Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
and he brought me a slow and easy day wrapped in warm weather, bits of sunshine and tons of rain.
Most of the snow has melted away and we scored a 15 degrees Celcius (here's a quick trick to translate Celcius to Farenheit: times 2 plus 32, ex. 15 x 2 = 30, plus 32 = 64 F !!!), almost a record high for this time of the year.The chicken came out of their coop for a pecking feast and left alien foot steps in the slush. No more snow in the garden ... All that green seemed to glow and and looked so fresh ...
Mikey could not skate any more on the tiny pond so he went ice-fishing ... Today, with Spring patting my shoulder, I have decided I am walking backward from now on ... No more of that growing older, I wanna be 16 forever !!!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Candy-striped towels, a swiss chocolate wrapped in metallic paper, a book on chicken, a piece of my home-made Bûche de Noël on a festive plate and a red bandanna used as a napkin ...
Christmas was nice and simple, joyful and peaceful.
A spiffy red hiking bag , a gift from my bro, a polka-dot cup with tiny grater and box of chocolate to make hot cocoa, a gift from my Ulysse, a spunky red-dressed lady on a fun Christmas card, a Swiss Army Knife and a pair of hand-knitted slippers from my mom (we all got a different colored pair, mine of course, was red) ...
Just a small gathering made of us three, Francois, Ulysse and I, and my parents who live 10 minutes away, and my brother Richard who came from Laval, not far from Montreal, to celebrate with us with his two kids, cousins Jeanne and Charlie.An assortment of hot sauce bottles I offered my husband Francois who likes everething calliente ... We gave each other tons of gifts, ate tons of food, played tons of games and had tons of fun. The cousins, Ulysse and Charlie, having some fun during Christmas vacations, as they do each year. They will be spending 5 days together ... I have a small family, one brother only, and Francois' family all live in different corners of the states ...
A bright red Volkswagen beetle metal toy car, the car of my dreams ... It was small and just perfect! A red wooden bolo paddle my dad built for each of the kids, for fun and as a reminder of days gone by ... So, another Christmas has gone by, leaving red and green remnants here and there ... and a new year starting soon ...P.S. Shhtt! Not a word to anybody! Tomorrow is my birthday !!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
my little paradise ... I drove Ulysse to one of his friends' house nearby this afternoon, the sun was shining and the view was incredible! I came back home, took the three dogs with me and hop! in the car, we went together for a picture ride. No need to search for Winter Wonderland, it is here in Southern Quebec and its shining star is Mont Pinacle, my mountain ... And every day I give thanks for having had the chance of being born in this part of the world where there is no war and where snow mingles with peace ... I am so lucky ... And I took this picture especially for you all. This is line that has been cut out in the woods nearby. This line is the line you see on a map of North America, the line that is drawn between Quebec and Vermont, between Canada and the USA. No, really, this is not a joke!Do you know that about 30 years ago, there were no border offices in this region, you could just drive back and forth from Quebec to USA and back without having to report your travelling. Wow, so many things have happened since then ... The world is changing for sure ...
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Snif ... Snif ... Cough ... Cough ... Snif ... Cough ...
