Thursday, May 10, 2018

Variations on a Theme

This began as a series of photos of a lamp post with spray painting on the base. It was a great abstract on its own but I worked with the shapes and various angles, creating several layers that intertwined. Of course, throwing some filters on it is the easy part - still finding my way through Photoshop. Depending on what the filters glom on to - different areas were highlighted or knocked back to create interesting effects and imagery. I've been revisiting the 'weaving' effect occasionally over the years - Celtic knots are at the heart of it - and everything they stand for. The lost and found shapes and edges intrigue me and they often find their way into my work.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Making People with SketchesPro

Fun with SketchesPro
I have been enjoying playing around with SketchesPro on my iPad. I've been using it for figure drawing and just making stuff up. I particularly like the shapes feature. It's lovely and versatile and allows a lovely build up of values and shapes, depending on your settings. The third drawing up here turned out to be a portrait of my son. 

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Saturday, January 06, 2018

Darning Clementine

Foggy Morning Walk, Rust Stains and Filters

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Monday, October 16, 2017


Photos of the water while we were on holiday this summer, turned into tone poems of abstracted reflections and shapes. 

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Black-Eyed Susans
The garden is always such an inspiration and I'm having fun with my phone camera. I love how close I can get for those great macro shots. And then it's fun with filters. The flowers become 'other'. This photo emphasizes the negative shapes and the architectural elements of the petals.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017



 Weird Vine that I don't know the name of.

Chunk o' Wood

In the Garden
I've been having fun with my new phone - it's got a better camera than my camera and I'm loving the results. Having it with me all the time helps when the 'interesting' moments need to be captured. I'm becoming a better photographer just because I'm taking so many pictures - the trouble is the thousands of photos I can't bring myself to edit down!
I also love playing with the filters - turning the photos into something else. Some of these will find their way into paintings - who knows when a random texture or shape will assert itself and demand to be included in other projects.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Fun with Photoshop
These were done with some figure drawings I had in a sketchbook. The weather has been so dull, I needed some colour in my life.

Spring is Almost Sprung...

...and Pop Up Workshops are popping up all over!

I'm very excited to see my workshops happening all over the GTA and beyond.

Sat. & Sun. April 22 & 23, I will be at Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke for a 2-dayArtful PopUp Workshop.
For more information click here.

Sat. & Sun. June 3 & 4CBBAG will be hosting a 2-Day PopUp Workshop at the Bindery in Toronto.
Click here for more information.

Saturday, June 24, I am pleased to be teaching a one-day workshop with the fabulous Meta4 Gallery in Port Perry. They feature beautiful fine arts and crafts by Ontario artists and artisans, and are a hub for art education and community involvement. I'm really looking forward to working with these enthusiastic people.

Saturday, July 15, 
 Paper Engineering: Pop-Up Workshop at Haliburton School of Art and Design - a full day workshop. See the PDF file for HSAD Summer programs here.

My Artful PopUp Workshops are suitable for all skill levels. I work closely with my students to ensure a successful outcome for everyone! The emphasis is on learning Paper Engineering techniques that can be adapted to your artistic vision. We use painted and decorative papers, decorative punches and other embellishments to bring your pieces to life. If you've taken one of my workshops before, you'll know that I'm flexible in my approach and open to requests. If you like working with paper (origami, making books, collage, scrapbooking) you'll love making your own Pop Up pieces.