Monday, May 22, 2017

Pet Portraits

Animals are hands down my most favorite thing to draw and colour.
Just in case you don't already know,
I can do simple, small and sweet custom pet portraits for you...

Prices would vary from $60cdn-$80cdn for 4x4"-5x7" and they'll be done like this cutie,
in coloured pencil which is than cut out and mounted onto a painted wood canvas.
Just email me if your interested in me doing something small of one of your precious pets.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Simple Quiet Weekends

We've all been pretty sick the past month so our weekends have been quieter lately...
homemade pizza nights, lots of snuggles with buns & movies in our home theater...

and a bit of time in the studios since my heads been so bad during the weekdays.
How have your weekends been shaping up?  What's your most favorite thing to do??

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Spendor and Beauty

A day playing around in the snow a few weeks back was followed up by this... of the most spectacular sunsets ever and in our own sleepy little city...amazingly beautiful.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Food Friday

This is a really easy one but it's also really satisfying.
Just cook up your favourite rice, I love soft almost mushy brown rice, my guy likes basmati..

Sauteed in olive oil & maggie; yellow peppers, tofu, garlic, mushrooms & Marinzano tomatoes until
all of that is nice and soft.  Whiles all that is simmering away steam a whole whack of broccoli.
Voila...dinner...tasty, easy, healthy and because we love animals beautifully cruelty-free.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Music On The Lake

Our niece plays the bass clarinet so we three thought it would be super cool
to have a little concert al fresco, out on the beautiful frozen lake.
(A few weeks after this she went on a big band trip to Orlando Florida to play at Disney/Universal)

The day reminded me of how abundant natural beauty is around here & how luckily near to it we are.
We took loads of pictures, we recorded some of the music with the camcorder.
The concert was followed up by hot chocolate at our favorite cafe...
She just loved the day...we loved it...and it'll be a fond memory for all of us to remember.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Photo Realism

Sometimes it's nice just to work from one of my photos and to do something a bit more realistic...

especially when I've got my sweet grumpy old man Jaks snuggled up by my feet whiles doing so.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Heron In Progress

Here's a peek at something new.  I've been so inspired by herons, I'll show you why later this week.

Here is a newbie in Micron pen...

There isn't enough time in a day to work with all of the mediums I am addicted too...sigh!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Leisel and Hyde!

One of our newest adoptees, Leisel, has been a really big handful.
She's pretty messed up emotionally and it's like dealing with Jekyll and Hyde!  Poor girl.
One minute she wants nothing but snuggles & she melts into you
and the next she's on attack mode and boy oh boy this girl has quite the harsh bite!

This goes to show that you never know what kind of personality your bunny will have,
they aren't always sunshine and sweetness...well that's usually under any flying teeth!!
Sometimes it takes a long time and a whole lot of love to get them past all of the bad habits.
We concentrate on her good because she without a doubt is a lovely sweet girl under the naughty!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

My Golden Monkey King

My Golden monkey is coming along nicely I think...
I hope I can get him to turn out like I have him all worked out in my head!

I am working on a super smooth paper with no tooth at all and it's quite different
from my usual paper which lately is pretty much always Stonehenge paper.

This is the first piece I've done in the new Polychromos
and unfortunately I am CRAZY in love with them already!

I say unfortunately because they aren't readily available in my neck of the woods &
they are very costly so I am telling myself that I shouldn't fall TOO deeply in love with them!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

This Kinda Weekend

It's been a really rough month physcially, mentally, emotionally
so this is the only kinda weekend I am planning and hoping for...

Lots of time in my studios...time snuggling up with my guy and all nine buns...
and if all of that can hopefully be peacefully head pain free than this is the simple life for me!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Food Friday

I've had a super rough migraine week with very little time in the studios etc..
So today's Food Friday is gonna be super quick...
How's about for dinner or lunch this weekend or coming week you give this tasty mix a go...

It's my popular lemony lentil soup (recipe is right here)
with a couple soy dogs (the best are from Zoglo's), organic soy milk, peppermint tea
and gluten free bread with smooshed up avocado spread on it (with lemon juice, salt & paprika).

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Starry Evening Tide

Here it is, one of my latest ink pens that I had a ball with...
even if during it's making I started having problems with my eyesight
which lead me to the optometrist, which has unfortunately lead to the costly
necessity of switching one lens in all of my glasses
because my prescription has changed slightly, argh!!!

