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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

First Love

When I was little and people would ask, 'what do you want to be when you grow up?'  my answer from a very early age was ARCHITECT.  lol  I'm not even kidding.  Imagine hearing that from a sun burned farm kid.  I've always loved math, lines, drawing, and geometry.  I used to play with graph paper a lot and map out the house in order to plan different room layouts.  I used to design compact, useful closets in the way you can get organizers these days.  I liked things to all have their place, their space... and I liked rooms to have windows that made sense with the light and direction they were facing.

When I was about 10 or 11, my mom's good friend, the local gallery owner, brought a woman to our house to meet with me.  She was an Architect from a big US city and she was asked to teach me about perspective, vanishing points, and such.  It was informal, but I remember it quite well.  I don't recall what the woman looked like.  I DO fondly remember how gloriously BIG the paper was!  I LIKED THAT very much.  : )

Fastforward to 2016.  While in Calgary this spring, I had supper with a friend who had just returned from Germany.  Her name is Gudrun Neilsen and we sat down together and poured over dozens and dozens and dozens of photos she took from the streets looking up at these amazing buildings.  She emailed me a few to play with and I sketched them out with free motion onto postcard sized stablizer.

free motion sketching with black thread

Its a very fun techinique done in reverse with the bobbin.  The off-tension makes a nice ink-blot effect.  So here are the first few, in collaboration with and thanks to Gudrun Neilsen.  : )

Happy Birthday Gudrun : )

That one above is finished and mailed off to her for her birthday!

In the mean time, I have collected oodles of Saskatoon city photos in unconventional poses for another batch of thread sketches.  : )


Have a great day!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

August So Lovely

I can be heard to proclaim, 'I love Winter' at any given moment.  I do.  I have to say though, I think my favourite month is August - mostly toward the end.  It's a time when I stop to focus on me and my family a little more, and break from the demands of a busy career.  It's a point in the summer when I have finally adjusted to the heat which turns me into a useless sloth.  It's also a point where I can enjoying doing less - slothing out, so to speak.

Everything is so abundant.  The first harvests are in, and in some cases they are done.  I love moving from rhubarb to raspberries to apples.

We eat hot cooked fruit on vanilla icecream.  mmmm  We swim and we swim and we swim!  This little fella was rescued from a local pool and flew away once we were back in our yard.

I've been sketching A LOT.  I've been exploring my first love: architecture.  I've been lying on the earth watching the clouds transform and move.

playing footsies with the clouds above

I've been re-evaluating things.  I've been moving forward to uncharted territory as well as revisiting and embracing what makes me tick.  So I guess August is a good month to spend time with the self.  : )  That might not be your August at all.  I know most people hit the road, but I love a good staycation anyday.

photo by my littlest

I have so much art to show you but I've posted it all over on FB & Instagram.  Catch ya later!


Monday, 1 August 2016

Happy August Long Weekend!

I have managed to squeeze in some family time.  The weather has been quite fun - we have had beautiful mornings, hot days, absolute downpours in the late afternoon, and then some terrific evenings again.  We spent some time at Jackfish Lake and Meota Beach, as well as the newly finished streets of Broadway to take in some Fringe Festival.

Here are a range of photos for you to enjoy. : )  Purple.  Yellow.  Green.  Purple.  Yellow.  Green.

this is from the lake where I grew up

this is the view from the highway of the farm where I grew up

this looks so unbelievable SOFT!! 

another version of my little trail at Cranberry Flats early one morning : )

Sage and Blazing Star bursting out at Cranberry Flats

Family Portrait of the Thistles.

still some roses, still some bees

All the best to all of you !

Monika K.

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