Sunday, September 27, 2015

Afterglow: A Bridgewater Art Experience

Last night was a lot of fun.

Husband, Son and I attended Afterglow Art Show, which was held on King Street in Bridgewater this weekend.

I am not an art connoisseur by any means - I can't draw or paint to save my life - but I do know what I like, and boy, there was a lot of what I like floating around the festival last night.

Spray paint art. Unusual but cool, especially when you see the amount of planning and different techniques used in creating this sort of piece.

Our first stop was to watch Kyle, the artist behind KyleO's Spray Paint Art, at work. And work he did, completing several pieces in front of the crowd that had gathered around his booth.

Son was especially happy to meet his art idol and to watch him working. Son has a piece that Husband and I commissioned Kyle to create just for our son for his last birthday - one of a starship. He was given a mask so he could watch from a much closer distance than most of us - even outdoors, spray paint does tend to get into your lungs and such pretty quickly - and he was even giving a rundown on what Kyle was doing, for people who were behind him.

I was fascinated to see how Kyle did it. We had one piece of his so far, one of three planets and an alien landscape, and I wanted to see how this talented young man created such interesting work using only spray paint as a medium.

I'm not going to go into detail, I don't have permission to do that, but I will say it was really cool to see him produce a gorgeous piece of art in only a short time, once he got going.

He uses different techniques to create texture, depth, shadows, light and everything else, including blending different colors to create an almost nebula like background for some of his works.


It's not all about spray painting, some of it takes actual handwork instead of just layering spray paint....


Flaming adds another kind of texture, and it's a cool effect to show in front of a crowd, especially after the sun goes down... That's his fiancee smiling at the camera. She was tickled that I was going to be sharing photos of Kyle's work on my blog and my page.



The finished product: A fairy sitting on a branch.



We stuck around to watch Kyle create yet another work, this one of mountains and a moon or planet in the sky. I thought it was a pretty cool picture. Son thought it was awesome.


Other works included a show right across the street from Kyle's booth, over in the Parkade.

Industribe had an interesting show, with fire dancers and even someone dressed up as a monarch butterfly. I was hoping to catch their after dark show, but we were on the other end of King Street when they had it.



Another one was Chalkmaster Dave, who was drawing a picture right on the pavement of King Street.


I didn't get photos of other parts of the show, because I really didn't have permission from the artist to take them.

We did stop inside one of the inside exhibits, one that featured a lot of abstract art by a lady named Monika Wright. Her works included acrylic works that were interesting. Normally I do not like abstract art, but hers used a lot of different textures that made it interesting. Her choices of color were to my liking as well - purples in most of the paintings - so I was rather surprised and pleased with her exhibit.

We headed back toward Kyle O's area and well, I kind of talked Hubby into getting me not one but two of Kyle's pieces for me, one of a reptilian eye with a planet in its iris, and one of a star rising above a lake. Both are gorgeous and I can't wait to show them off once I get frames for them.

I did get some cool shots of downtown Bridgewater, as well as a few other things...

On King Street by the South Parkade. The lights are by the Old Bridge.


The Old Bridge, which crosses the Lahave River by the Bridgewater Mall.


Moon over the Bridgewater Mall.


The Lahave River fountain, between the two bridges. It changes colors at night... Here it's in blue.


A Halloween display in the Kitchen Witch store window.


The Veteran's Memorial Bridge, or "New Bridge" as it's known to locals. That's the fountain to the right.


For more information on Afterglow, check out their Facebook fan page.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A New Season, A New Reason to Keep Believing....

The last couple of weeks have been interesting, to say the least..........

Schools have been open only three weeks and the germs are spreading faster than the speed of light. Son has already had 2 sick days, Monday and Tuesday of this week, and I guess there were a lot of students out sick the last couple of weeks from illness.

No surprise. This happens every year. What surprised me was that it was this long before Son got something. Normally it's within two weeks, not three...

Yesterday, I got some great news regarding my health.

Remember how I said I have been ill the last while? Well, one of the conditions I was diagnosed with is now GONE and I've been given a clean bill of health on that front.

HUGE RELIEF. It's now just a case of checking things every couple of years unless something seems off. Business as before things went nutso.

Even better, the lifelong condition I was diagnosed with this past spring is now under control.

It's not like I can just forget about it and go back to the unhealthy stuff I was doing though. This is a lifelong condition. Once you have it, it's there ALWAYS and you are constantly monitoring it, and doing what you can to stay healthy and keep it under control.

I guess I am doing something right. Four months, that's all it took, from diagnosis to this point.

WHEW. You see, the family member who was diagnosed with this same condition, the one I inherited it from, passed away within 6 months of finding out they had it. I think I had it in the back of my mind that it's an automatic death sentence, despite proof otherwise -other family members and friends with the exact same condition who are perfectly fine and have had it for years.

