Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hi Fellow bloggers!
Thank goodness you can't see me... I'm in my fuzzy pyjamas, drinking coffee and watching the Vampire Diaries. I have a face mask on ( imagine making a batch of oatmeal mix for muffins, then smooshing it on your face, lol! then you will know how it looks and smells, ah, but it leaves your skin soft).

Work has been crazy busy! Some co-workers are off sick, so it's been hectic. I've been washing my hands until they're raw, so many people are walking around sick. I will not get the H1N1 vaccine though, there is way too much controversy over it. I will be taking my vitamin D, and C, and have a supply of Oregano oil just in case. Let's see if I can avoid this flu naturally.
I know some of you have caught it already, please take care of yourselves, and do whatever you can to make yourself more comfortable until it passes.

artwise, I've mostly worked on journal pages. I'm taking Kelly Kilmer's Prompt a Day class with hopes of being more comfortable with art journaling. I love it! I will show some pages a bit later.
I've started working on some ACEOs too, the girl below is one of them, and they are done on vintage book pages.

Are you all looking forward to Halloween? I bought a few packages of chocolates and chips to give out to the kids, unfortunately, I've opened the packages and have been snacking away on them - oops! So I will have to pick up some more tomorrow. Darn snacks, they are my weakness.
Have a safe and fun Halloween everyone! and don't be sneaking your kid's candy when they're not looking, lol!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Doggies in costume

My friend forwarded these internet images to me and I thought I'd share a few with you. Look at these cute little pups in their Halloween costumes! The beagle is my favorite because that's the kind of dog we've always had, and he looks hilarious!

I do not claim copyright on any of these (just so no one comes after me, lol).

Today is rainy, dreary, and very windy. You should see my yard, filled with yellow leaves from my maple tree. This is the perfect day to stay in, wrapped in a blanket, sipping coffee and watching tv.
Last night I rushed to finish my sketch for Illustration Friday. I decided I didn't like it, and why bother putting it up when the theme was about to change the next day. I seem to be missing deadlines constantly. Anyway, after looking at it on my floor today, I thought why's a simple sketch, with a bit of humor. We were supposed to depict the word 'frozen', so I thought, what freezes? computers!!
Anyone whose had their computer freeze in the middle of work, will understand.

oh, and so no one thinks my girls are behaving badly, she is shaking her fist under the censored button, lol!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Finished WIP, and some thanks

hi friends! If you read my last post you saw the painting I'd been doing for my sister's birthday present. Here is the almost finished version. There are still a couple more things I want to fix up, like the headband..I will be adding tiny flowers and crystal to it. It was so late Saturday night, I couldn't stay up any longer, lol! My sis now says this is her favorite artwork so far, which always makes an artist feel like the hard work is worth it.

I added more layers using stamped tissue paper and vintage paper, then gesso'd it loosely. More layers of creme paint were added, a bit more rubber stamping, then the fun stuff like gold stars, and gold leaf, and some gold mica powder.
(for those of you looking for a nice creme paint, Golden's 'titan buff' is wonderful! If you don't have this color, I highly recommend it, it is gorgeous and very versatile).

I must admit here, I am a bad blogger! I have received blog awards, and always make a mental note to thank them on my blog...well, you can see where this is going, lol! I swear I am so scatterbrained. If you have given me a blog award and I haven't thanked you yet, I apologize. You don't know how many times I plan to do it in the evening when I get home, only to forget.

So I will take the time here to thank some people:
First of all, a big thank you to Julia for making me her featured artist on her blog this week. Please check out her blog, she has lots of great stuff there!

Thank you to Linda for honoring me with the 'best blog award'! You must see her journal pages!

and Thank you to Carole, photographer extraordinaire, for the Deborah Award.

Now I must get working on a couple of new ACEOs I want to create for EBAY Groups Nibblefest Art Contest...this month's theme is Halloween, and it's been a while since I added anything on EBAY.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Work in progress

I thought I'd write a blog post about my latest painting while my !#*!! computer was still working! Someone set me up with wireless internet, and it is crappy! it cuts out, it is slow, and I haven't sworn this much in a very long time.
I can't wait until Monday, I am going back to my old dependable modem -unless my internet provider can get in here and figure out what is going wrong.

