18th December, 2013
I started Notes from the Journey last year, and it simply was a page from one of my journals from over the years. I decided I’d bring those notes back but in a slightly different way. I’m still taking an entry from my journal, but instead of just scanning it, I thought I’d add it to one of the many photos I have taken from my journey’s over the past few years. I’m hoping to make this a weekly post in the coming year, and not really sure if they will be in any type of order, just going with the flow at this point. I’m hoping this little peek inside my brain and thoughts from the past as I slowly pave this path for myself, will give you a little bit of hope and just know you are not alone.
photo of St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland
11th December, 2013
Today I share with you the 10 art supplies I can’t live without. These are the ones that I use in almost every painting and illustration I create. I’ve tried new things over the years, but these are the ones that have stuck around and I continue to use. If you’re just getting started with mixed media, or maybe are looking to try something new I’d start with these.
1. stabilo pencils
2. xacto knife
3. golden matte medium
4. liquid acrylics
5. ink pads - this link is to the distress inks, but I buy all brands.
6. scrapbook papers/old magazines
8. round brushes – these are my favorite but i buy all shapes and sizes, and usually go with the cheap ones
9. helix pens
10. white gel pen
There you have it, i’ve linked the supplies to where you can find them online, my favorite art store is Blick, but I also spend my fair share of time shopping at places like Michaels and Hobby Lobby.
25th November, 2013
As Thanksgiving approaches here in the states this week, I’ve been reflecting on all the things I am so thankful for this year. This year has felt a bit like an uphill battle, but there have been so many moments mixed in that have made me truly grateful for everything life brings.
I thought as a way to say thank you to all my supporters out there and you who frequent this blog that I’d create a free printable. Simple thank you cards you can print out and give to all those who make a big difference in your life. Click here to download the pdf, or you can click on the image below. And thank you so much for all you do!!
Also last week I launched Hope Notes…you can read more about it here!
11th November, 2013
I’m finally launching something I have been working to put together for months now — Hope Notes!
A note of hope that will be sent out every week, via email, just to add a little bit of hope and cheer to your week! It’s free, inspiring, and fun!
The first one will go out next Monday, I sure hope you’ll join me!
31st October, 2013
Posting has been far too sporadic, but there are some cool things in the works that will be coming soon, so for now just wanted to pop in over here and say Happy Halloween!
21st October, 2013
Ever since moving out of the city, I’ve become a bit of a bird watcher. We have many feathered visitors of all varieties fluttering about throughout the year, but it’s mainly the summer months that bring the best sightings.
This past summer I fell in love with hummingbirds as they became regulars hovering near our deck. It probably didn’t hurt that I put a feeder up after noticing them swooping swiftly around the back yard. It also occurred to me that I had been holding onto this myth that it is hard to maintain a hummingbird feeder, when in reality I found it quite simple, and it wasn’t even difficult making the nectar.
Being so inspired by these fascinating little friends, I decided to create a collaged painting as well as a digital illustration with some stats about hummingbirds. It even turns out that my animal totem is a hummingbird. Synchronicity is amazing, isn’t it? It is safe to say I’ve been inspired, and I hope you are too!
2nd October, 2013
a fragile soul
lay just beneath
going places I just don’t know
where did all this come from
chaos, calm, another sun
come and go, find the road again
be just where you need
15th September, 2013
Hello! Glad you’re here…i’ve been a bit down and out lately but mostly just been dealing with some personal things. I’ve finally made my way back into the studio thanks to the daring adventures in paint class i’m taking at the moment. I’ve also started re-working some paintings that have been sitting around in my studio for awhile now like the one above, and it feels good to be back at the table creating again. I’m still moving at a snails pace over here, but I have some things in the works that I am hoping to be releasing over the next few months and early next year. So be sure to stop by here from time to time and I am hoping to be back on a more regular basis in the near future. I’ve missed this space and sharing my journey with you.