Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
This weekend was an excellent one. I planned to get alot of drawing done but in reality the weather was beautiful for a change so we were beckoned outside for the whole weekend. Ella and Roo enjoyed the yard and ate lots of grass, whiles Hazel & Jin enjoyed the back deck with their hand-picked and express delivered grass, ha ha. Flowers were planted, new garden tool purchased, dandelions picked, grass mowed, composter set up, etc...It was one of those wonderful first days of summer when you come inside and your body is just exhausted, your hands hurt and your legs ache but it feels great because you know you accomplished something and that your yard looks that much nicer and is that much more enjoyable. I also spent some time curled up on the front porch with my current read "Maid Marian" and had the pleasure of watching a zealous robin bathe in the bird bath, I just loved that. So overall a great weekend.
Last Friday was a great mail day. My lovely friend Maria sent me this beautiful card (above). I don't know where she finds these rabbit-filled cards but I adore them. She also included some photos of her with her old rabbit name 'Bunny'. I just loved seeing these photos, I loved putting a face to the name of this furry heart and I was touched to share these memories with her. I feel so thankful for the friendships I have, the strong women that surround me make my days so much better and blessed.
Well, I am off to fulfill some orders, respond to emails and get to work on Penelope, but first a tea and bowl of oatmeal with Hazel & Jin await me upstairs. Until Tomorrow be well and happy creating.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Another thing that struck me with this adorable little town was the Group of Seven inspired public murals scattered throughout the main street area...here are some of my favourites.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Today let me share with you some of my photographs from the R.O.M. We went to see the Dinosaur exhibition, which was very good, but I equally loved the Shanghai Exhibition and the one on Darwin was great as well (unfortunately no photography was allowed in this section).
So here's a couple of shots on our stroll to the museum...
Here is the beautiful new addition to the R.O.M. Alot of people hate it, but I just love it, to me it looks like something emerging from the ground, just as equally solid and despite the very unusual design, it's natural somehow.
Now some of the Shanghai Shots...This was one of my favourite parts a gateway to burial land. I can't remember what dynasty it was from, but a king had giant and beautiful gates like this built to surround the land where his prince sons were buried.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
This soap is just gourgues. Now I admit to quite often being 'suckered' in by packaging. I sometimes even buy books just for the cover art. Who can resist these soaps...the drawings on the boxes are so lovely, so organic, fun and whimsical but also the boxes are so tactile and touchable. They are made from a beautifully soft handmade paper. These vegetable soaps are only $4-$6 each and we couldn't resist buying the 'coconut', "Apricot' and 'Green Apple' scents. Besides getting a beautiful product for a good price, the purchase also provides artisans of the Palam Rural Centre with adequate housing, water, medical assistance and education funds for their children...the wonders of simple bars of soap. I mean, really what would you rather, some cheap mass-produced, animal-tested bar of soap from a faceless monster like Wal-mart....or something handmade, something beautiful, something to make you feel better by giving back to the makers who need some help....something with abit of soul...for us the choice is clear and so much more enjoyable.
Now for a new website find; Charming Wall. Not to steer you away from buying my 'oh so lovely and wonderful and whimsical work" ha ha, but I just loved this site when I saw it and wanted to share it with you. I just love the design of the website, it's so much fun. Once your done browsing there...please do come back to me, for my new website will be ready to launch soon.
I am off to get some work done...Happy Creating.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
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Anyhow, I don't have any new work that I can show you at the present, so I thought I'd share one of my favourite older illustrations. In the continuous vein of my love for rabbits, this one was done last year in coloured pencil and is called "Ella Luna, the Dancer", it was sparked from a children's book ideal I had. Hope you enjoy. Have a wonderful day and until tomorrow...Happy Creating.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
In 2007, over 215,000 harp seals were slaughtered for their fur. The Canadian government simply refuses to end this agonizing and sick practice, so it's up to us animal lovers to stand up again and again and keep fighting to protect those who can't protect themselves. We give money every year to the seal hunt protests and I strongly urge all animal lovers to follow suit. Those of us who aren't strong enough to stand on the front lines, can still help alot but donating, because the protests take alot of money. If the protesting stops, the light won't be shed on this matter...we must continually make the government and people aware that it's cruel and unnecessary and putting our beloved country in a very poor light. After all "The greatness of a country is reflected in how it treats it's animals". Visit http://www.hsicanada.ca/
I plan some new illustrations on this topic, which I am hoping to send to the seal hunt protest organizations to use for free.
On to something lighter...Today was a great mail day. I just love getting mail, buying stickers and paper and stationary etc really is one of my pleasures. With email however, my mailbox treats have dwindled. I am past complaining about it though, now I just really really enjoy it when I do get a treat by snail mail. Today I got a letter from my oldest friend Lisa...she sent me this cute 'yogi' card and her two sweet boys Noah and Ben made me some sun catchers...shaped like bunnies of course, ha ha. I just love them...thanks boys and thanks Lisa
Well, that's all for this week. Until Monday, be well...breath....and simply 'be'.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
On our adventures we visited the store "Ten Thousand Villages", I know I mentioned the website before so I was delighted to learn that they actually had a physical store. Toronto actually has two different store locations. We got some of this divine chocolate, ohhh it's so good (and all consumed). It's a fair trade product for the cocoa bean farmers of Kuapa Kokoo, in Ghana. Besides being delicious chocolate, you can feel good buying it because you know proceeds will go to help the makers. Plus, I couldn't resist the absolutely gorgeous wrapper....
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I love this piece because 'everything is going to be okay' was exactly the mantra I had to repeat to myself the days after I finished it. Here's a question, I don't want answered but that I still want to throw out into the void...can art actually sometimes foretell the future? Anyhow, here's what happened; I was having a wonderful time in Toronto at Judit & Ed's place. I was suppose to be home on a Tuesday but things happened causing my ride to be unable to come pick me up on the scheduled day, so we all decided that I would stay another week on top of the initial week. I finished this illustration on a Tuesday and Wednesday at 6am, I got a call from home saying Ella Luna was very sick and it was strongly suggested that I get home as soon as I could. The bus and train weren't an option because they took 6-8 hours to arrive at home and neither left till at least 9:30am. So I did what I originally thought was the unthinkable..I rented a car and drove myself, ha ha. Now I know this doesn't sound like a big deal to most people, but for me, it was a massive thing....a big fear overcome and conquered. Despite the fact that I lived in Toronto for 5 years and drive quite alot....I've never had the nerve to drive in Toronto on my own. I always needed that expert beside me telling me which lane to get into, and which exit to take etc etc. But when push came to shove, I had to get home to my Ella Luna and I just did it, in 3 hours I must add, ha ha. The whole time...being terrified of being in the car in the middle of Toronto and the expressway all on my own...being terrified that Ella wouldn't be able to hold on till I got home...I kept telling myself 'Everything is going to be okay"...and it was:D I got home safe and sound with renewed confidence in my strength and abilities and our beautiful Ella Luna has fully recovered.
Life is just so much more fulfilling and amazing when we can move freely through it...and when you reach that fear that is blocking your way, if you really must bust through it, have the belief in yourself that you will. I think that most of us are alot stronger than we give ourselves credit for. I love the saying "A woman is like a tea bag, she never knows how strong she is, till she's put in hot water".
Till tomorrow, be well everyone and happy creating.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Well that it about all for today. I feel like I've been away from my studio forever so I have alot to do today and this week. Be well everyone and until tomorrow have fun creating.