Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday smile....

.... and, in keeping with old photos as one of the gals did .....

how 'bout these handsome guys.... no laffin' either ...one of 'em is my Dad.... oh, alright then, go on ...have a good laugh.  He's the handsome one;  the buff one. The others are his war buddies ...both of whom he apparently saved from some horrific encounter or other.
He could still walk around a school gymnasium on his hands at the age of almost 60 .... helped my youngest sister build a log cabin in his 70's ... and survived 'til he was 87 ... having smoked since he was 10 and polishing off as much booze as any man could for most of his life ... every year that I knew him anyway...





Laugh, and carry on...... what else can we do some days?


Monday, April 7, 2014

here's one for you....

...   a little waif in the Art Doll Quarterly magazine ... one of those sad, kind of slightly creepy things I guess... some folks don't like this sort of thing for sure.... but, in a way I find them kind of cute and sad.
















Thought I would give it a try in my simple rendition of drawing with pencil and coloured pencil.. I will eventually try to add a bit of Shiva Paintstick colour to this one, along with a few others....
















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Friday, April 4, 2014

"I got you something shiny!"

The words all women love to hear.




Especially when it is a husband or loved one saying them.  Particularly when he has a triumphant, big grin plastered all over his sweet face and hands behind his back.  And, usually, most of us immediately think of something like this.

But ..... sometimes it is surprising what those words can mean.... ... when the "something" arrives in a 6 x 6 inch box in a plastic bag.

I had looked at the art shop, a large hobby shop, and Michael's, all to no avail.  Who the heck sells them?  I was stumped.  But, then on his way home from the office last week, Mr. BV stopped and found this for me.

Shiny.  Chrome.  And, shiny black too.... she's a beaut!



With a special little lever that creates suction on the bottom so it can be moved to any flat firm surface.  A lovely new pencil sharpener!  Our old one was just that...really old... actually it was vintage and worked perfectly... til one day somebody knocked it off the workbench because it was not actually screwed into place...sigh... still miss that little burgundy sharpener... it softly ground and sharpened pencils perfectly.  This one just doesn't have quite the same feel or sound to it...but, it works a charm.





I was thrilled to get my "something shiny" .....








Tuesday, April 1, 2014

All over Canada..


We are getting to this stage......



Monday, March 31, 2014

Today, it's Effie Trinket...

Have you seen Hunger Games movies?  This is a character from those.  I found lots of pictures of her on the net... not too many that are straight on to her face...but, decided to give this one a try...

She usually has even more outlandish lashes than these .... but, here is the original..














... and.....here is my rendition...

I didn't get her eyes round enough, but, I quite like her ...