Away from home


This is a hard post to write. My dad passed away last weekend. My sister and I moved into his house (he was a widower) to take care of him earlier this fall when he became very sick. He was comfy at least and well loved and the time we all spent together was very precious. I’m relieved he is out of pain but feel soooo sad. It’s hard to lose a parent. I tear up thinking that our Friday night pub nights will be no more. We so enjoyed them and had many ridiculous arguments over politics, #metoo and feminism, Stephen Harper, LOL. My dad was a fiscal conservative (though mostly progressive socially) and I’m a ‘way over there’ leftie.  You can imagine our conversations. But we always enjoyed a good verbal spar and the debates never went south. I’ll have to start a new tradition with my own kids at a local pub here.

I’ve been away from home for many weeks. I didn’t have access to my art supplies while I was at my dad’s but I did manage to pack a small pencil case with some inking pens and my favourite Posca Paint pens. I kept an art journal of sorts. Nothing dark or depressing. I wanted a spark of happy and light while being in a sad and difficult situation. Many of the pages I created are an ode to my father. The one above features Diana, Roman goddess of the hunt with Monty Python quote. He loved Monty Python. Below is my fustilarian homage. My dad was quite the lover of Shakespeare so I thought a Shakespearean insult could be made into a fun page.  “Away you scullion! you rampallian! you fustilarian!” Love that word. I’ll need to add scullion and rampallian pages at some point.

Fustilarians Unite


Goodbye, Dad. You were awesome.

So it goes.


Can I get an eyeroll?

Can I get an eyeroll?

As you may have noticed, I’ve been busy changing things up on my website! Yay for more color! I’d love to focus more on my mixed media art and less on my watercolor graphic sets so an overhaul was much needed. I’ll still be creating and selling my sets on all of the main graphic designer sites but I’m going to focus mainly on my own art here on the blog. And add some videos too! I used to offer online workshops many years ago through Art Trader Magazine so I’m definitely going to be rusty but I’m looking forward to putting up some video tutorials and walk-throughs occasionally.

My husband, the zombie
Above is a new pen and ink mixed media piece. I am seriously loving the pen and ink these days! Especially mixing it all up with watercolors, washi tape, stencils and acrylics. These are the sort of things that get an art supply junkie really going! One day I will have to share photos of my washi tape collection. Or maybe not. It could be embarrassing.

In just one short month and a half, we will he heading off to a comic convention and I need a costume or two. At left is my husband and he makes a really good zombie so I was thinking of zombie family for the three of us (my daughter is joining us). But that’s sort of more Halloweeny I think. Ideally I’d like to make a father / daughter costume set. Last year my hubby was old Luke Skywalker and my daughter was Rey. This year they thought of being Odin and Loki. Any suggestions?


Happy weekend! I would normally be watching the World Cup but I wanted a Belgium and England final. Boo.


Art for Sale – Portraits in pen and ink!

A pretty Frida

I’ve been so in love with pen and ink recently. I’ve been on an absolute binge of art making with my microns, paint pens and some watercolors. I love to draw portraits in pen and I love a ton of colour so it’s a fun mix for me. I have about 20 or 30 of these portraits available (humans and animals) and will be getting them up on my websites over the next week or two. If you’re interested in the original or a print of either of these pieces, send me a note!

Is anyone else sweltering in this heat? I’m hoping tomorrow brings some relief for all of us. I know  a heat wave has hit much of North America and Europe too. I melt in humidity. My default is a cool autumn and spring, LOL. But I have been having a great time up at the cottage. There is cool water to dip into, boats to tour around in and cold wines to drink. These little things make everything good again.


A fancy cat