Thursday, July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Me at roughly a year old?. I have no idea what happened with my arm, mom might remember if I ask her. Its another view from a set of  photos that were taken and you can see my extra finger, (postaxial polydactyly to be more precise),a bit better in this one. The scar is still on my hand, about an inch and a half long.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July Book Wrap-Up

So, before the read-a-thon I managed to read 7 other books, which means I am 7 books ahead of my goal of 80 books read this year. If I don't get to 80 that is OK, still read over 50 books which is not bad :)
 I have still been drawing, I just read when I can't sleep, (which is a very frequent occurrence :/).

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady TrentA Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Needed more dragons :p

The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, #1)The Strain by Guillermo del Toro
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

From reading reviews of this book I was expecting something that while I might not be scared. I would at least feel a little creeped out. I almost didn't make it past the first 50 pages, I found it so boring and predictable. The story uses every horror novel trope out there and not in an original way. I couldn't even say I enjoyed it in the way you do when watching a bad cheesy horror movie, the book is just way too slowly paced and poorly written. I don't think I will be continuing with this series unless I really can't find anything else to read.

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

this is kinda hard to review without spoiling things, at least I think it is. Very fast read, the main characters I thought were well written, the secondary characters not so much. Saw the ending coming a mile away, but still didn't want it to happen.

Knife Edge (Noughts & Crosses, #2)Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

hmmm not as enjoyable as the first, I didn't like main characters very much. One is just an ass and the other is all whoa is me, and really she does have more than enough reasons to be depressed, I just found her storyline poorly written. There are times when you think yes, she is going to grow up, try to change what is going on in at least her and her kids life, but then she does something that makes you want to shake her and you start thinking she is more of an idiot then you thought. onto the next one in the series with hope it doesn't get any worse....

Checkmate (Noughts & Crosses, #3)Checkmate by Malorie Blackman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

What happened with this series? It started out so promising, and this was so boring :/


Double Cross (Noughts & Crosses, #4)Double Cross by Malorie Blackman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Should have just stopped with the first one. What started out on as an interesting take on racism for young readers, turned into a badly written soap opera with a mob story thrown into the mix :/

Star Smashers of the Galaxy RangersStar Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers by Harry Harrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This has to be one of the most ridiculous stories I have read in a long time. But its ridiculous in a good way :p

Monday, July 28, 2014

Under-Hyped Book Read-a-thon Wrap Up

HR Giger 

HR Giger by Taschen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The photos of Giger's work in this book are very nice. Sometimes a little too dark to see clearly but that adds to the work. Nice short read full of wonderful pictures of work that some people might find very uncomfortable to look at, but hard to look away. I really like his work because its very personal to the artist, full of his nightmares which some people can relate to.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Too short, but very interesting read since Giger himself wrote it :) Its interesting to have a small glimpse into his childhood and see how he evolved as an artist.

The Lord of the Rings SketchbookThe Lord of the Rings Sketchbook by Alan Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great book full of sketches for the movie with text from Alan that really helps to explain what he was trying to accomplish with his sketches.I love seeing the sketches of the locations and creatures and then compare to what they look like in the movie.

Street Art: From Around the WorldStreet Art: From Around the World by Garry Hunter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Very nice photos of all the different types of street art that can be created. I just found it very lacking on info about everything else. I do know it can be hard getting info on an artist that doesn't want to say a lot or be found, due to what they are doing being illegal in a lot of places, but I just found what was written, written poorly.

The Unfeathered BirdThe Unfeathered Bird by Katrina Van Grouw
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a gorgeous book. They are so many different bird species illustrated that you really do see how they are so structurally different but they still tend to have many biological things in common. Def for a bird and art lover. I found it very interesting to see the different shaped skulls of the different bird species, they are not something that is very common amongst skull collections for drawing due to their being so fragile.

Make Room! Make Room!Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A dystopian novel based around over population. The only complaint I really have about this book is the length. I thought it was too short, would have loved to read about other countries and how they are being effected. You did get a few paragraphs, but I do wish there had of been more. You get a very good sense of how desperate the situation has gotten and how it effects the people of the area and how there really is no solution to the man made problems.

Recommend to people just getting into sci-fi since it is so short but also to everyone because the problems in the book are ones the planet is actually going through now.

Montezuma's Revenge (Tony Hawkin, #1)Montezuma's Revenge by Harry Harrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fast paced but near the end I was starting to roll my eyes wondering how many more "secret" agencies the author could write into the story.

Music Monday

 I was 17 when this came out, I'm old lol

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Scottish Word of the Week

This weeks word is, haiver.

