Sunday, December 21, 2014


We are feeding the birds and they are filling our garden with activity, such a delight! Feels good to be painting a little after busy time at work, cooking, visiting and resting nothing too tasking....ah holidays.
Looking at seed catalogues as well the new year begins. 
Wishing everyone a joyful and restful Christmas.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ready for Tea?

 Roses and Tea? They go together? Getting the pieces in place for an Island Illustrators alphabet show, letter "T"

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Slow start to the day

Ever have one of those mornings when nothing starts of quite right? 

I think this little character is having one of those days a very slow start on a wet morning. It will get better :) Inspired by illustration friday challenge slow....
Which one do you like best? I had fun adding the rain :) Trying to put together a portfolio for children's illustrations to send to publishers which images should I include? Any suggestions and feedback would be appreciated!

Monday, November 17, 2014


Working on a flower design, what do you think? Teapot? teacup?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ready for an entrance?

 Illustration Friday theatre challenge. Finished something...out in the garden most of the day moving earth building composts enjoying the sun :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ghosts of Summer, Remembrance.

Ghost of Summer
Today was short sleeve weather, gardening, long weekend filled with remembrance, display at the library with my fathers medals from WW2, events from Ottawa in the past few weeks....time passing, not forgotten.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Missing Making Bouquets!

Missing making bouquets? I didn't think I would be saying this after a busy summer of picking and painting each week! That said I'm already looking at seed catalogues! Wonderful sunny day working in the garden digging dahlias, planning for next year, garlic planting.......

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Poppy Pillow Covers Finally!

 Finally the dark days have brought some sewing time. Poppy Pillow covers are in the shop  Updated some prints as well :)

 Couldn't resist showing off our garlic harvest! We have been enjoying butternut squash, quince and fresh rosemary roasted all from the garden!
Most of the garlic for next year is planted these are the small ones!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Smoothly Falling.....Fallen

 Ginkgo leaves falling.....Oh so dark outside!
Background? No background?
What do you think?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Puppet Play & Halloween

Blue Jay because they are all around at the moment, beautiful but irritating! They chase the little birds away and can finish off a suet feeder in no time. 
Playing with backgrounds.....What do you think?

Puppet Play for Illustration Friday puppet challenge

 Brave Little Witch with her fearsome cat for Halloween :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Trouble with late bloomers

 Running into trouble? For illustration Friday trouble challenge?

Late Bloomers
Japanese anemones with seed heads.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Octopuses Garden?

Fall gleanings from the garden
 Octopus for illustration an octopuses garden ?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Silence? For the moment

Sometimes when they are quiet you can be delighted, other times you need to see what mischief they are getting into! 
I love seeing children happy in quiet creative concentration, knowing how to hold a book and a pencil with confidence.
I have been away from painting for almost a month, feeling rusty. It is a practice.... we have had wonderful visits with family from as far away as Australia and as close as up the island. Wonderful to catch up but very busy!
These quick watercolours are in response to Illustration Friday challenge silence.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Zinnia Metamorphosis

Zinnia Pattern, Rubeckia inspiration. Flowers from this week for the seasonal flower alliance, first of the Cafe au lait dahlia, I see what all the fuss is about! Amazing colour so subtle perhaps next week painting?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Seaweed Pattern

 Seaweed Pattern, weekly flowers busy summer days.....

Flowers for the Seasonal Alliance the garden is blooming, next year (as all gardeners say) soaker hoses and a timer, it has been a marathon task to try to keep up. It has been a summer of swimming and visitors (more to come) and work. Never enough hours in the day!
We had jellyfish in our bay the other day and friends of our daughters staying who swam into them, no stings. Saw them later on the beach expired but inspiration for Illustration Friday skull, thought of skeleton of a jellyfish?
From above buckets of bouquets ready for the market.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Succulent Pattern

Sun lovers, low water flowers of the future? Journey to the sustainable garden?

Very busy family time summer on the coast :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

August Garden Delight

 Watercolour collage available in the shop

The garden in bloom, bouquets for the local market and for the Seasonal Flower Alliance. Last photo is dinner last night all from the garden, the colour is as beautiful as the flavor! The green Desert King figs heading for the market as well sooooooo sweet with all the heat we have been having.

The lilies and zinnias are in full bloom.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Golden Moments

 Fistful of garden flowers in watercolor, inspired by the real thing growing in the garden. This weeks blooms the lilies and zinnias are coming in the fragrance is amazing :)

Bouquet for the seasonal flower alliance + a few little shots of the garden and lilies growing.