Monday, October 12, 2015

Montreal Show and my Return to the Interwebs

Hey guys!

Ok ok, I know I said I would post more regularly, but... ok I lied. I came back in March from a jam packed week of art shows and conferences and sushi and China Town and god knows what else in Montreal, and I sort of... just a little bit... went into hibernation for about 2 months. (Tends to happen up here in the frozen north.)

And before you know it, I began my summer job in May as our museums curator. It's been an interesting summer to say the least. Quite possibly the most stressful and busy summer of my life. Therefore, no arting I'm afraid, and of course that means not a peep from me on here naturally.

But, work is finished for the season, and I am literally DYING to get back to the ol' easel. The work I created for Montreal has left me with such a lingering burst of creative energy, that, even though I was up to my eyeballs at the museum this summer, I wanted to paint SO. FREAKIN. BAD.

Here is some of the pieces I created specifically for the show (Which went over swimmingly I might add; sold 3 originals, a crap-tonne of prints and artcards, and was left with 5 out of 21 rocks. Not too shabby! But the most valuable thing that happened to me there was the meeting of old and new friends. Wow.)


PS: Stay tuned for more posts. I MEAN IT THIS TIME. ;)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A little makeover

Well, I will admit, the last few weeks I would have had a GREAT excuse not to post (The fact that we here on the Lower North Shore have gotten slammed with a crap-tonne of snow.) I however, have no excuse for not posting since this time last year (Actually I have an excuse for that too. Lets just say I have been so ridiculously busy that its a miracle I remembered to dress myself in the mornings.)

Now... it's my down-time. Time where I get to dabble in things that I have put on hold, such as painting my son's mural in his room, some decorating and re-arranging of the house, baking and cooking some acquired recipes collected over the last year, finally creating some new rocks to sell. But NO! Instead I am up to my eyeballs in paint! Creating a series of paintings for the YES! Art Exposition in Montreal next month. I was a late applier for the show that consists of 64 artists from all over Quebec, but I was accepted, and now I am busier than I have ever been.

And it feels WONDERFUL.

I am painting at my own pace; I am pushing my boundaries and trying new techniques and styles, and hell, even trying new materials to paint on! This is an exciting time for me. Don't get me wrong, I am completely and utterly petrified to head out to the big city and this big show with such accomplished and talented artists, but I am as ready as I'll ever be. The only expectations that I hope to achieve are to make some new artist friends, and perhaps have a great meal in China town. (WHAT?! The food there is delicious!)

Of course, on my never to-do list I also listed re-vamping the ol' website and blog. Gotta keep up with the Joneses am I right? So, enjoy my new look AND my new website! I added a new page with a few of the rocks I have created over the past few years. I think painting rocks will have some staying power with me. I love giving people the chance to own a piece of the Lower North Shore. Especially the ones who aren't as lucky as I am to have the opportunity to live back home. I count myself lucky everyday to be able to live my days here. :-)

Ok, enough sappy stuff. Enjoy the new look, and expect more REGULAR posts from me.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Rocks, rocks, and more rocks!

Hi guys!

Here's some pictures of some of the rocks I painted over these past few months. Have a look! The slate St. John's inspired houses were something new this year. They sold like hotcakes at the craft fair I attended in November. Methinks I will be making more of them in the future. :-)



PS: All of these rocks have been sold just so you know. Hehe!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone!

Yes thats right, I haven't been frozen in some glacier or something, I'm still alive. BARELY. Just went through one of the only food shortages I have ever experienced its THAT cold and isolated here. See? I ain't makin' this stuff up people! I do however have a better chance of writing more blogs so thats a blessing. Here is just a snippet of one of the pieces I did before Christmas for this years Christmas card I designed for myself. It's an itty-bitty 5 x 7 acrylic painting on canvas of what we here call "saltbox" houses. They are quite common in out-port communities, and even today most of the older ones have been repaired and/or restored into a modern day look. I would love to revamp an old house.

Anyhoo, look forward to more posts peeps! I have oodles more to show you!


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sugar Skull

This year for Halloween, I am mixing it up a bit. I am dressing as a girl clown, but with a twist! Instead of clown make-up I am doing Sugar Skull make-up! Since my costume is red and black and meant to be a tad spookier than the average clown, I thought this would add to its eerie-ness! I also made a rose headpiece in case I want go full blown Sugar Skull costume by glueing fake roses and its leaves to a headband. I had to spray paint white roses black since I couldn't find any black. SO, here is a drawing I did of the make-up design I hope to accomplish this year. Likey? And also the floral headpiece. What will you be dressing up as this year for Halloween? :-)


Friday, September 27, 2013

Halloween: Past and Future

If any of you know me personally, you know I am completely coo-coo for cocoa puffs when it comes to Halloween. Halloween IS my Christmas. It's my favourite holiday, in my favourite season, of my favourite month. BLISS.

Since I had moved home, I had it set in my mind that I would do something AMAZING. I always wanted to do a big show for the kids as a treat for them AND for me. Once when I was 13-14 years old I went trick-or-treating, and back home, being a small town and all, we came to a house I was very familiar with and knew the family well. Well THIS year, they had more family than usual (Including two teenagers who had moved home that year, one my age, and one a year older. Well, they had the house decorated with what seemed to be a mad scientist/surgery theme. Where they were all pretending to cut up fully awake people (The teenagers who I went to school with). It was SCARY and SO entertaining! I never EVER forgot that Halloween, and if any of you that were involved are reading this, THANK YOU for that experience. Because it made me want to do it so badly for myself.

Well, last year was my first year home for Halloween in over 10 years, and I finally got my wish. My husband, cousin Garett and I dressed up, decorated the house inside and out, and put on a real show involving my husband Dane as Jack the ripper, Garett as Jason from Friday the 13th (with a working chainsaw and fog machine for extra scariness) and me as a zombie emerging from a graveyard we had set up behind the house. I literally camped out behind a tree in the backyard. I'm glad the kids couldn't see a zombie covered in a blanket on a lawn chair drinking a ceramic mug of chai. How LAME that would have looked! Hehehe! I nearly froze my zombie butt off but it was so worth it. Some kids (Grown teenage boys at that) jumped a clear 2 feet in the air when they saw me groaning and dragging my limbs through our make-shift graveyard. When my cousin popped out of the backyard shed with the screeching chainsaw and spooky fog? Well, that made them run clear down the driveway in fear. Best. Reaction. EVER. That alone made it worth while.

Me and me again with my "Jack the Ripper" Husband. Aren't we cute together? Made my costume AND did my make-up in a half an hour. Thats gotta be a new record. 

Well this year I wanted to step away from my usual Halloween theme of ghosts, zombies, and general creepy dead characters, and do something different. My husband and I decided on this years theme to be: Demented Circus. Which is funny because I know the movie IT (By Stephen King no less) made Dane afraid of clowns. Hehe! Perfect! So I know with some imagination, and a few supplies, we can HOPEFULLY come close to what I had in mind. Here is some sketches of what I hope to plan this year for the kiddies. *fingers crossed*

Hope you all have a spooktacular Halloween and Autumn in general. :-)



Sunday, September 8, 2013

Rocks of 2012

I never took any GOOD pictures of the rocks I painted for last years craft fair, except for the cruddy ones I took using... of all things... my ipod. I know... lame, but alas, here are a few pics for your enjoyment! Look for some new rocks that I have painted for this years fair soon. I sold approx. 30 rocks last year so I plan on having OODLES more painted this year. :-)


PS: Just so you know, all of these are sold.