Thursday, October 5, 2017

It's OCTOBER!

It's been a lil' while since I last posted, but in all fairness, I had wonderful visitors stopping in and staying for a few weeks so I was a bit preoccupied. It didn't EXACTLY stop me from creating a teensy bit though... I'm not an ANIMAL.

Once August hits though, I am full blown Halloween mode. Don't get me wrong, I think about it all year long but August is the time when I start organizing and making plans and creating for this years show we tend to put on for the kiddos. REALLY hoping to make a kid pee their pants this year (Hey.... I set goals alright?!)

First I whipped up this painting. Does anyone recognize this scene? It's from Night on Bald Mountain, one of the animations from Disney's Fantasia. These eerie ghost scenes always gave be the heebie geebies, and I have always wanted to paint them. BOOM. Done.


I did a neat little rock painting art trade with my dear ol' pal, Laura from Comfy/Cozy/Warm (She can literally make anything out of yarn... I mean it! ) She is a fellow Halloweenie and loves the classic horror flicks. So I did Frankenstein's Monster for her. I also whipped up this lil' sugar skull inspired rock.




I was also inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein as well and did a mini portrait on canvas board. I\m hoping to eventually do a classic horror movie family wall. Could look really neat once they are all done.


Thats it for now! I'm hoping to get a bit of crafting done within the next week or two for a craft fair coming up. Stay tuned!

Lori

Monday, August 7, 2017

New Rocks - Hard Times

Just a short lil' blog on some of the rocks I've painted in the past few weeks. It's not a LOT but things have been crazy hectic here with my mother-in-law visiting; my hubby is working two jobs; two friends of mine unexpectedly passed away which was rather hard to deal with; my baby is TEETHING which is just awful. So... can ya feel me? *sigh*

Getting lost in painting is just about the only thing that's saving my sanity right now!

Lori



Sunday, July 23, 2017

It's tourist season in Gros Morne!

Visit Gros Morne
Gros Morne National Park is a complete wonder to behold. It truly doesn't seem like it fits here in Newfoundland. With it's grand mountains, tall trees, and saltwater fjords, it's a complete contrast to the tundra-like northern peninsula and Labrador which I am so used to.  I am so fortunate to be living here again. The last time I lived here was before my husband and I had children, so now my kids get to experience it too!

For about a month and a half I have set up a somewhat small studio area in the house, just big enough to start cranking out some rocks for the summer tourist buzz. I managed to get some interest in my rocks through friends of friends and now I have approx. 40 painted rocks up for sale at the cute and cozy Jenniex House and Cafe in Norris Point (the next town over from Rocky Harbour.) So far so good after 24 hours, I was called by the manager and was informed to start painting more. Yikes!

Visit the Jenniex House
Built in 1926, the Jenniex House really is quaint though. It's literally the first house you see driving into Norris Point, atop a hill overlooking the fjords and in the distance the small town of Woody Point and the magnificent Tablelands (the only place in the WORLD where you can see the Earth's Mantle exposed. It's amazing!) I suggest anyone driving through to take the time to stop at the Jenniex house for a few photos from the Photographers lookout there. It's breathtaking!

Taken by my good friend Serena. Crazy view, right? 

That's it for now! I will post some photos of some of the rocks I painted that are for sale at the craft shop real soon. If you do visit the Jenniex house, look for my sign (below.)

Lori

See some of my rocks on my website!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Whew! I'm getting around! ;)

Well I got the nerve to join a Facebook rock painting group last night (It's a closed group, so to view, request to join). I didn't really feel like posting for a while. I am a shy person and I sorta wanted to scope the place out a bit before getting the courage to post my work. There is this little ping of anxiety that I get whenever I show anyone anything for the first time, let alone a FB page of 17,000+ complete strangers! So I posted a mermaid rock on the page that I did recently. The reaction nearly did me in...


Heres the story. I painted a whack load of urchins recently too but tried a different technique with them. I always paint a variety of shades of greens/blues/whatever on each urchin to replicate their stripes. This time, I left part of the stripes bare to show the rocks natural colour underneath. It was beautiful! It made each one unique this way, and I don't know if it's my OCD or not, but I always hated completely covering my rocks with paint. To me it always felt like 'the rocks can't see', and people might wonder when they purchase a rock as to what they look like underneath ( I know, I'm a total whack-a-do, but bare with me.) From the years 2012-2016, I would leave a square bare on the back for people who were curious. Like I always am. ;)



Well, back to my mermaid rock. I painted her the same way. I left her hair as a part of the natural rock; I lightly shaded it so it had some depth. It turned out nice! I posted it on my personal FB and people loved it! I was happy with her.



I posted it on this rock painting page? I thought I was going to break the damn internet. It's been 24 hours now and its going on 1900 likes and about 300 comments. This might not seem like a lot? But it's a lot for me! I had no idea that rock painting was such a huge thing. And here I was, tucked away in isolation for 5 years completely oblivious. Oh dear...

Well needless to say the reaction on both our parts was just wow. I am completely humbled and grateful that people are enjoying my work. Especially that they appreciate it, and respect it as an artform. For a long time I did a lot of doubting in myself as an artist. I thought I should pack it up and make a hobby out of it. Well, f#*& that! I'm proud of myself! I really do have something to offer after all, and I am inspiring a huge group of complete strangers to paint as well. What a completely euphoric feeling that is, and a first for me. :)

Lori

Thursday, July 6, 2017

My Reawakening

Wow. So I am clearly a pathological liar or I have the brain of a goldfish. Yeah. Lets go with the last one.

