Thursday, July 26, 2007

Moving...

I've decided to switch to typepad...

Check out my new blog here!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

New Car!

I bought a new car today! I have been wanting a new car for a while now, since my civic hasn't been running very well and I'm always scared it's going to break down on me. Jarod and I discussed a new car, and we decided to hold off and buy one for about $7000.00 at the end of the summer, before my long commute to school starts. However, the other day one of his bosses asked if Jarod knew anyone who might want to buy his 1994 VW Jetta. Jarod mentioned he was interested, and he got it for only $1800.00! It is dark, dark purple (dusty mauve, I'm told). It has a sun roof, four doors, air conditioning, and is a 5-speed. It was dropped off today and I got to take it for a spin when I got home from work. So thrilled! It is worth much, much more than $1800. It has lots of kilometers, but Jarod said it should run fine for about two years and then we can maybe replace the engine.

I have also been busy taking a self portrait every day. Today was number 19. I'm so proud of myself for sticking to it... I'm pretty bad a that usually. I think it's really making me a better photographer. I'm starting to notice lighting much more and am trying to be inventive with my shots (such as the Snow White one). Check out all of my self-portraits here.

My parents are off sailing together. So happy for them :)

I have a new boss at work and he seems to really like me. I have been put at the business wicket two days in a row, which is where the senior tellers usually go. I also told him that I'll be going back to school in September and will only be able to work Saturdays. He said that would most likely be fine! Pheewph, I'll really need the money!

I think that's enough of an update for now... I worked 34 hours this week!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Look!


It's Snow White!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

3.

So the wonderful Kal has asked everyone who reads her blog to post three things that they like about themselves on their own blog. So...

1) I like that I'm artistic. I can't imagine not being creative, it is just such a huge part of who I am. I've know since I was 6 years old that I want to be an artist. I love being know as the "creative" one.

2) I like that I'm sensitive. Although this trait means that I can burst out crying at any moment, it also means that I care for other people and animals. This explains the vegan thing. Yesterday at work one of the girls pointed out a big beetle crawling across the carpet. She yelled for someone to come kill it. I yelled out "No!", and then proceeded to go to the beetle and let it crawl on my hand so it could be taken outside. Yes, I know it's just a beetle to most people, but to me it's a creature who deserves to live.

3) I like that I have naturally black hair (well, dark, DARK brown). It's not all that common to see Caucasian people with my shade of hair colour, so it makes me feel unique. I'm also told that my pale skin looks good against it... although it would be nice if I could get a good tan!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Art Challenge: Number Two

For the second challenge, I invented as I went along. Feel free to do the same by doing your own thing with it.

Step One:
Print out a photo on regular paper in black and white. I printed mine at 8"x10". Then trim off excess white around the image.

Step Two:



Cut image in to squares. I did mine 1"x1", but you can choose whatever size you like.


Next, glue down on to another piece of paper. I glues my image directly in to my art journal. Leave out random squares, keeping them for reference for the next step.

Step Three:

Draw the lines from the missing squares in. Don't focus on detail, just the general outline of objects.



Step Four:
Use pencil crayons to colour in your squares, and then add decorations around the outside of your image!
Other ideas:
Instead of squares, cut photo in to strips.
Use decorative paper to replace the missing squares.
Instead of removing squares, colour some of them before you glue them all down.
Now let me see what you can create!





Sweat.


Gizmo is not enjoying the weather. He is soo lazy, and to cool him off Jarod and I have started to give him ice cubes to play with. He seems to love them.


It is 11:11pm, I am simply sitting at my computer, with TWO fans blowing, and I have sweat dripping down my face. It is TOO hot. Record temperatures today in Vancouver. Yuck.


My car almost died on me again driving home from work in the scorching heat. A new car might be in the works (Money, money, money).


Coming up next... a new Art Challenge! Yay!


Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Today I picked up a package from the post office! Don't you just love getting parcels? I ordered a bunch of vegan items from Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe. It was so exciting to open and see all my goodies! Being a vegan is very hard work (constantly reading labels and explaining that you DO get enough protein). So I decided to treat myself to some fun things. I got an adorable shirt with a cute illustration that says cow hugger. I also bought gummy bears with NO gelatin (Gelatin is made from by-products of the meat and leather industry, mainly pork skins, pork and cattle bones, or split cattle hides).


