Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ink on canvas...

So far to date, this is a list of the artwork I've done, in order of first to last.

  • Dock at Flathead Lake (5x7)
  • Vintage Aristocrat Travel Trailer (5x7)
  • Mt. Reynolds at Logan Pass (5x7)
  • Cabin 31 (5x7)
  • The Schultz Family Farmstead (11x14)
  • Doorknob (5x7)
  • The Secret Garden Arbor (11x14)
  • Granite Park Chalet (12x16)
  • and now working on: Simpson River Crossing (12x16)

I only still have the last 4 in my possession. The others I have given away as gifts. The Schultz Family fell in love with that one enough that the daughter is commissioning me to buy a print of it to give to her parents (the owners of the farm).

I've come to understand that the actual cost of doing the artwork is fairly small, depending on the size you're doing, and the printing of the artwork is also marginal. It's the framing of it all that drives up the cost! Well, that and the actual time the artist spends doing each work of art. The 5x7's took anywhere from 2 - 3 hours each. The farmstead took approx 10 hours. The arbor took about 15 or 16 hours. Granite Park took 21 hours. I'm into the river crossing 8 hours now and I'm about half done but the shading will be tricky on it, so it might end up taking longer.

Here's the Schultz Farm:

Here's Cabin 31:  

Here is Granite Park Chalet:

For some reason, even though they are on white canvas, they photograph in the grey scale. So you have to picture them much brighter.

Since I began doing this, I've received a lot of positive feedback. Things like "Wow! It's like you've been doing this for years and years!" or "Oh my gosh! That makes me want to go there!" or "This is THE nicest gift I've ever received!" or "Wow, you've really got something here.. you're talented, kiddo, keep it up!" That last one was from a seasoned portrait artist of 40 some years in Bigfork, Montana. So for now, this has certainly become a rewarding hobby. Thor and I love to browse art galleries whenever we're able to do so. Maybe I'll have a little local art show of my very own sometime, once I do enough pieces... and work up enough courage!

I'm trusting the internet here... maybe unwisely. So to protect myself I shall say: 
I have 100% copyright to these images. Under NO circumstances does anyone ever have any permission to download, save or reproduce these images in any way, shape or form, in whole or in part. These are MY original artworks, and you may NOT reproduce them or steal them. If you want to purchase a print, you can contact me. You DO NOT want to be caught taking my artwork without my explicit permission, trust me.  :) 

Jules :O)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

numbers and letters.. and numbered letters...

I was totally bagged driving back from Radium last time. The neighbor in the Inn kept me awake till all hours with his blaring tv, bathroom fan and snoring. So in order to keep my mind alert on the 4+ hour drive to my place, I started paying attention to license plates. I would add up all the numbers and then add up what their total would be in numerology, for example "WEF - 396" would be 18 and then 1+8 = 9.

Then I would alphabetize the letters on the plates, or on words on vehicles as they went by as well. Often, this was much more difficult. so I was thinking... it seems to me that if you knew the corresponding numerical representation of each letter of the alphabet, it would really give you a boost in life. Think of how fast you could alphabetize things, look up things, organize things, decode things, code things, etc. It's sort of endless.

A - 1
B - 2
C - 3

Blah blah blah.

I guess I'll attempt to do that so that when someone says put these items in order, I could do it without thinking. I think I'll attempt to learn that with Thanan. It would really give him a leg up in school. It made me wonder why they've never taught this in school.

Jules :O?

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Going to Radium is awesome. Going to the Radium Valley overlook is also awesome. Taking the trail down to this isolated spot to play together and sing was absolutely Heavenly. 

This is going to become my newest drawing. I'm currently working on it. It's the Simpson River Crossing in Kootenay National Park. I hope it turns out! 

Jules :O)
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Raindrop bubbles...

Taken a while back, a raindrop on the windshield of my car... it has many little air bubbles in it. This is a super marco shot, so the drop itself is fairly small. Seeing it blown up with the bubbles inside just looks so cool (click to enlarge). I think it looks like a computer mouse with scroll wheel. 

It's sort of how I feel several small times each day... when I let my mind wander and feel sorry for my current situation. Luckily, I can usually snap out of it.

Jules :Ol
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Monday, September 01, 2014

Explore the Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park

This long weekend, Thor and I went to Fairmont in BC. Whenever we're in Radium, we always try and stay at The Village Country Inn, but sometimes we get a hankering to hang out more around the Fairmont area. So we did and on Sunday, we spent the day exploring the areas of Alces Lake and Whiteswan Lake. To get there, you have to go south of Fairmont about half an hour and then about another 30 kms up a gravel road with extremely steep drop offs through Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park. It reminded us both of the Going To The Sun Road in Montana, except it's more primitive and there's not a whole lot of barriers to make sure you don't go off the curvy road. Here are some photos of Alces Lake. Both it and Whiteswan Lake are crystal clear and boast that emerald green coloring that you see so rarely. It's a similar color to Olive Lake in Kootenay National Park. There are 5 different camp grounds up at the two lakes. They are well kept, but don't have flush toilets and you have to boil your water. It would be nice to stay there some day.

We were going to kayak, but it really clouded over and I got a real chill. Being out on the water wasn't quite as appealing as going back half way down the gravel road, stopping at the "Lussier Hot Springs" and warming up in the completely natural hot mountain water. I didn't bring my camera down to the hot springs this time, but the first time we went there I did. It's very very hot water, bring something to stay hydrated and it's probably best not to go straight from the hottest pool to the icy cold river water. Take baby steps to get there, cooling down a little bit at a time. Also, know that these are natural, so there's a definite sulfur smell that sticks to you. Here's one from the archive of Lussier Hot Springs.

Jules :O)
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