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I did it! Day 366

It’s official – I’ve done it. I have fulfilled my New Year’s Resolution to draw or paint every day in 2012!

When I made the commitment I thought it would be a way for me to improve my drawing skills and it ended up being so much more. I’ve moved my art business forward by having limited edition prints made, and by setting up my online store through Etsy. I’ve gotten to meet other artists from around the world, both in person and virtually through social media and this blog. The support I have received from everyone – blog followers, friends and family – really made a huge difference!

Somewhere along the line I started thinking of myself as an artist. I’m not sure when it happened but I now have a confidence in my abilities and my work that I didn’t have when I started. This is one of the most significant things I got out of the challenge!

I’ve been asked whether I’m going to keep at it and go to Day 367 or Volume 2, Day 1 as a friend suggested. I wish that were an easy question to answer and I’ve certainly been giving it a lot of thought.

This new year is bringing a long awaited change in my personal life. My husband John and I have been married for 3 years but haven’t ever lived together full time. His job was close to 3 hours away so he had an apartment there and would come home on weekends. This week he finishes that job and will be moving home permanently!

I had worked the drawing and painting into my daily routine but that was when I was living alone. It’s now a habit – and one I don’t want to break – but I also want to allow myself the flexibility to miss a day here and there as John and I establish new routines together. I will continue to work on my art and will share it with you through this blog but I won’t be counting the days anymore.

Thank you to all of you for following my journey and giving me words of encouragement when I needed them. Knowing I had to blog about what I drew or painted each day kept me accountable and helped me to achieve my goal. I honestly couldn’t have done this without you.

Happy New Year everyone!


Day 200 – What have I accomplished?

It’s Day 200 and I thought it was time to take a look at what I’ve accomplished so far this year. Sometimes I feel stuck and that I’m not moving forward so I figured this was a good way to remind myself of what I’ve done.

When I went through my blog posts I’ve realized how much I’ve learned over the past 200 days. I have discovered new artists and new techniques and I’ve also received amazing advice and support from the blogging community. Thanks everyone!
January 3 – My first iPad drawing!

January 4 – My first iPad painting.

January 5 – A pencil drawing

January 7 – Another pencil drawing – not so good

January 9 – Another iPad painting

January 15 – An iPad painting of a champagne bottle – one of my favourites

January 23 – An iPad painting using Brushes

January 30 – An iPad painting using Art Rage

January 31 – Another iPad painting using Brushes

February 6 – I had business cards printed!

February 7 – I was a panelist at Artrepreneur in Peterborough

February 13 – A new website for my Dad and I at www.stonehouseart-design.com

February 14 – I finished the Muskoka Chairs painting which I called “Always Room for Friends”

February 21 – Another iPad painting

February 23 – I started a commissioned portrait (This one still isn’t done….I will get back to it shortly)

March 2 – I finished a commissioned painting – Tied to a Dream II

March 7 – My Dad and I went to Alexandra Public School to make a presentation to the Grade 4/5 students

March 19 – I finished a little 8 x 10 painting of orchids

March 25 – A quick drawing

April 8 – Drawings I need while on vacation

May 8 – An iPad painting

May 12 -An iPad painting in Art Rage

May 18 – I ordered prints and fine art cards from Spitting Images Canvas Studio in Bobcaygeon

May 20 – Some ideas for an abstract outdoor painting (still to be done)

May 26 – Finished a drawing on canvas (still waiting to be painted)

June 2 – Approved my prints and fine art cards – off to print!

June 3 – I took a course on how to paint with a palette knife. I love it! (The painting in this post has since sold)

June 4 – Another palette knife painting complete

June 5 – The split rail fence painting is finished!

June 6 – Plein air painting

June 13 – My prints and fine art cards arrive!

June 14 – Two of my limited edition prints are headed to Japan!

June 15 – Another palette knife painting complete.

June 19 – My prints presented to Mayor Kato of Nayoro, Japan by Kawartha Lakes Mayor Ric McGee

June 26 – The annual painting of the Canadian flag at Wilson Fields in Lindsay

June 28 – The opening reception of The Lindsay Gallery’s Juried Show. Two of my paintings were selected for the exhibit!

July 6 – My fine art cards and selected limited edition prints are now available at Spitting Images Canvas Gallery in Bobcaygeon.

July 9 – An iPad painting.

July 12 – Another palette knife painting completed. This was a commission.

July 13 – My Etsy Shop is open!

Back from vacation – Day 192

Today was my first day back at work after my two week vacation and I have to admit it was a bit of a struggle. When the alarm went off at 5am I was snuggled in with the cat and the last thing I wanted to do was get out of bed. I did get up and start my day, however I felt groggy and yawned for most of it!

Over my holidays I painted everyday. It wasn’t for a long period of time really (I was on vacation after all) but I did make progress on the little fall palette knife painting and the larger fall painting that I’ve had in the works for years. I also did some sketches and paintings on the iPad, which has quickly become an indispensable tool.

Here’s an iPad painting I did over my holiday using the Art Rage app – it’s one of our big planters filled with annuals. It was nice to use the iPad for that again, it had been a while.


On vacation!

For the next two weeks my husband and I are on vacation! We aren’t going too far from home although we have a couple little trips planned. We have some outdoor projects to work on including a new bigger pond. I’ll share it with you when it’s done.

