Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Favourite Artists Finds on Pinterest #6

Vibrant impressionist watercolors. His realistic art gives a sense of movement; teeming with layers of light. David works in a fairly large scale. His paintings make a lofty statement. His love of nature is evident from his former occupation as a botanist/biologist. He shares his talent with many students on the East coast and has ongoing classes at The Smithsonian Institution. I live on the wrong side of the country! What an honour to be able to take one of his classes. Please enjoy and admire this accomplished watercolorist.

Counting Crows
Big Blue
Spring Awakening
Garden Cart
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... the many layers of these watercolours... Dorri

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Favourite Artists Finds on Pinterest #5

Took a little time off to put up a little rock!! 

This week's artist/illustrator is Helen Dardik. I follow her on Instagram, her paintings and illustrations always make me smile and inspire me to pick up a brush. One Lucky Helen will open your eyes to an explosion of color and charm. She was born in Odessa but has resided in Canada since 1993. Wife and mother adds to her many accomplishments. A wide variety of items carry her trademark and licensed art. You can purchase wonderful items made by Helen on her Etsy page. Or you can follow her like me on Instagram and Pinterest 

I would love to have this on fabric
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... life is good... Dorri

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Phase 2 Fire Place Finishing

Work is progressing nicely on the second phase of the fireplace.  I have completed tiling and grouting the four art niches. I used a 12" slate tile for the back and bottoms. Mosaic rectangles covered the top and sides. They look dark but when the lights are turned on I think they will highlight the art we place in them nicely. Somewhere a 3 1/2 foot purple amethyst geode is waiting for a new home. Perry has gotten the beams for the niches cut and complete. Some are installed now. We placed them flush to the height of the outer edge beams but cut them a couple inches smaller for variation. We have the scratch coat on for this phase and a small start to installing rock. It really seems to be such an easy job when you are not 30 feet in the air. We are having a lot of fun doing this project together. 

Perry and I spent a few hours on the sleds on Monday finding a few possible trees for the edges of the two walls we are rocking by the front foyer. Found a perfect one with a limb in the exact right spot. I can hardly wait to see what they will look like installed. The other side of the wall is corner rocks. Next up black rock next weekend.

Close up inside the art niches
Excited to get back to rock installation after the tile
Small beams being added to the top and bottom edges of the niches
The background rock being installed, you can see the outline for the tree branch extension slightly
Next up will be the black tree branch going up, I put a second branch off of the main one leading to the left 
Starting on the foyer/great-room wall. Black background, with a swirl of Wolf Creek brown that will surround our fossils that we have found over the years, exciting. There will be a tree on the right side of this wall too. Flush to the end.
Perry finished up the master bathroom wall last weekend, it looks fantastic. Still need trim on the window and crownmolding. No stained glass installation until the hammering is complete!
Poplar 6" tongue and groove stained Beachwood, a bluish green stain finished with varathane
Relax...Respect...Enjoy...this lovely snowy spring... Dorri