Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Embrace your Imprefection

Can you think of one person who you think is perfect , but if you asked the person she-Or he will telll you there is something they dont like about themselves.  I know there are lots of things about my self I dont like and wish I could change.  I dont like my nose, my weight,my hair.  I wish my hair had a bit of curl, but the shoppers hair is curly and she wishes she had straight hair. Skinny people wish they could put on a few pounds and so on and on it goes.  It is  the same with art. you always wish you could do something better.  You look at other artists work and you think `why do I bother`I never will be as good as they are, or i cant paint like that.  But you have to remember (that means me) you are who you are.  With your own style (maybe), with your own way to do things.  If everyone did the same thing what would there be to look at. I am sure Picasso had doubts about his work, and looked to other artists to see what they were doing. So next time your visiting a blog and think god that good but so am I.  A little self love is good for the soul once in  awhile

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Flying Free

music:  driving with the windows down, listening to Seal, and singing out loud
food:  lasagna, pork tenderloin for dinner
shopping:  spa gloves for the shower, tim Holtz scissors (with coupon)
excerise:  walking devil dog
good news:  mom gets out of hospital after 10 days on Thursday
books:  need to go to Library out of books
tonight:  making above art for a special girl
thanks:  for reading

Monday, March 29, 2010

Play along with me.

Over at she did this snippet thing, so I like it and i am going to give it a try.

what am I wearing:  jeans, bare feet, and sweat shirt, no bra
outside my window:  rain, dark, windy
watching:  Life unexpected, I love this show
dinner:  ginger beef and rice out for dinner with hubby
shopping: Book store, Apprentice magazine, True Vision book
money:  won 100 dollars today at the hospital, in a pull tab;;;;;
artsy things:  working on my tabs for my urban journal and loving it
accident:  backed into a wall while trying to park scratched car no dent, did not tell hubby
good deed:  helped an artist in Toronto get a submission into the arts council here
need:  a new camera,
want:  a wicker chair from IKEA for outside my front door
thankful:  that you read all this

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Just an Ordinary Day

Lately  my life has been anything but ordinarly.  But today I think the tide might be turning.;
Got to the hospital and actually caught the doctor, who gave me good news.  Which makes me happy.
When I created this picture I was trying to find my style (still looking ) but I like the way she looked so I named her LuLu.  On previous posts I have lamented how hard it is to find your own style.  There are so many artists out there that you admire there work, but you do not want to be a copycat.  I think I have found my style, when you look at my work I want you to be able to say Lee did that.  I hope I have acheived that.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Sspring Time

I know spring time started on the 21, but really Spring isnt quite here yet.  As I look out the window we are having snow flurries, but we know the worst of it is over and spring is still right around the corner.  Lots to do today. 
Pick up Mail at my Mom
Meet with Health Nurse
The hospital my mom is at is the furthest one away from my house.  We have one just up the street you would think the ambulance guys would have taken her there.  But apparently they have to go where the dispatcher sends them.
I am going to try and work in a little art store visiting to clear my mind and spend some money.  While sitting with my mom yesterday the hospital had a book sale on, all the books you could fit in a plastic bag for two dollars.  I got some really old hard cover books, we while sitting there I took all the pages out of them and got them ready for making a sketchbook with my class with Robin.
Well I am off want to catch the Doctor on her rounds.  Talk to you all soon.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Today at my house it is all about HOPE. 
Mother in hospital
Talk to you all later

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

An Ordinary Life

I live an ordinary life, dont get me wrong I love my life...but once in a while dont you wish for something extradionary to happen to you.  I mean like maye you win the lotto, oh you wake up one morning and you can paint like Picasso.  So yesterday in my ordinary life I::

used gesso on tissue paper for the challenge
cut some plexi glass for stuff I am working on
did some ironing no link for that
talked to a registered nurse where my mom lives
and browsed some new blogs
What did you do today?

 The ladies are an art card that I picked up at IKEA. I love their cards. I picked up the board at Michael's 1.50, it had a cup painted on it I think. I gessoed the board, distressed and painted it, used gel to glue everything down, painted and wiped etc, added some Asian inspired stamps I have and here is my new art piece. I love how it turned out all for about $2.00 I am including the art card. The board has a wire with beads on it, very nice. I did this one in 2007.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Wet Ones....

