Some Canadian humour. I just had to post these you're-probably-Canadian-isms because so many are so true! ROTFLOL! My comments are in brackets.
Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about Canadians:
If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you may live in Canada. (they used to - now during that time, they just close at 8 pm instead of much, much later as in summer)
If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you may live in Canada. (done this myself! Often.)
If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Canada. (Just shorts and a parka? How 'bout sandals, too!)
If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialled a wrong number, you may live in Canada. (LOL.)
If 'vacation' means going anywhere south of Detroit for the weekend, you may live in Canada. (doesn't apply. American-wise, I've never been south of Lake Placid and Syracuse. Is Old Forges more south than that???)
If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Canada. (I am so guilty of this one. Ask me hour far Toronto is and I'll automatically say 4 hours.)
If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Canada. (know many!)
If you have switched from 'heat' to 'A/C' in the same day and back again, you may live in Canada. (done this often!)
If you can drive 90 km/hr through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you may live in Canada. (who hasn't done this??? I thought it was normal.)
If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Canada. (Where I grew up, the locks on the doors didn't even work!)
If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Canada. (Excuse me? Of course, I know how to use them!)
If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you may live in Canada. (well, natch!)
If the speed limit on the highway is 80 km -- you're going 95 and everybody is passing you, you may live in Canada. (LOL - isn't that what the 401 is all about?)
If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you may live in Canada. (Fact of life!)
If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction, you may live in Canada. (LOL)
If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you may live in Canada. (Well, since I don't own a snowblower and we shovel by hand, this one doesn't apply. Each winter, I swear we're going to get one but somehow winter rolls around and I'm still shovelling by hand, trying to convince myself that it is a terrific workout.)
If you find -2 degrees 'a little chilly', you may live in Canada. (-2 is for those days of wearing shorts, a 'parka' and sandals if the snow's not flying. If it is, then just the 'parka' and shorts. Though, I don't know any self-respecting Canadian who refers to them as "parkas". ) (Btw, -2 is almost tropical.)
If you actually understand these jokes, and forward them to all your friends,you definitely are Canadian and proud to be. (Does posting it to your blog count?)
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Some Canadian humour. I just had to post these you're-probably-Canadian-isms because so many are so true! ROTFLOL! My comments are in brackets.
Monday, November 30, 2009
This page is about things I like to paint with. It's hard to see the writing but just in case you're interested, here's what it says ....
Things I Love to Paint With! My studio window open, birds chirping. I like that there are no trucks around here! I like the sound of a hot summer Sunday. If I look out my studio window, there are birds at the feeders. I like the colour of the water in the pool. This aqua. I like the sound of the summer breeze gently moving the wood blinds and the bamboo wind chimes. I love to have some flowers on my painting table so they can die and be painted by me. A bottle of wine, a wineglass and a few sips. My favourite brushes. A dip in the pool when the heat gets to be too much. Then back here. Living in my swimsuit ALL day long on each day off - rain or shine. Quiet. I love how QUIET this house is. I love how this house breathes. I love how this house sighs with deep contentment. I live in this beautiful house. It speaks to me. This house speaks good things to me.
Another journal page. This one is kind of plain so far - I'm still not sure yet what I'm going to write on it but I like the theme of French Canadian appeal - if you have to ask .... It's funny how these pages go - I don't have a theme when starting. I just keep playing around. This page is one of the narrower flaps that will fold out.
There's snow on the ground here - I hope it all melts and that we have a green Christmas and a green winter.
I spent a really relaxing weekend of not doing much. Hope your's was relaxing, too.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Two apples. Two styles. One is the softer version using lots of finger-blending and stumps. The other using only pencil - no fingers, no stumps, nothing extra. Just the pencil and incorporating modelling factors. Different. I like both.
The left one, using modelling factors, is just really a take-off point for this style.
Monday, October 26, 2009
I went to a great class yesterday on Framing and Matting! I learned so much about both framing and how to cut a mat. We had to take mat board with us to class and cut a mat. I now know why mat boards cost so much to have cut. But after I've done a few, it'll be much easier. For now, I can sign up with the gallery for $60 per year and use their pro mat cutter any time I wish. Good deal!
