Friday, May 31, 2013
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
So it has been quite a while since I did anything "bloggerly" but I am feeling the urge to post something.
This is a renedering I did of a pre-set scene we were given by our instructor. I am finally starting to get it. It really is not perfect, I already see there is lots of room for improvement aesthetically but the fact that I am getting it is a big deal for me.
3DS Max is such a very complicated program! But this also makes it a very powerful tool. The work I have seen done is so inspiring, I really want to keep at it and improve. Like most things the key is 'Practise, practise practise!'
Friday, August 19, 2011
This pooch is truly amazing! A "dog on the go" for sure.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Today we visited the Redpath Museum of Natural History at McGill campus here in Montreal. It is quite a place to explore. Anyone with an appreciation for the wonders of nature would be right at home in this gem of a building.
This is just one of the great pieces to be seen. It is a Buddha from around the 12th century Japan and is of the Pure Land Buddhist tradition. Seated in the lotus position this fellow has reached enlightenment many centuries ago.
This piece here is actually a great example of origami or paper folding sculpture on a larger scale. He is a Pterodactyl hung from the cieling and this shot shows just a small sampling of the great architectural detail to be seen in the museum building itself.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts!
YES, I really <3 this place. Double <3 in fact.
This is the view from above on the fourth floor. The architecture is this building is the perfect frame for all the fabulous works in the collections.
Here is a fabulous bust of Napolean on the 3rd floor with circular windows. Makes for an interesting composition with the window and buildings beyond. The setting sun shining in from the window on the left lights up the piece enough to give him a golden glow even Bonapart himself would be proud of!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Blue was the theme colour this year and what a show! There were so many great lanterns there, it was quite an event. There was likely a record number of visitors I am sure.
This blue dragon had a twin opposite him. The Botanical Gardens in Montreal are fabulous to visit anytime but the fall lantern show is really not to be missed!
Here it is, the official welcome to Montreal from Mother Nature herself. Thankfully this was delivered in the night when we were all tucked in our beds and today there is lots of sunshine so it likely will be gone very soon.
HAPPY HALLOWE'EN EVERYONE!!!!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Recently I have had to explain to my kids what "Daisy Dukes" are (thank you Katie Perry). Since I really could not find any words that would offer a(ahem) fitting description I had to resort to using a Google image search to find an appropriate example. Don't laugh, its harder than it sounds. Not your usual everyday "jorts".
So here is the original Daisy Duke a.k.a. Catherine Bach in her signature look. I learned a few things while researching this subject too. Did you know that Catherine was quite the seamstress and made most of her wardrobe on the original Dukes of Hazzard show? And did you also know that the network censors back in the day made her wear flesh toned stockings to avoid any wardrobe mishaps because her "Daisy Dukes" were sooo short. Who knew! Oh yes and THIS really takes me back! The original theme song by Wayon Jennings. Yeeehaw!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
The earthquake in Haiti was devastating. I feel so sad when I see footage and stories about the monumental challenges faced by so many. Fortunately there are many ways to help;
Click to Help Haiti is a click-a-day site that generates donations from sponsors. 100% of the donations raised go directly to Oxfam America and help provide emergency water and sanitation services to earthquake survivors in Haiti.
GO and CLICK today!
Of course the generous Etsy community is offering help also. A search of Haiti relief generates so many shops with items listed to benefit various charitable organizations providing relief for the area. (Please take a moment read the fine print on what you are buying.)
Also on Etsy is a whole shop dedicated to helping Haiti. Hearts for Haiti offers a variety of merch that has all been donated from Etsy shops of all kinds. There really is something for everyone. From the shop announcement:
"...your purchase in this shop not only gets you a great Etsy item but it also helps alleviate the needs in Haiti through donations to DoctorsWithoutBorders (MédeçinsSansFrontières)."
The shop has raised over $25,000 to date! That is a big number for a great cause, so go on, GET SHOPPING!
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Did he see his shadow? Pretty sure he didn't see his shadow in my neck of the woods but that doesn't necessarily mean much. I came up with this cute critter as a visual aid for y'all but I don't know, he kind of looks a bit like Sandy Squirrel from SpongeBob, don't you think?
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I have noticed a dramatic increase in sightings of feathered friends in general. Not actual birds mind you, seeing as it is the dead of winter here in Canada where I live. No, the flying critters I am talking about are of the online variety.
This is one of my favourite specimens from a very successful Etsy shop; Cheeky and chic at the same time.
It seems since Twitter has become all the rage little tweeters are popping up everywhere. Icons and patterns and even on home decor items, the more tweets there are the more chic chicks seem to show themselves. I don't mind it one bit as I think they are cute for the most part. Maybe this will take away the emphasis on the owl and cowl obsession that has previously been so popular, especially with the Etsy crowd.