Summer Waters Painting

Isabelle and I went of a beautiful walk along the river at the Courtenay Airpark. Going at toddler pace I had time to contemplate the waters, grasses and sky.


Acrylic, charcoal, Aquarelle crayons, pencil on paper.




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.

Mountain Trails Painting for Debbie


Debbie Landscape

Two weeks ago I blogged about a tiny art piece that I made for my friend Kiyoko.  This sweet little painting is one I created at the same time for my friend Debbie. You’ll notice the similar colour palette in both works. Debbie is a runner, mountain biker, swimmer, mountain race adventurer and mother. [She is also an awesome chiropractor who keeps my body moving!] She is inspirational to me because she is strong and she sets amazing goals for herself. After her daughter was born she worked hard to regain her endurance and strength and was out racing again in no time. It seems like every time I talk to her she is preparing for a new adventure like Snow to Surf, Kusam Klimb, Perseverance Trail Race or Mud, Run, Ride. You might even find her sporting a costume made my Kiyoko when they team up to race!

To me, the deep purple and rich green in this piece are “Debbie colours”. I put the rain pouring down on the mountain as a reference to a recent mountain bike race she did on Vancouver’s North Shore. The three circles represent her, her husband and her daughter. I was pleased when Debbie opened this birthday painting because she said something along the lines that it almost meant as much to her that I made time to make art for her as it did to be receiving a work of art. She knows that my days are busy with my babykins! I love creating special art pieces for people; I hope that when they view the art work in their home it reminds them of their adventures.




Mountain Trails Painting for Kiyoko

comox valley lake glacier forest

I created this tiny piece (4 x 6″) for my friend Kiyoko who is a runner, mountain biker and adventurer. She is inspirational to me in the way she sets goals and challenges for herself and just as importantly for her wonderful enthusiasm. I felt the sunny yellow in this artwork reflects her nature. When she unwrapped it she said she liked the  glacier in the upper part of the work. This is why I love abstracted works – I hadn’t even been thinking of our local Comox glacier when painting but there it is!

I’m still absolutely in love with my Gelli Plate! No more blank canvas/paper stalemate. I love the unexpected nature of printmaking – the mixing of colours and the wonderful textures. I’s a great way to get started in the studio. I began with acrylic gelli printing and then layered in pencil, ink, watercolour and more acrylics.




Spring Growth: a mixed media drawing

Spring Growth

Despite rainstorms and some gloomy weather, I’ve been feeling the promise of Spring! Lately I’ve been using my Gelli Plate to create these small works on paper. I start by layering acrylics using a monotype process. Then I work with watercolours, graphite, pencil crayons, white Sharpie and a permanent marker to develop texture and details. Map and marine chart symbols having been figuring prominently in my work again. I think that this is symbolizing my journey into motherhood and my drive to reconnect with both an inner and outer landscape.