Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I hope you all have a safe and happy Holiday season with your friends and loved ones. :-)

Hugs from
Lori, Dane, Cricket, Daisy, and Navi

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Work is DONE! :-D

I set out a task for myself in the last few weeks, to get all my commissions done. Last night around 4 am, I finally finished! WHEW! Its been one long tedious step but I made it! Now I can sit back a little and enjoy those orange shortbread cookies (that are half-dipped in chocolate no less, YUM) that I made on the weekend.

I still have Christmas shopping to do unfortunately. I'm one of those slackers that wait till the last minute, yes. But anyways, here is a few pictures of preparations over the holidays for me so far, which includes a picture of yours truly with... omg.... SANTA!! YAAAYY!! :-D

Here is a picture of some paper garland I made with my hubby (Who is actually Santa up there... He dressed for the kiddies of his co-workers. Super sweet right?)


Every year since I was 15 I always painted images on the windows back home, so even in a small two bedroom apartment I try and do the same every year. This is what I did this year, from the inside and the outside. :-)



I wish I could post my new artwork, but majority of the people who hired me know of my blog and they were x-mas presents. I don't wanna spoil any surprises. :-)

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL holiday season!

Lori

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Illustration Friday: Phenomenon

I was completely stumped this year for my annual Christmas card that I make. For the last 6 years I have been drawing a nostalgic Christmas card from my childhood to send to my closest relatives and friends and this year I was simply not in the Christmas mood. Every year I'm usually one of those people that hum-bugs normally scowl at since I have my decorations up almost immediately after Halloween. You know why I'm not in the mood this year? We have no snow. I.... Lori-lee Thomas, who lives on a frickin' island in the north Atlantic have no snow. What do we have? Balmy weather and fog.

So instead of forcing myself to try to be in a jolly mood, I asked myself, "Why?". Well this is why. I miss the snow. The wonderful magical time of year when you get the big fluffy flakes and ya run outside to catch em on your tongue! Where you get to watch them from your front window of your childhood home, feeling all cozy and warm inside and they gracefully fall outside your window. When you make the first snowman of the year, desperately trying to roll up the biggest ball possible! Just thinking about it makes me giddy! :-)

Those where the days. We were lucky enough not to have snow for Halloween when I grew up, but Christmas? Makes you seriously wonder how the world is being affected. When in my measly 27 years of life, I can notice a dramatic change in the temperature. Cause face it... I'm still a youngster myself.

So ANYHOO, here is my Christmas Card for 2010, "Let it Snow." I can't think of a more wonderful phenomenon than snow, and how now we once took it for granted. I miss it this year more than ever.

Enjoy!

Lori

Friday, December 10, 2010

Cinnamon Ornaments

I found this recipe on Martha Stewart's website on how to make your own cinnamon bird ornaments! I for one LOVE the smell of cinnamon, especially in the fall/winter months. All you need to make them is:

-1/2 cup white school glue
-1 cup cinnamon
-1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce

You just mix the ingredients and make a dough, roll it out, and either cut your own shapes out with a knife, or use a template.

I made my own templates for a set of ornaments for my mother-in-law last week, and here they are. I like the birdy ones the best. On the site they use glitter to decorate them on one side, but I painted them. :-)

Enjoy!

Lori

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Goodbye, Cliff.

Well, right now I am in a town on the other side of this island in Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland. Unfortunately for sad reasons. Thursday my father-in-law Cliff passed away due to cancer.


After being here for a few days we all sat and talked about Cliff and the love of his gardens. I have never seen a person (along with my mother) who loved gardening more than him. All around his house is covered with flower beds, and green houses, veined with pebble trails and hedges. Cliff's garden is truly a masterpiece and inspiration. It came up a lot on conversation these past few days, and it occurred to me that it really drew me in when I first met my husband. I stayed with his family here for a week or so when we first met, and within a few days, I painted this for him, of his favorite flowers from his garden: tiger lilies.
This was in the summer of 2004 when I painted this for Cliff. He was always so interested in my art, and often would watch me paint. I usually am shy when people watch me as I do something, but I never minded him. Probably cause he would make a wise-crack that would instantly make me laugh and feel comfortable with him. This painting has been on his wall since I did it 6 years ago, and I never had a copy of it. So I took a picture today in hopes of writing about it... and him. Maybe this is closure for me personally. We had falling outs and differences, but when something like this happens, it puts things in perspective, and allows your mind to focus on the good memories, like these few photos that I took of his garden. :-)

Enjoy. I did.

Lori

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Out from beneath the rocks.