I'm now seeing it isn't. In fact, living a longer, healthier life is the perfect motivation to keep positive and stick around for a few more decades. :)

Kitty Zaniness alert.............

Monitor Kitteh has made her fall debut... No surprise, the weather is getting cooler, and since the monitor is warm, she likes to toast her bum on top of it......




Yes, those are two different monitors. My old one croaked last month. It didn't owe us anything. It was one I purchased second hand from a friend of ours about 8 years ago, and it was old then.

As you can see in the photo, the color was way off and there was a line of black going across part of the screen. The picture tube in it was giving out.

My old Philips monitor, on its last legs.

The new monitor is still the same huge, clunky picture tube style, but it's newer... And black. It matches the computer, mouse and keyboard perfectly. It was given to me by a friend of ours, she now has a laptop and doesn't need a monitor for a desktop.

Much better, eh?

The new Dell monitor. It's a flat screen. 

Hey, Amber approves of it! She's always sitting on top of it and watching the neighborhood.

Amber watching for her "boyfriend", the neighbor's cat Ringo.

Idiot cat.

*sigh*

Writing update......

My beta team members are still taking their time to go over Hearts Remembering. So that one isn't allowed to be touched until I hear back from all of them.

HOWEVER.......

I am finally feeling up to doing something new, writing wise. Or old, depending on how you look at it.

Last week, I had my usual Friday to work, and I actually did something. It's not a lot, no actual "writing" per se (although Heather calls it writing, I call it PRELIM WORK... PEAPOD *NYAH*) I started detailed character bios, did a preliminary/short summary and started jotting down both general and adult scene ideas for it.

I'm not sure if anything will come out of it, but hey, it's a start, right? :) We shall see how this one goes.

It felt SO GOOD to be back into it again...

Yeah, I'm definitely feeling more and more like myself again.

Talk about a great feeling.

*goofy grin*

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! :)

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AUTHOR'S EXTRA: 

To anyone who was hoping things would stay out of whack - with my health, writing and everything else about my life....

F**K you

I'm more than surviving this. I'm going to beat it all to hell and back, and keep going. I'm not going to let this keep me down.

Y'all know damn well that *I* am too damn sunny natured to let it.

Go ahead, keep wasting your energy on wishing and hoping and whatever else you're trying to do... Keep lurking at my areas, in hopes you catch something you can speculate on and hope it's something bad happening to me, out of spite for me seeing your true colors... And before you can say I am "one to talk", maybe if you actually *looked* at the REAL pattern of your sorry, hate filled, drama stirring, victim playing life, you'd grow up and shut up instead of blaming everyone else but the real cause of your "problems"...

YOU.

It's your life and your choice, after all. Not mine, or anyone else's.


YOUR CHOICE.

But narcissists don't see it that way unfortunately.

*tsk* My bad.

Me, I'm just going to keep going ahead, not look back at all, focus on REALITY instead of a fantasy life, keep writing, accept what I can't change, change what I can, and love life completely.

That is my life and my choice.

*smug grin*

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Where Did Summer Go? (And More)

Ten weeks can go by in the wink of an eyelash.


I can't believe summer is over already, and Son is in Grade 5. School started last Thursday, and Son is more than happy to be back amongst his friends and classmates, learning and having fun with everyone.

It's his last year in the elementary end of his school, and it's bittersweet. He's worked so hard to make it this far, and he loves it there... Yet he has to move on and grow, and go on to new adventures in new places.

I'm so proud of him.

This past weekend also saw me finally getting off my "tush" and opening "Hearts Remembering" for the first time in a few weeks. It needed one last full edit before my new team of critique readers got their paws on it.

It went into Critique Draft Mode on Friday, and later that evening, this one's team - two returning members from the Away to Me critique, and three new ones - got a copy of it for their enjoyment. The only one who may do some editing in it for me is my best friend Heather, because she just can't resist it. That said, my editing is improving and she's not seeing a lot of stuff in later drafts now, not like she was a few years ago.

I'm hoping to hear back from them in about a month's time. Once that's done and I make any suggested changes (that will work for this story), I guess it's off to a publisher, once I find one that will take a story like it.... I have a few in mind already.

Hearts Remembering turned out to be my saving grace this past weekend... The entire full edit was done in less than 12 hours, most of it on Friday.

You see, I had to have something to keep me busy. We found out early Friday morning that a close friend of ours (who was also one of Hubby's coworkers) was killed in a car crash about 3 hours before that.

I needed to focus on something other than what happened and all of the questions banging around in my skull. Those questions have been answered, but I'm not going to say what they were publicly. Those who were close to her know the truth, and that's all that matters.

We said goodbye to her yesterday. It was so hard to do that too. She was a sweet person, sunny natured like I am, and a lot of people loved her.

We're really going to miss her.

This one is for you KS. Soar with eagles, my dear friend. Universe Bless. ♥


Song: "Higher Planes" by Whom Gods Destroy