I know, I know, I am a lazy blogger these days ... But at least I have an excuse! I am sick ! Well, I mean, we are all sick !!! It must be this crazy winter weather we are getting, one day you can spit in the air and it will freeze before it reaches the ground! Then, the day after, this particular wind arrives with warm air that would make you think the tulips and daffodils are ready to come out of the soil! One day, my fingers are so cold in my woolen gloves that they are too numb to fit the key in the hole in my car's door ... Then, another day, it is so mild and it rains so hard that stream by the pond overflows ... So, I guess it is just normal that one day, you are feeling great then the day after you feel like you are good for nothing !!! Ulysse stayed home with a big cold most of the week and spent tons of time reading. Then, of course, I started sneezing too, and by Monday I needed straws in my nose to breath !!! Now, I have a larynx infection and it is so painful I think I must have lost 5 pounds from eating nothing else than soup, puree and other appetizing mushy food. Francois has gotten it too, he is now laying half-dead on the sofa with fever and a wicked sore throat ... BUT ... I AM SO HAPPY ! ! ! ALL my Christmas shopping is done, ALL my Christmas decorating is done and ALL my commissioned paintings are done ! ! ! Therefore, I am sick and I can take all the time I need to get better ! I will be doing some shipping tomorrow and I guess I will be away from my studio for a bit ... Of course, my Etsy store will be stay open for business so you can drop by and buy a print or two (or three, the third one is FREE). But I will not be adding new paintings until 2009 has arrived and eveyone is back from the holidays. 2008 has been a very good year so far and I am happy to end it this way ... I will be reading all your blogs, will have time to leave comments, to chat some and will write more regularly on my blog. I will spend tons of time with my family and friends and will play outside every day. I work on a mega plastic collage project that has been in the back of my head, I will go ski and skate, I will watch movies and read books. And soon enough, I will be back to my brushes, my colors and my sketch books cause they will be calling me ... and I will be missing them ! I hope everyone is having a great time in this busy buzzy period. Don't forget, do take some time for yourself too !
P.S. This last picture is one of the religious shrine I started in one corner of the living room. I found them here and there in garage sales, they are all old and made of plaster and I think they look so wonderful and inspiring displayed together ...
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Chéri ! Look what I found at the Church Christmas Sale yesterday!
A beautiful moss-green with red-red flowers woolen beret! I paid 50 cents for it! I just love it!It is such an happy-merry-just-right-for-the-holiday-season hat! And it fits so nicely! I swear, when I wear it, I feel so good that little fairy wings grow in my back and I literally fly with joy and style! I had to paint it, so here is my little French Fairy, available on eBay and Etsy! It is available with a Buy It Now Option if you want to snatch it in a jiffy and offer it as a Christmas gift! I just want remind everyone that my BUY 2 PRINTS, GET THE 3RD FREE SALE is going on till the end of December! I have a huge choice of prints, fairies, angels, Fridas and more and they make terrific gifts as well! Just come and visit MyPinkTurtleStudio on Etsy and check them out!Don't you just love my new Christmas wreath? I got a regular plain fake cheap wreath at the store, bought a bunch of knick-knacks at the $1 store, got the hot-glue gun out and had fun. I think it looks so joyful and fun, everyone should have a custom-make door wreath to welcome visitors!As you can see, it attracks all kinds of visitors ...
Thursday, December 11, 2008
... is currently the favorite flavor of the house. My mother bought a bag of homemade winterblue cello-wrapped clear hard candies at the local Christmas Food and Folk Art Fair. And we are all hooked on the snappy, glue-your-nostrils-together-cold, peppery hot and sweet treats. So I decided I needed to take a few minutes away from my commissioned orders and paint a sweet little Winter Blue Fairy. She is available on eBay and Etsy, with a Buy It Now option. It would make a very swell gift. This little painting gives off an almost-cold-to-the-touch wintery feeling! It was fun painting it all in shades of blue. I decided to add mica flakes to the background and as I was doing it I noticed it sparkled the same way the snow did in the afternoon today. Then, right on my window sill, came a red gros beak bird, one of those fluffy Christmas red chubby volatile, spying what I was doing through the glass. Et voila! Just what the painting was missing! I think it is just perfect, little bits of winter from here and there, all parts of a cold sunny day here in my little arctic spot of the world ... ARE YOU ALL READY FOR CHRISTMAS ?
IS ALL YOUR SHOPPING DONE ?
ARE YOU UP TO DATE WITH YOUR SHIPPING AND PAINTING AND LISTING AND FINISHING AND ... ? I am almost done in every field and am trying to stay calm and relax. You can do so much ... And when the stress level is too high, it takes the fun out of everything, right? I have been so busy that I totally forgot to celebrate the First anniversary of my blog ! Yep, one year has gone since I started blabla-ing on these cyber pages ... I wanted to do something special on that particular day but it will have to wait till after the holidays. Stay tuned! A new give-away contest is brewing in the back of my brain !
