Sunday, November 30, 2014

lets get busy claude

well since its the last day of the month, I thought I would do one last masters for this month, now I chose Claude Monet because you know he is a flower man, and I
love drawing flowers.  Yes Claude does draw a mean flower, very refined,
and blended, well I on the other hand funkified mine.  Now Claude would be rolling in his grave, if he had a gander at mine.  But Claude a girl has to get with the times.
I am linking this last one to the monthly challenge.
I so loved that challenge and it was fun....

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Kiss the cook

Its a bitterly cold day here, and the snow has finally stopped falling.  Today seems like a good day to practice my new class which is called
Kate Thompson Watercolor Portrait Class
she has a sale on, the class I am taking is only
20.00 and worth every penny 11 videos, pdfs . 
When I finish the class I should be able to do a little
better than the above.
And since its cold its pasta night in my house, the sauce is bubbling as we speak.
What's on your Saturday night table.

Friday, November 28, 2014

black friday

Well just got home from our version of Black Friday shopping.
I got a few Christmas presents, but the masses of people
were to much.  I would rather go when there are less
people.  I managed to get two things I really
wanted and they were both on sale today only.
So I am going down to wrap what I have
and spend some quiet time. I feel stressed today


Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Travellers Notebook


Let me introduce you to my travellers notebook.  I carry it in my purse,
I always have  it out in the house, its my day timer, my notebook, and
an idea sketchbook.  Did you know there is a facebook group
dedicated to travellers notebooks .
You know how much I like pens, paper, books etc.  You can
make them yourself, or get someone in the group to make one for you, which
I did.  Or if you were in Japan pick up the real travellers notebook a
Midori and all the little nick nacks that go with it, they have
a store totally dedicated to it.  Or seattle in Japan Town, but alas
nowhere here.  I had mine made by a guy in the UK, I think it cost
be 55.00 and no shipping, so it was a deal.  He did a great job,
pure leather.  Now the inserts you can make or you can buy on line,
I have bought some online, made a couple etc.  I love this
its like an everyday book.  Do you have something like this you carry in your bag.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Matisse take two

I cant believe it is almost the end of the month, and the end of this challenge.  I have
decided I am going to continue and do it once a week.  It challenges you to check
out artists, and to come up with your own version.  I loved doing this challenge.
as you can, by my many posts.  Today its all about going to a movie
with my friend, can you guess which one, yes you are right if you
guessed Hunger Games, Mocking Jay.  Yes I am a big fan, I read the books,
way back, and have seen the two other movies.  So I will let you
know what I think of the movie.  Well I hope you all have a great day am linking to
art journal journey

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thoughts of Morocco

I have always dreamed of going to morroco. I think the colors of the country would be like this.
This I did in my art journal the color from the previous page bleed thru, but I don't care .
I have been working on some small art pieces to post all thru the month of dec well really only until dec 25.  I am only up to day 13 and running out of ideas.
I am going to do a dyi project to hang on my wall will show when it is done

Monday, November 24, 2014

Some Art Some Shopping,

I just noticed she has it looks like dirt on her face, it something on the scanner I think, and those white marks on her neck, don't know where they come from when
I look in my journal her neck looks fine.  I have signed up to take a class online,
it was very reasonable called Face to Face, its all about drawing faces, getting
the proportions right, etc.  So my faces might be changing, and looking a little bit better.  They might even have a different expression, right now they all look
like they have lost there best friend.  Okay I am on way to IKEA to buy
a frame for a print I bought the shopper for Christmas, (she doesn't read the blog)
the print is by the Rifle Paper Company they make beautiful items, anyway
this print is a map a fun map of Bangkok .  Her and the boyfriend both
went together to Thailand, so thought it would be a great present.  Besides
she told me awhile ago, she wants to collect those prints, of most of
the places they have been together, and put them going up the stairs
in there house in a grouping, fun idea, and not to expensive.
okay gotta go, talk to you all soon.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ode to Bernie

as you can I am at it again, Bernard Buffet copying the masters.  I don't know if you could call the people I like the masters, there not all Picasso, or Mattisse kind of people.  I love the pictures of   Bernie's he seems like a real painter to me, people, flowers, buildings, vivid color all the things I like.  I also like Lucien Freud, his
pictures are very much like Bernie's. Well this weekend I had done some Christmas shopping, buying Christmas wrap and stuff like that.  I usually have all my
Christmas stuff done by now, but this year, I decided or we decided that we
are cutting down, we just had the big kitchen reno, which cost an arm and a leg,
and still have a few things left to buy, new lights, new chairs for the island.  So
we decided one present each, I want a fitbit, and he needs a new shaver, so
that's whats going to be under the tree, as well as shoppers presents, and grandmas presents, and my sisters presents.  My sister is coming for Christmas and staying
until new years day, so I am really excited about that.  So I said I wasn't going
to post today but I am in the mood, so have a great rest of Sunday and talk to you all on Monday.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Improving my art.

