Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Hallows Eve

these two munchkins are all excited.  it seems even X is excited.  normally he doesn't care to go house to house, but seems this year he's looking forward to it.


E goes to all the neighbourhood houses and asks me to take pics of her alongside all the halloween props.  she's such a hoot.

i love her jesse and doggie alongside the rats.  this kid is hilarious.


yesterday X had a halloween birthday party at N's house, and they had a BLAST.


and whilst X partied, E got her long overdo haircut.

before:
and after:

yes, the hairdressers were all dressed up in costume too.

can't wait for tonight myself.  E is gonna be the cutest little 'cat in the hat' and X the leanest and meanest 'iron man' ever.

happy, safe, candy full Halloween everyone!

Francesca

Saturday, October 30, 2010

she's at it again

stayed up late last night playing with my shiva paint stiks.  they're oil paints, literally like a humongous crayon.  they're oil paint but so much easier to use and less mess than oil paints from a tube.  they're rich and creamy and blend super easy with just your finger.  love the soft creamy texture of them.


here's my girl.  i must say, i kinda like this one.  little by little i'm starting to like my ladies.  this one just seems so much more real to me, and closer to what i'm trying to achieve.  lots of work and practice still to do.  the eyes, the mouth... ugh.  the mouth.  it gives me trouble.  and the hair.  she looks like she's having hair trouble, just like me.  i can't get the hair thing right in real life either!  smile.

happy saturday, and hopefully you're out at a rip roaring halloween party.  have a brewsky on me, will ya!

later folks.

Francesca

Friday, October 29, 2010

ABC Wednesday "O": OULIPO

so, i'm a little late in posting for ABC Wednesday.  so let's just pretend it's wednesday, shall we!!

the letter this week is "O'.  and my word for the week which i have just recently discovered and would love to share is:  Oulipo.

Oulipo.  what the heck is that, was my first thought.  so i immediately googled it.  and wikipedia brought this up:

Oulipo (French pronunciation:[ulipo], short for French: Ouvroir de littérature potentielle; roughly translated: "workshop of potential literature") is a loose gathering of (mainly) French-speaking writers and mathematicians which seeks to create works using constrained writing techniques. It was founded in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and François Le Lionnais. Other notable members include novelists Georges Perec and Italo Calvino, poet Oskar Pastior and poet/mathematician Jacques Roubaud
interesting i thought.  but still not sure what the heck it meant.  'constrained writing'.  another word required translation which once again lead to more research.  back to google:

Constrained writing is a literary technique in which the writer is bound by some condition that forbids certain things or imposes a pattern. Constraints are very common in poetry, which often requires the writer to use a particular verse form.

Below are some examples of Oulipian constraints:


S+7, sometimes called N+7
Replace every noun in a text with the noun seven entries after it in a dictionary. For example, "Call me Ishmael. Some years ago..." (from Moby-Dick) becomes "Call me islander. Some yeggs ago...". Results will vary depending upon the dictionary used. This technique can also be performed on other lexical classes, such as verbs.

My Version:  of N+7
you fit into me like a fish hook into an eye, a fish hook an open eye (my favorite poem by M. Atwood)
N+7 = you flavour into me like a flag host into an factor, a flag host, an open factor
go here and this site, the N+7 Machine will do all the work for you, you just have to input your sentence.  Snowball
A poem in which each line is a single word, and each successive word is one letter longer.

Lipogram
Writing that excludes one or more letters. The previous sentence is a lipogram in B, F, H, J, K, Q, V, Y, and Z (it does not contain any of those letters).

Palindromes The most familiar palindromes, in English at least, are character-by-character: The written characters read the same backwards as forwards. Some examples of palindromic words: civic, radar, level, rotator, rotor, tacocat, kayak, reviver, racecar, and redder. 

Or Phrases, Palindromes often consist of a phrase or sentence :
"Go hang a salami I'm a lasagna hog.",
"Was it a rat I saw?",
"Step on no pets",
 "Sit on a potato pan, Otis",
"Lisa Bonet ate no basil",
"Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas",
"I roamed under it as a tired nude Maori",
"Yo banana boy",
"Rise to vote sir",
or the exclamation "Dammit, I'm mad!"
Punctuation, capitalization, and spacing are usually ignored, although some (such as "Rats live on no evil star") include the spacing.



