Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
P.S. We got 60 cm of snow yesterday, schools were closed once again and we did not even put our nose outside cause it was so frigid. We could not use the roads anyways...
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I should not even mention it, you will think I am either very redundant or getting old, but it has been snowing again, and I am talking lots of snow. Mixed with sleet Friday night and windy gusts today that caused power failure in our neighborhood. So, on Saturday, I slepped over with Ulysse at my parents place, the roads were real bad and today, no power, we stayed in pyjamas all day and goofed around. This is why I did not write a word on my blog for the past 2 days...
It is going to be another VERY buzy week, I put my feet in the plates (a French expression), accepted to doing another painting this week, this one due on Thursday... I will have to say no at some point or I will be spending Christmas day in my studio with my paint tubes and brushes. Hummm, I will never say no to an commissioned painting, I love too much working on them....
Friday, December 14, 2007
The little monkey is his own creation, made of knick-knack of all rusty sorts.
We worked on the mask together, started with bark and added moss, sea glass, twigs, seashells to make our Nature Warrior Mask.
The bird was a gift from Vicki to Ulysse for his birthday, made of bones of all kind and some other components, all brought back from Gran Manan Island in New Brunswick.
Making this kind of art is our favorite and it is very addictive...
Switching to a totally different subject, I just wanted to tell all of you readers and fellow bloggers that I am enjoying this little task of daily writing very much. And I looooove hearing from you. I am amazed at how rapidly the circle is enlarging, I am now hearing from people I did not know about 2 weeks ago and selling to a totally new clientele. Thanks a bunch for stopping by, this is so much fun !!!
Oh oui, I worked all day and was able to finish most of the remaining paintings due for delivery.
And of course, it is snowing once again...
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I worked till 5 a.m. this morning, trying to finish a last minute painting I had an order for a few days ago. Then, woke up at 6:30 a.m. to prepare lunch for Ulysse and get ready for another big day of work. Hummm, not too many hours of sleep....
I rushed all day preparing 14 different parcels of paintings, left in a hurry just at the moment a snow storm was starting (again...), managed to drive to the US border, took them all across to Vermont, went to the post office in Richford, closed and sealed everything, put labels on, etc. and at the moment I was getting ready to pay my bill, I noticed I had an extra label but NO parcel to go with it !!! Panick attack !!! 20 minutes left before closing time, I ran to my car and found the forgotten parcel on the roof above the door, where I had put it when I had taken them all out of the vehicle. Ran back in a hurry, swearing, puffing, sweating, bitching and whining and made it on time!
15 minutes left to drive back to Quebec (goodbye, bonjour) across the border once again and pick up my son, as promised, at school. We stopped by at the grocery store and when I came time to pay, no wallet !!! Yikes !!! Got back in the car with Ulysse, drove once again trough the border (à bientôt, good afternoon), thank God I have been going through that same border office for more than 18 years now and I do not look like a terrorist ... Went back to the post office, the postmaster was waiting for me with a big smile and my wallet. All was fine. Well, now, you know the story... Went back to Quebec (see you again soon, bonsoir), in that same crazy storm and got home safe. And you know what? Santa had already visited my place while I was away and left a big gift bag of goodies, all decorated, and full of yummy-should-I-eat-this-one-before-this-one cookies, nuts, chocolate and candies. But no note, word or card...And we still do not know who did this....And in one of the glass pane of the front door window, an imprint probably left for last year's Valentine decorations, there was this heart
What a nice day we had, come to think about it :-) I am back in my studio for another long night, it is nice and cozy and warm and now I am sure fairies exist...
Still too busy to converse for a long time, I have to finish this little painting tonite so I can ship it tomorrow with the others waiting to go. I promise I will be more in a chatting mood once Santa has visited and I know my paintings were all delivered in time.I just added this little Love Fairy painting on eBay tonite, will aim for another one tomorrow.
Everyone is acting crazy today in our household, lots of energy and excitement in the air, which usually means a storm is a comin.... Oh nooooooo!
I would love to know who The Odd Bird Studio is! I tried linking to your blog but to no avail. Write again!
Don't forget to think about my Year of the Rat Art Event project. I would love to have more participants !!!!
Monday, December 10, 2007
sold ! Thank you Beth!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Today was the annual brunch at school and boy, there were so many people, best year so far! About 10 years ago, the school decided that instead of having the kids go door to door selling these darn chocolate bars, soap bottle or what not, they would organize, with the help of volunteer parents, an annual brunch, somekind of breakfast buffet. It is now a tradition in the region, people mark it on their calendar and comes the day, everyone is there. It is a very nice happening since it creates a warm relationship between kids, parents, neighbors, teachers and families in general. And this year was the best, lots of laugh, food, friendship and good in your heart feelings. Even Santa was good with tons of gifts for each kid and thank God, he really looked like Santa, not like one of those fakes ones!!!
Time to go back to work now, got a couple of real nice commissioned paintings a few hours ago, from returning buyers, and this is always the best!
