Monday, March 6, 2017


Daffodil Fairies, The Illustrated Fairy Gazette
"Daffy-down-dilly has come to town, in a yellow petticoat and a green gown."  Every spring, when Ontario is still in freezing weather, I bring home the little pots of mini-daffs and other bulbs to brighten the windowsills.
Mini Daffs and Muscari
 They look so pretty, it leads to paintings.
Mini Daffs in a Mason Jar, watercolour
Even the smallest blossom merits a portrait.
Mini Daffs and Paint Water
One idea leads to another -  flower teacups like these.
Flower Teacups, Daffs
And so on, to a garden of teacups on my RedBubble shop. 

All from a pot of daffodils.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Welcoming the New Year

Woodland Celebration, Woodland Nutcracker
We had personal sorrow and loss in 2016, such as eventually comes to all who love and are loved.  Going through all my art files that were so carefully catalogued by my lovely father is both pleasure and pain. How very thorough and thoughtful he was in everything!  A good example for anyone to follow, and a good model for the coming year.
I like this quote from Marie of Romania, who saw her own share of loss and turmoil:
"Work, give, share; recognize the blessings you have and multiply them in your heart; do not strain after the impossible, but keep hope fresh in your soul, the hope that each day will be better than one just lived, which was already good because, like the Boy Scout, you tried to do at least one kind act in the twenty-four hours. Joy lies within your heart; does not depend upon what you are or have." 
Best wishes to all for the New Year.

Friday, December 23, 2016

A Woodland Advent - Day 24, The Night Before Christmas

Farewell, Woodland Nutcracker
For day 24 of Advent, Clara Bear makes her farewells to Prince Nutcracker and the Great Bear. The magical adventure with celestial creatures and woodland friends has come to an end, and Christmas morning awaits.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Woodland Advent - Day 23, Kindness

Woodland Mouse, Woodland Nutcracker
Sharing crumbs of kindness, for day 23 of Advent here are the woodland mice - and Mouse King - from Woodland Nutcracker.
Woodland Mice say "Thank you", Woodland Nutcracker

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Woodland Advent - Day 22, Visitors

Snow Birds, Frances Tyrrell 2015

For day 22 of Woodland Advent, two visiting "snow birds".  And from Woodland Nutcracker, here are the guests arriving at the home of the Bear family.
Visitors, Woodland Nutcracker

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Woodland Advent - Day 21, Wearing the Tartan

Drum Major, Woodland Nutcracker
For day 21 of Advent, here is the proud tartan-wearing Drum Major from Woodland Nutcracker, leading the parade of pipes and drums, dancers, skaters, performers and friends.