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 www.tinroosterfarm.blogspot.com. 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
All content and photos are original to Carolynn Anctil and A Glowing Ember/Tin Rooster Farm and are copyrighted, 2006 - 2015. Please do not copy, or download any content without express written consent. All content and photos remain the sole property of Carolynn Anctil and A Glowing Ember/Tin Rooster Farm forever unto eternity. Don't take what doesn't belong to you. Karma will kick your ass. Don't say I didn't warn you.
I'm a Superficial Dabbler - I know a little bit about a lot of things and I'm an expert at none of them. I’m a city girl with a country soul, a curious nature, and a very short attention span. I believe that animals are angels wrapped in fur, come down from heaven to model unconditional love.
I have decided not to display the awards that I receive. If you like my blog, leave me a comment. I read and appreciate them all. It's the connection with the friends I make here that I treasure the most.