Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Fun and Cheap little project

Bought this at the dollar store, I turned the canvas around because Iwanted to show you before and after shots, and I couldnt find the rest of them that I bought (as usual) So I had found some words in a magazine that I like the way they looked, it said feel beautiful, so I tore feel out without scissors, to give it a less formal look, used oil pastels, and a little varnish.  Then painted the stand white, which is going to be repainted black.  Well get out go to the dollar store and get some, so many things you could do with these.  At the art store yesterday I saw some for 6.00.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Its raining shoes......

this is a page from my visual journal.  I was reading vanity fair, and saw
an article about this famous shoe guy (I cant spell his name)
and his shoes, and they had a picture of
him peeking thru the shoes and I thought that it would be a great
layout for my Visual Journal, so I cut out the shoe, it was black, I
changed the colour with a pastel, I like red shoes, and sketched
in a face (does not look like my daughter) but you get the general idea.
The only thing was this page had a hole in it, so I had this mesh
bandage that is sticky on the back so I applied it to the whole page
to reinforce it, and gessoed and painted over it and I think that it
turned out great.
On another note I just noticed that Blogger has now a spelling feature and you
wont have to put up with my bad spelling anymore.

Here is a snippet what I did yesterday:

reading:  Vanity Fair
food:  Lasagna and Cesar salad
spending:  paper
addiction:  moleskin recipe journal (just ordered it)
weather:  cloudy and rainy
watching:  Glee
art:  working in visual journal
mood:  great, my mom is on the mend and going to a rehab hospital
to regain her strength

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

1 down: What famous newspaper has a crossword puzzle everyone in the world trys to do

A page from my visual journal

The answer to the question is (drum roll please)
The New York Times
I love trying to do that crossword, of course never have completed it, but love trying.
I think crosswords puzzles keep your mind active, which I try to do because
this old noggen needs some help some days. Last night on BRAVO they
had a documentry on the New York Time Crossword 
so interesting, some can complete it in 4 minutes.

Have a great day talk to you all soon

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Singing Outloud

things I would do differntly:  take the B off that I just noticed
make the feet different, I actually made them to look like that, I thought they would make
him appear fun, they only look stupid
Move the bird to a different postion,
this will go into my mistake file

day:  beautiful, a little windy
dinner: steak, baked potatoe, aspargus
listening:in the car: a book on tape by Nichols Sparks
Watching on TV:. sober house with Doctor Drew
Reading;  the latest Vogue magazine
art:  one postcard created for the mistake bin
treated myself today:  pedicure, very relaxing which I needed.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 new name for a mermaid

Step 2:  I have added the octo earings, fixed the eyes a bit and generally jusst stared at it for a few days to ensure that is what I want , or to add something else.  Next step for me is to paint the sand.  I have never painted sand, so I looked it up on Internet, (really how could I live without this internet)
So I am going to give it a try tonight, first I am just going to do it on a peice of  paper, so I get the process right.  I am going to use acrylic on the sand, and acrylic on the body of my mermaid, and watercolours,.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sometimes a few words can tell a story

The words say:  I thought of you today, I saw the words in
an Anthropoglie ad and I like them so decided they fit in with my life and page a visual journal page

tv:  wtching glee (its about Modonna)
wearing:  capris, bare feet and red tshirt
reading: a book on africa by Peter Beard
eating:  chicken teryki stirfry from the WOKBox and green onion cakes
good news:  Mom goes home from hospital on Friday,
home:  the shopper home from the interview (sounds good)
art:  journal page (see above)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Do you like housecoats on men

My hubby does not wear a housecoat and nevere has
I created this piece usifng Pitt art pens
Up early today 6:00 am, as there was quite a bit of excitement around
the old housestead.  Hubby who had to go in today early left
the house around 5:30 am out of the corner of his eye he sees
something beside our house.  It was a man , now the man was dressed
in pj bottoms, and a santa hat.  Hubby claims he looked like a
real goofball (his words now you know we are old).  Hubby
called to him and said what are you doing there, etc
(hubby is no dummy he stayed in the car) the guy just stood there
so Hubby says I am going to phone the police.  Meanwhile
the goofball jumped the fence (an agile goofball ) and started
running.  Now hubby for sure cannot jump the fence, and
running to the fridge maybe.  So he waited for the police.
They came but could not find him.  So when devil
dog and I went out for her morning ritual, we saw no
agile goofball anywhere.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Put your hand up if your a geek