Friday, December 5, 2008
has arrived on ebay and Etsy ! It is an angel of peace, an angel of love. And it is here to wish you all PEACE AND LOVE during this joyful holiday season. And remember, if you can spare a little extra peace and love, share it with someone who might not be getting as much of it as you are. Because, after all, bottom line, this is all we need ...
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I wanted to paint Frida in the snow, with fur-trimmed hat and mittens. A wintery Frida. And of course, I could not resist giving the snowman she is holding a calavera (skeleton) style. The words on the painting say 'I Dream of Snow' in Spanish ... Isn't she adorable?
As usual, this Frida in Snow painting is up for bids on eBay or you can buy it right away in my Etsy store. I think she would make a wonderful little present! The snow has completely melted and the grass is showing again. It is chilly, a few degrees below freezing point, but I could not resist riding my bike down the mountain today. Zipping down the hard unpaved road with my favorite knitted trio of red rasta-style tam hat, leopard mittens and candy-cane striped scarf made the exploit even more daring and fun! I like snow but ... I would not mind if it was gone for good and spring was on its way ... (sight!)
Monday, December 1, 2008
How did we manage to arrive to December once again?
Summer ends, school starts, Halloween goes by then you think there is still plenty of time before Christmas ... WRONG ! ! ! Christmas always gets here before I have enough time to do everything that needs to be done ... Most of the snow has melted but I am not fooled ... Christmas will be here soon !
I have been painting 6 days a week lately, from 8 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. when I go down to the village to pick up Ulysse from school. We do homeworks, I prepare supper, we eat and do the dishes, then ZAP ! I go back to my studio with my son-buddy-partner-in-crime. I work again till around 2 a.m. and stop, not because I am tired but usually because my feet are cold from staying seated for so long. But I am happy! I finished my last commissioned painting today and have been working on 4 different other paintings at the same time which I am trying to finish for Wednesday. I will be adding more original canvas and some prints in my Etsy shop and on eBay before the end of the week. That is what I have been up to ! Not much time to write on my blog, or respond to comments, or leave comments on everyone's blog but thank you so much for stopping by and for ALL your wonderful comments about my art. I try not to watch or listen to too much news about the economy and the disasters that seem to tumble behind it. I still can't get over the story of this poor security guard who was stampeded by a bunch of impatient shoppers at Walmart ... Are people going crazy or what? I am living a very simple life made of love, family, sharing and painting and I am very happy with it. BUT ... My shopping is still not all done and it is driving me crazy !!! And the decorations are not all out of the boxes and the cards are not sent and ... I think I will do like Diablo my cat and do the fake-iguana stretch! No need to rush ... CHRISTMAS IS FUN !
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Don't you love this busy time of the year?
I do! There are so many things to be done, baking to be thought ahead, paintings to be painted in quantity, gifts to be made or purchased, cards to be sent, festive music to be played, lists to be read, vacations to be expected ...I wanted this new Frida painting to be Christmas and Holidays related but yet I wanted it to be an image you would want to display all year round. I wanted it to be festive, romantic and poetic a la Mexicana! Dont't you love the little cactus tree with the star on top? And the red skirt with the skulls flowers? And the string of lights?I like this one very much, I hope you do too !Feliz Navidad Frida is on eBay right now and as usual it is also available on Etsy at a fixed price if you want it, and you want it NOW!Gotta go back to work, even though it is Friday night ... I have a couple of fun new paintings to finish ...I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and that all your Christmas shopping is now done (joke :D)I will blablabla longer tomorrow ...
