Tuesday, December 30, 2008

sneak preview





:)
Here is what my 4 x 6 foot painting looked like when I started.

I shot the back of my easel just so you can a good idea of the size.
My '' giant'' studio easel looks small with that canvas on it..lol
My easel can stretch up to 84 inches..( 7 feet ).....so this fitted perfect.

I did the sketch on the canvas by the widow of part of my living room.
The canvas is now in my studio.....safe and sound from the cats...lol

brushing the dust off this one.......





I am still painting my 4 x 6 foot canvas, but to take a break........I decided to finish this one.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

almost Christmas

Its 11 am.Dec 24 th...and I am not into the spirit of Christmas this year.
I just want to be alone.....and somehow I am lonely.
I think I will not be posting ( or even reading ) for a while on my regular forums....anyways no one cares...I feel like a ghost.
Maybe it's me.......I don't know....and I don't feel like analyzing the situation at this time.
So tonight it will Tv time..or painting time.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

strarting a new painting !

Well I finally got to start the ''big '' painting I wanted to do....2 years ago...sheshhhh
4 feet x 6 feet.....

BF is home for the holidays....so he can watch the cats when I go in and out of my studio.
I know.....I know....your thinking what the cats have to do with me not painting.....lol.
Well all my paints and canvas..and paint brushes are there....a playground for them. As soon as I open the door....they both rush in.....and can I tell you they have a ball making a mess....I can only take one out at a time....then when I try to get the other one out...the other one rushes back in...and this goes on till I give up..and shut the door* groan *.........The last time.......Inka chewed my airbrush hose....It took me 2 weeks to get a replacement....

Oh.about cats...

Inka ( one of my cats ) had a very bad flare up of herpes 3 weeks ago....I almost lost him to an upper respiratory infection. he is fine now, and we are still treating him with Zithromax .
The worst now, is feline herpes attacks the eyes....and Inka already had an eye problem ( he almost lost an eye 18 months ago )
He has antibiotic eye drops 2 times a day to help combat the virus infection in his eyes.
( crossing my fingers for the outcome )

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

ok.....have to get this out.


I always felt different in my life...
Somehow I knew things or anticipated them before happening.
I am not saying I an a medium.or something like that..lol

Something jump-started my brain..2 months ago.....along the new job.
Problem solving.
Research and development technician.
It was just too easy doing this job.......I started wondering why?

I surprised myself in this job....and the BOSS too...and I started to wonder what the teachers at school ( long time ago ) told my parents....... ''gifted child ''

I took the MENSA test...and was accepted.
Just limit....but 141 is OK.

One Mensian told me this :

Because I am smart, I will feel hurt deeper, sense danger quicker when others are oblivious, and find myself thinking differently to the rest. He also said that I will discover simple joys quicker, live truer and enjoy the gifts of life in ways that others blithely may not.

He hit this on the nail.......
Intelligence isn't limited to our IQ. But to have this ability to learn quickly along with the enthusiasm to apply what one has learned, however small, is a driving force in growth of intellect, I believe.

now I know..once I learn something....why I get easily bored with it after.
Some things I find just too easy at first try...I guess I know why now.
I am constantly searching to outdo myself....in live..art...work....


Relationships were a bit different. In a situation so close and intimate, I knew I wanted a partner who could laugh with me while watching a silly movie, or share my excitement over the nature of what "is" or "is not," etc. My BF and I are our own worst devil's advocates - and it IS fun.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

such a Kluts !!!!!

oh.boy.....lol
Was invited to supper Saturady night.
Had fun..but fell down the stairs....hit my head on the door frame.
I lost all memory before and how this happened till the next morning ( Sunday )
I had blurry vision..so I had to consult.
I got released last night at 6:30 pm...from the emergency room.
Passed a taco, and an EEC.
I have a concussion.
My vision is ok now.....phewwww

I will see how it goes at work this morning..*sigh*

Saturday, November 1, 2008

WOW.....I have not posted for a while.
I started a new job on Sept. 8th., so it has kept me busy.
Now, I have Fridays off..... :).......so I will be starting some new paintings.
And also finishing the ones I started * blush*

I had started a dyptique of calla lilies...time to finish them.
2 times 30 x 30 inches.

