What I bought yesterday…..

A few weeks ago, whilst at the Ottawa School of Art, I took in an exhibit by local textile artists. A number of things caught my eye (most of which I could afford), including a pair of figures entitled “The Women” (if I remember correctly), by barbara Hamilton. I loved them and was determined to bet one. Luckily, they were within a budget I could afford and I was able to get one. I picked it up yesterday!

As some of you may know, I love “shiny things”. A friend I worked with at the art supply store once referred to me as a “raccoon” because every time some new gold, silver, opalescent or “interference” paints* came in, I would rub my hands together with glee and I would be experimenting for weeks with them. I am also a lover of textile art…. This is the best of both, for me….

* Unfortunately, I can’t find a reasonably good image which will help describe what “interference” pigments do or look like. None of the manufacturers seem to actually want to SELL their products by giving actual images of what the pigments look like. So, I guess I will have to do that myself…
Watch this space.

Basically, Interference pigments refract light in such a way that, depending on the angle of the light, a color can appear red or green, orange or purple, and, any colours below the interference pigment will also appear differently.

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What I bought yesterday…..

A few weeks ago, whilst at the Ottawa School of Art, I took in an exhibit by local textile artists. A number of things caught my eye (most of which I could afford), including a pair of figures entitled “The Women” (if I remember correctly), by barbara Hamilton. I loved them and was determined to bet one. Luckily, they were within a budget I could afford and I was able to get one. I picked it up yesterday!

As some of you may know, I love “shiny things”. A friend I worked with at the art supply store once referred to me as a “raccoon” because every time some new gold, silver, opalescent or “interference” paints* came in, I would rub my hands together with glee and I would be experimenting for weeks with them. I am also a lover of textile art…. This is the best of both, for me….

* Unfortunately, I can’t find a reasonably good image which will help describe what “interference” pigments do or look like. None of the manufacturers seem to actually want to SELL their products by giving actual images of what the pigments look like. So, I guess I will have to do that myself…
Watch this space.

Basically, Interference pigments refract light in such a way that, depending on the angle of the light, a color can appear red or green, orange or purple, and, any colours below the interference pigment will also appear differently.

Canada Day Is coming up!

Proud to be Canadian!

Canada Day Is coming up!

Proud to be Canadian!

Like sitting 3 feet from a drive-in movie screen!

I bought a new monitor. It’s only 17″ but compared to my last monitor, it’s like sitting 3 feet from a drive-in movie screen!

Like sitting 3 feet from a drive-in movie screen!

I bought a new monitor. It’s only 17″ but compared to my last monitor, it’s like sitting 3 feet from a drive-in movie screen!

"The House Where Nobody Lives"

This is my own video, featuring Tom Waits and abandoned houses….

"The House Where Nobody Lives"

This is my own video, featuring Tom Waits and abandoned houses….

Blog hint!

From time to time, I come across a site with some really handy blog editing hints or utilities.

Here’s one I came across a few minutes ago.

Color Blender (adapted from the ColorMatch 5K System which is, lacks the versitility of the Color Blender system).
If you want to alter colours on your blog, just cut and paste the Hex (aka Hexidecimal HTML) or Pantone colour identifyer from the colour swatch you like and past it into your code (Don’t forget to back your code up on WordPad before you make any changes!!!!!)

I just changed the colours for my links. If I can find a way of showing the actual colours, I will do so.
Link colour: #ABABC8
Visited link colour: #BB7DBA
Link hover colour: #CB36A7
Here is another colour picker system which I like. More Crayons has two utilities.
The first is a cube which allows you to select a colour-grid. From there, you can eliminate the grids you don’t want and zoom to a colour you like. It then gives you the Hex or Pantone code for the colour.
The second is a slide system more or less like the Color Blender system posted above.
Just as an aside:
There are a number of interesting sites which deal with the special problems of web-design and colour-blindness.
Colour Blindness Simulator: “Use our Colour Blindness Simulator to reveal how your images may appear to users with a variety of colour blindness conditions. Upload a JPEG image of no more than 1000 pixels x 1000 pixels (100 KB filesize or less) to see how colour blind users may see it.”
An article on webdesign from a colour-blind blogger.
Visicheck has a feature that lets you run a webpage to simulate how a colour-blind person sees it. Also featured is the Dalton-izer which “corrects” images for the colour-blind
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It was beautiful last night…

I went for a drive and then put part of it to “The Great Unknown” by Harry Manx.

Harry Manx is set to play at the Centrepoint Theatre on Dec. 9 with Michael Kaeshammer!

Harry Manx

with Michael Kaeshammer

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