Last weeks word, ballop, is the fly on a pair of trousers.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Home Stretch

No more flowers! lol I just need to go back and either darken or lighten certain parts, and then *crosses fingers* its done. I am seriously not a flower person, might not seem like it but I find them a pain to colour and they make me sneeze :p I would much rather be working on an animal or dragon then flowers, but do need to practice so that if I do need to draw them for any reason, I can.

Speaking of dragons, I really really should draw one soon before I forget how to.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I have no idea where this is lol My sister looks probably 4, so I would be 6/7?? I really have no idea, def Xmas time tho :p

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Back to Work

Hand is healed up enough to start drawing/etching again yay :) Still bruised but at least I can hold a pencil without wincing.

Might put this away for a few days and start on different drypoint. The rocks on this are looking better than I thought they would, I just want to have something else to work on when I need a break from all of the pebbles.

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blue Falcon

Little lino print using Chine Colle technique. I really like using this technique, so many ways to use it and its a bonus I don't need a press.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Under-Hyped Books

On youtube there is a community called Booktube, involving books of course :) And occasionally there are read-a-thons and this week there is one for Under-hyped books; books that have low ratings on Goodreads or books not really talked about. So because I have a few piles of art books I need to read, I thought they would be perfect for the read-a-thon :)

Music Monday

Having lived in Alberta for a few years it, its inevitable you listen to country :p

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014


So I had a nice flight last night :p I do fall a lot but this is the first time in awhile where blood has been involved. Thankfully just scrapped my hand and bruised my fingers, but can't really draw because of where the scrapes are :/ My knees are nice shades of blue and purple, makes walking fun. Could be worse, could have broken something when I fell, but not going to be able to draw a lot for a few days until my hand heals over. I just trip over my own feet, partly because I can't feel them, partly because I am just a clutz lol Well, it gives me an excuse to get lots of reading done, and try to get caught up with my reading list.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Me in 1984, and I am assuming this is for Halloween and not just some random costume I wanted to wear lol I think this was at one of the houses we lived at in Jarvis, could be wrong tho. We had that table and chairs until I was 15/16 when we then moved too far to take them with us. I do remember that hat was used a few times at Halloween, I dressed up as a witch a lot :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Hmm do penguins squawk?? no idea :p But here is the penguin almost done, needs a bit more shading but will do that once the background is finished so I don't go too dark too soon.

I probably should have more on this done, but I am not sleeping so am really, really tired and working on this actually takes a lot out of me. Can't sleep due to tooth pain, which could be anything. Actually the dentists are pretty sure its pulpitis, just not sure what tooth, or if its many teeth. And since I can't open my mouth big enough to get an x-ray done that would show what tooth it is, its a wait and see game until one tooth hurts more then another.yay....

Monday, July 14, 2014

If I never see a Pink Pencil Again, I will Die Happy

This is one of those pieces that is really ending up just being a labour of love. In reality I would never get the money for the hours this has taken. But I haven't done a big, (well A3 is big for coloured pencil and me), coloured pencil piece for a long time and I was really feeling the pull to do one.

I never had time when I was at college to do a piece this big, and I doubt I will have the time at Uni considering I was told I will be in 4 and a half days a week. *dies*

Music Monday

This song always makes me think of vampires :p Proper vampires not sparkly ones.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Scottish Word of the Week

This weeks word is, sploonging. The photo is a bit of a hint, its doesn't mean duck tho :)

The last word, hoatching, means crowded or busy.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


 I knew I passed, but always nice to have the actual diploma to prove it. Not that not having one makes an artist a lesser artist. And it can make you over qualified to ask if someone want fries with their meal :p

Onto to Uni next, where I will get even more grey hair and less sleep then I do know (if thats possible :p). I have said recently that if I get first year done and then decided thats it, I will be happy. If Uni turns out to not be for me, then meh so be it. I know I can be a lot more traditional style wise then a lot of the stuff produced by a lot of Uni art students, but...that doesn't have to be a bad thing, could be a good thing.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Need to Think of a Title

I had wanted to finish this today, but my hand decided to die after working on it for 5 hours, so hopefully tomorrow.

And I really do need to think of a title for this, feel like it needs one for it to be actually finished.

The last 3 days have been boiling out, bright sun and over 20C heat. Most people would be like, yay!, I am hiding lol The sun is not my friend. Messes up my MS and I look like a lobster after 20 minutes. I don't tan, I broil.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Penguin #2

He looks like he really needs a hair cut or at least some styling gel to tame his eyebrows :p

Throwback Thursday


Yeah I was in Brownies, not for very long tho. And I think mom still has that sash around somewhere, but the rest of the uniform is long gone thankfully lol. Think I was about 5 or 6 here and love the hair cut lol

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Its a Penguin!