My future ( this month ) project is a 72 x 48 painting of a tiger at a Cambodian temple. Angkor Wat.
The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture.
Including a tiger....I thought it would bring life to the ancient stones.and a sign of preservation of the much endangered tigers.

Can not wait to start it !

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Saturday, July 5, 2008

painting didnt even get 1 bid ?...... :(

oh..well.....its a bit disappointing...well not a bit...a lot !

I will still keep the painting toward another animal related good deed.

I did this video-photo collage for Inka yesterday.
Its been 1 year this month since his eye operation...what an evolution !

here is is......oh.and shut off the page music. ( on top right hand corner.......you should see a command for that ) if you want to hear the music video.


video



I will upload next week some new paintings.....my cam had a problem ( mostly me.....lol )
I am such absent minded theses days.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Help animals displaced by the Iowa flood!


The Cedar Rapids Animal Shelter has been completely destroyed. There are hundreds of companion animals being housed in temporary evacuation shelters in Cedar Rapids. Many, many more animals are still stranded in the tens of thousands of abandoned homes. Support is desperately needed.

The auction will be held on our website at http://www.iowafloodreliefauction.com/ from June 25-July 2. All funds raised will be directed to a special "Friends of the Animal Shelter" fund via the Kirkwood Foundation (tax ID 23-7076632), which is the fund raising division of the Kirkwood Community College, currently serving as the temporary shelter for displaced animals.


The bird of paradise.......(.above ) will be up for auction the 25th to help the animals of Cedar Rapids.

go to http://www.iowafloodreliefauctions.com




Thursday, June 19, 2008

They call it progress?

Yes, a bit lengthy, but definitely worth a read...it's really sad society
has progessed this way...



SCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2007

Scenario:
Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with
shotgun in gun rack.
1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car
and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2007 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and
never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized
students and teachers.

Scenario:
Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up
buddies.
2007 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge
them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.


Scenario:
Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.
1957 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal.
Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2007 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for
ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.


Scenario:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping
with his belt.
1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college,
and becomes a successful businessman.
2007 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster
care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she
remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom
has affair with psychologist.


Scenario:
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 - Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.
2007 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car
searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario:
Pedro fails high school English.
1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
2007 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear
nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation
is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and
Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given
diploma
anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak
English.

Scenario:
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a
model airplane pain t bottle, blows up a red ant bed.
1957 - Ants die.
2007 - BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic
terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers
confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed
to fly again.

Scenario:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found
crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2007 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She
faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

Friday, June 13, 2008

internet trolls.....

I thought I would post this.....why?.....you are probably thinking......
Well I am a victime of some cruel troll ( s ).......
After being sick with the posts and emails..that I got on ebay.....they have now gone to etsy ( a place I thought was safe ) It has now gone to my youtube account.
Someone clamed a copieright violation on one of my cat videos..sheshhhhhhh

Anyways here is a good read.

http://web.archive.org/web/20061031073442/http://members.aol.com/intwg/trolls.htm

I still have no idea why people do this.
Get a life......or a job to get your mind occupied !

Saturday, May 31, 2008

back to square one ?

well...after finishing my physio the 13th Mai, it seems my hip is not better.
The pain was gradually coming back, and I didn't think it was going to increase.
I finally called my physio yesterday, and asked for some informations.
He told me I maybe left too early, and the ''type'' of injury I had is very long to heal., and he was surprised that I was ok within 2 months.
I can not walk ,even in the house without limping with pain.
The pain wakes me up at night, as I can not move, so I sleep on the couch to not disturb my BF.

I will see how it will evolve this weekend, and if it is not better...than I have to consult.
( crossing fingers hopping it's just a minor setback ) I really do not want to sit at the emergency room for 12 hours ! I just hope this heals fast....and that it is not permanent.

I did not have time to paint this week..I was job hunting.and had 6 interviews.( trying to hide my painful limp )
Maybe this was a waste of time....considering my hip is in pain.and that maybe I will have to heal another month or two. :(

I have another job interview for an art Gallery ( my 3rd one ) Tuesday.
http://www.galeriemarieturgeon.com/

It's right in my field, as they ask for website work, MS office, and Accoumba.
Also doing some framing work, selling, and of course English & french......oh and interested in art !

