Saturday, 31 December 2016


"our boy"
12x12 on wood panel
this is the last painting of the year
a special portrait of Sydney
the best dog ever
above, just a few months old
a cute little fur ball
below, just a few of the moments of joy

I miss you everyday!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

dreamy snowflake , soutache and fur necklace

this challenge was so much fun
i had so many ideas , it was hard to be limited to just one
fortunately the box of mixed beads was
 more than enough to create several projects
(see my northern lights wire necklace here)

i was so excited to work with fur for the first time
and the soutache cord was a wonderful way to feature these lovely beads
they come in a variety of color
see all the artists work here

Friday, 16 December 2016

northern lights beaded and wire necklace

i always love a challenge
my friend carmi  sent me these fabulous mixed beads
from john bead
12 artists where give a different color and asked to create something
see all the fabulous creations here
there are a variety of beads and i had tons leftover
so i worked on second set
and then some!

Monday, 12 December 2016

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

shell necklace part two

since my october post of my shell and pearl necklace
i've worked on a few more versions
i can't decide which one i like best 
the shell leaves i found at the john bead outlet
 reminded me of wings
so i expanded on the last few ideas

this one just took on a life of its own
i think it would be great for a champagne color wedding 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Saturday, 19 November 2016

fall inspiration

after weeks of raking and a little inspiration
I finally got back to a little painting!
I love the smell of wax in the morning!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

cascading wire necklace

 getting ready for my classes this Wednesday at the John Bead Outlet
(also available November 30th)
check out the class list here 
all you need is a few feet of 26 or 28 gauge wire
and a small assortment of beads
and in no time you will have this beautiful necklace
and will want to make them for all the women on your Christmas list one

Sunday, 6 November 2016

all fired up!

loving my new  Czech fire polished beads
 from the John Bead Outlet
plus some aluminum wire

Thursday, 27 October 2016

i love resin

getting ready for my christmas craft sale next month
once in a while I like o play with resin
this batch came out perfect

Monday, 10 October 2016

Tuesday, 27 September 2016


I love texture and
i love this color
every once in a while I use it
not sure why its not something I have on my hot plate all the time
it must be a mood thing
I will have to pay more attention

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

back to school

 exciting news!
starting next week I will be teaches classes
for more information contact
416-757-3287 ext 247
follow my facebook page for the latest classes and updates here
Tree of life
Wednesday September 14, 2-4 pm
 wire and beaded necklace
Wednesday September 14, 11am-1pm

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

encaustic and shellac

just a little experimenting with color and texture 
and any excuse to get out the blow torch

Tuesday, 5 July 2016


"little one"
on wood panel
one thing I love to do is photographing the horses at my friends farm
this is the first time I've done a transfer of this size
surprisingly it wasn't that difficult , just time consuming
 left "grazing" and right "two sisters"

Thursday, 23 June 2016

encaustic moon

another in the cosmic series
layers of clear wax, drips and splatters
lots of rubbing with oil paints and pastels
fusing it all together

Friday, 17 June 2016

encaustic and the cosmos

 inspired by my friend ron benison
working a lot with oil pastels and the heat gun
I had fun playing and seeing what could happen
and the next thing I knew
a series of painting looking a bit like the cosmos

Thursday, 16 June 2016

japanese porcelain and soutache set

another challenge from my friend carmi
using vintage porcelain beads and cabochons from john bead 
its been awhile since creating something with soutache cord by dazzle it
it took a while to get back into the rhythm
once i did , i really enjoyed letting the cord help create the design 

Monday, 6 June 2016


as I prepare for my show this weekend
I found an old painting (below) that I never finished
I decided to work on it some more
rubbing on reds and brown
using a heat gun to melt and blend
it started to look like the fires burning in fort mcmurray
a little more wax and gold paint finished it off