a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals

Monday, January 23, 2017

From Flax to Linen

This is a short film from the National Film Board of Canada that shows very clearly how Natural Linen is produced from Flax. The film is old and blurry and maybe even dated but still, I thought it was very informative.

Sparrow Avenue, Natural Linen Beaver Tea Towel

Friday, January 20, 2017

Slowly Swinging into 2017

copyright Barbara Di Lella, Cardinal, 2017
Just playing around with some photo shoot ideas. Still slowly getting into the swing of 2017.

You may have seen this image on the Sparrow_Avenue instagram account. By following me there, you can get a nice little snippet about what I'm doing.

Have a lovely weekend

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Progress of a Water Colour

Cardinal Water Colour Process, copyright Barbara Di Lella, 2017

As promised: the Cardinal. Although not yet finished, I am pleased with what I've done so far, mostly because I haven't worked with water colours in so many years.

What do you think?

Cardinal, detail, copyright Barbara Di Lella, 2017

Here he is as I was trying to work out if he would go to a screen or not. Still haven't quite decided.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Little Peek

A little peak at my new for 2017 sketch book.

This one, that I bought, just to muck around in, has paper with a fair bit of tooth so I decided to see if it would take water colour. 

I haven't worked with water colours in years! So this little experiment was more or less a refresher for me. Laying down some water first helps to guide the colour. I've always loved Paynes Grey and Burnt Sienna. 

I'll show you what I did with the cardinal (peeking 'round the corner) tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Winter sun shining through the south facing studio window: the succulent loves it. Usually I don't have plants in the studio: either there's too much light or not enough. But this succulent, which I bought last month, seems to be loving it. 

Succulents seem to be quite popular these days. 

Succulents/Cacti need at least 6 hours of sunlight (sometimes hard to get in Canada during the winter months).

They like to be warm in the summer and cool during the winter.

Watering once a week seems to be a good rule but make sure the soil is dry before watering (this will also deter bugs). And water them enough so that the water drains out at the bottom. I've been watering this one every 10 days.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Process of Ideas

Over the weekend I had the chance to work on some new drawings: lots of owls and foxes. I've also been learning how to make repeat patterns...that's pretty exciting...and time consuming too...but I'm enjoying it. I've also been thinking of new ways to approach the printing aspect of what I do. Although I haven't had a chance to do any experimenting yet, the "incubation"period of these ideas has always been part of my process.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Playing Around

Sparrow Avenue, Beaver Petite Pouch

Having a bit of fun with the photography of late, You may have noticed? For a long time now, I've been thinking of how to show my work and tell a story at the same time. There are those who attend programs/classes for such "merchandising" presentations. I've never been one to be part of a group; I learn better when I'm by
myself. How about you?