Bring on the Winter of 2014

Happy New Year!

Wow! I have neglected my post for sometime. Where to start…. Well I did a tone of canning in early fall, and I got a dehydrator so you can only image how many things I tested out in that. And yes they are worth it! Life was such a whirl wind so many things to do, and so much art to see and create. Art walk was amazing! My studio mates and I did it as a group and we had so much fun, a must do for next year. I did a few other really really great artisan shows, they are always such a treat, and I am always so thankful to be apart of them. Studio 113 had their annual art show and that was a blast. A live band, lots of wine, what else could we ask for.

I am now apart of an online gallery

I also started to use a new type of sewing for my handmade books. I just love how they lye flat. Those can be seen on etsy.

Check them out and let me know what you think. Feed back is always appreciated.


So now that we are at the start of 2014 I have started a few new challenges/goals, that I hope will last the year.

Goal Number 1: Do at least a one art work a day!

A few artists and I have decided to challenge our selves to create at least one 6×6 art work a day. They do not need to be masterpieces just a creative something to get the ideas flowing. To play/learn about art supplies and how they can and cannot work together.  So far so good. You can check in on us via Instagram & Twitter by searching #opus6x6, or, #oneaday If you and I are FB Friends then just check out my One a day photo album.

Goal Number 2: A mini blog everyday… so that means not only will you be able to see my ‘one a day’, but you’ll get to read about the process, etc. Something that I am not doing on Twitter, or FB. Something I hope you will not only enjoy but also be inspired by.

So to catch you up here is what I have created so far:

Day 1Day 1: Facing the 365 days of this challenge, Yikes! Needles to say I was feeling over whelmed, so day one is a picture of the supplies I was going to begin my journey with. My trusted travel companion, the watercolours.





Day 2Day 2: A quick watercolour sketch to try and capture one of the amazing views during our snowmobile / ice fishing day trip. Each turn there and back was just breath taking.








Day 3Day 3: Still captured in my memories of the snowy trip, I want to keep it simple and play with the idea of the square. As I have certain reservations about the square. The shape is challenge all on it’s own for this lady. So here is it a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired snowflake.








Day 4Day 4: Well I had all day to think and create this work. I still had uncertainties about the square so instead I used a circle. Beginning with a little watercolour, and detailing with a lot of coloured pencil a critter emerged. I based this image off of an old document in a sailors log about a sea creature, and here is my whimsical version of that.







Day 5Day 5: The day before I had went for a pedal break (yes in January you can still ride your bike) and the sunset was just magnificent so instead of taking a picture it did this little square by memory of how those moments struck me. Again I find myself digging in my pencil box.  There is just something about coloured pencil, but this time instead of watercolour I used black ink.






Day 6Day 6: I wasn’t finished with this sunset, it was just not enough luminosity in it. So I tried again, but with a lot of improvisation. I added shimmer, which by the way is not something that has ever struck my fancy. But this is a challenge and an opportunity to allow myself to play, so why not. Turns out I really like shimmer… and am interested in figuring out how to use it more often. This mini was created with iridescent gold, interference violet and green-blue, and willow charcoal. Lots of fun, and will most likely do this style of mixed media again.





Day 7Today, Day 7: Well the shimmer adventure is not over with me. I did another circle, and more water, but this time I added just a bit of shimmer. This mini work will be a two or more day work, because this one is now covered with a Kroma crackle medium. I hope to draw on before the crackle is fully dry, as I read on the tube it can take up to three days to fully crack. Image what the drawn/painted element on the surface will look like in the end.





Thanks for having a read, and know that they will be shorter after today.

Hugs Trina


About Trina

A Quirky little artist who is always working like a mad lady in the studio. View all posts by Trina

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