SO. What have I been up to these past two years? Lets see. Well I've been working a non-artist job, living in my isolated northern hometown which doesn't have a decent internet connection whatsoever (Seriously, it's either dial-up or an outrageously overpriced satellite service which looses its signal whenever someone coughs). Last spring my husband and I decided to try for another child, and 2 months later, succeeded! We gave birth to little Mavis Ourellia in October (was due Halloween, but she decided to show up early... during an airing of a show based on Jack the Ripper no less. Thats my girl!).  All this and also dealing with my sweet and crazy lil' guy as he started Pre-school while dealing with ADHD. Lets just say, other than the fact that my daughter was born, that 2016 pretty much sucked balls. I won't sugar coat it. It was AWFUL. My job was turning into something that I didn't like, know, or trust; my pregnancy was jam-packed full of hormones, anxiety, sickness, stress, you name it; my son was practically out of control due to his then, unknown mental disability. It was complete chaos. Even my husband could barely help due to the fact that he was forced to work 6 days a week during our seasonal jobs. Lets just say I didn't get as many foot rubs as I would have liked/needed. All in all, I had very little support for what was the darkest time in my life.

My darling girl and I
But then came little Mavis, all 10 whopping pounds of her. She was the silver lining to my crap year. She was the one little glimmer of hope, and she was the one who set us all straight and told us to smarten up. Things became very clear when my mental and physical self returned to normal after my pregnancy. I came to realize what mattered, and who mattered in my life. My family matters! My art matters! My SANITY matters! It's time to look after these things...

Beautiful Gros Morne National Park is practically in my backyard

 So, my hubby and I have made the unexpected decision to move back (Yes.... back again...) to his hometown of Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland. He has a full time position here, and I get to play the role of housewife/artist, at least for now. Everything isn't perfect, and they won't be for a while (something that, as a perfectionist, I have come to accept since moving back). But I can already say that just the past month that we have been here has had a profoundly positive affect on me. I'm beginning to love myself and my life again. I'm loving the outdoors; beach-combing; playing in the kiddy pool with my youngsters and having cat naps with them too. I love them more than they will ever know. <3 p="">


So lookout! My art table is set up, and I already have a crap load of things to finally and actually post on here, including a glimpse of what I am currently working on. This blog will be my reawakening as an artist, and it will be my conversation pit for ideas and new things. Stay tuned, and I really REALLY  mean it this time.

Lori


Monday, October 12, 2015

Montreal Show and my Return to the Interwebs

Hey guys!

Ok ok, I know I said I would post more regularly, but... ok I lied. I came back in March from a jam packed week of art shows and conferences and sushi and China Town and god knows what else in Montreal, and I sort of... just a little bit... went into hibernation for about 2 months. (Tends to happen up here in the frozen north.)

And before you know it, I began my summer job in May as our museums curator. It's been an interesting summer to say the least. Quite possibly the most stressful and busy summer of my life. Therefore, no arting I'm afraid, and of course that means not a peep from me on here naturally.

But, work is finished for the season, and I am literally DYING to get back to the ol' easel. The work I created for Montreal has left me with such a lingering burst of creative energy, that, even though I was up to my eyeballs at the museum this summer, I wanted to paint SO. FREAKIN. BAD.

Here is some of the pieces I created specifically for the show (Which went over swimmingly I might add; sold 3 originals, a crap-tonne of prints and artcards, and was left with 5 out of 21 rocks. Not too shabby! But the most valuable thing that happened to me there was the meeting of old and new friends. Wow.)

Lori

PS: Stay tuned for more posts. I MEAN IT THIS TIME. ;)












Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A little makeover

Well, I will admit, the last few weeks I would have had a GREAT excuse not to post (The fact that we here on the Lower North Shore have gotten slammed with a crap-tonne of snow.) I however, have no excuse for not posting since this time last year (Actually I have an excuse for that too. Lets just say I have been so ridiculously busy that its a miracle I remembered to dress myself in the mornings.)

Now... it's my down-time. Time where I get to dabble in things that I have put on hold, such as painting my son's mural in his room, some decorating and re-arranging of the house, baking and cooking some acquired recipes collected over the last year, finally creating some new rocks to sell. But NO! Instead I am up to my eyeballs in paint! Creating a series of paintings for the YES! Art Exposition in Montreal next month. I was a late applier for the show that consists of 64 artists from all over Quebec, but I was accepted, and now I am busier than I have ever been.



And it feels WONDERFUL.

I am painting at my own pace; I am pushing my boundaries and trying new techniques and styles, and hell, even trying new materials to paint on! This is an exciting time for me. Don't get me wrong, I am completely and utterly petrified to head out to the big city and this big show with such accomplished and talented artists, but I am as ready as I'll ever be. The only expectations that I hope to achieve are to make some new artist friends, and perhaps have a great meal in China town. (WHAT?! The food there is delicious!)

Of course, on my never to-do list I also listed re-vamping the ol' website and blog. Gotta keep up with the Joneses am I right? So, enjoy my new look AND my new website! www.lorileethomas.com I added a new page with a few of the rocks I have created over the past few years. I think painting rocks will have some staying power with me. I love giving people the chance to own a piece of the Lower North Shore. Especially the ones who aren't as lucky as I am to have the opportunity to live back home. I count myself lucky everyday to be able to live my days here. :-)

Ok, enough sappy stuff. Enjoy the new look, and expect more REGULAR posts from me.
Lori
 www.lorileethomas.com