Thursday, 8 November 2018

I promised you some photos of the donkey bombing...


...and here they are:


Tammy made individual poppies for each of the fallen
soldiers from WWI for the ground beneath the donkey's feet.

Tammy Bradford (Museum Manager Extraordinaire), Lynne Mizera and me (missing from the photo is my John,
who was taking it - he did all the research for the project, as well as some stapling to boot!)

Donkey Bombing complete
And on another note, I was fondling ribbons in my ribbon stash this past week, and was inspired to create this video using a particularly lovely patterned ribbon, brayer, gel plate and some paints.  


As always, when I get going with the gel plate it's really hard to stop.  And you know I have a very large stash of ribbons, right?  This could get crazy!!!


And if I've got a large stash of ribbons right now, what's going to happen when I start looking/shopping for patterned ones?  Heaven help us!

Thursday, 1 November 2018

I just love communities...

...and the things that can be created when everyone pulls together.

This amazing banner will be wrapped around a donkey (burro?) sculpture that lives in downtown Creston on Sunday.  Brainchild of Tammy Bradford, the manager extraordinaire at the Creston Museum, it commemorates the 235 men who fought in WWI, all from the Creston Valley.


Emmie of ArtFoamies fame generously donated two sizes of poppies for stamping, along with some Stamp Buddies.  Lynne Mizera brought along several styles of her own poppy stamps and a whack of paint and stamp pads.

Tammy Bradford and Lynne Mizera
Here Tammy is testing stamps and Sharpies on the back of the canvas panel (30 foot long by 2 foot wide) that she created from a hardware paint drop sheet - a lengthy job on its own.


Lynne and I stamped poppies like madwomen, while Tammy wrote the names of all 235 soldiers - TWICE!  That way each of the names appear on both ends of the banner.


By the end of the war, there were 47 men from the valley who did not come home.  They are now memorialised on the banner with a black poppy each. 

I'll make sure to get some photos of the installation on Sunday.  As Tammy says, "Who has a better job in the world, when I get to Donkey Bomb as part of my day?"  Given that I can go along for the ride, I'm feeling the same way.

This week has been full of studio guests, and one of my students stopped in for a morning session.  Shelly and I had a blast testing colour after colour and some great techniques.


I love these one-on-one sessions - such a great way to really get into the creative juices, learn about the student's passion, and create deeper layers of meaningful artwork. 

And somewhere in the conversation was a prompt that led to this week's video.  It's all about string -


It's a favourite technique and a whack of fun to do.  Why not try it?  If you do, send a photo to me and when I have enough of them, I'll share them in a post.  

That's it for me, the soon-to-be-Donkey-Bomber, this week.  See you in the comments, my friends!

Thursday, 25 October 2018

It has been a wild month...

...what with doing the 21 Day Challenge with Jesse Elder.  It's been quite some time since I've done a personal growth course, and this one was beyond amazing/engaging/deep/challenging.  The energy was palpable, which led, of course, to a new painting.  It started here with a plastic wrap start on a long narrow canvas, and morphed to this:

21 Energy Rising© Win Dinn    Acrylic on canvas 8" x 24"  
It's like trying to photograph quicksilver with all the foil bits in there (Meg, I'm blaming that on you!), but I thought you might like to see some closeups anyway.





And sometime this week I tore into making another quick video tutorial that demonstrates a couple of ways (smooshing and cheesecloth painting) to use up those bits of leftover paint on your palette at the end of your painting session:


While you're watching it, please subscribe to my channel and encourage all your friends to do so...I'm on a mission to use up all the leftovers in the world (I can hear my mother talking; can you?).  

Just in case you're looking for some more tutorials, I encourage you to check out my tutorial page at the top of the blog.  There are links to videos and other tutorials that can get those creative play juices trackin' like a freight train.

That's it for me this week - what have you been up to?  Let me know in the comments below, and feel free to share a link to your post to do a show and tell.




Friday, 19 October 2018

It's that time of year again...

...when the trees burst into their flames of autumn splendor.

They tango in red,

 orange,

 gold,

green, 


and every possible combination in between.


They chat over the back fence with their neighbours


and whisper secrets to the sky.


They congregate in groups


as they strut their autumn wardrobe


before they hunker down for the coming winter.


May your autumn be as colourful as ours, and may the texture and glory make your heart sing.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

It's been haywire...

...this week (perfect for an autumn theme, right?), what with Canadian Thanksgiving falling on the weekend and visitors here to celebrate.  That means that there was very little creativity happening in the studio.

I did get a chance to melt some wax on a pumpkin, though, and add it to the front - it rather makes up for all the tomato plants gone missing...John retired them all for the year this last week.


And naturally, there's always colour in the kitchen, especially when Thanksgiving is involved.  Thanks to Cartwheel Farms for this gorgeous produce!  There are no words to tell you how fabulous they tasted...


And in lieu of more creative photos and because I'm so grateful for your presence here,  I'm going to confer you all with honourary Canadian citizenship for the rest of the week, just so you can enjoy our Thanksgiving.  And no, Blogger, that is not the incorrect spelling of honourary in Canada!

Thank you all for stopping by, and please let me know how your creativity is bent this week in the comments below! 
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