Category Archives: Dina Wakely

Canvas love


Lately I have been doing a little stretching, art wise. I began by making my honey a birthday canvas , rather than a birthday card, and  I had so much fun with that, I just kept going. It’s interesting how each medium I work with seems to inspire a different sort of artistic expression. Whether I am working on watercolor paper, my Donna Downey art journal or even Dyan Reavely’s art journal. Or even just scrapbooking. They all have a different feel.
   So, below are just a couple of canvases I have been working on lately. I have another one I did yesterday that I will post as soon as I am able.


This one is my version of a piece I saw hanging at the doctor’s office the other day. I wanted to take a pic of that one, but I didn’t want to be weird (er than usual).


This one started as pseudo scrapbook page in black and pink which I adhered to the canvas and immediately detested. So of course my only choice was to cover it with gesso, tissue paper and a bottom

layer of paint before something decent started to emerge. And yay!! I am really pleased with it now.
BTW , having a WordPress app on my phone is great, because I can blog in bed. Nice!
Hope you have a day full of good surprises.

The Big Forty- A class at Donna Downey’s studio


So, I wanted to post this 2 nites ago when I got back from the above class-but I came down with the stomach gook (given to the whole family by my son’s visiting college friend, typhoid Tyler-gee thanks man!) and by the time I felt better-my internet was totally funky and took most of the day to work out-but then I had to go work-so here I am finally-2 days later. Well, better late than never, right?

Anyhoo- let me tell you, taking a class from, or just being around Donna is nothing short of entertaining( I would tell you some of her stories, but this is a G rated blog, thank you very much!) It was a 5 hour class on 40 of her favorite art journal/mixed media techniques. I don’t think I would be telling tales out of class to say it was in honor of her upcoming 40th birthday~!

I am lucky live just the next town over from her shop (about a 12-15 minute drive)-so I get to go there as often as I can afford it, which is not nearly enough, let me tell ya!

So, enough of my babble- on to the photos!

This lady is never without a smile or a hug!