I took this pic at the Calgary Zoo. So Pretty!


All sorts of stuff…


Last time, I said I would post the samples I made in the encaustic (painting with colored wax) class I  took. So here are a few:


This is the first one I made. The red color is from oil sticks.  The image is a photocopy transfer and the circles were scratched into the wax and rubbed with brown oil paint. I framed this one and it looks very nice on the wall.

Here’s a close up.

On this one, I drew with black oil pastel on the board, then put a doily on top and layer white wax on top and peeled off the doily. This left a texture that you can kinda see in the close up. I painted purple wax over it and then carved into it. I layered in some silver string and  covered it all in clear beeswax and the splattered it.

A close up. You can kinda see the texture in the bottem left corner.


The first layer is torn newspaper. Clear wax, a photocopy transfer and green oil stick make up the next few layers. I also scribed into the suface and filled it in with color. The gold is rub on transfers for scrapbooking.

A close up of the parrot.

Octopus!!! I layered clear, white and purple waxes. then used a meat tenderizer for the texter and carved into the surface with a lino cutting tool.

I really enjoyed this class and can’t wait to try encaustics again.

Here are some pictures I took around my yard:


oh and before I forget, my garage sale find of the week (2 weeks ago?)…

Those are large freezer bags full of glitter! $5 for the lot. What a deal!!! I have already begun my mission to glitterfy the world!!!!

See you next time!

Cactus Bloom and Catfish


Here’s a pencil drawing of a cactus bloom, color added in photoshop.


And this is a portrait of Ralph, my Oto Catfish… and a sideways mouse. Ralph’s the one that is really sideways in my sketchbook. Anyways… that’s it. Ralph rocks!

So nice to be home

I’m home! It really takes time away from home to appreciate your own bed! So Calgary was fun, I visited my sister and some friends, shopped, attended a wearable arts show and went to the zoo. Here are some photos from the zoo. I definitely will have to take my nice camera next time instead of the little dinky digital one that fits in my pocket. Have you ever seen a giant anteater before? WOW! they are amazing, but my photo sucks. So here are some of the better ones.


This little meercat is so cute. He sat there watching the people as they stopped to look at him.


These birds were the most gorgeous blue. I tried to take pictures when they were flying to capture the color but they were to fast for me.


Sleepy lemur in a tree.




A lovable chubby toad


This bird kept giving me strange looks.


The sweetest little burrowing owl posing for a picture.


This one got fed up with me taking his picture and eventually flew up to where I couldn’t see him. I can’t blame the little guy.


There were amazing blooms in the conservatory, like this one. No butterflies yet though.

Still freezing

Well, I spent the day cleaning and am now feeling crafty, but I have not got around to cleaning my art room yet. And I don’t wanna because that will take FOREVER, it’s that bad. So craftiness will have to wait. Today’s drawing is a lily from a bunch I bought over a week ago. They are an amazing pink and magenta. Beautiful.