Now at Harbour Grounds

I have two new pieces on display, and available for purchase at the Harbour Grounds Coffee Shop in beautiful Corner Brook, Newfoundland.  The first is “Cedar Cove”, inspired by that wonderful spot where we often go to collect driftwood whenever we are visiting.

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The second is “Bottle Cove”.  This spot is one of my favourite beaches in the province.  Both pieces measure 5″ x 7″ and are framed and matted.

Big thank you to the person who recently purchased “End of Fishing Season.”   I hope it is bringing them much happiness hanging in their home!  🙂



Introducing Panel #4

This panel was definitely one that gave me a good challenge.  First, it was my first full-on face.  I of course procrastinated in tackling it, but eventually the time came when I could put it off no more.  When I got it finished we all stared at it.  Something was definitely wrong.  The face didn’t look like a happy toddler, it looked more……scary.   So I made a few tweaks.  I really wanted to keep the teeth, even though everything I read about hooking teeth advised me to avoid them.  A big part of why I love the picture is that it shows my boys toothy grin, so I knew I had to suck it up and figure it out.  After moving them around a couple of times and tidying up the lips I decided to leave it alone.   I’m quite pleased with how the face turned out because it really is HIM.  I look at it and I see my boy.

That hat too.  It looks exactly like his hat.  Although the photo I based it on was taken last year when he was two, he is still wearing the hat this winter so it is super meaningful to me.   The mittens look askew and awkward, but that is on purpose.  That is how he used to wear them.  There is fairly minimal shading in the snowsuit because of the way the light falls on it in the photo, but there was just enough that you can see where all the creases are.

This was also my first time tackling a large patch of snow.  I really enjoyed doing it.  Blending in all the greys for the shadows really made the footprint trail in the snow stand out from the rest.  And I found this great fluffy white and grey yarn with a hint of silver through it which gave a great sparkle to the piece, just like you find on real fresh fallen snow.

This is definitely one of my favourites from the four I have done so far.  I look at it and I still remember that snowy day on our way to the school bus stop to pick up his sister.  That’s really what this is all about for me- capturing and treasuring memories, so if I have that reaction to it I figure I’m accomplishing what I set out to do.


Panel #3 Completed

As I mentioned last week, I finished up panel #3 of my six panel project.  (Then I realized that panel #2 and panel #3 were an inch too short because instead of double-checking my measuring I went with my flawed memory of the measurements.  Panel #3 is fixed, and panel #2 still has to be fixed.  But anyway.)

This project is first and foremost just to allow me to take some time to capture some memories of my kids that I can keep forever.  But I also like that each panel has also given me challenges which are allowing me to grow as an artist.  This panel was no different.  This was the first time I have ever tackled hooking a face and to say that I found it intimidating would be an understatement.  In fact I left the face as the absolute last thing that I hooked before doing the background.

I was also a little nervous about doing the uniform.  So many different shades of red with not much other colour in there to break it up.  I wasn’t sure if it would end up just being a big red blob.  In the end I couldn’t have been happier with how the uniform turned out.


When I could procrastinate no more, I finally broke down and did the face.  I immediately discovered that the size of the piece was going to make it difficult to really make the features look exactly like those of my daughter.  So I had to settle with a very impressionistic look.  The impression of the face and facial features is there, without too much detail.   I’m about 85% satisfied with how the face turned out.  At the end of the day, I’m not sure what I could have done differently so that is how I knew it was time to call it done.


Once I put in the background I was really happy with how it came together.  The green really sets everything off and complements the reds well.

Each of the photos that I have been choosing has been one of my (many) favourites.  This one is special to me because I love watching my girl play soccer.  To see her determination on the field, and the funny little facial expressions that she gets when she is focused.  To see the happy looks that she gives us when she knows she has done a great move with the ball is priceless.  I am so glad that I have this panel to remind me of the pride that I feel over her many accomplishments in life.

On an unrelated note, I have realized that the email notifications for blog posts haven’t been going out. Sorry!  I’ve played around with the settings and plugins several times and I’m hoping that it works this time.  If not, I’ll keep playing around with it until I figure it out!