Wednesday, November 23, 2016

We really wanted to have a show together, in our own city.  Right now.  New work, never shown before.  A celebration.  I am a downtown it's really swell to have a show in the centre of my world.  One weekend in my favorite month, quick and dirty like.  That refers to the phenomenon of Julie and Tracy.  Quick and dirty.  It's how we work together, creatively.  It's kind of lit up and feels electric.  There is a muse or two between us, and when we get together to play, it's a full room.  Our job is to say yes and get out of our own way!  We leave some room for magic.  This show came together in that fashion, with art angels and loft owners and stars aligning... to make it happen overnight, with a feeling of ease and LOVE.  
Downtown sure is magical in December...leave your car at home, dress warm and pack your flask!  Take in the lights, do some local shopping, spin by the skaters and big lit up tree...and be DECEMBER silly.  Then come see us xo

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

He knew love was out there...

 I want to believe that this wolf wasn't in search of little red riding hood to eat her.  I want to believe he had just finished a big lunch with three bears and was out looking for adventures on a full belly.  And he wasn't dodging bullets from planes as man interfered in nature, again. 
No it wasn't anything like that.  This guy was a little bit lonely for something different.  

He had many four legged friends, but he wanted to hear her ramble on and on as they walked side by side.  He did his best to keep up, and loved when she slowed to scruff the wirey hair on the top of his head, before whispering 'come on bud'.   And the way she used him for a pillow after they ran and ran right out of steam,  in the lush July meadow that fell between her world and his.  

His eyes were good ones, and made him the best at spotting his friend in red from afar, when they were playing and hiding in the trees.  He rarely won though.  But her pure laughter with eyes squeezed shut, whenever she found him first, was one of his favorite sounds.  

He never had a chance to get even a little hungry, because she always reached into her basket, the one  she packed just for him, and fed him berries with her tiny fingers.  She would say...
 ' That's just what you do for the ones you love'

He loved her spindly legs and the way she balanced even the most slender logs and never stopped singing the whole time, as they travelled miles together.  And she loved how quiet he was as he listened to her songs.  She believed he truly loved her music.  He could hear her voice in his chest before sleep, every night.  

She loved how he quietly followed her home,  hidden in the forest just to be near for an extra few minutes.  She never let on she saw him, and always left her sandwich on a rock.  
He thought as he watched her disappear back into her world, while nibbling on his sandwich...
 'I would watch over her forever....that's just what you do for the ones you love'.  

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Meet Edda....

I am asked to make a handful of pieces each year for places and events I have fallen for....this piece was made recently for a sweet downtown school Sam attended for eight years!  A time that will forever remind me of our sweet start together as a family.  Those were some gooooood times xo

'Edda' [Icelandic for 'Great Grandmother']
An abstract wool portrait on driftwood collected from Lake Ontario...
A wise and colorful elder whose totem reminds us to attune to our quirks and oddities, for they are where our truest happiness can often be found.  

Monday, December 7, 2015

Pop over to see these guys come to life...
A timely December offering in my art shop today.  High quality art prints that are all about the power of focus.  It's not always about what we see, but HOW we see xo

[visit me at my other virtual hang outs, links up there in the header...]

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The places that get our focus, not so surprisingly, grow. 
Here are some of the things I'm growing lately...

While there's not much action happening here in blog land, there's been lots happening in the studio over the past few months.  Working away on several bodies of separate and distinctly different work.  In my painting days (not so long ago, but not so recently) I needed to work on three paintings at once.  It helped me to continuously move forward.  Mostly.  An artist friend shared that tip, and it worked beautifully for me.  If I found myself stuck I just turned to another painting and things seemed to open up.  It was brilliant.  Turns out, I work the same with wool.  Having a few different creative balls in the air, I can move around some...and it serves my need for variety.  

