Marilyn Dreams…

 

Michelle Casey, Marilyn Dreams 2, Collage/Mixed Media, 3.5 x 6 inches, February 2015

Marilyn Monroe reading in her bedroom, 1951

Like many artists, when I create a piece, I never know how it will be received. Although nerve wracking at times, this is the most thrilling part of art making. I became […]

Happy 2015 & Catching Up with CYW Events

Top left to right: Sharon's famous butter tart squares; Wendy's sister Nancy; Sharon Michaelson; Michelle Casey; Visitors to the Studio and Wendy Southin, November 2014

Hello! Happy New Year!!! I hope you all survived the holidays and are all doing well. My New Year’s resolution is to simply catch up with you all and […]

Having a Good Mail Art Day

Michelle Casey, Frida Kahlo-inspired collage mail art, 2014

Earlier this year artist Tina Morris (UK) sent me a fabulous package of mail art. It contained several postcard prints of her awesome abstract paintings as well as a Frida Kahlo-inspired collage she’d recently made: a provocative piece in which she skilfully adorned an image of […]

A Tour of La Fab Gallery & Boutique

Recently I visited the La Fab Boutique where my fine art cards are sold. A 10-minute drive from downtown Ottawa in scenic Chelsea, Quebec, it’s a jewel of a spot nestled within the majestic Gatineau Hills. The area is known for its cozy cafés, art galleries, craft stores and bakeries. It’s also the home of […]

Dreams of Paper Houses

Sandra Mirabelli (Ottawa Public Art Program Coordinator), Kristina Frangione (Assistant) pose alongside the C4 Cabinet, CCCC Project, Hintonburg Community Centre, 2009 (Photo: Lorraine Victor)

As a child I loved miniature doll houses. A friend of mine had a beautiful three-story one filled with exquisite tiny objects. I could only dream of having one because […]

Awakening the Secret Garden within Part II

Michelle Casey's finished Secret Garden page. Faber-Castell Art Grip colour pencils were used to colour this.

Today I thought I’d share my first coloured page in Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden with you along with imparting some more reflections on colouring. Recently, I was compelled to buy the book because I hoped it would help […]

Kehinde Wiley: The Need for an Economy of Grace

Kehinde Wiley, Juliette Recamier, 2012, Oil on linen, 72 inches x 96 inches quotes Jacques-Louis David's painting (see below)

On the heels of Black history month, I’d like to share some reflections about art history and introduce you to painter Kehinde Wiley.

While studying art history at university, one of the most eye-opening and […]

How to Make a Collage/Origami Artist Trading Card

A peek inside my collage/origami lotus flower artist trading card…

Hello! This is a follow-up to last week’s article in which I mentioned creating an origami/collage fusion-inspired artist trading card (ATC) using the lotus flower design as inspiration. Today I’ll share some tips on making one with you…

After showing my husband Kevin some […]

Significant Contributions: An Origami Project Unfolding

A selection of my origami magazine papers…

For years, I’ve longed to make origami but haven’t been successful. You see, It’s embarrassing to say, but I’ve never been able to follow the written or diagram instructions on how to make it. I remember once trying to fold a simple boat, and no matter many […]

Interview with Wendy Southin: Living the Creative Life, Part I

Don’t let Wendy Southin's innocent little girl air fool you… she’s always raring and eager to set her sights on the most challenging creative projects… her big studio reno being a recent one.

Wendy Southin lives in Richmond, Ontario, Canada. She makes jewellery, books and altered art. We’ve been good friends for a few […]