• You got to push, got to shove
    I've got to eat before they eat me
    Got the crown and the cup
    I've got to write to my family
    And say, "I'm calm and feeling warm."
    I'm not quite there, but I'm close
    And it's a world of difference​

    (Life on the Nickel, Foster the People)

    Sometimes life is fine and dandy, and you can just let it flow. Just live. Just be. Other times, life smacks you upside the head and says WAKE THE FUCK UP. You realize that a lot of things are really wrong, and they have been for a looooong time. At this point you can either stick your head in the sand and maintain the status quo, or answer the wake up call. If you answer, you're signing up for hard work. If you don't answer, you're signing up for more of the same. Neither one is pleasant, but one at least holds the potential for things to get better.

  • A quick gingko leaf sketch. It's too hot to stuff and things. xo

    Gingko leaf sketch

  • Did my art work earlier today, this hottest day of the heatwave - thought I should get this posted before I melt (which is now imminent). The lesson the day was sometimes it's better not to paint the background (but even if you do, you can always get rid of it!)

    poppy

  • Heat wave! Hot days are great for watercolours, at least for an impatient painter like me...layers dry super fast! I painted peach coloured roses, and I really like how they turned out:

    Roses (finished)

  • Photo day! Saskatoon Berry bush!

    Saskatoon Berries

    I lucked into a Saskatoon Berry bush when I originally started renting this place (that Bruno and I eventually bought), it was almost as if it was meant to be. I could hardly believe it when it first fruited and I realized what it was (as I grew up in Saskatoon, eating Saskatoon berry everything).

    This year's early heat and plentiful rain has brought the best crop yet, I've barely had time to eat them fresh, just trying to keep up with freezing them all before they drop. Most of them have ripened in a matter of only a couple weeks. I'm about to freeze my third mini-pan of them, and am thrilled to have my own homegrown stash for the winter.

  • I'm actually not sure what this plant is! Pencil, old skool (ran out of steam on this one, but you get to see it all folks), while watching Star Trek VI and VII. Happy Friday of the long weekend to you all!

    Drawing of unknown flower

  • I did some experiments in watercolour painting today, painting some blooms from the dogwood in our backyard. The first attempt, I painted a fair bit of the detail in the petals and leaves in a pretty basic way. It turned out okay, I find it pretty, but it doesn't really do a lot for me!

    Dogwood watercolour with detail

    Next, I tried a new version painting really flowy with a lot of water... maybe a little too much (with not enough drying time) as the colours started bleeding together.

  • Gingko Tree

    So it's another photograph for you today, of our baby gingko tree that we got last year. Aren't gingko leaves one of the coolest things? Such a unique shape and really pretty texture.

    I had a pretty crazy day - started with a specialist appointment I'd been waiting about 7 months for... except it turned out the idiot walk-in clinic doctor who had referred me really wasn't listening (just like I thought) and sent me to the wrong kind of specialist! You can't make this stuff up people.

    Then happier times this afternoon, I got to go hang out with my old workmates who were having a team bonding day nearby. I'm so glad I've been able to stay in touch with all of them, they are fine folks!

  • Japanese Maple

    Today was a pretty draining day (as the next couple are likely to be as well), so I decided to opt for some photos of our new tree friend, a beautiful little Japanese Maple. We fell in love with it this past weekend and had to bring it home with us. Now we just have to figure out the right spot to plant it, and whether or not we also need to shuffle some of the other plants around a bit.

  • I did an old art class exercise, where you take a pen and start every line while looking at the paper, but then look away back at your subject/object as you draw it. I did all the lines of the peony like that, then just for fun coloured it in with art markers and sharpies.

    Peony coloured

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