Art:  Just a visual journal page I made, I am finding I like making them from
magazines and stuff and trying to make a picture talk
listening:  to satellite radio
going:  back to hospital in a couple of hours, took mom to
hospital this morning at 7:00 for her operation. 
working:  around the house, doing my favourite activities (not) cleaning up
trying to keep my mind off my mom
missing:  the shopper she is off in Vancouver having her airline interview
drinking:  diet coke by the bucketfull when stressed this is what I do since I dont drink coffee
exercise:  going to take devil dog to the doggy park

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Snail Girl, a work in progress

This is a work in progress, thought you would like to see it.
It will go thru somemore changes, before I think
it is right.  I was going for the hair to be seaweed.  But
that hair does not do it for me.  I will have to do
some more research on what seaweed looks like.
After I am finished you will be able to
see the body is a snal.  So I sketch out my idea
erase, draw, erase, put some paper on it, etc.
Thats the way I start.  How do you start your work?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Art Quilts

This is my version of an art quilt, that I worked on last night
its 5 x 5 on Fabrino paper, just wanted to try it.  Jim Dine
the book I am reading now did one, his of course was much better.  But
I like colour.  Talk to later

Friday, April 16, 2010

Knock Knock anyone there....

art:  been using charcoal, and whiteout, just doing whatever comes to my mind
(get the play on words)
music:  Listening to Daughtery
money:  its a good day did not buy anything
weather:  perfect, went for a long walk without a coat with devil dog
new people:  on the long walk, meet the neighbours who I did not know
and the guy on the corner with the skinny wife, that's how I
described him to hubby
watching:  no tv tonight, doing art
what are you doing this weekend?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Gardening on Paper

Done with Pit Pens, white out
black charcoal pencil, fun tape I found at the dollar store

shopping: with the shopper for the perfect outfit for the interview
reading:  Jim Dine Prints (an art book)
watching:  tonight Private Practice
dinner:  leftover pizza and anything else that is leftover in the fridge
movie:  Up in the air (with George Clooney) 2 popcorn kernals only
a lame movie (I thought)
weather:  spring like and warm
wearing:  flip flops, jeans, and black tshirt (its like my uniform)
cleaning:  the car in a minute it looks like I should be on the Hoarders
Thankful:  for all of you who take the time to read about my  mundane life

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Still trying to define me

I created this last night while in the No talking zone.
I was cutting out words and they resonated with me
 I created this  in my visual journal, I dont create very many of these kinds of pages, usually I feel I must draw, or something on them, but I like this one, I think it communicates who I am and who I strive to be.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Have you heard the news?

Good news:  The shopper aka the daughter has got an interview in
Vancouver (for her dream job) airline stewardess.  Interview Monday,all prayers welcome

My mom comes homes tommorw after three weeks in the hospital. Only till Monday then she has to return to have an Operation.

I will not have to get a job to pay for the parking at the hospital after all (lol)God you could end up a patient there when you read that its 1.75 a 1/2 hour for parking.  And then to top it off you put in 2.00 and you dont get your   quarters  back, so they make a killing either way.

Tonight I will be watching Lost and Glee, no talking will be permitted during this TV time.  But you will hear the cutting of paper (mags) as I like todo this when watching TV.

Ok back to your regular programming

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hook Line and Sinker

Well did you have a nice weekend, are you all refreshed and ready to start another week.  Well if your like me your dragging your butt.  I feel like I have been hit with a mac truck.  Its all this back and forth to the hospital, and then real life at my house, you know dinner, laundry, hubby, the shopper, devil dog.  Its taking quite a toll on my body today.  I need a holiday to get away by myself, maybe fishing.  Do you like to fish, I like to fish, catch them ensuring they are alive and throw them back, its the thrill of the catch.  I dont really like fish to eat.  How many times have I been fishing in my life sounds like I know what I am talking about about 3 (lol) nobody I know fishes.  Well this weekend little was done on the art making front, a few journal pages you will see, only If I decide to not to vent on them (let me tell you stuff for nobodys eyes).  The weather here has been clear and a little cold, suppose to snow on Wednesday.  What did you do this weekend, tell me your life must be more exicring than mine is.

