Monday, April 30, 2007

Hurray for Vacation days...

I needed a mental health day today, so took a vacation. Slept in, had lunch out, lazed around and did nothing. Finsished cleaning up the studio and reorganizing. I have a great day. The picture is my friend Sandy, she is much better looking than that, but she started her new job today.....and was not even nervous. Am i the only one who would be nervous starting a new job.
I got a couple of snaps of the studio, just little bits to keep you interested. Hope you like them..

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Studio Friday...Envy

What do you desire that you are lacking and someone else has? If you could have it would you really want it or is it just a notion? How come you want to have it? What can you do to still that desire so that there is no need to be envious of any thing or anybody?

Sometimes that green eyed monster visits me, usually its not material things. Usually its all about how something is done,talent etc. But bascially I am pretty happy with what I have...

Happy one year old birthday blog.

Well today is 1 year since I started this blog and a few thousand visits, so no complaining from me. But i think it time to change it up a bit. I visit blogs regularly and have a few favourites, I like to see what they do with their blogs. One I visit regular is Oceans and Forest Walks(and if I knew how to put in a link I would) has a great blog with lots of cool things, pictures that move in and out and create visual interest, songs etc. This is the year or the month I should say (May) I have dedicated to updating my blog with cool things, I think it will add interest ,so stay tuned for a few new things. Some of the same old ones, me, art, and chatter....I am excited to try outand learn these new techniques....Well post later tonight my Studio Friday (Iam just a day behind)..

Friday, April 27, 2007

Inspire Me Thursday-Words

,This week, let’s take a look at words. Words found in the pages of a book, on a sign, in a handwritten note. Let the words inspire you — not just the meaning of the words, but also the appearance of the words and the relationships between the letters.

I took this picture a couple of years ago in Vancouver, B.C. and actually I submitted to the visual dictionary back then, I thought it was a fasinatng project.The picture is of a train station in Vancouver that is call Central. It is a very old train station with lots of visual history. But it is no more for trains and is now a bus station. After travelling through Europe I found that most train stations are located in the centre of a town and are a hub of activity, really the heart of the town. This train station was also like that and has many stories to tell. The sign called to me to take the picture on a cloudy, cold, rainy day, and here it is....

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Inspire me Thursday-Eco Art

This week the focus is on Eco Art. Think green. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Honor our planet. Turn some trash into treasure.

This has been created using a wet one. I use wet ones to clean my brushes after paintng, it had dried and I used a black sharpie for the image, and used a leftover peice of pink folder for the back. I like the way it turned out

Rembering your PenPals....

I was just reading a blog, and she was remembering her penpals.
And it got me thinking, I had one penpal her name was Jane and she lived in England. We would write letters every week and send little items in the mail and pictures, slowly and I dont know why we stopped writing. We never met, never even talked on the phone but we both felt connected to each other. I wish I could remember her last name and her address, but not thinking like any 13 year old I did not keep anything back then. If I had only known.....Well it has been a hectic two days at work. Yesterday a course all day, I know how can that be bad, it is espeically when it is was the longest day in history. Today we had people away and the phones never quit ringing. I am hoping to get down to the studio tonight, so the blog will be short and sweet. The above picture does not indicate to anyone that I know how to draw flowers, take my word I do. Well talk to you tommorow.....

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Fish Tales....

Well all is quiet in the house, hubby is in bed, the daughter is still at work and I just came up from the studio. I am working on painting, as you can see by the picture, I need to improve my painting and drawing skills, and as I have said many times prat ice, practice only gets you better. Other than that, a quiet weekend which is just what I needed after a hetic week at work. Sunday you will find me and hubby putting up the shelf I got at Ikea that I got for my birthday and organizing the studio. It seems that is all I do, I cannot create in a mess, but can make a mess while creating. Having my mom over for roast tommorow night and thats the weekend in a nutshell. Hope you like my painting...and talk to you tommorow.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Who knows what a Turkey Vulture looks like...

