Bloom True Bootcamp: Moon Mandala

Super Moom Mandala created with gesso, acrylics, pencil and ink.

Super Moom Mandala created with gesso, acrylics, pencil and ink.

Today’s prompt for Flora Bowley’s Bloom True Bootcamp is Mandala. I created this last night in celebration of the super moon. My intent was to “let go of perfect” and to “spiral in and spiral out” as Flora describes in her book Brave Intuitive Painting. I met with some resistance when I tried to work loosely but found that in doing so the design was unevenly spaced. So here is me letting go and letting it out into the world even though I’m not in love with it. I am fond of the soft colours and the moon at the centre. 



Mindful Monday: Feather Collage


This is a photograph of a collage that I made this past week while on a sailing trip. I found the feathers on a walk onshore in Desolation Sound. On a sketchbook page that I had primed with gesso before the trip, I added some watercolour paint and then taped down the two feathers. I worked on the photo in Snapseed and 100 Cameras to achieve a peaceful and dreamy feeling of an etching. The colours remind me of the sailing charts we were using and I love the movement of the feathers.

Willow Charcoal sketch



Whenever I have extra paint left on my palette I brush or wipe it onto a card stock or into my sketchbook. Seems I can’t waste colour! In this little sketch I rediscovered willow charcoal; it’s so smooth and rich and the round stick rolls beautiful marks. I also discovered drawing on the back of a tracing paper sketch with coloured pencils creates a soft effect that I love [the red parts of the dandelion stems].

I’m still here! Painting and building a new website.

I’ve been neglecting this blog for several weeks as I spend all my spare time working on my new ecommerce website and new paintings. I’ve been very active in the studio and toting my sketchbooks everywhere. I hope to have my new site live next month!

Ladybug Collage in Sketchbook

Ladybug Collage

Yesterday I hurried to the library to pick up my long-awaited book, Painted Pages by Sarah Ahearn Bellemare. I only had a little bit of time to flip through it but I was already inspired. I took a journal page that I didn’t like and worked over, saving only the ladybug from the original. So much fun – I could collage for hours and hours! I’m using collage bits,pencil crayons, acrylic paints, watercolour paints, coloured pens, pencils and watercolour pencils. Finger painting – glue sticking – expressive play!

Art Journal: Vancouver Island Inspiration



I’m taking A Free Spirit Life’s Mothering with heART e-course right now and this is one of my art journal pages. I have to work quickly during nap times but I’m starting to enjoy the hustle to create. It makes me work intuitively and prevents me from getting too fussy. I’m loving using mixed media. In this collage I’ve used maps, magazines, watercolour, gesso, pencil, pens, and fluid acrylics.

Journal for a friend

In my last post on sketchbooks I mentioned that I created a journal for a friend. Now that I’ve presented it to her, I can safely upload the photos. This book is made from a deconstructed bound notebook (lined paper), wall paper, and handmade art paper. My favourite technique to play with was sewing paper together and elements together. I was as delighted as a child playing!

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