Friday, April 09, 2010

The colours of Bali

Done on a spraypainted peice of Fabrino
drawn with a black sharpie, white out, and a pit blue pen, that
a bit of a rub on

I love the colors of Bali and India, and the architecture of there buildings. I love how the saris are deep pinks, and oranges. I am drawn to bright colors. Now I don’t wear bright colors’. I am more into camaflouge, black, blue, sometimes white. Today was like winter here, yesterday was flip flops, today it socks and shoes and a coat. That's spring in Canada. Today was visiting the hospital, a trip to my favorite store Costco. I go in for one thing and come out with a basket full. Of course a stop at the books is mandatory and came away with two. Then it wouldn’t be a good trip if I did not treat myself to a hot dog and a diet coke. So no dinner for hubby tonight, its fiend for yourself I am full.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Is it a bird, is it a plane, not its just another damn bird

Done with Pitt Pen

eating:white cheddar popcorn
drinking:  a diet coke
reading:  Model Home just got from Library no review yet
wearing:  flip flops, capris, and blue tshirt (warm today)
dinner:  unknow Hubby not home from out of town till after dinner
art:  finally something in my visual journal, stay tuned it is not a bird
still working on putting together art journal

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Whats your sign - isn't that an old pick up line

fish done with Pitt Pens
Backgkround done with spray paints
I am a pisces that must be why I like fish and water

Wearing: jeans, tshirt
listening:  to a book on tape
Reading:  still reading Journal Spilling
spending:  money at the scrapbook store on glimmer mist and rubons
dinner:  bbq pork chops, baked potatoes, carrotts and peas
watching: Young and Restless
Art:  still making postcards, easy and fast

Monday, April 05, 2010

Am I a birder

I did a little blog interview you can find it here if you would like to read it. 
I did the above drawing in pastels the water soluable ones, I dont know why this week I have been drawing a lot of birds and fish.  I need to get on a new subject.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter

 bird done with pitt artist pens, and pastels need to
fix a few things, the feet etc

watching:  celeberity apprentice
art:  creating some postcards for art practice
listening:  and old dixi chicks cd in the car
weather:  perfect spring day
food: lunch out with family and extended family we had chicken
wearing:  PJs, glasses and white socks (my feet are cold)
reading:  still reading journal spilling
thinking:  about taking an another online class
what have you done this easter weekend?

Saturday, April 03, 2010

An ode to Johnny Depp-Alice in Wonderland

Done in pencil, from an In movie book - advertising Alice in Wonderland

watching:  movie 2012
wearing: blue jeans, barefeet , red shirt, and white apron
eating:  chicken Quesadilla
shopping:  taking a break no time today
lunch: out to lunch with hubby, the shopper and the boyfriend
listening:  Duffy on the way to the hospital
reading:  journal spilling from the library
art:  making postcards, and working on making my journal

Thursday, April 01, 2010

plexi glass and chit chat

These two are done on 1 peice of plexi on either side, they are my first try, I wanted to see how they took paint, and pen, they are only rough sketches and studies.

Plexi glass is very easy to work with, takes acrylic nicely, sharpie pen
you can cut it with an exacto knife
you dont have to be able to draw you can trace if you want
you could add it on top of canvas
here is a blog that really is into plexi glass with lots of ideas to share

wearing:  pj's and bare feet
watching: a thing on rob lowe
breakfast:  a toasted 7 grain bagel, with herb and garlic cream cheese on the way to the hospital
news:  Mom is not getting out had a relapse
art: working on plexi glass see above
music:  listening to the eagles in the car
reading:  Apprentice magazine
good blog to go to:
thankful:  for you my readers

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