Friday, October 09, 2015

Brand New Look

For some time now, I've felt like I've outgrown this blog, as it currently exists. A Glowing Ember will officially assume its new identity as Tin Rooster Farm, effective next week, although you can see some of those changes now.

If all goes according to plan, the new address will be You may want to update your links to reflect that. 

I'm looking forward to a fresh, new start and I hope you'll join me!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

October Illustrations

Snow Day
Sunny Day Snowman
Original Watercolour Illustrations
© Carolynn Anctil 2015

There's a cold chill in the wind these days. Winter is on its way. I'm waiting for a relatively nice day to get outside and do some yard work. Compost has to be moved to the garden, the hen house has to be winterized, and flower pots have to be emptied and stored away for the season. It's a busy time of year.

I'm still making time for illustrating and I have several new images available to purchase as Limited Edition Giclee Prints.

What's on your seasonal To-Do list these days? I'd love to hear.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Prints Are Here!

I'm thrilled to announce that I finally have a small selection of my watercolour illustrations available as limited edition, giclee prints. It has been a long process and I'm very pleased with the results.

(The dark marks on this photograph are caused by the sunlight through my dirty window....*sheepish grin*)

You can find my artwork here

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

True Love

Luna in Repose II
© Carolynn Anctil 2015

I love this girl something fierce. I'd like to think the feelings' mutual. She does seem to seek out my company at every opportunity.

Lately, she's taken to curling up on this storage box across from my desk whenever I'm working in the studio. I could think of more comfortable spots, but you know cats, they can sleep anywhere and be completely at peace.

Do you have a constant animal companion? I'd love to hear.

Monday, September 07, 2015

September's Chill

"Country Bouquet"
"First Steps"
"Farmer's Friend"
Original Watercolour Illustrations
© Carolynn Anctil 2015

It already feels like September is flying by. The weather has definitely turned chilly here and the wind has been incredibly strong with gusts of 70 km. It makes it difficult to do anything outside at all. 

So, I've been inside creating and getting closer to translating a few of my illustrations into prints. 

Have you noticed a change in the seasons where you are? I'd love to hear.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

It's Coming!

My artwork is in there!!

If you'd like to purchase a copy of Diantha Harris' book, featuring artwork by yours truly, send me an e-mail to the address listed on my sidebar. The author has elected to market it herself and copies are only available through me, or directly from the author. I have a carton on order and will reserve a copy for you, if you're interested.

It's a great coffee table book and will make an excellent gift.

Monday, August 31, 2015

My Big Announcement

A few days ago I alluded to something exciting I was preparing to reveal. Well, I am thrilled to announce that my work will be included in a new book by Diantha Smith Harris entitled "Simply Color for Everyday Living"!  

The launch date is set for this month and I will share more information as it comes available. In the meantime, if you'd like to pre-order a copy for yourself or as a gift, contact me through the e-mail address on my sidebar and I'll provide you with all the necessary details.

Have yourself a Color Full day!

*Table of Contents image used with the author's permission.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

My Favourite Recipe

Mushroom Tart
© Carolynn Anctil

Living in the country the way we do, I find that we eat a lot less convenience foods and I spend a lot more time in the kitchen poring over recipes and preparing meals. 

I recently purchased a new cookbook by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen and this Mushroom Tart has become a new favourite. It's a little time consuming to prepare, but well worth it in flavour.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Studio Time

"Corps de Ballet"
"Pink Summer Dress"
"Yellow Slicker"
"Laundry Day"
Original Watercolour Illustrations
© Carolynn Anctil 2015

I've been making a concentrated effort to spend time in my studio illustrating and I'm happy with the results of the increased practice. 

It's also my intention to reproduce several of these images as prints. As soon as I have that worked out, I'll be announcing it here and making those available for purchase.

It feels like Autumn is rapidly approaching. Nights are very cool, although the days are still hot and humid. I'm beginning to harvest fresh produce from my garden and the dinner menu is dictated by whatever is ripe.

Are you seeing signs of the changing seasons where you are? I'd love to hear.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sweet Delights

Dubble Bubble Gum
© Carolynn Anctil

I grew up on this gum. I was always chewing it. I don't see it around much anymore, but when I do I can't resist buying a couple for old time's sake. The scent alone takes me back. The cartoons contained inside the wrapper still suck, but that's part of its charm.

Funny, it's only today that I noticed it's not spelled "Double".

What sweet memory from childhood do you recall? I'd love to hear.

Monday, August 17, 2015


"Waiting in the Wings" © Carolynn Anctil

It's been too long since I've done any sketching and I feel out of practice. I was inspired to create this piece by a photograph I saw in a magazine by Toshi Otsuki.

There is something very exciting unfolding that I was asked to be a part of. I hope to be able to reveal more to you soon! 

Sunday, August 16, 2015


© Carolynn Anctil

I love lanterns. They exude a soft warmth and harken back to a time when things were simpler. While I've admired lanterns for years, this is the only one I own. I could easily become a collector of these.

What are you drawn to collect? I'd love to hear.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Favourite Smell

Lavender Bee
© Carolynn Anctil

Today's photo prompt is Favourite Smell. I have lots of favourite smells and the scent of fresh lavender ranks right up there with the aroma of freshly baked bread and the first cup of coffee in the morning. 

I've had some small success with growing lavender this year and it thrills me to no end that the bees are enjoying these delicate purple flowers, as well. 

