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Welcome to my blog!  Here you will find an eclectic summary of my life, Art for Sale and info about my Jewelry Creations.  Hope you enjoy! Remember to  support and like my FB page Lorahliemaybe Inspired Thank you!!!

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My most recent Cover Art!

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My most ♥♥♥ item!  And of course it is Canadian!

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OOAK Canadian Ammonite Pendant

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Available recent Art Works such as “Alien Fields”

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My children are always on my mind and in my heart each and every day!

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I’d like to feature the first art show that I was involved in since my cancer journey began curated by the very busy Lauren McKinley Renzetti….

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Woodbine Park Companions

Woodbine Park Companions”  I have loved photographing the Mute Swan and the American Black Duck for the past eight years. The Swan’s mate was busy in the marsh with their nestlings.

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One of the very best compliments ever……a young lady called wishing to interview me for an essay she was working on for school.  I had never met this young person, but I was so delighted to hear from her! 

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DIY Wall Décor: Wax Resist Zinnias

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DIY Wall Décor: Wax Resist Zinnias

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A fun and economical DIY wall décor that you can create in an afternoon!  Old world wax resist water color Zinnias from the imagination of lorahliemaybe.

Supplies that you will need from a dollar store:

  • 8″ x 10″ frame
  • watercolor paper a few inches larger than frame
  • 1 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper or other printed paper
  • a couple of paintbrushes in different sizes
  • any water soluble dollar store paint in 3-4 colors
  • 3 wax crayons, dark blue, green and brown
  • translucent tape
  • pencil
  • flame source
  • a piece of wet paper towel
  • a small mixing dish and jar for water   

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You might like to sketch out your drawing like I did.  It needs to be smaller than the finished frame size, no more than 7″ x 9″ with the image horizontal (top to bottom longer than side to side).  While it is being painted it is a good idea to leave a blank area around it to help stabilize the paper while it is wet.  I like to start a flower from one point and build upon that with a repetitive “wave” motion.  To get some flowers that appear to be sideways I just work above that center point instead of all around.

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Using a dark blue crayon draw in the Zinnia petals loops.  Press pretty firmly.  To keep the point on the crayon every few strokes twirl the crayon ever so slightly (unless you have a sharpener).  The loops can be as big or as small as you like them and don’t worry if they aren’t perfect!

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Using a dark green crayon, outline your leaves and stems adding a center line and a few veins to some of the leaves.

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With a dark brown crayon outline the bottoms of the leaves only right over top of the green you already did to create some shadow.

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Now it’s time to paint!  Lay out your small mixing dish and jar of water.  You may wish to put down a sheet of newsprint to protect your surface and have some paper towel for any spills.  You will only need small amounts of paint in each color because lots of water will be added with your brush.

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To start take a light color such as the sky blue that I used and your larger brush.  Dip it into your water and let it drip into the paint.  Do this a couple of times so that when it is mixed it is quite fluid.  Then smear it all over the painting avoiding the flowers and leaves.  Yes, I said smear, otherwise known as a water color wash.  You might like to wet the paper first or just keep wetting it with your brush as you work.  If a spot gets too much paint, then add more water with your brush to thin it out and make it lighter.  The more times you run your brush over an area with paint, the darker it will get.  You can always practice this a bit on a spare piece of paper if you like.

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While the paper is still wet, on the bottom portion under the flowers I like to add a bit of the other paint colors in side-ways strokes over top of the first color to add some shadows.  This will be added to gradually as the painting is worked on.

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Once that is done then the leaves and stems can be filled in with a green paint.  You may wish to switch to a smaller brush at this point for more control.  To add a bit of depth you can wash them all in with a thin coat and then for some shadow apply another layer of green.  This will make the shadow area (I suggest the lower part of the leaves) while the first, and what should be lighter, layer will act as highlights.

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The Zinnias are done in two easy steps.  First, load your brush with any color, I chose purple, and paint the bottom parts of the flower.  This will be your shadow.