Well this is a picture I drew a few weeks ago, I saw a picture in the paper of a "turkey vulture" and it got my eye and I sketched it. I think I need practice in the animal drawing department. But you only get better with practice. I want to thank you for the nice comments about my blog and keeping it up. I was really having a bad couple of weeks, but I am feeling better now. Sometimes the stuff you write you look back and read it and think who wants to read that crap. Now I could talk about stuff that really doesn't interest me, and I think if you read my stuff you must like what I talk about, even if it is about nothing. I am in the process of creating a book called "Bertha's Closet" she is my grandmother born and bred in England hence the name. I have been in the planning stages of this collage book, I have pictures, and I am going to draw garments from the time period etc. I am excited about this project, it will take awhile but Its something to work on, when other art projects are going badly...Well must go my shows are almost on, greys antomy, etc. I don't watch to much TV but I do like my shows. Talk to you tomorrow.....and think good thoughts...

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Virginia Tech

Today is not a day for trivilities on this blog it is a day for remembering....even though I do not know these students and teachers, I feel pain. I feel compassion for those left behind trying to come to terms with their child or there husbands senseless death. It strikes terror into the heart of all people that there is no safe place from violence. I will remember.....

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I am back...

Well I know I have been away awhile, but I am back. Since the trip I have been down in the dumps and wondering if I should give up the blog and even my art....which hasnt been going that well. So I took a little break from blogging and just puttered around in the studio and I feel much better, I created this peice from an old medical book my mom gave me. It still has some work needed, but I like the way it turned out. I did it on a canvas. I have let things slide around here, and in the studio, but I definitely am feeling better and ready to take on some stuff. So thanks for reading.....

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

One last picture of the mountains of sedona i Promise

1. Today was great, my daughter got accepted into College. She doesnt really know what she wanted to take, so decided to take alot of computer courses, to start which will serve her well in the working world and the school world. One further step into independance I hope I can handle this next step she will move away. I told her where she goes we go.
2. You probably wondering two things hows the diet and wheres the diet cards. Well truthfully the diet has not been going great the trip and all. So its back to doing the diet and really trying. The weather is here great, snow gone, weather warmer. Its good just to get out and walk.
3. Now hows the art going, not great. Since I got back, I have not done much, puttered around, have a few ideas but nothing specific. It seems like I am having a art breakdown. So cleaned the studio and started reading some of my art books for inspiration.
Well thats enough of nothing for one night, stay tuned I hope to do some art tommorow night.......keep your fingers crossed.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Back to work tuesday...

Yep, still have not gone back to work yet. Tuesday is my first official back to work day. Am I looking forward to it, no. Always after a holiday the first week is the worst, at least its not a full week, plus I will have alot of cathching up to do, so the day will go by fast. Hope you all had a great easter weekend, I did. We have a family get together at the mother inlaws and had turkey and ham and the whole works, and took alot of great pictures and played board games. The weather still is not geat it is going to be 0 tommorow that celsuis. Today I went out and bought myself a new book Collage by Claudine Hellmuth, I have been wanting this book and so I treated myself to it today.Gotta go talk to you tommorow.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Hills of Sedona....

Well its is Saturday and I had a great day today. With my buddies we made Soccoer people. My friend is a soccer coach to a bunch of ladies and made them all soccer pins for the end of the year. We all helped and got the job done. I must say I did not help, as I just got my nails done in arizona and frankly cant do a thing with them yet, I can type. What a Diva i am (lol). I put my two cents in, I also helped with the clean up after lunch so they could finish the job and acted as offical photographer. Beads are not my thing, but I do like the finished product. The picture has alot of white space I know but I wanted you to the pins are they cool or what. One of the legs has a slilver soccer ball.
Other than that tonight I am going to do some art I have decided on the project and you will probably get to see it tommorow. We are off to the mother in laws for turkey tommorow, I am bringing a ham, and the vegetables, the daugther is bringing salad, and dessert. So not to much for the mother inlaw to do. Well should go, am cooking ribs for supper and I hear them calling me. Have a great Saturday and hope the Easter Bunny is good to you, I will talk to you tommorow...

