Tuesday, 21 October 2014

When Max Was A Zombie... or The Zombie Halloween Make-Up Recipe

!!!!!   Here's to a  Halloween you won't forget  !!!!!


Zombie Halloween Make-Up Recipe
Below are the secret ingredients found in everybody's home, to turn your normally pleasant looking child into a Zombie... 
Are you ready for it...  are you sure.  Are you willing to take the chance to let a  nasty looking half-human thing stagger off down the street and scare the neighbours... will IT come back... We all have to take chances sometimes.
OK then, if you are brave...  here's the goo recipe.
* common white glue and torn toilet paper... layered and left to dry on their face ... be inventive with it... it takes a while to dry... it can be easily manipulated to form gaps to make scars and deformities... also rice crispies and cornflakes can be inserted and covered with bits of the toilet paper/glue for more facial imperfections... 

* when it's dry, blend and dab some liquid makeup on the glue/tissue covered face to bring it to skin color...
And the Blood
*the Blood is homemade too... it is a combination of icing sugar, corn syrup, red food coloring & a small amount of cocoa powder... play around with the proportions till you get the consistency you like...  you might want to practice a few days before Halloween to get it right...  makes great blood... tastes good too... it dries and stays on all night...  and drips like thick blood...  ouie gooie.. 

Have Fun!

Compliments of Gwen Buchanan and my son Maximillian Ackerson (back when he was 14)
Desideratum Art Studio, St. Martins, New Brunswick, Canada

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Pen and Ink Drawings of Heads and Faces

  Inspired by Leonardo



 Even though I really, really Love sewing,  quilting,  jewelry making, house building,  dog tending, homestead planning and all else...
... it feels very nice to just sit at my desk every now and then and just play with ink and paper...

... and then I read this  quote by Walt Stanchfield,
“We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.”
Well, whether they turned out good or bad, I enjoyed doing them.  This was fun!

Crosshatching and line drawings in my sketchbook, a few hands and feet thrown in for good measure, crow quill dip pen, India Ink, and Acrylic Artist Ink.

by Gwen Buchanan at Desideratum Art and Jewelry Studio, New Brunswick, Canada

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Early Fall Morning on the Bluff in St. Martins, NB

Natures layers of texture and soft color

We let the surrounding field grow this year for a change and now it has turned golden... it makes a beautiful contrast against the treeline.


The Mountain Ash along the driveway and the surrounding hedgerow borders,
 are laden with berries...We have always tried to encourage native plants and shrubs that feed the birds and wildlife...  and I love how the color brightens everything up.... soon the birds will find them.

As I was wandering around in the warmth and calmness of the morning, taking pictures, Church bells began ringing. 
 It was Sunday... It was pretty special. 
I can see 3 Church steeples from up here, this is the closest one down on Main St.

 ...there are even a few berries on the Holly bush this year.

Love these 3 Sisters...  They are Spruce Trees.
....might be almost time to carefully prune a couple of the trees in front of them so the view is better exposed.
 Blueberries and cranberries, in season, grow just below them to the right on the sandstone bluff... intermixed with low growing juniper.

If it seems I am obsessed with the view of Quaco Head jutting out into the bay... I am. 
In all weather conditions it is the highlight of my view... It never disappoints... 
 it shows what is happening with the mighty tides.... coming in, heading out, high tide, low tide..
 and the way the light changes on its surface as it moves from east to west.

I love the way the morning sun highlights the eastern exposure of the houses in the distance.

The light filters through the arched doorway into the hidden firepit area near the house

It feels cozy here in the evening when a fire is snap, crackle and popping.

My oldest son, Zachary, found this old iron anchor along a riverbank back where we used to live in Springfield, NB, about 45 miles inland.

 The Virginia Creeper changed from green to crimson without me even noticing.. 
How time sneaks up on a person.

The natural world feels like it is taking a well deserved rest.

 That was a lovely place to have coffee this morning. Fresh air, beautiful view and birds flitting back and forth, church bells ringing, felt like "whose life is this anyway???"

The Rosa Rugosa still is treating us with blooms scattered here and there.

 Fall has arrived and its only just begun.

Our Home and 9 Acre Property is For Sale  and it still delights and surprises us every day.  We hope a new family discovers it and enjoys it as much as we have.

Photographs taken by me, Gwen Buchanan, early Sunday morning, Sept. 28, 2014,
from up on the Big Red Rock, St. Martins, New Brunswick.
Desideratum Art Studio.