IMT: Beach

Inspire Me Thursday's create prompt is "Beach." Coincidentally, I am taking part in a themed trade over at Monday Art Day and the theme is Ocean, so I'm just doubling up here.

I made this on watercolour paper with watercolours and archival ink. Unfortunately, the scan washed out the colours. It looks better in person.

Fresh Prints, Yo!

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IF: Enough

Click on the image to view it larger. The text reads "plant more trees" "water more gardens."
I did the illustration with archival ink and digitally coloured it.
This is for illustration friday's "Enough" theme.
Are we doing enough to replenish the resources we are consuming?


4 Things I did 10 years ago (1998):

I started high school.
I got a dumb haircut that I hated.
I became more comfortable with who I was.
I turned 14.

4 Things I did 5 years ago (2003):

I started University.
I celebrated 4 years with my boyfriend (now my husband).
I received a failing grade on a paper for the first time (and only time).
I got my G2 drivers license.

4 Things I did yesterday (July 20):

I slept in.
I saw The Dark Knight.
I bought new shoes.
I said goodbye to my friends.

4 Favourite TV shows:

Criminal Minds

4 Things I love to do:

Spend time with good friends.

The Failed Beach Day

Jeremy and I headed to Mooney's Bay Park yesterday to check out the beach, but there ended up being a huge volleyball fundraising event and there were thousands of people crowding the place. We ended up on the reject side of the beach (where there was no beach and no swimming allowed) and we only stayed for about an hour and a half. We'll have to try another day when there isn't thousands of drunk volleyball players around.

The book of the day was "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky. It's inspired by "Catcher in the Rye." It's written through a series of letters by a young high school student named Charlie about his struggle with fitting in and finding his place.

Canada Day in the Capital

Canada Day in Ottawa is very exciting and a little frightening. I've never actually gone to any kind of Canada Day festivities because I'm always working at camp, so this was all very new to me yesterday, particularily being in Ottawa because they go all out. They start off the day with the Changing of the Guard, end the day with fireworks and fill the middle with all kinds of wild things - parades, train rides, street performers. Jeremy and I went to see the Urban Art Show which was pretty great. There were three different Dance Crews who performed - mainly breakdancing stuff. And we waited to see the parade, but I'm pretty sure we went out too late and missed it.

Now, I mentioned that Canada Day in Ottawa was a little frightening. Let me explain:

Holiday + Beer = Crazy People.

1. One guy yelled at someone handing out religious tracts, telling him there is no God. He said, "You should be carrying a flag on Canada Day, not a poster with a verse. I don't want that in my country." I so badly wanted to tell him that if he wanted to live in a country that didn't allow the freedom to practice you religion or voice your opinion, than he should move to Zimbabwe. Canada Day celebrates Canada and what it represents: Freedom.

2. Three drunk guys were pushing and shoving each other into other people.

3. When the First Nations dance crew came on to perform, a First Nations homeless man (who had a few too many) walked onto the stage to perform himself.

4. A couple approaching the Loblaws saw the CLOSED sign and still attempted to push the automatic door open. Apparently the sign wasn't enough. I bet they were American.