This month featured prints: Small Sheep and Winter's Night
Small Sheep is a mezzotint print. The beautiful texture is created by using a special rocker, worked back and forth across the plate in order to create this rough background. Lighter areas are scrapped away, giving the soft feel of the sheep's wool.
This is an artist's proof, and the only one available. A perfect Christmas gift for a special friend.
Winter's Night reminds me of our northern sheep farm, the mystical feel on a quiet moonlit night.
The image is reminiscent of Samual Palmer, one of my favourite artists.
The print was made from 2 plates, a combination of mezzotint, drypoint, flat bite, & aquatint.
April 2022 featured print: Reflections
I like looking at the moon, especially on misty or partly cloudy nights, and more especially, through the branches of oak trees. The most magical is a full moon as seen through fine falling snow, creating a snowbow of delicate colour.
This intaglio print is made from two copper plates – one drypoint and one aquatint. It is printed on chine (Japanese paper) pressed onto German Etching paper.
April 2021 featured print: Little lamb who made thee?
This image was made long ago in springtime on our northern sheep farm. Days becoming warmer and brighter, grass greening, and baby lambs frolicking in the sunshine, very joyful after a long winter.
February 2021 featured painting: The Joy of Beardie Puppies at Play
I love drawing my beardie puppies. One or another appears in most of my books. Two are the main characters in my children’s book The Patched Heart.
And my perpetual calendar, A Beardie Book of Days, is filled with puppy images. This particular image of beardies sledding in the snow was done for that calendar.
December 2020 featured painting: Christmas carolling
I'm offering the first of my original watercolour paintings for sale in my online shop. This unique piece is an illustration from my first book Christmas Snowflake.
Little folk gathering to sing carols, reminiscent of our Mennonite farm neighbours gathering in deep snow outside of our window, their beautiful voices filling the cold and dark night with carols, creating a warm and wondrous memory.