One direction at the moment I'm excited about, is a collection of childlike characters from my imagination.  Woolly and framed.   Kinda big.  These characters...they have stories.  Of course, don't we all.  I'm inspired to tell their stories...and maybe each 'piece' will come with his or her own story.  It's a neat twist I didn't plan really, that allow two of my favorite mediums (writing and wool) to bump up against one another.  I love that surprise.  It's early in things, so I'm not sure where this will go ... but it all feels kinda magical.

Another place getting my attention is 16 individual small wool pieces, with a focus on black and white.  Mostly.  Not a huge shocker really, if you know me.  I love me some black and white!  The more I 'build' this little collection, the more excited I get to see it framed (it's underway) and hung in deep white modern frames, four rows of four...square.  Part of me wonders if it needs to stay together.  Maybe here.   Crazy, I suppose.  Or not.   

Then there's the Fat Goose later this month, such a pleasure to be part of something so well put together with local artists, some I know well and others that may become good friends down the road.  This event always lets me dance a little with fine craft.  And you can bet  some festive inspired pieces.  My inner child loves holiday celebrations of any kind!  I get to watch holiday movies on loop while I make make make.  It's not a bad way to spend a few weeks of life.  Fa la la, for sure.

And beyond the plans and good intentions, lately there has been a lot of play.  The meaty work.  The kind that feels like it comes from deep inside.  And from somewhere far away.  Part me, part muse perhaps.  We are both showing up in these spaces and it's good.  I have half stories and partial designs.  But I know the rest is coming.  I just don't have all the information yet.  And I don't need to.   I haven't met all the players.  It's this dance between art and life, and I'm curiously on the lookout.  Always.  And when it does come together, it's often 'quick and dirty'.  It writes itself, so to speak.  It's easy and it feels like a yes.  The moment it comes together you just know.  It's work you will always be glad you made.  And that's the work that feeds me for winter, so to speak.   It's the work that deeply whispers, you have said something great here, and it carries you until the next bout of true north creation.  xo


A few places you can find me in the coming weeks....

Always in my ART SHOP.  That space will be getting a bit of new fresh focus soon as I ready for my  FACEBOOK   'Deck the halls with art'  sale again this year.  Details to come.  That was super fun for me last year and why I wanted to do it again.  This year I will kick that off November 24.   I will be at the  FAT GOOSE sale Sunday November 22.  You can find one of my encaustic pieces along with MANY other great works and experiences,  at the in concert with Sarah Harmer fund raiser
SILENT AUCTION kicking off later tonight.  I bet there will be some really cool stuff there to bid on, this community can really throw a party!
 Of course there will be other places I will set up ...and when I know where, I will let you know.  Here, or over at my INSTAGRAM hang out.   

  Lots going on, it's a good season xo

Monday, June 22, 2015

For my local friends, a summer evening workshop!  
Pop over to my ART shop for more details.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A summer camp for WOMEN.  

I hope for some of you, this comes as an invitation....
To come and to wander in the woods by the lake.  To settle into your cabin like you might have many years ago, with excitement in your belly.  To say yes to art.  To know your meals will be lovingly prepared for you while you make art and paddle on the lake and get lost in yourself.  To take care of you, and not another soul...for two whole days.  To be just a girl.  
 We have planned out a beautiful retreat - where we give everyone permission to get what they need.  If you need to create like mad, the workshops run all day and the materials, instructions and inspiration are plentiful! You will leave with art to hang on your walls, and have stories to tell.  You will be able to take your new found arty knowledge into summer and start creating in your own spaces.   If you need to sleep in, skinny dip, read most of the night, sip wine, howl under the moon or sit silently for hours under a night sky beside a blazing fire...
We have you covered. 

If this calls to you to come closer.  If you've been yearning for space, creativity, inspiration and nature.  If you have forgotten what it feels like to take care for yourself for a couple of days, and not another soul.  If you are dipping your toe into new mediums and have been hearing the whispers of wax or wool.  If you are a seasoned artist just needing to get out of your own studio and connect with others.
We may very well have put this whole retreat together, just for you.  
Come with us xo


**Julie's image....from a time when she opened up a little space for herself**

To learn more, or sign up....head on over here!