On to the Next Project

now that my series is done I’m ready to go back to painting on canvas

Similar to what I’ve done in the past but I added a new twist. I think I’m close to calling this one done. Now for a name…..Who’s Watching? Garden Eyes Watching Over the Garden

12″ x 12″ on stretch canvas, mixed media


Monster Monday – Using Procreate

….a new twist on Monster Monday

My husband is getting very serious about producing a children’s book using his monster drawings. To help him with his backgrounds and clean-up his paintings, he’s invested in a new iPad Pro and purchased Procreate.

Procreate is a wonderful program used for drawing and painting. There’s a steep learning curve for those of us who have never used a program like this before but Kevin is working on it every day. Here is his first Monster Monday using Procreate.


RDP Wednesday – Museum

thanks to the Ragtag community for hosting RDP https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2023/03/08/rdp-wednesday-museum/

I love museums. How could I not, when I have a son who is a curator at the Victoria and Albert in London, England and I am a volunteer at Montgomery’s Inn, one of Toronto’s Historical Museums.

We have have numerous museums in Toronto, the most famous being the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum). My husband and I have been members for years and love taking friends from out of town and in town to the museum as our guests.


A Sneak Preview of What I’m Working On

….the first two weeks of May I’m doing another solo art show

I have been procrastinating….nothing new there but I am starting to feel the pressure of putting together enough pieces for a new show. Once I get going it’s hard to stop me. Here is what my art table looks like right now.


Thursday Trios – From Valentine’s Day Treat Holders to Art on a Wall

….Thursday, February 23, 2023

Four Trios of Valentine’s Day Monsters
A tiro of burrs
A trio of art pieces at the Ruth Upjohn Gallery

If you have any trios to share, copy my link and paste it into your post. I’ll be sure to leave a comment.

The Simplest Things Challenge – Days 1 to 4

thanks to Amy Maricle for hosting this free on-line challenge

After making my handmade art journal I decided to fill it with drawings from Amy Maricle’s drawing challenge. Her process is very meditative and her emphasis is on moving slowly. I’m not very good at either but I love the process and I’m working on slowing down. Here are a few of the pages from my art journal.


Baby Steps – Clearing My Art Board

….I haven’t posted any of my art in recent months

…the reason for that was because I couldn’t find a space to make my art. Yes I have a studio space dedicated for my art making but in recent months it had become a dumping ground for my bills, Christmas cards, craft supplies and more. All my supplies were unorganized and I didn’t know what worked and what needed to be thrown away. A lot or reasons excuses to not make art.

Last week I finally put aside time to start organizing my space. I cleared the art board and the extra table I had for my sewing machine and making my mono prints. I went through all my pens, pencils, crayons, paints and brushes and threw away those that were dried up and cleaned and repaired those that were worth saving.


During the cleaning process I came across a pile of small ink line drawings of mugs. I made them years ago and two years ago I took one of them and added colour and more line detail. I found that one in one of my sketchbooks and I decided to take another one and do the same. The one above has a bird perched on the rim of the mug. I made him before Christmas out of a strip of paper that I folded and cut into the shape that you see. I added some line detail to the mug and then some watercolour to the coffee in the mug. Like I said earlier, I’m taking baby steps to get back into making art.

To inspire me I’ve enrolled in another year long on-line art class with Carla Sonheim called Year of the Rabbit….how appropriate. I’ve already made a few sketches of ‘rabbits’ that I will share later in the week.

Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge – Week 3 of 2023

thanks to Xingfu Mama for hosting Pull Up a Seat https://xingfumama.blog/2023/01/20/pull-up-a-seat-photo-challenge-2023-week-3/

A great way to explore the finer details of such a large painting.


The painting is by Denyse Thomasos at the AGO where the entire 5th floor is dedicated to her huge collection of art that she made in her short life. The show is called Just Beyond and runs till February.