The job is scheduled to start the 18th of June. Lets hope my hip gets better by then, I really want this job !! Also...it is the most beautiful part of Old Quebec City, the Old Port.
I need to see people..LOTS of people....I have been almost home-bound since Jan 23rd.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

painting sold ! yay !


Yupieeeeeee.

I finaly sold a painting at almost the evaluation price.

I went to delever it Saturday.

Wow.....what a nice house the Lady has ( the byer ).......it's still under construction, but it will be aesome when finished.
She likes my art..and wants to buy some more in the near futur. :)...yay


I had done this painting for me...but finally decided to sell it. 30 x 60 inches. A good size to fill a spot on a wall.This time I didn't use my airbrush to paint this. All brush :)

The cats where trying to get to it..and sonner or later would be clawing and swinging off the canvas :(
I have a job try-out tomorrow morning at 8 am.
I hope this works out...its for 3 to 4 days a week, just what I need.



Sunday, May 18, 2008

music upload...:)

Hope you like it..... :)
This blog is so quiet..I was thinking of uploading a cricket sound.....lol

lol.....anyways......I found the mp3 on the net.....in some contemporary African music site.
It's called the ''Blessing''.
It works on IE......but not sure on Firefox. :(...pug ins ?

I did a couple of ''deco'' paintings for my new Etsy Shop : crazyforfur.
At least it has been looked at ! lol
I am still job hunting...and my stress has gone down a lot.About time...I guess I can overcome anything if I overcame all that happened to me.


I have a lot of ideas..for paintings, and I received a Buddha head.( photo )..from a friend that I met on ebay.
She graciously sent it to me......
As soon as it is done.....and to my taste..I will post it here....and on Esty and give my friend the ''full '' credits.

Spring has finally come......and yesterday we had a beautiful day !
I even got a mini sunburn......:) yay !
I tried walking Inka.....but he outgrew his halter..and was growling.....( cat swearing I guess ) all the way...so I took him back in.
I will have to buy another halter form him.and hope he will behave next time.
( in my dreams...lol )

Saturday, May 3, 2008

I am so stressed !

Well..so much for airbrushing. : (
My compressor died again * groan *
BF..says he will fix it this weekend.
I am living so much stress it isn't funny anymore.

Problems with my work accent, my x-boss who is harassing me ( by lying, depriving me from my insurances ) , my upstairs neighbours who aren't expelled yet.( who are depriving me of sleep doing parties at all hours)
This time shit really hit the fan.

At least my cat Inka...was not as sick as the vet thought ! pheww

I know is it discouraging reading this..but to live it..believe me it is worst.
I guess this year's uphill climb will be harder than I thought.
I just hope for better days , and to recontact my friends that I excluded in order to not bother them with my problems.

I tend to isolate myself instead of sharing my problems.I always did this, and I don't think I will change .

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Airbrushing......:)


well its been a while ...over 8 months that I airbrushed anything.
My compressor had died on me..and BF fixed it 2 weeks ago.

I can not say I am totally pleased with it...but it,s ok.
It's a technique that is already hard to control so, you can not use it just once or twice a year to keep on top of things.

I also tried a new Azteck airbrush, and the dual controls are different.
I will be using it more, I need to master this airbrush.
So I had 2 things against me doing this painting.
Lack of practise, and new controls......so this is why I am half pleased with the finished painting.

Friday, April 18, 2008

reflections

well.....after 1 week of thinking, and thinking over what the future holds for me......
I decided to go back to painting.
It seems every time My life takes a turn, something brings me back to my passion.
I might as well not fight it. :-).......right?

I did a reproduction of cheetahs.....for me......40 x 60 inches.
I wont post it, as it is for me and also a reproduction ( for my eyes only ) I didn't even sign it.
I have done only 2 reproductions in my short art life, as I respect the talent and imagination of fellow artists.


As of Tuesday, I will post what I have been working on.
They will be on Etsy, in my little store for sale.

My nick.......:-) bigcatpawprints

Thursday, April 3, 2008

my first post :-D

I thought I would include my cats , as they are a big part of my life.
First a little video of them.
Met Bali and Inka.





video