Spring Things

I had meant to post these earlier, but as always, life got in the way. I've been trying to capture more small moments of life on my camera, trying to stop and see the beauty in amongst the daily tasks. These are a few of those moments that I found in Spring- a good few from a trip to the prairies where I always seem to find the inspiration I need. 

"We stopped when we saw horses. You were frightened of making them run, and you stayed in the car. They were the colours of pecans and walnuts. Their heads were raised, attentive. I padded through the long grass, listening to my breathing, listening to theirs, inhaling the green field smells and the horses' scent, like paprika and clover."
-Sean Michaels, Us Conductors

Mid-May News

Those that receive my newsletter are always the first to receive information about upcoming news and events, but now you blog readers get the inside scoop on what's coming up at the end of May for me! First, a shop update:

• The Connection Between You and Me
I'm very pleased to introduce my collection of original night sky constellation paintings that are now available in my shop. This collection is called "The Connection Between You & Me" and features all of the zodiac constellations as well as a few others being added as they are created. 

"The sky can be the greatest point of connection that we have with those that are far away. It might be a loved one in another part of the world or someone of significance that has passed on. So often, we can stand up and look to the same magical twinkling stars that light up the night. These tiny lights connect to each other and create little pictures that represent personality, story and tradition. There's something comforting in knowing this blanket of stars drapes over us each night with pictures to remind us who we are and who we are connected to."

Saskatchewan Rural Market
I am very much looking forward to a trip to Saskatchewan at the end of May- lately I've been dreaming of open fields and wildflowers, so I would say this is coming at an opportune time. For all of you prairie followers, you will now get a chance to shop some of my work in person! If you happen to be in the rural area north of Saskatoon, you will find me here:

Waldheim Spring Handmade Market
May 28, 2016
Sam Wendland Heritage Park

Saskatoon Pop-Up Shop
If you are not rural folk and more of a city-dweller, I will also be popping up in Saskatoon! Because my work features mainly botanicals it only made sense to partner with Bill's House of Flowers on Broadway for a day-long pop up. I've been a long time fan of this lovely business and am thrilled to be setting up shop for the day. Be sure to come during happy hour (2pm-closing) when all flowers and bunches are 50% off!  

Bill's House of Flowers Pop-Up
June 3, 2016
712 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon

Hope to see you at one or both of these events! 

Long in City Pent

To One Who Has Been Long in City Pent
John Keats

To one who has been long in city pent,
'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven,—to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.
Who is more happy, when, with heart's content,
Fatigued he sinks into some pleasant lair
Of wavy grass, and reads a debonair
And gentle tale of love and languishment?
Returning home at evening, with an ear
Catching the notes of Philomel,—an eye
Watching the sailing cloudlet's bright career,
He mourns that day so soon has glided by:
E'en like the passage of an angel's tear
That falls through the clear ether silently.

A Weekend on the Sunshine Coast

"You are an explorer. Your mission is to document and observe the world around you as if you've never seen it before. Take notes. Collect things you find on your travels. Document your findings. Notice patterns. Copy. Trace. Focus on one thing at a time. Record what you are drawn to."

-How to Be an Explorer by Keri Smith

Life Lately: November

"Hello...it's me..." Sorry, but these Adele lyrics have been running through my mind all week and I think it's about time to get them down on "paper". Fitting somehow for this post coming weeks late. Life has been filled to the brim with preparations for my upcoming market. So yes, I begin with this small announcement to come and see me at

The Vintage Barn Market
Saturday, November 28, 9am-4pm
Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall
12460 Harris road, Pitt Meadows

Other tidbits that have happened this month: 

1. Some cozying up with candles, scripture and my favourite breakfast, farro porridge with blueberries

2. I try to get the bed made every morning because it helps me feel more organized, but this seems to be the common theme these days. When the sun is casting such beautiful light on the unmade sheets, I don't seem to mind as much. 

3+4. I've got to spend a little time with my smallest nephews, and have very much enjoyed snuggling the newest and littlest, Beckham Jett, born on November 13. 

5. Studio life. The ever-revolving paintings on the wall, lists, deadlines, half-finished projects. 

6. Getting ready for Christmas. It's kind of coming without me even realizing it, but I managed to remember to paint some holiday themed foliage to adorn Christmas tags that I'll be selling at upcoming markets.

7. With holiday preparations come holiday packages. I was so excited to send off this house illustration Christmas gift!