Sunday, 25 May 2014

Some Stuff and a Cat


 I have mentioned once or twice, to one or two people, that I started and then abandoned some blogs in the past.  I thought I might share them with you.  I'm not sure if I will regret that but what the heck.  For the most part, as far as I know, these blogs are sort of lost to me.  Mangotangerine I just stopped.  It's an abandoned ship rusting in the bay and I get an e-mail once in awhile telling me someone is now following it and I feel a bit guilty.  Then I think that if the person is silly enough to follow a blog that hasn't been added to in a very long time then it's not my fault!  The blasphemous fiendess is from my previous life.  The account is under my married name with an e-mail address that no longer exists.  I don't believe I could retrieve it even if I wanted to.

I haven't looked at them in years.  I wonder if they are embarrassing.  Oh well, I must own who I am and who I have always been.  It is all part of who I am today.

http://mangotangerine.wordpress.com/

http://theblasphemousfiendess.blogspot.ca/


And speaking of owning up to my messes.....

Weekends are not much different from any other day for me.  That isn't a bad thing at all, only it can contribute somewhat to my not knowing what day of the week it is.  Having had a busy week, I was determined to stay home and not go gallivanting about town.  That's not particularly a difficult thing for me to do as I am quite happy at home.  I happily ignored the accumulating dust and spent much of my time working on my latest story, researching and making notes for my big project which might be called a novel if I am feeling bold, and I also spent time painting.

I have an abstract in acrylic in the works ( you can see it behind the portraits) and I've used pastels to paint some portraits on top of my scribble sketches. Basically if you didn't know these people you would say oh those portraits are okay.  But since you know who they are supposed to be, well, that kind of blows it all to hell.  I gave you quite a suntan, Jayne.  Nearly a sunburn!  I do like to put a lot of colour in. Natalia looks like she has just been to the dentist and still has cotton in her mouth and  Curtise, my dear, you look just a bit like you are plotting my death.  Need I say that realism ain't my thing?  Let's call this interpretive, expressionism.  You did give me permission, remember.  And if you are feeling left out, don't worry I will be making you purple and distorted soon!




Gratuitous cat photos to soothe the savage beast/portrait subjects ....

Sophie pretending to be innocent right after scratching the chair.


Sophie sneaking up the back of the sofa coming to attack me.  She really misses our dog when it's play time.

31 comments:

  1. Shawna, I love your portraits - there is something so happy and child-like in all of them! Especially Curtise - my favorite here. Her eyes! But they all are fun - and I love and am honored being painted by YOU! Thank you! :)

    I understand what you mean about (possibly) being embarrassed by the previous versions of who you are. It's OK. We live, we experiment, we change, we grow... And that's a great thing! I don't think there is anything embarrassing in your previous blogs (I glanced at the first pages). But I understand your feeling. I sometimes find my writing from years ago and on the top of not remembering it I have a somewhat embarrassing feeling about it. But I think at some point all these pieces of our life will come together and make sense, it's like being able to only see the pieces of a bigger mosaic and not the whole thing. I know that it happened to me before when I was reflecting on my life and education and my passions in the light of my immigration. At some point, all of it made sense and I saw that nothing was wasted. It was a beautiful realization, or rather insight...

    Cozy corners of your home! And Sophie is a beauty! Have plenty of rest and love who you are. :) xxxxx

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    1. Well, I think there is something happy and childlike in me. Which is really odd because if you went and asked all the people I went to school with they would tell you I was an old soul, more mature and grown up than my peers. I think I might be living life backwards. :-) If you don't mind I will paint more of you and give you eyes too.
      xoxo

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  3. Beautiful portraits Shawna! Love them.

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  4. Hi Shawna, all the portraits look great with colour, I could use some colour on my face - thank you for your time on this. Sophie looks cute, love the photo of her on the back of the sofa. xx

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    1. Sophie is cute but also a devil! She grew up playing with a dog so she plays roughly.
      It's sweet of you to thank me but no need. I should thank you for being a forgiving subject. I have so much fun doing it I am sure I will do more. So thank you for volunteering.
      xoxo

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  5. These drawings are fabulous ... I can't wait to see the rest ... I hope you're doing the rest. Curtise is my favourite too ... but they're all great. It doesn't have to be as exact as a photo to look like a person ... otherwise we'd just take a photo right?? I usually get all pedantic with portraits but last night I went out on a limb and painted one of my boys all crazy style ... I might share it later ... might ;0)
    I've never used pastels but I'm really liking the effect ... I must give them a go.
    xx

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    1. Thanks, Jo. I would love to see more of your work! I never worry about how much of a likeness it is for my own satisfaction but I do worry it will disappoint the subject. I am not particularly into realism, given my penchant for shades of purple in the skin. I am getting really hooked on the pastels because I love to be all smudgey and messy. I am definitely doing the rest. I've done Vix but haven't shared it yet.
      xoxo

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  6. Great artwork, Shawna! I need to get my paints out! Sophie is adorable. :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, T. Yes do get your paints out. Paints should never be put away!

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  7. Hahaha, I actually really like your former blogs. They seem informative and very cheeky :D
    I'm like you, weekends are just like any other day for me, only the boyfriend is here to play some videogames and I get to see his back whole day, and I'm on the computer doing what I usually do and he gets to see my back as well :D
    I love your kitty!!!

