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!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

My Muse

Lady With Lotus
Original Watercolour Illustration
by Carolynn Anctil © 2016

Yesterday I was drowning. Today, I'm sailing under clear blue skies again.

I'm mixing metaphors, I know. 

I admitted I was lost, ceased struggling and that, I believe, made all the difference.

After I wrote the previous post, I remembered that I'd recently acquired a new book by Niya C. Sisk entitled Seducing the Muse, Get Unstuck with a Creative Love Affair*. I'd been looking forward to reading it and the timing could not have been better or the content more suited to my current needs.

I pulled up a chair and sitting outside in the shade, I began to read. Let me just say this - I love this book. I felt like I was in the company of an old friend who knew exactly what I needed to hear and how to say it. Someone who understood the intimate nature of one's relationship with her Muse. It can be a mystical, magical dance of mutual admiration. 

Niya's is a book I will refer to again and again.

As I was drifting off to sleep at the end of the day, I wondered how long I'd be adrift on the creative sea. It was then that my Muse appeared.

"Oh, Honey," she said in her sweetest voice. Holding out a cool glass of ice water to me, she said, "Here, drink this."

And, as she did, a vision popped into my head of a graphic image, something I was excited to create, something completely different from anything I'd done so far and oh so compelling.

We hope you like it. This may be the start of something new. 

Lady With Lotus is now available to purchase in my Society6 shop.


*Seducing the Muse, Get Unstuck With a Creative love Affair by Niya C. Sisk is available for FREE for a limited time on Amazon Kindle.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Well is Dry

Original Photograph
© Carolynn Anctil 2016

When it's no longer fun to create, I know something isn't right.

When something I normally love to do becomes a should - I should spend some time in my studio, I should finish that piece I started, I should (fill in the blank) - then I know the creative well has run dry.

Onion Blossom Bee
Original Photography
© Carolynn Anctil 2016

I know these swells and valleys well. Today I'm in the trough, tomorrow I may well be riding the crest of a wave again. Experience has taught me that it's best to just ride it out. 

Stealth Kitty
Original Photograph
© Carolynn Anctil 2016

So, I'm taking this time to breathe in the sweet rain scented air after a summer storm, to listen to the coyote call to the full moon, and watch our resident fox hunt mice in the far field.

Wild Sage
Original Photograph
© Carolynn Anctil 2016

To collect wild sage and wrap it with a length of pretty ribbon on the front porch, a refreshing glass of iced tea beside me.

All things have their season. What season are you in today?

"Oh the freedom of the day 
that yielded to no rule or time..."
Diane Ackerman
Searching for the Comet

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Gallery Exhibition

Broken Barn
Original Photograph
by Carolynn Anctil © 2016

I was thrilled to receive confirmation today that 7 of my photographs have been selected for inclusion in a group exhibition this summer at our local Art Gallery.

The exhibition is part of the biennial Saskatchewan Prairie Light Photography Festival 2016 and my work will share space with fellow members of the Image West Photographic Association.

The image above is being used to accompany the exhibition announcement on their webpage and I'm very excited to have my work validated in such an exciting way. 

The exhibition will open July 4th and continue through August 27th with an artist's reception on July 16th. Full details can be found on the Art Gallery of Swift Current website.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Today Is Brought To You By the Letters B & C

B is for Bellybutton
Original Watercolour Illustration
by Carolynn Anctil © 2016

I recently completed two letters in my growing collection of my alphabet themed series. I'm having fun with it and am steadily adding new creations.

C is for Curiosity
Original Watercolour Illustration
by Carolynn Anctil © 2016

In the interest of full disclosure, I really do think faeries live in my garden and alternate worlds exist just beyond the veil. 

C is for Curiosity Detail
Original Watercolour Illustration
by Carolynn Anctil © 2016

Ssssh....don't tell anyone!

These will be available as limited edition prints in my Etsy shop soon! In the meantime, check out the new pricing on many favourites.


All shipping worldwide is FREE for until June 5th in my Society6 shop. Stop by for a visit and treat yourself or someone you know to something unique and playful today!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Goodbye. I'll Miss You!

Pearl - 20 days old.

It is with a heavy heart that I bid farewell to my handsome rooster, Pearl, and 5 of his girls.

We're moving two provinces away and, as anyone who has moved will tell you, some downsizing is always required. I've lost a lot of sleep over this decision and I simply can't take my entire flock with me. Two or three days in cramped quarters with 11 hens and 1 rooster just won't work. 

So, it is not without a few tears that I am handing over 6 of my birds to a new caregiver. They're going to a good home. A local 16 year old has built a brand new insulated coop to house them and they will be his first tenants. I'm sending Pearl and his girls with lots of information on the care and feeding they've received for the first 2 years of their life with me. I credit their success in surviving, in spite of me, to the information provided by Lisa Steele on her blog, Fresh Eggs Daily.

Over my husband's objections, I am keeping 6 laying hens and, when the time comes, I will do my best to transport them to their new home safely.  

Pearl - 2 years old

Things will be a lot quieter around the old hay bale from now on. You're one of a kind, Pearl, and I will miss you. 

Monday, May 09, 2016

New Product Line Up

I'm pleased to announce that my artwork is now available through Society 6 in a variety of formats, including tote bags, mugs, wall clocks, and many more beautiful products!

I invite you to stop by and browse for a gift for yourself or for someone else on your list.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Photo Contest

Prairie Damselfly
Original Photograph
by Carolynn Anctil © 2016

Rural Magazine is hosting a photo contest in their Spring issue. Hurry over to enter. Contest closes May 15th.