After years and years of thinking about it (read basically my entire life), at the age of 38, I decided to start taking some art classes.
Having signed myself up for the part time Fine Arts Certificate program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, I am rediscovering that I really enjoy creating arty things. This folder will represent the works of art? that I’ve created for these classes. They will either be classwork or homework.
It’s never to late to learn.
B&W Funko Pop Cheshire Cat
A homework assignment for my 2D Composition and Form art class. I drew and painted this to learn about using positive and negative space. I really enjoyed this homework assignment and am thinking about doing some more paintings like this to explore this style.
Penguin in Egg
Penguin in Egg was a classwork assignment for my 2D Composition and Form art class. We were supposed to use positive and negative space and draw out a picture. I fell back to my “go to” theme of penguins. This was a fun classwork assignment.
Various watercolor pictures I've painted
2017 Christmas Card
Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that I love Penguins. Every year at Christmas I give out penguin Christmas Cards. Sometimes it can be quite the challenge to find penguin cards, but in the end I always succeed.
This year, instead of going hunting for my yearly penguin Christmas Cards, I decided to make my own. This watercolour painting is what I came up with this year. Hope you like it.
It was Canada's 150th birthday this year (2017) and I felt like painting a Canadian Flag. You can read all about it on my Random Musings blog post.
Alice in Wonderland Star Wars Mashup
I love Alice in Wonderland. I also love Star Wars (even more then I love Alice in Wonderland). What a better way to combine two of the things I love then a mashup homage to the original Star Wars poster. First I drew the picture in pencil, then outlined it in dip pen & ink. Next I painted the drawing with watercolours. Finally with white acrylic I made the stars.
Tiny Fences Buffy
Have you heard of Tiny Fences: A Buffy Podcast? Well if you haven't, it is this amazing podcast created by two of my friends. Amanda's watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the first time and Andrea's rewatching it for the umpteenth time. It is a very enjoyable podcast to listen to, even if Buffy the Vampire Slayer isn't your thing.
Soon the girls will be creating a musical episode of the podcast as a way to review the musical episode in season 6 "Once more with feeling". Talking with them about the podcast inspired me to create this painting.
A Royal Racoon by any other name would not be purple. I'm still learning how to do backgrounds but I was happy with how all the "splatter" turned out.
As part of a monthly challenge on a watercolour facebook group I have joined, for the month of March, the challenge was "C Composition" The whole idea behind the challenge was to paint something so that you could see the letter C.
This was my attempt.
Copied from my own picture, I'm standing on Second Beach in Vancouver, BC overlooking some rock Inukshuks. In the distance is Jericho Beach in Vancouver, BC.
The day that Carrie Fisher died was a sad one for many people. When I was fourteen I was at one of the department stores downtown and there in the book section I found a book that seemed kind of interesting, and somehow sort of familiar. In my hands was the book that would change my life, Star Wars: Jedi Search. Within the first few chapters I was hooked, and Star Wars would be a part of the rest of my life. I purchased every Star Wars book I could get my hands on, bought the VHS of the movies, watching them so many times that I actually wore them out. While watching the movies, for what I thought was the first time, they seemed so familiar, like I had seen them before. Turns out that I grew up watching them as my mom would watch them on TV. I even found out that in May 1980, she went to see Empire Strikes Back in theatres while she very pregnant with me. Star Wars has been a part of my entire life. I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Carrie Fisher today. Without her, and her representation of Princess Leia in the Star Wars universe my life would be unrecognizable.
This painting of Carrie Fisher was my way to help with the loss of such an iconic person. I know that it doesn't really look like her, but I'm sure she would have enjoyed the effort non-the-less.
A Birthday Gift
My second watercolour attempt was a birthday present for a friend. I "borrowed" a picture from her facebook page that featured her husband paddling on the water outside of their home in Victoria, BC.
Penguins on Rocks
This is my very first watercolour painting. I had a crazy idea a few months back that I wanted to try out watercolours. I purchased a small set of watercolours, and while I was on holidays from work I decided to start playing around with the paints. Slapping the paints onto the paper randomly is how the background was created. Eventually I decided to try and paint something on top. I love penguins so the resulting painting featured three little penguins balancing upon the rocks.
When something isn’t traditional “art” like a drawing or a painting, I always consider it to be a craft. Crafts are just a different type of art. This gallery features various craft projects I’ve created.
I made this Yoda Santa with shrinking plastic. It turned out pretty well and will be an awesome addition to the Christmas tree this year.
Bacon & Egg
One day I had the brilliant idea to make some bacon and egg barrettes, this is the result. I sew these by hand, using embroidery thread and felt. Everytime I wear them I receive compliments.
Ukrainian Easter Eggs
When I was in Grade 7, for art class, we made Ukrainian Easter Eggs. Well, for the past 24 years I had been thinking about how much fun it was to make these Easter Eggs, and a lot more complicated than the usual "kid" way to make them.
For Ukrainian Easter Eggs, you draw wax on the eggs with a small tool called a Kistky, then you dye the egg. Then you draw on more wax and dye the egg again, going from a lighter colour to a darker colour. Once all the waxing and dyeing has occurred you melt/wipe the wax off the egg.
This year (2017) I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase the supplies to have a "Pysanky Party", and invited a bunch of friends over to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs. It was a blast!
This is a blanket that I made for one of my oldest friends while she was pregnant with her first daughter. This blanket was a labour of love because I couldn't work on it at home. You see I have two cats, and my friends husband is allergic. I didn't want the brand new baby blanket to be filled with cat hair, which is what inevitably happens if you do yarn work and you have fur-babies. I've very please how it turned out and am happy to report my friend and her husband loved it (and appreciated the amount of time it took to make it)
The abacus is used to help you keep count. The Abacus Bracelet is generally used for two things. #1) Help you keep track of your rows while you are crocheting or knitting. #2) To look pretty when you are wearing it. I will be writing a tutorial on how to make this wonderful bracelet, but in the meantime, you can check out the Teaser on my Random Blog.
