Wednesday, February 19, 2020

I WON!!! Thank you so much for everyone who voted.
I'm so honoured by this award, and first I'd like to thank Conundrum publisher Andy Brown for his belief in a late-bloomer boomer like me.

My thanks also to my husband Ken for his patience, his confidence that I would eventually like comics and for his expertise in helping me make my own, and to my mentor Eric McLuhan, for giving me the courage to continue my educational Odyssey.

And finally to everyone who listened to my quiet voice and helped it grow into a roar, I'm truly grateful for your support.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

I'm very excited to announce that I've been nominated for this award!! Please help me to win by casting your vote. Thanks!

Monday, November 18, 2019

In some ways I like the portability of working small. 
It's easy to fit into my pocket and take to a coffee shop.  

Every summer when my sister and I visit my brother in Ontario, we do a project.
This year, it was laying the lino... I tried to capture the essence in this postcard size comic. I posted it on instagram but this version flows a bit better and is also cleaned up somewhat. It was not easy working this small...

Karen Gillmore did an excellent watercolour demonstration in my class last week.
 Here's her web site, she has so many valuable tips about watercolour and lots more...

Thursday, October 3, 2019

I came across this great quote by W B Yeats...

"The matrix of innovation is a junkyard."

As a young girl growing up in a junk yard, my dad gave me and my three siblings jobs... picking copper out of wrecked cars or any other junk in the yard that contained copper wiring. 
It was like mining for gold. At an early age I new the deference between copper, brass, tin, steel and aluminium. The wires were often coated in a plastic casing, which would have to be removed before my dad could sell the metal, so, he would just burn it off! Cough cough… not environmentally friendly!
 Another job we had was to collect the smaller pieces of metal and separate them into different piles, then through them into lugger boxes ( a large steel container)  
As the cars accumulated over the years, the yard got so full of junk my dad would 
hire a crane service to  come into the yard, to load all the car carcasses onto a flatbed long truck.  
That and all the other junk would be taken to a bigger scrap metal dealer in Hamilton, 
to be crushed into cubes and recycled…This repeated itself about every five years. 
We had the best playground anyone could ask for.  

This was the front yard view of the house we lived in, that little white house,
was our first home we lived in when we were very small. It was used as a storage space at the time this picture was taken. 
In the foreground is my father chopping wood and me and my brother with our dog.
The photo above this was the side view of the yard. Just to give you 
a sense of scale. Behind that big shed was a skating rink, shown in the picture below.

I'm the one siting in the back seat of our car made out of junk.
 Very innovative I'd say! 

Monday, September 30, 2019

Yesterday Ken and I were at Word Vancouver .
We shared this table with Sean Karemaker.
It was a tight fit but we made it work

Here's Ian Boothby who was the moderator on our panel.
Sean with hisVR device, his drawings came to life in
3D stereoscopic view. Amazing to look at!!