Monthly Archives: October 2011

Dead Nature Series of Artwork

I’m working on a series of artworks based on death in nature. I’m still trying to shape out the theme and idea behind the work, but here is what I’ve come up with so far.

I’m looking to create these portraits as a sort of tribute to the passing of time in nature, and as a reflection of the cycle of life and death. Bones and skeletons are symbolic of the passage of life and remain as a token of the life and energy that once existed. In recreating these empty shells, I am representing my own contemplation of death, and what I observe to remain after life has left.

I’ve been trying to hammer out this idea in my head over the last year, and I even wrote a poem on the subject that I submitted as part of my final collection of poems for my Senior Poetry Class last year.

Found Under Flesh

In a spongy ditch, where forest flora of moss sucks up a stream,

a bear paw rests in partial decomposition.

The part the paw should be attached to, the how and why

the pieces are detached

remain missing.

A boy finds the paw and brings in home in a plastic bag.

He ties it shut, surprised by the angry odor

that something torn away from being

produces, as though sensing loss,

it reacts in offensive outbursts

of smell and collapse,

as though, sensing its own futility, it fades away,

and the slow decay of cells release

its hold on preservation.

The boy hopes for something to be discovered

in examination of bone and flesh, the furry tress

coming apart like chunks of paper pulp.

But the smell of rot is too distracting,

so he boils it down, hoping to find

that what remains will produce some kind

or form of meaning.



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Halloween Window Painting

Use water paint to create artwork on the windows that washes off whenever you want to clean up or paint something new!

For Halloween, I made a series of pumpkin portraits on my living room windows.

Water paint needs a couple layers for the colors to appear bright. Allow each layer to dry completely before working on it again. Work lightly, carefully, and quickly to avoid removing previous layers. I layered brush marks of varying colors to create the coloured effect I wanted

Use dry erase markers if you need to make some pre-planning marks.

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Art Utensil Organizer

This thing is awesome for holding my art supplies together in one convenient place. It makes me a much more efficient worker.


-Thick cardboard tube, sawed into appropriate sizes (14 cm for pencils, 12 cm for pens, 20 cm for paintbrushes.

-scrapbook paper


-hot glue gun

-white glue


  1. Once your tubes are cut into your desired sizes, sand the edges (if necessary) and decorate them either with paint, or decorative paper: Measure the tube and cut your paper to fit. Brush the inside of the paper with glue, then roll it around the tube, pressing it tight against the surface to make it uniform.
  2. Paint the inside and top surface black to make the tube neat looking
  3. Arrange tubes together the way you want them to be displayed, then glue edges together securely with a hot glue gun.
  4. Use nails to hang it on the wall, OR glue the bottom to the surface of a sheet of wood, then screw into the wall for a secure hold.
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Halloween Zombie Mask Painting

Cheap plastic masks can be picked up at most dollar or department stores. With a few techniques, these masks can easily be turned into authentic artistic scary creations.

How to make your own Zombie masks:

  1. Try to sand off as much paint or sparkles that the mask came with. Paint it white with gesso or acrylic.
  2. Mix some red and white and a bit of yellow to make a fleshy tone. Paint the mask with this colour.
  3. Make a rotting skin colour wash by mixing some olive green acrylic with yellow ochre. Use water to keep the wash thin, then paint over the flesh tone.
  4. Once its dry, use a thick dry brush to lightly dab some left over green/yellow mix to highlight some areas around the mask.
  5. Mix some permanent rose colour with a bit of yellow and a touch of cerulean blue hue to make a good blood colour. Dab this onto the mask in desired areas. Create thin lines to make the impression of cuts.
  6. Mix a bit of black with the red and dab lightly onto the blood spots/cuts on the mask to give the blood some dimension.
  7. Once everything is dry, use some more black paint to create stitches over the cuts.
  8. Put the masks up on the wall to scare away the dead!
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Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Seeds

I like roasting my pumpkin seeds a little different (and sweeter) than the traditional recipe. And these were just as popular!


Pumpkin seeds from 1 pumpkin

1 tbsp white sugar

1 tsp brown sugar

2 tbsp oil

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp ground cloves

½ tsp ground allspice

½ tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Wash and dry pumpkin seeds, then place in small bowl.
  2. Mix with oil, salt, cloves, allspice cinnamon, brown sugar, and ½ the white sugar.
  3. Bake at 350 for about 7-10 minutes. Remove, mix around, then put them in for another 7-10 minutes. Watch them closely so they don’t burn!
  4. Remove from oven, then mix with the remaining sugar. Allow to cool a few minutes before serving.
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Pumpkin/ Butternut Squash Pie

Ingredients for Simple Pie Crust

1 ¼ cup white flour

¼ tsp salt

½ cup cold shortening

3 tbsp ice water


  1. Whisk flour and salt in large bowl. Add shortening, cut up and mix in with the flour to make the mixture crumbly.
  2. Drip the water over and mix with fork to form dough.
  3. Gather in a ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill 30 minutes,
  4. Roll out dough and press into pie pan to form crust.

Ingredients For Filling:

1 pumpkin (any variety) OR butternut squash

1 ¼  cup milk

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp oil

¼ cup white sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup honey

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

¼ tsp ground cloves

½ tsp ground allspice


  1. Cut the pumpkin/ squash into small pieces (about 16). Remove seeds and stringy insides. Boil in water on high in large saucepan until soft.
  2. Allow to cool, then remove skin. Mash up in bowl. Add all the filling ingredients and mix well. Pour into prepared pie crust.
  3. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the oven. Pie is usually finished when the surface is darkened.
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Fried Mushroom Burgers With Green Onion Avocado Relish

I loved making these. Made them for the first time when I had a couple friends over, and they were thrilled with them! It makes a nice end to the barbeque season.


8-12 Sesame seed burger buns

2-3 pkgs ground beef

5 stalks green onion, sliced thin

1 avocado, mashed in small bowl

1-2 tbsp lemon juice

1 small pkg button mushrooms, sliced

½ white onion, sliced


  1. Shape the ground beef into burgers and grill on the barbeque with your favourite BBQ sauce.
  2. While burgers are cooking, heat a frying pan on medium heat. Add oil and toss in mushrooms and onions. Saute about 10 minutes.
  3. Slice the green onion into thin slices. Cut the avocado, remove the seed in the middle, then scoop the insides out into a small bowl. Mash the avocado up. Mix green onion slices and lemon juice in the bowl.
  4. Once burgers are ready, place them in buns. Add green onion/avocado relish and sautéed mushrooms. Serve with sweet potato fries.
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