a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals

Friday, February 24, 2017


As close as I have ever been able to get to the sparrows; this one in our Lilac bush. Have you ever noticed how much more brave the females are than the males?

copyright Barbara Di Lella, Sparrow, Pencil Drawing, in progress, 2017
I have been trying to get all my images together for burning onto screens. Like last year, however, I find that I keep drawing, coming up with new images. Hopefully I can manage to work them all in one way or another...

Just a reminder about the Makeology show in about 6 weeks. There is a great line of artisans attending this year, including myself.

Have a lovely weekend

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A walk in High Park

It has been so Spring-like that we took ourselves to High Park (along with a million other people and dogs). The week previous, there was a dump of snow so the melt off resulted in a lot of wet and mud to contend with, especially on Roxy, who tends to flick everything onto her underside. Well I was just happy that she could manage the walk, however slow that it was because of her age. She will be 17 next month! Alas, no pictures of her as she really doesn't like it when I try. So here is Sonee, instead.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sunny Days

copyright Barbara Di Lella, Black Bear, ink drawing, 2017
Unlike January, this month is having a fair number of sunny days, so much so, that I have been forced to draw the curtains during the hours it streams through the window onto the work table.

This is the very table that I also do all my printing on. And pretty soon I will be burning the last months' work onto screen and printing again. Part of me is looking forward to it and part of me dreads it. I suppose everyone has some aspect of that in the work that they do.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy Customers

Sparrow Avenue, Grizzly Bear Petite Pouch
Just had to post a lovely picture sent to me by one of my customers. Hailey found me on Instagram and purchased the Grizzly Bear Pouch at the shop. It is always so gratifying when someone loves what I do.

5 out of 5 stars
"So cute!!! Pic attached for size comparison. Owner was wonderful to work with especially after my first one got lost in the mail!!! Will be using this for jewelry when I travel!"

Thank you so much, Hailey.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Blue Jay

copyright Barbara Di Lella, Blue Jay, 2017
This guy popped up one day last week. I'm thinking he would be really nice printed with indigo blue on the natural linen tea towels.
What do you think?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Another Watercolour

copyright Barbara Di Lella, Fox, watercolour, 2017
Thought I'd try the watercolours again. I don't  know much about watercolour, as you can see. I tend to approach it as though I were using oils. Although, I do know that the light is supposed to come from the page and colour should be worked from light to dark. At the same time, to over-work the layers is a huge mistake.

Clearly, I need a lot more practice.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Fox, The Rabbit and the Raccoon

copyright Barbara Di Lella, Fox drawing, 2017
The other day I showed the beginning of this fox drawing. The sun was pouring into the studio that day showing off the texture of this sketch book paper.

I try to remember to take pictures of my work in progress, but this one got away from me.

copyright Barbara Di Lella, Fox, Rabbit, Raccoon drawing, 2017
Not only did it get away from me, but the Rabbit and Raccoon showed up too even though the Fox didn't quite get finished.