Wednesday, May 11, 2011

getting my paint on

whilst coughing up my lung.  damn this cough and sinus crap.  so sick and tired of it.  my ribs are starting to hurt from sputtering so much.

so whilst home, i decided to get my paint on.  why not.  i thought it was a good way to cheer my miserable self up.  and it worked.

i thought i'd spice things up and use a new product (to me that is), goldens fiber paste.  after it dries on the page, it gives the effect of handmade paper.  so, i spread a nice thick coat, and painted over top.  and i got this awesome texture.  gonna give this a try with watercolours next.


a close up of the texture underneath the paint.


caran d'ache with titanium white, and crate paper patterned paper.  just having fun.


and last but not least, finally getting to my sketchbook project 2012.  i plan to post all pages when done.  so fun working on a small size.  it's quick and dirty!  

and see my new brushes to the far left? sigh.  i'm in love.  i especially like the mongoose hair brushes.  they push around oil paint so effortlessly and precisely.  i have yet to try out the sable brushes.  sigh.  

ok.  now to get dosed up on some anti-cough meds lest i cough up my other lung!

Monday, May 9, 2011

mothers day love

for mothers day i got to buy myself whatever i wanted and this is what i chose, (but don't tell my sister, if she finds out i spent this much money on art brushes, she'll knock me over the  head for not opting to buy a piece of jewellery, or an expensive pair of shoes, or some sort of nonsense) :


raphael fresco red sable brushes but rounded filbert #'s 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12



raphael kevrin mongoose brushes, filbert #2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12

a little bit extravagant, and a little bit pricey, but you know what they say..   a happy mamma makes a happy family.  and this mamma sure is happy!!!

thanks mimmo for knowing how to make this mamma extra happy!! xo

Friday, May 6, 2011

confessions of a 7 year old

iphone photo of xavier and his certificate


forgive me father, for i have sinned. 

xavier experienced his first reconciliation last night in preparation for his communion on may 14th.  he is very excited to receive his first communion and i was surprised to see that he was very serious about confessing his sins.

on the way to church i asked him if he knew what he was going to confess and if he'd thought about what he was going to say.  and he said, 'yeah mom, we've been preparing at school '.  

so when it was his turn in church, i had to present him to father carlos, and off i had to go.  xavier was very serious and father carlos nodding his head, both had their heads turned so i couldn't see what they were saying, nor could i hear them.  ok.  yes.  i was dying of curiosity as to what a 7 year old had to confess.

when it was over he had to sit for five minutes and pray, and then was given a certificate and off we went home.  he was so proud of himself.

so on the way home, i couldn't resist and this is how the conversation went:

me: so xavier, how'd it go?
xavier:  good
me: what are some of the things you confessed?
xavier:  i can't tell you mom, it's between me and god
me: (stunned), um, can you at least tell me one thing?
xavier:  no, it's private.  oh but i did forget to tell him that i slapped dad
me:  (super stunned) oh dear, we better go home and say those prayers 100x over

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

a blast from the past


my sister sent me a text message this morning that, "rick springfield is 61 and got busted for a DUI".

first off you're probably thinking, why would she send her sister this message.  well, if you know me, you must know that i was a HUGE rick springfield junkie when i was 16.  and i mean HUGE fan.  the kinda fan that went to his concert and did the ugly cry through out the whole thing.  um.  yeah. 

so outta curiosity, i googled this and found the article.  and OMG. OMG.  all i could say was OMG.  at 61 he's still HOT.  i mean, look at this man.  who looks this good at 61?  i die.  as for the DUI.  well he needs a good spanking... and i'm more than willing to administer those spanks.   but look at how HOT he still looks.  bestill my heart.

france