Blog posts will be sporadic but rest assured, I’ll be drawing or painting every day!

Getting things done – Day 161

Today was a typical Saturday with lots of chores to do and errands to run. We accomplished a lot which feels really good!

We’ve been busy cleaning out the house and paring down the ‘stuff’ so we made a trip to the dump (or the ‘tip’ as my British born husband calls it), took back beer and wine bottles, dropped off four bags of clothes at the Salvation Army, donated two bags of books to the library for their used book sale and gave my father-in-law some pine boards we had.

We’ve also been busy out in the yard. I weeded some of the gardens and we cut back a few trees and cleaned up the resulting mess. John wanted to cut the lawn again but it was too wet after the rain we had this morning.

I fit in a bit of drawing on the Trilliums, preparing it for painting. It’s a big canvas – 24″ x 36″ so it’s taking a while to get it drawn out.

On my business to-do list I am making progress! I’ve set up a Paypal account and created a Meylah account. I also confirmed with the small business enterprise centre that I don’t need to register my business or get an HST number. My prints are going to be delivered on Wednesday which is very exciting! I’m also having photos taken of the split rail fence and the purple orchids the same day. Things are coming together.

To top it all off my beautiful iris came out in full bloom, isn’t it gorgeous?


Waiting for the rain – Day 149

A huge clap of thunder woke me up early this morning and unfortunately it came with a migraine. It’s been hot and humid today and we’re expecting more thunderstorms overnight. I’m hoping that will help clear my head!

It’s been very dry here and we desperately need the rain. I know our garden will certainly appreciate it! We invested in a second rain barrel on the weekend so we can cut down on our water consumption this summer, it will be nice to use them.

I worked a little of the drawing of the trilliums in the woods on a 24″ x 36″ canvas. I find drawing is much easier to do than painting when I’m feeling under the weather. It’s going to be a beautiful painting…I’m not sure if it will detailed like the split rail fence or whether I’m going to go for a looser feel.

I did spend a little time online this evening getting caught up on the news and I found these really crazy offices. I could see myself working well in a couple of them but some I found a little over the top!


Trying to hush that voice in my head – Day 143

This morning as I was working on the split rail fence that negative little voice in my head came back, and it said, ‘you’re never going to get this painting done’. I shushed it and kept working. Then it said, ‘there’s so much detail you are never going to get this done. You’ve been working on it FOREVER!’.

So I took a bit of a break and made another cup of tea. I turned around and looked at the painting from a distance and realized that I’d just been way too close to it for too long. It looks pretty darn good!

I started working on it again and forced myself to just concentrate on the little bit in front of me. When my eyes wanted to wander to the area I hadn’t done yet I just forced myself focus in on the area I was working on. The voice tried it again and I refused to even acknowledge it was there. I felt a little like the kid who puts his hands over his ears and shouts la la la la la la so he can’t hear anything!

I know I’m my own worst critic and although sometimes that makes me strive to be better, sometimes it’s just a royal pain in the butt. I want to enjoy painting and not worry so much about when it’s going to completed or whether it’s going to be good enough.

Perhaps at the end of my 365 days of drawing or painting I’ll be closer to doing that!

Here’s a close up of the flowers I’ve been working on. The lighter area in the middle is the section that I haven’t done a second layer of painting on yet.


A lazy holiday Monday – Day 142

It was another beautiful summer day in Ontario! This is certainly not like past holiday weekends (we observe Victoria Day – the Queen’s birthday today) when it has been cold and wet. Today was sunny and 28C and absolutely gorgeous!

I spent the morning out in the gardens again. I edged and weeded three gardens in the front yard, split and transplanted some perennials and got everything watered. They’re calling for rain tomorrow which would be welcome, it’s been so dry.

I downloaded a new book to my iPad and I’ve been engrossed in it for most of the afternoon. I settled myself on the love seat on the deck under the umbrella and enjoyed the heat and the beautiful breeze. It was truly heavenly!

This evening I did some more drawing on the fall scene on canvas and it’s almost complete. I’m not sure how much detail to draw on it and how much to do when I get to the painting stage. Bottom line is I have to put the detail in sometime…..better now I suppose.

I hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend and got to enjoy some beautiful weather as well!

This is the an iPad drawing of the fall scene (for those who may have forgotten):


Happy Mother’s Day – Day 134

What a wonderful Mother’s Day! My boys, Devon and Mitchell, took me out for lunch. Actually, Mitch took me out and I took Devon out since today is his birthday. We sat out on a patio and enjoyed the beautiful weather. I received really nice cards from both boys as well. I love being able to spend time with them, it’s rewarding to see the adults they have become.

Other than lunch, I spent most of the day outside in the gardens. I got a bunch of things cleaned up and moved a couple of plants around. I also planted wave petunias in hanging baskets and got them up. It’ll be a few weeks before they’re full of blooms but once they do they’re really showy and have beautiful bright purple flowers.

I worked on the drawing of the fall scene on canvas, it’s almost finished. I’ve also been working on a few ideas for a big, bright, colourful painting. Stay tuned on that one!

I would also like to wish my Mom a very happy Mother’s Day. She’s an incredible woman who has always been there for me. Love you Mom!