Hope you all had a great weekend!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
I am now going to attempt to finalize my Christmas shopping, yes, you heard me right, finalize it! I like to be prepared in advance so it leaves me more time for last minute baking and cooking and enjoying the moment.
I read all your blogs, dear artsy friends, but have no time at the moment to post comments. I will have a moment for that this weekend. A bientôt!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Just barely finished her, the varnish is still sticky! I had great fun working on this little 6'x8' canvas painting. And, a first, this one is bilingual, French and English!
Gotta go finish another one, than maybe another one too...
I will try to talk longer later...
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I have been working and working in my studio but it just seems like everything takes me sooooooo muuuuuuuuuch tiiiiiiiiime......I sketched 5 canvases and to do something different, I started on them all together. NOT good! I seem to be going nowhere, adding a little bit on this painting, correcting a little something else on that one, and looking at them all at the same time and not getting to the point. Hummmm, not sure my English is so good tonite... Tant pis (meaning too bad)... So, I have put them all aside except one and I will not be looking at the others unless this first one is finished.Look at the picture I found in an old Country Living magazine. This antique house is made of real playing cards glued together and illuminated by one tiny bulb. Ohhhhhhh!!!! I like it! Gotta make one during Xmas vacations, when the family in on the slow-motion mode. Loooove it! I went with Ulysse to the $ store and we bought 6 packs of playing cards with traditional blue or red backs. Imagine what you could do with tons of playing cards and a hot-glue gun???? It would make an incroyable light box. OK, I will add it to the list of 934 other projects to be done....
Ok, I am off to bake almond croissants for tomorrow morning. I love baking and I bake either muffins, cinnamon buns, croissants, scones or pancakes 3 or 4 mornings a week. I would have been a wonderful bed-and-breakfast hostess. Except I am not too crazy about being with strangers in closed confinements... And I would hate to clean the bathroom once they are gone...A demain les copains!
So, let's start the YEAR OF THE RAT ART EVENT !!!
Who wants to join in? Come on! All you have to do is produce one art piece on that theme in any medium you choose (collage, painting, knitting, assemblage, photo montage, anything). It could be Mickey Mouse, Rat Fink or Three Blind Mice. As long as we are talking rat, mouse, mice, country or city style. And on the first day of the New Chinese Year, February 7 2008, each participant will post a picture of their art, probably on a blog especially created for that event. There will be plenty of time after the holidays to work on it and I think it would be fun to go a little wild on the subject.
So, talk about it with your artist friends, pass the idea around and let's do it!
Monday, December 3, 2007
Nothing better they to learn, when you are a kid, that you can stay home! So, we spent the day in pyjamas! I got to finish 2 of the 5 paintings I am currently working on and I was able to wrap everything that needs to be shipped. A good day of work, indeed!
A friend, who stopped by, said that this winter is supposed to be the worst in 15 years! We all laughed 'cause every year, there is a new theory about how the months coming ahead will make us suffer. But you know what, I like winter! I like staying inside and doing all the stuff that needs to be done that I do not do in summer because I can not stay inside!!! I love skiing, skating, walking in the snow but what I like the most about this season is that it is a relaxed one, with short days and long nights....And it is white and clean and silent outside and I think it is the best time for me to really communicate with nature...and to realize how lucky I am to have this peace and space all around me...
Sunday, December 2, 2007
We started taking the Christmas decorations out of their boxes but there are so many it usually takes a full day to do it all. So, we will do the rest tomorrow. Wednesday is tree picking and chopping day. We walk around in the forest and choose a tree that does not have much chance, being squeazed tight between two larger ones, and we give it a special spot and treatment 5 weeks long in our house. It stays all decked until Epiphany, January 6 then we take it outside and let it have another kind of life by covering it with balls of suet and seeds for the birds. Comes April or May, it goes into its final stage, well kinda of, we put it through the chipper, which grates it to fine pieces that spread the pieces on the compost pile. Than, of course, the compost pile is used in the garden and else where and eventually another fir, spruce or pine tree will reseed itself in it. I always teased my husband that when I die, I want him to put my ashes in the compost pile so I can just come back to life in the garden on, and on, and on ....
I went down the pond and we completely cleaned the snow of it. Took a while but we had a riot. Ulysse built the ultimate recycled snow vehicle, used the board from an old skate board and put it under a green box, which is used in Montreal to put recyclable material, such as paper, glass, carboard, etc. in, so that the trashmen can pick it up properly. That box is made of recycled material too. We named it the sno-tro (trop, pronounced tro in French literaly means too much). I pushed him across the pond, it flew on the surface of this ice and the 3 dogs were going wild!
After, we came inside, had a hot chocolate. I make it the Mexican way, using dark grated chocolate, milk with a bit of cream and a dash of cinnamon. Miam!!! We then made unedible cookies I used to make with my grandmother. We called them potpourri cookies. You simply mix a bag of each of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves, then add just enough store-bough applesauce to make a pliable dough, a bit similar to homemade playdough. You then flatten the dough between two pieces of wax paper and cut the dough with your favorite cookies cutters. You pierce each of them on top with a plastic straw than place them on a cookie sheet or other flat surface, covered first by another piece of wax paper. You can oven dry these for 5-6 hours at 150 degrees F or simply let them dry out in your house for a few days. Once dried you can attach a piece of ribbon to each of them or made a garland with all of them. You can also decorate them to your likings. We like them plain style, so traditional and primitive. What happens is because of the apple sauce, they retain a certain humidity and keep on smelling spicy for a long time. We love making those!
