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Saturday, January 30th, 2010
11:20 am - New website, new blog

New year, new website. After six years on Livejournal, I've decided to move my blog over to Wordpress. The good news is you can still subscribe to my RSS feed in LJ and have it show up on your friend page. I'll still be checking LJ, but all my entries will be at the new blog now.

New website
New blog

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
5:47 pm - Black jumper
It's pretty rare that I don't modify patterns but in this case I didn't have to because it's a reprint of a '50s pattern. The darts on the front make the jumper very flattering.

I added a few black buttons around the collar for a little decoration. Nothing fancy.

Made from Simplicity 3673

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Friday, November 13th, 2009
1:36 pm - Two commissions

These are my two most recent commissions:

1. The only criteria for this first one was that I use a specific tea set that the client used whilst on vacation in England. It was super fun to draw because it was a really charming tea set (and you all know how much I love teapots!). I took a bit of artistic license with Trafalgar Square in the background. The client loved it because it reminded her of her time in England and having tea with her daughter

Ink & pencil crayon on Stonehenge. 9x12.

2. This most recent painting was commissioned as a birthday present for the client's husband. The criteria was that the husband should be in the painting in his favourite canoe, but it shouldn't be a portrait of him. The lake should also be recognizable as their cottage's lake. They sent me great reference photos of the lake with amazing clouds so I decided to incorporate a bunch of different things together to make this landscape. The client's husband wrote to me later to say that he loved the painting because it reminded him of his youth as a canoe instructor and the painting will be hanging over the mantle in their cottage.

Acrylic on canvas. 24x36.

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Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
10:04 am - Backlog- Costa Rica sketches
As I mentioned previously, my website is a complete mess at the moment. I don't know what happened and quite frankly I don't know how to fix it. I'm looking at a complete overhaul (again) in the near future.

Anyway, I've finally managed to upload my Costa Rica sketches. I went to Costa Rica for six days in August and I sketched nearly every day (I'm so proud of myself). I always wanted to be one of those artists who keeps an amazing travel sketchbook, so hopefully I'm working my way up to that. I'm not very good at filling up the entire page and drawing over other things, but I started to do it a bit this time.

The Teatro Nacional in San José. San José really doesn't have that much going for it in terms of architecture, but this is one of the better historical buildings. Unfortunately it was closed when I sketched this. I also got a sunburn while sketching this.

A beach in Manuel Antonio. It was so humid here that the sand was constantly wet and stuck to you. I honestly thought I would pass out from the humidity. It never dried so and I kept finding sand in my clothes for the next few days.

Another beach sketch in Manuel Antonio. There really is nothing else to do on the beach but sketch the people lazing around.

Costa Rica is known for its orchids, some which are almost microscopic.

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Saturday, October 31st, 2009
8:46 pm - Stardust just for me

So, I have the best boyfriend in the world:

(Thanks too Sam as well)

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
12:50 pm - Server Troubles

I haven't been able to upload anything to my website for God-knows how long because I've been having trouble with the server or something ever since I switched to a new computer running Windows Vista (damn you Microsoft).  It's not as if I stopped drawing during this time, I just haven't been able to upload anything!! My website is all screwed up as well and I don't know what happened :(

The good news however, is that during my absence from this particular blog Joel and I have launched a new illustrated letterpress stationery company named Papillon Press and we've been busy bees. We hired a web designer who made us a really fancy website (WAY beyond anything I could do) and we have a new blog for the company as well.

You might want to check it out:
Papillon Press website
Papillon Press blog
Papillon Press Facebook Fan Page
Papillon Press Twitter
Papillon Press on Flickr

We definitely have every aspect of social networking covered!

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Monday, July 20th, 2009
10:15 am - Best casting ever!
The folks at HBO know what they're doing because they just cast SEAN BEAN as one of the major characters in the upcoming George R.R Martin series. HOLY AMAZING.

Read G.R.R Martin's post about it here.

My mom will also be happy.

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Monday, July 13th, 2009
12:14 pm - Copper Cliff

It seems like when Joel and I lived in Ottawa we sketched mostly pretty buildings, but here in Sudbury there are no pretty buildings so we end up drawing the contrast between residential and industrial. This is a scene from the outlying town of Copper Cliff where the residents get lovely year round views of the Inco (nickel mining) smoke stacks.

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009
9:43 pm - Sudbury sketch
The bums in downtown Sudbury, ON were fascinated by Joel and mine's drawing of the water tower.

I am quite happy with this drawing. It's one of those landmarks that I took for granted while growing up. I used to think it was ugly but now I see it more as historic than anything else.

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
2:10 pm - Manitoulin Island

Joel and I were in a wedding on Manitoulin Island this weekend. I've always liked going to the Island because the landscape seems so much more pastoral than the rest of Northern Ontario, which is all wild and gnarled and full of blackflies. Anyway, here is a quick sketch of a farm. Less than an hour!

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Thursday, May 7th, 2009
10:13 am - A Game of Throne - HBO
I am super excited to hear that Peter Dinklage (who I almost ran over while buying a tea on 13th St. - see my post about it ) will be playing the role of Tyrion Lannister in the HBO version of George R.R Martin's A Game of Thrones!  I am SO excited about this. I can't wait to see who else they cast (please no Liv Tyler *crosses fingers*).

Read George R.R's post about it

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Friday, May 1st, 2009
11:22 am - Kid sketches
Despite my blogging absence recently, I have been hard at work here. First things first, here are two little sketches of children that were mostly just for practicing purposes. I just finished reading E. Nesbit's The Railway Children (loved it) and now I'm in the middle of Anne La maison aux pignons verts (Anne of Green Gables en français, loving it even the second time around), so I'm in children's lit mode right now:

As far as what I'm working on these days, I'm working on developing Around the World in TwenTea Days into a picture book format.


Joel and I are buying a letterpress and launching a stationery company! We're moving the letterpress next weekend so look for an official announcement in the next month or so.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
4:39 pm - Cards

Here are two simple cards I made recently. The first is a sympathy card and the other is a "Congratulations" card (en français) for a friend.
Putting that Letraset to good use!

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Friday, April 10th, 2009
12:02 pm - Prints
There are now prints available in the Etsy shop.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2009
6:02 pm - Realms - saved
Good news, Realms of Fantasy is not folding after all. I'm so relieved!

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
11:03 am - Cardinal
Here is another painting. And yes I used myself as the model.

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Monday, March 9th, 2009
11:40 am - T.S Eliot
Here is a new portrait keeping with the literary theme: the poet T.S Eliot.

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
9:43 am - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
I was just recently featured on the fantastic children's book blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast in their up and coming illustrator section. I feel very privileged to be featured along with so many excellent new and established illustrators in the field.

You can read the entry here.

Thanks Jules!

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
6:25 pm - Extremely cool wedding
Love it, love it, love it! Quite possibly one of the coolest weddings I've ever seen. Check out her headband!


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Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
4:45 pm - Duck Gear
Sometimes ducks just want to look pretty too.

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