Thursday, April 26, 2012


I found a lovely papyrus finish on PicMonkey today. I think it makes drawings and watercolors look nicely antiqued, I can just imagine finding something like a watercolor of Anne in a trunk in an attic.  These prints are now available in my shop.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Anne in Hester Gray's garden.

I was going to work on a Northanger Abbey watercolor this week, but it turned into an Anne of Green Gables watercolor instead.  This is Anne in Hester Gray's garden.  Just like Anne, I love the story of Hester Gray and have pictured her garden in my mind many times, all abloom with white daffodils.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Dashwood Sisters

I have been so very uninspired lately, but all at once I woke up this morning and knew just what to do.  Out came the old watercolor of Marianne I have had laying around in a drawer for a few weeks, and the unfinished box.  Once Marianne box was finished I just had to make a sister for it, so I sat meself back down, sketched and painted Elinor, luckily I had some lovely lace handy, which looks very Elinor-ish to me.    Inspiration.  So glad it finally came and let's hope it stays :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

This collage has truly been a labor of love. When I saw the pretty box frame in the store I had to purchase it and do something special with it. The soft linen lining was begging for beautiful things. My super talented sister-in-law embroidered the Northanger Abbey monogram for it, delicate lace form an antique hankie was perfect for framing that masterpiece. I painted some watercolors of Henry and Catherine and the Abbey ruins, as well as Catherine's muslin dress. I also hand stitched a tiny journal and filled it with this lovely dialogue from Henry and Catherine's first meeting:

"I shall make but a poor figure in your journal tomorrow."

"My journal!"

"Yes, I know exactly what you will say: Friday, went to the Lower Rooms; wore my sprigged muslin robe with blue trimmings -- plain black shoes -- appeared to much advantage; but was strangely harassed by a queer, half-witted man, who would make me dance with him, and distressed me by his nonsense."

"Indeed I shall say no such thing."

"Shall I tell you what you ought to say?"

"If you please."

"I danced with a very agreeable young man, introduced by Mr. King; had a great deal of conversation with him -- seems a most extraordinary genius -- hope I may know more of him. That, madam, is what I wish you to say."

"But, perhaps, I keep no journal.

At the bottom are some quotes about Henry and Catherine, done on hand torn and antiqued watercolor paper:

"He seemed to be about four or five and twenty, was rather tall, had a pleasing countenance, a very intelligent and lively eye, and, if not quite handsome, was very near it. His address was good, and Catherine felt herself in high luck. There was little leisure for speaking while they danced; but when they were seated at tea, she found him as agreeable as she had already given him credit for being. He talked with fluency and spirit -- and there was an archness and pleasantry in his manner..."

"her heart was affectionate; her disposition cheerful and open, without conceit or affectation of any kind -- her manners just removed from the awkwardness and shyness of a girl; her person pleasing, and, when in good looks, pretty -- and her mind about as ignorant and uninformed as the female mind at seventeen usually is."

"Her passion for ancient edifices was next in degree to her passion for Henry Tilney -- and castles and abbeys made usually the charm of those reveries which his image did not fill."

Wednesday, April 4, 2012