Author Archive | Dorothy Siemens

A Cut Above

Lately I’ve been incorporating a variety of techniques into my paintings other than my usual arsenal of squeegees, brayers and sponges. There’s nothing like variety to keep the creative muse interesting. Something I’m really enjoying is creating my own stamps. I had already been using a few commercial stamps to add interest and texture to […]

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Visit Me on the Studio Tour!

I participate in the Northumberland Hills Studio Tour every year, and it’s now fast approaching. On September 9 and 10 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, my studio will be open to visitors. People can always drop in by appointment throughout the year, but this is different. For the tour, I tidy up my studio, […]

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Morocco Captivates All Five Senses

I recently returned from a two-week trip to exotic Morocco! For about a month after I returned (I went in May) my mind was buzzing with remembrances of images, scents, colour and pattern. There were many memorable aspects to the trip, but I would say that the souks (markets) were definitely one of the highlights. […]

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Good-bye Dear Blog!

After much thought I’ve decided to take a blog break for the foreseeable future. The decision was not an easy one, as I’ve enjoyed sharing my creative thoughts and art with you here. But as we are continuously being told, the only constant is “change” and I’ve decided it’s time for me to make a […]

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A New Series To Welcome Spring!

Ah, Spring! I can feel it in the air. It’s just around the corner. Flowers and leaves haven’t quite made an appearance yet, but I have a solution for that. My new series, Softly Floral! I’ve been painting these impressions of warmer weather all winter and now I’m ready to share them with you. These […]

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A Plethora of Products at RedBubble

Lately I’ve been adding some of my artwork to my RedBubble shop. I never get tired of seeing my flat, two-dimensional paintings transformed into various products, many of them three-dimensional. It gives me a whole new perspective on them! If you’ve been hankering after a painting or two but hesitate to take the leap, here’s […]

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Song Dong’s Evocative Communal Courtyard Installation

Last week I buzzed into Toronto to see the Art Gallery of Ontario‘s newest exhibition titled Wisdom of the Poor: Communal Courtyard, an installation of 100 vintage Chinese wardrobe doors. The doors are joined together to create snaking walkways, small rooms and larger “courtyards,” reminiscent of Beijing’s traditional communal living spaces. The artist Song Dong […]

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Packaging Fine Art for Shipping

Packaging fine art for shipping is an art in itself. Before beginning it’s journey to it’s new home, everything possible must be done to ensure it gets there safely. I recently packaged some fairly large pieces to send, and this is how I did it. The piece in the example below measures 40 inches high […]

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Sneak Peek

If you’ve been following my blog or any of my social media sites, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted very much new work lately. You might think that I haven’t been very busy, artistically. It couldn’t be further from the truth. Since October or November, I’ve been busy working on a couple of […]

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It’s Habitual

Welcome to 2016! Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? I haven’t. I don’t usually make resolutions, as I prefer to change or improve things as I go along, all year long. For instance, partway through 2015, I realized that I seemed to be spending a lot of time in front of the computer. I […]

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My New Beau is Better

If you’re at all a Mac person, and maybe even if you’re not, you’ll know that Apple recently released their latest version of the iPad along with a couple of nifty accessories. The new iPad Pro is a larger, brighter, juicier version of the regular iPad. There’s a special optional keyboard available and—ta, da!—the Apple […]

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