The Visionary

5″ x 7″ oil on hardboard

I have always been fascinated with owls. They have this otherworldly silence, this innate wisdom in their being, that is palpable when you see them.
Native Americans associated the owl with wisdom, foresight and keepers of ancient knowledge with powers of prophecy. In other cultures, they are said to be guardians of the underworld and keepers of the dead. However you choose to see them, they are beautiful and mystical and a wonderful painting subject.
I’ve been experimenting a lot with colour, texture, and different mediums in my paintings recently, and here is my newest playful piece. Up for bid on DailyPaintworks starting March 27, 7:00 am Pacific Time…

Starfish Blue

“Starfish Blue” ~ 4″ x 6″ watercolour, pen and ink

A companion piece to “Treasure from the Sea”… a colourful starfish, caressed by the gentle surf, brilliant colours gleaming.
Up for bid on DailyPaintworks, link becomes active Monday, March 17th, 7 am Pacific tiime

Treasure from the Sea

Treasure from the Sea ~ 4″ x 6″ watercolor, pen and ink
Starting Bid $30.00  BID HERE
at Daily Paintworks…link will become active on March 9, 7am Pacific time
The Pacific Ocean is of great concern right now, in the aftermath of Fukishima, will these beautiful creatures be nothing but myth in the future? I hope to preserve their beauty for future generations who may never get to see them.

Thinking about my super hard-working boy.

I love Danny Gregory, his wisdom when it comes to being an aritist is so dead on and inspirational!

Danny Gregory

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Artists are dismissed as dreamers. But being an artist takes focus and perseverance. It is a tough job, grounded firmly in the real.

Dreamers are roadkill. Artists work. That’s why they call it “The Work”. Not “the ideas,” “the notions”, “the dreams”, “the visions”.  The Work.

Being an artist means seeing the world as it is and having something to say about it. Most people don’t. Most people are content with hackneyed second-hand points of view. Tree hugger or tea partier, paper or plastic. But being an artist means diving into what is really out there, building your own filter from scratch, a filter that adjusts the contrast, brings out the details, heightens the textures and looks deep into the shadows. If you have nothing to say, your hands will tremble, your lines will be weak, your compositions will be flat and your audience will be yawning. You need…

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I apologize to anyone who has been paying attention! My blog has been a bit schizophrenic over the last few days…just trying on different themes to see which works best. I think I’ll stick with this one for now…what do you think?
Also, if you’re interested, I am just in the process from moving over to wordpress from my Blogger Blog, which I have had for years. It has a lot more posts and art on it…it’s at

Favorite authors: Beatrix Potter

She’s one of my favourites, too.

Bridget Beth

I am ever inspired by Beatrix Potter for her naturalism and conservationism, her cottage garden, her plucky little stories, and her gorgeous watercolors.

I see in her a kindred spirit and a soft sort of heroism that I wish to emulate.

I recently came across some of her journaling and adore her bright eyed view of nature and her detailed perfectly rendered, drawings of specimens she found on her rambles through the forest.


Today I was curious about how old she was when she first published a book, and was wildly thrilled to find that she was thirty five! I am discouraged at times thinking I am too old and too late.  Lies!  What is more, Beatrix first self published before she made her way into a wider circuit and influence.  I am not necessarily wanting to do the same, but it struck me as a daring and brave…

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Week 5 // The Guardians

So beautiful…thanks for sharing, Sarah 🙂

12 Months of Creativity


Since a young age, I have felt protected and watched over by the ones in my life who have died – most notably my mother, who died when I was nine. At thirty one, I’ve now lost my mother, father, and my husband-to-be. I have also lost all of my grandparents, and several aunts and uncles… so I have accumulated quite the gathering of guardians on the other side.

I sometimes imagine them around me. I sometimes FEEL them around me. Especially my fiancé – as he is never shy to tell me he is near. They are tall and expansive – much bigger than they ever were in this life. When I stumbled upon this tree a few weeks ago, I knew instantly that it communicated exactly what I wanted to show of this inner world of mine.

Everywhere I go, everything in life that I do, this is…

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5″ x 7″ watercolor, pen and acrylic ink on watercolor paper, For sale now at DailyPaintworks, Click on the photo to get to the bidding page…

I LOVE ravens…the grumpy, serious, bloody intelligent creatures that they are. I find them endlessly fascinating to watch, and so beautiful. I took the iridescence I see in their feathers, and pushed it to the max, enhancing all the colors. I hope you like! 🙂