Friday, May 22, 2015

Have you heard.....

I am so excited, guess what I finally won something
and something I have been wanting
I won a free blogger custom blogger template from
Lately I have been feeling blah about this blog
you know I have tried to make it look better
new banner etc, but if you don't know
enough about code you just cant do it.
so stay tuned for a new looking
exciting redo of my blog........

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lady in Red

today is all about:
working the canvas
catching up on some paperwork
sitting on the deck and basking in the sunlight
what are you doing today?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

mixed media

this is a little postcard sized mixed media piece I did
you know I had it in a frame (ikea) on top of my
fireplace forever, I dont think I ever showed it on my blog
today I went to lunch with the neighbour
then I went to visit my friend in the hospital
I have been friends with her from grade 6
we introduced her to her husband
we have been together thru thick and thin
and the thin is coming now
what do you do when you don't know what to say
all I did was hold her hand and tell her I loved her

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The canvas

I just started this canvas
it has about 3 layers of stuff on it
the figure I have painted with masking fluid
because I am going to work on the background and had the person already pencilled in
will keep you posted on my progress
its a gift for someone if they like it
today I am going to tell you a few things about me
6 songs on my ipod:
Tequila Sunrise - eagles
Both side now: joni Mitchell
Thinking out loud : Ed Sheeran
Travelling Solider: Dixie Chicks
Stay With me: Sam Smith
Please don't leave me: Pink
Books beside my Bed:
Art Journal Courage by: Dina Wakley
Fabric Printing at Home:  Julie B. Booth
Screen printing at home:  Karen Lewis
Image Transfers:  Courtney Cerruti
Last thing I bought was on Saturday I bought a 3x4 gelli plate
What I am wearing right now:
flip flops
blue jean capris
a light green and grey (new top) that ties at the side
and a old apron ( I wear aprons as soon as I get up till bed)
okay now you know a bit more about me, and I bet you didn't
want to know even that much
so see you all tomorrow

Monday, May 18, 2015

Its all about...;

Hello holiday Monday
today its all about
nice weather
having skinny sundried creamy chicken
wild rice with vegetables
trying out my new 3x4 gelli plate
cutting down my full size gelli plate to 6x6
making backgrounds
working on a canvas
creative slump slowly leaving my body
and watching season 6 of Dexter
what are you doing this holiday monday

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mish Mash Friday's, and some Tutorials

This weeks Illustration Friday is Pets,
so here is mine, meet Sofie  and let me
tell you she is a Diva
also linking over a Julie Balzer
this week I saw2 great videos on CEE CEE channel
take a look you wont be disappointed
a great one from Jane Davies on making collage papers
a great new blog, I love and that every Friday has a challenge to show your faces

and you all know how I love altered notebooks here is a great one from

Thursday, May 14, 2015

welcome to my Rectangle

Its a little sloppy
I am not to good on Rectangles
Its for Ilustration Friday
today is all about being a good wife
cleaning the house with a smile on my face (lol)
don't you always clean the house with a smile on your face
 and for dinner its help yourself to whatevers in the
fridge cause I am not cooking

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The good bad and the ugly

You remember this canvas, its one I did at a class
and really I have not been to happy with
it .  It has been laying around the studio,
and I keep looking at it and thinking
eh.  So yesterday, I did a redo of it
I have not finished yet but wanted to
give you a peek.

here it is.  What do you think?
I like it I think a little more edgy

Monday, May 11, 2015


Did you know that this is my 10th year of blogging.  I cant belive it either.  For a girl who really has nothing to say, I managed to say quite a bit in 10 years.  The focus of my blog is suppose to be art and me.  I think I have kept pretty true to my first ideas of what I was going to say .  And I have managed to improve my art over these last 10 years as well.  I think that's all due to having a blog, getting involved in exchanges, challenges and thinking I must show you art everytime I blog. 