With fancy eyebrows lol Its a Rockhopper Penguin that was in Edinburgh Zoo. They have a lot of penguins there. This one was sitting on a nest of rocks, and I just really love all the different textures and shapes. And I wanted a challenge, so thought this would do.

On a completely different note, I found some pictures I have been hunting for, for the last few weeks, so I can finally do a Throw back Thursdays post and everyone can laugh at me as a kid :p So will def. be posting a pic tomorrow. Need to ask my sister if she minds if I post pics where she is in them too, nothing embarrassing but still want to ask.

Wordless Wednesday #2

Wordless Wednesdsay


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Home Stretch

Almost done and then I can go back and darken the values so that some of the lilies are pushed more into the background.

Seriously I am not a flower person. I love lilies and dahlias but on the whole I don't draw flowers or have many in the yard. Next, something very very fuzzy :D

Monday, July 07, 2014

Falkirk Wheel

John did manage to get some footage of the wheel as it moves...slowly :p its windy, really need to invest in proper recording equipment if we are going to post more videos.

Music Monday

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Easier to Guess?

Any easier to guess what it is?? Of course its a bird lol but not the usual raptors I do.

Road Trip!

We originally went to see these;

And I guess we did see them quickly, but we got lost and ended up here;

The Falkirk Wheel. Pretty big and neat to see when it rotates. Neither of us had been there so we enjoyed the day :)

Everything is so green. And the view from the top of this hill is gorgeous, (haven't been, it would kill me, but John's parents have been to the top).

Next time we try to see the Kelpies, we are taking directions with us lol

Friday, July 04, 2014

Guess the Etching

This might be easy or it might be hard to guess what it will be when done. I know its going to take awhile to do because there are a lot of rocks to etch. I think I will really enjoy etching the rocks with their bumpy textures and patterns., and hopefully it looks interesting when done.

Thursday, July 03, 2014


Actually lilies don't make me sneeze, but what ever trees are around here do. Didn't have hay fever or asthma in Canada, and didn't the first few years I lived here either. But all of a sudden, its like nature is trying to kill me :p

Taking forever to colour this, but it will be finished as I really do need to move on to something else soon. Going to try to go Edinburgh Zoo this summer and try to get some nice photos with this lens, so need to make sure its done before then.

Love this lens #camera

Love this lens, takes such nice photos and it is nowhere near the top end when it comes to buying lens'.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

June Book Wrap Up

Managed 10 books this month, still behind in my goal for the year, but only 2 books so easy to get caught up. Could read a bunch of children's books lol

FrankensteinFrankenstein by Mary Shelley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

hmmm its Frankenstein, the story well known enough it shouldn't need an explanation. People really scared easily when this was written lol This is actually a pretty boring story about not playing god basically. Too much whoa is me for me to really enjoy it.


The Girl Who Saved the King of SwedenThe Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While this book is full of characters and events that are just as improbable as his first book, I enjoyed this story a lot more. I found the characters likeable, a little daft and funny. The characters are written better when together as a group, the story slows down when the characters are only in pairs. The story seems to flow better when the characters are in one group, there is more conflict and funny events that help move the story along. Well the story is centred on one main character, I think the people around her are much more interesting to read.

Deathless (Deathless, #1)Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book and would have given it 5 stars but it really slowed down near the end of the story, and I had to push myself to finish it. I went in reading this book, only having a vague idea what it was about, and I think that was a good thing. Made the story more of a mystery. I do want to do some more research now on Russian folklore since what was in this story I loved reading :)

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Entertaining take on the Cinderella story, but so predictable that buy I think page 40 I knew what the "big" twist was :/

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book a lot more then the first one, it was less predictable then the first. The story seemed to flow better and I thought the characters were more likeable , even the bad gay/good guy I found likeable, (confusing if you haven't read it I know, but I don't want to write a spoiler). I have no idea why, but I really don't like Cinder as a character, much prefer the other characters, which is why I enjoyed this book more than the first.

I am really liking the combo of fairy tales and sci-fi, but wish there was more world building. I want to know more about how this world came to be and more about Luna. You are given some descriptions of Earth and Luna but I don't feel that it is enough to really get a good picture in your mind of how the places look and work.

On to the next book,....

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cress by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Once again, I was more interested in the other characters in the story, rather the Cinder. I didn't find this one predictable, was pretty enjoyable. Sometimes you just want to read a pointless book where you don't have to think when reading it lol

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key, #1)Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Will write a review once I finish the series, but love the idea of keys that that open doors that can change people in many different ways

Head Games (Locke & Key, #2)Head Games by Joe Hill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows (Locke & Key, #3)Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the KingdomLocke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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