Thursday, September 18, 2008

One can accomplish so much when left alone!!


Also, Courtesy of Genine this instructional post & super cool magnets at NOT MARTHA.

Today was a bit frustrating. I was feeling so creative and focused and dag-nabbit I had all kinds of other stuff to do. It was going so well...I even went for a nice cardio workout this morning but after my shower I was continually pulled away from my computer and studio! Of course the irony is that on days when I am not so focused I procrastinate the day away...I would sooner fold socks than focus to get something done. Just one of the many challenges of working from home. I wouldn't change it for the world though. Looking forward to The Longwood Station Fall Festival on Saturday, September 20th form 8:30am-1pm. I am helping out with the Brant Wildlife Festival focus on biodiversity. We set up a tent and we are doing a big mural. This was my idea of course... Hey if I have to stand under a tent at a festival all day I want to have a good time. So I am going to draw and play with animal puppets all day!

So the long and the short of this long excuse type story is that I haven't finished anything to post. coming soon I promise!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

West Coast Birding Site

Well, today is the day I get to work on Rich's web site again. I have been doing all these design tutorials so have put it off in case I learn some cool technique that I want to implement. I have now decided to keep it simple. Rich has had a couple web sites and it's great practice for me as he has very specific ideas and requirements just like any other client.

Above is his logo that I designed some time ago and a cheesy sun behind it version.

We have been sick around here and Nolan brought home a nasty case of head lice (wahoo!) but supriseingly we have still managed to quite a lot lately. We moved Nolan's room back upstairs next to our room. HE has been downstairs for about a year but there is always a struggle getting him to go to bed. The new room is much more organized and minimal. Things MAY OR MAY NOT have gone to the salvation army in this move. ;) Now Rich has his office downstairs in Nolan's old room. This seems to be working fantastically except that we are having some trouble finding good places for some of stationary tye items as the downstairs room doesn't have a closet.
So there ya go.
OK, enough procrastinating and back to the west coast birding web design.
That's Rich painting his office on his day off (with a head cold)

This is the disaster in my studio workspace when we were switching rooms. It has been a long 4 days and we are almosat done the reorganization and rehanging of pictures etc.

See Rich's flickr site here.

Friday, September 12, 2008

pink hair cher


This is cher with Pink hair! Rad hair cher! Have fun sky diving if you dare!
And that's all the rhyming for today! thank you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Forest for Trees

These are a couple acrylic paintings I did in the spring.

I really love to draw and paint in circles and circular shapes. My printing is also circular and condensed. I am sure that says something about my personality.

Handwriting Analysis
What does your handwriting say about YOU? hmmm

So this is my birch forest inspired by the fabulous Lisa Congdon's painting she did while in a painting class.

Tree trunks are at our eye level so in art hold a special value. For me a forest such as this reminds me of fresh air and still and that thick silence that only a forest can deliver!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A species so easily influenced by marketing

I was cruising through some trend and inspiration sites this morning when I came across some vintage ads... Check out this camel cigarettes ad We are such an easy influenced species! For Digestions Sake!

Illustration Friday : Clutter

Pen and Ink from the sketch book

Friday, September 5, 2008

bakroots and bakroots creative

After some thought I have decided to keep bakroots and bakroots creative as separate sites. Thankfully I have not done many posts on bakroots and they are easily transferred to bakroots creative.

oooh new daytimer

My new day timer begins in September...I love new day entire year of unfilled pages just begging for lists, appointments and projects! Note the Chinese brush painting set. This is a lovely set my mom gave to me some months ago and I am just now reading the booklet and trying it out.
*"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." This is my new favourite quote. It's like New years resolution time over here on Cooper Place I tell ya!

De-clutter, focus!

This morning my goal is to stay focused. Keep it simple. Fewer details.

I am normally all over the map with everything from a conversation to house cleaning to projects. I will partly clean the bathroom, put on a load of laundry and then clean the toilet then sweep the kitchen floor. So the challenge is to prioritize and force myself to stay on task so i can complete things more efficiently. That starts with a list of goals. Today I will watch 2 chapters of my online tutorials and then do the illustration friday topic. How fitting that the topic is clutter!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Illustration Friday : Memories

Memories of Falkland BC, the farm, dry hay season air, the weeping willow tree out front, the big red barn, my favourite green sun dress and my 5th birthday party (August 15th). My mom used a lot of pink paper wrap that desk that she repainted for my...and holly hobby stickers on each drawer!! (ok its a bit lame as far as illustrations photo but I thought creative expression of any kind is better than nothing...right?)