Lately I have been reading up on how to improve my blog and bring more traffic in.  I don't do any of things that I should do, to bring in the traffic.  The one thing I did do is
change my blog header, but I still kept my original name of the blog in it.  Other than that they say all your pictures should be the same size, and I am still trying to figure out how to do that.  They say that it should not be cluttered and easy to read.  I am thinking mine is pretty simple to read, might not be to eye catching and colorful but good enough.  The only place I might be lacking is content, unfortunately not much
happens in my life.  I could start telling you about my processes, how they work or don't work, or my search to get my art noticed (on going).  That might be an idea.  What do you want to see more of in this blog, if you read this blog, you come here for a reason, right, I go to blogs, because I love there art, I love there spin on things, or they have something that I want to learn how to do.

What do you think?


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day, and happy day if your not a mother
the shopper got back late last night from NYC
so I don't know if I will be seeing her
we are going to BBQ, and I am going to laze around
and enjoy the day, the art block remains, but
I am going to read some art books in hope of
some inspiration. What are you going to do today?

Thursday, May 07, 2015

balancing act

sometimes life is a balancing act
at least it is with me
I am in a creative slump hence all the old art on my blog
when I am not happy with me, I am not creative
does that happen with you?
all my eggs are not all in one basket
they are spread out all over
and I am in conflict mode
but I am not giving up on me, my art, or the blog
stay tuned some new art maybe soon

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

A saga of my life

This is one of my index card challenges,  card I did I think last year.
I like the pony's and I love to go to the races and bet I have a
bit of gambling fever running through my blood I don't go to often (lol)
well today started out bad, first I was at my daughters checking the
house and I let devil dog out in the yard and I went out
with her, closed the door, and guess what its locked.
So there we are , first out in a raging snow storm,
locked out, no phone, no purse, no keys, no leash,
the snow is coming down in buckets, I am in my sandals,
we go down the ice filled stairs, she lives in a townhouse,
walk around the complex to the back where the garages
are attached, lucky they have this thing outside you can
punch a number in and open the garage, I let devil dog
in the car, and then wonder what the hell I am going to do.
She has already informed me there is no key hidden
anywhere, so be careful with the door.  So as luck
would have it, her neighbour who she does not know
happens to be going out and I stop her and ask
if she has a cell phone so I can call my husband,
and that's what I did, and he came with a key to the house.
so I guess I learned my lesson, don't go out her door unless you check
to see the door is not locked.

Monday, May 04, 2015

sidewalk cracks

what was that old saying step on a crack break your mothers back
I used to make art from pictures of sidewalk cracks
I think I got the pictures from Carla Soneheim
been away on a mini-vac
had to get my head clear and figure out some life problems
life problems still not figured out but working on it
my favourite artist has her classes on sale
Alisha Burke, signed up for the art journal one
have not started it yet
Strathmore art classes back on now, free just sign up
receiving messages from the shopper who is in NYC
having a great time
she has my list of things I want her to bring back
one of my bucket list items is to go to NYC
I think everyone has to go at least once in their lives.
Ok not much else is new talk again tomorrow, need
to get back on track again

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Heads above us.....

I love to draw animals, much more forgiving than faces.
Some more oldies but goodies my take on
today was all about an art journaling course I am taking at my favourite store, once a month
having a sour cream donut at Tim Hortons,I know its bad but its my treat
Have bbq salmon to make up for being bad
enjoying the fantastic weather
wearing capris first time this year
spring cleaning the basement,
having all the windows open and breathing in spring
so what's up with you?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

My Process

I have been going thru some old art that I keep
on a flash drives.  And I thought I should tell
my readers my process, maybe  I am doing something
that is done an easier way than I am doing it.  So here is my process
because I know you are all dying to know:
first I create the art
I scan all my artwork
then on Photoshop elements, I brighten things up
and then save it up on my hard drive under
folders I have created, this one was in a
folder called animals, I have some called birds
abstract, faces, etc you get the drift.  When I have
to much on my hard drive, I transfer it over
to my flash drives.  I figure if my hard drive ad
every crashes, and it has, I have not lost anything, its
all on those flash drives, pictures included.  How do
you back up your work?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

It all about the color.....

