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something snowy

16 Dec

Untitled-4Earlier this year, I was drawing two feathered friends for a wonderful client, who is also a very close family friend. Now that these pieces are safely with her, I wanted to share them. She had commissioned me to create “a snowy owl with dreamy eyes” for her to gift to a friend who has been especially helpful to her in the past year. image1 image3 image5In many previous conversations over dinners and glasses of wine, we had talked about her getting an owl drawing of her own, so while creating the owl that she would gift away, I also sneakily sketched an owl to gift especially to her. image6 Untitled-3 image9I have been looking forward to sharing these two beauties with you guys here on the blog; since there has been barely any snow this winter so far, it seemed extra fitting to share something snowy. Do you like them? As always, if you are interested in commissioning me for a drawing, send me an e-mail with your ideas to naturesmyfriend@gmail.com

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the house finch

19 May

Over the past half decade I have really taken a liking to bird watching. I find it to be a fascinating hobby; one that would definitely take years to master, as there are just so many beautiful birds with ample variations. Not only are they gorgeous creatures to watch, but they are also a great source of inspiration for my artwork. Serious bird-watching started in 100 Mile House where you may remember a few cuties like red-polls and chipping sparrows from post these: frequent winter visitors, the birds are back and chipping sparrow.  When we first moved to Castlegar, there was a short one year hiatus of feathered friends, as we lived in a basement suite… we really missed having the outdoor space, as well as the company of birds and their songs, so moving to our own little house, with a gorgeous front yard, allowed me to hang a feeder again. IMG_8149We have a great variety of fliers come to visit our “restaurant,” but one of my favorites so far is the house finch: bright red highlights, speckled stomach, deep browns on his back, and that fantastic prominent beak! I painted a tiny little portrait of one a few weeks ago, but had yet to share my results here with you here on the blog, so here he is. He was all hand-drawn with graphite, painted with acrylics and then finished with ink on a one inch deep 4×4 wood panel. IMG_8343 IMG_8349 IMG_8354 IMG_8371If anyone is interested in taking this little guy home, send me an e-mail and we’ll discuss details: naturesmyfriend@gmail.com

new stationery & print giveaway

26 Jan

stationeryblog1Happy Sunday friends. I am an excited girl this morning, as I get to finally publish my new stationery line! All of the designs are my own original illustrations or hand-pulled prints. Available are gorgeous, glossy, thick card-stock postcards as well as colourful, matte, half-fold greeting cards printed on sturdy Forest Stewardship Council certified paper. Each comes with it’s own hand-stamped kraft brown envelope made from 100% post-consumer waste. stationeryblog3They are perfect for writing a thoughtful note, sending as a snail mail surprise to a friend, pinning up like a mini-poster on the wall or framing as a small work of art! I have over 20 designs for you to choose from, and have plenty of bundle pack options if you’d like to own more than one! Below are links to each specific listing but if you want to jut see the whole stationery section and browse it yourself, click here. stationeryblog2To celebrate the launch, I am doing an awesome giveaway: anyone who makes a purchase in the next week will automatically be entered to win the limited edition hand-pulled print (seen below) with free shipping and all! Who doesn’t love owls and handmade deliciousness? To learn more about this print, the hand carved block and the printing process, read this blog post about its creation! barnowlprintAs an extra little incentive to encourage you to scoop up some of the new stationery, I’ve created a coupon: save 15% by entering “SENDMOREMAIL” at the checkout. The coupon will be valid until February 1st at midnight, the same duration as the print giveaway! Good luck in the giveaway and have fun in the shop. Below are the direct links to all of the stationery available in my shop, if you want to get straight to the specific goods you like.

♢ POSTCARD IMAGE OPTIONS ♢
▻ 1 tree swallow : http://etsy.me/1eL8MZS
▻ 2 raven “croak” : http://etsy.me/1hUUkj2
▻ 3 pair or paws : http://etsy.me/1fbLdtV
▻ 4 wolf “howl” : http://etsy.me/1jJDYuh
▻ 5 blackbird and poem : http://etsy.me/1dBbnBy
▻ 6 animal kingdom (bear) : http://etsy.me/1juqZyS
▻ 7 elk and cardinals : http://etsy.me/1dWIaXR
▻ 8 horned owl “screech” : http://etsy.me/KQmmA9
▻ 9 caribou and bluebirds : http://etsy.me/1l8svsi
▻ 10 animal kingdom (lion) : http://etsy.me/1dCTfqU
▻ 11 paw and hand : http://etsy.me/1htfX9l
▻ 12 wolf and moon : http://etsy.me/1dWIaXR
▻ 13 silver fox : http://etsy.me/1ejzuWi
▻ 14 red fox “bark” : http://etsy.me/1huEXgq
▻ 15 horned owl (purple) : http://etsy.me/1eLf8br

▻ get 3 for $13 or get 5 for $20 here: http://etsy.me/1dBaFEh
▻ get 10 for $35 here: http://etsy.me/KUwacV
▻ get all 15 for $45 here: http://etsy.me/1hxc2sd

♢ GREETING CARD IMAGE OPTIONS ♢
▻ 1 pair of rabbits : http://etsy.me/1e5JKFb
▻ 2 pair of deer : http://etsy.me/1jQkIeJ
▻ 3 pair of red foxes : http://etsy.me/1cgfd7o
▻ 4 pair of gray wolves : http://etsy.me/1jwuTra
▻ 5 pair of big horned sheep : http://etsy.me/1iyBcu0
▻ 6 pair of grizzly bears : http://etsy.me/1hYoEcO

▻ get 3 for $13 : http://etsy.me/KW7TTh
▻ get all 6 for $20 here: http://etsy.me/1e5JNB3
▻ get them individually here: http://etsy.me/1afg61b