I like to make pictures where animals get along and
where they are all vegetarian and leave one another in peace!
Hence the boat full of calm star fishing/gazing bunnies and
two sleepy owls who want nothing more than to just sit on their star surrounded branch
enjoying one another & the sweet evening...ahhhh....lovely & wishful!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Most Beautiful Amazing Gift From Natascha Rieper

This arrived a few weeks ago...
one of the most beautiful and generous gifts I've ever received.

When most people in my life just didn't really seem to get how lost I've been without my sunshine
and how that was making me feel even more discombobulated and lonely and lost,
one super kind, lovely, fellow animal loving friend who've I never even met in person said to me
'Send me your favorite photo of your girl,
I want to do something for you'

The talented and wonderful Natascha Rieper made this insanely beautiful clay portrait of Teela.
She knew through my blog how special Teela was and how much she meant in my life
and she gifted me a memorial plaque that I will cherish every single day.

I put it on my side of the bed...
I go to sleep gazing at my beautiful bestie's face and I wake up to it.
It's so so special and so incredibly beautiful and
even more so because of the kind-hearted spirit it was made and given in.

If you've never seen Natascha's blog or work do click on over and check things out...
She's a big hearted animal lover with a house full of different fur-babies, I am sure you'll be hooked.

And thank you again a million times my friend not only for this gift
but for the connection, the shoulder via email and for the friendship

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Star Fishing Bunnies

I still have to scan it in but here's a peek, it's a boat full of star fishing bunnies

and two sleepy owls...I'll show you the completed image this Thursday.

Monday, May 8, 2017

My Microns

We had a chilly, cold, rainy weekend full of headpain
but it was also a perfect weekend for me to curl up with my Micron pens.

I can't wait to show you what I've been up too...
The buns and I have been up to some whimsical visual fun!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Pug Love

As I've been mentioning very briefly, my 15 year old niece has been living with us for the past
8+ weeks....and well it was her birthday not long ago and she's crazy for pugs so I made her this...

I did it in coloured pencil with a smidgen of micron pen on paper and than all that was put
on an acrylic painted cradled canvas.  It's a tiny 4 x 4" but she really seemed to love it.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Weekend Wishes

I am still way behind on posts and though all our snow has melted,
I still have a few more snowy posts to come, I hope you all don't mind!

And with that said, I send you wishes for a beautiful weekend
spent with your favorite souls, whether they be furry or flesh or both XO

Friday, May 5, 2017

Food Friday

This soup is super duper easy & really very tasty.
I added a side of rice crackers and hummus, YUM

This was a recipe I found from one of my favorite
Instagram foodies Renee of Plant Based Mum
I just changed it around slightly but not by very much at all.

It's super easy to make just chop an onion and 3 or 4 stalks of celery and saute till soft.
Than add lots of garlic, 3 finely sliced carrots, 2 cans of white beans (drained & cleaned)
with one can of diced tomatoes (which I like to slice up a bit with a knife)
I added a whole whack of kale (de-stemmed of course)
1 tsp of oregano, 1 tsp of thyme, 1 tsp of rosemary, red pepper flakes
and last but not least 5 spoons of a vegetarian soup base all mixed in with 6 cups of water.
You'll bring all of this good stuff to a boil and than reduce to as simmer for about 40 minutes.
Serve into bowls and whiles the soup cools, slice up and cook some vegan sausage
and serve the cooked sausage on top of the soup just as you serve it.
It's SO tasty and yummy and kind cruelty-free eating.
If you visit the amazing beautiful Instagram food of Plant Based Mum tell her I sent ya over.
Enjoy XO

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Colouring Pages

Okay you guys my next studio news is about to go out
(after a short interruption, sorry about that!)
I've been conjuring up new colouring pages for you guys to enjoy...

(The Hope & Love heart image is your newest one to play with & the angel the month after I think)
It would be so super great if you helped me spread my joyful artwork & mentioned my colouring pages and inspiring studio news to any friends & family that you think may enjoy it too.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My Niece & Our Camera

My sweet niece is still living with us and as much as it's been all topsy turvy & stressful
we've been having a wonderful time together too and that's what we're trying to concentrate on.

We've been letting her use our camera as she has an interest in photography & it would seem that
her favorite things to shoot, besides macro shots, are her aunt &'s a couple of my favs.

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