I've also signed up to Drawing Tutorials Online. (See link in sidebar.) I'm blown away by all the fantastic info there on drawing. Each tutorial is a video, so you actually see Matthew Archambault demonstrate and draw, which is easier for me to learn rather than just reading about it.
Here's a sphere I drew using the modelling factors I've just learned about. In this drawing, there is a highlight, light half-tone, dark half-tone, reflected light, cast shadow and a turning plane. I missed out on the accent, though.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
My sunflower, "Heads Up" was entered into the Annual Juried Art Show of Focus Art and took an Honourable Mention in the Watercolour Division. I've just posted pics of all the results at the Focus Art Blog so if you click here, you can see ALL the results! (I'm the current blogmaster for their blog.)
ps - "Heads Up" is the same sunflower I use for my avatar here, in the upper right hand corner.
Well! Two of my art-blogging friends have sent me this Kreativ Blogger award! Thank you so much Cindi and Teresa!! You both would be on my list to send it to - hmmmm, can I send it to you both again, do you think?
The rules for the Kreativ Blogger awards say I have to post 7 random facts about myself and then send this to 7 artists that I admire and, as Teresa so perfectly puts it on her blog, stalk. ;-)
First some facts for Cindi;
1. My absolute two best creations that I will ever, ever, EVER create in my entire life are my two boys, Zach and Mat.
2. I'm 5'6" and they both tower above me now. (My oldest baby is about 6' and my youngest baby is taller than his older brother now.) They make me feel so short!
3. I cannot dance. Cannot. I have two left feet. Seriously. Which means I am perfectly happy to be a wallflower. I have never danced. I dreaded it at school dances. I will never dance. Cannot. Seriously. (So, don't ask me, k?)
4. I love watercolour painting. I'm always 'thinking' it and often, throughout a workday, I'll plan a watercolour in my head, from start to finish.
5. A belief of mine is: you can never have too many tubes of watercolour paint or too many colours in your stash.
6. And you can never have too much watercolour paper (Arches, of course) in your stash!
7. I love to cook and bake. I used to make and decorate very elaborate cakes for my kids' birthdays.
And, seven facts for Teresa!
1. I am extremely pro-Canadian.
2. I once stood in front of an original Cheng-Khee Chee painting in Old Forge and am so impressed with him and his work that I had to touch the painting / frame just to physically touch something he'd created.
3. I have British and before that, Scottish blood in my veins and would love to visit the Scottish Highlands one day.
4. I am married to a French-Canadian whose first language is French. I am very proud of the fact that my two boys are fully bilingual, which was very tough for an English mother to accomplish.
5. Rick Mercer is one of my favourite comedians. He is incredibly funny and knows absolutely everything about Canada. 'Cause he's very pro-Canadian, too.
6. I hate doing dishes.
7. Claude Monet's water lilies make me go weak in the knees and one day, I hope to realize one of my dreams, which is to go and sit in his gardens in Giverny and paint. Right there, smack in the middle of the actual gardens that he designed and planted and painted. Absorbing his energy, right there in his gardens.
And now to pass this on to seven artists whom I admire very much .....
Well, there are so very many blogging artists that I greatly admire that I can't just pick out seven! So, to every artist who has touched my life, no matter how lightly, you've had a part in making me what I am today and I gratefully offer this award to you all!
(LOL, whatever is Teresa going to say about THAT! LOL!)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I'm really getting excited about this painting! I've added more colour and have started adding whites to the whitecaps. Years ago, I saw a painting in the Montreal Museum of Fine Art - I can't remember the name or the artist but it was of a woman swimming. The colours of the water in that painting fascinated me. I've tried to put them in this one and I'm really happy with it so far. It's kind of like ..... Calypso, Goddess of the Sea, in Turmoil.
I love water and I really relate to this one. It's really got part of me right inside that painting!
Here's a few shots, starting with the piece to date. Please note that I'm shooting these at 11:00 pm with lighting from those little energy efficient bulbs. The colours are not showing very well so I'll shoot it outside tomorrow. The browns are a rock that the water is splashing on to. (I really wish the colours would show up!)
The next one shows how flat and wrinklefree the rice paper is now that it is ironed and mounted.
