Man with Pens & An Announcement

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I posted the above gallery on my art blog, a little while ago, and for reasons I fail to understand, that blog post failed to publicize on Facebook and other linked sites as it usually does. I’m posting this preview page of the gallery to alert those who aren’t subscribers to my other blog that I’ve completed that project, so if you’d like to see the completed image and photos of the process it took me to get there, just click on the image above which will take you there.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to say that I’ll be taking on a small number of commissions for portraits of people and pets, working from photos in a similar approach (“black & white” graphite on paper). My technique is very meticulous and slow going, so I can only accept a handful of projects before the holidays, but would love to put my talents toward providing gifts to loved ones and friends. Send me a quick message if you’re interested and we’ll take it from there!

A Drawing Project

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I’ve just posted the gallery above, showing the progression from start to finish of my latest completed piece on my art blog, You are welcome to view the post (and larger images) and leave comments if you like by clicking here.

A New Toy



November roses
A few pics I took today via Instagram

When I woke up today, I actually stayed in bed for several hours (something I NEVER do unless I’m sleeping) and whiled away the time on Instagram. I guess that counts towards my “creative activities” time. Does anyone here know about Instagram? It’s a free app you can get for iPhone or Android, which allows you to take pictures and use a bunch of artistic filters, which you post on their site and others like Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Flickr, to name just those (you can also mail them to friends and such). Then people can “like” the photos and/or comment on them, and “follow” you, just like you can with a blog. I’ve started following some pretty creative photographers, which I found by doing searches for tags like “travel” or “cityscape” and so on. It’s all pretty new to me so I’m still figuring out what you can do with this, and want to find a way to post my photos here on From Smiler, with Love. Though wondering… should they go on createthreesixty5 instead? I’ve taken some 125 photos with the app so far, but you can also post photos taken from you camera—though I haven’t figured out exactly how to do that yet. I also don’t know how to send anyone to my photo stream yet…

WAIT! I just found the web link!
Most of my pics can also be viewed on Facebook and on my Tumblr page, The Stolen Child.

Not quite finished but getting there

Just posted results from our third and final week on this project. I’ve got plenty of homework to do on this one! See the whole painting and details here.

At this point, I started getting scared…

…and seriously considered packing it in and going home, never to paint again. But I held on, and things started getting less scary, as you can see right here.

A Quick Peek


I’m calling this one “Plant with Man”. The progression of what we did this first week (and what the underpainting looks like now—much better I hope!) along with a few details about the project can be found right here on

A Lovely Day for a Birthday!


Today I found a bunch of b-day greetings when I peeked at my email and on my LibraryThing page before heading to art class in the morning, then off to my painting class to work on a fun ongoing project, and best of all, doing work that I’m really happy with as well as proud of (see: Pascale, Step 2). I received a call at midday from a flower delivery man who said he’d left something for me at my landlord’s, then throughout the day I received loads of greetings on Facebook from friends, some of whom I hadn’t heard from in a long time. Gotta love FB with their b-day reminders! :-)

I picked up my flowers as soon as I got home: a huge bunch of pink peonies, which are my favourite spring flower, and most unexpected because a) they’re not usually available by July b) they were sent by a relatively new friend of mine. I didn’t make any plans whatsoever for the evening, as I was really looking forward to some downtime after all the excitement of the weekend, what with a family reunion in Ottawa for my aunt’s 70th birthday, then a flurry of activity with my photo group yesterday, followed by a big meltdown when I met with my OT (too much excitement and not enough rest will do it) then today’s full-day class, so that’s what I treated myself to: a quiet evening at home, with my three beloved furkids, just hanging out. Not much different from my usual, you might say, but I happen to like my usual. I did indulge in a major splurge by ordering a bunch of appetizers from one of my favourite restaurants called Molivos, who make authentic, fresh and delicious Greek food. They’re somewhat upscale and priced accordingly, and I basically ordered enough for a small army; all of it keeps nicely in the fridge so I’ll be able to eat the leftovers over the next couple of few days. Haven’t treated myself to a nice meal like that in a long time. Tomorrow (I’ve just now decided) I’m calling a spa and booking a 90 minute massage. That’s another indulgence I keep forgetting to treat myself to!

Seen Today on C365

(Pascale, detail)

Just posted my latest efforts on, the first step in a 4-week project learning the technique of glazing, an approach used by the classical painting masters which I’ve been curious to learn about for as far back as I can remember.