HollyDeanArtist: Often Medieval in Mood

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Re-imagining An Artsy Life

Hello! I want to make sure know that I'm still blogging, only the address has changed. Follow me to where my blog makes its lovely new home, nestled within the pages of a re-imagined website.

'Often Medieval in Mood' [this blog address] holds many years' worth of rich posts chronicling an artsy life. All remains here to be {re}visited whenever the mood should strike. I'll still see your comments if you leave them :)

Looking forward to seeing you over here, Holly

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Let's make more art!

I plan on making 2015 a super creative year! It's off to a great start and we aren't even quite through January :)

I taught a Creating Layers and Altered Book workshop to art groups in Ottawa and Brockville. On Friday I drop off a large painting, 'Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other', to be hung at a new OMMA Gallery in Ottawa.

I became the Communications minion for OMMA (Ottawa Mixed Media Artists) and met with John and Molly Sorensen of 'Before the Rush' art show to discuss my creating short video interviews and photos of the artists for promotion.

I joined the WCAS (West Carleton Arts Society) and attended one of their wonderful 'Articulate' fireside talks. Larry and I will be going to their Spring Into Art conference in April and I have signed up for a 5 day workshop in June with Lila Irving.

Monthly coffee meet-ups are planned with fellow entrepreneurs Lianne and Roger Sands to toss around ideas and inspire each other. Bi-weekly get-togethers are planned with Laura Starkey and Jamie Carter to have fun while taking time off. I look forward to going on a long dog-walk with the wonderful Karen Mackay soon...  we have lots to catch up on!

Larry and I went to the Ottawa Press Gang wayzbrunch to see what fellow printers and book artists have been up to. On Sunday we are being treated to lunch by the lovely Hugh Barclay, letterpress printer and artist.

Currently being worked on in the studio are 2 commissioned Faerie Rounds, a stack of Muse Journals, a CBBAG-OV (Canadian Book Artists & Book Binders - Ottawa Valley) 'swap' book arts project and paintings in various stages. I have some intriguing ideas for a new painting series.

I have many workshops planned for my studio this year and some studio playtimes too. Three more out of studio workshops are already in the works, including a two-part Extreme Texture workshop for the ACE students at Queen's University in Kingston.

I am always curious to know what you are looking for in the way of creative opportunities, so I created a 'Let's Make More Art!' survey. I want your input on art offerings that will fill your creative wants and needs - online and off. Thank you to all who have given their wonderful feedback. I look forward to many more responses... keep them coming! They will help me plan the rest of this creative year!

Take the survey by clicking on the picture below :)

Art Survey

Sunday, November 02, 2014

All packed up and ready to go!

I'm so excited to be a part of this wonderful show! Only 5 more sleeps :)

To see prices and descriptions of the pieces pictured below visit my


Showcasing creative excellence in the 1000 Islands region

Nov 7th 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Opening night with complimentary appetizers, music and a $100.00 draw

Nov 8th & 9th 11:00 – 6:00

The Ivy Lea Club, 61 Shipman’s Lane (off the 1000 Islands Pkwy)
Free Admission

Organizers, John Sorensen and Betty Matthews, are proud to present their third annual art show, Before the Rush, this year at the Ivy Lea Club. Meet a select group artists and artisans offering an exciting mix of art and fine crafts representing a broad spectrum of the best from Eastern Ontario.  Take a break "before the rush" of the Christmas season, enjoy the camaraderie of fellow art lovers and special appetizers in the elegant surroundings of the Ivy Lea Restaurant.

We are very pleased to have with us this year:
Jennifer Lawton – oil paintings
Andrea Dowd – Buells Creek Chic
Lea Hamblett – wearable art jewelry
Mary Louise Scappticci – paintings
Larry Thompson - book binding and wood block prints
Holly Dean – mixed media paintings and book art
Laura Starkey and Jamie Carter - Rusty Nail Design
Teri Wing – oil and acrylic paintings
Monica Viola (Monsky Creations Gallery) – art pottery and fused glass
Kevin Juckers (Wood Sparrow) – fine woodworking
Margot Miller – fabric art, silk screened clothing
Heather Snow – mixed media, metal work
Michael Doxy – pottery
Betty Matthews – water colour and acrylic paintings
John Sorensen – oil paintings and “found art”

For more information:
      Blog / Facebook 
John Sorensen: jmsorensen@xplornet.com / 613-659-3874

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Studio Table: The Reveal

Head on over to The Altered Page to find a list of over one hundred artists who have posted shots of their messy studio tables. As usual, Seth has inspired us all to share.

I can make just as big a mess as the next artist - believe me. However, I have spent the last few weeks purging, sorting and organizing and I'm still in that mode. So here is a shot of my 'art desk'. Not where I paint (that one is totally bare at the moment), but where the things I am working with are.

There are art supplies, my trusty Macbook Pro, some paintings that were returned from a gallery today, a book I am enjoying, a magazine I am featured in, our Studio Tour brochure, a couple of mailart postcards I am working on, bookmarks and Raven's dog treats. Raven and I work on her training in my studio too - there's space now to do that.

I'll be sure to grab a shot of my studio table when it's messy and post that another time. The important thing is to keep creating! Whether you are messy or clean :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I'm Back!

Well. It has been QUITE a while since I have blogged. So much has happened since November 2013. I won't go into it other than to say that my family and I are facing challenging life changes and, for the most part, winnning!

So. I last blogged the happy news that "Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other" would be part of the OMMA [Ottawa Mixed Media Artists] Exhibit at Centrepointe Theatre Gallery in Ottawa, January 2014.

It was an amazing show! I enjoyed looking at everyone's work and catching up with artist friends. Some of them were congratulating me. For what? It turned out that I had won an Award of Excellence from OMMA for "Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other". Woo-hoo!

If you want to see the evolution of this painting, check out the last four older posts right here on "Often Medieval In Mood". I would love to hear any comments you may have.

I'll close with a mention of one the WONDERFUL things that happened this year... the adoption of our sweet girl, Raven. More about Raven in another post :)


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