I did this in 2007 on a wet one., that I have been using to wipe my paint brush with. I wanted to try and draw on it with black f pen, so  I was again practising people face skills, which still need work.  I like to work on wet ones after they have dried out, what do you like to work on?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

New Blog Header

This was done on a piece of wood that I found at the thrift store .  I think I used cheap watercolours on it.  I thought it would make a great new blog header for spring and summer.  Its a old peice of art I posted ages ago.  I am a pisces and love the water which is so true.  I wish I lived near the ocean.  I would love to have a house that overlooked the ocean.  I am thinking Malibu (lol) better start saving my pennies.
Have been enjoying the first day of Spring it has been really nice today and when it sunny and nice it makes you feel better and more full of energy.  That is my free medical advise for today (lol) 
Did you create any art today?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Retro Art=Talk to the hand

This is a piece of art I created awhile ago, I love the colour and the quote.  I love creating art with colour, I love bright colours I think it makes the art pop.  While Spring is almost here, tommorow first day of spring.  Today it feels like it, was warm and the snow is melting fast.
I want to thank everyone for the nice comments to me about my mother.Things are going b etter here at the homestead with my montoring her.  She needed more fluids, etc.
I am doing a little plexi glass art will show you soon.  I am enjoying  it lots.  If you want to see tuts on it here is the web here is the website, great examples and he is a good artist.

I admire many people's art on the web and have made many web friends, and i wanted to thank you for reading this blog, sometimes it dribble.
Art wise still working in the journal, or trying to a little bit of a block, do you get blocks? What makes you get out of them?
Well talk to you soon, maybe tommorow.

When my daughter was younger she used to say Talk to the hand....that was the idea behind that art

Friday, March 19, 2010


I have been busy with my mother the past few days as she is just a shadow of her former self. She does have colon cancer, but the past week, great changes have occurred with her personality.  My mother has always been a talkative,, happy person who loved life.  In the past week, all of the sudden she has hardly talked, cant remember, and is almost childlike, she is not eating, drinking very little.  I have brought her to my house to stay until we can see the doctor.  Of course the doctore cannot see her until Tuesday.  I have made arrangements for the homecare worker to start to come to her apartment starting on Monday. The homecare worker will ensure that she gets down to her meals, helps with her bath, and ensures that she takes her pills.  She lives in a apartment building that supplies the meals in the dining room 3 times a day, and cleaning of her room weekly. 
I always have  come on the weekend and stay with me, which she enjoys.  We watch tv together, she plays with devil dog, and reads .  Something different for her.  She has diabetes and needs to eat, but she is not eating enough that might be one of the problems.  So I am at my witts end trying to ensure that she eats, and drinks enough.  As you know we were in emergency a few weeks ago because she needed to have fluids pumped into her body.  You know they looked after us all there lives and now its our time.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patricks day to you

I always liked having my birthday on St Patrick’s Day. One because really it’s not a holiday like Christmas when no one wants to give you a birthday present.. Everyone always remembered my birthday. Well every year on this day I look back on my life and kind of have a balance sheet of what’s gone right, gone wrong and can I fix it. Sometimes things are un fixable (is that even a word) and then a decision has to be made, and I think this year is the year for a decision on my life.

Well on a happier note, I went out to lunch yesterday with my mother in-law and sister in law for my birthday. I had the most delicious lunch something I would not normally have , a short rib sandwich with emmenthal (spelling) cheese, toasted on 8 grain bread. Now short ribs are a bit greasy and I have never cooked them, but this was heaven in bread. Well since its my birthday its all about me today, time for a pedicure, maybe a manicure, the shopper is treating me to lunch, and then a little shopping, still never made it to IKEA, so maybe there. There will be no cooking or cleaning in this homestead today I can promise you that,

