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May 25, 2018

This past weekend I was a vendor at my first event outside HRM in beautiful Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. I was there only on Sunday of the two-day weekend market, and it didn't go without it's share of mishaps, but it was a great time!  It was nice to get out of the city, meet other artists and makers in the region, and spend a day with my Mom, who is always awesome company!

Eric was away as well last weekend; Black Moor (his heavy metal band) played three dates in Ontario so they were gone from Thursday to Tuesday. Thankfully his parents were able to step in and watch Odie while I was in Mahone Bay (and that night because I was useless to the world afterwards). On Sunday I was...

February 28, 2018

On the drive into work today my Mom and I were having a conversation about how at certain points, life can seem like it has a weird vibe. Sometimes it comes along when things are changing or priorities are shifting, or when everything seems so up in the air that you're just trying to find something to grab a hold of and hang onto for dear life. I was telling her how this feels like one of those phases and that it was bothering me that I couldn't pinpoint why exactly the vibe was off. She said something that really got me thinking; she said maybe it's because right now there are so many unknowns, so many projects I'm still waiting to get the green light on and loose ends try...

January 31, 2018

Back in the summer me and Eric gutted our kitchen and cut giant holes in the walls between it and our living room. It was a dusty few weeks, but we ended up with a space that would work so much better for our family. The old kitchen was always cold, drafty and the cabinets were original to the house. Now don't get me wrong I love old character and charm, but this kitchen was from the 50's when plywood was used so I didn't feel bad blasting it off the wall with a sledge hammer. 

After the dust settled and the kitchen was back up and running, I got to thinking about the new giant hole in our wall and thought it looked a little too open (I think this was abo...

January 26, 2018

Turning 30 is a big deal for some, and for others it's just a number. I tried to look at it from the middle of both perspectives.

I didn't want a number to dictate my life or where I was in it, but I did use it as a moment to really look at it's accomplishments, pitfalls, where I've been and where I'm going. Basically as one big proverbial spell checker where I could right click on the red lines that were hanging around.

I believe it's healthy (for me at least) to check myself from time to time. Not to pick myself apart - because that's never a road I want to go down - but to make sure I'm doing what I want with this one life that I have. If I sat around and just assumed I wa...

December 11, 2017

DONE! As of Saturday night I have all my commissions completed, shop orders sent out or picked up, and have no other Christmas markets or events coming up until the new year. 

*insert sound of beer opening*

The last of my commissions to be picked up was a series of three canvases, and the very first non-watercolour paintings I have ever done for someone else. Sarah wanted something colourful and abstract for her new office, and left the direction of the images totally up to me. For me this was both refreshing and completely terrifying. I obviously love artistic freedom, but I don't mind having a few guidelines to go by either. Throw in the fact that I've also never done...

October 4, 2017

It's been a little over a week since Hal-Con, and things have not slowed down! Without getting too sappy and emotional (warning: this may get sappy and emotional), I wanted to reflect a little on the Hal-Con weekend, because for me it was a super big deal. I've wanted to be a vendor at the convention for the past 4 years, but I never had things either organized enough, the timing was bad, the funds to pay for producing enough product, yada-yada-yada. But this year I was literally refreshing their website every 20 seconds on the night of registration until it went live, and have never typed anything so fast as I did the form! It probably wasn't that necessary to complete it...

May 30, 2017

Earlier this year my husband Eric and I started working on a new project. In February I started the illustrations for our first children's book, and Eric began writing the story. Fast forward 4 months and we now have the physical product of our mass amount of efforts! 

This was something we have never done, or even thought about doing before, so we were literally flying by the seat of our pants. I'm so proud to say that we took care of every part of the production of this book, with the exception of the actual printing. I did a lot of research online into self publishing books, and taught myself how to use Adobe InDesign to layout the pages to be sent off to o...

May 8, 2017

It was a wet, foggy weekend here in Nova Scotia, but a great one for the Halifax Crafters Spring Market. The weather definitely didn't keep anyone away, because the Olympic Hall was packed full of artists, vendors, and shoppers working their way through all the beautiful (and delicious) items for sale.

The Market is made up of two levels, and the Halifax Crafters Society has always done a great job putting together an eclectic mix of vendors. After walking through each table, my first purchase was a screen print from Fish Bone Prints. I have purchased work from them before at previous events and I love their fun, locally inspired style. The print I snagged today was a map of...

March 20, 2017

It's been a little while since my last blog post, sorry about that! I've been busy getting some commissions done and a few other things that have been put on the back burner lately. In my last post I was telling you about a commission I was doing for Jan, which included 4 images of her trip to Italy (2 are the same as one is going to be a gift). I just finished them and now am talking with her about a fifth painting she wants me to do. This one is going to be of an area of her current house where she likes to read. Right now the house is on the market and they have been busy renovating their new home, so this will be a nice reminder once they move on!

Here are the three desi...

March 9, 2017

Artist Block: It's a real thing, and it sucks!

In the Fall I was on fire. I was painting every day, had lots of ideas and found the time and energy to stay up till 1 in the morning even with a baby that wakes up at 7am. It was a great few months, and a very busy few months with commissions and other holiday work to do.

Right around Christmas things started to slow down. Everyone had their presents bought and wrapped, and lets face it, if you work in retail you know about the January blues. This, paired with our whole household being sick and a teething baby, it really began the slow, painful descent into artist block.

It seemed to last forever, althoug...

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