Author Archives: gamppart

About gamppart

I'm a Visual Artist, Environmentalist, and Art Educator. My areas of creative expression include acrylic painting, mixed media and mosaic art. I especially like working with broken china, which allows me to use discarded, second-hand materials. I'm fond of textures, colours, and organic forms. Cats and chickens are my muse.

To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.

(quote by Thoreau, Walden).

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A Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush?

Black-capped Chickadees at Wye Marsh near Midland, Ontario.

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The New Year and a Home-Grown Resolution

We all made our famous resolutions by now, yet some will be broken before the crocuses peek through the snow. I was never big on making them, for fear I would not live up to my own expectations. But this … Continue reading

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Champagne Dessert for New Year’s Eve

My German champagne dessert is a hit with everyone, so I’m posting a recipe in time for the New Year’s Eve bash. Here is the PDF to download: Champagne Dessert Ingredients: 6 sheets gelatin (or 1 pouch gelatin) 150ml (3/4 cups) … Continue reading

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Odour-ableTenants

A few months ago, a skunk decided to make her home underneath my garden shed. I wasn’t too thrilled about the new tenant, but skunks are nocturnal and I didn’t see or smell her presence the following weeks. This morning, while enjoying a lovely … Continue reading

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How to Make Dandelion Schnapps

On the special occasion of Mother’s Day, I’d like to post a recipe in honour of Mother Nature! Forget about treating Taraxacum officinale as a garden or lawn weed and start appreciating the beneficial properties of Dandelions! First, dash out to get a bottle … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day, Mr. Harper, how does your garden grow?

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Dropbox: a box without hinges, key, or lid …

For all you tech novices out there, I know things can get a bit confusing with so many apps to choose from. What to pick, where to start? Don’t fret … there is hope! I’m far from being a techy myself — just … Continue reading

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In the Cloud with Evernote

Click-clack, clickety-clack, save document … send via email to other computer or device. Click-clack, clickety-clack, save same document and email back again. Does this scenario sound familiar? These days, we store information on phones, tablets, desktops, laptops, and servers — wouldn’t it be nice to keep … Continue reading

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Twitter for Artists

Or should I say twartists? Back in the 90’s, it was a great thing for artists to showcase their work in an online gallery. I had my first website designed in 1994 and was mighty proud of it. These days, linking a website or blog to the social … Continue reading

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