Have a great week!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
It's amazingly chilly here for this time of the year, having a -17 degrees celcius right now. We will clean the pond tomorrow and see if the ice is good enough to skate. LOVE skating! I am such a kid but I like going by myself with my hockey skates and I make believe I am a star skater, going loops and figures and stuff. The fun part is we put our skates at our house, step outside and slide down the hill to the pond.
Now, we are all sick with the stomach flue that my son brought back from school, all going to bed earlier and planning on a great day tomorrow.
I have not been able to work much on my paintings today but started crocheting a pink scarf out of scratch wool I had put aside with the years. So I lounged in my daybed while Ulysse was playing Runescape on the net and my hubby was watching hockey on the tv. Just like a real good old Saturday should be...A bientôt! LuLu
Friday, November 30, 2007
So all the animals were acting crazy today, either running after a tail, fighting, running 100 km/hr throught the house, or screaming in a weird tone. Even the turtle was trying to evince the thermometer out of the aquarium. Yep, they were right, there was a storm a comin...
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I am so slow today, I can not believe it! It usually happens right before full-moon...Or is it my going to bed 4 days in a row at 3 a.m.? Or is it that I have a couple pieces too much of homemade chocolate fudge with my last coffee and now I feel my sugar rush declining? Or is it the fact that my black old cat Mooli spilled my dirty water bowl on top of my working table about an hour ago, making a nice mess of the sketches, magazines and clippings that were lying there? I am slow as a pink turtle...
I just posted this mother and daughter angel painting on eBay and will also post it on Etsy. I painted it with colors more primitive than my usual palette. I had this sketch done for a long time, finally got to lie it down on a canvas.I am now working on 3 other paintings at a time, gotta finish them all for tomorrow...I think I am going to flip back on my shell and take a little rest to rid me of that lazy mood I am in...
Talk to you all later...LuLu
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The Deer and Red Birds painting sold pretty fast, I am so proud of this piece, I think it turned out to be one of my best paintings so far... I finished two more today but did not find the time to photograph them. Will be listing them tomorrow on Etsy and eBay.
I have to tell you how much I love my blog! It is so nice to get comments about my art and day to day life. I do not have to be on the phone (which I hate). I do not have to be away from my studio to get news and give news. The people I exchange with are people who are interested in my artsty life and with whom I generally have many similar interests, either art-wise or life-wise. I get to show my art to people I did not even know existed yesterday, people who's art I admired for a while and and people I now love to hear about. I think having a blog gives a totally new meaning to the word 'WEB'. I have been on the net since the beginning and I can not believe how fast my web is stretching...
I have been tagged by Cheri to say
FIVE RANDOM THINGS ABOUT MYSELF
Here they are:
1. I HAVE A NATURALIST PASSION
I collect rocks, branches, bark, seeds, nuts, bird nests, anything that comes from the sea and that has been washed ashore, sea glass, driftwood but especially bones and skulls and skeletons of all kinds. I have been know as the "Bone Collector" around here, because of my habit of picking them up in my old Lada Jeep whenever I spot some on the backroads. I think that dried up and clean bones at the seashells of the earth... They inspire me...
2. I USED TO BE A MODEL
Yep, when I was 18, I got hired by a modeling agency and worked in that field for a couple years. But I was not fashion-oriented enough and got tired fast of all the running around non-stop and the fake-people world...
3. I BELIEVE IN LOOOOVE
I have been with my husband for almost 25 years even though we have a 16-year age difference. Please take note here that we have been working at home in our respective studios all those years, which mean we have been together FULL-TIME for almost 25 years. Did you thing such a thing existed? 4. I WAS MEXICAN IN A PRIOR LIFE
No, but seriously, I have a passion for Mexico, the land, its people, its art and its history. 3 years in a row, I drove with my husband from Southern Quebec to the Yucatan in Mexico and spent 4 months there each time. We travelled throughout the country, tasted, smelled, experienced, loved, admired so many different things, people, feelings that I seriously think if I had a life previously, I must have been Mexican.
5. I AM A POSITIVE AND HAPPY PERSON
So positive that my husband says it hurts his teeth. There is so much gloom on our planet, we forget about the value of simple things like our family, the color of the grass, the brightness of the sun, the flights of the dragonflies, the smell of the hay, the sparkles in the snow. We forget that we find food to eat everyday, we can have a drink of cool clean water when we are thirsty, we do not have to plug our ears with our fingers to shut the noise of violence, war and death that so many other countries live with daily. We are lucky. And for that, I am thankful, positive and happy...
Well, my turn to tag someone and I chose Jen because I just love her art! Your turn Jen to say five random things about yourself!