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Friday, March 29, 2013

wip friday

on the bench, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

A very apt piece of text for today's pic, when my nose is flowing rather than ebbing and my sinuses are throbbing.

I sincerely hope this is the last of the winter bugs.

There's always allergy season to look forward to after all!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

studio - portrait thursday : spring break teaching

spring break teaching, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

Today I finished teaching my last jewelry design class for spring break. I had three lovely young ladies as students who worked their way quietly but enthusiastically thru the different projects I set them.

This will be the last teaching I do for a while - it's getting too complicated blocking off time so far in advance when I don't know what I'll be doing in the future. I have enough savings to complete a few more semesters at college but really I'm hoping for some real paid employment ...

... and soon.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

wordless wednesday: spring break teaching

spring break teaching, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

still crafting portabley outdoors

The studio's still in the great outdoors, and photography the subject.

Spring Break weekend 2

The Wee Guy and I both had cameras, and spent much of the time taking pics of each other taking pics of each other!

Spring Break weekend 2

Thanks to Burnaby Village Museum for a lovely afternoon :)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

more portable crafting

Spring Break d5, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.
Taking the studio out of the home.
This photo was taken in the bowels of the Beaty Museum, where the sun doesn't reach and low light protects the specimens.
With my smartphone and my olympus mu, I experimented with capturing the atmosphere while racing around after the little people.

Spring Break d5

Adjusting the camera was relatively straightforward - i changed the film speed to 3200 and hoped for steady hands. Changing the sensor to cope with the overhead lights rendered the colours more accurately so I'm quite pleased with the results (check out my flickr stream for more images).

Spring Break d5

There are fantastic views of perspective along the narrow walkways between the stacks, satisfying my geometric longings and taking me right back to days spent researching through dusty archives. The ISO setting, though a little grainy and with an orange cast, accurately rendered what i was seeing with enough exposure to capture the inhabitants of the preserving jars on display.

Spring Break d5

Friday, March 22, 2013

studio portrait thursday: taking a break (in the weather)

Spring Break d5, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

This morning we drove through a blizzard (really!) to get to the Beaty Museum and meet up with friends. I had a couple of cameras (see one in action above in the capable hands of the Wee Guy); she brought a sketch pad and the most delightful pens ever.
At the Beaty I itched to sketch.
At Nitobe Gardens, yearned for my watercolours.
Wee Guy snapped and snapped so there are plenty of reference pictures for laters!

... and a plan to return sans enfants for some uninterrupted creative time.

file under "portable crafting"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

wordless wednesday: cherry blossom

cherry blossom, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

Via Flickr:
digital sketch (Sketcher app on Nexus 7)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

ms griz

ms griz, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

acrylic paint daub ... am practising

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

wordless wednesday: notes digital

notes digital, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.
from a workshop I attended last night.

notes digital

Sunday, March 10, 2013


pumpkin, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

digital oils in ArtRage

Friday, March 8, 2013

at the desk, not at the bench

interior SFU Surrey

... but occasionally I get out and about!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

studio portrait thursday: that pumpkin

that pumpkin, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

Not a lot happening at the bench. Most of my 'creative moments' happen digitally these days, though I need to get back to the pliers for a class I'm teaching during Spring Break.

This pumpkin was drawn digitally (I forget which sketch app) then edited using Aviary to pull out the vignette focus and recolour.

Next, I print it out, transfer the markings and watercolour
digitally watercolour it using yet another app.

The world is my oyster - now where did I put that extra hour?

Friday, March 1, 2013

craft fair tomorrow

craft fair tomorrow, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

Tomorrow my extraordinary and delightful mixed media wearable arts pieces will be at New Westminster's Royal City Farmer's Market.
You can find us upstairs at River Market down on the quayside.
We're under cover, so come and escape the monsoon with me and the other vendors.
The food's delicious!

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