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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Messy Fun Creativity

I've been secretly working on a little booklet 
for my Friends Birthday which is today!
I was inspired Piaroms Art Blog,
Connys art always thrills me and fills 
me  with so much joy!! 
There are twenty eight pages to my little booklet. 
Plus  a removable cover with my personal
message inside, which is another two pages!
This is the cardboard cover which can be removed!!
Today I am sharing my favorite pages. The
rest of the book will be featured over the next few
weeks! It's taken several nights to complete this
  mixed media project!  It was a very relaxing,
intuitive compilation of  collage, paint, 
inktense pencils, and vanish! Messy fun
 There is nothing more I enjoy than laughing with
my Dear friend! She has the most amazing wit!
I love her humour except for this one time when
we took our kids camping. I was returning home
  early. Hitting up the washrooms before we left!
  Written many moons ago in poem form,
this is what happened!!
Me and my friend 26 years ago on my 35th Birthday...I'm hamming it up as usual!
Composed Hysterics 
  Huge spider hugs
My windshield
Terror evokes
Wiper activated
Motionless it clings
Inhaling fear
Knowing my child
Will soon return
Panic ensues
 I search for a branch
Circling the car
Stranger notes my anxiety
Offers assistance
Relieved I consent
Chuckling he removes
The fake culprit 
  Lurking in the woods
My friend
The instigator
Awaits a reaction
 I bellow her name
In a screech of contempt
 As I belly laugh into hysterics
Then compose
Jolted emotions
For the drive home 

Digital card I made her for social media!!  

Yes my dear friend knew of my fears and thought it
 funny to prank me with a large plastic wolfie
spider!! We laughed about it for years!!
Did I say I hate pranks!! This one 
reason why!!
The kids had fish and chips from a place I started going to in 1973
 My former sister in law once attached an elastic
 to the dish  sprayer on my sink, the water
 went everywhere!! I was no impressed.
  Just happy I wasn't part of her soccer team.
She once soaked and froze all the girls bras
the night before a big tournament game!
Another year she cut off all the straps!
  I'd have been livid for the expense alone!
Photo by Cupcake.... Same evening at White Rock Beach
  I have to admit I once drew black 
mustaches on a group of eleven year old
 girls while they were sleeping. I was cabin
supervisor on a school camping trip!
They all  loved me, thought it was funny,
because I was the mom who broke the 
rules and brought candy!!
My daughter has enjoyed this beach for 31 years now!!
 Not usually a prankster it was my bestie
who originally gave me the idea 
to mustache the kids when
it happened at her sons school!

You can see the  U.S. Border over their shoulders. I  haven't been there in 25 years!
The sky has cleared,  the heat has diminished thank goodness!!
We had a rough few weeks with several hiccups in our life. 
It forced us to get things done! 
Two weeks left of summer and I finally changed 
my blog banner, dressing old characters in 
Canadian summer garb...Made me laugh....
Don't you just love all the different shapes and sizes of beach bodies!!
 Here's a really quick 51 second video of the book I made..
sorry quality isn't the best I'm working on it. 
I was trying to keep my hands out of it!! 

Are you a prankster?
Do you hate pranks as much as I do? 
All the photos are credited to Cupcake!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Smoke, Concerts and Slurpee Adventures!

First time having alphabet pretzels, I made this for the kids.....always looking for giggle!
 I haven't  been on my  upstairs pc. much this week!
It's super hot,  and gradually getting hotter daily! 
 I  hadn't planned to blog this week, but changed my
mind last minute!! I'm busy with a bunch of wip.
I'll have a lot more art to show in Sept...for now just happily creating...

