Saturday, June 09, 2018

daily snapshot: June 08, 2018 at 10:05PM


This evening's arting - testing out color swatches for the bigger portrait on a smaller quick sketch. Looks wonky but I'm pleased with my color choices. #oilpainting #portrait #artistsoninstagram #gallebb
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Monday, June 04, 2018

daily snapshot: June 03, 2018 at 09:43PM


Finished? #oilpainting #abstractart #artistsoninstagram #gallebb
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Sunday, June 03, 2018

daily snapshot: June 02, 2018 at 10:28PM


#oils on paper over #contecrayon sketch #artistsoninstagram not sure about my colour mix though #gallebb
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

daily snapshot: May 19, 2018 at 11:16PM


A little more progress #oilpainting #portrait #artistsoninstagram #gallebb
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

British Library EThOS: Nutritional modulation of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system of the dog and cat.

OMG - my thesis is available online!!!



British Library EThOS: Nutritional modulation of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system of the dog and cat.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

A Side Order of Virus Could Help Stop Salmonellosis


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Saturday, May 05, 2018

daily snapshot: May 04, 2018 at 10:08PM


#charcoal #portrait #artistsoninstagram
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Monday, April 23, 2018

daily snapshot: April 23, 2018 at 07:55AM


#dogwoodweek16 portrait lighting :: giving this one a valiant try with natural lighting from a window for a selfie. I think this is narrow loop, but I fear it won't stick until I draw out the various lighting styles for my own reference #gallebb #spt
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Saturday, April 21, 2018

daily snapshot: April 21, 2018 at 04:55PM


Velocipede. I feel like I've been a bit quiet on social media recently. Lots of reasons - work, busy, spring break recovery, domestic was (it's a word), setting boundaries... they all take energy, so I've been in conservation mode.
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Reflect on Why Trees Are Important This Arbor Day


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Risk Assessment Tackles Foodborne Disease


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Monday, April 09, 2018

daily snapshot: April 09, 2018 at 12:00PM


More from yesterday's #urbansketchers meetup at nitobe gardens #watercolours #sketch
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Sunday, April 08, 2018

on hold

waiting to get somewhere
[written a month or so ago]


This morning as ever, I waited.
If I look back over the last quarter century or perhaps earlier, I have spent a considerable amount of time and energy waiting – waiting for significant others, for those I share my life with and wait for.
This morning was no exception.
Despite anticipating the events and presenting reminders to pack essential items, to get dressed, to find the materials needed for the day, I ended up again issuing the same reminders until they became nagging.
It still didn’t mean we avoided the anticipated events that accompany leaving the house – namely, excessive waiting for someone else to be ready – waiting for someone else to get their shit together – waiting for someone else to do the things that had been suggested that would enable leaving the house on time and in a calm and orderly fashion.
No.
We had tears and panic.
We had me waiting outside in the snow for longer than is necessary.
We had me getting so fed up that I drove off for a spin around the block to simmer down.
We had panic and hyperventilation when the car drew up to house after its short journey.
We had a missing lunch. We had an extra and surplus bag.
We had a mum who lost her shit once more en route (and then we had a dropped key,  a wallet left behind, interrupted and late settling down to work, dire warnings about not visiting this shit on anyone else in the class, and in all a truly awesome start to the day – a start that I had been anticipating and planning since around 7am on how to avoid.
I wait. It’s my role in life apparently.
I wait for the penny to finally drop for my child that there are consequences to not being ready, prepared – to leaving stuff till beyond the last moment – to keeping someone perennially waiting.
I wait for domestic chores to be done. I wait before I ask, knowing that they will rarely be done in a timely manner- a manner that respects housemates, that avoids extra work being generated, that respects that time is precious especially to someone who is kept from doing from they want due to waiting for others.
I wait before asking as I know it will often be ignored, forgotten, dismissed.
I wait for household repairs and auto repairs, I wait knowing that these are not ranked highly; I wait knowing that waiting risks serious damage that will take more money and time and organization and danger to fix, so I stop waiting and get it done myself. 
I wait for household improvements, a simple shelf or bike rack or sports gear hang up; I wait and see that these things also do not rank highly. I wait knowing that clutter depresses only me, but that I will be expected to wait for my relaxation until I find whatever it is that is lost in the clutter and disorganization, to clean around the heaps, to move belongings in order to sit, place, wait or stay. I wait knowing that simply wanting a house to be beautiful or comfortable or organized or tidy is not worthy of respect, and that there is always my time available to find, tidy, clean, accept amidst the chaos.
I wait for the simple act of leaving the house; I wait for gathering up the troops; I wait for reasons to leave the house together. I wait for entertainment; I wait as opportunities are missed and jump out of waiting and into doing so they aren’t missed.
I wait. I have waited so long that sometimes all I have to do are the pieceworks that can be fitted into brief snatches of time spent waiting – the tasks or projects that can be picked up and put down easily, swiftly, on someone else’s schedule and immediacy and wants and needs and priority. I have waited so long that it feels odd to prioritise ahead of - overruling tasks, events, occasions, escapes – me first takes energy, altered thinking, waiting for the moment.
I wait for my needs, carving out time in between to recharge, re-energise without overlapping. I wait for mundanities – sleep, the mailbox, light bulbs; I wait for the luxuries – intimacy, not being taken for granted, availability – to each according to their needs, but not to mine. I wait during explanations that this is all not unique to me. I wait while I try to explain how much this matters; I wait after I explain how much this matters for realization to dawn.
I wait for acknowledgement of the rising resentment at being kept waiting that boils over.
I wait, and in so doing, I spend energy on waiting. I wait and lose time to recharge so I can wait again.

