Wednesday, March 31, 2010

encaustic class

my last encaustic class for a month
i spent more time talking about my show and
my new i -phone
above , my teacher
i used the quadcamera app

part of my time was spent
working on a present for my friend
my mind is on paris
only 8 more days!!!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

new on queen

has arrived on queen st east!!!
it was always a trek to
get visit their old store in the west end
but now it's so close
the fabric and notions are great
but the things that caught my eye in the new store
was this mannequin
with it's feathered dress
and this one with the "lions" head

after a wonderful lunch i spotted this purse
and couldn't resist!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


well, the countdown begins
only 16 more days
i'm so excited
now i have time to do some research
and decide what to do on my trip
i've been listening to my french cd
and looking online at "what's on" in paris
if anyone has any suggestions
or "must see's or do's"
please let me know
above, and old paris photo,
post card, french text and a frame
layered in ps

Sunday, March 21, 2010

counting my blessings

Gratitude is the fairest blossom
which springs from the soul.
~Henry Ward Beecher
i'm truly overwhelmed
by the amazing support
from all my friends
who helped make my show
a huge success
to dede and mary
for your love and encouragement
without you there would have been no show
to cathy and ann-marie
for opening their wonderful home
and hosting my show
to ron
for helping me face my fears
and guiding me though them
to my art friends
for traveling the distance
to all my friends and clients
who have all been
and my new friends

Friday, March 19, 2010

last minute

well, tomorrows the big day
i've been busy getting ready
all the last minute things
are all done and everything
is ready to go
all i need is a drink and my pillow
and hopefully i can get some sleep
a last minute inspiration
the background is some
french sheet music and text
the photo taken in old montreal
wax, cheesecloth and oil paint

Thursday, March 18, 2010

another gorgeous day!
it was feeling more like summer
i just may have to get out there
and start the clean-up early
above a photo from last years garden
red bee balm is one of my favorites

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

early spring

with temperatures way above normal
15celsius --62degrees
it feels like spring!!!
as i wondered through my garden
looking under the debris for signs of life
i'm a little hesitant to rake out the beds
just yet!
i have a funny feeling that the will be
one more snow fall before easter
one of my pencil sketches
of the day lilies in my garden
i added some color with the
paint brush in ps

Sunday, March 14, 2010

getting ready

with less than a week to go
for my first solo art show
i'm feeling a little tired,
anxious, nervous
and excited
anyone who would like to attend
email me at

Thursday, March 11, 2010

encaustic class

For whatever we lose
(like a you or a me),
It's always our self
we find in the sea.
~e.e. cummings

my favorite place to be is near water
above are two shots
one of the luety life guard station
near my home
and the second of a light house
in pacifica, california
just outside san francisco
for the background i used
sounding maps from lake ontario
then added some clear wax and cheesecloth
and some umber oil paint to
highlight the texture

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

photoshop fun

i just love how a simple photo
can be transformed into
something like this!
photo taken last summer
while visiting my friend carmi
we found this field of sunflowers
i managed to take lot of photos
i forgot about this one
when i just want to practice in ps
i find a photo and just start playing
i added a lighting effect
a map and some text
and the a grunge border

Sunday, March 7, 2010

i love texture

another glorious day!
as the snow melts away
it revels some wonderful texture
on my walk to the gym
i managed to take 75 photos
above are just a few of my favorite
which will be used in future
projects in photoshop
and perhaps an encaustic painting

Friday, March 5, 2010

blue skies

what a glorious week
with blue skies
and temperatures rising
the snow melting
birds singing
it looks like an early spring
out for a walk at lunch
i was fascinated by the sky
the clouds where indescribable
i couldn't decide which photo i liked best
so i'm posting my favorites

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

encaustic class

sometimes, i just don't know what to do in class
usually i have some thoughts or ideas and prepare all week
but this time i had nothing!
so for inspiration i went looking through my texture file
i have all kinds of photos i've taken

this metal sign i found downtown
( i usually shoot everything in sight)
you just never know what they will look like
after playing around in ps

with just a few clicks
i changed the brightness/contrast
and cropped it square

encaustic and oil
18 x 18
with help from my teacher
we figured out how to approach this project
for the background lots of cream, taupe and white
i used the iron to mix the colours, smooth
and create subtle texture all at once
i added the circles with the lid from a metal tin
and then mixed oil paint with lots of mineral spirits
and started dripping the paint

i'm not used to having to wait for things to dry
so i will add more paint when it does
so far i'm liking this new technique
i'll have to experiment some more

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