Art Prints, Stationery and Home Decor

I'm very excited to announce that this new painting, Enchanted Afternoon, is, along with several other of my paintings, available as a print. Woo-hoo! But wait! That's not all. Check this out:

Canary Bird: A Creative Play Acrylic Painting

While playing with paint, creating an abstract background full of colour, this canary appeared. Painting without a plan, adding layer upon layer with palette knife and brush, a woodland took shape. The bird was carved out of the abstract foliage, showing itself bit by bit. A result of unplanned creative play, this canary bird painting is a reminder to look deeper and follow my instincts.

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Warbler Bird Stitched Painting with Hand Embroidery

Inspired by Grace's Warbler, this bird painting in acrylic on canvas has hand embroidery details. Highlighting the bird's feathery body, tiny stitches are added here and there with a few additional bits of embroidery on the tree branch.

Gull in the Water Acrylic Bird Painting

This bird painting is loosely based on the Red-billed gull of New Zealand. It's created in acrylic on wood. Playing around with palette knife and brushes the background of water and rocks came to life. The choice of purple for the rocks was not an obvious one but it seemed to communicate an interesting mood. And the transparent nature of the bird body added a mysterious quality to this imaginary aquatic scene.

Fabric Designs Full of Colour and Birds Aplenty

This Orange and Yellow Woodland Owls fabric is part of my collection available at Spoonflower. Each design is unique, full of bright color and many feature birds.

Bird Art Quilt WIP in Hand Embroidery on Wool

Take a peek at this WIP (work in progress). All the components of this art quilt from background to bird and striped wing are felted wool.

Best Books for Hand Embroidery

Looking for a creative activity that is affordable, portable and endlessly open to creative interpretation? Look no further than Hand Embroidery. There is so much to explore in terms of design, stitch and colour. Here's a selection of books on my personal stitch shelf that cover the basics and beyond.
First up is the The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden. Recommended for stitchers who have dipped into the threads and needles of hand embroidery but need more information and guidance, this is a small (portable!) coil bound book that is very easy to use. The stitches are divided into sections - One for "Stitches for Fabric" with 'type' subheadings - Line stitches, Chain stitches, Blanket stitches, Crossed stitches, etc. and a section for "Stitches on Canvas" with type subheadings. Also included are guidelines for counted thread, freestyle and canvaswork along with detailed instructions and descriptions for finishing. All you need.

Drawing and Painting: A Girl and a Bird

Recent days have found me immersed in drawing, sketching and painting - playing with materials from pencil and markers to watercolor and acrylic paints. The subject matter - a girl and a bird.
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