Hey welcome to  my blog
I am in a great mood today
its all about going with a good friend and getting our feet pampered
a little art and ikea shopping
Chinese food tops off the evening, and not all with the same friend
don't you love it when the day totally works out great
So I guess today the diet gets the back bench because
who can eat Chinese food and stay on a diet
this little peek of my art is an old one but one of my favourites
so since I am in charge of me and my blog, you get to see some oldies but goodies
what are you doing that is fun today, and if your not go out and do something

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday art and Tuts

Well its Friday and I found some great tuts,

Some pictures and some great ideas when making envelopes with your sewing machine

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The window postcards

One  more example of my window postcards, I actually did quite a few
when I made them, and sent them out to friends .
Do you think that Blogs are dying, now that people post
on Instagram and Facebook,?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A tut for you....

This one is going into illustration Friday its all about Windows there.  I love this technique and have made many like this, so I thought I would share.  First you get whatever size of substrate you want to create on, this is postcard size.  Then what I did
was draw, and paint, on it, then on top of that I cut out a piece of tracing paper, or some kind of paper you can see thru, my old mind cant think of the name of the paper and put it on top of your design, then
drew on that and  painted, or markers or what ever you want to use, sometimes I
used my sewing machine around the edges, sometimes tape, whatever you have on hand.  I cant remember where I saw this done, or I would credit the person with it.

Monday, April 20, 2015

collage questions

This is an oldie but goodie but it was one of my I have a soft spot in my heart for it.
When making a collage I do have a hard time.  I always think it has to tell some kind of story be cohesive.  When you make a collage does anything block your process,enquiring minds want to know


Saturday, April 18, 2015


I quess you can tell I like color , I do it makes my heart sing
its really windy today but warm
I am in the studio today the shopper and I are putting the
finishing touches on a project she is making for a
baby shower
tonight I am making fish tacos(hope they turn out)
going to the bakery in a few to get some freshly baked rye bread
been tracking my food and exercise on My fitness pal
lost 2 lbs its a start
listening to Pink on my IPOD she gets me moving
we went and bought a new BBQ yesterday,
and that's about it for now
stay tuned I am sure my life will somehow get more exciting

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mish mash Friday and tuts

This is #11 in my series.  Going slower than expected but at least it's still going. The trouble with me is I can't work on more than two things at one time.  I wish I could have 10 things on the go.

Well today I have a few things to share so let's get to it

The first one is a canvas done with a different technique I am going to try

Canyou make art in 15 minutes

You probably all know this blog but I love it for many reasons first the design this is what I would love my blog to look like.  Lots of great info how tos many different topics it keeps you interested.
If you have never been here walk around and see what I mean

This blog post is something I think is worth sharing with you it made me sit up and think
Have a read and see what you think

this week at its all about jungue journals , it makes you want to make one right now

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

a burning question for you

today was lunch with a friend
browsing pinterest for color ideas
clean up in the studio
brain storming ideas for the 100 art projects
back to swimming, no hot tub ever again for me
getting a haircut
and thinking maybe your bored with this blog, do I post to much
with nothing to say
that's the burning question of the day

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I wanna go downtown....

I am trying out a new girl.  New view, not face on, side view.  You have to know how\
to draw every view.  Anyone her name is Edith, and is looking for a fellow.  That's why she put on her best dress and hat.  I hope she finds one, because I am tired of her talking about it.

