Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Back to the Paint Brush

Once Loved
Original Watercolour Illustration
Copywrite Carolynn Anctil 2016

If feels good to have a watercolour brush in my hand again. I confess that, after a month away from it, I feel a little rusty. This was a quick sketch to get the creative juices flowing again. I'm looking forward to spreading a little colour around again.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Whole New Month and a SALE!

Original Illustration
Copywrite Carolynn Anctil 2016

It's a whole new month and I've nothing pressing on my agenda. Whatever am I going to do with all my time?

I recently realized that I do best when I've set myself some form of accountability and the monthly challenges that do the Social Media circuit have been a successful model for me.

Having just finished Inktober, I'm now wondering what would serve me best. I'm still noodling that over and am taking a few days to tend to other things that were set aside for the month of October. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, now through Sunday, November 6th, there is $5 OFF Everything and FREE shipping in my Society6 shop

Monday, October 17, 2016

New Illustration Release!

No. 16
Original Illustrations
Copywrite Carolynn Anctil 2016

I've really been enjoying the Inktober challenge and have decided to offer a few of my most recent illustrations for sale.

These, in addition to a couple others, are currently available for purchase in my Society6 shop. May I suggest that you consider purchasing your Christmas gifts from artists and small businesses this year? I would certainly appreciate your patronage!

There are still a couple of weeks left in the Inktober 2016 challenge and I'm posting my illustrations on social media. 
Follow me on
Instagram @CarolynnAnctil and 
Facebook @CarolynnAnctilArtist 
to watch my progress! 

Saturday, October 01, 2016


Original Ink Illustration
by Carolynn Anctil © 2016

I've decided to participate in InkTober this year. Brainchild of illustrator, Jake Parker, The Inktober Initiative is a 31 day challenge to improve inking skills and develop positive drawing habits - both of which I could certainly benefit from.

I may not do a drawing every day of the month because life has a way of intervening. There are a few things I'd like to work on to improve, so I likely won't follow the daily prompts either. I will, however, give it my best attempt to produce something as often as possible throughout the month of October.

I'll be posting my illustrations on social media. 
Follow me on
Instagram @CarolynnAnctil and 
Facebook @CarolynnAnctilArtist 
to watch my progress!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A New Season

Autumn Harvest
Original Photograph
by Carolynn Anctil © 2016

It's been a while since I've shared here. What with sick animals and back aches and broken washing machines - the list goes on - it's been a very stressful few weeks here, dare I say months? I'm ready for a new season.

In the midst of all that chaos, we're still hoping to sell our house. We had to let our "new" home go and are prepared to settle into another winter here, but we remain open to whatever unfolds. In the meantime, I've been doing a lot of baking.

I managed to finish a project I started in August that was a little different for me. I may still tweak it a bit, but I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. Watch for it to appear in my Society6 shop soon!

Feral Stare
Original Watercolour Illustration
by Carolynn Anctil © 2016

There's still time to enter to win a copy of my print "Gracie". Contest closes Friday, September 30th. Full contest details in the Summer issue of RURAL magazine.

Follow me on Facebook @CarolynnAnctilArtist and on Instagram @CarolynnAnctil for all the lastest news!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Shady Lady

Shady Lady
Original Watercolour Illustration
© Carolynn Anctil 2016

I've really been enjoying the splash of bright colours that have made their way into my studio lately. This latest image is the third in a series of art deco inspired images I've been playing with. It's available to purchase, along with the others, through my Society6 shop as a print or on mugs. 

Don't forget to enter my print giveaway. Details for entry can be found in the Summer issue of RURAL Magazine. Contest closes September 30th, 2016.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Print Giveaway!

Original Watercolour Illustration Giclee Print
by Carolynn Anctil © 2016

I'm excited to announce that I'm hosting a print Giveaway in collaboration with RURAL Magazine!

I created "Gracie" especially for this special event and am thrilled to be offering her to one lucky person.

Check out the Summer edition for full contest details on how you can enter to win a signed and numbered giclee print of "Gracie". I've made it as easy as I can and the winner will be chosen through random selection.

If you can't wait for the results of the draw and would like to own a copy immediately, she's available to purchase here.

Contest closes Friday, September 30th. Bon Chance!

P.S. - if you want to stay current with all that's coming out of my studio, follow me on Facebook @CarolynnAnctilArtist

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Bathing Beauty

Bathing Beauty
Original Watercolour Illustration
by Carolynn Anctil © 2016

Our summer has been unusually wet, which is odd because everyone was bracing for drought conditions this year.

I wanted to create an image that captured the essence of a lazy, sun drenched day at the beach watching the waves roll in. Those days seem like a distant memory for me, so I gave it a slightly retro flair.

Bathing Beauty is available to purchase in my Society6 shop now and is available framed or unframed. Take advantage of FREE international shipping now through August 7th!