Thursday, May 20, 2010

Joe's Burning Man Commission: Part 2

Joe's finished hat with the finished wrist warmers. On to the scarf!

Completed May 20, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Joe's Burning Man Commission: Part 1

My friend Joe commissioned a pair of wrist warmers, a hat and a scarf to wear to this year's Burning Man. He asked that it be bright and colourful. It was a bit of a struggle finding yarn that was bright and colourful without being feminine. I thought this was a good choice. I think this was a good balance of colourful and masculine. Even Rutty liked it and he's not a fan of things that go outside of his standards: black, grey, white, brown and red.

Completed May 13, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

We Can't Paint

I can't quite remember how this all got brought up but one day a few weeks ago Jubbs and Teeners were over for Buffy night and we came up with this plan to start a painting group to encourage ourselves to be creative and learn how to paint.

The group would consist of me, Rutty, Nugget, Jubbs and Teeners. For the most part, none of us really draw that much anymore. Rutty and I used to work in traditional animation as clean-up artists (or final line animators depending on what studio you were working for) and we were paid to draw. That was over a decade ago. Now we both work in CG animation, Rutty as an Editor, myself as a Production Manager, both positions that involve a lot of computer monitor staring and no drawing. Jubbs is a CG Animator and that also involves a lot of computer monitor staring and very little to no drawing. Teeners is currently unemployed but her last job was in the Live Action Industry. She read a lot at work but again, no drawing. Nugget is in Grade 3 and probably draws the most out of all of us. She keeps a very impressive visual journal at school where she draws and writes whatever she fancies. She loves art and asked if she could take art classes. I suggested joining our painting group instead and she found this to be a satisfactory alternative.

As you can see, we are somewhat of a varied bunch with different skill levels and abilities. It will definitely be interesting to see what everyone comes up with.

The plan was to compile a list of words consisting of objects, emotions and actions, and put them in a container. Each month one word of each type would be pulled from the container and that would be our theme for that month's painting. Then we would meet once a month to paint as a group.

We created the list of words during our trip to Tofino and I typed them out into an excel document, printed it and had Nugget cut them out. Then last Wednesday we all met and drew our first theme: Jealous - Jumping - Pinata. How very fitting for Cinco de Mayo. Shortly after we created a blog to document our progress.

This is We Can't Paint.

Oh Baby!

This giraffe was a commision by a former co-worker, Kathy Lea Moyou, for her new baby niece. It was based on a design she made for her sister's baby shower. I made this in April but didn't want to post it till after the baby shower.

Completed April 14, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010


Last weekend we finally made it out to Tofino for some much needed chill time. This was Nugget and Hurley's first trip there so the first thing we did when we arrived at the house was put on our rain boots and head for Chesterman Beach. Our first day there it rained but Nugget and Hurley toughed it out and Nugget managed to complete her mission of finding a fully intact sand dollar. Jubbs and Teen made fajitas for dinner and we spent the evening playing Loteria! and Werewolves. I swear you think you know your friends until you play Werewolves.

Nugget and I were up early Saturday morning making pancakes, bacon and eggs for the gang. The weather was gorgeous but the wind was intense. Walking on the beach was difficult for Nugget and Hurley with the sand blowing full force but it was too nice out to leave. Durka and Indy made some yummy chili for lunch and for dinner Uncle Kevin made his kick-ass lasagne and some insane chocolate pecan turtles for dessert. Oh man. After dins we went back to the beach for a bonfire and smores. Sunday was home day so I wanted to take Nugget and Hurley to the beach for one more romp before the long drive home. Nugget declined the offer and chose to stay with everyone at the house to feast on the giant chocolate chip breakfast cookie that we cut into wedges like a pizza and the breakfast nachos Teeners and I assembled. We eat like champions when we're in Tofino. Very healthy champions. I dragged Hurley down to the beach. Literally dragged him to the beach. My dog loves his creature comforts and despises the rain. It was so cool to see him running around, free to run the full expanse of the beach the day before that I wanted him to experience that one more time before we left. I thought he wanted that too. When we got to the beach and I took him off his leash he bolted for the entrance and made a mad dash for home. I guess he didn't think it was that awesome.

All in all, it was a good trip. I wasn't sure how well Nugget would do on a trip with only adults but I think she did just fine. She said she had fun and the level of whining didn't exceed what I feared. It sounds like Tofino is her new favourite place and this is probably one of the most boring posts I've ever written. Blah.

So speaking of boring...I also got in some knitting! My friends go to Tofino to surf, I go to knit. I sure know how to party like an octogenarian! I finally finished the toque I started in February for Uncle Kevin and started on a pouch for my new waterproof camera that I finished on Wednesday! If I add more exclamation marks will that make this thing more exciting?! Nope! Okay here are some pics.

Nugget and Hurley in rain gear on the beach. Hurley was already halfway back to the beach entrance and embarrassed to be the only dog on the beach wearing a raincoat. What? He's a short-haired dog. He gets cold easily. There's Nugget with her serious 'searching for a sand dollar' face on.

Uncle Kevin's Tofino hat. Ooohh...brown stripes.
Completed May 1, 2010

The super exciting camera pouch.
Completed May 5, 2010

Canucks just lost the game. Boo.