365 Days of Art – Squares and Rectangles

….day 53 and week 9 of the collage challenge

I’m starting to get back into my art making groove. This is the squares and rectangles assignment from Randel Plowman’s book The Collage Workbook. Evelyn over at Evelyn Flint’s blog has challenged us to follow the weekly assignments as laid out in Plowman’s book.

My entry is titled Basquiat Meets the Ballet.



Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge 2016 – Week 9

….have you ever taken a photo for no apparent reason and not known how to classify it?

Why not share your odd ball photos and join us with Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge


Shoes at a wedding



The head of a synchronized swimmer – a thick layer of goo to keep the hair in place



Some beaver’s been busy in the middle of the city! Looks like he added a little ketchup to make it tastier.

Share Your World 2015 – Week 9

….March has finally arrived but winter doesn’t want to leave

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

It depends on the day. I feel at least 10 years younger than I am, most of the time. Last week when I had trouble standing up after falling while skiing I felt much older. If I have to put an age to it I’d say I feel like I’m in my late 40s or early 50s. Having said that there are days that I think I’m in better shape, physically and mentally than many people who are actually in this age range.

Are you left or right handed?

I’m left handed. I write, paint and eat with my left hand but I do much with my right hand. I bat with my right hand, play the ukelele and guitar with my right hand and knit with my right hand. When I golf and bowl I use my right hand. I iron and type with both hands.

If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?

I’m really struggling with this question. I’ve gone through the alphabet trying to pull up names that would suit me. I’ve tried thinking of people that I admire but my husband would leave me if I chose Meryl or Hilary. I’ve gone back to my German heritage but people can’t pronounce most German names and Heidi is just too cutesy. My name, Carol, comes from Charles so I thought I needed to find a more masculine name but Carla, Karen, Connie and Karine are too close to Carol. Then I turned to numerology and settled on a name with German roots and one that suits the number 8. My new name would be Erika.

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

Everything goes into my bedroom. Don’t ask me for a tour of the upstairs of my house. I’d be too embarrassed.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for a special day spent with my friend AB. We met when I first started teaching in 1976. Our rooms were next to each other. I was the Family Studies teacher and she was the art teacher. We had a special relationship right from the start. She is God mother to my children and we’ve stayed close all these years. She’s 11 years older than me and has been retired for awhile. She’s looking forward to the day I retire so that we can ‘play’ again.

On Saturday morning she called me to see if I wanted to look at a condo building with her. She has been preparing to sell her house and down size to a condominium. Both my husband and I thought we were just going to look this place and then walk away so that AB could think about this major purchase. We were blown away when she took out her cheque book and made a down payment on a unit. We were touched that she wanted us there to help her with this life changing investment. We love the location. In fact my husband and I lived in the same location for two years before we bought our own house.

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The other thing I’m grateful for was being able to drive to Oshawa with my oldest daughter and her partner on Sunday and help my Dad pack up some dishes and clean the fridge before the mover came on Monday. We drove over to their new apartment and filled up the new fridge with food from the house. They were both very pleased with their new accommodations and I was happy to see the place first hand.

This week I’m looking forward to going to Kiwanis with the Grade one classes to hear them sing. My friend’s father, Ray Cattell is having a major art show at the Arts and Letters Club and the opening for the public is this Sunday. I’ve already had a sneak preview and it’s a wonderful show and I can’t wait to share it with my family. I’m also looking forward to a new on-line art assignment from Carla Sonheim this Thursday.


Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge – Week 9

….it was such an honour to be one of three blogs featured for last week’s challenge


This week I’ve chosen three photos that I took when I was in Calgary back in March. We took a walk downtown and my sister and brother-in-law took us to a couple of their favourite gift/art stores. They were full of wonderful works of art and artifacts from all over the world. Here are three of my favourite pieces; an odd looking duck, a painting of a steer done on metal and a sculpture made from water bottles.

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Share Your World – Week 9

……another great set of questions from Cee Neuner

Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?

I would love an art studio. Presently my art supplies are in three different rooms in my house and I often use the dining room table to work on. I bought a large table a couple of years ago but my husband uses it to spread out his own business papers.

Would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?

I love having my living room free of the TV. When friends come to visit we aren’t distracted by the large screen and we can actually enjoy each others company. Our TV is downstairs in the rec room. IMG_0227

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

I like warm neutral colours in a bedroom with a few bright accent colours. I recently bought a colour called raffia cream to paint on the walls.

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

I live in a two story house with a full basement. I like having different levels. The stairs help keep us in shape and I like being able to escape to an upper corner of the house when I want space for a little quiet time.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for the pictures my son sent us from his trip to Iran, my oldest daughter’s phone call and our youngest daughter’s visit on Saturday. I’m also grateful for being able to attend an amazing concert last week featuring a recorder player. I’ll post about that in the next few days.

This week I’m looking forward to our upcoming March Break. I’ll be getting ready to fly to Calgary with my middle sister to visit our baby sister. Hopefully my husband and I can get away for a couple of days before that.