Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas Creations

Tiles painted in alcohol inks and framed in old barn board.

I used masking fluid to leave the letters a brilliant white. Alcohol ink dries very fast and is tricky to paint with.

Challenging but fun!
The colours are vivid and bright.


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Great Ideas For Christmas Gifts
2015 Art Calendars

Desk Calendars $10.00 each

Wall Calendars $20.00 each

Magnetic Calendars $4.00 each

I will have a table at the craft/home business show in Canal Flats on Saturday, November 22nd 
from 10am to 3pm 
at the Canal Flats Civic Center.
8911 Dunn Street.

ALSO, I will be showing and selling on 
Saturday, November 29th at the 
Headwaters Winter Art Show and Sale
from 10am to 3pm 
at the Canal Flats Civic Center.
8911 Dunn Street.


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Master Artist Seminar
Hollyhock, Cortes Island, B.C.
October 17th - 22nd, 2014

       I have admired Robert Bateman's paintings since I was a little girl. So, it was a huge honour and pleasure to be able to participate in a 6 day seminar with him this October 17th to 22nd. The event took place at Hollyhock Adult Learning Center on Cortes Island.

       The grounds and buildings at Hollyhock are beautiful. It was a very unique and special place to visit.

       There was a lot of information to absorb in a relatively short time. There were 9 other students in my session, a very small and intimate group. I enjoyed their company and hope to keep in touch with them. Some people traveled from as far away as the Yukon, Toronto, Sussex-England, and California. Over-all the experience was amazing,(exclusive of the weather!)


Thursday, 25 September 2014


I am very excited about this upcoming workshop in Canal Flats on 
October 4th and 5th, 2014. Darlene Madden will be our instructor 
Inspiro Mixed Media).We will be creating 14" glass mandalas from 
stained and tempered glass, ceramics, tiles and embellishments. 
The class will start at 10am and run until 4pm on Saturday. 
Sunday's class begins at 10am and willl finish between 2 and 3pm. 
Cost for the class is $160.00 for non-members and $150.00 for 
members of the Headwaters Art Society. Participants must register 
through me and can reach me by email at 
or phone (250) 349 5305. We still have room for a couple more people.
 Don't miss out on this exciting and fun opportunity.

Monday, 1 September 2014

 Playing With Alcohol Inks

"Family Tree"
Alcohol Ink on 6" x 6" Ceramic Tile

I have noticed a lot of beautiful art being created with alcohol inks. 
The effects of alcohol inks on shiny surfaces gives the impression 
of stained glass. The ink dries incredibly fast, is bright and vibrant,
and is very smelly! (Use well ventilated area). It presents many challenges
because it is fast drying but also because it is a thin liquid ink. The
tendency is to run, spread across the surface. This makes the ink
rather difficult to paint with in a conventional manner.
I found the inks a lot of fun to work with and enjoyed the bright
imagery that I was able to create with them.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Columbia Basin Culture Tour
August 9th and 10th
10 am to 5 pm
The Headwaters Art Society 
5003 Hot Springs Road
Fairmont Hotsprings, B.C.

Paintings, Jewelry, Books, Metal Art

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Playing with Watercolours

Early in July while my best friend was visiting, I dug 
out my water colour paints and paper and blew the dust 
off of everything. I felt a bit rusty at first but quickly 
became engrossed with the picture you see above. 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Pynelogs 100th Anniversary Celebration
My grandmother and I pose in front of the 12" x 12" painting that I donated for the celebration. The painting depicted my Grandmother, Jean Cartwright (Kennedy) when she was a nurse at the Lady Elizabeth Memorial Hospital ( present day Pynelogs). 100 tickets were sold at $100.00 each and guaranteed that the ticket holder would leave with one of the canvases at the end of the night. My Grandmother was one of those ticket holders.

My father, Colin Cartwright and my Aunt Carol (Berube) were born at the Lady Elizabeth Memorial Hospital. 

The tickets were drawn randomly and a good friend of my Grandmothers, Helen Kipp, was drawn first. She was able to choose first from the gallery of 100 pieces of art. Helen rushed over to the painting of my Grandmother and staked her claim. She then turned to us and said that she was giving the painting to my Grandmother. She said that she thought it should stay in the family. What a beautiful and generous thing to do!

