Sunday, May 29, 2011

a day in asheville

after receiving a canon eos rebel xs as a graduation gift, luke and i decided to take a day trip to asheville to play with my new camera. i am so delighted to have such an amazing camera and to retire my old point and shoot. The difference is unbelievable, even for a beginner like myself.

asheville is a small city, concealed in the north carolina foothills right before reaching the mountains; a mini hippie haven that has none of the showy conservatism that seems to be pervading in charlotte

we spent the day wandering around downtown, playing in the park, eating in small cafes, visiting the western north carolina nature center, driving along the blueridge parkway, and visiting a really amazing antique shop. there were also a lot of neat book stores, an old record store and some vintage clothing stores.

the best hippie we saw all day

It was a hot day so most of the animals at the nature center were sleeping or resting in the shade. thanks to my new lens, i was able to capture a shot of this little guy as he was waking up

dress: vintage (hemmed), bodysuit: uo, shoes: bc clogs

Sunday, December 26, 2010

whose woods these are I think I know

One of the funniest things about the south is the way people react to snow. School is cancelled, people freak out and a "winter storm warning" goes into effect. And when I say snow I mean about 1-2 inches. Maybe it's because I am Canadian and in Canada 1-2 feet is considered an average winter day. It snows from November to April and nobody thinks twice. Anyhow, I am so happy that it snowed here, especially for Christmas! Plus, it gave me a chance to wear my new coat which seems made for a snowy day.

Coat: vintage 70s via Etsy, Dress: thrift store, Boots: U.O

Even Duffy liked the snow!

I love winter. It is cold, it is bleak, but it makes me feel like I am home.

And here is my favourite winter poem:

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Jack Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Artists I Like Vol. 1

Ingrid Calame
Ingrid Calame makes her paintings by tracing spills, stains and graffiti on the streets. She then layers all her drawings on top of each other to form an image.

It's systematic but the idea of tracing things on sidewalks and layering them to make a painting is so amazing! And the forms and colours are beautiful.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Painting 2: Surfaces

I had so much fun with this painting! I feel like it's truly me and it expresses who I am as an artist so perfectly. I love texture and I think this painting illustrates that I know how to use it. It also feels very map-like to me.
Sadly, paintings that are very tactile and 3D in nature photograph badly and the pictures don't do it justice, but I want to post my progress anyways.

So I started by dyeing the cheesecloth in the fibers studio a soft grayish green colour . I used pumice gel to attach the cheesecloth to the surface because I really like the softness of the fabric juxtaposed with the roughness of pumice. Then I added a bit more colour and added sand. I think it draws attention to the surface (at least in person!).

Conceptually I didn't really have an idea because the point of this painting was that the surface WAS the concept.

This is a detail. This photo was taken under the studio lights and the top one was taken under regular florescent lights. The real colour is somewhere in between. I need to photograph this outside in natural light!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Coffee Inspiration

So today I was browsing Modcloth and I realized that most of the items I was putting into my pretend-wishlist had stripes, soft warm colours, and were named after beverages... coffee beverages! Coincidence? I think not.

Triple Latte Scarf So pretty! I love all the different shades of brown with the simplicity of the stripes

Cappuccino Dress Perfect colours, perfect length. Perfect dress!

Cafe Au Lait Socks These socks have such a classy but subtle design and with the neutral colour you could wear them with anything.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Back from Atlanta

So Luke and I went to Atlanta for a night during our fall break. We went to see the Braves (they lost), we played in the hot tub, and we went shopping!

I think we are outgrowing Atlanta, the heat, and the south altogether... I think our next trip should be somewhere cold, with magnificent architecture, comfort food and lots of snow... how about Moscow?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Beginning

I am soooo ready for fall! It is my favourite season and although it is halfway though September it doesn't feel like fall at all. I have decided to start a knitting project while I am waiting for the weather to cool down- and what better an inspiration than.... ice cream!

Neapolitan Ice Cream!

So I purchased some Swish DK (double knit) yarn from
knitpicks in the appropriate colours. I am going to knit it in a rib stitch and I want to make it really long- at this rate, it just might be ready when it gets cold!

I wasn't sure on which colour to get for the vanilla. The ivory was too light, but the cornmeal is a lot more yellow than I thought. I think it will be ok though.