Whets on your agenda today

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Self Portrait of a Woman

This is not me, I do not usually wear a gold patch over my eye, its usally black.....(l9l).  And I can draw a woman better than that one, but I did not want her to be to good looking to perfect, because nobody is.
I joined another online bookmaking course, this is the third one I think and still no book to show for it.  Now nothing has been wrong with any of these classes, they all show you exactly what to do, step by step, but
I make be book making stupid.  It is just not happening, but I keep trying.  They mostly end up in the recyling bin (the garbage).  The only thing I did moderatly and I mean moderatly good was Teesha Moore phamplet stich....
You know blooger does not have spell check, or at least I cant find it.  Now when I was working I was a pretty good speller.  But since I have been retired from the working field, my brain has gone to mud and spelling is not quite perfect, with spell check you can at least check your work, before it goes out into the world and others know you are spelling challenged.
Well last night was dinner out with my friend of 40 years, we try to get together at least once a month.  She leads a busy life and her health is not great.  We went out for my birthday which is St. Patricks Day, no I am not irish.  Well stay tuned for more art from me on the morrow.  I just watched an english movie the other day.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Journal Page prompt: Song my song is Free by Jan Arden

I love Jann Arden and her new song Free is one of my favourites.  The prompt a few days ago (I am way behind on the prompts) was Song. So here is my page for it.  Well  today Monday is a busy day as you may or may not see its about quater to 7 I have been up since 6:00.  I have already taken Devil Dog for her morning business and I am fully outfitted for the day.  Mum has a doctors appt at 9:00 she wants me to be at her place by 8:00...god I hate getting up this early, reminds me of my working days.
I know I promised to show you a technique a few days ago but my Camera is not working, and the Shoppers camera is not working, so it will have to wait a few days.
The weather here is beautiful, the snow is melting and the roads are clear sailing.  Well I better get going Devil Dog is barking her breakfast.  Whats on your schedule today?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Playing Games

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are."- Kurt Cobain

When i saw this quote for the prompt at Art Journaling.ning.  I knew what I wanted to say right away.  I had already drawn my feet in, I was doodling awhile ago trying to draw feet.  I did not get to Ikea yesterday, sometime this week for sure.  I baked instead  of spending money I opted to put more calories in this body.I should have spent the money.  Last night was in the studio cleaning up and reorganizing seems I do that more than I do art.  I always think it will get my creative juices flowing, doesnt do to much.  But I get alot of re-organizing done.  I am in the spring cleaning mood, I just might tackle a closet today and re-organize that, or maybe just read a book, do some art oh the possibilities are endless when you are not working. All that resting doesnt make the blog that intresting.  Today for sure I am going to photograph a process that I just discovered that works pretty good for me, and I am going to post it step by step tommorow.  Maybe you all know how to do it already, but I am reading a book about transfers and I love it.  I got it from the library it is called Image Transfer Workshop by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson, there are some transfers I would not do to much work but there are a few that I have tried and they have been pretty good.  Thursday, I am going to show the one with the clear contact paper, or you can use packing tape.  I got a roll of clear contact paper at Michaels for 6:00 and if I dont use it all I can always line the shelves with it (lol). I dont know if any of you who read and this blog (and thank you for reading by the way) watch HOUSE on TV its about a doctor.  Anway this week was about a blogger quite funny actually she blogged everything to funny, hubby commented sounds like you.
I was trying to blog everyday in February to see if I could do it, did not make 28 but made 22.  I am very proud of myself.


Tuesday, March 09, 2010


 Hand drawn, and painted, 1 scan of my sister

I dont know why my scanner does that to the side, kind of makes it blurry and out of focus.  This is my journal entry for the Past.  I am behind on them oh well a girl can only do what a girl can do.  On a brighter note I am off to one of my favourite stores today IKEA, just to look and I might even sneak in a purchase here and there.  You can't help yourself once your there.  The weather is still holding in a nice pattern so I cant stay in today, must get out and enjoy the weather.  Whats on your agenda today?

Monday, March 08, 2010

Present-Ar Journal Prompt

Done with oil pastels, and pen.  Its suppose
to be kind of dirty and gritty thats how I felt
when I was there.

The other day I spent the day in the emergency department with my Mother.  From 12:00 noon to 12:30 at night.  Everthing is ok now.  By the time I left I felt like I had not showered for days.  I do not want to have a repeat of that day for awhile.

The weekend was good, no art was done, lots of relaxing and doing nothing.  Watching the Oscars last night.  To be honest I had only seen one of those movies, Inglouris Bastards, and he desered his oscar I thought he made the movie.  I like looking at the dresses, hair, makeup .  I did not watch the whole thing, I changed channel before Best Director.
Today I am off for Library Time, I am in need of of some inspiration.  Then its home for laundry.  What are you doing today?

