Wednesday, September 29, 2010

encaustic class

sometimes when i get to class i have no idea what i'm going to do
today i had several boards to scrap down
(work i decided not to finish)
in the process of heating and scrapping
i liked what was happening

another happy accident

once i got home i decided to play with the photos in ps
making some cool grunge layers
adding some text and a frame

once i added a photo and tried on every blending mode
i ended up with this

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

switching gears

now that fall is officially here
it's time to switch gears from gardening to jewelry making
today i filled my work table with lots of supplies
some things i bought on my paris trip in the spring
it was fun to go through everything
wondering what i will create
tomorrow i will start designing

on the weekend my friend karen taught me how to do
viking knit
it reminded me of a cross between crochet and embroidery
only way more time consuming
once i got the "rhythm" it wasn't that difficult
that and some skittles (i offered to open a bottle of bourbon)
it took me all day to make one small chain!!!!
i'm hoping someone will invent a little machine
that when you turn the handle out pops the viking knit!!!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

fall line-up

while catching up on all my recorded tv shows
i decided to do some work in ps at the same time
last summer while in nyc
i photographed a advertisement for
as new show coming in the fall called
the vampire diaries
(i thought..." i must remember this"
so i took a shot of the ad)
it was on the side of a stainless steel building
since i'm watching the second season
i decided to work on the photos

this shot you can see my reflection on the right
and my friend lu flagging a taxi

after a few tweaks in camera raw
i used two grunge layers from shadowhouse
(using the linear burn and hard light blending modes)
and some pages from an old math book

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

encaustic class

today's class was all about texture
but for something different
i decided to do a monochromatic color scheme
9 6x6 canvas boards

layers of wax (over and over again)
washers to make the rings
and some shells

handmade roses of wax
and cheesecloth

a broken tea cup
wooded stir sticks
and square pasta
it was fun to move the squares around
to see how they relate to each other
next project i'll try some colour

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

summers end

still blooming in the garden
brown eyed susans

a second bloom for my spirea

the first sign of fall
just up the street from my house

clipping mask from shadow house

Sunday, September 19, 2010

the butterfly project

i love the blog world!
as i was wondering through my favorites
lisa, from mudhound studio
had posted about the butterfly project
(see her butterfly here)
which she found through trudy at two dresses studio
the holocaust museum houston
is collecting 1,500,000 handmade butterflies
one for every innocent child who perished
and all will be on exhibit in the spring of 2013
(read the story here)
butterflies should be no larger than 8x10 inches
any medium and two dimensional
(no glitter for food products to be used)
see all the details here
above, my butterflies
made from armature wire and beads

Friday, September 17, 2010

special occasion


ben and alanna faith
happily ever after

"grow old with me
the best is yet to be"
robert browning

ben and alanna

i was so honoured to share this special day

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

encaustic class

it's been 12 weeks since my last class
time flies......
i thought this summer i would spend time
painting in my garden
but one thing leads to another
and before you know it
i'm back at school wondering
"where did the summer go?"
today's class i decided
to work on something familiar
above, todays work with a
photo transfer of one of my photos
layers of wax and copper guild

i love texture!!!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

new look

one thing leads to another................
while taking marie's on-line class
she told us about coffee shop
free stuff for photo shop
once i had a chance to really look over the site
i found that they do custom blog designs
i've always wanted to change my look
and with the help from rita
it is finally happening
just a few more "tweaks"
above, me in my red shoes
which i used for my banner

Thursday, September 9, 2010

late harvest

with the cooler weather
the garden is looking like fall already
as i wondered through
deciding what needs to be done
i noticed that my pear tree
which has never bloomed
has 2 perfect pears
above, photo from my garden
played with in ps
using 6 different layers
and blending modes

Monday, September 6, 2010

beautiful women project

an unexpected surprise while visiting the ex
i came across the
created by artist and speaker
above, cheryl-ann and her art

cherly-ann has created
120 life-size clay sculptures of real women aged 19-91
each decorated to reflect an aspect of the women's life journey

the project was inspired by her daughters friend
who was saving for breast implants at the the age of 13
the mission of the project
to raise awareness about the link between
self-worth, self-identity and physical appearance
above, self portrait of the artist
"body image is not black and white"
and " self acceptance"
a women who lost a breast to cancer

i purchased
containing photos and stories of all 120
works of art
"the book" has been produced as
a fundraiser for the project
a teaching and healing tool for people
from all walks of life

Friday, September 3, 2010

longweekend fun and games

if you live near toronto
you know when you hear the song
"let's go to the ex"
it is that time of year again
the cne is a long tradition, 132 years, of fun

there's games

and food, lots of food
my favorite, tiny toms donuts
a bag on the way in and one for the ride home

the midway, concerts , kids world,
the farm, horse show, cats and dogs,
casino, shopping, air show
and so much more

and did i mention the food building
my second favorite
the perogies
wishing everyone a great long weekend!!!

above, photos taken last year at the ex
top photo of the princes' gate

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