Saturday, December 29, 2007

ATCs,art and life

My wishlist theme ATCs - All traded
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
I have to say that I am a little lost as to which day of the week it is. Got to love vacation, even if it speeds awa too fast.

As I said before I am working on a few swaps over at and here is the first one.
5 ATCs for 5 different themes.
At the Beach - I cheated by using my old artwork but I really wanted to use this image
Oriental - I layered red and flowery paper and drew in ink the bamboo.
Butterflies - a little ink illustration
Something Colorful - block print, that looks horible when scanned but really cool in person - yellow, orange and red
Dragonflies - a little cut paper illustration, I am really like working with cut paper, this one is my favorite.

I would have not created these if it was not for the swap and am glad that it makes me create more.

I have been feeling really blue for the last little bit and decided to go tanning yesterday. I have to say that it does help I never believed people when they say it makes them happy, but it really does work. I only went for 4 minutes but hey.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Good Morning, Tassimo!

Good morning, Tassimo!!!!!!!
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
Meet my new morning friend!
Mornings should be a little bit better with wonderful machine.
I have been hoping for a tassimo and now I have one.

I have been sitting in my toasty apartment today, relaxing.

I just joined and now I am participating in 2 ATC swaps. I find that swaps always challenge me and keep me creative.
One is a Valentine theme and the other is a 10 favorite things theme.
This should be fun!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

"Behind the Mask" new print

"Behind the mask"
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
I am very excited that I managed to get out the ink and print a few new pieces.
I am discovering that I don't have enough colours and really need to do some online shopping for supplies. The art stores around me don't think that block printing is popular.

I also cut paper today to get it ready for printing. This is the least liked activity for me, I measure once and cut 5 times. ;(
There are a few 8x10inch pieces now and I can't wait to print a few big pieces.

Friday, December 21, 2007

I have 3 hats on....

I have 3 hats on
Originally uploaded by iva_o.
Last weekend was the worse snow storm in years and I was on the road.
I went to Ottawa to visit my little sister, about a 5 hour drive from me.
I was smart enough to take the Greyhound bus there and back. The snow storm that hit Saturday night/ all day Sunday was horrible, it took me only 10 hours to get back.

It was worth the trip since I haven't seen the little one, well she is 2 heads taller than I am, since Thanksgiving - the Canadian one in October.
Ottawa is COLD, in this pic I have 3 hats on. 3! I had to buy thermal leggigs while I was there and walking around. I don't think I will be going to Ottawa in the winter again.

Today starts a whole week off for me, I won't be back to work 'till Jan 2nd!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Expect a lot of art and almost daily blog updates!
Wow I will be chilaxin' at home, I can't wait!!!

Sunday, December 09, 2007


Originally uploaded by iva_o.
In case you needed proof as to why I haven't been around. I snapped this pic Florida morning before running off to work.
After returning from Florida I went into full study mode in order to write my 2nd exam this saturday.
Work and hours of study after was a crazy combination.
I didn't have time for me, for the people in my life, art, my cat nothing.
Now I sit here and can't believe how wonderful it is not to have to study.