Friday, March 05, 2010

Map Maker

This was suppose to be my doodle for the March Art Journal but I just cant doodle when I want to.  Usually I am on the phone and I doodle over anything paper, bills, the telephone bill.  Hubby knows he has to move anything that is important because I doodle on it.  So It did start its life as a doodle but I turned it into my own map.  I have always wanted to make a map like this (in my dreams it was way better than this).  But I just put pen to paper and did not think to much of it.  So enjoy my map, It is not correct in any way .  What's on your weekend agenda? 

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Heart of a Woman

Magazine picture, scrapbook paper, paint, crayon, black ink pen

Now I was not going to watch Oprah today, because Jessica Simpson was on.  But decided while I was getting dinner ready I would have it on.  She said something today which really made me think and want to create a page in my art journal about .  She said beauty is the heart of a woman.  I could not agree more.  It is not how you look, how big or small, how tall or short.  Its all about whats in your heart.  If you have a good heart your inner beauty shines through and that is all that should matter.  And I really believe this I am not just blowing smoke out of my butt.
I had fun creating this page and really put my heart into it (a bit of a pun did you guys catch that).  The prompt today was blue, and there is some blue in the page.  Blue you could do so many things with.  I cant believe I have been working in the journal 3 days in a row,  I am on a roll.  Hope I can keep it up.  What did you do that was fun today?

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Can you do the downward dog?

Used credit cards to scrap paint down on the pagae

I feel like I need to relax more (my husband would faint if he read that).  I thought about doing yoga.  We have a yoga studio not to far away.  I see all these women (young) might I add , with those cool colored mats, with their trendy youga pants on, that would not go past my knees.  Then I picture me on the mat not able to get out of the downward dog and the paramedics tring to untangle me.  Not a pretty site.
But Madonna's abs are pretty hard to forget. 
Today I am off to do errands, (do these never end) and then home for laundry day, can hardly wait.  What are you doing today?

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Born to be Wild

Born to be wild my favourite Steppenwolf song.  Because I  was not a"wild child".  I always wished I was one ofthose cool chicks, that did what they wanted and lived on the wild side. But they are aprobably all dull old housewifes now.
Does Journalling get your motor running.....I cant just journal I have to draw something, add something make the page my own.  I wish I could, just journal put it all down and be done.  But then there would be nothing to look at on my blog.  I dont always write what I want to on the pages I show you.Because as someone who reads other people journals on there blogs, I am sure some read mine..  I dont show  the pages where I get down and dirty and spill my guts and rant and rave, do you? And I do hove those days.  One time my therapist (yes I had a therapist) told me to go home and yell at the paper, she meant write everything down that I was keeping to myself and then read over and rip it up.  It did help me crazy no.                      
Today's journal prompt over on Art Journal is "credit cards", thats a thinker for sure.

Monday, March 01, 2010

March came in like a Lion and I hope it goes out like a Lamb

Welcome March, I have been waiting paitently for you to come.  I know that when you fly bye spring will be here and the grass will begin to peek through and the snow will melt and I just love you march.  Well today is the first day of march and all that went bad went bad.  My camera is not working, my mother inlaw fell on the ice and luckly only bruised her ankle and knee but when your 80 its going to affect you in long term.  My mother still not feeling good.  And the shopper wrecked her back somehow. So lets keep our fingers crossed that my favourite month of the year has better things in store for me. 

I have been working in the art journal as you can see, this one was from the beginning of February.  I joined an art journal prompt a day for the month of  March to give me a kick start which I need.  So the first prompt was today and it was "Start Your Engines".  The object is start a page each day you dont have to finish it that day but to start it.  Tommorow you will see what I have started.

Sunday, hubby went out of town till Tuesday night.  So I rented a movie Jennifer Aniston and I cant remember the name of it, but it was good.  Watched TV, read my book and finished it, "The Reliable Wife" I highly recommend it, its not what you expect.

Well tonight I am going to work in my visual/art journal.  I only have one journal at a time that I work in.  Some people work in lots of journal at one time.  But I cannot, I wish I could. Well tommorow Devil Dog goes to doggy daycare, and I am spending the day doing what ever strikes me at the moment.  So I will talk to you all tommorow.

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