Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pattern Play

I love pattern and in another life would loved to be a surface designer
and have my patterns on sheets and bags, 

wanted to thank everyone for the nice comments about my interview
you to can do it, all you have to do is email her and she sends you
some questions and you get to pick which ones you answer and
you can take as long as you like answering them, go ahead try it,
I would love to read your interview
today is all about getting my stiches out of my finger
going out for lunch with hubby
walking the dog (it has warmed up here thank god)
having leftovers
and doing some art hopefully, whats your day look like?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Exciting news

decided it was time to start drawing some anatomy (lol)
hers are a bit lopsided but her shoulder is up
well here is some exciting news I am the
featured artist on Jennibellies site
if you want to read the interview here it is
you too can be a featured artist just email her

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


as you can see her eyes are not equal, but I am still learning
so I am cutting myself some slack here
so today I am going to tell you my all time favourite art
tool, can you guess I bet you can
your right
white out
not a white pen
but white out in pen form from staples
that is my go to art supply any time I think
I need a pop of something, go back and look and
my art you will see it, I should probably buy stock
in that company.  It lasts longer than a white pen
writes over anything and you can control it just like a pen
Do you have a favourite art supply you use over and over

Monday, January 28, 2013

Excitement is in the air....

I have started this post at least 4 times, and I still don't have 
much to tell you, that's the trouble when you are retired
your not out and about with people all day long. I could tell you
its bathroom cleaning day , that we
are having leftovers for dinner, that I might go to Walmart,
that is cold and windy here but that's to predicable 
I could tell you on Thursday the bandage comes off my
finger, and the stitches come out
i could tell you I did this bird last night well watching
Downtown Abbey
I could tell you that's all for today and I will have more
exciting stuff tomorrow, try to contain your excitement
until tomorrow

Saturday, January 26, 2013

something for you today

found 2 really good sites for you today
a really cute valentine project  
and a painting demo by flora bowley
she finishes a painting fast
its very inspiring

Friday, January 25, 2013

dont play with my mandolin

well yesterday started out good, but ended with a trip to the medi centre
The shopper was coming for dinner I decided to make broccoli and sirloin lettuce wraps
low fat and very good
I decided I wanted to do matchstick carrots and pulled out my 
brand new never been used Mandolin, yes I was playing top
chef I was doing the carrots and decided to use another
blade, so to make a long story short, the blade went into
my finger and cut it down to the bone.  Now I am all alone
so I am very calm and go and get the first aid kit
and bandage it up.  And continue on cooking, but the mandolin is now put away never to be used again.
The bandages are getting soaked with blood so I decide to go
to the Medi Centre.  2 stiches later I am home and cooking supper.
The only thing that hurt the worst was the freezing going into my finger.
So now I have a big honking bandage on my finger, and a plastic bag because I
cant get it wet. So I look like a total dork, but guess what finger it is, not the nice one,
so I am hoping some idiot will honk at me, and he wont be able to miss the finger.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Change up


I decided a change-up was in order for today, back to my
colour, you know I love me some colour
I was sketching the other night , drawing from my mind, I know
it sounds crazy but I mean not looking at anything to draw
but trying to draw without a reference, so I decided to
start small and this is what I came up with.  I finished it
and added some colour, scanned and called it done. Then
yesterday I came back to it, and added more colour.
So which one do you like?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Its all about the mood

I did this collage awhile ago, when I created it , I wanted it
to appear dark and moody, and make you wonder about the

well today its snowing again, so today I am going to make
some banana   pecan muffins, home-made tomato soup in the crockpot
and make a Greek salad and call it dinner

what do you do on cold stormy days, do you cook comfort food?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Happily Ever After....

this one i did on a painted background, with
some old hand made paper (the red) some
text I found in a newspaper
some old box material and some bits of
painted paper
I thought the text fit perfectly with the 
the picture (i dont remember where the picture came from)
the studio is purged
and today I am going to try a new bookbinding method I
learned on Youtube

Monday, January 21, 2013

A little taste of PARIS

I have a hard time creating collages because I feel they should
tell a story, that they make sense, that they are not just
pieces of paper thrown down 
So I envisioned this collage to be like a piece of
graffiti stuck to a wall on a building in Paris
I had an old piece of packaging that I created this collage on
found the image in a magazine
had some french tape
found a paris map a long time ago at a used book store
used distress ink and sandpaper to grunge it up
and and oil stick (the red)

Other than that it is snowing again, and the presidential
inauguration is on TV this am
and I am purging in the studio  
its leftovers for dinner
and that is it for today whats on your schedule

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Are you a multitasker

these are some little doodles I did well watching TV, I think I was watching
a Doctor show, hence the nurse doodle.
do you like to doodle well watching TV, or do you have to concentrate on the show
or are you a multitasker and can do two things at once?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A room with a view

Well its Saturday, its cold and windy and generally crappy out
I have decided not to brave the weather and plan
on staying in all day and just make some art
and if you would like to see a collage that I made out of some provided collage elements here is the link.
what are your doing today?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Hats are forever