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I started collecting plastic snow globes because I thought they were tacky, kitsch and funky. That was before other people started collecting them. I got my first ones on a trip to France where Francois and I toured the country by car for 3 weeks. We would stop in souvenir shops in every city we entered and soon enough it was the theme of the vacation. I came back with 28 different ones, each of them old souvenir-style ones, made of plastic, with a little scene inside and its name on a white plaque. That was in 1988. Afterwards, I just kept on adding to the collection, either by hunting for them in flea markets and junk stores but also by bringing them back from trips. My family and friends added quite a few too, then in 1994, I discovered I was not alone and that there were other people collecting them. I started trading them. And I also sold the ones I had doubles of. I did two radio interviews about snowdomes and appeared in a National TV show showing my collection and explaining my attraction to them. I accumulated 900 of them which I displayed on shelves in a room of our house in Montreal. Then they became less and less easy to come by and souvenir stores did not carry them as much. I started storing them in big plastic boxes to make place for some other stuff. Kinda forgot about them... One morning I decided I wanted to sell my collection. So, for months, I sold then directly, through eBay and other ways, to other collectors. It took me a entire year to liquidate my stash. And I ended up with a nice little bundle of money at the end of the transactions. Snowdomes were hot and I had tons of them for sale! Surprisingly, I do not miss this incredible collection at all. I thought maybe my son would like to keep them for later but he had no interest in them at all. Even though it was great fun to hunt and find them in thrift stores and while travelling, it satisfied my craving and I think I am through with collecting ... This little Girl, Cat and Snow Globe painting is available on eBay or Etsy, your choice. Wouldn't it make a wonderful little Christmas gift? I am so busy painting as much as I can for the holiday season that I do not spend much time doing anything else lately. Were are all doing fine, thanks for asking. Ulysse is doing great in his new highschool life and he is now working on the design and concept of a Medieval Game Board. Francois got a call today from a designer who would like to promote his metal art so he is quite excited about it all! We started lighting up the Christmas lights inside and outside our house today. I LOOOOVE the tiny luminous colorful strings of lights you can get anywhere in stores. They are so joyful, uplifting and cheery, sometimes I would like to keep a set or two in my studio all year round! Enough with the bla bla, I must return to my drying paint brushes ... A new Frida Kahlo painting is in the making ... I will show it to you as soon as it is finished, promised !
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I love red shoes ! Well, I love anything red! Red gives spike, spice and heat to anything it colors. When I was 16, I bought myself a pair of red patent-leather pump shoes. With my own money! I had seen them in a store window and fell in love with them. I just adored them! They were so joyfull, audacious, bold and pretty! I ended up never wearing them that much but they had a special spot on a shelf in my room, then in my studio. Then, one day, I noticed my black cat ZoZo fighting with them. She was attacking them, turning them over, biting them to death !!! She literally killed them ! I was disapointed yet the scene was just perfect! A black cat on red shoes or a turquoise checkered carpet! This image will stay with me forever! I thought I should immortalize this memory by making it into a fun pop-style painting. It is available on Ebay right now or if you do not want to wait for the auction to end, you can snatch it on Etsy. Also, do not forget I have a large assortment of prints available in my Esty store as well as on eBay and I will keep on adding more. They are on sale till the end of the year, Buy 2 and Get the 3rd FREE ! I think you should run and check it out !
Friday, November 21, 2008
I am so lucky to have so much luck ! ! ! Time goes by so fast ... I thought today I should stop this crazy creative pace to thank the artists who sent me pieces of their art either as a prize I won or as a thank you gesture. One of the things I appreciate the most about blogging are the generosity of fellow artists/bloggers to give info, advices and bits of their art. Another are the fun daily contacts I get to have with others, the exchanges we have about art, daily lives and the world in general. And the pleasure of being able to show one another our creations as soon as they are fresh out of our studios, giving instant life to these pieces in a much better way then if they were displayed in a gallery and viewed by a limited number of people. And comments, I LOVE COMMENTS ! First, I want to thank the well-known, admired and loved Tascha for the wonderful little packet she sent with a thank-you note for the Halloween parcel I sent her for my Halloween Give-Away. There was a cute little card, a perfect little magnet and a tiny little pin. What a nice surprise! Thank you Tascha! Second, I want the famous, talented and very prolific Danita for the incredible pack of ACEO cards she sent me. They are so magic and so beautiful, I might frame them in tiny little frames! Thank you Danita! Third, I want to thank a wonderful less known artist, RyoJul, for sending me this adorable key-holder. Thank you so much RyoJul! Fourth, I want to thank Traci at The Vintage Sisters Studio for giving me the for giving me The Marie-Antoinette A Real Person, A Real Award. I am flattered and delighted since Traci is one of my favorite artists. I love her whimsical art and she is such a sweet person! Thank you Traci! And thank you all for visiting my blog regularly and leaving comments! You have no idea what a pleasure it is to know you are there!MERCI !
