Monday, February 25, 2013


I've collected a whole bunch of ideas and images to help give me inspiration. It's a big collection and I haven't really done much with it except collect. So, in my efforts to keep pushing myself, I'm taking the images and making my own versions. The more I do this the more practice I get which in turn makes my ability better. It may be rough, it may look simple, it may not be a work of art (it probably isn't) but it's something which is better than nothing.....

these are two of the pieces that inspired me


this is my version.... done using Photoshop and a tablet.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

soapstone hearts and pendants

all of these have been carved by hand

jade hearts

ice sculpture

The owl is from the photo I took at the Brandt festival. The background photo is one Laura took in our front yard.

ooak angels

some of the angels I've made from polymer clay....

Special Ooak angels are 1 - 2 inches tall.

more of my paintings

road trip to the beaches in Sooke

Every trip to the beach presents different patterns and possibilities. Every day is different. The beach constantly changes. Waves, wind, other people, wildlife, rain and debris. Flotsam from the Japan tsunami is starting to wash ashore so we thought we'd take a trip and see if we could find any treasures. Nothing yet from Japan at Jordan Beach or French beach but still there's lots to see.....

Sunday afternoon in the conservatory

this is one of my paintings.... acrylic on canvas and mixed media

some of my Photoshop work

Teaching Photoshop over at the Shawnigan Lake School since September 2011 has inspired me to keep learning and practicing and playing with I have more project ideas to share with the kids. I saw a camouflage image several months ago and thought I'd try and figure out how to recreate it. The nice thing about Photoshop is there are several ways to accomplish something and each project can be achieved in different ways at different times. This is what I came up with last night....

For the last couple of weeks we've been taking care of Cleo, a French bulldog, whose parents were on vacay. Lots of pictures later I decided to play with a couple of them to make it look like she was following them on their images....

she has a good grasp of the absurd

playing with animation

collage created with another photo from the ashes.... this is my great grandmother Margaret Marie (MM) Ginge

took a walk on the beach...

tried to organize it.....

in the tuscan sky



a selection of photos taken today on a sunny March day....local textures

italian textures

textures seen in Italy....

1962 ~ a good year

images from Italy

A couple of years ago I had the great fortune to be able to travel to Italy to meet my daughter who had been travelling for several months. These are some images I captured while there (a few of several hundred).
stone wall in Tuscany

Seascape Soapstone

This project started with a 50lb block of soapstone.

Nugget of Truth