Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Out and About!

Yesterday I was met with an unexpected day off! What a treat!
I didn't have to be or go anywhere!
So Jackie and I decided to discover new territory.
We hopped in the truck and headed to Frelighsburg. The town hosts a lovely nature path that you can use with cross country skis, snow shoes or just walking.

With any new region we go to explore, Jackie is on high alert!

With my schedule being wide open, we decided to travel to St. Jean sur Richeleau and take advantage of my 50% off coupon at Michael's.
I purchased a small Koi pocket watercolour field kit.

I have been rather busy with my current supplies and needed to replenish my colours.

I also tried out my new pencil set:

I used UNI Mistubishi Pencils, which I found on Amazon.
The drawing is simply titled, Raccoon.

After all that walking and exploring, Jackie and I settled in to binge watch Once Upon a Time and complete a pair of socks.

My next project involves this very colourful string!

It is by Deranged Dyeworks located in Drayton Valley, Alberta. The colour is Radioactive and it is single ply 100% merino wool.
So far it is knitting up beautifully!

Today will be a "take it easy" sort of day.
Too much socializing yesterday.
I hope you are all well.
Talk with you later.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Artsy Stuff

It is much to damp to venture outside today.

The snow is beginning to melt and a lot of mist is rising making visibility a little tricky.
Instead, we have been playing a lot of video games and working on improving our watercolour paintings.
I saw we. I realize how odd that might sound. You see, I am never really alone when I work on my drawings and paintings.
I always have fuzzy supervision!

Jackie likes to provide her two cents from a comfy place on the couch.

Rorschach on the other hand,

well, he likes to get right involved with the process!

I had decided to participate in an exhibit hosted through Twitter, Twitter Art Exhibit, "Benefiting Pegasus Riding For The Disabled of ACT Inc."
Thousands of artists of all different levels of expertise from all over the globe, paint a two dimensional postcard and send it on its merry way to Australia.
Proceeds benefit a non-profit organization helping people with disabilities experience a whole other world of farm life and horses.
My contribution is a little Maple Leaf.

I'm quite happy with how it turned out!

Since then I have tackled a few other watercolours:

I have been watching a lot of videos and trying to improve. There is a whole world of information I have not yet stumbled upon. I can only get better!
I also completed a pencil drawing:

I don't really know if this is finished. I will study it tomorrow.

I also have an oil painting I'm working on. More accurately, on and off again. I don't know. I'm ok with it. I like the subject. I just seem not really excited by it. I will take a little break and look at it again next week.

Oh yes! I finally finished Little Man's toque!

I ripped it apart and started anew. He is much more pleased with the fit contrary to his expression. He is suffering a bit from a cold.
Those mittens are still giving me dirty looks though....
Might have to tackle them this week end.

I'm going back to play more God of War
I like the story line. I die an awful lot but, it is worth it!

Talk with you all later. :)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A Bit of This and a Bit of That

January is almost finished.
I have been enjoying the rapidly changing weather.
We have -30, so I needed my big coat, followed by +10, so I needed my thick sweater.
Yesterday was a snow day due to the all the rain and quick freeze over night.
This just seems to be the theme for this winter.

I made some delicious cookies!

I followed the recipe from Carlsbad Cravings. This is the first time I have ever successfully made icing!
They did not last long.

I have also been practicing my watercolour painting.

I've been watching a lot of Youtube videos to try and understand my brushes and improve my technique.
From what I gather, it goes better if you try not to establish a plan and try to execute a feeling rather an image.
It's a work in progress.

I have also kept my needles busy with a few knit projects.
I am most proud of my top down sweater!

The sleeves are not supposed to be matchy-matchy. I was a bit concerned and tried to sort out my yarn in order to finish the sweater.
I panicked. I should have trusted the pattern.
I really do love how it turned out. I just need to find some buttons!

I knit a hat for Little Man.

It is a little on the large side, so I will take it apart and re-knit it. I also just had this thought of knitting a layer to make it warmer.

There will also be mittens.

I can hear Jackie calling to go out. She has a routine that will not budge regardless of weather.
I'm off to find my boots and explore a bit outside.
Hope you are well!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Quest for Christmas Spirit

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought it best if we set up our Christmas tree.
We found an exciting ornament this year!

I'm hoping this tree survives until Christmas.

We also experienced our first major snow fall for the season.
Perfect for walking and exploring!

Today it is a bit chilly to venture very far outside so we will binge watch some of our favourite shows and continue to knit on a new project. Right now I am enjoying Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. The plot has quite the twists and turns. I watch this on Crunchyroll through an Itunes app.. I do not have the premium version. With that, you avoid advertisements. I rather enjoy the commercials. It gives me an idea what to look our for when I finish watching a series.

I also completed an oil painting the other day. Winter Tree Line.

My canvases are getting a little smaller because of the colder weather. You see, where I work, in the garage, the ventilation is not that great. I tend to get a bit loopy if I work in an enclosed space for too long. Until the weather warms, I find the best solution is just work smaller for the time being. Eventually, a better ventilation system will be found. For the time being, I just try to work a bit quicker.

I hope you are all well and not too stressed for the holiday season.
Enjoy your quality family and friends time.
Talk later.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

First Time for Anything

Turns out Hubs has never heard of short bread cookies.
So I made some.

Rorschach is still learning how to drink from a dish. He prefers Jackie's large water dish.

He was also on hand to help me with a few of my paintings.

This is what I was working on:
Starry Night

And my Christmas Card:

Both paintings are done in watercolour.

Jackie and I have been enjoying the cold, warm, cold, no wait, warm again winter weather.

I hope the end of November is going well with you.
Talk to you later!