Whats that you're thinking? Well no, I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth, but it sure feels like it doesn't it?! Been keeping myself busy and of course with Christmas season coming up, and the fact that I have been sick for the last three months things have... piled up a little. But no worries, the extra stress can just take a backseat to everything else at the moment. I have bigger more important things to deal with, and unfortunate to say, they aren't happy things. :-(

On a brighter note however, I'll show you a few things I have done over the last month with my rock painting. Here are a few samples of different ones that I have painted. I really enjoy painting rocks I must say. Each one takes about 1 to 3 hours to do each, so I can paint them in between big projects or while my paint dries I can fiddle with them as well. My hubby and I also have made a website for ourselves and our "crafty" items, and will be having it up within the week for all to see AND purchase from. We are both very excited and proud of what we have created. I am such a lucky gal to have such a creative husband. :-D

Enjoy!

Lori

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

IF: Burning

Well I haven't posted in a week or so but I have been going BONKERS with so many different things, and dealing with a lot of important personal matters which doesn't help. But, I have been productive... I swear!!! :-P

Anyways, I took a lil' break this morning to do the new Illustration Friday theme: Burning. I was instantly inspired by my cousin and her love for her son, Avery, WHO turns 12 today! Happy Birthday Avery! :-D

Anyhoo, figured this would fit the theme, and also cheer me up. Nothing is happier than a cupcake. ;-D

Enjoy!

Lori

Saturday, November 6, 2010

IF: Afterwards

Well we had our first snowfall here in Newfoundland this week. My husband woke up early, opened the shades, and said, "Huh... it's snowing." That immediately got me up, all groggy and my hair frazzled and out of place, and I stood there staring out the window, squinting, going, " OoooOooo." THEN what happens? Insta-Christmas THATS what! All it takes is snow! Which usually ruins my Halloweeny-ness if it snows BEFORE Halloween. I get confused; stuck between two completely different Holidays... like Jack Skellington in Nightmare before Christmas. :-P


Click for a larger view.

ANYHOO this was a Christmas card that I did. I draw a new one every year of something from my childhood to give to close friends and family. This one is of me and my bestfriend, and the times we had as kids playing in the ridiculous amounts of snow that we get back home. It shows afterwards, what we have created! :-)

Enjoy!
Lori

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

So. Many. OWLS.

Ok SO... I love owls, always have. Especially back home during the winter months at my parents winter cabin in the northern woods. There would always be little Boreal owls hanging out in the trees around the cabin, and they are ADORABLE. Just look! LOOK! LOOK AT IT!! ARGH! :-D


This photo is by Jean Chateauvert, a fellow Quebeccer, and a great bird photographer! (Check him out to see the wide variety of bird species we get back home. AMAZING.)

Anyhoo, last week I got back into painting rocks again. My hubby and I had decided to set up a table at the local flea market here so I decided to make some Owl fattie magnets to sell. I had made a few owl magnets this summer when I was home and thought they looked awfully cute. Also if any of you read my rock painting blog, I painted a bunch of owl rocks amongst other animals. So I decided to paint a bunch more as well. I painted one yesterday, showed it to my best bud who immediately wanted it. Good grief. :-P

Anyhoo, here are a few of the owl fattie magnets AND the Owl rock I painted yesterday. I really love making these, they are relatively quick to do, they are beautiful sea rocks from here in Newfoundland, and they make me happy painting them! I think thats worth pursuing don't you? Why not try it out yourself! My rock painting workshops were super fun this summer, kids and adults alike can really enjoy this. :-)

Enjoy!
Lori

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

IF: Spent.

Had to take a break from Halloween, I have been bombarded with work and personal bits so Halloween wasn't as fun this year. Too bad since I LOVE Halloween. Either way, the painting I did yesterday totally fits this weeks theme for Illustration Friday, which is: Spent.

A few weeks ago I found an image online of a 4th century Greek coin of Athena's owl. Since Greek art was my FAVORITE art history course in University, I decided to redo it Lori style. It was certainly spent long ago, and it's so fascinating how much detail they put into their coins, it's simply beautiful. :-)

Here is both the coin and my version! Enjoy!

Lori

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The great Indoors.

So the last two days I have been computer-less.... no, no... don't worry, I survived, I-I'm gonna be ok. *sigh* :-P

Its really amazing how much the internet and computers suck up a lot of your time! Weather it be messengers, Facebook and other online social sites, or blogging, browsing, yadda yadda yadda. You get the idea. Its major time suckage. Well, the last few days have really allowed me to be more productive, and made me think that I need to really set a time limit online.

