If I am going to paint a bird, chances are it will be a Chickadee or Misanges as they are called in French. This one is my latest collage on wood. Snippets of maps, wrapping paper and hand painted papers were used.
Whenever I finish an oil painting I gravitate to a different media not unlike cleansing the palate (pun intended). I'm not as familiar with water-colour but creating these illustrated recipes has been a great learning tool. I've created a small library of individual kitcheny items and sweet and savoury foods and assemble them digitally into illustrated recipes. I've just posted a few in my etsy shop.
I had been painting small formats for the better part of the year, that I felt I needed to work a little larger and pulled this image from my files. I've always liked painting an image within a painting
These peonies were left from our backyard wedding and were the most spectacular I had ever seen. I photographed them for days hoping to have at least one image I could paint from. (I think I do). The chickadee is a collage from a series started last year. I picked it up again and have created a few more. Each time, I marvel at how much I learn when I work in a series. My santos doll doesn't have to have a purpose. She has an air of grace and beauty. I have great plans for her. The portrait of the little girl I just couldn't part with. Her intense gaze pulls you in.
I created a toile* style fabric with sketches of my home town and was pleased to see the end result
of one of our local residents have her chaired upholstered in it. I have sewn many pillows from this fabric but it's the first upholstered piece I've seen....and I'm thrilled!
*toile de Jouy |ˌtwäl də ˈZHwē| nouna type of printed calico with a characteristic floral, figure, or landscape design on a light background, typically used for upholstery or curtains.ORIGIN originally made at Jouy-en-Josas, near Paris.