Well, it may have been a beautiful and sunny day here yesterday, but it is still too cold for my liking. Apparently it snowed all around us the other day, but we just got a light dusting at our house. Thankfully, it was all gone before I even left the house. I don't like snow very much. Sean does. The girls do. But I don't. We had a lot before Christmas. too much. much too much. We did manage to make a snowman. He stayed for a while. He didn't really want to leave. He overstayed his welcome, in my opinion. His life cycle was more of an arc. See what I mean below.
Our snowman started out tall and proud and slowly hunched and shrunk. His buttons and smile fell off. His eyes and nose failed him. Until all that was left were a few rocks and half eaten carrot. Raccoons can be so cruel.
Good bye Winter. Okay. SPRING. I'm waiting.
TODAY: I actually did get a chance to paint the other night. Only for about an hour. I am working on a couple of new paintings - one of a fruit. the other an animal. hmmmm. we'll see how those turn out.
I worked all day yesterday teaching a grade 2/3 split. So I was too tired last night to paint. But I feel good today and I just might be productive.
About a week ago, while checking my regular blogs, I stumbled upon a great new blog.
Brooke, the author of the blog, tells you how to get major savings on everyday products. She explains coupon stacking, free products coupons (where you just pay the taxes), and she even tells you where you can find coupons and what stores have sales for certain products. And she's Canadian, so the coupons and sales apply to us in the western provinces...YAY!
Using coupons on sale items = maximum savings.
Something I had never heard about was free product coupons (FPC). For example, she tells you how to get FPC for dog and cat food (you pay just the taxes). Even if you don't have a pet, why not get the coupon and donate the product to your local animal shelter or even food banks for families in need who have pets. What a great idea. Thanks, Brooke. Check out the Babbling Brooke Blog here.
Who knew coupon cutting could be so much funand economical.
another painting by moi:
I wanted to show some of the different styles of paintings I have worked on over the past couple of years. I am posting thumbnails in the sidebar to the left, of the ones I am showing in my posts. Keep in mind, I am trying different styles & techniques and using different products such as gels, molding paste, paint pens and, of course, acrylic paint.
This is an acrylic on canvas. 12x24. "Family Trees"
I painted this one a couple of years ago. It's colourful and fun. The trees represent the four of us in our family.
I have many more paintings. I just have to photograph them, but these cloudy days don't make for the best natural light.
today: cleaning the house, playing with the girls and maybe even some painting tonight when the girls go to sleep.
Even though Sean (my husband) is an amazing high school biology teacher, his big passion is cooking. He has received his culinary training from the world renowned Food Network Culinary Institute ;) The Food Network is the most watched network in our home, well perhaps next to Treehouse. I am certain he knows as much as any chef but he doesn't have much time to put theory into practice. So whenever he gets a weekend afternoon free from marking biology labs, he loves to cook. One of his big joys recently has been soups. I must admit, his soups areGOOD. I think his favourite part of the process is chopping. This is what a typical soups starts with.
celery. carrots. onion. shallots.
I have to admit I am one lucky lady. My husband loves to cook and that means I don't have to. Which means I get dinner made for me every night. The down side to that is dishes. Oh well.
I think I have a SWEET DEAL.
Here is the what was left over from the onion. a couple of days later. hmmm.
Oh yeah. I almost forgot. I was going to put up post another painting today. so. here. it. is.
This is another study. acrylic on canvas panel. 8X10.
I have always loved the look of oil pastels on paper and have done variations of the above painting in pastel. Then I wanted to see if I could recreate the same feeling using acrylic on canvas. I love the colours in this one. I wanted it to have the feeling of an old European facade standing on a narrow, cobblestone street.
today: it's still raining. In fact, the rain became thick and slushy on my drive home. It is bitterly cold outside at +3 degrees Celsius. I am counting the days until spring.
Although I have been creating art since I was a wee lass, I had never thought of myself as a painter. Until only a couple of years ago, I had never put paint to canvas. When I was younger I would draw. Usually people, animals and landscapes. In university I explored ceramics, printmaking and sculpture and really enjoyed it. Then one day I just wanted to paint and so I did. And that is all I've wanted to do since.
I thought instead of hiding all my paintings in my studio, I would put them here for anyone to see. A sort of gallery, I suppose.
I have been trying for hours to figure out how to put thumbnails of my painting in the sidebar but I'm a bit challenged in this area. So bear with me, I will figure it out someday. Until then, I'll just post some of my painting and I'll try to create a GALLERY page to display them.
This painting is a study. An 8x10 on canvas panel. Acrylic paint and medium. It was inspired by a piece of fabric that I saw online and it evolved into something that looks nothing like the fabric.
I'll post some more studies over the next little while.
today: it's raining and it's all my fault. For the past few weeks it has been beautiful and sunny. Cold, but sunny. I have been trying to get my car washed for weeks but every time i want to go to the car wash, five other people have the same idea. So yesterday, I finally did it. No one was there. I cruised through the car wash, quite smugly, and woke up this morning to the rain. YUCK! Oh well. Better than snow.
I have been trying to get this blog going for almost 2 months now, but I am finding it hard to get it going. I have already changed the banner 3 times. I figure I just have to do it. So. Here we go.
I realize that no one is even reading this blog yet, but I will write in it as if I have a HUGE audience.
I wanted to create this blog, not only as a journal of my life and art, but as a way to display the paintings I have created and will create.
I thought if I had a blog about painting, it would encourage me to paint more.
I have a goal. And I thought if I put it out there, it just might happen. My goal is to start selling paintings this year.
So there you have it. My first real post. I will try to post often. Please comment often and let me know you're here. Please be nice. I'm can be sensitive sometimes. I apologize ahead of time for all spelling and grammatical errors that I have or will make. there will be many.