DJ LongPlay

DJ LongPlay is the name Phil and I gave for all the projects/artwork we collaborate on. Such as this exquisite corpse (or creature, as I like to call them) that we made for our friend Alex’s birthday. I did the top and bottom, as well at the water colouring. T’was a lot of fun to create!

Speaking of birthdays, today is Philippe’s 27th!!! Happy birthday, my love!

Digital Painting

Last night/this morning I tried my hand at digital painting using adobe photoshop CS5. I haven’t done much art using photoshop in at least four years, and back then is was a more simplistic comic style artwork. Needless to say, this was more of a learning/experimentation process. The final piece isn’t anything extraordinary, but the knowledge gained was well worth it. The pose turned out quite stiff, but I was more focused on trying to find ways to get a painterly quality. Next time around should go a lot more smoothly, and hopefully will flow more naturally. Full portrait is under the cut.

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As the Cat Sees It.

I wonder if how we perceive our reality in this universe is the equivalent to how an indoor cat perceives and rationalizes what they see outside the window. I’m not sure if cats are capable of rationalizing, at least, not to the same capacity that humans are. Their consciousness is not as advanced as ours, but unfortunately ours may not be even close to reaching the full potential of what a consciousness can be.

For almost a year now I feel as though I’ve been a sponge designed to soak in all I can relating to astronomy. For most of my life I have applied myself to the arts, so there is a bit of a re-wiring going on in my brain. If you had asked me a few years ago if I could ever be fascinated by astrophysics, planetary sciences, chemistry, and mathematics I probably would have looked at you funny. I think some fundamental component that makes me who I am has shifted/grown dramatically this year. I am a lot less caught up in my own bubble, or can at least see through it more easily.

I suppose you could say I went through a personal cataclysm late last January, and it altered me in ways that make it impossible to go back to the way I was before. I am grateful for that. I decided almost immediately after, to not only start learning about all that I could relating to astronomy, but to also undertake a project that seems to just keep growing. I was fierce about maintaining that this project be a joy to work on and at my own pace, without external pressure to see it through to completion. As a consequence, only three other individuals know about what I began working on almost a year ago. I am overwhelmed and grateful for their enthusiasm and support. I probably will tell others about it as it becomes more developed, but all in good time.

You may be wondering why I am saying anything at all about this mysterious project if I don’t intend to divulge what it is yet. I am no longer producing as much art or taking as many photographs as I used to, and as a result, feel as though I have less to share through my blog. So for those who care to know, my creativity is more potent than ever, but it’s mainly being absorbed into this project.

There Was A Time

Is it spring? Yesterday it was autumn. Is it morning? Why, it was midnight only an hour ago. Is it summer? It is impossible; last night was winter. Have I eaten, slept, drunk, walked, spoken, worked? When? A moment ago I ate my dinner. Yet my stomach is empty. When did I bathe? I do not remember. I do not remember. I never remember. This street seems familiar. When did I last walk down it? What has happened to the morning, to the hours between the morning and this minute? Where have they gone? I never experienced them. – Janet Taylor Caldwell

Words for thought, sentiments to appreciate.

Mis Primas Bellas

Whilst I was in Michigan vacationing at my aunt and uncle’s cottage home, I was lucky enough to do a photo shoot with my two beautiful cousins, Gabriella (left) and Sofia (right), as well as Sofia’s lovely friend Samantha (centre). The following were shot on my Pentax Asahi, using Kodak Portra 400. Most of the makeup used is from MAC Cosmetics. Makeup, photography, and post-editing done by me. These lovely ladies helped out with hair and styling. Enjoy!

Many, many thanks to my gorgeous and enthusiastic models!

I am currently on the second half of my vacation, in West Palm Beach with my dad and step mom. We’ll be driving up to Jacksonville (where they live) tomorrow. This trip has been amazing. Though, I dearly miss Philippe and the cats. Also, the use of my cellphone (ha ha). I’ll be back in Canada soon enough, though, so I’ll enjoy this change of temperature and scenery as long as I can. I am in love with the fat lizards that reside here!

Photo Shoot Part I

Sometimes my friend Jessie and I get together and take photographs! Makeup, photography, editing by me. Shot with my Pentax Asahi, on Kodak Portra 400 film. Stay tuned for the second (and very different) shoot I did with Jessie…that role of film is yet to be finished/developed!


Practicing on my new tablet in Photoshop. I did lots of doodles, but this is the only one I kind of like. I think one of my problems is my lack of patience with digital art, but I’ll keep at it. Giving up on it just because it isn’t in my comfort zone would be lame!

p.s. can you tell I’ve been reading a lot of manga lately? It’s seeping into my style!

Birthday Madness

June is a crazy month for birthdays in my family, and on top of that it has been a busy work month. I don’t think I have ever worked this many days in a month before. Can’t complain, just wish I had a teensy bit more time for personal projects.

I think I have a thing for sticking candles out of animals (in drawings). This isn’t the first time…

A week and some on Instagram…

Yep, I have become completely hooked to instagram. I’ve always been an extremely visual person, and I see it as the picture version of twitter.  My name is flossyflotsam on instagram, or you can also see all my photos on instagrid!

On another note, I still cannot believe I work at MAC. It’s like a dream come true!

Visit to the ROM

A selection of photographs from my recent visit to the Natural History section of the Royal Ontario Museum. All were captured with my Pentax Asahi SP 1000. I could have stayed in there forever.