I also went grocery shopping today and bought lots of fruit and veggies. When I got home I made myself a yummy smoothie. I posted a self-portrait to my Flickr page (I'm in a group where you take one self portrait every day for one year). Now I think I'm going to make a big salad, and then work on the next Art Challenge!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

HOT!

It is so, so hot outside these days! As soon as I leave the house I can feel my skin getting all sticky with sweat. Yuck. I like cold weather, when I can wrap myself in a blanket to get warm. It's so much harder to cool off than get warmer.

Last night the fire alarm in my building went off FIVE times. Every unit has two alarms inside them as well, one happens to be right beside my computer, and the other is in my bedroom. The first time it went off I left with Gizmo (because aren't you supposed to LEAVE when an alarm goes off?) I think there were maybe about 10 people from the entire building that went outside! I took Gizmo for a walk and then we heard the fire trucks coming. They told us it was a false alarm and then Gizzy and I headed back upstairs to watch Canada's Next Top Model. About an hour later, the alarm went off again! The fire trucks came back, this time without their sirens blaring, and I decided to stay inside. They turned it off and left, and then a little bit later it went off another time! The last time it went off was at 12:30am! So annoying... but at least I know I'd be warned if we had a real fire!

Tonight I had a meeting with Shannon and Ryan. They want me to do their engagement photo's, as well as their wedding photography! They are getting married this October. I am so, so excited! I showed them an album of my best photographs, and they loved them. They told me what they wanted, and now I am in the process of figuring out how much to charge. I did a bit of research and most wedding photographers charge between $1600-$5000. That seems like a crazy amount of money to me, but now that I've started to add up the costs I can see why they charge so much. I have so many idea's for cool shots to do, so glad to have the opportunity!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Apple Crisp


I Love apple crisp, so I made a big dish of it tonight! Yum!

Since our five year anniversary is a month away, Jarod and I decided to splurge and buy a Wii System last night as our gifts for each other. It is so much fun! Unlike normal video games, you get to actually hold the remote like a tennis racket, baseball bat, bowling ball, etc. I was sweating so much last night after we played for two hours! This morning, both Jarod and I were so sore! It's great that they've come out with a system where you actually get exercise rather than sit on the sofa. So, so, so much fun.

Today was the busiest day of the year at the credit union, since it was the last day to pay property tax. I also felt really sick, so it didn't help improve my mood much. At least I know what I'm doing now, so it's far less stressful than when I had to constantly ask for help and made mistakes.

Just wanted to do a little update before I go and eat some crisp!

PS... next challenge will be up in the next few days. I have two circle journals to do, plus lots of other things (laundry, yuck!) so I need to get that in order first :)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

One: The Journal

I challenge YOU to play along with me. Weekly, I will be posting an art challenge for you. It doesn't matter if you only draw stick people, or are an advanced artist. Man, woman, teenager or grandparent... do this for yourself. You'll grow as an artist, and as a person.

I thought it might be a good idea to have all of the challenges together in one book, so we can track our progress. I will not be giving deadlines to you, or to myself. I will try and post a challenge every week, but you can do them whenever you like. Mix them up, skip one, do one five times, whatever you like! All I ask is that if you have a blog, you post a link to it in the comments under the right challenge, and post a photo of your work on your blog so we can all give you comments! So this weeks challenge is:

First, find a journal. Preferably blank, sturdy pages, however any old book will do. I chose a large scrapbook that was lying around.

Next, get together some supplies. You'll need paint, brushes, water, and whatever else you feel like putting on the front of your journal. I like to use an old magazine as a pallet. When I am done painting I rip off the sheet I was using, leaving a clean surface for my next painting adventures. I used Golden Acrylic paints for this, but you can use a cheaper version if that's what you have on hand. The idea of this is not to go out and spend a fortune, but to let yourself play.

I mixed the blue with a bit of white and painted just the top of my journal with it. You can paint the entire cover if you wish, although it may get messy.

Now play. Look around your house for things, scrap paper, flowers, buttons, etc. Stick them on the cover. Write your name, a poem, a sentence, or just draw pictures. It's your journal, make it represent you.



Once everything is stuck on and the paint is dry, use a sharpie to outline shapes and add detail. I also sanded some of the edges and my chipboard letters, just to add some personality.



Finally, I coated the entire front in a coat of varnish to protect it.