Sip & Shop Poem


Normalcy with resume on Monday
After much sipping and hopefully shipping
All these piled up paintings.
Alas the little niggly issue of what to put them in
Is sending me on a wild goose chase
For a simple plastic bag.
My mum suggested bubblewrap
Not sure if I’ve enough
Then we said we’d use instead the supermarket ones.

In future times with more experience
My stall will look like a barn
My custom-made sheep bags will be on proud display.

So now I’m going to settle down and fret not and price up my little canvases.

See you on the other side!


P.s. I made a pathetic video for collage which must not see the light of day. My new plan is to round up the most useful videos from YouTube and put them all on a resource page here. Good idea?

Have a nice weekend!

Ewe News


Good morning folks! Welcome to Ewe News or Ewe Knews if already heard it.

Today we visit Spain where hundreds of bewildered sheep are asking in vain where the grass is.

I managed to get a bleat from a sheep on the street and she said, ‘It’s baaarmy!’ She’s either from Yorkshire or she’d had too much Madrid sun.

I told her not to buy tickets online for the next Transhumance festival even if they were a baaargain.

Any sheep news to report?

Have a great week from Ewe News.


Learn to be a Planner

I never thought I’d ever be a planner but these days I panic if I haven’t at least written my blog post the day before.

I planned to talk about Tracy’s shop last week but I forgot. I was a week late mentioning Sofie’s book. So here I am at last invested in planning.

I’m prepared for my son’s birthday party on Saturday. I’ve allocated time to bake on Friday with my daughter (even if there’s a hockey game on ๐Ÿ˜‚)

And I’m very prepared for the art show next weekend. I’ve bought frames for some watercolors, stands and am borrowing some stands from Phil’s work ๐Ÿ‘.

What could possibly go wrong now I’ve done all this planning? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I feel a lot less anxious for one thing and planning gets the best black Friday deals. I got a gorgeous coat and boots for a bargain. Woohoo!

So have I convinced any last minuters to start planning?

Tracy has a big sale on today in her whimsical shop. Do check it out no planning requiredย ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€


Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday!

Catherine ๐ŸŽจ

p.s. supplies for the collage arrived last night so let’s see if I can whip up a how to video for next Friday ๐Ÿ˜‚




Ewe News


Time for our weekly segment, Ewe News.



  • “First up in Ewe News is Catherine has sold her first art print of a sheep from her Etsy shop, Drips and Sploshes to a buyer in England all whilst she was jumping in a leaf pile with her kids. Those English love their sheep.”


  • “There is a great new resource for artists by our blogging friend, Sofie,ย showing us how to promote your art. ย I think you have to be a newsletter subscriber to get the password.”
  • “Wrapping up the news today are a few noisy sheep and goats with their bleating in a muddle. Whatever are they trying to say?

I’ll do a collage tutorial on Friday. Hopefully some supplies arrive by then. Have a great week!
Catherine ๐ŸŽจ


A Reason to Smile



Ewe No Knews


“It comes as no surprise that dogs are being a nuisance to my fine woolly friends. I’m supposed to be impartial but what the heck here’s my two cents. Stock up on sticks and get ready to throw them at a second’s notice. Don’t tell my boss or I’ll get sheared. ”

“That is all the news I could find this week so you can change the channel early. The forecast is mostly windy, especially in Christchurch, NZ. Huddle close my woolly friends.”

International sheep news from your friendly yet efficient newsreader Miss Ewe.


Newspaper on Canvas

Hi folks,

Anything much happened since Monday? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Let’s move along quickly to newspaper not the news.

Here is a great post about different layers you can do in mixed media.

Next I’ve seen people do several washes over the top 50/50 glue and water or using a gel medium if you have some.

And voila a mixed media collage.

I started out very basic. Next time I will follow all the steps in the post I linked to.


I think I put 3 layers of the wash on. I can it would take more. I like the matte look with it being newspaper.

Another collage I did was over an old painting using card stock:


Have you tried collage?

Happy creating!

Catherine ๐ŸŽจ

R.I.P. Leonard Cohen.

RememberThem ๐ŸŒบ


Draw a Bird Day!

Swooping in at the last minute with a two minute birdie.


Sometimes it’s better when there’s no time to think.

Have a great day!

Catherine ๐ŸŽจ


Ewe Knews Cartoon Sheep

Hi folks!

Thanks for all the well wishes. Unfortunately they cancelled it at the last minute. It is now going to be in December right before my son’s birthday. So he has gone off to Europe to a big meeting he goes to this time of year. And I’ve got a birthday party to bring forward aargh!

Sheep news today is rather funny and who knew sheep could swim. Over to Acton news.


Local news is that I’m practising cartoon sheep to make some of my art a bit jollier and potentially for kids’ bedroom walls. We’ll see!

I did some research and copied a few I liked.

It’s funny how straight away there’s some styles I like and some not so much.

I wonder if you could mix cartoon sheep with a mixed media canvas. In Friday’s post I’ll demonstrate a couple of mixed media canvases I’m working on. I know Jill is great at mixed media. She inspires me every day.

Happy creating!



Blips help with breakthroughs


That’s the most bizarre heading but I wanted it to reflect what I fancy chatting about today.

The blip is Phil going in for neck surgery tomorrow. It’s beginning to sound pretty common but it’s still scary. His dad had it done on his spine just a few days ago and he has cancer so he’s really going through it. Kind of weird two family members having same op at the same time.

Things like this throw your adrenalin into overdrive. You’re forced to prioritize hospital visits and panic about finding it okay.

I used to like oil painting in winter but it’s harder to let the fumes outside from the thinning agent so I’m going to do more sketches and watercolors.
They are much faster to organise which is handy in this busy season.

Next year I fancy getting some acrylics for some bright, abstract sheep. Can’t wait to experiment and the paint is half the price of the oils. I heard an artist on Twitter talking about mixing oils and clay, another one mixing oils and acrylic. Fun rule breaking.


Putting down a layer of acrylic under the oil is a great base. You are supposed to put something like linseed oil down on canvas first to prevent oil from paint going into the canvas. So much more texture to throw down acrylic paint.

I’m trying really hard to eat better and workout more. I’ll keep you posted ๐Ÿ’ช

Also I have printed off a few easy guitar songs. I was leaving it way too long between practises. Just chords is so boring, songs are the way to go.

So mini breakthroughs on fitness, eating and guitar. Changes coming in art.

Do you need a dilemma to get you going or are you all self-motivated to the hilt?


Enjoy the leaves while they are so pretty!

Catherine ๐ŸŽจ