Myself and Helen Kipp at Pynelogs on July 19th, 2014

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

A glimpse into the past.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Pynelogs in 
Invermere, B.C. It is presently the cultural hub of the 
Columbia Valley. In years past it was used as a 
hospital and a care home for the mentally disabled and 
the elderly. Pictured below is my grandmother, 
Jean Cartwright, she was a nurse at the Lady 
Elizabeth Memorial Hospital (Pynelogs). 
I decided to paint a portion of this photo 
as my donation to the 100 years celebration.

This 12" x 12" canvas will be one of a hundred original 
pieces of art that will be drawn by ticket holders during
the celebrations at Pynelogs on Saturday, July 19th, 2014. 

Hope to see you there for wine, music 
and dancing under the stars!

Sunday, 1 June 2014


12" x 24" Acrylic on Canvas

I finished this autumn scene of poplar trees just in time to display it at the Headwaters Art Show at Pynelogs in Invermere last week.
The title is from the Robert Frost poem by the same name.
The reception was a lot of fun and many artists and patrons
were in attendance. You still have time to see our exhibit! 
The show runs until Saturday, June 7th, 2014.

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as long as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth"

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Wednesday May 28th from 7pm to 9pm
Featuring painters from 
Headwaters Art Society and Purcell Mountain Painters
Refreshments, Cash bar, Appetizers.
Exhibit runs from Tuesday May 27th to Sunday June 8th
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11pm to 4pm

"On Umber Wings"  
4" x 4" Acrylic on Tile

Saturday, 24 May 2014

My husband made this stand for my post cards out of
old barn board. The post cards I printed are of local
views and wildlife in our valley. They are available at 
the Canal Flats Family Pantry for $1.50 each.

P.S. - The Headwaters Art Society is exhibiting at Pynelogs, in Invermere next week. I will have three new pieces for display as well as 5 of my 4" x 4" tiles. Join me on Wednesday evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for the opening night.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

A flash of harmless lightning,
A mist of rainbow dyes,
The burnished sunbeams brightening,
From flower to flower he flies.
- John Tabb -

This morning I found a hummingbird who had struggled against a screen 
on my back deck. His beak was caught halfway through it and he was
laying on the ledge exhausted. I picked him up and held him in my hands
while I sat in the sun with my 9 year old son, Jonah. After about 25 minutes, and much to our delight and relief, this little male hummingbird flew from my hand in a blur. 

Sunday, 4 May 2014

4" x 4" Acrylic on Tile
Keep your face to the sunshine
and you will never see the shadows.
It's what sunflowers do.
- Hellen Keller -

Monday, 28 April 2014

"Good Day For Ducks!"
April showers have been plentiful. These ducks in Cranbrook are not deterred however. They aren't stressed in the least about the weather. They take it all in stride, like water off a duck's back! :)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Come one, come all!
On Saturday, May 3rd 2014 I will be 
participating in the Art Fair at Cranbrook 
Photo. I will be among 10 other artists 
who will be demonstrating techniques
that day. Please stop by for a refreshment
and a chat. Artists will have sign up sheets
 for workshops and lessons.
Hope to see you there. Cheers!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014


4" x 4" Acrylic on Ceramic Tile

Daisies infinite, Uplift in praise, 
their little growing hands, 
O'er every hill that under heaven expands.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

4" x 4" Acrylic on Ceramic Tile

My husband built our house nearly 8 years ago. We still have many 4" x 4"
tiles that we never used in our kitchen. I thought I would try applying gesso
and then painting a little scene on one. I found this leaf in my yard that was
frozen on the top of some ice and touched with frost at the edges. It was fun 
to do something so small and relatively quick for a painting.

Monday, 31 March 2014

On Friday, March 28th, my mother-in-law
celebrated her 65th birthday. I decided to make 
a chocolate paste recipe that I'd seen on Pinterest.
Below are my roses and leaves that I'd made from 
my heart shaped cookie cutter.

I traced my cake pans onto a large sheet of sketching paper so that I could practice making my arrangement.

I used a small brush and painted the words onto the 
cut-outs using a blue food colouring.

I made an extra little cake just in case!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

"Dutch Creek Gold"
8" x 24" Acrylic on Cradled Panel

It took quite awhile for me to complete this painting. I didn't like it for the longest time, there was something missing. Then I decided to put an eagle into the composition and this provided the motivation needed to complete my latest work. I will have this piece for display and sale at Eagle Ranch Resort on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 for the WAM! event.  WINE, MUSIC & ART! 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Old man winter has worn out his welcome
at my house. Time to get on with the 
business of birds, blossoms and blooms!