Been working on this commission for a little bit. It spent more time in conception than actual brush to canvas work. That’s just how it goes sometimes.

It’s another 30×40″ canvas… I will pull this out by the end of the week.


Forget me nots again

April 12, 2011

French illustrator/designer, Coco does it again. Her illustrations are so dreamy and inspiring. I blogged about her Forget me not scarves a while back…just thought I’d highlight a few of my favourites from the Fall/Winter 11 collection. SO LOVELY!


Stay in the shade

April 6, 2011

Been a while since my last “one a day” thing….

“Stay in the shade”
9×12 watercolour painting. 140lb cold press.



March 29, 2011

I moved out of my old apartment and in with the boy recently – it was one of the better apartments I’ve had in this city (Ever since moving here in 1998, I’m perpetually moving…I believe I’ve moved 10 times in 12 years. I’m a damn nomad!!!) My last apartment was pretty nice – 1 bedroom on the 2nd floor of a large victorian house… big balcony, nice galley kitchen, high ceilings and a lot of charm.

Sadly, due to the entrance way of the new place, my handsome Ethan Allen heaven couch (which I got on Craigslist for $300!!!) wouldn’t fit. Luckily, it’s got a new home with some friends so I can always visit it. That trunk, also a Craigslist score ($15) had to go (dumb merging)…Kelso waited a good two years to take this off my hands…she’s a patient one I tell ya.

Any how, that apartment was good to me …but I can honestly say, my new place is by far, the BEST apartment I’ve ever lived in.

The only room in the new place that we’ve completed is the livingroom – which only required minor decor adjustments… the kitchen and bathroom had to be painted, among other things….

We got a really nice persian rug for a steal…and that couch was also found on Craigslist. Selling the old couch covered my share of the cost on this one. Rob and Spark had some old white ratty curtains up before -totally the landlord’s doing. They were more decorative than functional anyway, so we got rid of them. I found a single packaged curtain panel at West Elm on super sale and DIY’ed it into 2 panels…
Now, why are curtains SINGLE PACKAGED and priced as if there are two in there?! Why is this the standard?  We can all agree a window requires the balance of 2, right?! It’s kind of dumb.

Recovered chair in coffee bean Burlap!Brrrap brrrap! Reupholstering is the jam!

Art wall! Mix of stuff. Includes a photograph of my  Saba (grandfather) shot for Time Magazine in the 1950’s. Back story -After the war of Independence in 1948 between Israel and neighbouring Arab countries, including Iraq, many Iraqi jews faced persecution. This subsequently led to the mass exodus of Jewish people from the country in 1951-52….This photograph captures my Saba leading a prayer for the Jews in Iraq at that time. The emotion and urgency in this photograph is palpable.. just incredible….my grandfather was a pretty amazing man.

Just a little history, nbd. Back to decor, here is my inspiration for the bathroom…
We accidentally painted our bathroom a non-colour….with every intention of using a colour-colour. What I mean by this is we goofed mixing a light blue and cream paint our landlord already had and offered us. 
So the bathroom is a verrrrrrrry light non-colour gray. Everything in the bathroom is white and our walls aren’t too far off.  It’s not bad, it just means colour has to be sourced else where. Enter the inspiration for the colour pallette…..
Print by UnitedThread on Etsy. SOOO MANY PRINTS I WANT!!! The stacked whales? Beautiful! and the owls are lovely too, but this one was the one I chose.


I’m quite partial to the shower curtain above..but it does come in a cloud blue, which may be easier on the male contingent of the house. Hopefully, it all goes to plan.
updates to follow.

Roses and Olive Branches

March 29, 2011

Tattoo design for the lovely Pamela Hopson, from start to finished drawing. I can’t wait to see how this looks when it’s tattooed.

This was my initial drawing… she hadn’t decided on a bird yet, so I subbed in my go to bird. (see: bird on a wire). After harassing her via text about bird choices, she decided on the delicate and feminine humming bird. The bush tit was a close second. hahaha!

First revision. The roses and olive details were spot on, so I only had to sort out the bird. I love tracing paper! Total life saver.

The final drawing!

Sorta pretty : )