Author: Deena

Portrait of a Poet

Practice portrait study – Emily Dickinson with charcoal in Procreate inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Everything is the same except composition and as the composition is different and always going to be different everything is not the same. -Gertrude Stein Forever – is Composed of Nows- -Emily Dickinson The only authenticated likeness of Emily Dickinson can be viewed on the Emily Dickinson Museum page. My favourite resource for Emily Dickinson poems is High resolution images of her surviving handwritten poems can be found there! If you want to read and discuss her poetry or discover other amazing poetry, from Emily Dickinson to present day poets, I highly recommend Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo). It is the most incredible, unique and educational online poetry course I’ve ever completed, (and gone back to over and over again) and it’s free! It’s not just a course, it’s a community. If you enjoy poetry at any level, check it out for yourself, and you’ll soon know what I mean.

Free Digital Bunny Colouring Page

Hello friends! Trying to keep a little one happy and occupied during this time is not always easy, but don’t panic, there are many wonderful resources out there! One of my favourites for all ages is National Geographic. Take a look, they’ve curated a page of links to project based resources for K-12 kids and adults young at heart! I saw a darling bunny poking around in our backyard a few days ago and I was inspired! Spring is coming folks, and sunnier days ahead, so stay strong, positive and looking forward. I created a little bunny image that I hope you’ll agree is cute, cute cute! I’m offering it as a free download for your children to colour. Please feel free to download and print one or several…play is good for our health and happiness! Pass it on! 8×8 Bunny Colouring Page

Art Practice

Apprenticing with Rosetti… My Beatrice study – a practice in shading, blending and shadowing, painted on my IPad using the Procreate painting app and my Apple Pencil. I was recently inspired to paint this after the passing of my sweet grandmother, who shares the name of Beatrice. Dante Gabrielle Rosetti – May 12 1828 – April 9 1882 A stanza of  Rosetti’s poem “The Portrait” This is her picture as she was: It seems a thing to wonder on, As though mine image in the glass Should tarry when myself am gone. I gaze until she seems to stir,– Until mine eyes almost aver That now, even now, the sweet lips part To breathe the words of the sweet heart:– And yet the earth is over her. –Dante Gabriel Rosetti 

A piece of Montreal

Hello, I did say I would be back to share some of what I’ve been up to right? Well here it is! My newest painting is a Montreal skyline.  My friend moved this summer and I made this for her to put in her apartment.  She loves it and I’m sooooo happy!  She (and our beautiful city) really was my inspiration for this piece!   Society6  is an online venue where I am selling some of my artwork.  There are hundreds of thousands of artists on Society6 doing the same. So I’m just a small fish in a very large pond, but still, I have had some success! Yay! 🙂 For all my friends today I’m happy to offer (in time for the Holidays) a 20% discount and FREE Worldwide Shipping!! This is a really great time to get some art for your walls, or a friend’s wall! You have to use one of these direct links in this post to access my sale. Society6 LINK FOR 20% OFF SALE  I hope you will take a moment to see what I …

Black Friday Sale!! 40% OFF Digital Images

Hello! I’ve neglected this blog for too long haven’t I? Well, I have been keeping busy, keeping creative, painting, drawing and even taking a few online poetry and art courses! I will be back here more frequently with some of what I’ve been doing.  For now I wanted to let you know about the sale ,there are a lot of images waiting for you at A Creative Need! It’s time to stock up on your digital images. Take advantage of the best sale of the year! Stop by A Creative Need for your digital images this weekend and get 40% off everything in your cart! Don’t miss out, this sale ends Monday the 30th 2015.  

Final Challenge Winners!

Hello! Our June challenge was sadly our last  challenge here on A Creative Need.  The time has come to change things up a bit, but I’m not going away! I will continue to post my art and digital images for the A Creative Need shop. I will  do my best to supply you with creative inspiration and free images too! I decided to spread the love this month and we have 4 winners!!!  The WINNERs of our June Challenge are:  Teresa, Jenn, Jackie, and Frea  Congratulations!! Please choose your 2 images from my SHOP and send me an e-mail at with your choices! I want to thank my wonderful design team for all of their fabulous contributions over the last 2 years! And thank YOU for your support and participation too! There are many great challenge blogs out there for you to participate in. For a regularly updated list please have a look at Paper Playful.  I will be sponsoring a few different challenges in 2016!  Would you like an ACN image of your own? Pick up this month’s FREEBIE !