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tonite it is cold as a witch's tits.
I love this expression! And it IS cold. -15 degress Celcius which is roughly 5 little degress Farengheit !!! In November !!!
When I walked to the chicken coop to feed them, the water in their little shed was frozen. Which means we will start the heating lamps tomorrow to give them some comfort. The funny think is the infra-red lamps stay on at night and when you look outside at night you can see the hens still up, walking in front of their little window, scratching and pecking. It looks like a seedy massage parlor.
Ulysse is on vacation for 4 days so no need to wake up at 6 a.m. tomorrow, we can sleep in a bit! I really need it as I have been going to bed around 3 a.m. for the past 5 days, working late in my studio each day.
I finished this painting this afternoon and I really like how it turned out. The message reads "Peace and Love on Earth" in French and I might use this image rather than the Deer and Red Birds one for my Christmas card.
You can bid on Mother and Daugther Angels on eBay or if you are in a rush to get it and do not want to bother with the auction, you can snatch it in my Etsy Store. It think it would make a wonderful gift from a daughter to her mom and vice-versa. Bidding starts at 99 cents so go ahead and bid plenty !
I have been keeping a pretty good pace in my studio, turning out a painting a day. I will be listing a couple more before the weekend and will try to add a couple more prints in my shop.
Ulysse built this Secret Agent tool for a contest Lego is having. He really worked hard at it, planned it on paper, designed it, fine tuned it, took the picture, wrote an explanation text, gave it a name and sent it himself in the mail.Guess what? He got a call today from Lego to let him know he is one of the 3 winners for the entire Canada! This was not a random contest but a judged one so Ulysse was dancing with joy! I am so happy for him, he deserves it! He wants to be an engineer or designer in a couple of years and I think this prize will be a big motivator for the future. And the cherry on the sundae: They are sending him a gift certificate of $50 and the picture of his creation as well as the credits that go with it will appear in the January Issue of the Canadian Lego Magazine! BRAVO ULYSSE ! ! !
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Yes, I am still alive ...
BARELY ! ! ! Remember my old laptop died and I got myself a brand new one? And with this brand new state-of-the-art techno tool I was going to ride the web so fast that I would leave a trail of fire behind me? And it would be so easy to use that I would be able to paint or knit or sew or bake at the same time I would be writing an email or listing a painting? And the trouble would be over? Well, a day had not gone by yet since I had installed it that it started screaming at the top of its lungs, shaking like Elvis in a old late night movie and caughing like my chain-smonking great-great-great aunt Bee ! I turned it off, startled, turned it back on again but I swear, it leaped and almost grabbed me by the neck while it screached like a banshie ! Suddenly, it went POF ! and fell on its back, gasping for air ! Then it stopped moving ... This iswhen I noticed the strangest thing about this monstrous new laptop: two little horns were pointing on each side of its cover and the end of the electrical cord was shaped like an arrow tip ! I ran out of my studio, locked the door and jumped on the phone to tell Dell about the situation ... We spent 30 minutes on the phone talking about the symptoms of this attack but to no avail ... They suggested I do not touch it or go near it or look it in the eyes ... WHY ? Because my brand new laptop came from Hell and was possessed ! ! ! Yes, hanhan, it was sent to me by the Devil himself who intended to test my nerves playing bad jokes and acting spookily ! Well, it is gone now ... They came to pick it up and replaced it with another one. It's been sitting here for a day now and so far it seems to be acting normal ... ENOUGH WITH TIME LOST DEALING WITH ELECTRONICS! I want to be painting now, not spending any more time programming a piece of junk! All should be going fine now, I love my new computer, it is tamed, well-behaved and quiet. And for those who are concerned, the bite marks will heal with time :D This little Deer and Red Birds painting is available either on Etsy or eBay, your choice! It is one of my favorites so far and I will be using the image for my Christmas card this year. It would make a wonderful gift, don't you think? And it starts at the low price of 99 cents ! Well, time to go and check what everyone else has been up to lately ... Will be back with another new painting and some fresh news tomorrow, promised !
