Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New paintings

I've been painting a lot this summer, and am making more of my paintings
available on-line (and in person of course) in my Etsy shop.

I've been nervous about adding them, because I know everyone has
a different opinion on what "art" is.

However, I've had good responses and feedback, so I'm putting more of my work
out there, and hope that you'll see one that speaks to you.

I'd like them to be available as prints too, so they are more affordable, so I set-up an account with Deviant Arts. They print everything from cards to canvas prints, and you can even get them framed, all from my uploaded photos.
When I have a bit of extra funds, I will buy a canvas print- ready to hang, so I can check out the quality for myself, but I've heard good things about them and their prices are awesome.
As always, there's a learning curve, but I have set up a profile, added a couple of photos, and
one of my paintings ... there's a lot of other talented artists there too.

If you would like me to add a particular painting there so you can get a print, let me know and I'll do it promptly. Otherwise, I'll just be adding them at random.
Well, time to get cleaning the house, as we have company tonight.
Enjoy your day,

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Stained glass panels- St Saviour's Church.

St. Saviour's Church, Nelson, BC, Canada

Recently I had the privilege of visiting

one of our treasured Heritage buildings,

the St. Saviours ProCathedral Church,

(in Nelson, BC.)

The numerous stained glass panels were amazing and the history interesting.

Here you can see more (and better) photos of the stained glass.

I hate to admit it, but, it's been a long time since I've been inside a church.

Sometimes it's fun to be a tourist in your own neighbourhood, Enjoy :)

*Note: the old chair has dog heads carved on the arms*

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The salmon are swimming up streams and spawning.

Short version: I took some videos of the kokanee salmon spawning and have compiled them into a 7 minute video.

Question of the week:
"Is 7 minutes too long for a video?"

The rest of the story:
When I started this video, I just wanted to stitch together a group of short clips of the kokanee salmon swimming upstream in our nearby creeks. I managed to "catch the tail end" of this annual event (sorry about the pun...I couldn't resist)... but wanted a film to share a piece of "Kootenay time", with my relatives and friends, as most live very far away.
(Note: This photo, with lots of kokanee, was taken in 2006.)

With 12 minutes of video recording time available, I'm happy to have such a handy little digital camera- I take it everywhere! But rarely use the video. I have to practice being steady & stop moving the camera so quickly. I was up until the wee hours cutting out jerky parts. (Perhaps I could use a tripod, but my purse is already over-loaded. ) Besides it's hard to hold still when there's rustling in the bushes, or a mosquito bites... and I'm alone in the trees, surrounded by bear food.

I was going to add music too, since the creek sounds loud & quiet in different spots, but decided to leave it alone, so it's just the birds and water. Natures music...
My video may be quite amateur, but there's some good parts to it.
With practice, my next one should be much better :)

The video was too large to add here, so I've uploaded it to YouTube... here's the link.)

If you'd like to see some of my "fish" related creations, click here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Summer's fading away

Tues. Sept 6/11

Well, we've had a late, but great summer.
But now the nights are getting colder, and our shadows grow long.
I used to feel very energetic this time of year, but since 2001
I mostly feel sad.
This is an emotional and tough time of year for me.
September 2nd marked 10 years since my dad unexpectedly left our world.
Hard to believe, time passes so quickly.

Our old dog Spike has been slowing down, and I wonder if he'll
still be with us by Christmas.
Reminds me when the Dr. told me that- about my mom… "Thanksgiving, yes,
Christmas, I don't think so." She was right.
And in the midst of that, was 9/11.
Anyhow, it's all part of life, and there's not much I can do about it.

Wed Sept 14/11

( I didn't want to end on a sad note.)
I took Spike for a short walk the other day, to Laird Creek, to see if the kokanee
salmon are spawning yet. Sure enough, they are. I took a couple of videos and want to
put them together into one clip ...