Do you have a Favourite Smell? I'd love to hear.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Last Year

First on the Ladder
© Carolynn Anctil

About this time Last Year, our little flock of hens were settling into their grown-up home in an old grain shed The Frenchman had renovated for them. They were growing up fast and we were soon to discover that Pearl was not a girl, after all. 

What was happening in your world Last Year? I'd love to hear.

Monday, August 10, 2015


Saskatchewan Pyramid
© Carolynn Anctil

From a distance, the mound of earth at a local gravel pit looks remarkably like an ancient pyramid.

Saturday, August 08, 2015


© Carolynn Anctil

This is the fireplace hearth my husband made out of spalted maple. He hand sanded the surface to bring out the spectacular grain that appears to ripple and move even though it's perfectly flat. Honey golden, it practically glows when the sunlight falls on it. Unique and beautiful, it's one of my favourite things in our home.

Do you a favourite thing in your home? I'd love to hear.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Five Facts About Me

Morning Coffee
© Carolynn Anctil

Today's photo prompt is 5 Facts About Me.

1. My morning cup of coffee is a ritual I look forward to and thoroughly enjoy.

2. I take my coffee black.

3. My coffee of choice is Starbuck's Guatemala blend. It's a medium roast with a hint of cocoa. I've tried lots of other coffees and always come back to this one.

4. I always reach for the same coffee cup. I like the slim line, thin lip and narrow handle. 

5. If I'm sick, coffee is the first thing to go. I know I'm feeling better when I want to start drinking it again.

What are 5 Facts About You? I'd love to hear!

Thursday, August 06, 2015


© Carolynn Anctil

It's been months since I've written in my journal. Julia Cameron calls them morning pages and I first started the practice while reading her book, The Artist's Way. Today's photo prompt felt like a nudge to take up my pen and begin again. 

I have beautifully bound notebooks, all neatly stacked and sitting empty. I can't bring myself to mar those pristine pages with my hasty thoughts. I prefer inexpensive, spiral bound journals with lined pages and my pen of choice is equally modest. The ink flows freer on these simple sheets and my thoughts seem to follow suit.

Do you have a journalling practice? I'd love to hear.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015


© Carolynn Anctil

Today's photo prompt was good timing, as I was already slicing lemons for a new batch of my Homemade Lemon Iced Tea.  I love the transparent quality of those juicy pockets of lemony goodness. So fresh and delicious.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Photo Prompts

© Carolynn Anctil 2015

Monday was the last day of a hot long weekend here in Canada, so I'm doubling up on the Augustbreak photo prompts today.

The Frenchman and I took our dog, Willow for a drive and let her splash around in the shallow end of a local lake. She panics when her feet no longer touch bottom, so she's not much of a swimmer, but her long legs take her pretty far out into the cool water and she has a good time anyway.

© Carolynn Anctil 2015

What did you do this past weekend? I'd love to hear!

Sunday, August 02, 2015


Air 1
© Carolynn Anctil

Today's photo prompt was Air. That's a difficult subject to capture. Nevertheless, The Frenchman and I took a drive to the windmills located a few miles from our home. 

Air 2
© Carolynn Anctil

Stark and eerie, these monolithic structures are mesmerizing to watch as they carve the air with their elegant blades. With no other visible signs of life for acres and acres, they have an alien, otherwordly feel.

Are you participating in Susannah Conway's August Break 2015? I'd love to know!

Saturday, August 01, 2015

August Break Begins Again

© Carolynn Anctil 2015

I'm participating in the August Break photo challenge again, hosted by Susannah Conway. My plate is pretty full, so time and energy will dictate how engaged I'll be.

What was for breakfast in your house today? I'd love to hear.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Calm Before the Storm

Prairie Farmhouse
© Carolynn Anctil 2015

We've officially listed our home for sale and our search for a new one in British Columbia has begun in earnest. It feels like the calm before the storm because, as anyone knows who has ever sold a house before, once things start happening, it takes on a life of its own.

It's a stressful time and The Frenchman and I decided to take a weekend off from everything "house" related last week and go exploring. We share a love for abandoned buildings and I was drawn to the starkness of this old homestead we happened upon. It must have been a hard life, living out here on the bald prairie. 

What's been happening in your corner of the world? I'd love to hear.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The House Where Pearl Lives

"The House Where Pearl Lives"
Photograph by Carolynn Anctil ©2015

I'm supposed to be painting trim in the house today. I just don't have the energy. Ever since we got sick earlier in the year, I've found that I have one good day followed by one not so good day.

On the good days I'm full of energy and can accomplish a long list of tasks. On alternate days, I'm lethargic and have to lay down. 

It's frustrating, but I'm listening to what my body needs and behaving accordingly. The painting will still be there tomorrow and these flowers were calling to me.

What's calling to you today? I'd love to hear. 

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Changes Afoot

Well, it's official.

We've enlisted the aid of a realtor to help us find a new home in British Columbia. We love our house here on the prairies, but just can't handle the weather any more. 

It's a land of extremes here, with temperatures dropping to -40 degrees Celsius in the winter (and that's not including the windchill factor) and soaring to the mid-thirties during the summer months. The wind is a constant on most days and it's relentless.

It's a move of choice, not necessity, so it may take some time to find the right place. In the meantime, we're preparing for a move.

I'm not exactly sure how it's all going to play out and just the thought of moving the chickens makes me hyperventilate. I'm praying for an easy transition. 

Wish us luck!

Anything new in your world that you'd care to share? I'd love to hear.
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