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Tenacity

I was pulling weeds one day when, at the back of one pot, I saw this scraggly little thing. I pulled it, thinking it was another weed but, lo and behold, it was a scrawny little marigold plant. Now, I hadn’t planted a marigold in that particular spot, it must have grown from a seed. I felt bad, so I quickly replanted it, hoping it would grow, knowing the odds were not in its favour. 

Well, it’s still al little scraggly, and the flower isn’t perfect, but it persevered.    

I think there’s a something in this for all of us. Life is tough, but so are we. If we have the tenacity to push through our day to day life challenges, if we just hang on, we too will persevere. 

May the odds be ever in your favour. 

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Red Roses Canvas Materials

Today’s canvas was a big one. 16″ X 20″ which is the biggest I’ve ever painted.I usually work on smaller ones and the big journals I’ve been using were, up until now, the biggest art I’ve created. It’s exciting to be growing. However. There is a problem with using big canvases or, canvases in general (and not my journals). I’m running out of room to store them on my shelves! 

 And this isn’t even half of them! I have a whole box full of the smaller ones that are just sitting there, taking up space. 

So to solve this issue, it’s time to start selling them. I’ll be looking into scanning them so I can make prints and I’ll be putting the originals up on Etsy. I will post a link when I get that done. 

Anyways. Back to today’s art. Another fairy tale piece, this one, Alice in Wonderland. I do want to do an Alice portrait still, maybe tomorrow. 

Here is the link to the canvas.  

 I had a hard time getting a good picture without glare tonight. I’ll try again tomorrow but this just reminds me that I really need to pull out my good cameras to get better pictures to share.  

 
Materials Used:

  • Liquitex professional gesso
  • Golden gesso
  • Golden acrylic glazing liquid gloss (and suddenly I realize why I have so much glare on today’s canvas, sigh)
  • Golden acrylic paints: carbon black, quinacridone magenta
  • Liquitex alizarin Crimson
  • Liquitex professional ink quinacridone magenta
  • Faber-Castell Pitt pen
  • White Sharpie oil based paint pen

  


Gravity Defying Kitten

Physics. Pfft.

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Currently

Sitting next to me, this is what I see.

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What’s New?

So many things going on lately that it’s hard to keep up.

Finished my first 2 classes of my diploma program; while accounting kicked my butt, I still passed and got an A in my management class! I’ve started my 3rd class now, taxation, and will begin my 4th at the end of June. Just keep swimming, right?

Kicked of the craft season with our first Boyle Street Maker’s Faire in February which was, in my opinion, an amazing success. We’ve since done a couple of Mercer Collectives that have been just as great. We’re now closing in on our 2nd Boyle Street Maker’s Faire this Saturday and Sunday with a ton of new vendors, love music, a clothing swap and so many lovely artists, makers, and creators. It’s going to be a blast and I hope to see you there! Oh, here’s the event!

Opened both my Etsy shops up again. It’s been a while so I’m having to learn a bunch of stuff over again. If you’re interested, you can find them here and here.

Work is… work. It’s interesting at times, boring at others, and still a good place to go daily.

What else? Oh! Whirlwind trip to Toronto courtesy of Etsy Canada! It was a first team leader summit/introduction to Made in Canada Day, a Canada-wide craft show! It’ll be September 27th and yeah, it’s going to be good. I’ll do a full post up on Toronto in a few days.

There’s more going on (so much more) but it’s late and I have more work to do.


Update:

I’ve been a bit distracted with work, school, and crafts… Actually, crafts have fallen off too due to the immense school workload. I’m happy to say though, that the classes I started in January are now done and, although I’ll be starting a new class in a week, it’ll be online so I’ll get my evenings back again to create and work on the On the Spot stuff I’ve been sadly neglecting.

And the best, best news right now? I got an A in one of my classes! (Still waiting on test results for the other class, fingers crossed!) Go me!


Spring Has Arrived?

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Sure it has.


Freezing My Nose Off

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Taking pictures down on Saskatchewan Drive, wishing I had my scarf. All for art.


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And BOOM! PMS hits and everything is about 1000 times worse.


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I’d Really Appreciate It

If someone could please make the stomach ache and headache go away and clear the cobwebs from my brain, I’d greatly appreciate it.