So, to show you HOW productive I've been, here is a glimpse into my world, and some of the things I do to make ME happy. :-)

First of all, I bought this second hand desk from a friend of mines old job, the shelving part wasn't actually attached to the desk, but thanks to my brother Rick, we managed to come up with this design. A LOT better than its original look. But as you can see the white backing had LOADS of nail holes. This poor thing needed some love. SO... thanks to my collection of shnazzy scrapbooking paper I did this! And I am over the moon happy! :-D

I literally cut out pieces of my favorite papers and glued them on with regular stick glue! Ta-da!


So after that was done, I decided to revamp my studio completely. To that means reorganizing and now with the new/old desk I have places for all the little things. :-)

I even reorganized my bulletin board, added a few pictures of loved ones, and places. (Yes, I am the devil in that Halloween pic down in the right corner. :-P)

I had bought these crafty frames back home a few summers ago and honestly didn't have anything to do with them. But I thought, "Lets make some arty pictures for the studio to match my desk! So I took these frames (for $1.49 each I might add) painted them, and added more pretty paper as the actual art. Most of the paper I have is by Amy Butler from K&Company, she has amazing designs.

And here is the result! I love them, they are simple and easy and they add some color to my crappy painter's beige walls. :-P
So here is where they rest, behind my drafting table, so every time i feel like twirling in my chair I can see 'em. :-D (And I do that A LOT.)

Here is majority of my supplies that I use every day; canvases, paints, papers, and a crapload of beach rocks and seaglass... thats for ANOTHER blog though. ;-)


I even made a set of paper collage fishies for my bathroom! Yes to match my shower curtain... yes I took this picture from inside my bathtub. :-P

And after all the crafting and arting, and reorganizing, and redecorating was done, I headed to the kitchen. I really do love to cook. :-P Especially with my NEW SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS! I had to take a picture... they make me so happy.

But yeah I made my own granola this weekend. Made my apartment smell glorious! And the Lemondrop cookies helped too. A great way to end such a busy two days don't cha think? :-)


Anyways, I just thought I would share a bit about myself with a whole whack of pictures. These are some of the things that I enjoy doing, and hey, if it inspires you to do the same, then it's totally worth it. Now if you'll excuse me... I have a date with the cookie jar.

Lori

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I draw and cook!

I found this website before the summer and have been wanting to submit a post but since I was away on excursions back home for my grant, I didn't get a chance to submit anything.

But I did last month! And I used a recipe that my mother taught me when I was younger, and it's always been a thing shes made my entire life. There is nothing better than coming home afterschool, or during a cool crisp day to the smell of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven. :-)


Anyhoo, heres the recipe! AND the link to They Draw and Cook. Such an AWESOME site for amazing art and some pretty awesome recipes. :-D

Lori

Illustration Friday: Racing.

I saw the theme and BAM! Instant idea! Imagine that! Heres my Halloween twist on the theme "Racing."

I'd be racing from this house too... maybe less dramatically then Miss. Princess here. :-P

Lori

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Emotions on paper.

You know how something really unexpected and awful happens in your life, regarding a close friend or relative, or significant other? You get into an argument, or get hurt by someones words, and feel miserable? Well I guess that works for me sometimes, artistically speaking of course.
Yesterday I tried to capture how I was feeling about a situation I have been dealing with the last few days, a very upsetting tear-fest of a situation, that for me could only be described with paper and paint. This is the result! When I usually paint watercolors I normally draw it on a plain piece of paper, then transfer it to watercolor paper, but yesterday I just drew directly onto the watercolor paper itself, and ended up with something that REALLY expressed how I felt. I am so pleased with it, cause it ended up being one of those all-nighter art quests where you can't put it down? Don't you just love it when that happens? :-)

Anyways, I dunno about any of you guys, but do you feel that way when you get emotional? do you have to create just to get it out? Would love to know how fellow artists deal with it using their talents. :-)

Lori

Monday, October 18, 2010

Illustration Friday: Spooky

This weeks theme is "Spooky," and would you believe that it was the hardest to think of?! I know this month every IF theme I wanted to turn into a Halloween doodle but, spooky? Why did I get stuck on such an obvious theme? Maybe cause it didn't force my noggin' to think! :-P
Anyhoo, Sleepy Hollow is one of my favorite movies, (HOORAY TIM BURTON!) so I went with a cutesy Headless Horseman. That guy spook's the heck out of me, this guy? Not so much, but still cute. :-P

Lori