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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Last Colouring Page?

My next newsletter goes out tomorrow and with it goes this sweet coloring page of mine.
This may be the last one that I offer, I promised myself to offer a whole year
and well this is the 12th one and since I don't know if people are enjoying them or not!...

It may be the last one, especially since my time in the studio is much shorter
than the average artist who doesn't suffer from chronic and acute pain!
If you've been enjoying them please let me know, it'll help me decide if I'll continue with them.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

On This Rainy Monday

I am working on new butterflies this week...
I just love doing these little guys...

It's pouring out so the studios are extra cozy.  I've got extra sweet furry company
and in the evening even more company with my niece sketching alongside me.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Majestic and Marveling Paddle (Part Two)

I have more photos of the herons from my favorite ever paddle that I just must show you.
They are stunningly beautiful solitary creatures not super often seen...

This is why I've been drawing herons so much!  How amazing are the animals of this world!
These are favorite shots by far and will I think be the catalyst for me to get my photos into a shop!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Majestic and Marveling Paddle (Part One of Two)

I never got around to showing you these photos from last Fall
It was one of my all time favorite paddles ever...
I have to show you now before anymore times goes on.
It was just one of those days that just felt so magical and perfect.
One for the photo albums for sure that I'll never ever forget.

 We amazingly not only had our usual heron guiding us up and down the river but her new baby too!
The day was golden and colorful and warm and just bathed in perfection
and it just made me insanely super happy to be alive
and just so steeped in gratitude for all the natural beauty surrounding me that day.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Food Friday

Need a dinner idea for this weekend?
(This one is gluten-free by the way).
My niece and my honey have been so sick this past month
so I've been eating on my own a lot  because I've been on a gluten-free diet myself,
and they have been opting for quicker, easier on the flu/cold kind of things.
But I loved this bean and rice dish that I whipped up for myself the other week...

I am a rice lover...
I'll always choose rice over pasta (so that part of a gluten allergy will be easy!)
Here I cooked up some black rice and whiles that cooked
I sauteed a whole can of Marizano tomatoes (chopped up) with celery, garlic, spinach
and white beans all in olive oil.  Once the rice was ready I put that all on top of the rice
with a smidge of Himalayan salt
and voila a healthy, pretty tasty easy meal made quickly for one.
Enjoy XO.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Stress & Secrets

So I know I've been mentioning briefly that things around here have been super stressful...
(hence the beautiful new orchid that I just had to treat myself too!)
I mentioned briefly that we've very suddenly have found my niece living with us
for sad reasons that we really want nothing to do with! but on top of that hugely stressful situation,
I've been dealing with a few health issues...
On top of my usual hard time with head pain and super bad migraines and very painful knees
& shoulders (because I am double-jointed and all my joints are worn out and arthritic!)

I've also been a tad grumpy (sorry baby!)
as I've been on a strict food elimination diet to see if I am gluten allergic!
Now I am also waiting on blood tests to see if I have Celiac disease!

On top of that I was having problems with my eyesight...
artwork has been going blurry as I work and my eyes just don't want to focus,
so that itself threw me into a complete loop of panic (because I've always had a fear of going blind!)
It's looking like my one eyes prescription has changed after like 30+ years of wearing glasses
which isn't a big deal after all,  thank goodness!
The problem there is that I have FIVE pairs of glasses that now need 1 lens corrected, argh!!!

The thing I was keeping most quiet about however was a cancer scare,
I had been having months of pretty intense and constant pain in my lower abdominal
that lead to my doctors of course, than ultrasounds etc
and of course you all know about the torturous-will-go-out-of-my-mind waiting for results part!
BUT what we were fearing was ovarian cancer however turned out thankfully to just be a hemorrhagic cyst, which has to have an eye kept on it but with no surgery needed at this point

I share this tale of my physical woes with you not because I look for sympathy but because
we are all biological beings where a million things can go wrong and it's scary as hell.
Why not reach out to one another for comfort and teaching and inspiration,
physical pain and problems is something we're all connected to...we should kindly share our tales!?

I mostly share however because I hope to urge all of my female chickies (and men too of course)
out there to further investigate and seek immediate help if you've any kind of abnormal pain.
I waited...a long two months, maybe more...I was a chicken, I didn't want to get any bad news,
that's usually not my MO, I usually jump on any problems right away
but this one had me totally frozen and I am lucky that it's turned out to be nothing...
but if it had been something, time may very well have been at the heart of solving it!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Red Flowers In Focus

Here are the red flowers all finished up
"Red Flowers In Focus"

I don't know about prints yet but the original is for sure already up for grabs
just send me an email if your interested.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spring At The Falls

This is a place that my honey & I love, especially since it's where we had our very first date
over 23 years ago, but I haven't been to it since last Spring,
not since before I badly dislocated my knee.
It was a bit of a workout still for my injured knee but the trees, rushing water, melting snow
were so good for the soul, I was able to push myself past the physical pain
and enjoy the day with my guy & my niece.

Though I am usually quite selfish with sharing my beloved Sony Alpha, ha ha...
seeing what fun my niece is having with it, especially on macro,
I find myself offering it to her on our outings because who knows, maybe she's a budding photographer and well it's pretty fun to see her face and excitement when we go through
the photos later in the day and she realizes that she got some great shots.
I am honestly pretty chuffed with the photos my Samsung Note 2 takes, such as all of these.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Pet Portraits

Animals are hands down my most favorite thing to draw and colour.
Just in case you don't already know,
I can do simple, small and sweet custom pet portraits for you...

Prices would vary from $60cdn-$80cdn for 4x4"-5x7" and they'll be done like this cutie,
in coloured pencil which is than cut out and mounted onto a painted wood canvas.
Just email me if your interested in me doing something small of one of your precious pets.