untitled, 5. on the easel, portrait in progress, 6. making 17 of 20, 7. Rose, 8. Minding The Store, 9. The occasion is crowned - 7x9" on linen, 10. Early to work #dailydrawing  #whatIsawinmymorningwalk #mixedmedia  #sketchbook, 11. Nebelfeld, 12. Building in Featherstone, 13. Lambeth, 14. Museum Garden, 15. Come fly with me, 16. collage881, 17. see through, 18. Untitled, 19. LOS BORDES DE LA CIUDAD - 1, 20.

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Hello and a happy Monday to you - a bit of an overcast start to the week here but still quite mild.... here we go moving deeper into autumn and enjoying the wonderful colours.... And as always I hope you enjoy this week's mosaic - many thanks to my Flickr contacts. Please follow links to discover much more...

This week I am quietly working away at new artworks and will share more about my November plans quite soon (in a few days time from now)..... I hope you will pop back to read more.

Meanwhile, just a reminder: there's no shop update this week or next. The next update will be November 4th. I hope you enjoy browsing all the artworks that are currently available. As always I am happy to reserve an item for up to two weeks. I hear from a lot of people via my shop and it's a pleasure to help and hear from you. Thanks!

More soon. Have a good start to your week.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

new work

if magical things may happen

'if magical things may happen' - an embroidery brooch (miniature portrait)

There will be a small selection of embroidery in my shop today

Continuing on with my 'painted books series'

I have two books for today and here's a look at just some of the pages:

pages from 'endless days'

from 'endless days'

pages from: 'the morning room'

pages from: 'the morning room'

and more to see in my shop at 2pm today (UK time)

Please note: this will be my final October update. I'll be taking a little time off/ working quietly over the next few weeks. So my next planned update should be November 4th. From November I will aim to update weekly, on Wednesdays. Thanks always.

Monday, 12 October 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. J©js_SA_77332, 2. 10/10, 2015, 3. non-violence, 4. Cardboard, glue, tape, staples, paint; 4" x 9.5", 5. collage885, 6. Oct 10/15 #embroidery #embroideryart #broderie #watercolor #autumn #perthcounty #greatlakes #southwesternontario, 7. mehr Einblicke, 8. Along the riverbank, 9. journal-462, 10. Untitled, 11. Growing [portrait] - concrete and nails, 12. so long so long, 13. oct102015, 14. downtown, 15. Via San Sisto, Milano, 16. chemin de halage vers Eu, 17. Untitled, 18. This weekends WIP, 19. roses, 20. Woman wearing sunglasses

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

A happy sunny Monday to you - we are having a fine start to the week here, feeling autumnal but in a good way.... Many thanks to the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. Please follow links to discover more.

Thanks for your recent comments here on my blog - it's always good to know you are reading. I am happy to know people are enjoying the variety of work I am sharing here. Time does not always allow me to respond here but please know I do read and your words are much appreciated.

This week I am as ever busy with different ongoing ideas.... There will be a modest shop update on Wednesday at 2pm - expect to see new embroidery and painted books....

More soon - hope to share a few previews tomorrow, if time allows.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

playfulness - sketchbook Sunday

There are many uses for a sketchbook, but just sometimes a paper page is not the best option for 'working out', 'making marks', 'just doing' etc... There are times when I want to work with thick paint and really get to feel it and explore colour in a playful way that leads me in many directions at once. It is through this considered playfulness (if that is not an oxymoron) - it is through working in this way that I can discover new ideas about colour, shape, pattern, tone, whatever.

So putting aside my sketchbooks for a while, I have been exploring small scale abstract paintings using heavy paint, on linen fixed to card. I am working small for practical reasons, not the least the fact that these take a lot of paint (and the quality paints I like to use are not inexpensive).

I understand not everyone 'gets' this kind of work - but I invite you to see and consider how so many ideas may come about, perhaps not right away, but through the action and experience of working in this way I can see all kinds of possibilities. A colour combination I may see will perhaps one day work its way into an embroidery portrait, or a shape may become a pattern in another painting. For the meditative process of painting and exploring in this way, these small abstracts have something I enjoy....

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

words in stitches

a work-in-progress shot (it's been a dark and rainy day)

I'm continuing to explore improvised writing and stitch.... and have just completed a book made of fabric and thread 'toward a poem'.... using my own hand dyed (plant dyed) fabric and cotton threads.

The written word in stitch is of course nothing new. From ancient banners and flags, to hand embroidered samplers, to stitching names in clothing - the word in thread has a long history. My approach in the past has been to write poetry 'for stitch' and then using my sewing machine as a handwriting tool I have created a range of works.

These days I am working in an improvised way, considering my ideas around writing, the writing process, the natural world, stream-of-consciousness writing.... The improvised texts I am currently stitching share something about how my brain ticks over, what fascinates me about the creative process... loose and tangled threads express more about the layers of thought and strands of memory that go into my work.... If this sounds a little complicated it is quite a tricky process but the end results are 'simply' presented.

I like to write quickly with words spilling or slipping over the edge and threads caught at the edges, as if words are somehow falling away or running off (like paint) the page....

detail view of: 'towards a poem'

'towards a poem' - stitched book

you will be able to see more photographs when this special piece is in my shop tomorrow (and at a special price too)....

Tomorrow's update will include: new stitched works, including a couple of poetry hearts, new painted books and at least one painting.

Monday, 5 October 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. Walthamstow, 2. Painting10-04-15A, 3. Moist earth-breath sighs deep beneath resting plants, 4. Secrets 3, 5. Oct 2/15 #embroidery #embroideryart #broderie #ladybug #luck #cometogether #torontobluejays #toronto #ontario, 6. Brume #16, 7. Majestic Reef, 8. Paris, on fait quoi maintenant ?, 9. aerial, 10. This weekends WIP, 11. surface tension, 12. La lampadina, 13. this might become a painting, 14. #sketch #sketchbook #diary #art #artist #composition #portrait #charcoal #acrylic #head #people #landscape #pencil #illustration #king #blackandwhite #a3 #paper #city #plant #pipe, 15. Untitled, 16. MFA exhibit-6223, 17. Woman with shopping, Ron Mueck. 2013, 18. Tunnels, 19. gushet in August, 20. hearts inspired by seashells and surf

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Hello, a happy October Monday to you - oh a wet chilly start here, yep the 'typically unsettled' October weather has arrived. But you never know when it will all change again, that's British weather for you.... Thanks always to the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. Please do follow links to discover more.

And so to this week.... I am working on both painting and stitch, and am finding so many new ideas come about, from one to the other. A week goes by quickly at the moment as I explore my to-do list  and work quietly on a range of projects. Not everything can be accomplished in just a few days, so there are some longer-term projects that I have yet to complete (or share here).That's my wordy way of saying: there's always more to come!

This week on Thursday it is National Poetry Day here in the UK. Of course poetry is a year-round 'event' for me, as I am often scribbling notes or at least thinking about poems that might come about.... Though I may not always write a poem each day or week, I still consider myself 'a poet', in my own quiet way. This week I hope to create a few stitched poetry-themed pieces. Perhaps a few new poetry hearts and possibly an improvised piece or too. It's interesting for me to consider how poetry can be more than printed words on the page. I used to think that I had to make a choice between making visual art or writing but the more I work at both, the more I see how tangled together they are, happily so....

Expect to see new painted books, paintings and embroidery in my shop this week. I am aiming to update at 2pm on Wednesday. (I try to give a time, but this is always subject to change, thanks for your understanding.)

Thanks always for visiting here and taking the time to catch up with what's happening in my creative world. More soon. Have a good start to your week. I hope to share a preview of some new work tomorrow.