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For the tops of your flowers, the highlight, don’t add any more paint to your brush \(and if there is a lot left, then dab it on your towel).  Dip your brush in the water and smear the what should be very diluted color to the tops, the lighter the better!

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Your painting should look something like this!

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I decided I wanted to have a bit more shadow so added a few strokes of dark blue to the bottom of the flowers and into the shadow area below the Zinnias.

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The hardest part is now, waiting for your painting to dry!  That should take about a half hour or less.  In the meantime lets prepare the frame which starts with dismantling it.  When removing the glass I advise to use paper towels or a cloth so no finger prints get on it.

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I use the glass to trace around to get the size for the scrapbook paper.  This is cut out and with a few tape “rolls” is held on to the backing of the frame.  The frame itself will hold everything together pretty well.  This just makes it easier to work with until the glass is back on.

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Your painting should be almost dry by now.  When it is don’t forget to sign and date it!  Now it can be cut a smaller size (no larger than 7″ x 9″).  I cut mine to about 7″ x 8″ with a scalloped pinking shear .  Get your piece of folded up paper towel quite wet and set it a side.  You can use a lighter or a candle as your flame source for burnishing the edges of your painting.  Go along each edge slowly, about an inch at a time, into your flame source.  As soon as you see fire coming off of your painting, douse it onto the wet paper towel!  Once it lights it can go up very quickly!  You are aiming for just a slightly burned and charcoaled edge.  Once you are done all four edges you might like to run slightly wet fingers or a brush on the edges to smudge the charcoal. 

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Then add a few more tape rolls to the back and stick it to the center of the scrapbook paper.

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Re-assemble your frame and viola…your done!

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#Artist’s Life: Spring

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#Artist’s Life: Spring

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As you know, I Love paper!  I really get a thrill from making mini Piano Hinge scrapbooks like the one on the bottom of the photo.  I make all of the frames, tags, pockets, all sorts of stuff and the Bower Bird in me just has to add a whole bunch of sparkly items as well.

The larger ones are going to be my “look books” to take along when I create outdoors when they are finished.  They will contain photos of my available Art and Jewelry Items.

I saw an episode of how to make “Piano Hinge Scrapbooks” on Scrapbook Soup  which featured Joe Rotella as seen in this DIY youtube vid and I was hooked!  Julie McGuffee is the best host!

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This Spring has been super busy!  I enjoyed going to Ripley’s Aquarium earlier on and of course took lot’s of photos for future paintings.  I also barely averted this catastrophe!

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I would like to share two publications that my artwork has been featured in.

Inkwell Workshops  with co-founder Kathy Freidman put together their 2nd annual compilation of Poetry and Art .  They chose my piece “Resistance” as the front cover–so elated!  The Launch is this June 21st so save the date!

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In partnership with Workman Arts  Issue #2 “The City a place of acceptance or adversity?” On Line Publication has been released. Kudos to Mike Baichoo for putting this together!  They chose two pieces that I created for the front and back covers: “The Mighty Vibrance” and “Encroachment: The City of Life”.

I will end my Spring with this:

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All About Crystal–Clear Quartz

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All About Crystal–Clear Quartz:

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Clear Quartz is also known as Crystal Quartz or Rock Crystal is a tenth anniversary stone. Though Quartz forms in many colors today we shall focus on the clear variety.

It is a natural form of silicon dioxide with a Mohs hardness of 7 (out of 10) and ranks first as the most abundant mineral on Earth. Sand is mostly comprised of quartz; even the dust in the air we breath is high in quartz content. Quartz belongs to the trigonal crystal system. The ideal crystal shape is a six-sided prism terminating with six-sided pyramids at each end.

In nature quartz crystals are often twinned (with twin right-handed and left-handed quartz crystals) forming together, distorted, or so inter-grown with adjacent Quartz crystals or other minerals as to only show part of this formation. Or they merge and may lack obvious crystal faces altogether and appear massive.

