Festivals and Markets
(suggested by Elaine Pang)

Update : We are now keeping Themes for a WHOLE MONTH

Saturday, September 30, 2017

New Theme for October

It will be October 1st tomorrow - hard to believe how quickly September (and summer!) has sped by.
Now it is fall, with new holidays and activities to enjoy.
October's theme is: Camping/Hiking, as suggested by Elaine Pang.

What have you observed while camping or hiking?
I hope the theme inspires you and that you interpret it and make it your own.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:
You might:

*Focus on fall foliage during a hike.

*Remember a favourite place you visited while camping or hiking.

*Imagine a place you'd like to take a hike.

Have fun, enjoy the theme and be sure to share!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

New September theme

Today marks the end of August and summer vacation for children. Has the past few months ever sped by.
Our new theme for September is "Festivals and Markets"
What festivals or markets have you attended?

Here are a few ideas to spark some inspiration:

*what was your favourite festival as a child?

*do you have outdoor markets in your city?

*check your town's website and look for fall festivals. have some fun visiting.

*Check out a book from the library about other festivals around the world.

As always, interpret this theme as you wish. The most important thing is to have fun and create what makes you happy. Lets all take part this month!

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Every summer I set my amaryllis out in the flower bed until fall.  What a surprise when one had a bud.  It has had 4 blossoms out of season.  Is it confused?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Choosing the reference photo.

My daughter took a photo of our garden and the bunny rabbit "scare crow" we have to ward off birds, etc. Then she "colored" it somehow in a program. I have no idea how she did that. But it is very Unusual and it amazed me. I cannot decide if I want to paint the original or the super colorful version. What do you think?

PS. I have a suggestion for a topic. Who do I contact with that info??  Thanks.

Monday, July 31, 2017

August Theme

(This is one of my early attempts at stamp carving - of  a horse)

Hard to believe that August has just arrived. And with it - a brand new theme. (suggested by Elaine Pang)

This month our theme is Unusual Sights (or even sites).

What have you seen or discovered that could be considered unusual? Please share your unusual art!

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

* Share a favourite unusual sight/site.

* Share a favourite unusual object

* Share something unusual that you have imagined

* Share something unique, special, one-of-a-kind.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Willow and Sunny, Jean Bernick

I just finished this colored pencil portrait of Shelties as a gift for a friend.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

As my roses are starting to bloom, I remembered this piece I had done a while ago, using one of my own photos, as well as a painted background.
The quote is one I need to remind myself often - one we should all do. There are miracles all around us.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Crazy colored Calico Cat painting

Where is everyone? This topic is WIDE OPEN.

Any thing goes, so here is my 8x10 Crazy Bright Colored Calico Cat painting, done from a video on YouTube, on 140# hot press paper, varnished front and back. I love trying new styles and taking classes in art. Since discovering the awesome multitude of videos online FREE to watch and paint, I am now overwhelmed on what to do next! This one was FUN to paint. Really fun. He looks a little bit cranky to me. But I do love him. Of course, he is for sale on Ebay in my store.

Have any of you tried painting along with videos online?