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Mimic & Friends [Oct. 13th, 2014|10:29 am]
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I haven't drawn anything in ages...and when I finally do, it's a My Little Pony :-) Apparently the rarest of the rare, twinkle eye Mimic.



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This summer is a lazy summer [Aug. 17th, 2014|11:08 am]
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I'm running out of August and not sure what I've done the past three months :-D Between being hot, tired, sick and hot, I don't have a lot of energy for things. But I have been making little cartoons here and there. Here's a picture of one of the budgies - we call her Mellow, but she's anything but!

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Belated Canada Day post [Jul. 13th, 2014|08:29 pm]
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[music |Fans, fans, fans, fans]

Some days I just get so behind on the to-do list...and sometimes I just plain forget to cross-post from Blogger. Pretty soon I will be posting pictures from Stampede 2014! Anyway...

Canada celebrated it's 147th birthday on Tuesday, and the family and I went down to Fort Calgary to celebrate. I didn't grow up in Calgary, but I am celebrating my 20th year here, so it's a little embarrassing to admit that there are tons of places I haven't visited or things that I haven't done yet. It's easy to take a lot of things for granted when you live in a place. Canada Day activities are a little tricky as Calgary is now a city of over 1 million people! That means it seems like half of Calgary is everywhere in one place, and Fort Calgary was no exception.

Along with a show and shine featuring over 100 classic cars, there were food trucks, Lord Strathcona's Horse Mounted Troop, a free pancake breakfast and half price admission to the museum. I will have to go to the museum again. It's small, but there's still so much to read. It's better than Heritage Park in some ways, as it is far more informative and historical, instead of just being a great place to stroll around with an ice cream cone :-) It's hard to believe that the Fort Calgary site used to have warehouses on it, until a new roadway threatened the site and steps were taken to save the site and recreate the barracks. Archeological digs took place too! Calgary loves to reinvent itself, and it's fortunately that forty, fifty years ago, someone could see the need to save it for the future.

Sadly, the only photos I took of the celebrations were with my cell phone. I had packed up my camera kit, remembering an SD card, but completely forgetting the battery on the charger. Ah well! Pam of Always Artistic gave me a great simple tip - buy a second battery :-D Here are a few snaps - the yellow shaggin' wagon was my favourite - it reminded me so much of our family van from the 80s :-)


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Looff Carousel Horse [Jun. 1st, 2014|06:01 pm]
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I'm going to be a Posty McPosterson lately, because I actually have the time to do so. Two years after our last trip to the US, I'm finally going through the photos in more detail. They were taken with my old PowerShot, but wow, it's still a good little camera even though I have a Canon T3i now.

I really miss California. It is a great place to visit, and we saw so much in two weeks.



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Gift art: Henry the Conure [May. 31st, 2014|09:41 am]
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One of the fun things about social media is that your friends share lots of pictures of the things they like, and their pets as well! This is 4x6" marker sketch I made recently for a friend, of her conure named Henry :-) Click the picture to go to my DeviantArt page. I figure eventually all my friends will get a piece of art from me.




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Bits and Pieces [May. 3rd, 2014|10:29 pm]
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I finally got around to correcting a few of the mistakes in the essay I submitted for my final project. The most embarrassing one, which Word didn't catch, was "Ellie's is". Really Word? click here if you want to read it. My other essays are also posted under This N That.
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That's A Wrap! [Apr. 28th, 2014|09:19 pm]
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I finished another semester on April 15. I handed in my final project - an essay on the use of material culture in Pixar's Up and got 100% on it. It was a surprisingly hard essay to write, or at least, get started on. I watched the movie twice and jotted down pages of crazy notes. It became apparent that "appearances are deceiving" was a huge theme in the movie. Here are some of the things I noticed:


  • Dug's name backwards is "good"

  • Dug can tell that Kevin is female, Alpha refers to Kevin as "it"

  • Carl makes and breaks a cross your heart promise to Russell; he and Ellie made a similar promise

  • Both Ellie and Russell are a friend to nature, especially birds

  • ChARLes and RussELL - Russell is like Ellie and Carl has the potential to be like Charles (sacrificing relationships for objects)

  • Ellie and Russell wear similar uniforms; when Russell discards his sash, it ends up on Ellie's chair

  • Charles Muntz is a jerk instead of a hero

  • Kevin is a girl bird, not a boy

  • Ellie is a girl, but looks like a boy when she first appears

  • The house comes to represent the body of Ellie, while Russell is her kindred spirit (even right down to the poofy hair under their hats)

  • Dug is constantly told he is a bad dog, but he is a good dog

  • Similarly, Carl is declared a public menace and the policewoman tells him that he doesn't look like one

  • Despite being a Wilderness Explorer, Russell isn't good at being out in the wild

  • The cloud game Carl and Ellie play, which becomes the rock game

  • The majestic Alpha has a squeaky voice

  • Dug is mistaken to be a man which turns out to be two rock formations



Basically I had to match all these things with a theory from our textbook, which was incredibly academic and dry. I expect I'll get an A+ in the class - now I just have to make a few changes and post the essay :-)
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Craftsplosion! [Apr. 5th, 2014|09:41 pm]
I'm still here, just trying to make it to the end of the semester without losing my mind :-D

craftsplosion
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Marker Background Texture [Feb. 16th, 2014|08:25 am]
It's not glamorous, I posted a marker texture background on Dev Art because I couldn't find one that I liked!


Marker Background Texture by calzephyr on deviantART
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Back to School! [Jan. 12th, 2014|10:56 am]
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Oh man, I am going to looooooove this class called SOSC 301. It's mostly lecture, no tests, no group assignments and a few small assignments with a final project. Yay! The only reason I signed up for it was that I needed any SOSC class, and it was the earliest one available. Naturally it's too easy to get caught up in visual culture at an art college, so thinking about "stuff and where it comes from" as a macro level is really exciting.

We watched some slides by photographers who photographed people, their belongings, and sometimes both. The idea was to get a sense of who the person was from their belongings. Here's my purse contents:


purse


Our first assignment was to make a list of all the things in our bedrooms from memory. The second part is to actually make the list. The third part is to swap lists so that another student can draw inferences about us. Whoever gets mine is in for a puzzler :-D Another project is a "personal, reflective essay"..

The textbook for the class is Understanding Material Culture by Ian Woodward. I forked over $63 for a dead tree version. The Kindle versionw as $35...but the Android Kindle app is really finicky and I kind of need my book to be available :-D
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