Monday, November 13, 2017

Holiday Craft Fairs

 PYC Holiday Sale - Craft Fair
Portland Yacht Club Holiday Gift Sale - a great event!
I'll be at 2 holiday craft fairs in the next 2 weeks. The first one is the Portland Yacht Club Holiday Gift Sale. Great crafts and a fun venue.

5 days later I'll be at Sheepscot General. And it will be Pizza Night!

I hope to see folks at these events. I'm printing my first greeting cards in preparation for these shows - come check them out!
Sheepscot General Holiday Bazaar - and it's Pizza Night!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Snow~Day Artist Needle Felted Rabbits

Snow~Day Artist Needle Felted Rabbits

Here are my latest needle felted animals. These rabbits each have their own little sweater, and come with a mini felted carrot - of course! Each rabbit is uniquely it's own. Wool roving is varied not just in color, but in texture as well. I am having a serious amount of fun with this felting!

yesterday's sunset
It's been a warm fall. Lately I've been cleaning up my gardens, working on new art lessons for school, and felting. I'm also working on a couple of watercolor illustrations. Oh, they do take time!
Our back field, this morning, while walking the dog.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Summer Comes to a Close

This photo summarizes my summer!  I did a lot of painting this summer... mostly of clapboards, doors, and windows. Living in an old house requires a lot of upkeep.
I do have a few new prints in my Etsy shop though, and more are on their way. I've had to upgrade my computer.  My beloved pink Dell laptop being 8 years old - a dinosaur in computer terms, was long overdue for replacement. I'm up and running with my scanner and printer working off the new computer now - which is not pink, unfortunately. The new system is printing lovely giclee prints of my watercolor paintings.

Here is this year's school mural. The photo on the left was taken as I put the piece together on my studio floor. The photo below is the completed mural. This year the mural is not a famous work of art... it's an aerial view of our school building and grounds. Over 300 students, grades K - 8, each painted a square. The students worked from tiny 1" mystery pieces, and replicated what they saw onto a 5.5" square.

This is an annual project for me. I see the murals as a celebration, showing what a learning community can produce when working together!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Day Lilies and Painting

The day lilies are in full bloom. I am painting the house and painting in my studio. It's all about painting this time of year!

Ministers Island, New Brunswick

We took a quick camping trip to St. Andrews, New Brunswick. It was lovely, and no bugs! While there we headed out to Ministers Island  which is only accessible at low tide. What a remarkable place. This was the summer home (estate) of Sir William Van Horne. We walked around the grounds and toured the main house which was filled with art and antiques.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 make me so POPPY!

This time of year I can't help wandering around taking pictures of all the flowers. Ahh, the elixir of seeing flowers. These lovely poppies have reseeded themselves and come back for over 10 years. I love them for being so faithful. The seed pods become a lovely shape when they are dried.

Today I put two new fine art prints in my Etsy shop. I hope you enjoy them! 

Sweet peas and a silver spotted skipper butterfly.

Maine mussel shells and a favorite heart-shaped beach stone.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Camping in New Hamphire


Former 'Old Man In The Mountain'
8 days of camping in New Hampshire. We started out up at the Connecticut Lakes just below the Canadian border. This offered very nice canoeing without bugs! We saw several herons and eagles while on the water. The dog mostly noticed the bubbles and swirls that canoe paddles make, and he sat fairly still in the middle of the canoe - good dog.
Mid week we headed south to the Kancamagus Trail. 'The Kanc'. This time we camped for 4 nights along the Swift River. I love to camp. With lots of family and many dogs we played  Rummikub, went swimming, panned for gold, and ate great food. Everything tastes so good while camping.
Niko investigating the Swift River

Back in the studio now and working on a Luna Moth painting. So many projects to juggle theses days!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

When Every Day is a Snow Day

I got the brown fleece at Fiber Frolic from Moon Crazy Fiber Arts
Loving summertime in the new studio. Listening to Adele while needle felting and painting with watercolors. My Shell Mandala painting is just about complete. This painting is the first of three paintings inspired by the color theory lessons I do with my 6th Graders.
Complementary color sets are: blue and orange, red and green, yellow and violet. I thought it would be fun to do a painting for each set of colors using natural subjects. For blue and orange I used mussel shells and little orange shells.

And the dog, this guy is our joy (look under the table). My days are scheduled around our walks in the woods along the Sheepscot River.