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Owl Creek Art Studio – June 2023 newsletter

As my year of teaching wraps up I am getting back on track with my studio business, re-energized by this amazing weather and the glorious green of all the plants growing. Since my last newsletter I have been working on a wide variety of projects. So here I will dive in and tell you about a few of them.  … Continue readingOwl Creek Art Studio – June 2023 newsletter

Fall November 2022 Newsletter

Hello and welcome to the fall edition of the Owl Creek Studio newsletter! As I type the thirsty earth is soaking up some much needed rain. Mist is rising between the trees, and we are all indoors watching this from our cozy living room.  Somehow summer flew by and I didn’t write a newsletter as promised. Apologies for missing an issue. Let’s catch up! This issue is packed with images for your enjoyment and just a few necessary words. Brew yourself a cup of tea or coffee, put your feet up and feast your eyes. New Etsy shop listings! I added some new art listings to my Etsy shop! There’s a selection of original watercolour paintings, including some smaller ones for the collector on a budget. Some of the paintings you saw in my last newsletter as well, and some are completely new. These artworks were produced over the last year and show my explorations of waterfalls and other nature themes, as well as some more abstract, expressive pieces. Original paintings are the best quality art you can get and make a special gift for a loved one or for your own home. Purchasing one of my originals really helps to support my studio practice in a big way, with my deepest gratitude.  Here’s a gallery of the paintings! Click on them to visit the Etsy shop listing. Stickers! My newest art adventure is also available for you on my Etsy shop – stickers! I bought a Cricut machine and have been experimenting with producing my own original design art stickers. Sea life, fantasy creatures, silken windhounds and other dogs – these are just the beginning. Stickers make great low-cost gifts, embellishments for cards and journalling, stocking stuffers for Christmas, party favours for birthdays, prizes for teachers to give students,

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Owl Creek Studio Newsletter – Spring 2022

Hello and welcome to the spring edition of my art studio newsletter! Thank you for your continued interest in my art practice. I have new art, photos, personal thoughts and learning adventures to share with you! It is now the month of May and on Vancouver Island spring is a feast of blossoms, earnest birdsong and fresh green growth everywhere. With the burst of new life comes the uplifting longer daylight hours, warmer days and I always start to feel better. I’m going to be honest here and share with you that this past winter was particularly tough. I was quite unwell in February and March, until a trip to Creston and some deeply quiet time in the mountains gave me the rest and healing I needed. I’m still on the mend but I feel much more like myself now, and I continue to draw strength from intentional “nature therapy”, time spent outdoors walking, taking photographs, sketching and painting, or just looking at the beauty of it all. I bring up my chronic illness and the various waves of difficulty it causes because it is directly relevant to my art studio business. The Internet has been watching me as I work away on my business, and all those clever algorithms keep sending me business courses and other media about how artists are pushing their limits, working harder, posting more, marketing harder, achieving success and making big sales with their studio business. While all those tips and courses are useful for me, they lack any representation of artists with disabilities who, like me, must set a slower pace in order to sustain their well-being. I can’t compare myself to able-bodied artists who post on social media multiple times a day and make tons of sales. (Honestly, how do they even find

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