Saturday, October 31, 2009

happy hallowe'en

my favorite part is watching
horror movies
i've seen every "halloween" movie this week
even the re-make
which scared the pants off me!!
but i think the love the original one the best
my all time favorite is watching
vampire movies
especially if they include a werewolf!
tonight i will watch all the
"underworld " movies

above are a few shots from a local store
they work great for
shadow shot sunday

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

encaustic class

sometimes i start with an idea
and then totaly get off track
but that's what class is for
learning new techniques
and experiencing "happy accidents"
not sure exactly what i was going for
but ended up with the above work
a photo from my country road trip a few weeks ago
i guess the "gold" represents the corn field
the sky was created with the heat gun
(which i don't use enough)
so i think i like the contrast of the smooth and rough
just not sure if i like the colour combo??

this one started out simple

but then i decided to add a little bit more

did i go too far???

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

switching gears

it's been since the spring that i've made any jewelry
i've been so busy with my encaustic class and yarn
that i thought it was time for a little change
i've had so many ideas running through my head
and since christmas is less then 9 weeks away
i got a little carried away this weekend
24 necklaces so far
it was a gorgeous day today
i tried taking photos out side but kept
getting a glare from all the silver
my scanner wasn't any better
so sorry about the quality of the photos

Sunday, October 25, 2009

shadow shot sunday

i'm still going through my vacation photos
and found some interesting ones for

on our way from rockport to salem
we decided to dive along the coast
where we happened upon

Friday, October 23, 2009

the case of the missing ball of yarn

after the "kitty" court session
last weekend
and who could forget this
i decided that with my failing memory
i only came home with 2 balls of
chocolate brown yarn not 3
so i went shopping for more
i came home with a bag full
but just to be safe i tied the bag
well, if i didn't see it with my own eyes!!!
i still needed proof so i got my camera

after "playing " with the bag for several minutes
it finally opened
this time it was a black ball
"i'll just pull this out with my teeth,
oh! you want to play wrestler!!"
says beanie
and a little victory dance
after i stopped laughing
i managed to get the ball way from her

only to find that she was back in the bag for another ball
this time i let her play with the yarn
hoping she would hide it next to the missing ball of yarn
no such luck

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

encaustic class

less is more
after working with some really dark colours
it was a challenge to go

i added a map to the entire canvas
clear wax and cheesecloth
i applied the oil paint on top
and used lots of mineral spirits
to remove most of it
which really shows off the texture
added a few dried leaves
you can get a better look of the map

one of my photos
inverted and then added a mirror image
and last
a photo transfer of some old text
i'm really happy with the results
and would like to do a "series"
in this style

Monday, October 19, 2009

wild rumpus

after visiting martha's blog
i felt compelled to contribute to
her knit-up project
since i don't (can but won't) knit
i decided to make a few crochet flowers
and today took a little drive to
the west end to mccormick park
i love the
"wild rumpus"
while adding the flowers
several people walked by
and curious enough no one asked
what i was doing
they just smiled and kept walking
there seems to be a
global knit off happening
one i really like is an entire
also check out this you tube
and to find out more about guerrilla art
check out this
read more about martha and
the global knit up at

Sunday, October 18, 2009

country roads

it was a wonderful fall day
to get in the car and go for a little drive
first stop, edwards gardens
where eveyone was out enjoying the day
and i manage to get a great shot

next stop, lake simcoe
it's a lovely drive up the side roads
and all along the lake
where we found st. george's
anglican church

Saturday, October 17, 2009

missing yarn?

"honest mum,
i didn't touch the yarn"
with a face like this..............
i have to believe i only
brought home 2 balls of brown not 3
my baby, 12 weeks old today
she has doubled her size in the 5 weeks
since we first brought her home

Friday, October 16, 2009

cool nites

it's that time of year again
as the nites get cooler
i love to get out the yarn
this year has been interesting
beanie loves to play with the yarn
i've made her several " toys" to distract her
and i'm missing a ball of chocolate brown
i've looked everywhere!

i've been working on scarves
i love playing with the different color combos
and have taught myself a few new pattern
i'll keep you post on how they turn out

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

encaustic class

"flight home"
encaustic 16 x 20
this weeks project i decided to combine
a little bit of everything i've learned so far
lots and lots of texture
copper leaf and a few photo transfers
left side cheese cloth, wax and oil paint
right side loose black tea, wax and more tea on top

rice, sesame seeds, wax and oil paint

Monday, October 12, 2009

happy thanksgiving

to all my fellow canadians

Saturday, October 10, 2009

vacation and shadow shot

i've been so busy working
i finally got some time to
work on some of my vacation photos
this one works great for

after leaving lake placid
we drove through vermont and new hampshire
and ending up in massachusetts

ocean view from bearskin neck

all photos above where taken in

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

encaustic class

inspired by the fall colors of lake placid
and browsing through bridgette guerzon mills blog
i went looking for some leaves to use in class today
i like the effect of layering the leaves
in between several layers of clear wax
which gave it a "fogged" look
detail from the center work
layers of orange , red ,
creme and copper leaf
then the bits of green
and finished off with sienna "wash"

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

embrace your uniqueness

this weekend i was so happy
i attended the opening of

creating from the inside out

it was a wonderful display of
assemblage, mixed media and collage and
of course lots of her amazing digital creations
stop by if your in the brampton area
it will be on display until november 15th

i purchased her book(seen above)
it has over 170 pages filled
with her images,
thoughts and motivational strategies
plus inspirational quotes
from artist to poets
it will make a great gift for all my artist friends

susan and i, at her show

Sunday, October 4, 2009

shadow shot sunday

posted for shadow shot sunday
found at hey harriet
i'm still going through the thousands of vacation photos
and noticed i had a lot of shadow shots
mostly because i was up by 6 am
it was nice not having to wait for people or cars
to take a photo

these shots were taken in
newburyport, ma

Friday, October 2, 2009

on top of the world

well, almost!
just a few miles from lake placid is whiteface
the only adirondack mountain whose
summit can be reached by road
and it has a wonderful view of the lake

the perfect spot to watch the sun rise

i thought i was the only person up this early!

the fall colours were spectacular

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