Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Floral Paintings

I can't say I know what I'm doing. Partly, I'm just playing with the paint to get back into the habit of using it. These are exercises I guess. It's been seven years since I painted and sold the work at Art Sales and Rental and much longer since I was seriously painting at the Art Centre. I am looking forward to getting into my little room and setting it up from scratch.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Custom Order Necklace

This a piece that was designed for my friend Jean. The large peacock pearl was hers and it had come on the leather cord. She was looking for something funky that could be convertible, would include the cord and showcase the pearl.

You can clasp this anywhere in the front depending on the neckline and the pearl can be hung inside the silver loop it's attached to or below for more dangle. You can also remove it completely without taking anything away from the necklace. The pearl and silver piece is heavy enough that should she wish for a simpler look, Jean could simply hang it on a chain. I was so excited how this came out. I might have to make something similar for myself one day. Trevor, proud of what I do, but not particulary interested in jewellery per say, thought this was the coolest thing.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Purple Tulips

So I think I've finished this one. It's background has been blue, white and now green. Of course I may change my mind. Nothing earthshattering here, but it's good to just start getting into the habit of sitting down and squeezing paint and playing. You can't create anything if you don't sit down and try right? The question is: should I put it in my Etsy and if so, for how much? Constructive criticism is always welcome.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Keeping busy

Being unemployed is never fun, however the first couple of days can seem like a bit of a vacation. My first few days were a flurry of interviews that I had right off the bat. Then things tapered off. Past that, this last week has been painfully slow. Kent was supposed to call to tell me when the orientation day was going to be. Wednesday I called to touch base and was told I'd be called first thing the next day. Well it's friday now and still nothing. I have another interview today with a jewellery store in Halifax that at first glance I didn't put much stock in because they were so far away. Now, it looks like they are expanding to Spring Garden Rd, so suddenly this job looks like just the thing for me. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

In the mean time, I have been trying to get back to painting - something I have been itching to do for the last couple of years. I think once the new studio is ready it will be the perfect place to paint as the light is excellent. For now I am in the dining room. These flower paintings are just exercises meant to get me back into the habit, nothing particularly original. I'll post some finished images this weekend. purple tulips in progress

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sweetheart Cake

Almond and raspberry cake for a friends birthday a couple of weeks ago. I wanted something simple and pretty and I think these ribbon roses fit the bill.