Monday, November 10, 2008
Today, I received a very special parcel in my post office box in Vermont. A padded enveloped stuffed with a bit of magic ... The whole thing was wrapped with tender care opening it made my day!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Arrrrrrr !!! My laptop gave up on me last Tuesday, it went poof! and died with a last breath ... And since it was not its first emergency visit to the doctor this year, I decided that it was time to pull the switch and say goodbye to it for good. May you rest in peace, darling ... I got myself a brand new Dell laptop, ordered it by phone and was supposed to get it quickly... But, the days went by and nothing was showing up at my door... I checked with Dell and the order had been mixed with someone else's ... It finally arrived Friday night and it is so new and so spiffy and so fast that it scares me !!! But ... I can now blog and email and list properly !!! So, I got my paintings lined up, ready to be photographed and guess what? Poof! went my camera, yes the same camera I just purchased a couple of weeks ago ... Oh, yeah! Before I forget! My coffee-maker went Arrrrr! then Poof! this morning, hum, hum, no coffee on a Sunday morning, how's that for beginning a new line on the November page of my calendar? So, I have decided to do nothing major until Thursday, November 13, which is full moon day. I think it is wise, just in case ... Don't you agree? I finished this little Cat Angel with Doll painting last week and was lucky I could snap a picture of it while the alignment of the stars was right for me :D I am quite happy with it since I achieved to give it a certain Victorian flair working with a softer palette. This remind me of a set of cat paper dolls I had when I was real young and which I adored ... You can bid on it on eBay right now ... I will be posting more original paintings on eBay and Etsy this week and adding more prints too. Do you realize how quickly Noel is coming? I have also received little treats from fellow blogging artists but I will tell you more about it later this week ... And guess what else? On November 22nd, it will be 1 year since I started blabbing on this blog of mine ! And guess what else again? It means I will have another fabulous GiveAway Contest to celebrate this anniversary! MyPinkTurtle will be 1 year-old! So, stay tuned for more details, more art and more news and more ...
Monday, November 3, 2008
BRAVO, MR. PRESIDENT OBAMA !
YOU MADE IT !
AND BRAVO TO EACH ONE
WHO VOTED TODAY !
LET'S CELEBRATE !
ENCORE BRAVO !
I am keeping my fingers crossed and holding my breath ... My childhood plastic good-luck charms are sending good vibes to Obama's 08 button on my pinboard ... Hoping every single American will go out today and use his voting priviledge. The rest of the world is watching you ! BONNE CHANCE OBAMA !
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Today is the day to celebrate the departure of our loved ones for a better world, hopefully. The tendency here is to think of them sadly and mournfully ... But in Mexico, this day is joyful and happy, a day to remember all the good things about them, how happy they made us, how much we loved and were loved by them. If nothing else, today is a day to sit in a bright and sunny spot and look at the pictures we have of the people we loved that have now passed away, of when we were kids, friends, on vacations, in happy moments. Today is the day to remember how much we miss them. And if you think hard enough about them, you will get once again this warm feel-good spot in your heart they brought you when they were alive ...
I love and miss you my grand-mothers Alice and Gabrielle, my grand-fathers Paul and Ulrich, my mother-in-law Marie, my uncle Serge, my friends Manon and Guy ... I am so lucky you were part of my life ... And let's not forget all our animal friends, the companions that were part of our lives for a while, and that are no longer with us ... My dear feline and canine companions, our cats Muneca, Moogwai, Ti-Loup, Muli, Zoe, Pirouette and our dogs Pepita, Chili, Noiro and Dingo ...
I am working on so many paintings at a time, I will go nuts soon ! But I am having so much fun! I should have 2 or 3 new paintings on eBay and Etsy this week !