Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Test Print

Quick test print to see if this needs more carving before I print proper ones. I think its OK the way it is, doesn't need any more carving. I probably could have left more of it alone so there were more feather lines on his head.

And 3 more days until break :) yay! :p

Saturday, March 28, 2015

March Book Wrap Up

I doubt I will finish any more books/graphic novels this month so here is what I managed to read in March.

Revelation Space (Revelation Space, #1)Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think Reynolds is one of those authors you either like or you don't. Yes he can be a tad wordy, but I blame that on his science background :p At almost 600 pages this can be a bit of a bore if you are not into space operas, but I enjoyed the characters, and the descriptions of the tech and main ship. The ending seemed a little forced, little too fast paced compared to the rest of the book, maybe an extra 100 pages or so would have helped. I don't know how to explain it, such a slow build up and then the ending was kinda like here, I'm bored with this, here is the end :/

Chasm City (Revelation Space, Standalone)Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Re-read but this was always my favourite book from Reynolds that I have read. I thought the world building was great and its not until the end where you really start to tie all the threads together and figure out what is going on. It is pretty long so that might put people off reading it, but its worth the long read :)

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Quick entertaining read, but not sure if I liked the characters enough to continue with the series once the next one is out. The eye thing with one of the characters is sooo predictable, not sure why its being dragged on, and I will be really surprised if I am wrong about it.

The Encyclopedia of Early EarthThe Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

meh :p was Ok, nice art for the story, but I found the text (handwritten font) really hard to read and not that legible its pretty important when it comes to Graphic novels :p

Through the WoodsThrough the Woods by Emily Carroll
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very nice creepy art (but not too creepy), quick easy entertaining stories and an easily readable font. The simple colours are used very effectively.

Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to TexasPreacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Def. not for kids and anyone who doesn't like gritty,bloody,  sort of realistic art. Enjoyed reading the start of the series and curious what happens next. So far liking how the characters are written, time will tell if they end up like so many other characters in comics, really one sided instead of being 3 dimensional in thought and actions :/ Yes I know the main character has pretty much one purpose at the moment, but there are so many questions about where that "purpose" went and will they find "it", that it makes a person wonder what is going to happen.

Need to stay away from reading too many sci space opera type books if I am going to come anywhere near my goal of 90 books this year lol

Friday, March 27, 2015

Finished Peahen

This is def. an etching I want to use with the Chine-collé technique. Could use some really nicely coloured paper for the feathers since she still has colour but not as much as the male.

And I while I was starting to feel better, (don't sound like Darth Vader any more), my lung is starting to burn again....

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday

I wonder if mom would be more embarrassed this is a photo of her in her housecoat, or that the house looks a mess ;p (it wasn't, completely the other way :p)

This was in the town house in Hamilton, on what would be called a housing estate here, not sure if that would be what it is called in Canada. For awhile next to that basket there was a cardboard cut out of Pinhead from Hellraiser. Scared a few people when they went up the stairs :p

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


From this,

to this....

and then....

:( About 20-25 pounds of paper pads fell when I went to grab a pad from the top of the bookshelf, landed on my shoulder/neck and then on the model. I really hope I can fix it but at least I did take some photos and if I have to build it again, I have the Easter break to do it.

And ow :/ I need a vacation lol

Monday, March 23, 2015

Almost Finished :)

While I do like working bigger since you can get more detail to the etching, I like how quick these smaller plates are to work on. Need to cut a few more since I only have I think 3 left at 6x6 and a really big long plate that I will probably use for a dragon etching once I draw it.

Music Monday

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Finished Eagle Lino

Managed to get this finished today but won't' be printing it until I get the room straightened up a bit and no idea when that will happen due to the lungs,(well, I should say lung since its just the right one that is bugging me).

And a rubbing to give a rough idea what it will look like. I want to print this in black and then add some colour to some of the prints to see what they would look like :)

Now to finish the Peahen :)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Haven't Cut Myself Yet

Getting there slowly, seems like a lot of work to end up with such as simple image lol

Took a rubbing to get an idea of what it might look like printed and I guess I could leave it like this, looks like a Bald Eagle, but its supposed to be a Golden Eagle so will probably finish carving it.