daily snapshot: April 08, 2018 at 01:42PM


#dogwoodweek14 diptych #watercolours #urbansketchers
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Preservation without Preservatives Part 2: Food Safety Risk Factors in the Meat Ecosystem


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Monday, April 02, 2018

Benefits of Robots in Modern Life — Humans Need Not Apply


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Saturday, March 31, 2018

resigned

in my happy place: sketching and eating breakfast at the art gallery
Resigned currently, temporary but resigned. I've jacked in my current position as default parent for at least today, burned out by Spring Break--before, during and most likely after too since there will be the inevitable mad scramble to catch up with everything that I put on hold while i juggled the aforementioned default parenting planning for and during Spring Break.

...but right now I am taking a break from the default parenting, domestic concierge role, relationship whisperer, provisioner and household management guru, schedule wrangler to write uninterrupted, sketch uninterrupted, be me uninterrupted...

Selfish --yes, most definitely but the reprieve/relief/retirement/resignation is only temporary.

I need this moment to recharge my batteries -- the emotional ones, the mental health ones, the kindness ones, the energy and stamina ones, the self confidence ones, the creative ones -- i recognised way too late as usual that levels were down to critical and gave my wee guy a tongue lashing that he only partially deserved and that i should have been grown up enough to hold back.

The simple truth though is that there is not a lot right now that recharges me unless I myself make the effort to plug in and boost the cells. Parenting is delightful but hard work and eats the time. Working is delightful but hard work and eats the time. Yes, I am married, but that too is hard work ... None of these is something I want to give up but all currently drain more energy than they add so I take positive steps to recharge and stay topped up.

I wish I could say that there is a better safety net here to catch me when I fall, but there isn't and hasn't been for a long time. So this is me, AWOL and re-charging the only way I know how. Try not to judge!

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Importance of National Parks: More Than Scenery


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Saturday, March 24, 2018

daily snapshot: March 24, 2018 at 01:19PM


Mine, all mine. Picked these up today - first time I saw these two i knew they would be coming home with me. Had to wait till the end of the @pomoarts exhibition though #longwaitisover @sarahronaldartist :)
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

daily snapshot: March 21, 2018 at 09:41AM


#macro the amazing world within moss #dogwoodweek12 #dogwood2018
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Five Tips for Culture Media Preparation Success


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cognitive Automation: Drones for Disaster Relief


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Monday, March 12, 2018

Harvesting Wave Energy for Fresh Water


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Saturday, March 10, 2018

daily snapshot: March 10, 2018 at 12:53PM


Art today and I think this one is finished: #oilpainting #portrait over charcoal sketch 11x15 inches, paper
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Saturday, March 03, 2018

daily snapshot: March 03, 2018 at 08:56AM


Brighter than a thousand sons and capable of extinguishing then all - no typo; quite chilling watching the Bikini Atoll test detonations with son, especially in this current climate #neveragain #protectandsurvive #bombhead
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Friday, March 02, 2018

daily snapshot: March 02, 2018 at 07:44PM


Not doing too well with the #adulting today; top inside out and I'm too superstitious to change it ... so today I sit and sweat it out with my cardi on top.
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daily snapshot: March 02, 2018 at 07:31PM


#ootdfashion with cat; thrifted tunic and Italian leather boots, indigo scarf from local artist, bamboo leggings from @devilmaywear , drapey cardi reitmans, artwork behind me by @tommybom19
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Saturday, February 24, 2018

daily snapshot: February 23, 2018 at 08:47PM


Portrait in gouache #opusdailypractice d23 #opusdailypractice2018 #paintflixing
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

daily snapshot: February 21, 2018 at 09:58PM


Playing around with gouache for this evening's #opusdailypractice d21 #opusdailypractice2018 Doodling with paint while catching up on netflix
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Henrietta Leavitt and the Starlight Distance Key