The next part is my favourite part;
Monday, September 14, 2009
I've been adding colour to one of the marbelized paintings. This one is going to be waves crashing against a rock. You can see the 'rock' at the far right with a bit of it's 'head' up above the main part. That's going to be in Burnt Siennas and Quin Burnt Orange and some browns. I've been trying to put lots of colour into the waves. Blues and greens and mauves and indigos. I'm losing some of the whitecaps as the colour seeps a LOT with this paper so I''m planning on using gouache later.
Once the rice paper is wet, it's almost like painting blind. Slow but fun. And I still say it's like painting on wet kleenex. (That little black dragon in front is just a brush rest that's holding the board in place for the pic.)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I've been busily trying to get ready for the Apples and Art Tour which is on the 26th and 27th of September!
Some other good news is that last Monday, I was contacted by the people from the brand new Cornwall Hospice and asked if I would like to exhibit some paintings there! Would I? You bet! I had them there in time for their grand opening which was on Friday. I am going to have some prints made of a few paintings, mat and frame them and then donate them to the Hospice, which really made the coordinator happy.
I have been having some business cards made - found a great place online that is super good and the prices cannot be beat! 500 business cards (250 of each of two designs) and the price including shipping was about $30 for the two kinds! That was with some upgrades, too. I also had some oversize postcards made and a t-shirt that to wear for the two days of the exhibition with my web address on it as well as the sunflower which is the painting I'm using as the 'theme' to my A&A show this year. (I've blurred out my phone number and address on the pic above!) I've got some more regular post cards coming which I'll give out at the show. (Email me if you'd like a link to the company.)
Thursday, July 16, 2009
At our local public library, in the hallway of their main entrance, there are four (or was it five?) large glass window showcases. One is dedicated to a local Featured Artist - a different artist each month. I am Miss July!
Here's a few shots of the display. (Click on any for a larger view.)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Here's all it takes to do marbelized rice paper. A shallow tub for a few inches of water, ink, a brush or stick, rice paper and some very old towels. (They're going to be stained so ...... )
Not all rice paper will work. The smaller sheets shown here are Unryu rice paper and it does not pick up the ink. Cheng-Khee Chee explains it all in his dvd. I couldn't find any here, nor in Ottawa, so I looked on the internet and found Blue Heron Arts. Look for Mulberry Paper. On his ebay link, he states that it is Kozo and that's what I needed. (On his ebay listings, there are several with youtube videos of him demonstrating his painting.) I received the order of paper within one week, from California to Canada! That's fast service!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I've been really busy creating these marbelized works on rice paper, a la Cheng-Khee Chee! What a lot of fun! Now I need to meditate with these pieces, let them talk to me, discover what I see in them and then add watercolour. After that, I'll be mounting them.
This one is my favourite - kind of looks like a little hobbit house in a big, old gnarled tree with heaps of interesting 'things' around. Zach, my oldest son, tells me that hobbits are not tree dwellers but I'm sticking to my story.
Below is a slide show of others;
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Below is my Zen Garden. Some squares have sand, some have rocks, some have candles and some are empty.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I thought I'd post an interesting comment from Nick about the waterlily .
"Lots of misconceptions and misinformation out there about fluid acrylic paint. Used transparently, it looks and behaves just like watercolor, except that it's permanent - which, depending on your technique and what you're painting, can help you or make things more difficult (it has to go down right the first time). Good luck on your picture, it's looking great!"
Thanks for the comments, Nick. I was ready to toss the paints (or sell them on ebay!). The part about "it has to go down right the first time" is the one that really has me thinking that I'll try it again. (But first, a regular watercolour of it that I've got drawn out, just read to pour.) It's the having to go down right the first time that caused the problems in the last one. I guess I'm so used to being able to correct, re-glaze, lift off, etc, that the 'go down right the first time' part just didn't happen. Next time, if it doesn't go down right the first time, I'll scrap it right away because, in retrospect, it was the constant adding to "the first time" that got me into the problems I was having.
There was one spot that I had sprayed off, as shown in Nick's dvd , Innovative Water Media with Nicholas Simmons, and I loved it - it looked just like the splash a frog would make after he jumped in the water. I mistakenly thought I'd tone it down a bit, glazed over it and lost it.
The permanent part made it difficult for me but I swear, next time, the permanent part is going to make it easier. If it kills me, I'm going to get this technique down.
