Friday, June 2, 2017

Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge -Day 23 - Boundaries

The prompt word for today is: Boundaries. I took a picture of a concrete rail, falling apart, one side bordering a laneway, the other virtually hidden from that side because of garbage and recycling bins. The journal page is definitely a background so far, inspired by, (but obviously not replicating) this 'boundary'.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge - Day 22 - Subtle

The prompt word for today is: Subtle. I took two photo's that I liked, and then worked on the journal sort of using inspiration from both for this background. It needs more… someday… but I'm happy with it as a background.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge - Day 22 - Old

Todays stroll challenge word is: Old. Most of the buildings in my neighbourhood are from the 1920's or more more recent, so finding something "old" that appealed to me was a bit of a challenge. What I found was an engraved stone on the face of an old building that was originally built as a Kresge's. I remember these stores from when I was a child - mostly for their lunch counter, and ice cream soda's… Do you remember those? It was a special treat to be taken for one! The Kresge's in my 'hood was opened in June 1926, and I found a picture of the opening poster online, which I've incorporated into the journal page. Hummm, now I have a hankering for an ice cream soda (I probably haven't had one since I was about 10!)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge - Day 21 - Loud

I saw this sign on the side of a mobile Fireworks store that was stopped in the parking lot of the local plaza, and thought it was a pretty good way of illustrating the stroll prompt word for today: Loud. I love the loud bright colours and simple boldness of this sign, and decided it would be a cool journal page! My lettering, I don't love and may someday work on a bit more, or not. I used a few layers of paint on my page, and gel pens, stamps, a mask, and Sharpies. I've decided I don't have a lot of patience between layers waiting for the paint to dry… good thing I've got never ending gardening to do while I wait.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge - Day 20 - Progress

Todays prompt word for our stroll challenge is Progress. Property values in Toronto are really high and seem to be continuing to rise. I bought my home in 1991, as a Power of Sale, which meant that the bank was trying to get rid of it at a fairly decent cost, probably because they had had to foreclose on someone. It needed a lot of superficial maintenance but has proven to be a wonderful, sturdy, well built home. At the time I was quaking in my boots wondering how I would manage the mortgage and taxes and upkeep on my sole middle income salary, but with a bit of scrimping, (and a border for a while), I managed to eventually pay off the mortgage and keep my sanity without too much trouble. But now….every house in my neighbourhood sells within a couple of days, and almost always over asking, at what I consider astronomical prices. Bungalows (like mine) get torn down and monster homes built in their place. Gardens and green space are disappearing. We sit outside a lot on the porch and watch the world go by, or work in the garden, or in the winter, shovel, but we rarely see any of our neighbours out - everyone seems to stay inside. Companies are hired to maintain the lawns or plow, or they are left unkempt. Is this progress? It's good for me I guess - certainly the value of my home is way more than I ever imagined. (And I'm lucky right now to have good neighbours who probably won't move in the near future). But I worry about the "youngsters" coming into the market and buying homes that are surely putting them into financial stress… and what would (will) happen if the interest rates increase? I often wonder why people want to buy a home if they aren't interested in keeping a garden or maintaining their yards and buildings. I also watch as some of these new homes are being built and see a lot of poor craftsmanship (especially in new condo developments), and wonder what will happen in 10-20 years when these places start falling apart. Progress? I'd rather see affordable housing and a change in direction to smaller homes with more yards and green space. (Is my age showing???)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge - Day 19 - Tiny

Todays prompt word for our stroll is: tiny. I didn't go for a stroll today - my husband and I went for a drive, about 2 hours from home to an afternoon workshop at Muskoka Birds of Prey. We got to handle, feed, and fly, and play with about 8 different birds - owls, falcons, and hawks. It was an awesome day! My picture is of 1-2 day old quail; so very tiny - each would probably fit on a teaspoon, with room to spare. The sad part is they are being raised as food for both the birds of prey, and people. I had to resist being squeamish many times today. For my journal, I've kept it simple - a simple drawing/painting of a quail feather.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge - Day 18 - Contrast

Wow, I am so loving these challenges! Each day we are given a prompt and then we go for a stroll in our neighbourhood and take a picture related to the prompt. I've started noticing so much more as I go for my walks! And I'm taking this a bit further and am challenging myself to do a journal page (or more often than not) at least a background, each day. Today I saw an awesome painting on the side of a building that contrasted colours and black/white in a number of different ways. When it came time to work on my journal I decided I wanted take the idea colour on black and white, and use my Color Crush paints, Golden Interference Paints, and Micaceous Iron Oxide. They all have a shimmer, and when painted on black, really come alive, in unexpected ways. I wish this photo could show you the wow factor better!