Real Life

Have you ever met someone that you swore you knew only to realise later that he/she is a real-life version of a character in a book?

I met “Forney Hull” in my local library. I swear, it’s him and it’s not him and it’s him.

Forney Hull is a librarian in Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts.

Read more about the book and movie, here on Wikipedia. The book was lovely. Anyway, Forney and the local librarian are similar from their looks to their shy demeanor to their struggle to make easy conversation. It’s uncanny. I have to wonder if anyone else has made the connection or if I’m just odd. It’s happened before.

The book is about a young woman who struggles through life as a single mother in the midwestern United States. She was abandoned again and again throughout her life, by parents, family, friends, and the father of her child. The last leaves her stranded at a Walmart with barely a penny in her pocket. They’re driving cross-country to find work and make a better life for themselves together in California. They make a quick stop so eight-month-pregnant Novalee can use the bathroom and run an errand. She comes back outside to find her few belongings left in a parking space horribly devoid of the car and the man she was expecting there.

Farther along in the story, Novalee meets Forney. If you pick up the book, you’ll witness the remarkable role he plays in helping her collect the pieces of her life that have been strewn across the floor.

The book, I think, is a solid reminder to walk slowly, know yourself and ask for help when you need it. This canvas tells me the same thing.

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Ink On Canvas

It started as a photograph of a garden in the Royal Botanical Gardens.

From there, I printed it, primed it with gesso and transferred it as a mirror image onto canvas. I love the worn and aged look.

Come With Me

This canvas, entitled “Come With Me”, started as an original photo I took in August of 2012. These stairs can be found in the Royal National Park of New South Wales, Australia. Beyond that description though, you’ll be hard pressed to find the locale. Those woods were the largest and deepest I’d ever entered.

I printed, enlarged and transferred that photo to this canvas. I love the worn and aged look. I climbed these stairs with one of my very best friends. The journey was an important one for us. This canvas is currently hanging in our home, waiting for a home that needs some inspiration.

It’s grey scale and therefore quite versatile.

Size — 11 x 14 inch (and half an inch deep)

From Camera to Canvas


Welcome to the newest art in my home!

Initially these five canvases were going to be a gift for my other half, but after seeing how they were coming out and knowing that any feasible holiday was still months away… I caved and surprised him. In no time, they were up in our living room. They fit in perfectly.

What you’re looking at are five small panel style canvases. Each canvas started as an original photo I took sometime in the last year. I wanted to make something very “us” and I definitely achieved that.

I love the aged, distressed look. The black, white and grey tones fit into the decor of our living room simply and easily.

From camera to canvas–from my home to yours! If you like what you see, by all means let me know. I’d love to make you something similar. I’ve been experimenting with transfers quite a bit lately and have a few more, larger, pieces in the works.