Friday, April 06, 2007

Orange Trees with Oranges....

I want to live in a place where orange trees grow on the blvd and you can just pick them. But since that isn't happening in the near future here is a picture of one in Arizona.

1. Haven not made any art since coming back from my trip. One I have been sick
with a bad cold and achy body and not feeling any arty feelings.
2. Today was a day I could have made some art but just had this lazy feeling and bad cough and lazed around on the couch all day long.
3. Tomorrow it is off to a friends to help make some jewelery for her soccer team.
Well this is short and sweet but wanted to post even if today i just feel blah...

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Home Home on the Range.....

Made it home safe and sound, a long plane ride, first at 9:00 PM to Las Vegas and then at 12:00 to home. I did play the slots at the airport and won about 50.00 with a 20 so reall won 30.00 then I left. Well am all settled in at home, except have not unpacked the suitcase, done any of the laundry or done any art. I am going done to the studio tonight I am itching to do some art. The picture above is of the first mission in scottsdale, it was in the process of being redone. Love the design and the colour which is white, I like clean bright colours.....Hubby was glad for us to be home,for some home cooking, I dont know what he survived on while we were gone but no cooking was done at our house. Well gotta go, I might post later on....

Monday, April 02, 2007

I love Arizona

I love Arizonia, the weather is perfect. If only I could bottle this weather up and take it home. Hubby said today on his way home from work it was snowing, not a great way to arrive home. We leave this great state tommorow night at about 9:00 and spend 2 hours layover in Vegas, not to much time to get into trouble. Maybe they have slots in the airport. I have been to Vegas a few times, but I cant remember about the slots in the airport. We have been all over today, taking new freeways and actually ending up where we want to be....totatly amazing that two hicks from Canada can travel these freeways. My daughter and i had a great time on our holiday. We bonded well, not to many years will she be living at home with us and then her own family, so this was good, hubby couldnt come. He would not have enjoyed himself anyway way to much shopping for him. Today we went downtown scottsdale, old scottsdale, it was great got lots of snaps , so this will be my last post, will post again on Wednesday with pictures from the trip......Thanks for reading the adventures of Thelma and Louise hopefully to be continued for a couple more years together.....

Sunday, April 01, 2007

It reached 94 degrees here today......

Yep it was sure hot here today, hubby said there was snow at home. I am thinking Phoenix is the place for me, sunny blue skies, and warm weather. We had a busy day today we relaxed by the pool, and then it was off to see Scottsdale, that is the place I want to live, it is a suburb of Phoenix, and that's where the money is and all the golf courses. Tonight we are off to see the new Adam Sadler movie can hardly wait I really want to see it. Only two more days here and then it is back to the real world of work and home cooking. Well must go the movie awaits. talk to you all soon, (maybe tomorrow) it is suppose to be just as warm or warmer.

Just out relaxing by the pool...its going to be 90

We went to Sedona yestereday, it took 2.5 hours to get there, but it was worth it.

Things I know about Sedona:
1. You drive through the mountains, and you see the soil change to red
2. It is a big tourist community - Just like Banff in Alberta big on souvenirs
3. Just like Banff, little or no parking for the tourists.
4. It has great art gallery's
5. The drive there is amazing , just like banff, just not through the Rockies, but through these amazing mountains,
6. The people are great, really friendly and helpful

We are having a great time here in Arizona, this is the place to retire, if not just for the weather, apparently this is there spring, in Alberta we call this summer....
Well we are relaxing by the pool today and then its off for more exploring and we are catching a movie tonight. On the way home from Sedona we stopped and had a spa treatmentwe each had a pedicure and back massage, very relaxing after a hard day of sight seeing.... As you can see we are having a great time. Talk to you later....

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