Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Surely, we will miss him (and don't call him Shirley!)

I was sad to see that Leslie Nielsen passed away a couple of days ago. "Airplane" is one of my all time get stupid and watch movies. I also enjoyed seeing him on "Due South". This poster has my Canadian favorites: Paul Gross (still drool over him) Molly Parker (would drool over her if I was bent that way) and good old Leslie (just drool). I just learned yesterday that Leslie was the "Swamp Fox", one of my Disney favorites. Does anyone else remember that show?

Monday, November 29, 2010


24x24 acylic

I liked this painting in the small format and thought that it would be even better, bigger. Now, I'm not so sure. I'm always frustrated when the glitter doesn't show up because it adds a lot to the painting. Oh well, it's gooing up on the dining room wall for a while and I will think about it.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


8x10 collage

I looked up the 100 most popular names of 1900 to organize this abecedary. I did have to make allowances for some of the less used letters (like X).

I have old photos and images of turn of the century ephemara that I scan and tear to make the backgrounds.

Friday, November 26, 2010

What I did on Black Friday!

I quite like this straw cloche. When I looked for cloche patterns on the net, there weren't any that I liked. So I draped the straw hat with a thin pliable foam and shaped and cut a pattern.

Close, but it needed some tweaking, mainly making a narrower brim. I am using up a bag of fleece scraps that have been sitting around!

This is the style I was going for. It also covers my ears which are extremely wind sensitive. I made the head part double layer and it's really warm. I like the brim flipped down.

But you could wear it more 1920's style with the brim flipped up. I am going to try again in a nicer looking fabric. This orange fleece will make a dog walking hat for now and no one will mistake me for a deer.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Danger

12x12 acrylic collage

This painting features collaged newsprint and sewing machine stitiching high-lighted with pastels.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Silver Deer

12x12 acrylic collage

An experiment with aluminum duct tape and textured molding paste.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

B is for brrrrrr!

8x10 collage

Well, I hope sitting all day in a drafty community centre flogging my wares will be worth at least the cost of gas. I am off with cards and prints to attend a craft fair at Invermere. The roads are less than desirable but that is just the status for this time of year. The temperature is dropping down tomight to -20C which translates to roughly -5F for those south of the border.

Irritating friends emailing and blogging from southern climes are just irritating!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Victorian Women Abecedary

8x10 collage

Abecedary: an alphabet, written out in a teaching book or carved on a wall. (Thank you, Sioux Browning) Sorry the photo is not better but I took it inside. The sun is not up yet.

Like Sheep? Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2FX9rviEhw
Wait through the commerical, it's worth it!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Winter Arrives

acrylic 12x12

There is a fierce snowstorm outside with snow blowing horizontally! Jinx is quite perturbed and complains about the conditions. As good a time as any to stay inside and paint.

I am loving the effect of paint on tyvek, a lovely soft mottling (as per the deer hide).

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dream Deer

acrylic 12x12

I am hoping to do a series exploring the deer image and experimental backgrounds. This one incorporates handmade rubber stamps stamped in moulding paste, tyvek, sprinkles of alcohol on still wet paint and glitter!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Testing perimeters

acrylic 16x16

This is an experiment in using acrylic to look like beeswax encaustic. Unfortunately the photo doesn't show the depth of texture. I am inspired today by words from the ever stimulating blog "The Painters Key¨.

Keep gathering.
Go to your room.
Produce a lot of work.
Fall in love with the process.
Keep an eye open for something different. and then go, if only for a while, in that direction. Do not be afraid of change or surprise.

I apologize for the technical problems regarding the text. Thanks to readers for letting me know there was a problem. I hope you can see it more clearly now.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Skulls Galore!

Mr. Thrifty looking nifty.

I found this cool skull blog: http://skulladay.blogspot.com/ with everything skulls!! Including fonts. Cool.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembrance Day

My Uncle Cloyd is on the left.

A letter to his mother.

He did not come home.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Always going somewhere!

This is an old image. I should be downstairs snugged up by the wood furnace painting but I have to trek into town to get a tooth filled. Pooh! That is what comes of living out in the middle of nowhere, you are always driving somewhere.

Oh well, at least when I am out walking, the crazies aren't following me like hungry zombies. What's up with that? The animals know to leave me alone.

Monday, November 8, 2010


16x16 acrylic

This is nearly done, there may be a bit of tweaking to do, but I love the collagey bits. This is the direction of a series I will be working on this winter, along with the other dozen ideas that are buzzing around in my brain!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Y'all come!!

Sally modelling some of my "art" necklaces

I am going to be at the University Women's Club Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 6 Saturday from 10- 4 at the Cranbrook Golf Course. Come by and check out my table and stop by for a chat.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Winter Deer

12x12 acrylic

I am hoping to make a deer painting series. This one is dedicated to my friend Daniela, because she loves the cool colors so.

I am requesting a favor! If people could go view my new blog: http://whispersfromwayneco.blogspot.com/ I would appreciate it. I am trying to establish its presence on the internet

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thinking About Christmas --- Virtual Book Signing

12x12 acrylic "solstice headdress"

If you are starting to think about Christmas, you might want to check out the Virtual Book Signing for "The Farm Chicks Christmas" book. Go to: http://thefarmchicks.typepad.com/ The Farm Chicks always have great decorative ideas.

In the meantime, I will be looking up my Mom's date pinwheel cookie recipe. Unfortunately, it is one of those batters that tastes so good raw, it will probably never make it to the oven!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Fun

As usual, I dressed up....

to hand out treats

with my faithful minion

We had made 60 goodie bags and had to scrounge to give something for 80 trick or treaters! The kids here are so good, they make awesome costumes despite the cold weather and their parkas and are always polite. We drove to see the fireworks (2 minutes there, 2 minutes back...that's why I love living in small towns). Go forth and make your Day of the Dead altar.