Today is the Dentist, I think my crown is falling out, I hope not.  Then its off to the
library.  Last week Dan sat beside me, and told me his life story.  I think he thought
I was his mother.  He was not   too crazy so I listened politely.  My daughter says I
attract talkative people, must be my aura (lol).  I know, I read my life and think, god
I need to get a life.

lee  linking to

Monday, April 13, 2015

i know a cardinal

Going back to swimming today
Getting my hair cut today
Would definitely make the skinny beef enchiladas delicious 
Leftovers tonight
I love Cardinal birds
On my iPod today fifty shades of grey soundtrack
I am on Instagram but have not figured the whole hashtag thing


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Castle news

 I am liking working 6x6 for the project
not to big or small just right
making beef enchiladas for dinner
what's with the weather, cold, warm, cold 
only thing I bought yesterday was a new summer sweater
its it the way you have money to burn and you cant find anything you like
when you have no money in your pocket you can find a million things
okay you have suffered enough reading this crap
go out and enjoy your spring

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Just zooming around

making progress on my blog notice new header
what do you think
working on my 100 art projects this is 9
making skinny beef enchiladas for dinner
hitting IKEA this afternoon for a look at there frames
the tax man did not take all my money, got my refund yesterday god bless the tax man
wondering what to spend it on
lunch yesterday at great restaurant with my friend Gayle
Fish tacos all around and guess what I like edamane beans now thanks Gayle for
showing me the error of my ways
cruising around blogland
posting to instagram, are you on tell me I will friend you
Okay money is burning a hole in my pocket talk to you soon

participating in this months cities/villages challenge at

Friday, April 10, 2015

friday blogs and tuts

Number 7, before you know it I will only have 90 to go.
Synchronized swimmers if you cant tell (lol)
where my mind goes when I create these I wonder sometimes
Beautiful day out, meant for a long walk with my ipod in my ear
and Seal blasting

a journal page, worthy watching

a very cool idea

Another book with gelli prints, love it

Also linking today to

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

oh starry night

I know you probably saying is that all she does birds and houses.  Well I do like drawing birds, I want to be able to draw them in my sleep.  That's how you get better at drawings, you draw and draw till you  draw it in your head.
I went to Michaels today, actually its not my favourite place, I think they are way overpriced, they did have a 50 percent coupon, but that's not why I went.  They had some of there watercolour pads on three for the price of 1, and I could not
resist that, I go through watercolour books like crazy, I like the strength and
that they can take a lot of wet.  So I bought some, resisted the coupon and walked out of the store.  Do I need anything else, no, could I have bought more of course.
That's what is called willpower, okay where is my willpower hiding when
I am in the cookie department

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Beam me up number 6

Number 6, and working on number 7
picked up a friend at airport today
library, I must look like someone you can talk to a guy told me his life story
going back swimming on monday
rash is gone, no longer will I frequent the hot tub
did you know I am on instagram and facebook link on top
still trying to update the blog, lucky I save the original because it isn't working out for me
reading posts on how to get more traffic to your blog, but do I need more traffic
and why
going out for lunch with my art friend on Thursday
 tomorrow she is retiring from her job (way to go)
been taking pictures with my ipod./ipad, but think my camera is better
Do you have Iphone, I do not I just have a flip phone, that's all I need
the shopper has all the bells and whistles but I am not 26
ok I think I will go watch the Voice

Monday, April 06, 2015


hope you all had a great Easter.  Its still a holiday for some, government people, bank people, people with unions.  Others have to work.  I took a break from blogging yesterday, did no art, just hung around and read some books, thought about my
creative projects, thought about if I have the time to join Fake Journal you can read about it here if you don't know
thinking about what journal I would use, my character, would I post it.  Have not decided anything yet.  Browsed a great organizional video for Friday.  Pretty well
did nothing.  I like those days where you don't get much accomplished but your rested.  Today I am making chicken soup, tidying up a little around here, and maybe doing some art.  What are you up to?

