Sarah Peschell Studios

Well. On Christmas break I was looking for activities and crafts to keep my boys busy. After cruising around Pinterest I found some ideas. One in particular I was quite excited to try. I thought it would keep them busy in multiple stages and serve a secondary purpose.

It was crayon melt paintings. First we sorted out the old broken crayons from our bin (they were each getting new crayons in their stockings). Then they usually love peeling crayons when they're supposed to be colouring so this was their chance to go to town with it. However, I think in our move across the country, they melted just enough to fuse the papers to the crayons. So that was less than successful and I got to peel most of them. But then on to the fun parts. Making the picture an melting the crayons! They turned out quite well and it was kindof fun.

I decided that I might like to continue the fun and make my own picture. Except I decided mine could be a bit fancier. So I added a silouhette. Cool.

Was it good enough? Nope. Why leave it there? Next I added some found object pieces because that just follows with the rest of my work. In my collection of found objects, I found some wax buttons with wicks, originally to power a small boat. Logically (perhaps, it is my scrambled brain we're referencing) they got added and next thing you know my painting was on fire. Well, just the wax buttons, which were carefully monitored and put out safely! After that it got shelved. I couldn't decide if it was done. Gradually, as I was contemplating it, I realized that I could carve into the wax! I had already pushed and tormented this project far past it's pretty Pinterest inspired roots, why not keep experimenting? My artwork is for me, to play, decompress, experiment and enjoy the process. So, guess what? It's been carved into too. Is it done now? Only time will tell.

After reading The Curious Garden by Peter Brown, which was a school book assigned for my boys, they asked for another story so I obliged them. We then read Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, also about plants, lupines in particular growing in unlikely places and making the world more beautiful. Paired with that book was one on how dandelions grow which we also proceeded to read. All these readings reminded me of an art installation that I had just read about by Monique Martin. The artist created over a thousand paper dandelions and ‘planted’ them in unlikely places. Her reasoning is to bring brightness and hope to the viewers as well as remind them that like dandelions we too can bloom and grow in hard places.

Context is Everything - Monique Martin (

After our reading we set out to make our own dandelions to remind us we too can bloom in hard times. Ours don't looks nearly as realistic as hers, but we enjoyed the creating.


In my wandering through some emails, I came across a couple lists of Christmas poems. Among them was this one, which I thought particularly appropriate for this year.

The Winter Is Cold, Is Cold


by Madeleine L’Engle

The winter is cold, is cold.
All’s spent in keeping warm.
Has joy been frozen, too?
I blow upon my hands
Stiff from the biting wind.
My heart beats slow, beats slow.
What has become of joy?


If joy’s gone from my heart
Then it is closed to You
Who made it, gave it life.
If I protect myself
I’m hiding, Lord, from you.
How we defend ourselves
In ancient suits of mail!


Protected from the sword,
Shrinking from the wound,
We look for happiness,
Small, safety-seeking, dulled,
Selfish, exclusive, in-turned.
Elusive, evasive, peace comes
Only when it’s not sought.


Help me forget the cold
That grips the grasping world.
Let me stretch out my hands
To purifying fire,
Clutching fingers uncurled.
Look! Here is the melting joy.
My heart beats once again.

Well we're here now, making our home in Niagara. It's going on four months and I would say we are begining to settle in. We've done lots of exploring and found some delightful spots to hike and walk. We've also discovered the fruit stands! So many with all sorts of varieties of fruit and often butter tarts! 

There are lots of things different but our normal rythm of life is similar to back home, which is comforting and helpful in our adjusting. 

The subject of my art has shifted a bit with the move as I am observing different plants and trees growing beside the paths. Part of my journey adjusting and learning about my new surroundings is being explored and discovered through my artwork. It's gone small as that's what I seem to be able to manage lately on limited energy reserves. But i do have a delightful space dedicated to my creative pursuits, which has been very gratifying.


And now for some big news! We are moving!

It's been a long time coming as our family has grown and we are still in our small, yardless basement suite. Three active, adventuresome boys need room to grow and run and burn energy.

A few months ago we began our search, weighing carefully our requirements for a new place. The rather agonizing process has led us to pack up and head East. For this Pacific Northwest girl, the thought of leaving the mountains and forests is difficult, but I believe there will be other spectacular things to discover in the next chapter of our adventure. 

In light of this big move I have unearthed many of my art pieces and realized that I have alot hidden around. I have photographed them, priced them and listed them on my website. So if you have ever wanted one of my artworks (or just wish to support us, these paintings need good homes, they don't want to go across the country) now is your chance. There are little pieces as well as big pieces. Please take a look and message me if you find one that catches your attention. 

Happy hunting!

And somehow it has been forever since I have managed to blog! I must admit that trying to compose a blog while keeping track of three little ones is challenging. If I do manage to start composing by the time I can sit down to write the thoughts and any chance of being coherent have flown away. But perhaps we can try again and as the littles grow bigger thoughts may stay longer.

And now time to work on a bit of an update and perhaps revamp. Because although not much has happened here, there have been little pieces being worked on and finished since you last heard from me.

Stay tuned.


Want to see the whole piece I submitted for the Anonymous Art Show? 

It is called "Lost in Flight" and is 12" x 12" on a wooden cradled panel.

This piece is still in my possesion. Sadly, it did not sell during the show. Even more sad is that it did not make it through both jury processes to be shown. Because of my decision to leave a small piece of chain hanging down off the bottom of the piece, it was rejected. Mainly for practical hanging and positioning considerations in this case as the chain limited where it could be hung so as to not interfere with another piece. 

On the bright side, I have made a new art piece which has not happened for awhile. And it is still available for purchase! 

In the piece I created for the International Artists Day Anonymous Art show, I used a particularly interesting found object, at least I think so. It was two pieces of semi-spherical turquoise glass. They were given to me by my sister, an aircraft mechanic. Naturally, I was curious as to what these pieces were from, so I went back and asked. It turns out that they are pieces of a wingtip position light lens!

Now, my art piece had a turquoise colour theme to it and these glass pieces fit right into that beautifully. However, that brought up another question. From my knowledge of aircraft, one wingtip light (the right or starboard) is always green. My light cover looked turquoise, how did that fit? After a bit of research I discovered that the green is called 'aviation green' and it is a colour like a traffic light that is easily distinguishable from a distance. Also, as far as I can gather, the turquoise lens cover is used with a yellowish incandescent bulb, making it appear alot more green when lit.

Who knew? 

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