Art and Positive Thinking

Welcome to my Renee Loves Art blog!

My focus is exploring, creating and reflecting upon the positives of life and connecting them to my art whether it be photography, pen and ink drawings, watercolour paintings, mixed media, digital media or any other possible media I dive into!

I hope you join me on my art adventure!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Positive Monkey Business!

Monkey Redo!
Well, positive monkey business is here today!   The June weather is acting like a monkey and fooling us... one minute it is beautiful out and the next the wind blows, the clouds turn grey and it is raining.  Oh, June! Wait... in Canada, here on the prairie, that is how it is in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December!  Constant monkey business with the weather!

So, to swing with theme of monkey business, I once again grasped the watercolour vine, and repainted a monkey for one of my students in grade five! I sketched it first with pencil instead of starting with drawing with my paint brush.  The proportions seem to be better, but the eyes, the eyes... the paint always plays monkey business on the paper and with my mind!  One day, I will take the monkey out of the business of painting. OOO---OOOO---OOOOO!  Oh, well!  Painting monkeys can be positive monkey business at the end of a tiring Monday!

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Take Me Out of the Computer Jungle!

A virus performed monkey business with my computer last week, so I am using my son's computer for now.  I am having trouble taking an image of my art that truly represents the colour.  ACDSee has been recommended because it is easier than Photo Shop.  Does anyone use any other programs or have any recommendations when taking photographs of their art?  Now that I have some birthday money from the weekend, I have some extra cash to buy a photo editing program.  I don't really like to do monkey business with my photography, except for cropping, so I am not sure if I really need an expensive, complicated program.  Any ideas?


  1. Hey Renee!

    I used to use the basic (you had to pay for the good stuff!) program of Picnik online but they've since closed up shop...there were a lot of very sad photographers out there and then suddenly, they came back with a new site! They use a lot of the old stuff and included some new options and best of all...IT'S FREE FREE FREE! Why not give it a try? It might work for you until you find something you really like!
    Here's the link:

    Yep...brutal weather but nothing new here to us prairie folk hey?

    Love the monkey pic!


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