Well-formed crystals typically form in a ‘bed’ that has unconstrained growth into a void or empty space. Usually the crystals are attached at the other end to a matrix which is composed of even finer grains of minerals and silt. Only one termination pyramid is present. Particularly fine specimens are currently found in Brazil, the United States, the Swiss Alps, and Madagascar.

However, doubly terminated crystals do occur where they develop freely without attachment, for instance within gypsum. A soft mineral that may fall away revealing the double termination. A quartz geode is such a situation where the void is closed in and approximately spherical in shape, lined with a bed of individual crystals pointing inward.

The word “Quartz” is derived from the German word “Quarz”. This remained until the first half of the 14th century in Middle High German in East Central German. Derived from the Polish dialect term kwardy, which corresponds to the Czech term tvrdý (“hard”).

The Ancient Greeks referred to quartz as κρύσταλλος (krustallos) derived from the Ancient Greek κρύος (kruos) meaning “icy cold”. Some philosophers (including Theophrastus) thought the mineral to be a form of super cooled ice.

It is believed that the ancient Atlanteans and Lemurians utilized the power of crystals and that a crystal was a main component in the workings of a device used within the great pyramid of Egypt for initiation. Abductees have also reported the use of Quartz crystals by aliens.

Quartz is the most common material identified as the mystical substance “maban” in Australian Aboriginal mythology. It is found regularly in passage tomb cemeteries in Europe in a burial context, such as Newgrange or Carrowmore in Ireland. The Irish word for quartz is grianchloch, which means ‘sunstone’. Quartz was also used in Prehistoric Ireland, as well as many other countries, for stone tools; both vein quartz and rock crystal were knapped as part of the lithic technology of the prehistoric peoples.

While quartz crystals have been used for thousands of purposes throughout history, they have an especially long history as healing stones.

Clear Quartz is known as the “master healer” and will amplify energy and thought, as well as the effect of other crystals. It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy. Clear Quartz draws off negative energy of all kinds, neutralising background radiation, including electromagnetic smog or petrochemical emanations. It balances and revitalises the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes. Cleanses and enhances the organs and subtle bodies and acts as a deep soul cleanser, connecting the physical dimension with the mind. Clear Quartz enhances psychic abilities. It aids concentration and unlocks memory. Stimulates the immune system and brings the body into balance. Clear Quartz harmonises all of the chakras and is especially beneficial for the Crown chakra. It can be used for almost any metaphysical purpose.

Clear quartz crystal is the universal stone. Everyone should have one! It corresponds to all zodiac signs, and is a pure and powerful energy source.

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Bower Bird in Action!

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Ahhh…Blood Python Vertrabrae beaded earrings ethically sourced from the Toronto Zoo in Canada (Nope…these are not aloud to be shipped internationally!)

Not my usual Bower Bird flashy item, but can’t resist anything boney and fossily!

Used my favorite Jade…Yellow Flake…I think of it as the Moonstone of Jades.  There’s the flash lol!

All you Crystal followers out there…yes, will be doing my “All about Crystal” report very soon…top of my list!  And Baby Ugly will be back with a new instalment explaining the actual link between Ghosts and Garnets.  See you as soon as I get there!

 

An Interlude…A Bit About Me

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~I’ll always paint…even when I inevitably become completely blind~

