Archive for the ‘2011’ Category

Sand dune in progress

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Just the beginnings of a painted background.   This is about 5 x 7 inches.  There will be grasses, as long as I don’t mess anything up!  And I’ll be going stronger on the colours yet, because as soon as you put the first thread through, the background always recedes more than you expect.

Give and Take

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

This one is very wee at 3 x 3″.  It’s based on a photo I took in my Mam and Dad’s garden on my trip to the UK this year.  I was trying to take a picture of just the echinacea, but couldn’t get one without a bee doing a photobomb!  So I made a feature of it.  I like the way both the bee and the flower have a wing.

It’s hand-sewn except for the seedhead.  For that, I did a rough background on the machine and then those pesky pointy bits were done by hand.

The bee was great fun to do.  I stitched him by hand and then used the sharp end of my needle (oh this sounds horrible now) to rough him up a bit.  Did some trimming with scissors around the edges, so his belly is still fat but the edges of him appear further away.  There’s some invisible thread on the wing that catches the light.

As a side note, in the course of this picture I’ve learned that in parts of China, because the bee population has been pesticided down, whole villages have to pollinate their crops by hand using paintbrushes.  Art imitating life in a way I hope we don’t have to get used to.


A behind-the-scenes look.  This is my 7″ diameter hoop.

And I promised myself I wouldn’t make any bee puns, so I’ll quit before I give in to temptation.


New-look website

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Welcome to my made-over website!

For many long and boring reasons, I decided to start from scratch with a template that lets me do the basics even with my limited knowledge.

I expect there’ll be more changes and developments.  Websites are never really “done.”  But I’m glad to have some simple features functioning and I’m free to pick up my needle again!




Monday, August 15th, 2011

This is a view from the seawall in downtown Vancouver.  I see the water and the rocks as reaching out to each other.

The water is painted on silk and then the pebbles/rocks are free motion machine embroidered.  There’s a little bit of hand-sewing of shiny or “invisible” threads that can only be seen in certain lighting and helps make the rocks look wet where they touch the water. Oh and a tiny bit of hand-sewing of foam on the water in the foreground.

I got myself a daylight lamp and I love it.  I’ve been struggling to get enough light in the right position to do artwork after sundown in what I’ll call my (ahem) “work zone” in our new apartment.   100W equivalent baby!   Only wish I’d gone for it sooner.

Horseshoe Bay, BC

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Every summer should have some Horseshoe Bay in it.  On this trip we spotted this lab and decided he was a salty sea dog.  Many pics of inspiring scenery taken.


Saturday, July 30th, 2011

This image is not photoshopped.  When I get down to the dregs of my silk paint, it sometimes comes out of the bottle as bubbles.  I just thought this looked cool.  It’s also fun to watch the change when you add another colour.  Anyway, back to painting!

Street Art

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

The street in question is Hornby Street in downtown Vancouver. The art would be the tree, but is also a reference to Vancouver Art Gallery in the background.  I was struck by how gorgeous this and other trees around the gallery looked on a sunny day back in May.

After hand-painting the background, I used free motion machine embroidery to represent the mulched soil in the foreground.  The tree trunk and branches are also worked in free motion with a little hand-sewing here and there.  With the trailing twigs, I found the less I cared about how they should go, the better they looked.

As described in my previous post, I hand-painted a bunch of narrow ribbon strips for the leaves of the tree. Then I hand-stitched the greenery using ribbon instead of thread. Thankfully, silk is less fragile than it looks!

This picture changes depending on the light more than most.  In the evenings under a spotlight, the sheen of the ribbon comes into play, hopefully to capture something of the sunlit glory of the tree as I saw it that day.


Saturday, June 25th, 2011

These are lengths of 3-mm wide ribbon I’ve been hand-painting different shades of green.  I use the same paint as for my backgrounds.

Yes, ribbon work is ahead!  Hopefully, in combination with free motion machine embroidery, the little bits of shiny ribbon that show will look like leaves catching the sun.


Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Crafthouse on Granville Island now offers some of my pictures for sale. What a gem of a place, not to be missed if you’re an island-going craft lover! Click on the picture and scroll down for a map and other info.   On the same street as the big yellow Kids Market.

On the subject of artwork, I’m not idle.   I’m working on something.

I may be some time : )

Thank you voters!

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

A quick note to say thank you for coming and voting at our Art Focus Spring Show!  I share the Most Popular Artist Award with Anna Wagner, who also won for Best Picture.  Very much appreciated!