Tomorrow is my little sis's birthday, and I started this painting very late. She loves my Winking Diva paintings, but wants larger ones for her living room, so I am attempting to get this done by tonight. It is 12 x 24, and this is where I am at.
I tried something different this time, I based the background with a wash of Nickel Azo yellow, then loosely added a creme paint on top, and now have added tissue. I am undecided where to go with this, but I am thinking of having it mostly creme and neutrals, sort of like a wintry scene. I think I will collage butterflies, and maybe birds in her hair and around the background...who knows. Unfortunately I am planning this around the colors of her living room, which is not what I normally do.
I suppose I should get back to work, this isn't getting done on it's own, lol!
I will show the finished painting once I get it done.
Hope you all are having a great weekend!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Walking after Midnight

What a lovely night to go walking. But what on earth is wrong with Kitty? She is so restless, and keeps climbing on Jessie's shoulder, digging her claws in, and trembling......

This has been on my 'to do' list for a long time, I thought it's now or never. It took me several days to do, working on it a bit at a time. I like the story behind it, but I wish I could say the same about the goofy looking witch on her broom, lol!

Now for you fans of horror movies, I just saw Trick r Treat, and it ranks up there with the original Halloween, and Friday the 13th. The first thing I noticed was how beautifully shot it was, gorgeous cinematography, and fall colors. They weave 4 short stories together, and there are some very surprising moments. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves scary movies.
Apparently there has been a lot of anticipation of this film for a couple of years. I have no idea why it was not released in the theaters, but check it out if it is your kind of movie. But don't blame me if you get scared :-D

I had the YOUTUBE clip here for you to check out, but the video was so large, it was messing with the side of my blog, so here is a link if you are interested in seeing the trailer: Trick r Treat

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Here is my latest painting called 'The Imposter'. I will let you decide if the title is about the fairy girl, or the humanoid cat in the middle, lol!
I'm not sure if it is finished, I may add whiskers to the fairy girl, but I'm afraid of ruining her face...Now that I look at it, I think she needs some rosy cheeks too.

My 'semi' detox is going ok I suppose...Thanksgiving Day in Canada is this Monday, and you better believe I will be having pumpkin pie :-) What on earth possessed me to start this time of year, when every time I walk in the grocery store, I see my favorite fresh fruit pies! Ah well, we have to do the best we can, right?

So how is autumn in your part of the world? It's a gorgeous sunny day today, the leaves are changing color and falling, and the air is crisp. Perfect day for getting out and taking some photos.
Have a great day!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Latest Kids that Creep painting

Hi fellow bloggers! I finally had a productive weekend, thanks to the miserable weather. I stayed in my pajamas most of the day too, lol! First off, here is the latest in my Kids that Creep series. I am very happy with her...a few weeks back I showed a photo of another creepy kid painting I couldn't get right. Well, after letting it sit for a while, I didn't think I could salvage it, so I painted over it, added some vintage paper, and created this latest little girl. I hope it's not too morbid...after all, I can't paint pretty girls all the time :-)

I also am working on a Halloween painting on a larger canvas, an idea I had planned out a while ago. It is proving to be tougher than I thought. The girl is no problem, I am stuck on the background again. I will figure it out though, and post it here once it is done....

I'd been thinking that it would be a good idea for me to do a detox before winter gets here. I am addicted to sugar. This is not an exageration, I really crave it. So I began last weekend. There are instructions that for 15 days, I should try to avoid coffee, sweets, fruit, anything with flour, tofu, condiments, etc...
I've been waiting for possible symptoms, like headache, nausea, or moodiness that occur when the bad stuff is being removed from your body, but nothing is happening. I re-read the pamphlet, and think I messed up. I thought eating cake and having coffee wouldn't affect it but it looks like it did, so starting tomorrow, I will follow the instructions. So next blog post, I may be very cranky, lol!

Has anyone had any experience with detoxes? Did it work for you?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Time for the witches to come out and play! It is October, now I can get rid of my shabby chic living room, and bring back the fall colors. What a big difference it makes. My halloween paintings don't look silly anymore. Now if I could only find my skull lights, lol!

The painting above is from 2007. I should be working on some new art projects, but instead I am on the computer, reading some of my favorite blogs. I find it hard to get away from distractions these days. Makes me think that 'resistance' has reared it's ugly head again.
I feel like I move 2 steps forward, one step back. On the bright side though, I get to visit my blogging friends :-)