All In a dream


I am hosting a new workshop coming up in August on the 17th. We will be designing, drawing and painting our own personal Dream Catchers in our journals. If you live in the Durham Region (Ontario) you should RSVP on the Facebook group ART JOURNAL LOVE and come check out our group of awesome women who have ART in there heARTS. If you don’t live in Ontario – no problem! You should still join the group because it is a place where we can get inspiration and share ideas. Here is the link….


Where Are We Now?

I am sure everyone has asked this question of another at some point in their life. I know I have. It is a relationship checkpoint question. It is a question used for clarification. It is a question that possesses a tone of longing.

When I decide that it is time to work in my art journal I do not always know what I will write about or what picture will come to life until I begin to write and paint. I feel as if I am merely a vessel or conduit that art flows through. When I enter into an “adventure” I experience it as a meditation or a trance like state and I am not even really sure how I paint what I paint. I am like a medium. I channel art.

If I asked any one of my artist friends who paint, draw, or work with fibres and fabric, they will agree that their medium owns them as well. The doll births itself. Fibres join together in the way they wish. Paint touches the page exactly where it wants to touch. Any artist will know exactly what I mean when I explain this concept. It is intangible, yet it is real.

This new painting is a mix of collage, paint, and doodling. I used acrylic paint, a charcoal pencil, old sheets of music and book pages, matte medium, Krylon workable fixatif, stencils and a permanent fine line marker.

My Friend Randi-Mae wrote a poem to go along with my drawing and a piece of original magical mystical music with the same title as this post that you can listen to on Soundcloud. It is truly beautiful. I hope you enjoy our collaboration. I hope there will be many more!

By Heather Gailey
By Heather Mitchell Gailey
By Randi-Mae Stanford-Leibold
By Randi-Mae Stanford-Leibold

Ginger prefers to wear her vegas showgirl headdress even when she is not working…crazy title…right?? Sometimes they just come from nowhere.

Here is another 8″ x 10″ Paint and Pass that I received last week in the mail. I got mine back at the same time and I already posted it below – the one with the red bird. Here is a new paint and pass that I am the last artist to add something to before it goes home to the original artist.(tomorrow)

When It arrived it was just a page filled with all types of colourful swishes. No face, no nothing. I wondered for a moment what I would do, and then there it was in the paint…a face. Then the feather idea came – would it be a facinator hat or…? Then the final idea came to me of her being a showgirl who never wants to take off her fabulous headdress. Are you following along with my random thought process? It takes a bit, but you will get used to it. I promise. I am sorry now that I did not scan the before and after like I usually do.

Sioux’s Paint and Pass – Heather Gailey 2012

The artist that had it before me must have added some kind of waxy substance because when I put acrylic paint on the paper it never stuck. That is why the face is not skin tone, because I ended up wiping it all off. Not being able to use paint presented a challenge, so I decided to use my sharpie and my brand new Derwent Art Bars – water-soluble pastels.  They are really fun to use because they go on like a crayon yet you can add water to blend them fully like a paint. The only thing I found is that it is hard to journal over the Art Bars once they are dry because they turn back into a waxy substance, yet do not remain wet or sticky. I highly recommend them.

One of the other artists in the group sewed beads and sequins on to the page and It’s OK because as always…anything goes!

Gems in the Heart of the Inner City

Graffiti Art – Queen Street West

This is not art journaling…of course, BUT this art inspires me to make art.

I could stand on the street staring at Graffiti for hours just as if I was in a formal gallery like the AGO. It is mesmerizing. In fact, if I ever bought a house or store with an ugly brick wall, I would hire someone to paint something beautiful on it.

Can you take lessons on how to do graffiti??

Queen Street West – Toronto, Ontario


Queen Street West – Toronto, Ontario

It looks like you could take the fish right out of his hands.


Make your own name in grafitti letters from this link and watch this rocking video. It actually asks the burning question… is grafitti real art. I think so!


We are ALL connected

Like ribbons twisting and twirling in the wind, our lives are intricately intertwined with one another. Sometimes we see the connection and sometimes we don’t until the time is right.

OK…so something extremely freaky has happened….

I spoke in an earlier post about the 4″ x 6″ swap I did through the ARThouse Coop. The concept is that it is a random swap with people you have never met. I get a piece of art from someone, and my piece of art goes to someone else totally different. It is not meant to be a reciprocal swap with the two same individuals.

So, here is where the weird stuff comes in.

I sent my piece to the ARThouse Coop, and they sent it on to Meredith and I got a piece from someone else. Just yesterday my own hand written, stamped and addressed envelope comes in the mail with a second piece of art…Guess whose it is??? Yup! Meredith’s! Here it is. I also just noticed that the stamp is not even cancelled. Truly freaked me out!

Love From Mom

My son is away at camp for a month and instead of writing boring letters I thought I would send him recipe card notes each day to let him know what we are up to here at home. Here is the latest. I draw a picture on the front and as much writing as a large recipe card will hold on the lines on the back. That way I am not writing forever, and he is not bored with my blah blah. ENJOY!!

Kitty Kat Love – Pen and ink drawing by Heather Gailey

Heather Dreams in Technicolour

4″ x 6″ is a Challenging Challenge

Heather Dreams in Technicolour by Heather Gailey May 2012

I decided to join the Arthouse Coop site because of the exciting mini projects they have all the time. Over the winter they send emails about what is happening and you either join up or not depending if it is something you are interested in or not. You have to be quick though because if you snooze you lose out. They only set 1000 to 2000 spots for each project and they can be gone as fast as RUSH concert tickets being released through Ticket Master.

Explanation of the 4″ x 6″ project in the words of  Arthouse Coop                                      (reprinted from the website)

“There’s no better feeling here at Art House HQ than the arrival of the mail — each day brings us a slew of inspiring artwork from all over the map. The 4 x 6 Exchange is designed to share that thrill by creating an art swap on a global scale. Sign up for the project and mail us a 4” x 6” artwork and a USPS self-addressed, stamped envelope. We’ll exchange your work with another artist’s submission and surprise both of you with the results! Keep your eyes on your mailbox…”

How it works

When you have completed your artwork you send it off to the Brooklyn Archives in New York and when they get everyone’s art they throw it all in a big green garbage bag and mix it up good! (no they don’t do that really) Just had a funny picture enter into my mind..just had to share it. Then they turn around and send you a secret little piece of art back. It is very magical. The name of my piece was Heather Dreams in Technicolour. On the back of my picture I wrote a note and requested that the artist that received my picture send me an email to let me know where it landed. I have done many swaps with people all over the world and it is so exciting when you get to find out where your art is living.

What did I get??

Well! I got an email and a photo of the artist holding my piece. I was so happy!! Her name is Meredith and she lives in Los Angeles. Here is the picture she sent me. .

What secret little piece of art nubbin did I get back in the mail??

I received a tiny perfect postcard style piece of art in the mail from Maureen in Boston. She used watercolour paint for the background on heavy watercolour paper and then added the owl as a collage element. The wonderful thing is that it is really an anything goes art swap.

 I am VERY interested in swaps if anyone wants to arrange one with me. Just get my info from the contact information tab and let’s talk swap!!