Now this painter Lucian Freud is an amazing painter.  He painted many of
his painting in impasto, and he did tons of nudes.  I chose not to do a
nude today (lol).  I am so enjoying playing with the masters that
I might just keep it up, it improving so many aspects of my art.
Anyway I hope you have a good weekend, and will be back
on Monday to see what I have on deck.
Today I am off to a art fair, and lunch with a friend, and
maybe some new art supplies. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Pouty girl....

I wanted you to meet a favourite painter of mine.  His name is Bernard Buffet
a French painter.  He lived from 1928-1999.  He painted or illustrated over
a 1000 paintings, and even had a stamp.  His style I love very broad stroke
and In your face.  So I hope you will look him up and see his paintings, here is a link on pinterest to him

and I am linking to
with some great artists take on some masters.

the italian letter

since project runway is over for now, I knew you would be missing fashion
so here is some really bad fashion for you.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Inquiring minds want to know

today is a mish mash of things.  Tried to go to that movie Interstellar yesterday, but we
got the time wrong, so instead we went to the new movie with Brad Pitt, Fury, a world war II movie, I thought the acting was great, but the violence was way to much for me and my friend, body parts flying everywhere. I had a couple of questions on my blog that I thought I would answer here, instead of emailing you the answers. 
One of the questions was when I do Throwback Wednesday does it mean Its an older picture that I have used on my blog before.  And the answer is yes, because as you all know your readership changes and the art you showed before they haven't seen.  And its a good way to show old art, if you have nothing new to show.
One of the ladies on the blog said in Europe the shops close on the 24 of December and don't open until the 27.  I can tell you not here.  They usually close about 5.00 on Christmas eve, some open on Christmas day, and the 26th they open extra early
and we have our boxing day sales, kind of like black Friday in the U.S.
In Canada we make a big fuss about Christmas, and not so much thanksgiving.  In the US its the opposite.  We always have the 25 off and everybody used to have the 26 off as well, but not anymore, the retail market has to make money.
Christmas dinner is Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and dessert.  Christmas eve at our house is all about finger foods,
Boxing day is left overs after you have come home exhausted from shopping....
News Years day is a little better, most shops are closed, we have a ham, scalloped potatoes, vegetables and anything else that happens to be laying around.  And of course the house is full of desserts, candies and chocolates.  At my house we open presents on the morning of the 25th before breakfast, have a big breakfast, and then clean up the mess from opening the presents, and get the food ready for Christmas Dinner.  We are a small family 3 of us and my mother in-law.  So really its not to much work.  Our neighbour who is Romanian cooks pork, that there traditional Christmas dinner, and they have different customs as well.  I would love to hear yours how you celebrate, what you cook, do you buy lots of presents, do you just buy a few, do you do stockings, etc.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

throwback wednesday

I decided to implement throwback Wednesday, this is an
old piece of art from February .  Today its movie
day with a friend we are going to the movie
Interstellar with Matthew McCaughey (spelled wrong), so
in the crockpot cooking is Vegetable Beef Soup,
and I made some banana bread to go with it, so
dinner is ready when I get home. I know you all
probably think why is she telling us what she eats,
its because there is not much else to say today, plus
I like it when people tell there dinners, gives me ideas.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The cupcake files

Yes I do have a sweet tooth, and the body to prove it.
I have been obsessing lately over cupcakes, debating
whether I should make some, or buy just one.
I decided to draw one, and maybe that would satisfy me.  Alas
it does not, so I decided not make any, to many in the house,
and guess who would have to eat them, so I am off to
buy just one, and indulge myself with a cupcake and a diet coke.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dear Mr.....

Dear Mr. Modigliani,

I am writing to you to apply for the job of apprentice.  As you can see I have
sketched one of your pictures, I made the neck a little longer, as I am sure
you were thinking more of a swans graceful neck.  See already I am
being a help to you, giving you pointers.  I apprenticed for Mr. Matisse,
but he did not appreciate my ideas and suggested that I apply to you.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Just a drive by......

Just a short post today, another flower drawing that I did last
night.  Still trying to get that one picture that I want
to enter into the contest.  Today is PJ day, football (for the hubster)
crockpot roast for dinner, and some time in the studio,\
I am in the clean mode lately and am purging old crap
that I have collected and never used.  What's on your Sunday"

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The dilemma

well this is the second abstract that I made in class.  I brought it home and
thought it needed something else, I added the pinwheels, and the black
charcoal and added some shading, and this is it. I think this is going to
be a gift.  You know you hate giving your art to someone, and
what if they don't like and cant tell you, and then feel like they have to
hang it up, you know its like the present you get from your 95 year
old grandmother...So its still mulling around if It stays here, or goes
as a gift.

Friday, November 14, 2014

I interrupt my regular friday post.....

This is a page from my journal, I made the other day, I am again enjoying working in my journal, I use this journal from Ranger Dylusions Journal, its expensive, yes,
but it takes a beating and has great paper, and there is a lot of paper in
that journal, and I have been adding tip ins from bits of paper that
I have drawn and painted on and had no where to add them.  I will take a picture of it for you.  You can also decorate the cover, which I have not done.  I see they are
going to use that journal in the Documented Daily Life for 2015 and use prompts, so
go have a look and get ready to art it up in 2015, and no this is not a paid for
advertisement.  They are pretty good, with free videos and stuff, and in this
day and age every little bit counts. I have finally finished my last abstract which
I will post tomorrow, I am no abstract painter that is for sure.  My usual Friday
Project Runway is delayed this week, due to technical difficulties, (I didn't get it done).
Okay that's it for today, the weather is crap, snow and really cold, so its home
for tonight with chicken cashew stir-fry for dinner.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

A kick in the pants...

