Thursday, December 29, 2011

Across the Lake

Across the Lake    16x16  

Another winter sport  painting. It's 40 F here and everything is melting (at least in the valley bottom).

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Fun Site

I found a cool new photo manipulation site at:

Load up a photo and try it out. I especially like the old-fashioned looking border that I have been searching for for months!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas to All

Merry Christmas to all my friends and family that are flung far and wide. And to all my art friends who have taught me so much. A special Merry Christmas to all the people who follow my blog and share their stories with me. Your encouragement truly keeps me going when times get rough. May you all get what you need in the coming year and some of the things you want.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Tib's Eve

Invermere is having a big pond hockey celebration in the beginning of February and there is an art show being held in conjunction with it. I am getting some winter themed paintings ready for it. Anyone have snappy title for this one?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

32 Feet and 8 little tails

When I was four, we lived in an old farmhouse in the country. We had one of those great old radio's (this one belonged to Bruce's family). I had a few 78's that I could play and I would listen to them for an hour at a time, probably driving my mother crazy. Then again, it probably kept me occupied while she got her housework done.(This was pre-TV, my god, how ancient am I!)

Never mind "Rudolf the Red nosed Reindeer". The BEST Christmas song was "32 feet and 8 little tails".
You can listen to it here:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Most Happy Solstice

View of the Purcells   photoshopped photograph

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.  
The only other sounds the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Rober Frost

This is one of my favorite poems. I have had the pleasure of riding a horse home on a snowy evening, when the air is still and flakes the size of a quarter are sifting through the sky. There is no sound but her crunching footsteps and the jingle of the bit. The heat of her body rises up and envelopes me, her breath makes a halo around us. That calm beauty is what I hope eternity will be.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Crystal Night

So I continued to tinker with this painting until I achieved this. I like the colors better and it is a match for the other painting. I am going to hang them facing one another in the dining room for the Christmas season.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Lumber Jill dress

I have been wanting to sew this dress ever since I saw Green Apples green plaid shirtdress (pattern Vogue 8028, Dec. 11, 2010). I thought it was appropriate for a woman living in a timber mill town. I wore it to a Christmas party the other night and I must say I stood out in a sea of black, white and sequins.

With my furry hat, I'm ready for the winter storms!

I'm off to throw my name in the hat at Not Dead Yet Style Visible Monday #26:

Saturday, December 17, 2011


This seemed like a good idea at the start and then I felt it went rather sideways.I didn't like the color of the deer against the background.  I was going to paint out the background until I saw it in the photo and liked the snowflakes better as they popped in the photo as opposed to how they were looking in my dim basement. I kept at it and will post the result in the next blog entry.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Starry night

Starry night   16x16    $300

The purples never photograph well. They are actually a bit more pink.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Rosy Dawn on the walking trail

We had fresh snow yesterday. Facing north.
It has the cosistency of sugar. Facing south

The sunrise was beautiful reflecting off the mountains. Facing west.
Tough old snow dog, Kirra.
Sore footed Fiona, ready to head home (unusual).

I love when the mountains glow.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


peregrine falcon     12x12   $200

I like how this painting turned out. The background behind the bird pleases me. I like my Cravens' crosses. That is a design my Dad taught me how to make when I was about 6 years old. I think they look masculine.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Spirit Bear

In case you didn't know, British Columbia is home to the "spirit bear". You can read about these beautiful animals on the "Moon Willow Press".

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011


I found this cranberry colored jumper with a boiled wool texture that looked cozy and interesting. It was too long and had unfortunate pockets, one over the belly and another about 6 inches below that. I don't know what the designer was thinking. Maybe they were from Austrailia or were just fascinated with kangaroos. I shortened the length and used the fabric to broaden the sides. I then moved the pockets to the sides. I paired the dark cranberry up with some turquoise and I am ready to face the -15 C breezes.

I love the fuzzy texture of this jumper but it picks up every piece of lint and doghair floating around the house. I expect it will be a shade of pink in the near future. Off to see what they are doing at Visible Monday:

Saturday, December 3, 2011


I wanted a pony from the time I was old enough to know what a horse was. For a few blissful years, I owned a high stepping appaloosa named Negrita. She had an unfortunate tendency to shy occasionally and left me to walk home on rough roads in my stupid cowboy boots. But she also helped me fearlessly attack a coyote that was intent on eating my little sheltie (we charged him and scared him off). I had some wonderful rides on her and still miss her. And thankfully, I did finally get my "pony". So keep your fingers crossed, Aunt Peaches.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Buy Local Art

 Lewis woodpecker      12x12     $200

The mad dash for Christmas gift buying is on. Consider supporting a local artist and purchasing a truly unique handcrafted item from one your local galleries. I support: