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from sketchbook to art journal

When I started using sketchbooks, I used the hardbound covers. I remember a number of my art teachers telling us to always keep a sketchbook and that it was a good habit to get into–and so I did. I brought it everywhere with me and I mean everywhere. I sketched and wrote notes on it.

doodle paint on sketchbook cover

doodle paint on sketchbook cover

I replaced my sketchbook every couple of years however I noticed the binding was beat up by the time I filled it. To make the binding last longer I decided to glue fabric on it.

It was the beginning of something else (circa 1995).

glued fabric and painted on sketchbook cover

glued fabric and painted on sketchbook cover

For several years my sketchbooks were used for drawing and writing. When I traveled I also used it as a travel journal, and eventually started gluing ephemera.

I think I initially saw the term “art journaling” online around 2007. When I realized my sketchbooks are art journals. I fell in love with the name “art journal”–it opened up a whole new direction and gave me license to do anything and everything in my art journals.

So now my art journals are so much more as you can see on these front and back covers.

mixed media on front cover

mixed media on front cover

mixed media on back cover

mixed media on back cover


By on November 20, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, Art Journals, creative journey


taking a photography class

Last spring I took a class on how to use my DLSR and I am so glad I did. Now I am not so overwhelmed with all the “bells and whistles” of my camera. I am an amateur at best but I do enjoy taking photos. I find I have more control and more confidence in using my camera.

Now, I take my camera with me more often. Last month I was at a local market (The Rood Cellar) and saw this floral display–I wanted to share the eye candy of the fall colours displayed.


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By on November 18, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, creative journey, Photographs


writing on sand

I am fortunate to live close to the ocean. I walk on the beach on a regular basis and I love to watch the surf ebb and flow.  At times I get the urge to write words on the sand.

In some way the sand on the beach becomes another medium. There’s something cathartic in writing a word and watching the water wash it away. It has a meditative and hypnotic quality to it.


By on November 14, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, Photographs


working on my website

I continually work on my website to make it mine and it is taking a lot longer than I like (the learning curve is huge). Still it’s similar to creating a painting. Today I decided that my header needed to be tweaked. So I scanned a handwritten text to put on top of a background (a photograph of a painting).

handwritten text with acrylic paint

handwritten text with acrylic paint

Once I put the text and the background together, I wanted to hi-lite the black text so I made a white copy of the same text and inserted it behind the black text.

logo-NEWI like this much better. I’ll be cleaning it up as I go along.

By on November 13, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, creative journey


day 12…

Okay. Yes I’m here blogging but honestly…I am not so ready or prepared or wanting to blog today. My mind is full of half-form plans, fantasies, dreams, and a huge dash of reality! So I think I will post this as is (and I AM OKAY with that), add a photo (I do love visuals) and I am taking the rest of the day off.

sunrise mar07

By on November 12, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, creative journey, Photographs


my art shows are back!

My friends and I were trying to remember the last time I had an an art show and we came up with the fall of 2002 (before Frank and I had Tiana, my daughter). I’ve had art shows since the early 90’s at craft fairs, cafes, galleries and at home.  It has been a while, but now I am back and fully intend to do more fun stuff to put out there! Having you come and look, admire and/or purchase my art work is a great feeling, and validates a large part of who I am. Thank you so much  for supporting your local artist and friend.

art journal page

By on November 10, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, Art Show


in the pursuit of living a creative life

As I travel this road to fulfill my dream of living a creative life and doing what I love. I know where I want to be and the road is long and I’m okay with that. It is taking me longer than I thought. I know myself to be a plodder and others may say I’m pokey however I am persistent and I do keep trying.

I’ve had a motto I have lived by since I was a little girl, “try, try ’til you succeed”. I can’t remember where I heard that but it is a favourite of mine. So where am I at in getting to my dream? Well, in October I registered on The Blog Class by Jones Design Company to improve and get my presence on-line in all ways; at this moment, I am on my eighth day of my blogging challenge; I have an art show on Sunday November 10th; then there are personal challenges and, I have not worked since mid-July. Through the years I’ve tried to fulfill my dream but life happens and I just keep trying.

So here I am.  I have time to concentrate on my dream.


writing on the beach

By on November 8, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, creative journey, Photographs