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Sunday, February 18, 2018

daily snapshot: February 18, 2018 at 01:05PM


#opusdailypractice #opusdailypractice2018 a little blending while the #oilpaint is still wet This piece is my first on a cradled wood panel and I'm liking the feel of brush on it. Background will probably stay dark but I may stale sheen thru the layers in patches
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

daily snapshot: February 17, 2018 at 02:47PM


#opusdailypractice d17 #opusdailypractice2018 loosely blocking in some colour ideas #oilpainting #artistsoninstagram #portrait
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

daily snapshot: February 13, 2018 at 08:54PM


#opusdailypractice d13 putting in the background. Tried a design in acrylics that I had seen on a painting in a local gallery. I like it. Makes a note to try this again :)
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Monday, February 12, 2018

daily snapshot: February 12, 2018 at 09:56AM


#opusdailypractice #opusdailypractice2018 d12: a little more blending and I moved the eye closer to midline (she now looks less like a guppy IMO). At this point I am conflicted ... I really like how she looks at this stage--her expression has taken on a life of its own--but I know there are areas to work on, like the strands of hair. If this was digital rather than #oilpainting it would be asy to add another layer and experiment or just apply CTRL-Z! but it isn't, so I need to be brave. I also feel it looks like she is underwater and need to fight the temptation to add bubbles! Still working on when to call a halt and learning when a painting is done ... as ever, a little like life :)
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

daily snapshot: February 11, 2018 at 10:00AM


A little more definition for #opusdailypractice d11 - adding back some deep shadow areas and applying a little blending #oilpainting #portrait #artistsoninstagram
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

daily snapshot: February 10, 2018 at 03:03PM


Think I have my shadow value for this one #opusdailypractice d10 #oilpainting For reasons unknown I find getting the shadows really difficult. However, I feel a little more confident after the portrait course I took over Christmas.
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Friday, February 09, 2018

daily snapshot: February 08, 2018 at 09:47PM


#dogwoodweek6 #dogwood2018 alternating rhythm - using light and dark ... trying to bring some rhythm and depth to my photography, and capture some of that elusive Vancouver sunshine stuff! #opusdailypractice
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

daily snapshot: February 06, 2018 at 09:43PM


#opusdailypractice d6: just some loose ends to tie up My great ever pair of fingered mittens, aka gloves I guess. Very satisfying cable pattern and a situating day only despite taxing me with five needless in play.
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Monday, February 05, 2018

daily snapshot: February 05, 2018 at 05:50PM


#opusdailypractice my next project - charcoal on a wood panel. Primed first with acrylic medium and then transparent #liquitexgesso, and lots of sanding in between gives a decent surface for charcoal and i can even erase it in patches. This is now stabilised with the#grumbacher reworkable fixative so I can paint or pastel over it as I wish.
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Saturday, February 03, 2018

daily snapshot: February 03, 2018 at 04:54PM


#dogwoodweek4 trying to capture some good portrait reference shots with a smartphone camera, focusing on light and shadow and negative space
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daily snapshot: February 03, 2018 at 01:42PM


#opusdailypractice d3: portrait in oils Started blocking in lights and shadows - taking shape at last
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

daily snapshot: January 30, 2018 at 06:38PM


#bluesky yonder; looking or the rooftop from #sfu West Mall Centre on my way into my office
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Monday, January 29, 2018

daily snapshot: January 29, 2018 at 12:02PM


#sennelier pastels on top of #grumbacher stabilised #winsorandnewtoncharcoal #portrait
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

daily snapshot: January 28, 2018 at 04:59PM


A quiet place #dogwoodweek4 #dogwood2018 This is my submission for the dogwood photography challenge, which sets up an assignment every week. Though I don't have an SLR, I'm trying to follow on as best I can with my smartphone camera.
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daily snapshot: January 28, 2018 at 12:13PM


#charcoaldrawing progress - reworking an old sketch
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Friday, January 26, 2018

daily snapshot: January 26, 2018 at 08:20AM


digital doodle
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

daily snapshot: January 25, 2018 at 08:29AM


Still judging but hey! toebeans #catsofinstagram
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Solution to Bee Population Woes Includes Probiotics


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Friday, January 12, 2018

daily snapshot: January 12, 2018 at 01:28PM


Daylight capture and the oil is almost dry; spent most of the break working on final lessons in @gillianleesmithartist 's online portrait course, and oh my! I am so excited with the results. Still a way to go but I feel like I made progress. #artist #oilpainting #portrait #selfportrait
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Saturday, January 06, 2018

daily snapshot: January 06, 2018 at 10:36AM


Those teeth
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Friday, January 05, 2018

daily snapshot: January 05, 2018 at 05:53PM


Took @tommybom19 to his first #cmvan Creative Mornings Vancouver ... he wants to come back to next month's too #teensealofapproval
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