Copy of Durer Wing


Copy of Durer Wing, polychromos coloured pencils on Canson drawing paper

this is our homework for this week, we could have chosen the Hare, but I wanted a challenge. Boy did I get it! He is really into way too much detail than me, so not an exact copy, but pretty close. I’m happy with it.


Evasive Maneuvers



Evasive Maneuvers , Polychromos CP and Rembrant pastels on Fabriano WC hot press

I decided to go with an ethereal look for this. It’s time for me to stop practicing and do some real artwork for a change!

I combined many mediums for this, I did the background in pastels, as well as the highlights (yellows). I did the detail in CP but I wasn’t happy with it. Maybe I miss my pastels too much 🙂

I think I will reproduce this with pastels only.

I will be attending a trade convention this week, it has been a source of panic for me for the last week. Real panic, as in panic attack. I find myself telling myself I don’t want to be around people, all they are, are hurtful and I just can’t deal with comments and criticism right now.

I have been out of the military for about three weeks now and I had a trigger this week that put me right back into the toxic workplace I was in my last posting. I was surprised that it was me so much. Panic, crying just not able to handle anything, wanting to run away it all came back.harassment and bullying do so much damage to the human mind. Add military structure into that and it’s devastating.

I haven’t heard from SISIP so I am going ahead and just trying to find whatever job I can but it’s very stressful.

I did get a small severance pay and that there was an ad on Kijiji for a fifth wheel trailer that day that I could afford. It’s older and smaller than what I wanted but I could get it so I went to see it. it was in perfect condition and I bought it on the spot.

They delivered it to my house yesterday and my husband is cleaning it up. I’m going to be doing the decor and it’s going to be my little recluse and get away from everything. I also feel safe now because I am afraid of being homeless and this means I will always have a home. In a few months we will be looking for a pick up to buy and then we can go places or just move it.


Cardinal to fight the blues

Cardinal, pastels on Sanded paper

I’ve been very depressed lately, but coming out of it now. It was an effort to paint, but I’m forcing myself. A little cardinal for Diane.

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Swan, soft pastels on Canson Mi-tients paper

Two paintings in one day, that’s pretty good! Great to have a holiday to do this amount of painting. It’s all just practice anyways, and since I had a migraine, I couldn’t stare at a screen. Painting is so hard when you have head pain, just getting up to grab a few materials or even when it affects your fine motor skills. Oh well, adapt and stop being self critical.

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Five Geese

Five Geese, soft pastels on Canson Mi-tients paper

When I started this, I thought it would be easy, but I got a little tired of the repetition , even though each goose was different. But I really like the simplicity of this one and I like how the focus is on their heads, everything else sort of supports that. I added some colour and I think that adds to the appeal.

I never thought I’d paint geese, but I like this one. Hope to frame it soon.

This is my 3rd year painting, 2 years since I had a breakdown from work, I want 2015 to be a real turning point. My son plays the dorms and he told me today that people say he’s really talented and he responds by saying, no, it’s practice. He puts the time into it, and so do I with painting. I’m not sure how many paintings I,ve produced but it’s probably more than 1 a week. Some I’ve tossed because they at really bad. But it’s all practice.

I’m proud of these geese because I like them. And that’s all that matters to me.

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