Okay, enough about the waterlily. Hopefully, I'll post some shots of it this weekend when I have more time to paint. The past two nights have been busy. Tuesday night was class night, which is fun and interesting and busy. Last night, Wednesday, was an executive meeting for the local art group, of which I'm now secretary. You know you're getting old when two late-ish nights in a row almost do you in.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
After a lot of thought, I've decided to set the waterlily aside for a while. I have this very annoying habit that is hard to break and that is ... I won't start a new painting until I've finished the current one. (Or I'd never finish any of them. I think that's the convuluted reason that developed this habit.) So, each time I feel like painting, I come in here, look at the waterlily, slump my shoulders and walk out again. Without painting. I've lost all inspiration for it, I think. So, I'm going to just set it aside. Not be done with it and quit. Just set it aside with plans on coming back to it.
In the meantime, I am going to start the same painting on watercolour paper and work in watercolour. I need to get back to watercolour so I can play in it knowing what to expect.
But, I'm not finished with the fluid acrylic one yet, Deb Ward!! Just taking a short hiatus.
Stay tuned .......
If you'd like to hear about the fantastic Calendar Show we're having at Focus Art, go here. Talk about great exposure! +450 people the first day! It's up for a week.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I am writing about this here because it's a blog problem I've been having for a few weeks now and there is absolutely no where on google/blogger that expains this problem.
I was using Internet Explorer 6. I upgraded to IE8 and did not like it so I removed it and went back to the 6. From that time on, I could not get any of the link buttons in my blog navigator link bar to work! It was very annoying to say the least. To log into my blog to post or comment, I had to go to my address bar and type in www.blogger.com. That was the only way to be able to access my blogs and it was time consuming.
Well, I finally found something online that explained it might be a problem with IE6. So, muttering under my breath about being forced to go to the higher IE's, I compromised and downloaded IE7. Voila!!! They all work now!
I didn't want IE8 back again because it slowed down a few things, but 7 seems okay.
Just thought I'd mention that in case anyone else is having the same aggravating problem.
Here's the latest on the waterlily. I've been adding some detail to leaves and have been doing a lot of toning down on those yellows. I found I didn't like the yellow leaves at all. I've also worked on the water. I took out some green which I shouldn't have so I might paint some more back in. I also started some shadows around the flower. When (if) I mat this, I'm going to crop out that dark lilypad in the lower left side. I really don't like it - it's too muddy. I'm getting really tired of this one and want to start a watercolour one of the same design. I like painting with paint I know. These fluid acrylics are nice but they dry so fast, my fingers are permanently stained with anthraquinone blue from splattering with a toothbrush, and they are such a mess to clean up off the palette. LOL. All that said and done, I do like some of the effects but I'm longing to get back to some watercolours. And I know that if I set this aside to do watercolour, I won't be going back to it. Decisions, decisions.
I hope everyone is having a great holiday!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Since March 5, I've been taking care of the Focus Art blog site. Drop by if you have a chance and see what's going on in the local art scene as well as our art group. http://focusartcornwall.blogspot.com/
I'm debating on whether to do more on the fluid acrylic waterlilies or move on the a traditional watercolour one. I'll post later on tonight the latest on the fluid one. Need to get back to work right now. (The day job work, that is!)
It's a gorgeous day here today, almost like summer. Way too nice to have to work.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Here's the latest on the waterlily.
I can't wait to try this in watercolour because I far prefer the watercolour over fluid acrylics. I keep trying though and keep learning. And truth to tell, I *am* learning more with each lilypad about how these fluid acrylics behave and perform.
They are fun, but I'd sure never trade my watercolours for fluid acrylics.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I've been a little lax in posting lately. I have high blood pressure and for some strange reason (okay, maybe some personal stress had a 'bit' to do with it) it went sky high, even with my bp meds. Talk about wicked dizziness! So, today, I worked on this. Slowly.
I'm liking it a bit more. I still far prefer watercolour over fluid acrylics but I'm learning how to manipulate them better.
The colour in the bottom left is a bit off - it's really not that icky shade of .... muck that it looks like in the photo.
Funny thing though, I just keep painting even if something isn't feeling right with this painting. I just think "what the heck - just get it done!" ROTFLOL. Considering that kind of attitude, it's not too bad. Is it?
I know I've used the fluids too thick but I started that way so .... I pretty well have to finish it that way. Next time, I'll know better.
I read a good chapter in the Fear and Art book on control! That book is awesome!