Yesterday someone made a comment on my blog, that they liked my work but would probably get more comments, if I commented back.  And you know there right, I like it when I go to someone site and they notice that I commented.  So what the hell is wrong with me, lazy, don't care , what.  I do care a lot when someone comes to my site, and makes the effort to comment, so I make this vow that if you comment I will answer you back and visit your blog, because if you are here we have a lot in common.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Oh Matisse will you be my boyfriend

Oh Henri would you please be my boyfriend, and paint lovely
pictures of me, in soft light and brilliant colors.  Would you show me the secrets
to your painting style, and let me apprentice for you? You are one of
my favourites dont get mad but I also happen to love Amedeo Modigliani and he lets me call him Amedeo.  Ok I know you mad  that I painted your model with green hair,
 but I told you I wanted to pose for you.  You keep saying next time , well maybe next time it will be Modigliani turn.
I am linking to
check it out more great masters there

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Its time to remember...

I think everyone has been touched by war in some way.
My grandfather fought in first world war, my father in law
the second world war, my father was in Egypt as a
peace keeper when the first Gaza strip war began. Now we
have a different kind of war on our doorsteps one where
you don't know who the enemy is anymore the lines are
blurred.  That's why I think Remberance day is
so important, its time to remember

Monday, November 10, 2014

Its all about Van Dongen...

Another Kees Van Dongen, I updated my picture to the 2014, I am
having a great time, looking at all the masters, and seeing what
paintings that I want to do.  Mine I only did with markers, but I
am going to do paints on some   of them.  Today its all about,
hanging out with my friends, one is going to Phoenix on Tuesday
for the winter, so we are going to lunch and some therapy shopping. The roads
are very bad here, lots of ice and snow on them, I hate driving when
they are like that.  Oh what you do for friends.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Better is not good enough..

today I am taking a break from the masters and was back to trying to
design a card front (its all about spring and summer ) for a contest that
Strathmore is having, this is my second attempt, its getting better,
but its not there yet.
In other news, its freezing here, snow and ice, I guess old man
winter is here to stay, yesterday we had to shovel the driveway and the sidewalks.
Today Its all about staying in , wearing my PJS and working on my
abstract and finishing it up.  What are you doing today?

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Lee Does the Masters..../

Meet the artist Kess Van Dogen  I was introduced to him through a
great artist by the name of Myra  Now
kees looks like to me he is quite the dapper Dan by all his pictures, and
I think he had an eye for the ladies, has he certainly painted enough of
them without any clothes.  Over the next little while I will be delving
into the Masters and doing my rendition of them, I need to improve on my faces and
bodies.  Now I made her face a little dirty looking on purpose, (lol) no I didn't,
I screwed up her nose and then tried to fix it.  I have a few Matisse up my sleeve and
who know what else, so stay tuned for Lee does the Masters...

Friday, November 07, 2014

Project Runway Its all about clubbing

well today we welcome a special guest, Lindsey Lohan to
Project runway.  As you know today its all about club
wear, and nobody knows about clubbing more than Lindsey.
Well Lindsey what do you think about the designs today,
Well thanks again Heidi for inviting me, I am excited to
see all these fabulous designs, I would wear any of
these to the club.  But I must say LeeLee designs are
my favourite, shes all about flair, comfort, and colour.
Well thanks Lindsey for dropping by and giving us
your thoughts on our club wear.  Next week will be
a special treat for you all, its a secret so see you then.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Playing with Paper

been playing around with some old papers,
and one of my girls, and this is one
of the pictures that I came up with.
I call it the teacher....she is in a bad mood. (lol)
I know I promised I would show you the other
abstract, but I have decided it needed more, so
maybe Saturday.  Stay Tuned for Project Runway
on Friday, its all about clubbing, with special
guest Lindsey Lohan.....

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


Todays post I am linking back to
who's challenge this month is inspired by the masters, I was so inspired by the one that they showed, she has my body (lol)
Niki de saint Phalle who created the Nana's; it seems Niki knew my colour pallet (lol).  Anyway she is fun artist,  and
if you wanted to know a bit more about her here's the link


Monday, November 03, 2014

The art of abstraction


Yesterday I took an abstraction painting class,
we did 2 paintings.  The other one you will see tomorrow.
This is the first one, done with teals, red oxide, white
and a hint of yellow, black ink, what do you think?
Its quite a big canvas, I don't know if I have a future in
the abstraction field, but I had fun doing it.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Saturday update

Well now that Halloween is over, we can all get ready for
Christmas (lol).  Well tomorrow I am taking an
abstract canvas class at my favourite art store, we are
making 2 canvases, so I will show you that on Monday.
Ok today its short and sweet...nothing much doing around here,
how about at your house

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