Monday, February 8, 2016

Winter's Wonder

This has been a beautiful winter
so far

The pond has been nestled 
within snowy coated trees and shrubs

The stream still wends it's way beneath
laden boughs

Rusty Pups manage to move among snowy bushes
without disturbing anything.

The fruit of the Alder trees still dangle from frozen branches.

Rusty Pup Kayla always has to have a roll in the snow.

Rusty Pup Shandy noses through the snow
ever hopeful a tennis ball might be there.

A Rusty Pup certainly adds colour to a winter's day.

Winter's patterns.

Sheltering beneath the trees.

Stream crossing.

Lots of snow but warm enough to keep the stream clear of ice.

Unlike last year, this year we have been blessed with thaws
between the storms!

Have a nice Winter's day.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Look For Mark Berens At The Artist Project

If you are in Toronto or it's environs you might be interested in
dropping by Booth 927 at the Artist Project
in the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto.
That is where our talented Mark
will be found from February 18-21.

As you can see his studio is bursting
with new paintings
of his beautiful renderings of Georgian Bay.

Some of his smaller paintings are lovely tree tops.

I have always loved his water over rocks.

Important Dates and Times

Early Access Preview
Thursday 18th 5-10 pm

Opening Night Party
Thursday 18th 7-10 pm

Friday 11am - 10pm
Saturday 11am - 8pm
Sunday 11am -6pm

for more information go to

Just tell him his mother sent you!
That will amuse him!

 Night Party
Thursday  - 10 PM
Saturday 11 AM - 8 PM
Sunday 11 AM - 6 PM

Friday, February 5, 2016

It is Amazing How Nature Can Rebound After a heavy Choking Snow

Alders along the stream
arched over beneath the weight of last week's storm.

Boughs and whole trees bent under the weight.

So beautiful in the harshness of
winter storms that do what they will.

Two young silver birches completely bent over.

From the other side we examined their silvery trunks
to check that they had not broken under the weight.

Two days later in the misty rains of a thaw
they had sprung back into life
and hopefully they were not harmed too badly.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Feeling Good in the Studio

Also been discharging again

Dots and stripes

I plan to fit a thin strip where these two fabrics will join.

Just so that the viewer gets a peek of something in there.

I feel this one is too dark.

I Like the dots
they make me think of all the pebbles and rocks
that my woods seem to manage to survive on.
Or perhaps the rocky Fundy shore.
Think I will sew it into place
and go from there.
It is quite a large piece for me.

Lots of pieces to get started on
Lots of work to keep me busy
The ideas come easily
Bringing them to life takes time and patience.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Feeling Good and Grateful To Be Stitching Again

Feels good to have this piece back in my lap

Slow stitch

Rhythmic stitch

I am attempting to create a lighter full moon
which will hopefully show up more
once it is completely surrounded with the darker stitches.
A moon reflected in the flowing waters of the Annapolis Basin.

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Crumb for Monday

Finally put the computer and sewing machine aside
and was able to get back to hand stitching.

Filling in small bits and pieces 
with whatever came to mind.
You can see that I first couched with a grey thread
but wasn't happy with that
way too calm and predictable.
I like the little sharp specks of black
Perhaps like a kitten testing it's claws.

Just a few stitches in the background.

Playtime with scraps
Stitching as the mood grabs me
Hopefully will loosen up as the Crumbs pile up!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Winter Has Set In

After our third storm of the week
Rusty Pup Kayla....

....and Rusty up Shandy and me
decided to take a walk

This was all we could find of the stream.
No more islands to be found
just slithers of clear water every now and then.

We found baby Christmas trees awaiting their turn to
be decorated at Christmas.

We found snow covered rocks protecting the pond.

We found grassy remnants of warmer weather

and we found the scratchy remnants of Black Eyed Susans
breaking through a pristine covering of snow.

My goodness me, January seems to have turned out to be
a month of left brain work.
A month of computer work
A month of accuracy at the sewing machine.
Not my comfort zone.
But hopefully I can get back to stitching now.