Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Many thanks to reporter Robert Hirtle who put this article together. Published in the Progress Bulletin - November 18, 2014 edition.
Published in the Progess Bulletin - November 18, 2014
Here are the links if you'd like to view the books from the 2014 Paws For Charity Project:

8x10 Coffee table book: you can view (and order) the complete book here:

Notebooks: you can view (and order) the complete notebook here:
This book is 162 pages of blank and lined pages, black and white images of dogs and cats printed on cream non coated paper, and quotes about dogs and cats. The notebooks make great hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, journals, or just tuck it in your bag to keep track of things when you're out and about.

Planners: you can view (and order) the complete planner here: 
This is a two page per week planner for the year 2015. The book contains 136 planner pages, 8 blank pages for notes, approx 75 black and white photographs and art, and approx 75 dog and cat quotes.  They make great hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, or just tuck it in your bag to keep track of things when you're out and about.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

dew drops and spider webs

On Sunday, I had a deadline to get something done. And where was I? Out in the yard with my camera and macro lens. Never fear....I met my deadline too!

"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web." 
- Pablo Picasso

Saturday, September 27, 2014

day trip

We took a half day trip down to Cape Sable Island on Thursday...The Hawk is one of our favourite places. I'll post a few photos in the next couple of days.
The Hawk, Cape Sable Island, Sept 2014


The Hawk, Cape Sable Island, NS. The Hawk Beach is located on the most southerly tip of Nova Scotia. Walk this white sandy beach and explore the 1500 year old drowned forest; a broad area of tree stumps still rooted in the original soil. Exposed at low tide. 
A great birding destination as it is part of the Cape Sable Important Bird Area which makes it one of the best birding areas in Nova Scotia.
From the beach you can view the Cape Sable Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Nova Scotia, standing at 101 feet tall.

Bathroom on site during the summer months.
Explore at own risk.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

different day, different view

This black and white photo is currently on display at the Viewpoint Gallery in Halifax. The artist's talk was on September 14th, and it was interesting to hear the other photographers talking about their photos. Also interesting was listening to them talk about their difficulities in choosing their photos for submission, how to choose a framer, what type of frame and matte to choose, how and where to sign their photograph....etc....and all questions that I was asking myself while going through the process. 

I had my photograph printed at two expensive print on high quality paper (I had a free coupon that I won at a seminar I went to)...and one "cheap" print done by Costco. I showed both prints to several people...and some employees at a framing shop...and they all chose the "cheap" print as their favourite. So...expensive is not always your best choice.

I signed my photo on the front, which is apparently a no-no for photographs. Artists sign on the front. Photographers sign either on the white border (to be covered up by the matte) or they sign on the back of the print. Signing on the matte is a "no", as projects can get re-matted and therefore the signature is lost. Signing on the actual print is considered distracting and de-values the photo. I don't understand that...why should a photographer sign on the back when other artists sign their work on the front? 

To each his (or her) own, and I think I will continue to sign on the front.
on exhibit at Viewpoint Gallery until September 28th, 2014
In early September, we drove by the "two trees" and the hay had just been cut. I went back later in the afternoon and the hay had been raked...I love the pattern of the hay around the trees. The next morning, all the hay had been baled and taken away with no evidence (other than a newly cut field) that the mowing had taken place. I was glad I went back with my camera when I did. You can't see them in this photo, but there are red apples on the trees. 

This photograph has such a different feeling than the black and white winter photo!
same location, September 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

comfort zone

The internet can be a wonderful thing. I have "known" artist Carrie Jacobson for several years, but only through the internet and email. She has been involved in my Paws For Charity Project for several years, and I started following her blog to keep in touch with her painting adventures. She has a bold style, which I admire. And...she has lots of courage to try new things, which I really admire. So many of us are afraid to try something new that we miss out on all kinds of things. I think it's important to get out of our comfort zone. I find that as I get older, it's easier to try new things because I care less about what other people think. Carrie recently posted about this subject (Thoughts on Fear and Courage), which you can read by clicking here.

Carrie goes on painting trips and gets sponsors to help her out. They provide funds for her trip, and she gives them paintings of their choice. So...I gathered up my courage and approached her with an idea...if she was interested....I would create a book about her trip in exchange for a painting. I wasn't sure what her response would be, but what the was worth a try!

She agreed...I compiled a book about her latest trip using entries that she posted on her blog (you can view it by clicking here)...and, in return, I received this beautiful painting of one of my favourite beaches.

Carrie's painting - "Sara's Beach" - oil on canvas, 16x20

the photograph I emailed to Carrie
I was so happy to create a book for someone else. It was a challenge for me, and I have  hopes of doing more of this type of thing. Aside from the awesome art I received, it was a great experience to put together a book with someone else's material.

So...lesson for today...don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. You never know what treasures you'll end up with.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Northern Flicker

My poor little crabapple tree is looking a little rough and here is one of the culprits. A few days ago, there were 3 Northern Flickers on the tree. Today, we had just one visitor. He's looking about as scruffy as the tree!

I'll have to practice a little more...the tree is more in focus than the bird!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

something new

a little doodle...something new I am playing marker on white watercolour paper
something new I am playing with
"Don't let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love." - Stacy London