'Twas Brillig

Whiffling through the Tulgey Wood...

Slowly but surely my Newfoundland Fishing Sheds are taking shape!

Last week:

This week:This is all still background under-painting...the fun stuff begins soon. Well, as soon as all those lobster pots get blocked in!

I'm challenging myself to finish this painting in the next 2 weeks so I can have it featured (along with "Myrtle the Turtle") in a student art show at A Southern Studio during the Palustris Festival!

(With apologies to Don Henley...)

I couldn't get a new canvas primed and sketched fast enough! My second painting is based on a photo I took in Newtown, Newfoundland in August 2008. The inspiration photo can be seen here.

Although I haven't progressed very far, my latest canvas is already showing dimensionality! It measures 20x30 inches.

I can't wait to start painting the water and all the reflections. Check out all those lobster traps just waiting to come to life!

Myrtle the Turtle
18x24, Oil on Canvas

February 2010

I'm pleased to say that Myrtle is now finished! She will be framed later this week and once the oil paint dries, I will offer this original oil for sale. Giclees are already available and will start popping up in my Etsy store, The Tulgey Wood. Also look for Myrtle to appear on my newest blog, The Fine Art of Nancy Rawlinson, which will showcase only my oil paintings.

Just wanted to share my progress on Myrtle! All the background painting is complete now and the real fun begins in class this Monday night. I can't wait to start making her come to life!

Just a peek at my first oil painting.....Myrtle the Turtle!
18 x 24"

I built, stretched, primed and stained the canvas myself during my first class with Frank Pierce at A Southern Studio. The background & darks have been slapped in...can't wait to start adding detail!

Check back to see my progress!

Heather's Haven
Amazing Beaded Creations!


Ever have one of those artistic wishes that you know you'll never fulfill? Ever live vicariously through another artist? I say yes to both!

Meet Heather! And feast your eyes on these beautiful beaded dolls and accessories!

I can't express how much patience and artistic vision goes into each of her designs. You'll just have to look for yourself!

Heather is also an integral part of the Handmade Artists' Forum, taking the time to support her fellow artists and HAF Etsy Team members.

I'd like to share Heather's own words with you:

"I have this dream to one day wear long flowy skirts and big bold jewelry and play hostess at my own cafe/art gallery. For now I just play waitress, Suzie Homemaker and Martha Stewart.

My honey and I are both artists. We have six kids, two dogs and a couple of ex's. In our spare time we create our art. It's therapeutic."

I have no doubt that someday Heather will realize her dream!

Starting today, watch for the Sunday Morning Artist Review!

Seedlings, Jewelry Because
Handcrafted Jewelry inspired by Nature and the Universe


Sharon Paradiso, the driving force behind Seedlings, is an inspiration and a breath of fresh air!
Not only does she create gorgeous jewelry but she does so using recycled, fair trade, eco-friendly, and green materials when possible.

Twenty percent of her profits are generously donated to Heifer International to help end hunger in the world.

Not willing to stop there, Sharon also selflessly takes the time to help other artists by regularly offering feedback on the Handmade Artists' Forum & by posting fantastic how-to articles on her Seedlings blog! She is always willing to share whatever tips and tricks she has picked up along the way.