These penguin pj's are the first bit of fabric I've sewed together ins AGES! As you may have guessed, I love penguins. When I saw this fabric I knew that I had to make something amazing with them.
When I was a kid I remember my mom making beady Christmas Decorations. Well I decided to order myself a kit from amazon and make myself some. This is the first attempt.
Oh the Virus Shawl. I decided to make this lovely shawl as a wedding present for a close friend. There are so many different virus shawl patterns out there that it was hard to pick just one. I ended up using a few of them, neglecting to save the websites I got them from, however during my search I was never able to find out who designed the original one. If you know who it was, please let me know.
For Halloween 2016, I had yet another brilliant idea. This time it was for a Halloween costume for my partner Michael. At the time of the idea he had been watching a lot of Assassination Classroom, a Japanese anime about a squid like being who gives the people Earth one year to destroy him before he destroys them. Assigned to this task is a grade-school classroom, that he goes on to teach. Anyways, my idea was that Michael and I make the Korosensei costume for him and that I would dress up as one of the students. This is the result. The robe I sewed and the head was made with paper maché by Michael.
Felt Car Play Mat
When I was a kid, for Christmas one year, my grandmother sent me the most amazing car play mat. It was plastic, but amazing. I loved that thing. Well Christmas 2016 I had the idea to make a car play mat out of felt for Michael's nephew. This is the result of WAY MORE TIME than I expected it would take.
One day in that fabric store as I was digging through the remnants bin I found this lover brocade fabric. I just had to have it. I ended up sewing this cross-body tote.
This was the first time that I ever used a glass etch and it was a ton of fun. This is another would be tutorial that I will eventually write one day. I made this as a birthday present for a friend who loves sharks.
Harry Potter Scarf
I really wanted a Harry Potter Scarf but all the patterns I could find were knit, which makes sense since the ones in the books/movies were knitted. I'm not a fan of knitting. I know how to do it, but I enjoy crochet a lot more. So in the end I designed my own pattern for crochet.
Eventually I'll write up the pattern.
I don't really have much to say about these earrings, I made them up pretty quickly one afternoon, just to see if I could do it.
Have you heard of Borderlands? It's a video game and Claptrap is one of the characters in it. I don't play video games myself, but Michael does. One day I decided that I wanted to surprise him with a cross-stitch of Claptrap. Well, I surprised him with the pattern itself, not the actual finished project. Took me a little while to complete this project as I was working on other things at the same time. It can't all be hookers and sunshine.
If you have never heard of The Awkward Yeti, I'm about to change your life! The Awkward Yeti is a web-comic that features the the life of Lars the yeti as he experiences everyday social awkwardness. The spin-off, Heart & Brain, is where Sad Gallbladder is from. Heart and Brain follows the inner dialogue between Lars's cynical Brain and his care-free Heart and guest stars Lars's other organs, including; eyes, sad gallbladder, lungs, spleen etc.
I LOVE Sad Gallbladder, that may be in part because I lost my gallbladder due to gallstone induced jaundice (I'm totally fine), but because of this I just feel for Sad Gallbladder. One day I decided that I wanted a cross-stitch Sad Gallbladder. I searched the Internets for a pattern but was never able to find one. So I designed this one myself. Eventually one day I will figure out a way to write up the pattern so I can share it (really I just need to purchase the right program) but if you are interested in a Black & White version that I did up in Excel, just contact me. I'd be happy to share as long as you give me credit for the design and Nick Seluk, the creator of The Awkward Yeti credit for his amazing web comic.
Sometimes you just want to colour something that you didn't draw. Adult Colouring is all the rage right now, and I have a ton of colouring books from Johanna Basford. Johanna is a Scotish Illustrator and argubly the "mother" to the adult colouring craze right now. I don't need any more colouring books, but I will purchase anything that she draws, I just love them. Even flipping through the books and not colouring in them is relaxing.
Sometimes you create something that doesn’t fit into a specific category. Potpourri features all of these random creations I’ve made.
In my art class we got to use dip pens & ink. I LOVED them. After the class I went out and bought my own, and was pleasantly surprised to see that they also have left-handed nibs. Being a left-handed person sometimes means difficulties. The left handed nibs have a slight dulling of the tip, they are not as sharp pointed as a right-handed nib. When writing/drawing with your right hand, you drag the pen across the paper, being left-handed means I push my pen across the paper. Having a duller nib means that it won't dig into the paper as much, making it easier to push the pen along.
After the first two watercolour paintings I did, I decided to take an art class at the Port Moody Art Centre. The art class was for introductory drawing. I hadn't drawn anything in 20 years, not since high school. I thought the class would be a good first step into getting back into art. This boot is one of the resulting projects. Done up with charcoal, cont and pastels.
This was just a quick sketch I made using dip pen and ink.
It Came from Below
another sketch, that was more of a drawing than a sketch, but it's in my sketch book, so I'll call it a sketch. Done using dip pen and ink
Another picture from my sketch book. This time of Vader sitting on the top of my secretary desk. Done with dip pen & ink.
A self portrait that I did in art class. It doesn't really look like me, but it's the first time I've ever attempted a self portrait, and while it doesn't look like me, at least it does look like a person.
Done in pastel.
Have you been to a Paint Nite? They are a lot of fun. An artist walks you through how to paint a picture of your choosing, you select which picture you are going to do when you purchase your ticket. All of the paintings turn out looking fantastic, all similar but different. Even someone who's never painted before will leave with a work of art.