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Friday, January 21, 2011


I haven't posted on my blog for a bit as I've had computer issues, don't you just love technology?

We are back with a few photos from my sister who lives in Mississuaga, a large city just west of Toronto. This happened on the weekend in her backyard that is surrounded by a high fence. It's equally amzing that these fellows managed to jump the fence and have a little play. Needless to say there were no squirrels around the bird feeders that morning.

My nephews had a great time naming them, but I doubt they will be around again. My sister's place is not to far from the Credit River, which is probably their normal home.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

January Snow

Back in December we had a couple of snow storms that dumped a fair bit of snow, haven't seen that in a few years. Then last week we had a big thaw and a lot of rain, the only snow left was along the fence lines. Winter has returned, but in a gentler fashion and we now have a layer of snow again. Makes for some beautiful pictures.

The Virginia creeper going up the silo looks like a drunkard's lace, here's a closer look.
Between the silo and the barn on the west side it gets little or no sun so the moss has grown to a luscious green.

Our dog Caesar is following me around, looking for hidden smells under the snow. The fruit of the sumac look great with their snowy caps
My son's old hideaway , he always called it fort Narnia. and great rusty hinges on an old barn door.

Shadow and Caesar, the only cat that he seems to have made friends with, the other barn cats just take a look and run.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

First Gelatin Prints

Happy New Year, everyone. Yesterday a couple of friends and I tried our first attempt at gelatin prints. We used water base printing inks, I found some of them quite pale and some of these photos don't help. I also tried some acrylic paint , but found it too sticky. As I want to try again on fabric I'm wondering if water base fabric screen printing ink wouldn't be more fluid.

 Some of the ghost prints were more interesting then the first pulls, however I wasn't always sure what to do next . Some I might try transferring to fabric by printing them on the computer, they might make good backgrounds for new work.

The first pull is the top image and the ghost print is below

Anyway I will try some more after I reconstitute the gelatin, it is showing signs of distress. Seems the magenta ink stained it as well.

Onto another topic,; while making Christmas cookies the day before Christmas ( works well under pressure is on my resume), I was making a family favorite, Chow Mein Cookies. the ones with the chocolate, butterscothc chips, peanuts and chow mein noodles. Look what I found inside.

To say the least I was a little shocked and I have contacted the company. I wonder if this is an employee prank or what. Nasty! I'll let you know what happens here.