Love how blue and sparkly Cupcakes eyes are in this photo!!
It's Beardos Birthday on Saturday! I wrote him a long 
personal loving letter instead of doing a post for him!
As you may know we don't exchange gifts. I do however
pay for a concert or two. This week Cupcake got tickets
to Neil Diamond, day of, and they were really reasonable!
 Beardos brothers happen to take their 70  year old old mom, as
  it's her favourite artist! We all love Neils music and it was
  his 50th anniversary tour, so the kids were excited to see
him a second time!!! Not much into crowds I am 
always happier just to listen to the album and spend
my money on art supplies!!
The kids painted the large bathroom in the heat all weekend  then two concerts this week.
 The next day the kids went to  Bob Dylan whom they have 
seen two other times!!  It's my era yet I've never seen him or
most of the other shows they've seen live. This concert I am happy to
 report was excellent! As the last one fell a bit short compared
 to their first Dylan experience!!
These two are fabulous as delayed gratification as they
await concert dates often months after their Celebrations!
Fortunately there is a Rodriguez concert right on 
Beardos Birthday that he's absolutely thrilled about
  seeing. The movie Searching for Sugarman
is a fabulous story about Rodriguez's life!
We loved the movie and the music. 
Love their sparkly happiness...concerts are truly their forte!! 
Changing colours when it's a good combination make me so happy!!
 Not everything is always roses and buttercups, although
I do try to highlight that!! Sometimes people Cupcake
let heavy juicy watermelons roll out of the fridge  on their watch.
Having it smash to the floor leaving sticky juicy bits everywhere!
Check out how the " H" on my Laugh above the stove is  cut off....
Sometimes all you can do is Laugh and drink the
 remaining juice out of the watermelon! Then
help your partner clean up the mess! That's
what I call messy fun!! Glad I didn't have to
clean it up!!
Heres a photo a day before the deep smoke 
haze set into the lower mainland!!
British Columbia has had nearly one million acres burn 
 since all the fires started up country.  Not since I was five
has this happened. All the smoke has wafted all the
way down the coast to Vancouver!!  Many of the fires
are a 5 to 8 hour drive away from us!!
Hazy Sunset in Crescent Beach photo credit Cupcake!
There are many weather advisories and you can
smell it even thought it's hundreds of miles away!
 It hasn't bothered me so far but I have
stayed in the house!
Thick smoke haze from way up country!!
Todays weather!! double that and add 30 or  92F

This night they got dinner and brought it to the beach!!
Last Saturday Cupcake wanted to take a photo of the 
mariachi band playing at the opening of  a new family
 owned taco place  in our area!! She would have 
have delighted in trying their home style tacos had 
she not had food poisoning from Chipolte two days
 before her deviated septum surgery a few years  
ago. Ever since, the thought of anything taco,
 or black bean related is nauseating for her!
After taking a few photos  she headed to meet Beardo 
at seven eleven, where he was filling their two  huge 
thermoses with Slurpee's. Liquid sustenance  sugar  
to tied them over while painting the hot  upstairs 
bathroom! Cupcake grabbed the Slurpees 
to pay while Beardo quickly used the washroom. At
the register a man behind her asked if both
 cups/thermoses were filled with liquid.
They are quite a sight to see!! Meanwhile the
 cashier kept asking her if she would like a
  " (*&$%^;((*&@#$;*@##$*(;(^%%$ "
she said pardon several times!! Then finally
figured out he was asking  if she wanted
a punch card for her Slurpee's. At least
that's what she figured he said, after an 
embarrassing amount of "pardons?"
The man behind her volunteered, "He asked
 if you'd  like some wings!" A bit flabbergasted
 Cupcake  let out an embarrassing giggle!
 "Oh I thought he asked if I wanted a punch 
card!! The persistent Cashier asked once again
 if she wanted to try a  chicken wing.... "No thank-you" 
she responded in kind, still a bit embarrassed.
As she walked out the door two mugs in hand
an old man scratching lottery tickets said
  " Wow those are the biggest jugs I have
 ever seen!" She giggled wishing she had 
been quicker  on her feet and said," That's a first"
That's one area she is NOT her mothers daughter!!
She left giggling.......
Some how truth is stranger than fiction 
on their seven eleven adventures!! 
Jugs on the beach!!
Other than art supplies and shoes,
what is your favourite thing to spend 
money on? 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

More Revisions

Sneak Peak of my new abstract canvas.