One thing I need improvement on is drawing hats
I know this doesnt even look like a hat
these people can make hats looks good\

maybe because I look like crap in hats is why I cant draw them,
i would like to be one of those people that can throw on a hat when  I am having a bad hair day , and look totally fabulous, but alas the shopper and my friends say that doesnt happen.
Last night we took the shopper and the boyfriend out for dinner to celebrate my
daughters new position.  She got a fabulous new job and so we were celebrating it.  Today I am off for a haircut, and then lunch with hubby and the mother inlaw, then home to do some collages.  Stay tuned for Monday begins collage week over la casa lee. But its ladies all weekend and then you probably wont see them for awhile, but never say never.

oh here is some fabulous ways to paint paper and stuff great videos take a peek

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lady in Red

I decided to finish the week with my ladies
since I have many more drawn and not shown
as you can tell from most of my art
my go to colour is red
 the only thing in my cupboard
that I have which is red is my winter coat
and I never wear red lipstick like my ladies
do you have a colour which you always use
in your art?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Changeup is coming

your probably thinking to yourself god is that all she ever draws
well this month I planned on drawing lots of women
because I want to get better at them
 but my interest in waning and I am moving into
doing some collage, so the girls might cease
and collage might take centre stage for awhile

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Question of the day

your probably thinking to yourself, what's on her head,
that is not her hair I assure you
its suppose to be one of the nett things they used to
wear on their hair back in the 40's , needless to
say it did not turn out as I envisioned it.  Here is a question
for you, when you see something in your head, and put
it down on paper, does it turn out the way you saw it?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday Blues

snowing today
 still suffering from a cold
going to start swimming again on Tuesday
shoulder therapy is over, good as it is going to get
making potato soup for dinner
comfort food needed on a cold day
carving small stamps

Friday, January 11, 2013

Art Lesson

I have made a big error on this drawing do you know what it is?
Okay times up, when you start to shadow (example on the nose)
you stay on the same side for your shadows, unlike me, who did both
sides (that is a bad thing dont do it)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Big head, small body

I am trying to draw the whole person
as you can see i am having a bit of trouble
her head seems to large for the body
I have been down and out with a bad cold
doesn't seem to be getting any better
I did get the flu shot, so no flu, like everyone else in this world
but I did get the cold
so that's all for today 
I think a hot toddy is in order

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

She's a bit wonky

I saw this ad in the W magazine i don't even know what it was for
so I tried it out, I know the hand and the eye need work
I have been practising body parts
so your going to see body parts that don't quite look
like they should, just know practice makes perfect

Monday, January 07, 2013


I have managed to incorporate everything I love to draw in this one doodle
girls, birds and flowers (lol) a little overkill I think
All done with Markers, because I was to lazy to go to the studio
and paint
I like markers they give me the colour I like
today I am having an ultrasound
I am drinking the water as I type
then to the bookstore
then to Michaels
then home to do some housework
a girl gotta do it sometime

Saturday, January 05, 2013

to you from me

This is from my everyday book, I usually write, not type in it, but just wanted to show you a sample of it,
I use a three ring binder, the size of the paper, lined paper, and I draw in it, make lists, journal, and doodle.
I thought you might enjoy some of these sights below, I like them and they are doing some fun things you might enjoy

I am going to do this one, for sure.  I create something everyday anyway, so I am going to give it a try...
I just emailed the shopper and told her about this one, her earrings are all over her house......
you could be her featured artist
an amazing journal created from a cereal box, gosh I wish I was talented in that way
If you have not been here go, she shares freely her talents and tutorials
She wrote down all the books she is going to read this year, I am going to do it different, I am going to write
down all the books I want to read, and by the end of the year see which ones I actually did read I am limiting it to 10, a girl has another things in her life you know
You could be her tuesday featured artist , I sent in mine and will be soon, just one thing on my bucket list
an absolute beautiful thing to do for someone, I have a friend who is so sick and has been for years, I might do this for her
a beautiful website full of amazing colour and art, and 30 paintings in 30 days, go quickly and check it out
I love this one, I do it all the time, I just mailed off the collage postcard will show it tommorow
a great tut on using old calenders, she also has some great tut on her blog

so there we are,hope you like the list, the more I find the more I will share


Friday, January 04, 2013

Problem corner.....

Art from my doodle book
As you all know I am trying to lose weight, its an ongoing issue with me
and I plan to beat it
Christmas was a little set back, but I am back on track again
logging my food, writing on my daily life diet blog
and excerise all helps
but I have a neighbour a nice neighbour, a thinner neighbour, who
does not know about my struggling with my weight, but she
insists on bringing baking over weekly and just now another
square was delivered.  I know I know I could tell her,
but its one thing telling the blog world about my weight (lol)
but not my neighbours although the proof is in the pudding
(oh god another food reference).  So i just cut it all up
and put it in the fridge.  Now hubby is trying to watch
his weight and does not need the calories.  I could
freeze it, but as you know I have a dirtly little secret
She feels she should do this for us, because we do so
much for her, oh my I am going on.  So what to do
i dont want this in my house, and I dont want to hurt her
feelings, any thoughts?

Thursday, January 03, 2013

pattern play

As you all know I love colour, I love pattern
In another life I would have loved to be a paper or fabric designer
art and pattern go hand and hand
this happens to be one of my go to sites for eye candy
I think as an artist you must look at pattern because of colour
colours you think would look like crap look great together, and you garner ideas
My favourites colours if you have hot guessed are red and yellow and green
primary of course, they pop they make me happy

Wednesday, January 02, 2013



I want more art in my life
more exercise
more fun
more colour
more friends
more reading
more being in the moment
more understanding
more listening

so that's my word

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