I add new pieces on a near-daily basis, but I don’t always update the main blog page.
I’m particularly proud of these fuchsia flowers, as they remind me of the basket that graced our back porch every summer, just outside a window where we could sit at the breakfast table and watch swarms of hummingbirds feed. Google says a group of hummingbirds is called a “charm”, which is absolutely perfect.
This work is available on a variety of items such as mugs and cushion covers. Please click on the image for more info.
Playing with the palette knife brush in my digital painting program, and making fun modern pieces. I suppose I should have put borders on each image before uploading them, but they’re kind of fun anyway.
I progressed from being too restrained to maybe a bit too heavy-handed with the various effects by the last piece. I can never quite figure out when to stop – what’s too little, or too much. And I still want to use all the colours, and it kind of pisses me off to use a controlled palette but I’m learning.
This collection of bats and moons is made with a variety of different polymer clays and glitter to create a realistic moon surface. Each piece glows in the dark and shimmers and shines in the daylight. Small pendants and earrings (2.5cm diameter) each feature one bat from a collection of five styles (earrings and an intentionally unmatched pair), while the larger 7cm moon pendants feature three bats of different styles. All are lightweight and easy to clean and are incredibly striking, especially in the dark.
Still playing with different tools on a variety of painting apps, and trying my hand at work inspired by other artists. I had a lot of fun making these graffiti-inspired pieces. They can be printed on a variety of things and found on the Digital Art section of this site.
More fun with digital art apps. The inspiration is the many artists I follow on Instagram who do this with real paint and canvas and make it look so easy. I’m learning, but I’m also frugal, so I hate painting irl and having it come out crap and wasting materials. This is much more satisfying… and cheaper.
Clearly I like the ruler thingie that allows me to make straight lines.
I’ve been playing with a bunch of art apps on my tablet, as well as in Paint Shop. This series started with the orange and yellow lilies that I did as a card for my Grandmother’s birthday. Then I just kept going.
Every piece is done with the same digital “sketch” brush/tool, so it’s similar to working with real paint and a palette knife.
These are meant to be loose and abstract. I’m very happy with them, and I’ve got a whole list of others flowers to add. I may upload them to the POD sites as prints or maybe notebooks or greeting cards, since that was the original intention with the first piece.
It’s been a while, huh? How about that pandemic? That sure was something…
Anyway, like many people, over the past three years, I’ve seen my share of ups and down. Lots of downs. But so far, 2023 has been pretty decent, and things are looking up.
So this site has gotten a bit of an overhaul to better reflect what I’m doing now. I’m still writing – I’ve just started my fourth book, a mystery (hopefully a series) loosely inspired by a Toronto musician from the 30s and 40s.
I started making wacky jewelry pieces that probably nobody but me will ever want to wear, but I think they’re amazing. Some of these items are available on Etsy if you’re also the kind of person who enjoys rocking an outrageous statement necklace.
I also started making art of various types, including paintings and sketches but mostly digital art which I get the biggest kick out of seeing come to life on some garment or usable object.
All of which is to say that regular readers (all eight or so of you…) can expect to see more art and writing, and less food-related stuff. I’m not sure yet. I’ll see how it goes.