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Coat of Armour

I entered this into Illustration Friday the theme this week
is Warrior, since I was creating these 100 I thought why
not so this is what I came up with.  First the horse is
to small for the warrior.  His coat of armour suit,
looks like it would not hold up to one dust up with the
other warriors.  And lets not get into his body
he needs some exercise before he should be
allowed to fight.  Plus coat of armour is silver.  But
I didn't have any, so black it is.  I call this
Man in Black (Johnny cash would be rolling in his grave)

PS the little dots on the armour is suppose to be mesh

Friday, April 03, 2015

friday Mish Mash blogs and tuts

 Title:  The egg seller
  it seems the background is competing with the drawings I tried
to tone it down.  Hopefully as I do more they will get better.
The shopper is coming over later today to sew .  We are making
burp cloths, the quilt is made.  These are for a baby gift for her friend.  The friend is due when she is away in new York so she wants to have them all ready to give to
her before she goes.

here are some great links that I found this week

don't you love studio tours, I do and here's one to oh and ah over

making a page from a magazine picture, this I like then you don't have to draw

This is a tut by one of Donna Downeys artist gang, its very interesting, just to see the process, give it a try

collage postcards, I think you need to make me one

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Its all about foreign lands

You know how I said you would not have to suffer through all my 100 art works (that is if I get to a 100) well I changed my mind, because they are all going to
be different, again changed my mind, no theme, its whatever I want to create.
I breaking all the rules baby, but still the same size 6x6 not to big, not to small just right (just like goldilocks).  Today was lunch with the neighbour, tonight was all about rocking the leftovers (I hate leftovers lucky the hubster will eat anything). 
Thinking about cooking a ham on Sunday for Easter everyone else I know
is cooking a turkey, but we have not had Ham in along time.  Do you
like scalloped potatoes, I am cooking those as well.  What are you cooking for easter.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

March wrap up.....

No 2 Into the wild
I not to proud of this one but it is what it is
A month in review:
Had a birthday not aging anymore
blogged 29 times
made some good art
made some bad art
tried some great new skinny recipes
didn't lose any weight
didn't gain any weight
had two weeks off swimming because of a rash, still have it
never going in the hot tub again
got some art printed at the printers was very happy with work
got some mats to mat my work
making baby steps toward my goal of selling my work
went to the Doctor taking pills for high cholesterol
bought some much needed new clothes
cleaned my closet of old clothes and gave some to good will
put away all winter coats and brought up spring coats
saw a couple of bad movies

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Just Tugging along

Well this is no 1 of the 100 creative art project.
so far this is what I have done
made 100 6x6 scrapbook pages (2 glued together for strength)
and a old medical book page to all of them
gessoed each one
painted 5 to start
and made 2 so far completed
(the other one tomorrow)
this project was going to be all about structures it took
me forever to decide that.  After I made the first two, I changed
my mind and decided I should not be so hard on myself and
decided to do collage.  My collage needs work, so
by the time I do 100 of these, I should have improved. I
hoping for that result.  But I decided one element will be
in all my collages, the city,   The first one, which
I call Tugging along (lol) I had fun with,
I had some gelli painted deli paper so I
made them waves, and just went with random paints,
and I also love drawing boats, not hard one, but I
am getting better at them.  So that's it.  I hope you like it.

Monday, March 30, 2015

A little perspective.

This is a collage that I made a while ago.  I have been working on my 100 project,
not going to be as easy as I thought, should be able to show you some
in a few days.  I have been working slow and steady on them, plus I have
been practising drawing chairs, I know it sounds crazy. But I cant
draw chairs all that well, its the perspective thing that gets me
everytime.  So I have been reading up on perspective. I often
wonder if any of the masters cared about perspective.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday Daze

Today the weather was fantastic, the snow is just about gone.  Probably one more snow before its really gone for good.  The above little ditty was done on a napkin I had, drew the elephant and painted add a piece of striped cardboard I had and called it a day.
This is an old one , because its throwback Saturday.
Today I am off to pick up some new clothes I bought, but didn't bring
home because today they are an additional 40 percent off, so a girl
has to save some money.  I used to love shopping, but not so much any more
I would rather spend money on stuff I don't need, art supplies.  Anyway I needed
these things so I did the work and got the clothes.  I am meeting the shopper for lunch and a little more shopping then home.  I love Saturdays when its do whatever you feel like doing.

