Monday, May 17, 2010

Creeping Forward

I haven't been doing too much lately. Definetly not working at the pace I'd like, but am creeping forward in my progress. I am now moving on to the next painting in my series. In the old Dance of Death series, the next one pictures the Empress (see below). I am changing mine to the Diplomat. Instead of being about to step in a grave, I'm going to change it to being about to step on a landmine. I have to pick up the pace on this project though if I want to meet my deadline (no pun intended). It's all about making a schedule and sticking to it.

I'm slowly making headway with the novel to. I'm stuck on chapter five. There's an important event and conversation between several characters, and I have to work it out just right.

Maybe I've been creeping along because I have been feeling a little blue lately. So here's a couple of items that cheer me up.

First, I went to the new Bath and Bodyworks with my Mum and Sis. I found the most delicious scent. I don't care for the title, Twilight Woods, as it evokes that horrid book series, but smells sooo good. I wish you could scratch and the picture!

Finally, I tried posting a link to a video - but it didn't work. :( - I'll figure that out later.
So just a pic that just cheers me up. Yes it's it's my fave band giving the finger. Yes it's juvenile. But when I'm blue, somehow this makes me smile.


- Posted from my iPhone.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


So just an update on how my projects are doing. I finished another painting in my Dance of Death series - the Prime Minister
(formerly the Cardinal). I am now working on the Bishop. I decided to not change the title of this one, though I will be making it my own version. With all the scandals going on in the church, I've decided to make Death into a policeman, leading the bishop away. I think this makes it more relevant to the present day. Below is the original by Hans Holbein.

I also set the date of my show Dec.3 -11. Now i'm committed! Exciting and scary.

The novel is coming along slowly but surely. I finished chapter four, and have started on chapter five. I'm not sure about the end of the chapter four, and might cut it or change it later, but it's still the first draft. It's also tricky because it's difficult to write sex into a story in a a way that isn't gratuitus. Feedback so far is that the scene seems natural to the story, which I'm pleased to hear.

Music wise I've been enjoying the new Slash album. There's some pretty intresting collaborations on it. Who would guess Fergie would be one of them? But I have to admit I really enjoy her on the song Beautiful Dangerous. Crucify the Dead (a song that appears to be about Axl) and Gotten are two more of my faves. The only one I don't like is the remake of Paradise City. In my opinion it's just a song you don't cover - it's perfect the way it is.

That's all for now. :)

- Posted from my iPhone.

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Suprise

Two weeks ago I recieved a lovely suprise in the mail from a friend in Alberta. My cousin's wife sent me a beautiful book on shamanism, called
Heeding the Call by Jaki Daniels. It includes a CD as well with guided meditations, and drumming. In it, the author tells her personal spiritual journey, along with exercises one can do and instructions for the meditations. I love
this book, and it was so nice to get such a lovely unexpected gift in the mail. While I enjoy all the new ways of communicating with social network sites and technologies, there is still something wonderful about recieving a gift in the good old mail! Thanks Girl - you rock! :)

These past couple of weeks have been busy, but I continue to make progress on my projects.
I finished my painting, the Queen and am moving on to the next one in my Dance of Death series, the Prime Minister, (based on the original, the Cardinal, by Hans Holbein, below). I am picking up the pace and aiming to finish for this fall, so I can have a show for the project.

With my novel, I'm working on chapter three, and am rewriting dialogue. It's tricky sometimes making it smooth, and natural.
I'm still practicing my guitar to, and am enjoying the online lessons. While I do find books helpful, I like the YouTube lessons because I learn better with the visuals.

I'll keep you all posted on my progress.


- Posted from my iPhone.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Trudging On

Here's the progress this past week on my projects.

This week I have made some headway with my novel. I finished chapter two and am working on the third chapter. Thank you to the girls in the writing club! You're feedback and encouragement means so much to me.

I have been more consistent with my guitar practice. I find it's a use it or lose it skill, so I better keep it up. :)

I didn't work on my painting this past week though. :( I MUST get more canvass! No more procrastinating!

This week I plan to finish chapter three, get more canvass, and keep working on my timing when practicing guitar. It's also been beautifully foggy the past few days. I'd like to get out with my real camera (sorry iPhone camera, you're okay but not great) and get some shots before the weather changes.

Keep you all posted.


- Posted from my iPhone.

Monday, March 1, 2010

I got this charming teapot on Saturday. I think it's brilliant. :)

- Posted from my iPhone.

Friday, February 26, 2010

I'm missing Shrewsbury. Wish I was back visiting the UK. One more year and I'll be back Salop...just wait. :)

- Posted from my iPhone.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I downloaded this album earlier this week and am enjoying it. It's a little softer than most of what I listen to, but I think the songwriting's great. And I'm all for strong women in music who aren't your cookie cutter empty headed pop princesses.


- Posted from my iPhone.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My guitar hero. :)

I posted a link to a great resource for those looking to learn to play guitar or improve on their playing. I came across Justin Sandercoe's free lessons on Youtube, and I think he's a really great teacher. See Justin Guitar link to check out his website.


- Posted from my iPhone

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

This is the King from the Hans Holbein version of the Dance Of Death. I'm working this week on my version - I've changed it to the Queen, for our current monarch. We'll see how it goes.


Sunday, February 21, 2010


This week was fairly unproductive for me artistically. I did decide to create this blog though! So I guess it hasn't been a complete waste. The name for it was inspired by a friend of mine, the beautiful burlesque dancer Josie(thanks girl). She nicknamed me Rokket Queen, after my love (obsession really) with GnR.

I decided a blog might be a good way to document my various creative projects, like an online art journal. I'm currently working on a series of 50 paintings, a contemporary Dance of Death. For info on the various medieval versions see

Dance of Death link

I am changing the characters though so it reflects our current social structure, for example the Emperor I changed to the President, and the Bishop to the CEO.
I am currently on painting 8 of a 50 painting series, so I've got a long way to go.

I'm also working on a novel I've always wanted to write. I'm writing the first draft, and some of my friends who are also writing are helping me by giving me feedback as I finish chapters. This has been a huge help! It often takes another pair of eyes to point out errors you don't notice.

Musically, I need to have to be more consistent practicing my guitar playing. I go in spurts, playing for a while daily, then putting it down. This I know I need to work on.

This week there is a show at the gallery I will be working the opening for, the annual Mennofolk show. It's a group of Mennonite artists and musicians that put on the event each year, and it's always a great time. Good art, music, and people! The opening is Friday Feb. 26, at 7pm.
Outworks Gallery 3rd floor 290 McDermot Ave. Winninpeg.

Outworks Gallery link


- Posted from my iPhone.