Still feel like crap, and even worse since my jaw is killing me and I can hardly move it....yay back to soup since ice cream seems to make it worse :/ OK, thats it, I want a complete parts make over, new everything :p

Friday, March 20, 2015

Etching Update

Considering I can't do anything else besides sitting on my butt without getting out of breath, I worked on the peahen today. I think its coming along well consifering she has lots of little feathers on her neck I and have to figure out which  ones to leave out or etch and not have it too dark and turn into a big mess :p

Solar Eclipse

So since John is taking a welding class at college, there are a few welding helmets laying around, so we were able to see the eclipse today and we were lucky, the weather was perfect here for it. He took a filter from a mask and took some green photos of the eclipse, which look neat.

And without a filter, eyes closed I am assuming since he can still see :p

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday

No date on this one, and I don't remember this at all, so I couldn't even guess the year this was taken. From the left, my sister (chewing on a bracelet?), one of my Aunts, a (Great?) Grandmother that I have no memory of, me with bangs :p, next,not a Grandmother but acted like one and mom sitting on the floor. I couldn't even guess where this was taken, nothing looks familiar or jogs my memory.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cough Cough Cough

Yay I have a chest infection, so a week of antibiotics to try to get rid of it. Couldn't have waited 3 weeks when we are off for Easter could it? :p

Anyway... finished carving the background away on an eagle lino and now onto the eagle itself. I actually find lino harder to use then making an etching. For some reason my mind has an easier time with hatching then it does with solid shapes. Its very odd.

Music Monday

Friday, March 13, 2015

Its a Peahen

Sue guessed correctly that its a Peacock, well its a Peahen but thats close enough :)

The Peahen doesn't get enough attention compared to her flashy partner, but she does actually have a lot of shiny colours on her, just doesn't have that show off tail. 

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Guess the Bird

Start of another smallish etching. And its not a raptor this time, I know big shock lol

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Finished Tiger

I did end up cropping this as I didn't like the way the left side was looking, so done! yay and now back to birds lol or jelly beans depending on if I want to torment myself drawing what I can't eat. Or I might draw Sky with coloured pencils, I keep meaning to and keep putting it off because that is a lot of black to colour.

Throwback Thursday

Even as a baby I was pulling odd faces :p Growing up, we were surrounded by frogs, they were everywhere. That and chamber pots, old deadly looking toasters, and  those lovely macramĂ© plant holders seemed to hang from every corner of the ceiling :p Mom collected a lot of what could be considered odd things, I think its skulls at the moment :) (fake ones)

Tuesday, March 03, 2015


I had every intention of getting this tiger finished today, but nope lol Did go to a maxillofacial to try to figure out why my jaw hurts so much after the injections into the jaw joint, when it hasn't hurt the last few times I had it done. So, they think that I got a haematoma from the injections, and it hurts when I close my mouth because it puts pressure on it. So back to a soft diet, lots of smoothies and soup at least until the 7th of April when my next appointment is. yay.... well on the bright side, just think of all the weight I will lose :p I really,really don't want jaw surgery again, that was not fun.

Did manage to work a bit on a eagle lino print tho, so the day wasn't completly art free :)

Monday, March 02, 2015

Sunday, March 01, 2015

February Book Wrap Up

Only managed to finish 5 books in February, well only 4 really, one was just too bad to finish.

ChokeChoke by Chuck Palahniuk
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

uh... odd just very odd. Not sure what to think about it actually lol

Station ElevenStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thought this did a pretty good job with the story of what would happen to the world/people after a pandemic and the panic people feel before things end. I think the only thing that really let it down was the ending, pretty anticlimactic.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I tried to finish this but its just a bad book, poor plot and even the characters were poorly written.

so now I need to read an extra book this year to make up for this one :/

FatherlandFatherland by Robert Harris
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Very predictable and I felt like the only reason it was written as the Nazi's having "won" the war was just to get people to read the book because it doesn't really have much going for it. Weak pot, and even weaker characters.

Alice in WonderlandAlice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

nice entertaining short read that doesn't make sense in places but thats the point :p

No word of the week from either country today since both of us are sick as dogs and I can't stop coughing :(