Recently Cupcake and Beardo went to the corner gas
 station  to get a slurpy. Their guilty pleasure on
 the hottest days of summer!! As Cupcake waited 
in the car she noticed two young women
 walking towards the door!
Another fun background page I  revamped to  use in different ways!!

  At first Cupcake thought wow those girls are
 dressed in pretty skimpy skirts for their 
size.Then she scolded herself for having
 those thoughts!! Reminding herself not 
to have any shaming thoughts about women.
 Telling herself that it's great they have 
such strong confidence in what they like.
She tried to find as many positives
about the girls as she could!! After all
  she's have worn  similar clothes when
 she was younger too!!
Think out of your box too....could you make greeting cards from some of your patterns?
 Cupcake is quite aware of all the controversy
back in my day, how hard women fought
to wear what they want!! It was a hot day
and she didn't give it another thought!!
Left this for this week because I had too much to share last week. More ways to reuse your artwork!
When Beardo returned slurpies in hand,
he was a little shook up. The two girls
 had attempted to film him and another
male reacting as the  one girl
  bent over in front of them!!
My silly digital characters even make some unique fun pieces!! Not for everyone!!
Both men saw  what was happening
and managed to quickly turn away
before reacting or being filmed!!
Neither man spoke to each other
but quickly purchased their drinks
and left!!
Re-purposed images shrunk small!!
I guess we all have to be aware that
we can be secretly or blatantly filmed 
in public now! Cupcakes snap 
judgement wasn't as bitchy as she
first thought but rather a really good
dose of intuition!!
I despise this art piece yet  managed to find bits of pattern I could break down to use!

My favourite shoes are 7 and 11   which is 
funny because that's where the story began!!
7,8,9 are made from this pattern after digitally changing the colours!
Have you ever been filmed without knowing
 it until later? Have you ever filmed 
anyone who wasn't aware?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Revising your art

Digitally altered to a pink card I had printed up at Vista Print to use generically!
I create art only for myself to fill my life with
 colour. At times it's for  a charity event, 
or for a few close friends. Yearly I have a set
 of  generic greeting cards made with my images
to acknowledge personal Birthdays and other
 special occasions. Other than that I find creating 
is just a way to feed my soul and connect
with other like minded creatives!
This is the original orange painting I made as a card for my friends Birthday
 Looking for different ways to do things has always
been my forte even as a child!! If I didn't have
  things I needed or wanted I found a way to reinvent
  other items. Hence my way of looking at the world
 is often a little different than others!!
This was one side of a wood cigar box type purse made in 2006 for an art show.
I digitally took bits and pieces from the art purse, shrunk the writing to make this repeat pattern!!
It was added to image 1 below to make something 
completely different! Looking at your artwork through 
new eyes is not only fun but gives it new heart! 
The artwork following this collage will show you
  all the art I shrunk down, resized and recreated
  to customize each item!! 
I  recreated my art to use in this  six image collage. Click to enlarge

Original acrylic painting done about four years ago....

 When raising my child if things weren't working,
instead of giving up, or making excuses I looked
for new solutions!! Google makes that so much
easier today. Years ago it meant contemplating
an issue on your own, researching at the library,
or asking friends. Either way it always made me
seek new ways to do things.
This digital image  was taken from original acrylic painting above

Lately I have been looking at my artwork in
new ways during the lull. Finding different
  ways to use what I already have!! I wanted to 
share how fun and unique our artwork can
 look being revised for something wearable!
Pattern for image 2 in my collage, revised and shrunk down from the two above pieces!

This  is a really large painting I did several year ago by cutting some of my own stencils.
 The painting above is called "Letting go" I used it 
for image 3 and 4 in my collage!!

My original acrylic bear used for image 5!
 Digitally shrunk down and made into a pattern for image 5

This is an original acrylic background made in an art journal!!
Changed the above painting into this digital piece by piecing it together to make a smaller pattern!

I was wanting to have a pair custom made up
for Beardos Birthday of course I'm planning 
on making a piece of more masculine art 
  in his colours... with his approval of course!
We shall see how it goes!! This is what I  
have done to test things, my favourite is 4 and 6!

Do you have a favourite?
Have you ever had your artwork
made into something special that
you love?

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