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    1. Thanks Keit. I like to think I am informative and cheeky! It sounds like you and your boyfriend have got your relationship all figured out with happy co-existing backs. In a good relationship we are supposed to have our partner's back. You guys are just doing it literally! How hipster of you!
      xoxo

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  8. Love those colourful pastels, so much fun and the subjects are recognisable immediately. Can't wait to see more, keep them coming, please!!!
    Sophie is absolutely gorgeous, I recognise that naughty glint in her eye, Polly Piglet's having a mad half hour as I type, the rug in the lounge has just flown across the floor.
    Loved your reply to Natalia's comment about living your life backwards. I think I am, too. I was very serious and cautious as a child. xxxx

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one living backwards. I can't deny that the old soul is still there in some ways but now coexists happily with my inner child. I like to think that is called balance!
      I did one portrait of you that landed in facebook and not on my blog yet and will do more soon. You are so sweet and supportive. Thank you!
      Sophie is a duality of devil and angel. She has no idea she is gorgeous and she thinks she is a dog. She is sulking right now because she is bored but when I tried to play with her she did not like my efforts. I hope PP found something fun to do. Aren't they funny when they get that look in their eye?
      xoxoxo

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  9. I think you just need to think of your portraits as "in the Primitive style" and then just keep on doing what you're doing. They're fun! I especially like the one of Curtise.

    I looked at your older blogs, and I like Mango Tangerine (sounds delicious). I used to be fairly addicted to home style magazines, the less fancy more approachable ones. I love some of the photos you shared, and I'll go back to look at the links.

    Sophie is gorgeous! I bet she gets away with everything.

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    1. Sophie tries to get away with everything and if I am not home or asleep then she definitely does. When I am around there are some things she is not allowed to do and surprisingly she obeys and sulks a bit when told no.
      Yes, I am a fauvist! LOL To explain further I love the way I paint. I can't help it, it's my style so it's a good thing I love it. But I tend to expect that nobody else will like it, most especially if they are the subject. I am the sort of person who goes about apologising. So sorry, for being me. LOL. Trust me, I'm working on that and improving but there's a lot of work to do.
      xoxo

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  10. I think I'm another one living life backwards, I am more carefree now than as a child.
    And I agree with Natalia that there is no point viewing one's past as foolish or embarrassing, everything we do is just another step towards the person we become. Previous ideas, writing, styles, whatever - it's all part of a bigger picture.
    Speaking of pictures, I love your portraits! If you asked my kids, they'd probably say I have just that murderous glint in my eyes when I'm cross!
    Oh Sophie - so gorgeous, and so naughty! xxx

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    1. Living backwards is more fun. Clearly we are the smart ones! You are very sweet to love the portraits. I think that as long as I don't make anyone look as awful as Lucien Freud made the Queen look, and I don't think I have, then we can all be content. I have not made any of you look like a man in a tiara.

      Sophie is an absolute rascal with a sweet and cuddly side. I cannot help but love her for her delightful character, even if she does like to hide behind the shower curtain and then jump out and attack me.
      xoxoxo

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  11. Ha ha! I love your description of your paintings. We are all our own worst critics n'est pas?

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I read somewhere, or possibly heard it on CBC radio, that both women and Canadians are prone to using self deprecating humour. So I guess I've got a double whammy of it.
      xoxo

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  12. Those pastel pictures are fabulous, my favourite would have to be Curtise! How gorgeous is your cat??!! My Tex would approve.

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    1. I like the picture of Curtise too. It just felt right even though she looks a bit evil. She likes to pretend she is but we know the truth.
      My cat lives a very sheltered life and has never met another cat. I cannot guarantee she would be nice to your dear Tex. She grew up with a puppy and she plays roughly. She also thinks hissing is a valid form of communication.
      xoxo

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  13. I found my journal from when I was a teenager once and was so embarrassed to read it. I think I threw it away, so I commend you for sharing your old blogs!

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    1. I'm hoping that things I wrote as an adult are not as embarrassing as things I would have written as a teenager! LOL

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  14. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh how magic is that?
    I hope one day I will have one too, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Oh I'm sure it will happen. I can't stop; it's too much fun!
      xo

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  15. interesting writing on your old blogs!!
    but i love this one because of the pictures of you and your art! and your lovely cat!
    you are a real bohemian. not styled by an overpayed stylist but full of creativity and life.....
    xxxx

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    1. Thanks, Beate! I always say it took me three tries to settle into a blog that feels right. I was motivated because I stumbled across this lovely group of women and I wanted to join in. It's rather perfect for an introvert-a social group that is big and yet not overwhelming.
      I havne't a hope in Hades of affording a stylist but I'm sure if I had one I would argue with her constantly. ;-)
      xoxoxo

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  16. I love seeing your art! I remember an artist painting my string quartet when I was on a music course in France and I was SO excited to be painted!
    I've only had my current blog, but I have had it for 9 years. My writing style is still the same- I'm always a bit chatty- the only difference is I do lots of outfits and making things rather than JUST revelling in nostalgia or moaning about how much I hate teacher training!!! x

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    1. Did you get a copy of that painting, a print or something? That would be so cool! You've had your blog a long time! Good for you! I don't think I ever mentioned teaching on my other blogs, and I don't mention it much here, though of course I am not teaching anymore. It seems like a whole other life from a long time ago now. I wasn't thrilled with the training but it was so much better when I got out there doing it for real.
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