Friday, September 18, 2015

Life Force

Take root in the Earth and feel it's pulse.We are all connected through it's energy; it's life force surges through our veins. Do not take this Earth's kindness for granted as its power is unimaginable and our dependence is complete. 

This painting started a long time ago. The original drawing is in my old sketchbook that I completed last Christmas. Sebastian dreamed up the concept for this painting and I used a photo of his hand as the reference. It took me a long time to paint all the details in this painting and I could only work on it when I had my camera, lights and tripod set up which dragged it out over the last 6 months. It is probably my favorite painting this far!
Life Force is now available in my Etsy shop!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dancing In The City

Despite the fact that I danced everyday last week I found some extra energy to do some dancing outside on Sunday afternoon. I danced down the street, up some stairs, across a ledge, up a hill and then all the way back down. I improvised everything and wasn't dancing to any music although I had an instrumental piece stuck in my head from a morning rehearsal.
I only got a few weird looks from people although one guy almost crashed his bicycle into a fence when I was warming up for the pointe section. lol 
Sebastian (aka The Vinylist) created this song specifically for this dance project and we have been waiting for the perfect day to film. This was the first real test of our recently purchased flycam and camera dolly. 
We had a lot of fun making this little video and plan to make more in the future.
While making this video I learned that dancing up-hill is a real struggle but despite the fact that concrete is not an ideal surface to dance on I must say I enjoyed the moment....and ripped up my shoes a little! ;)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Midnight Vole

At my cabin there is a little Vole who lives in a stump. He ventures out late at night and eats all the seeds left behind by Squeeker, the chipmunks and birds. Essentially he is the clean up crew! He stuffs his cheeks with as much as they will hold and then scampers away to hide it all. 

I made two little paintings of this darling creature. The first is watercolour and ink (5" by 4") and the second one is acrylic on canvas board (6" by 8".) I used the same reference photo for both paintings so it is interesting to see how different they turned out.
They are both for sale in my Etsy shop!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015


A few weekends ago at the cabin we saved a tired bat. He fell out of the sky around 7pm and seemed to be in distress. He couldn't seem to fly and when he tried he would fly erratically and then end up on the ground again. Using a stick we transferred him to a box and offered him sugar water and a few crickets. He drank some of the water and then sat happily crunching his crickets. He slowly crawled out of the box and was just sitting on the tree stump. We kept thinking he had died ( at least he had a fantastic last meal) but then he would twitch and move again. We gave him a little tree bark tent and left him to figure his life out. A few hours later he had flown away...hopefully fully recovered to live out the rest of his life....happily ever after?! 
I decided to make a little painting of Batty to accompany the video. It is 4" by 5" watercolour and ink and is listed in my Etsy shop for just $20.