Friday, March 27, 2015

friday mish mash blogs

hey welcome to Friday update, some great blogs and videos I have found this week, and I hope you enjoy them because I did:
first one on deck
how to make mini book, really a fun looking project, something to save for a rainy day

a great video painting faces using magazines pictures
and I happen to like the last one, she is a little whimsical but great

another great video on how CEE CEE created #2 in her 100 artworks challenge
Hope you like my choses this week, let me know if you have any you want to share

linking to


Thursday, March 26, 2015

I got that loving feeling

Sometimes I just like to create silly art. I was watching jimmy Fallon and just fooling around and this what came out.
Today I am going to put some paint on my 100 project got all the papers ready which really is the big job. I had to get them ready first or I know I would not finish the project.  
Looking forward to showing you some.....


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Friends and stuff.....

This is the page that I made at the art journal class yesterday.  Everybody
makes the same page, but I made my different they had butterflies and
I am not a butterfly girl.  Today its out to lunch with my neighbour we
are quite good friends.  We only really met about 3 years ago, and they
have lived there for about 7 years.  We always said hi, bye etc, but
that was it.  But she started walking her dog when I walked mine
and friends we became. I have met more people in my neighbourhood from walking the dog. The weather is going to be beautiful on
Friday can hardly wait, although we still have snow from a
recent snowfall, it has been great.  All the shorts come out
(NO NOT ME) but the rest of the city, even if there is still
snow on the ground, the nice weather period is short here
so you gotta grab it when you can.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Art Journal

Well today has been quite the day and its only 2:00 pm.  Today went to
an art journaling class at my favourite scrapbook store, from 10:00 to 1:30.  I love going there talking with the other ladies doing a couple of pages in my art journal
and learning some new techniques.  Just got home and realize I had not posted
yet, so here I am.  The rest of the day I am going to be working on my 100 project,
maybe penciling in some drawings.  Something I can do while I sit with the
hubster and he watches TV.  Ok enough for today I better get my housewife
hat on and do something around here.

Monday, March 23, 2015

a new challenge

These papers are for a new challenge that I have decided to do.
It's a big challenge 100 art pages
So I decided the substrate was 6x6 scrapbook pages
Two together to add weight
Plus 6x6 old text from my mothers old medical reference book
Then a coat or two of gesso so it will not let the paint soak thru
I have decided mixed media for these
And mty theme will be structures which gives me a lot to play around with
I have included a link to the creator of the challenge

And the link below shows you the way cee cee is working the challenge

I promise you won't have to suffer thru this by seeing these everyday .  I don't know if I can stick with 100, that's quite a few to do.but I am going to try.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Some art, some talk

this is the art that I did at urban
it started like this and ended like this
I not a big fan of mine, I think its to controlled

 do you make excuses for yourself when you do your art.  I do I  will go down to the studio with great intentions of creating art, and I wont do it, I will clean up, or sit there, or go thru some old papers  , but I wont do any art.  Then I will be mad at myself for not following thru on my plan.  Here is gem  that I found on this great website about creativity  
There’s a story that, when Ernest Hemingway was asked how to write a novel, he responded: “First you defrost the refrigerator.” 

that sound about right to me.  I think I have the fear of failure when creating, the fear
that when its finished it wont be good enough.  But really good enough for who, do
I have such high expectations of myself , I have to learn to just let it go, and just create.
Because truthfully I have to create every day, I cant explain it, but I think about art every day.  Do you?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Snow Day today.....

When I did this angel I cut a girl out of a magazine who was dancing
made of copy of her, glued her down to my background, and painted
her, and made her an angel. She's one I think I showed here on the blog before.
Last night the shopper and I went to a paint party.  We had a great time
and each created a canvas, pictures tomorrow.  Wine and snacks and lots
of great company.  Lots of laughing and flinging paint around on my
canvas.  Going to do it again next month.
Snowing today so the plan is to do some painting, but we
will see how the day goes.  Sometimes the plan you make
is not  the plan you do.

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