Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Messy Desk

Been working on a new book with Dragoneagle Press.
My studio still needs some serious sprucing up. Just a peek at my messy desk here.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Important Things

Things have been quiet on the shop front this past week, but I've been soaking in the sun and doing my best to focus on the important things in life.

Not every day is as lovely as my second Mother's Day was.

And certainly not every moment...

But good or bad, I'm reminded on a daily basis that it's no longer all about me, and the type of day I'm having.

And I'm very thankful for that.

Friday, May 6, 2011

It's Raining Cuteness

With such a rainy Spring this year, I was determined to find Whitney some cute but affordable rain gear...

and I think I found it.

She already had the hat, a gift from one of her Aunties. And after scouring the web for a raincoat, I found this steal of a deal. The shipping was more than the coat, which almost stopped me from getting it. But I decided it was too cute and cheap to pass up.

We picked up the rain boots from Zellers, which not only coordinate perfectly with Whitney's new coat but were under $10. Sweet!

We've been taking advantage of the warmer weather and our backyard almost on a daily basis, even letting the kitties experience the outside. But we'll most likely keep them inside, at least Dex, who managed to get out of his harness on more than one occasion, until or unless we set up a cat run for them.

Our yard and garden needs some major work and Matt and I have a lot of learning to do in that area. Although I'm not a very outdoorsy person, I have to admit it's so nice to have a backyard that we can go into anytime.

And it's especially great for Whitney.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New Portrait - Maggie

It's been a while since I've done any watercolour painting, so it took me a rather embarrassing amount of time to finish my latest portrait commission. Over the course of about 2 months - I kid you not - I worked on the painting quite sporadically, either during Whitney's naps, in the evenings after she was asleep or on the weekends. Thankfully, I was working with a very patient and sweet lady. Sue had commissioned the portrait shortly after her beloved girl cat, Maggie, passed away.

From the many photos that Sue sent me of her dear kitty, it was easy to see how much of a sweetheart Maggie was and how much she was loved. Maggie had a very special kitty mom and I was very pleased to know that the finished portrait was well received. If my art can help lift someone's spirits even a little, it warms my heart too.