Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fog Comes Creeping

"The fog comes on little cat feet.
It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches
and then moves on."
Published 1916 by Carl Sandburg... 1878-1967... American Writer, winner of 3 Pulitzer Prizes

... click each pic to enlarge... much nicer...

...taken in the early morning from my studio window...
Gwen Buchanan at Desideratum Art and Jewelry in St. Martins, New Brunswick, Canada

Tuesday, October 21, 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, October 11, 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.”
Funny..   well for better or for worse, I had fun doing them.

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