a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals

Thursday, June 30, 2016


The last day of June: so sad to see it go. But the beginning of the summer and some sense of freedom for most school kids and anyone else who can have these months off from work.
The colours of summer are upon us, some of them are subtle like this scented rose,above, and the peony, below; others are more passionate in their statement. But for now I'll keep with the quieter tones.

Tomorrow is July 1st, 
Canada Day 
and my youngest daughter's birthday. 
We will be celebrating.

This is my last post
until September.
I wish you all
a safe and happy

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Early Morning Walk (cont'd)

There is a wild garden not too far from us with the most amazing coloured thorns. I call them the Purple Haze; they have a slightly silver cast to them and when seen en mass, it makes for an impressionist's subject.

The yellow rose,
 just a little further along,
is a wonderful contrast
to the purple haze thorn.
It would be
a lovely challenge
for any artist
because of it's
subtle shift in tonal values.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Early Morning

Early morning walks look a little like this on a day when we are a bit too slow getting to the park. Every little smell for the girls is like reading a little article in the newspaper. Sometimes the articles take a while to read...but eventually we move on.  

Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Time and the Living is...

Sparrow Avenue, "True North" Pillow

Another beautiful summer weekend. Some would say it was too hot but I thought it was ideal. Of course, where we are there is a cool breeze that comes off of the lake. However, I can see how others farther away from the lake would find it hot without that breeze.

Part of the weekend for me was spent working away in the studio (no, we do not have air conditioning and besides, I wouldn't have it on anyway). Lots of cutting and sewing.
The other part was family: one of the preliminary events of a major celebration later this summer.

Just a little heads up:
I will be taking a 
 break from these posts
July 1
and returning
in September.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Tones of Brown

Sparrow Avenue, Moose/Postage Pillow
After a bit of distraction, I have finally come back to working on these new designs. Speaking of distraction, I found that the first version of this design with colour was rather distracting. At first I loved it, but the colour started bothering me; it seemed to make the pillow a little too specific. Whereas, the tones of brown can be anywhere and anytime which is a concept that I prefer.

Have a wonderful 
last weekend of June

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Perfect Days

Sparrow Avenue, Moose/Map Pillow
The days have been so perfect; a beautiful cool breeze off the lake and a nice hot sun...my kind of weather. The windows are wide open, catching that breeze and while I work I can so easily imagine that I am at the cottage and just a short walk away from the lake. It is ideal, least ways, in my head.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Busy, Busy

Sparrow Avenue, Squirrel, Natural Linen Tea Towel
For the last number of days it has been crazy busy...it certainly shows me how much I can produce in a short period of time. That's a good thing to know. It lessens panic when the busy season begins. But now with July just around the corner, I think this will be the calm before the storm.
Hope you are
the Full Moon
and the 
longer nights