Playing Catch-up

Imagine my embarrassment when another artist asked me last week if I had a blog, and I had to point her here to the neglected home of two lonely little posts written so many months ago that I forgot they even existed! Of course, I have all kinds of  legitimate excuses for the dust that’s accumulated here these past many months — I fell on Facebook and couldn’t get up … I accidentally threw my computer out the window …  I doodled myself into oblivion … and not only that, but the dog peed on all my drawings! Okay, so that last one isn’t true! :P

is this the face of innocence?

Is this the face of innocence?

But really, aside from the fact that I am an irregular blogger at best, I have been insanely busy these past months. That’s my excuse and I am sticking to it :)

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Being on the executive committee of the Pencil Art Society has certainly kept me hopping. We are having our first International Open Juried Exhibition this August and since January, there has been a flurry of things to do behind the scenes in preparation for that. Once everything was finally in place, I had an indoor Art Festival to get my paintings ready for in April, and this past month I have been panicking trying to get my own submission completed for the May 31 deadline for the PAS show.

Because she’s still living at home and is therefore so convenient, I often use  my 24 year old daughter, Alanna, as a model for many of my drawings.  Over the years, she has become more than a little weary of and impatient with my (sometimes weird) modeling requests, so, though she usually does comply with my instructions for various poses, if she’s not making deliberately funny faces, her expression is often distorted by rolling eyes and a wry are-you-not-DONE-yet? expression.

 

funnylanna

Alanna making faces (used with permission).

So, I felt very lucky when, a couple of months back, I happened to catch her sitting quietly at the kitchen table playing with her phone, oblivious to everything going on around her. Sunlight streamed in from the window behind her and another one to the side of her. The beautiful light caressed her skin so gently and kissed her hair so brightly and reflected from the table’s wood so softly that the whole scene looked almost ethereal. I said not a word, and immediately ran down to my studio, keeping my fingers crossed that she wouldn’t get up and leave in the minute it took me to grab my camera. Thankfully, she hadn’t, so quickly and quietly I focused, and snapped a photo. She looked up, rolled her eyes at me, and sighed a long-suffering sigh. “Really Mother??” she muttered …… then went back to browsing her phone as if I didn’t exist. Actually thrilled for a change to be so completely dismissed by her, I proceeded to shoot to my heart’s content as she ignored me and browsed her phone. LOL I ended up with a number of great shots, and that’s how I came up with the idea for the drawing I decided I would do for my submission to the PAS International Open Juried Exhibition.

Lost in Space

Lost in Space

We are allowed to enter up to three drawings in the PAS show, so the second drawing I will enter is the one I did of a beautiful crow I captured early last spring while out on a country drive. Am not yet sure if I will enter a third drawing. I had been working on something in coloured pencil, but am not sure if I like it enough to submit it.

The Sentinel

The Sentinel

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Yesterday was Mother’s Day and what a gorgeous sunny day it was. Hubby took me to what is probably my favourite place on earth — Gatineau Park (okay so, admittedly, my travel experience is very narrow! hehe). Here’s a little glimpse of one of the trails we walked. I will try to be a better blogger and so, with regularity in mind, I will write more about yesterday’s excursion soon :)

Gatineau Park hiking trail

Gatineau Park hiking trail

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4 comments to Playing Catch-up

  • wonderful post about catching your beautiful daughter off guard!! I get dismissed and the eye roll thing too from my 21 year old…so I can relate!! Best of luck with your entry!! I’m crossing my fingers for both of us!! ;)

  • haha kathryn … I wish I could tell you that another three years matures them out of the eye-rolling phase, but unfortunately, I have no such reassurance for you! :(

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for us both too!! :D

  • Silly question but how do you add your watermark to your pictures? Mine are not protected and I’ve been meaning to ask a fellow artist….. And here you are!

    • Hi Rolande. It’s very simple, really. In your graphics program (GIMP is free for download if you don’t have Photoshop), just use the text tool to type your copyright info on a 2nd layer, use the opacity slider thing to make it less obvious/more transparent, then when you’re happy with how it looks, flatten the image and save. Better than that though, to protect your work from theft, don’t post anything on the net that is of a higher resolution than 72 dpi, and not larger than about 500-600 pixels on the longest side. This will not prevent anyone from reposting your work on the net, but it will at least prevent them from printing your work out, as the file will be too small to print crisp and clear on paper. This is the reason I keep most of my images on the smallish side. I know it makes it harder for people to see detail, but it also helps prevent my work from showing up on t-shirts in some store! LOL Hope this helps :)

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