Saturday, May 23, 2009

Hangin' with the five year olds.......

The conversation went like this:

"Hey Ms. Brown -- you have lots of grey hair"
"Thanks for pointing that out, Jack."
"Ms. Brown, are you old?"
"Just a bit older than my teeth."
long pause.........
"Ms. Brown -- you're funny."
"I know."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

What do you see when you close your eyes?

That was the theme for Peggy's book. Easy for me to answer -- I see Lauren, beauty, the future... The scan does not do justice to the multi layered background -- there are many layers of paint -- pthalo blue is so luminous -- and then I've sewn on 3 different colours of tulle.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

finishing up loose ends

I've been behind with everything -- I only create on Saturday and Sunday mornings -- and my weekends have been full lately. And then my muse was being difficult.......

I finally finished the Twilight series of books! The fourth book was THE BEST! I read it almost straight through in a few sittings. Very suspenseful. Like the season finale of Greys Anatomy. That almost killed me. But now I can catch up on my DVDs -- I'm just finishing the first season of Carnivale (Twin Peaks meets the circus and the church....)

These circle pages are for Megan's book. It is actually a front and back of the same page. I have been working on it for over a month. I absolutely love polka dots, but I just cannot work in the circle format. I was in a circle fatbook once that almost drove me to quitting any artmaking at all. This was close. Because I was doing a front and a back, I didn't have to make the pages relate to each other, like you do in a spread. I'm so happy that it's finished. Sorry that it's so late, Megan!!!!

Sunday, May 03, 2009


Last weekend, instead of making art, I learned to row. Lauren was running an Introduction to Rowing at her boat club and I decided to support her the best that I could. I kind of thought that I'd be making cookies or providing band aids to blistered hands. But no, she expecting me to squish my butt into a very narrow and tippy boat, and be a team player.(I'm third from the left in both pictures)
(also: we were short 2 people so we have 2 empty spots in our "eight")
(click on the pictures to really see my bad form)
Do you know what "catching a crab" is? Well, I caught two. And that's not a good thing. But at least I didn't fall out of the boat! "Catching a crab" is when you take a stroke and your blade is not completely on the square so your oar gets stuck in the water. Here is a clip from the US rowing safety video on how to catch a crab:

I think that I'll stick with making art.... or kayaking or canoeing. I'll post some kayaking pictures of me later in the summer. Lauren can be the rower in the family. She needs to be better than her mommy at something, LOL. (that comment was totally tongue-in-cheek -- she is better than me at almost everything... not that I'd ever admit it....)