I was born an artist, one of those children fascinated with patterns and colors….the preschooler me admired glittering plastic sea-shell beads strung as a necklace endlessly for their shape and texture. I got in trouble for art, would attempt to make “frescos” out of pillaged plaster powder, crushed watercolors and Styrofoam meat trays. It didn’t stick very well but the colors were soft and pastel.
My first exhibited piece, a pen and ink drawing of roses, was displayed in the Vancouver Art Gallery when I was in grade nine. Aside from that I was a secret artist. In my twenties I left my job to paint for a year and my television companion was Bob Ross from the PBS painting series. I watched and listened absorbing all of his knowledge. For a time I too used his “magic white” oil paint.
I discovered acrylics, so clean and versatile, and my mentorship with Bob ended. I began to enter competitions, selected three years in a row for the North West Coast Regional Art Show, the beginning of many exhibitions. I also became the Art Instructor for the City of Prince Rupert and taught a wide range of programming for all age levels.
I now work freelance from my home studio near Greektown in Toronto Canada. Over the years I didn’t really establish a “set” method of creating visual art. I’m an experimenter. Mostly painting in Acrylic but I also work with Encaustic, Lino, Graphite, Ink, Paper, Fibre, Clay and Resin.
Most people don’t know that I have vision in just one eye. I think it has confused art critics at times…I’ve had them say that my paintings are “astute” and “have a lot of depth despite not being three dimensional”. I am a visually impaired Artist. A hidden disability that I have learned to live with. I think it helps me actually…the world looks two dimensional to me anyways and translating that into a flat image comes easy. I’ve always relied on color theory and spatial contrast to get depth.
I research and watch a lot of documentaries on artists, past and present. One of the things I have noticed is that it is often commented upon how the artist’s style changes over time. It occurred to me recently “maybe it’s just age…their eyesight just isn’t as clear as it once was”.
That is happening to me. Age, medications, and radiation treatment for Cancer are all effecting my “good” eye. I’ve decided to relax my “style” and method of painting. I have awesome color awareness so that will still be a focus of my craft. But the days of extremely detailed and hyper-realistic work is over. People that have known me for a long time are noticing this change…and they like it! I’m leaning towards Abstraction, and Abstract Landscape. It’s always been “fun” but now it is a matter of function and energy level.
However, I’ll always paint…even when I inevitably become completely blind.

What you are getting when you buy locally crafted items?

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What you are getting when you buy locally crafted items?

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Handcrafted items have been around since the beginning of humanity. Used to aid Pharaohs into the afterlife. As talismans hung around the neck or carried in a pocket for protection. Rock walls decorated to keep a representative record of life. Stained glass and sculpture to document spirituality. Useful purposes to keep us warm and our homes cozy. To commemorate a season, a birth, a death.

Why are we drawn to things that are made by hand? Perhaps because it represents Love, caring and connection. Not only between the artisan and the admirer, but the community…the entire Globe. Yet many people take hand crafted for granted. One should consider it a worthy investment compared to a temporary toss-a-way mass-produced item.

Handmade artistry by definition is made by the “hands” of the artisan or creator. There are no industrial machines spewing out duplicated pieces in a computerized rhythmic dance. The creations are limited to one person only capable of making so many with their two hands, or feet, or mouth. This is important! Your handcrafted piece has had attention paid to it. Far more than something manufactured.

Your item is exclusive when it has been handmade. Manufacturer’s can keep going once the designer is gone. Once a maker or artisan is gone–there are no more creations available. It is absolutely impossible to get another made. A very limited edition indeed.

Each maker has an intimate knowledge of what they are creating. Every line, texture, feeling, nuance of color, temperature and so much more. Energy is place into each piece with specific intention. Even if the piece is part of an edition, there will still be something unique to that particular item. You probably won’t see your painting on a bank wall, or the same necklace when you go to a family celebration. It is uniquely yours! Time and care was taken to create something just for you.

Do you really know where your money is going when you buy from a department store? There really is no connection is there? Investing in something handmade means you have made a connection, with the artist and the creator. You may not know them personally but they have a real story. And you get a piece of them and that story that is being told through their creation. Often it will be you that completes that story.

Artisans are thinking of you during the process. You can feel happy knowing that you are supporting another member of your Global family. The money you spend helps them obtain the necessities of life and continue the circle of community support. Most creators use local materials and products in their creations. They participate in keeping the local economy going with care and gratitude.

Creators use the best quality materials that they can from highly reputable suppliers. They research what goes into their creations. If it seems dubious from their personal exploration, it doesn’t make the cut. It is easy for them to regulate what goes into their items. They aren’t going to let something inferior leave their space.

Remember the next time you invest in something handmade, you are supporting someone outside of yourself. You have a special part of the artist forever in your collection. Feel good about being part of that circle of life and being an active member of your community.