Thursday, July 17, 2014

Griffin's Graduation

Hello again!  I know, I know, but I haven't forgot about the blog, we're just ridiculously busy at the moment.  Anyway, I have a very small moment (with a very lot of interruptions) to write something quick here.  This is a photo of Griffin at his Preschool graduation...

And now he's ready for BIG school.  Yikes!  How does that even happen?  I'm not sure it's quite sunk in yet - we are in for more big changes over the next couple of months.  Also, gardening, painting the house, renovating the shop space, swimming lessons, many weddings, etc. etc.  I would love to sit and write more, but it's already taken me more than half an hour to write these two tiny paragraphs!  Hopefully I can share some more here one day soon :)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Dusting off the Box Camera

I have a spare moment, and I wanted to post this photo.
My friend Lola sent me a message to see if I was interested in playing around with some expired 120 film she bought off ebay.  This is the kind of thing I can't shout "YES!" to fast enough.  Finally, a chance and an excuse to dust off my fabulous box camera - kindly given to me by my Grandfather when I started to show an interest in photography, and only used one other time before this. * 

We had a blast kicking around her property and playing - she with an old plastic Holga, and me with my Zeiss-Ikon box camera and not one sweet clue how to work it properly.  There are several pictures that turned out wonderfully, but this one is my definite favourite.

Of course, neither one of us was content with ONE camera around our necks, so you can see some of her other shots with expired colour film here:
As you can see, she's pretty darn talented.

*The only other time I shot 120 with this box camera, I tried to develop it myself in the darkroom, and ended up dropping the film, finding (in the dark) what I THOUGHT was the film, finally forcing it to thread onto the carousel, and "developing" the paper backing** - all of which I discovered when I turned on the light, and found my (now ruined) film, lying on the floor.  

**If you ever have the chance to develop your own 120 film, it may help you to know that it comes on a paper backing.

This is definitely something I will be playing around with more.  

IF - Voyage

Illustration Friday time again!  And it's not Thursday night, minutes before I go to bed!  Go, me!
There's a thousand things the word "Voyage" brings to mind, but these two little Russian space dogs from the 1950s - Belka and Strelka - have been on my mind lately.  So here they are :)

Thursday, May 08, 2014

IF - Revenge

Hello!  I've been falling behind, but I managed to get an Illustration Friday done this week.  The word was "Revenge" and this is what sprang to my mind.  It could have something to do with the extra cake that's been lying around my house, since Griffin turned FIVE this week!   I'm hoping to get some pictures ready to share here soon.  I've been swamped with doing photos for other people, and I always feel like I should do those first!   I'm sure there's a saying out there about a photographer's kids...
Anyway, I'll do a birthday post soon (ish.)  FIVE!

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Sweetie Witch

Here's a little drawing, for a contest on Susanna Leonard Hill's very excellent blog :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

IF - Red

Two for Illustration Friday this week, both with red cedars.  I admit it - I missed the West Coast this week!

We survived last night's storm just fine.  That was the first time I've ever felt the house move in the wind that much.  It was quite something!
I'm in the paper this week, because I actually wrote a letter, got a bunch of people to sign it, and presented it at a town hall meeting.
Jai had a one-day work week because he was working all weekend, and then we had stormageddon.
Griffin stayed in his pajamas all day.  Holly was a baby monkey who kept finding and eating invisible bananas.  Now you are up to date.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

If - Spark (Number 2)

Hello!  So, I did get another reprise at Illustration Friday this week.  This started off as a little doodle while I was waiting for lunch to cook, and after lunch the kids and I dug out my good pastels and played around.  They did some nice colour fields, and I squeezed this in.
We're in the middle of Spring Break here, so all our usual programs are cancelled.  There's a small danger of us going stir crazy - we're in the middle of a freezing rain warning, and no one wants to go outside.  The danger comes mostly from me - the kids would be happy to watch Peppa Pig videos over and over and over. So far, we've managed to keep the fighting to a minimum - two more days to go!  When is Spring coming???????
Here's the sketch:

Monday, March 10, 2014

IF - Spark

Hello! Here's another Illustration Friday doodle.  I used Griffin's pencil crayons and my Neocolor Pastels.  I may try and re-do and refine this picture (charcoal and watercolour?), but I'm trying to at least make one thing a week, without worrying too much.  With the kids around, I don't always have time to set myself up the way I'd like, and I'm trying not to let that stop me from doing something, at least.

In other news, things are going well here.  We're SO ready for spring.  Not summer, just spring.  Positive temperatures.  The kids have March Break this week - even preschool is cancelled, so we're all here, all the time, this week.  Today we made Maple Bran Muffins with Maple Glaze (yum!) and a big roast dinner.  I'm not sure yet what tomorrow will bring.  Probably something yummy! Have a good one!