So, there you have it.  Oulipo, writers seeking to create works using constrained writing techniques.  Got it.  It all makes sense now. 

ok, now how to translate this to art and painting.  paint without the colour blue? paint something that looks the exact same when put upside down? lol 

have a great Friday!

Francesca

Thursday, October 28, 2010

playing with paint again


so i've been very inspired lately by mess:  the manual of accidents and mistakes by kerri smith.  you know, the one also responsible for wreck this journal.  if you don't know about it, and you like to play with art and experimentation, and creating out of your proverbial box, then you must run, not walk, over to kerri's blog.  go now.

anway, in the spirit of experimentation for the sake of experimentation and the love of playing with all things creative, i've taken out my journal and have been playing with paint, and journaling, and automatic writing, and it's been making me very happy.

i put the kids to bed at 8:30pm, and after that, it's my time to play.  i sit in my disheveled bed, open my journal, pull out my paints, and stay up until i can barely keep my eyes open. 

there is nothing super extraordinary about these pages.  it's just a fun way to try out new techniques, new products, test ideas.  and the best part, no pressure.  and learning along the way.




see. 
now you try.
get out your journal.  and don't think too much.  just do it.  if the blank page is intimidating, splash some paint on it.  drip some ink blots on it.  that should get your creative juices flowing.
ok. 
lunch time. 

happy art'ing,
Francesca

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday

light and shadow.  make for beautiful pictures.  



today was a beautiful day.  church.  to our favorite breakfast nook called Tulips.  and then out to buy Halloween decorations for the big night next week.  there's excitement in the air!!!

ok, off to watch Ghostbusters with the kiddos.  remember that movie?!?!?

happy sunday,
Francesca

Friday, October 22, 2010

My Favorite Things: to wear



(click on images to see a larger version)

I am loving this free template over at the Cathy's blog.  Gonna call it my Favorite Friday, where each Friday will be a new edition of my favorite things.  How excited are you about this?!?!?  lol

I rarely scrapbook about myself, so this is a good way to document some of me and my life.  

I tried to put the two pics side by side cause it looks so much sweeter that way, but for the life of me couldn't figure it out.  If any of you in blogger blogland can help out with some tips on how to do that I'd appreciate it!  I'm technically retarded and can't figure out the simplest of things!  

It's all digital but you can go hybrid on this page which is cool too.  Super fast, super easy.  

Ok, gotta go get X from school and E from playgroup.

and hey, Misty says she's going to set up another on-line class.  How excited am I?  OVER THE MOON...  can't wait for more details.

Francesca
xoxoxo

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Shadows Shot Sunday

No I haven't fallen off the face of the planet.  I've just been busy out enjoying this gorgeous fall weather.  We've been out almost everyday soaking up the last little bit of warm sun, and wearing sweaters, and running through leaves.


We wish everyday could be fall.  The kids picked up every full intact leaf they could find and brought them all inside.  They weren't sure what they wanted to do with them but they just knew they had to have them.  So in came about 30 leaves all in various sizes that looked like this.  So I got out the crayons, and the big chart paper, and we embossed away.  All kinds of leaves, in every single colour.  It was a cachophony of colour and leaves.  Gorgeous.  Then Xavier wanted to cut them all out, and so we spent another hour just cutting them out.  Then he wanted to glue them onto another sheet of full scap paper.  But by this time it was close to bed time and off to bed my two little artists went.


But back to autum.  The best season of the year if you ask me.  Warm sweaters.  Getting under a cozy comforter at night, with a slight breeze through the window.  A symphony of colours all over the place. And here are a few reasons why I love fall:


More crafty goodness coming.  I promise.

Happy Sunday,
Francesca

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Todays the Day

THE NEW HAIR, AND I'M IN LOVE LOVE LOVE





My head feels so light and good.  Let's hope it looks this good when I wash and blow dry it.  Hideh wouldn't give me the ultra short pink haircut because he didn't want me to have a heart attack on his shift.  Laugh.  He wanted to go slow and short little by little. So this is what I got.  And I like it.

Thanks for listening and putting up with my hair drama.  Crazy, ain't it.

ANYWAY....

Check out SCRAPSTREET here, one of my pages is featured on their blog.  Cool site.

Back later with some new stuff i've been working on.  Yay...

later dudes, off to go look at myself in the mirror.. hehe

Francesca