Who are you gonna call? A Ghostbusters Halloween!

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This is what I’ve been up to this week instead of painting! I’ve been working on my son’s Ghostbuster costume.

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The ghosts are made out of plastic wrap and clear packing tape and have battery powered LED lights inside.

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The green ghost is taped to a mini vacuum, held in place with a little stick velcroed in place inside the mouth of the vacuum and inside the ghost. The vacuum is attached with a zip tie to a guitar strap.

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The backpack is simply an old backpack with random things that we found at home, held on by industrial velcro (very important to have the industrial strength one!). A toy car remote control, the vacuum’s hose, an ethernet cable, pagers motherboards and LED shoe lace. The vacuum’s cord goes inside the backpack. The purple ghost is velcroed onto the shoulder strap.

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The outfit itself is simply some painter’s coveralls. That’s the only thing that I actually bought for this costume. Everything else was with things from around the house. I printed the Ghostbusters logo and plastified it with clear tape.

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The look was completed by night vision goggles that was part of an older spy kit.

Sooo… Who are you gonna call?!!

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Back to painting next week! 🙂 À bientôt!

Getting ready to.. bust some ghosts!

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Here’s a little preview of what I’ve been working on today instead of painting… yup, Halloween is coming and Cole wants to be a Ghostbuster! There will be pictures of the finished product tomorrow, I still have to put the finishing touches!

Stay tuned 🙂 Mouahahahaha!

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APAD – Golden Eagle

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Golden Eagle, Acrylics, 8″ x 8″

Whoohoo, I had time to paint today! It’s going to be a hectic week, so hopefully I will be able to get a few more paintings done.

This eagle was painted from a picture taken at The Raptors near Duncan. I loved his piercing stare. I wouldn’t want to be a squirrel!

À bientôt 🙂

Glass jewelry – Tectonik collection pendants (part 1)

Since I probably won’t have time to paint today, I thought I’d share with you a few pieces of glass jewelry that I’ve made. You can find them in my Etsy Shop – Studio Katto Glass.

These are part of my main collection, the Tectonik collection. This collection is at the heart of my creations. I use the method of “tectonic plates” that I have developed. It is a method that uses numerous layers of dichroic glass and other glass that are fused together and cut over and over again.

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Tectonik Collection – Red, pink fuschia, gold (807)

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Tectonik Collection – Turquoise, blue, gold, teal, brown (622)

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Tectonik Collection – Yellow (621)

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Tectonik Collection – Purple, fuschia, white, blue (161)

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Tectonik Collection – Green, yellow (68)

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Tectonik Collection – Pink, magenta, fuschia (408)

I hope you enjoyed seeing these pieces! Glass has been a major part of my life in the last 10 years. I still have quite an inventory as I used to supply over 100 stores throughout the country.

I will regularly post different pieces from all my different collections. So, come back to have a look!

APAD is becoming APEFD

Well… It looks like my APAD (A Painting a Day) is becoming APEFD (A Painting Every Few Days)..!

I have a day full of appointments and commitments, so,  not much time to paint. Sigh.. And the weekend is coming, family time!

I really wish I could do APAD, but realistically, it will have to be APEFD. I will try as much as I can to paint every day though 🙂 And, I will be starting on bigger canvases, whoohoo!

In the meantime, I am reading about different techniques and hopefully will be able to paint more realistic water soon. I’m still not very pleased with yesterday’s painting, so I need to learn more, even though I don’t plan on doing that many landscapes. People and pet portraits are more fascinating to me and I’m starting to (surprisingly!) enjoy painting still life.

So.. there may be a post later on today, but most likely it won’t be until next Monday.

À bientôt!

APAD – Trial Island

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Trial Island, Acrylics, 5″ x 7″

I realized this morning that I have not done a landscape yet, so I had to remedy that situation. Remind me to not do a landscape with such tiny buildings on a small canvas please.

Trial Island is an island south of Victoria. In the distance, you can see the Olympic mountain range. These mountains are actually in the US. It makes for quite a spectacular view when the sky is clear. In this picture, there was a nice band of fog at the base of the mountains, way beyond the lighthouse, helping to give a sense of distance.

APAD – Snack Time

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Snack Time, Acrylics, 6″ x 6″

Well, I’m back! Almost recovered from surgery (and I didn’t die, whoohoo!). I’m not 100% back in shape, but it helps to paint and get my mind somewhere else. I had to choose a simple subject to get back into it!

I got the picture here from deviant member dazzle-textures.

I hope you like it! Gotta find what I’m going to paint tomorrow. If anyone has suggestions for my upcoming paintings, don’t hesitate to comment!

APAD – Jiji (the black cat saga)

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Jiji, acrylics, 5″ x 7″

Now, that was a challenge! Painting black fur sucks, but when you succeed, it’s a proud moment. This is a portrait of my cat Jiji. He’s a short hair black cat with a little white patch on his chest. He’s a very “aware” kind of cat (as opposed to our other cat who is, let’s just say, less than aware – but he’s pretty!).

When we lived in Quebec City, Jiji was roaming the neighbourhood, hunting for prey. He brought us numerous shrews (iewwss) and birds. Even brought down a crow and got a squirrel. He’s an indoor cat in our condo now. His favorite thing to do is to just sit in my husband’s office to watch the Hamster (M.C. Hamster, yup, can’t touch this!).

I’m off to get surgery tomorrow. I got an ankle fusion surgery back in the spring, and a metal wire is broken now in my ankle. They have to remove it (argh). So, hopefully I will be back to my paintbrushes next week!

Aargh, technology!

Well, it looks like I might not have time to paint today… sigh..

My phone was plugged in last night, but didn’t charge. So, the battery totally emptied out and it did not want to boot up. Crisis ensued.

I can’t believe how dependant we are of these little machines! I am expecting an important phone call for my upcoming surgery this Friday and that’s the only way for the hospital to reach me. Soooo, I spent the last two hours trying to revive it.

And I succeeded! I feel like I’ve conquered over technology. Yeah!

The phone did not want to boot, whatsoever. I have a Nexus 5, so, if something like this happens to you, here’s what I did.

I swore.

Then I plugged it in for a half hour, didn’t do much. Continued for an hour. Then, I pushed all the buttons in random order for various times. Very methodically (ah, more like panicky!). Really, what worked was to push both the volume up and down, along with the power button – at the same time – for at least one full minute, while plugged into a computer. Then unplug for less than 10 seconds, plug back and repeat. It goes to a forced manual reboot and then you just push on the power button to have it boot up.

Then I showed my opposable thumbs to my cats, so they could envy how evolved I was and show how I conquered technology. I can tell they were impressed.

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Hopefully I’ll get some painting done today, otherwise, it will be tomorrow. À bientôt!

APAD – Lost in thoughts – A portrait of my son Cole

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Lost in thoughts, acrylics, 6″ x 6″

Well, I finally decided to bite the bullet and paint a portrait! My subject is my 11-year old son Cole. I was (suprisingly!) able to take a picture of him in a contemplative state. He’s a little dynamo, so that doesn’t happen often!

I remember now why I was scared to do a portrait: it’s hard! Haha