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A New Journey, a New Art Journal

As 2022 winds down, we’re recognizing that our recent move didn’t go as planned. (For many people, I think “unplanned” and “unexpected” describe recent years.) Oh, we love New England. There is no place in the U.S. where we find so many chatty, happy, people that are eager to be helpful if they can. They …

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Adversity - door sign

Door Gallery – Sharing Art

For the past few years, I’ve regularly featured art on the front door to our home. I’m not sure how many people actually see it, but it’s my way of adding original art to a world that sometimes lacks originality. I believe that art has an authenticity that’s only appreciated when it can be viewed, …

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Charlie-Brown-style Christmas tree - 2012 Eibhlin

Charlie Brown-ish Christmas Tree

This year, we chose some real, alternative Christmas tree options. We had two trees in our living room. (I’ve always preferred to have more than one tree for the holiday season.) One “tree” was actually a bunch of small branches, arranged in a large glass jar, so they looked like a small Christmas tree. I’d …

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Palette - mid-cleaning

The Beauty of Cleaning

One of the best things about being an artist is the beauty I see everywhere I look. When I was cleaning one of my palettes this past week, the running colors were so gorgeous, I had to capture them with a photo. (Note: I paint with water-soluble oil paints, so I can clean them in …

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ATC - an umbrella sketch

Testing a New Drawing Pen

Before renewing my love affair with pen & ink illustration, I needed a new rapidograph. Since childhood, I’ve always loved black-and-white illustration, and my drawings are a mix of contour-style line drawings accented with cross-hatch (etc.) shadows. My “people” have always been silly looking things with large noses that often extend directly from the hairline,  …

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Walt Disney's Fantasyland Game - artwork by Muriel Bernier

Disneyland and My Mother’s Art

Disneyland is celebrating its 55th anniversary. I grew up surrounded by Disney art, figures, and I watched the Mickey Mouse Club every time it was on. I’m commemorating Disneyland’s anniversary with an artistamp.  It features art by my mother, Muriel Joan Bernier (1919 – 2010). Click on the image to download a PDF copy of …

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