a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Sparrow Avenue, Beaver Pencil Case
Beavers are my theme for Canada's Birthday in just a little over one month. This little guy has been a stead fast favourite with many people who see my work. You can find him in the shop right here.

Monday, May 29, 2017


Hope you had a lovely weekend. We finally had a bit of sun on Sunday which was really nice. This image of the lilacs, however, was taken when it had been loaded down with rain. Even so it was quite nice and I took a few pictures during our walks. ("Our" meaning "the girls" and myself)

A few days ago Sonee had a visit with the vet. Somehow she had managed to acquire something not even the vet could identity which was abscessing. You can just see where the vet had shaved away her ever so thick fur to remove the offending bits. She was put on a partial anesthetic in order to get all of the mess. I was adamant that she not be completely put under as I'm certain anesthetic messes with the brain.

We walked home slowly from the vet and she did well with that and so thankful to be away from there. When we arrived home I wanted her to rest. She eventually lay down and slept. But the partial anesthetic lasted the rest of the day, causing a lot of confusion and angst. 

She is recovering from the partial anesthetic in these pictures and is on antibiotics to prevent infection. Antibiotics, I'm sure you know can cause either constipation or diarrhea. Sonee picked the first symptom. But a bit of pumpkin in her food solved that problem. Now she's back to her old self, I'm happy to say.

Friday, May 26, 2017

"Almost Summer" Makeology

Makeology: Almost Summer
Next Saturday I will be at the "Almost Summer Craft Fair" in Hamilton at the Museum of Steam and Technology. Scroll through the link and you will see the other artisans that are participating in this fantastic show.

Certainly hope there will be no rain in the forecast as it seems to have been raining for much of the Spring so far...

Of course, I'm working away at all my printing. The "Canada 150" Linen Tea Towel will do well, I'm sure.

Sparrow Avenue, "Canada 150" Linen Tea Towel

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The New Art Festival

The New Art Festival
For the last four or five years I have been exhibiting at the Haliburton Art Festival, which I have always loved. This year, however, I am switching things up and I will be off to Ottawa for the 25th anniversary of The New Art Festival. I haven't been part of this art show before but I've heard many good things about it and I know quite a few of the artisans that are participating. And because it is an outdoor show, the girls will be coming with us. Hurrah! 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cooper's Hawk Inspiration

Sparrow Avenue, Feather Pencil Case
Here is the Feather Pencil Case that a little while ago was the "possibility of a definite maybe". Along with it is the Cooper's Hawk feather that influenced the drawing. I don't see them as much as I used to. Their nest is gone...they've clearly moved on. But now and then I do see someone large just hanging on the air current way up high.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

After the Long Weekend

Sparrow Avenue, Apple Branch Pencil Case
As it was a long weekend, I hope you had a lovely time.

Spring is ever so slowly making a re-appearance in this neighbourhood. Although by looking at the bloom and growth of the plants, you wouldn't know that the cooler temperatures slowed things down. Mind you, last week we had a couple of days of summer.

I have put the "possibility of a definite maybe" into reality. As a pencil case, I think it looks great. But I've also printed it on a little pouch...as yet, unphotographed, but coming soon.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Long Weekend

Sparrow Avenue, Rabbit Pencil Case
We are coming up to a long weekend here in Canada. Victoria Day.
It will be a particularly special weekend this year, but it normally marks the beginning of Cottage Season as well as the "safe" time to start gardening.

Sparrow Avenue, Apple Branch Pencil Case
Have a lovely weekend 
with whatever you are