Thursday, December 13, 2012

As the winter solstice approaches

 I'm really looking forward to the winter solstice and any shifts that might occur on the 21st and beyond.  I hope to have time to carve some big sculptures this winter when my work load lightens in January.  Besides carving stone necklaces like the tree and whale pictured above, I have also had fun creating other things like this leopard seal pinata for my daughter's birthday party which was penguin themed so of course she wanted the pinata to be one of the penguins predators so they could bash it....
 also when I found out about the arrival of a friend/co-worker's baby boy I had to make a baby blanket with his name Jasper on it! Excuse the photo it should be upright....
 and of course the cool weather got me knitting a scarf. I find knitting very relaxing although I just started last year and I don't know any fancy stitching but I have lots of time to learn.  For now I'm just enjoying keeping it simple.
So that's what I've been up to lately creatively but I have also been working and helping build an addition to our house which is super exciting.  Wishing you a wonderful winter with lots of fresh snow and good memories!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

I am thankful today for gifts of homemade local concord grape jelly from my daughter's flute teacher, smoky dark homemade maple syrup from a lady who asked me over to teach an Expressive Arts session, autumn leaves, pumpkin pie and their roasted seeds, for the last few tasty nasturtiums from the studio window box, and mostly for a Sal find - a cool frame for a piece of original artwork of the Queen of Hearts that a good friend (Enchanted Blue Planet) made & strangely enough I missed a call from her probably the exact moment I found the frame, isn't life a mystery?  Also I am thankful for the inspiration I get from nature usually out walking my dog... I wrote a song about sunbeams (please excuse my rough french horn playing, it's been over 20 years since I played it!)  Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sweet September ReLeaf

This week I've had leaves on the brain... some are turning colours and falling to the ground already!
I carved a giant leaf for a trade client to hang on his house and next I carved leaf necklaces out of green British Columbia soapstone also a moon and a rain drop that I'll try and sell at the Stisted Fair tomorrow and if not maybe I'll restock my Etsy store that's been forgotten about.  I de-cluttered my house by taking some of my art creations out to the labyrinth today knowing that I can't hold on to so much.  "ThistleWoman" at the top of the bottom photo felt particularly liberated to rejoin nature after being stuck indoors for about 4 years! Her original purple thistle gone to seed and her lovely fern cape shriveled up.  Hoping the rest of September will find me stone carving more and also continuing to de-clutter, making space to breathe and find relief!

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Monday, May 21, 2012

 "Wood & Stone" at the Carnegie Gallery until May 27th in Dundas, Ontario.
Here are some pics that were sent to us as we only had a disposable camera when we were down there that took terrible photos.  We were interviewed on the radio while we were there which you can hear on this INDI 101 podcast.  We were pleased that some of our work sold on the opening night!  One more week left to see it.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New sculptures emerging

I am very excited about these stone figures that have emerged from salvaged Indiana Limestone. A female who is sundreaming and a male diver. Still work to do on them, but I wanted to share them. The man will be pinned to the diving platform so he will not get knocked over. Now for the big question "should the man be swimming in the nude or in a suit?"

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring Rain

Last month I was lucky enough to attend a fabric collage workshop taught by action artist Rhonda Nolan at The Art Space in Huntsville where her amazing art show "Changes" was being held.
I learned from Rhonda that you can use gesso to glue fabrics on to a board which you can later draw or paint over. She was very inspiring and I had fun creating this little piece with some snippets of fabric I brought, as well as the blue Dragon fabric and full moon from Rhonda's offerings. The spring rain falling today reminded me I needed to complete this piece so I just finished it today by adding some stamps and covering the whole thing with semi-gloss gel. When I got home from the workshop that day I had so much fun writing poems inspired by the piece. Here's my favourite from that day:
Summer Rain was coming soon
And the Blue Dragon's watery breath
Might send her to the Moon."

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Upcoming and Recent Events...


Opening Friday, February 3rd 7-9 pm at the Bohemian Cafe and Gallery, Bracebridge.

I chose to sculpt a shockingly pregnant torso carved in Indiana Limestone for this challenge. I am always in awe of a pregnant belly. They definitely stand out and are memorable. I remember when I was pregnant that complete strangers would touch my belly like it was common property LOL! I think as nudes, the pregnant bellies are really shocking - what alien(s) resides inside - especially when you can see hands or feet pushing or kicking. I know it is a beautiful miracle despite the shock.

CELEBRITY PORTRAIT event at the Bohemian opened January 20th, 2012.

I was one of five artists who did a portrait of "Peaches" aka actress Robin Clipsham. I called my Chinese Soapstone sculpture "The High-Flying Peaches" because her sunglasses looked like flying goggles. The money from a silent auction of the portraits goes to the Children's Foundation of Muskoka. All the portraits were amazing and although Peaches picked another one to take home, she did say at the opening that my sculpture made her feel like a beautiful flower. As always, Peaches was very entertaining at both the opening and at the sitting where I sculpted a clay model of her to work from later in stone.