I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful new year! So far it's brought us much snow - very, very much snow - and new beginnings. Please forgive all the puppy pictures - I have so many of this handsome bugger and thought I would lace this post with them hehehe.
I always find the beginning of a new year so refreshing - almost like a restart button on life to clear up messes and begin anew. Almost as though whatever might not have gone well the previous year doesn't matter - you get another chance :)
This year I'm hoping to get back into my painting a bit more. Last year, I focused a lot on discovering new techniques and processes to create - and it was very wonderful, and I learned just so much. But, I still didn't 'find' the grounding in my artwork that I was searching for. This year, taking what I learnt, I am going to try and 'hone in' some of those skills and techniques. I'm sure new things will be tried along the way - it's sort of hard to avoid while working with such pliable and versatile creative materials.
My studio needs a major reorganization before this can begin - happening this weekend. Many thanks to the chaotic holidays, it is beyond a disaster right now - like, can barely see the floor disaster. Once things gets straightened up, then my regular creating can commence. Until then - the kitchen table is my work area.
The year ahead will be busy one, there is no doubt about that. I am standing up in my older brother, Jason's wedding in the summer, and then James and I are getting married ourselves later in the year. There will be lots of planning to happen - and I'm hoping a few Wedding DIY projects to share with you all.
I've also already begun to look at my garden plans for the summer. I have almost narrowed down my list for the year. Last year, I tried to stick with easy-to-grow, highly successful vegetables - since I was so unsure how things would grow. This year, I will continue to plant some of those, along with some more unique varieties. We are also going to be converting some of our unused flower beds to vegetable gardens - planting to the 'prettier' vegetables there. We were both so in love with all the fresh produce that we had, I want to make sure we have plenty more again!
22 December 2014
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! Our home is in full swing holiday mode - one family Christmas complete (where I cooked my first turkey, successfully! - yippie, win!), and another family Christmas to go; along with our little Christmas. :)
Our little fur family is all ready for Christmas too. Despite how 'peaceful' this picture above looks, the cat guards the tree from the dog - it's his, not Chewie's. Whatever keeps the tree from getting knocked down!
The store is staying open for the holidays, but nothing will ship until after January 2nd, 2015. As a thank you to everyone, I'm offering a 15% discount in my online store until January 2nd,2015, using the code HAPPYSNOW14 upon checkout :)
27 November 2014
The weather outside was quite frightful last week, and I didn't make it into work two days because the roads we completely whiteout. Now what we got in snow is nothing compared to what some the cities in the U.S. got. But the rain came on the weekend, and melted it all away.
On my days off, I worked on all the commissions that I have. Sometimes though, my mind needs a 'creative break' to wander off and create something else. Above is the beginnings of a painting that I hope to share with you all later this week :)
You can also see my new laptop up in the picture - yes, it was a sad day, my little Dell died without warning. After running it to the nearest computer store in a panic to pull everything off it's hard drive (and they did very successfully), we ventured in search of a new computer. After some discussion, I decided to switch over to Apple, and purchased a MacBook Pro. My cell phone is due for it's 'free replacement', now actually, and I was looking at iPhones - so this will just tie it all together.
It's been a huge learning curve - mostly with printer colour profiles, something I've never really had to do before, but now that things are running more smoothly, I am liking it more. It's also all shiny and new, and who doesn't like that in technology? :)
26 November 2014
Today I'm sharing with you a new painting that I added to the store. I know a couple days ago I shared with you an autumn painting, and it felt more appropriate with all the snow to share some winter paintings as well :)
"Winter Song" is a cute little piece about how despite the cold weather, the birds keep merrily chirping away! I gave them all little scarves in this piece to help keep them warm. Their 'song' are little pieces of music paper collaged on - it gives the piece a lot more interest, and even a little dimension.
23 November 2014
|"Harvest Moon" - Original watercolor painting|
I added a new painting to my online shop this weekend. I know snow is still on the ground, but my mind kept going back and forth between autumn and winter - I love the colours and the 'vividness' of autumn. And nothing says that more than a large, illuminating harvest moon.
It is also featured in my 2015 calendar!
Quantities of the calendar are limited, so get yours now before they're all gone!
19 November 2014
|"Winter Robins" - Watercolour Art Print|
|"Goldfinch Frost" - Watercolour Art Print|
18 November 2014
Chewie is now about 14 weeks, and got to experience snow for the first time! He wasn't as super excited as I thought he would be. I thought he would be trying to catch all the snowflakes and walk funny in the snow. Instead, he does like to catch snowballs - and then proceed to chew on them. He also enjoys digging his head in the deeper snow and running after leaves and such blowing across the snow.
He is growing into quite the handsome fellow. His face has a lot more definition to it, and his body is definitely getting longer and thicker. He still has his puppy fur and his razor sharp puppy teeth - we cannot wait for those to fall out!
His new antics and ever developing personality keep us smiling - his new ability to chase (and catch!) his tail, and his skill at chewing on his now longer and floppier ears. He's so friendly and sweet to everyone. I'd like to say he's a perfect angel, but he still gets into everything. But with a face like his, it's hard to stay mad at him - you just want to cuddle!