Friday, 29 February 2008
Thursday, 28 February 2008
I'm baaacckkk! Hello Blogging Friends. I'm back from the big T.O.. I had a wonderful time 'hamping' in a heavenly bed. I highly recommend one. Before I went to my conference I took a little detour and spent a wonderful few days with my family. My cousin is a Floral Designer. Her company's name is Oceana Whispers. Isn't that lovely? Her home is filled with all the usual suspect things for flower people: (her secret supplier for) containers of all materials and sizes, snippers, wires, pussy willows, buckets of fresh fragrant flowers - delivered directly from the airport which is minutes away - flowers imported from around the world - baskets and dainty printed insert cards, books and tulips gently placed on books and books and books, glass beads and sea glass. Oasis and moss. Gold thread. Silver and pearl wire trimmings. The house was filled will glorious floral scents. Pretty and the perfect medicine for this Canadian girl whose precious blooms are fading with the agony of our -27 degree winter weather. A sight for sore eyes. Inspiring and comforting. Flowers filled the gracious home and air with pretties and the bashfuls. It's good to be home. Talk to you all in the morning....
Monday, 25 February 2008
If someone asked me to pick a music video that epitomizes blogging, specifically design bloggers, this would be the one. You start out all alone, in your own little space; sending your heart out to the universe via some strange cable or airwave. You start collecting friends and fall in like with them. You begin to love these people enough to hang portraits of them on your studio/office wall. You talk about them to others as if they are part of your real family and in your mind, they are. They are still so very far away even though they feel so very close. Before you know it, the blogosphere opens up and you send your hearts out together to form an amazing orchestra of creativity. It's no coincidence that this song is the theme for a new blogger tool. Yes. This would be the video. Exactly like this. I get choked up watching it. Thank you blogging family.
Can you relate to this quote?: “It’s a dream I almost gave up on along the way”-Yael Naim
Sunday, 24 February 2008
Yet another example of my Liberty Theory of Success.
Love Ya Diablo. You 'ol 'Blogger by Day, Stripper by Night' you. Congratulations Stinkeye.
I'm going to bed now, chuckling, as I am No. 1 on the Google Blog Search. Didn't plan that but it's cool. By the time you check this I'll probably be No. 81,009.
For the record: I had a very subdued Oscar Night this year. I didn't swing on any chandeliers and I wasn't dressed up in fake diamonds or a sparkly Goodwill gown. Nope. I just lay on my bed, sipped Tim Horton coffee with triple milk and slurped Chapman's Vanilla ice cream with maple syrup. It was lovely. Best Dressed: Nicole Kidman-did you get a load of that to-die-for necklace? And, Heidi Klum in that killer red dress. Best Dressed Man: Clooney of course.
Patricia, Notice the colour in the photo that caught my eye when I selected it. Wonders never cease. Thank You for the Great Photo: Peter Redman
While I'm Away: Who blogs in these States? VT TX OH RI
What's your take on all this?
Cote de Texas: What are you thinking? (I've always referred to you as 'feisty')
I hope Made by Girl creates some really cool VOTE cards & posters. Girl Power.
Saturday, 23 February 2008
I plan to scan this photo and do something with it, perhaps even make some posters. You can see it better if you click to enlarge.
Friday, 22 February 2008
Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Please know I have a crush on many, many more blogs. Wish the list could be up to 100!
P.S. I did not take this photo, although many people think we Canadians live in igloos. Sorry, I could not find a photo credit, so if there are any Eskimo photographers out there....
Toller Cranston, born in Hamilton, Canada, is widely acclaimed as the most influential figure skater of this century. His birthday falls between the astrological sign of the sportsman (Aries) and the artist (Taurus). He is, perhaps as a consequence, a modern-day Renaissance man. A lifetime of remarkable achievements make this artist extraordinary: Olympic medallist; Member of the Order of Canada; three-time world free-skating champion; Canadian Athlete of the Year; internationally-known painter, illustrator, author, designer, choreographer, commentator and star of award-winning television specials and films. These credits are merely the tip of the creative iceberg. As an artist, Mr. Cranston is highly respected by his peers and has exhibited in prestigious galleries around the world. These hand-painted ostrich eggs are available for sale here. Toller now lives in San Miguel Mexico. Drop by his gallery when you visit this artist's colony. You must watch this short doc about him. You will love the Strawberry Ice portion. Sit back and enjoy the show. A true original.
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Here's another thing I believe. If Obama wins, McCain will be your next President. If Hillary wins, you will have a Democrat. (I'm a little nauseated listening to McCain speak as though he is already the new President...and to think the Bush Boys are endorsing him! Oh my. More trouble ahead.)
She is 'Living History' and Hillary Rodham Clinton can be the first woman President of the United States. When will another woman have a shot? (yes, I know girl/boy, black/white is irrelevant.) Girls Unite.
Monday, 18 February 2008
I have always maintained a creative morgue in my studio. I tear pages out of magazines; only the ones that truly get to me, tug at my heart, inspire me, remind me, catch my breath beautiful - all the things great images should do. I fill my binders (these are just my top 5 fav's) and I look through them often. One image can give me hundreds of clues, ideas and creative juice to work on a project. Do you have an inspiration book?
I am often asked how I come up with ideas for my photographs. Most of my work is a result of being inspired and/or driven by things I see, read or learn about. My mind then takes over and I begin to conceptualize those thoughts percolating in my head. This morning I spent some time on Leonardo Dicaprio's Eco-Site and these water photos were born. I now pose the question to you: Water, water everywhere? The answer may shock you. No, it will shock you.
Sunday, 17 February 2008
Faux rhinestone bobby's and a lovely illustrated playing card. I just think these would be so sexy; oversized, framed and adorned on a dressing room wall. Cheeky. Strong. Girly. Glittery.
Friday, 15 February 2008
These screen sirens bring thoughts of porcelain, salt water taffy dreams within an english garden; beyond ivory french doors of a glamorous Hollywood mansion. Welcome to 1930's. You can go there. You can take a lovely trip inside the Annie Leibovitz's cover shoot; exclusive footage and a slide show of 14 cover shot images she has created for the magazine. The dresses are all from John Galliano for Dior in pastel luxury. I want a room to look like this. Do you?
In contrast watch the cinimatic magic of Alfred Hitchcock and the footage from the feature shoot. In the March issue, V.F. captures the suspense in a montage of classic Hitchcock moments, featuring Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, Seth Rogen, and other top stars. In this exclusive video, Hollywood’s hottest actors get Hitchcockian for photographers Julian Broad, Norman Jean Roy, Mark Seliger, and Art Streiber.