a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Nine Months Ago

The Girls and Me
By chance, not only a rare capture of me but an even rarer image of me with "The Girls". This was taken last autumn when, after too many years, we returned for a day to Algonquin, a place that holds many wonderful memories for me.

I had been taking some photos of some of my work and Art captured me unaware of what he was doing.
The Girls are only on leash because of the restrictions the park has on unleashed dogs. I can understand that but, as you see, they aren't going anywhere. And especially Roxy who I had to carry up the slightest incline. See those tree roots? Not always easy carrying a 27 lb. dog up and down and over all this. But it was worth it to see her happy face.

The Girl Who Hates Her Picture Being Taken

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bee and Constellations

Sparrow Avenue, Bee and Constellations Pouch

Hope you enjoyed a lovely summer weekend.

I had worked on some production of the new large pouches that seem to have attracted some good attention. I like the heave zipper and lining that I have been using.  Sturdy and long-lasting.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Another Dog Drawing

copyright Barbara Di Lella, Golden drawing, 2017
This week seems to have been mostly about dogs.
Here is another of the drawings that I have been working on. 
Not quite finished.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Isn't she cute with her tongue hanging out like that?
Dead to the world
(what an awful expression!)

We were out the other day
and passed by a 1 year old Sheep Dog.
Very big!
Sonee was curious
but I know she's also nervous around
big dogs.
So I called to her: "Sonee"
And the Sheep Dog came to me.
Is your dog named Sonee, too?
Yes, indeed!

Never thought we would meet
a dog named Sonee.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Black and Gold

Sparrow Avenue, Large Black and Gold Bee Pouch
Production has started on these large pouches. In fact, they are slightly larger than the one I first showed last week.
I love this Bumble Bee with the "Constellations". Wasn't quite sure if they were Fire Flies, but I decided on constellations instead.
It is lined with a heavy linen/cotton fabric and has a wonderful sturdy antique brass zipper.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


copyright Barbara Di Lella, "Corgi" drawing, 2017
I have been drawing dogs lately, as I had mentioned last week. Well, of course I had to do a Corgi in honour of my Roxy.

2018 is the Year of the Dog...I guess that explains why the dogs. I hope to do a screen once I've decided which dog will make the grade, so-to-speak. But I will also be doing a calendar...can't let all the drawings go to waste.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Thank You

Hope you had a pleasant summer weekend.
The rain here seems to have finally moved on
and we have had some lovely blue skies.

Whenever I have orders to package, I always include a handmade thank you card. This one is stamped with a Sparrow (what else?) that I had carved a number of years ago. I print each card on re-cycled stock with VersaFine ink. I've tried block printing inks but I'm not very good at getting an even coat. Practice, practice and practice.

It is very gratifying to have sales whether they be from on-line, stores or craft shows. The support for things Handmade is quite wonderful and reassuring. Certainly when I spend so much time in the studio working, I have no idea if there are others who will like what I do and want to purchase it. So I am always so grateful when a design meets with approval.

Thank You