fallen-god

tempting the fallen gods

 The young man selling statues and other wooden carvings in the small village on the road to Dar es Salaam did not want  more money. He wanted my sweater. I had been living in East Africa for nearly a year at that point – long enough to be immediately suspicious of a bargain that good. I […] More...
owls

spirit salt and peppers

I’ve mentioned before that owls are my spirit animal – here are a pair of  them in salt and pepper form. They’re probably from the mid-70′s – too early for me to have given them to her. Most of the salt and pepper shakers don’t have any indication of where they came from or how old […] More...
nfb_logo_canadian_design

I spent how many years in school?

 The NFB has a new app out – you can make stop motion videos with your ipad. This was a test I did in about 5 minutes. I took some stop motion animation courses at OCAD – I loved it, but had to stop, it was incredibly time consuming and expensive. Did I mention this […] More...
mushroom-salt-and-peppers

magic mushrooms

ok, they aren’t magic. And technically, they aren’t even mushrooms, they’re salt and pepper shakers. So we’ll just file this under me making no sense whatsoever and move on. More...
photo-bulb-cleaner

flight of fancy

I do not have a rocket ship. That would be cool, wouldn’t it? No, what I have is a device for blowing air to clean camera lenses, electronics, keyboards, etc. A rocket ship would be way cooler. !UPDATE! Michael Rally  suggested that if I use this to clean a telescope “your bulb actually CAN be […] More...
creature-pic

attack of the homage

 Just a quick upload of a quick sketch I did last night inspired by this trailer: “For No Good Reason” a doc on Ralph Steadman, who is absolutely brilliant. I hope to see the film when it comes to the TIFF Lightbox later this spring. In the meantime, I have a rather odd creature hanging about. […] More...
ed-signs

goodbye to all that

Someone else’s artwork, not mine – these are three hand-painted signs from Honest Ed’s, the legendary Toronto discount store that will be closing down in a few months and has already started the FINAL! BIG! CLEAROUT! SALE! Starting with these hand-painted ads. Honest Ed’s was probably one of the last places in Canada, if not […] More...
Plastic-skull

dead, dying, and almost there

 I was born on the Mexican Day of the Dead. Not that I realized that growing up. We didn’t have a lot of contact with mexican culture in rural New Brunswick. But I’ve become more fascinated with the holiday and its traditions as I’ve gotten older, and have begun folding them into my own birthday […] More...
boswell-13

moving on

 Another childhood toy that doesn’t belong to me – at some point I will have to start drawing my own nostalgia. Then again, I have the entire blog for that. This doll belonged to my friend Karen, and although I’m a bit hazy on the details, (did I mention I had very little interest in […] More...
bear carving

back to the begining

well, for me, anyway. I started carving almost as soon as I could draw. I have the scars to prove it, including one on my right pinky where I cut it nearly to the bone with a butcher knife when I was about 5, carving… something. My older brothers were looking after me at the […] More...
owl 1

spirit animal

If you draw everything you own, you come across reoccurring themes. It puts a lot of your psyche on display –  that’s why I re-started The Everything Project after a hiatus (I guess I like putting my psyche on display? hmm…). Two big themes I’ve come across are skeletons and owls. We’re gonna side-step the […] More...
boots final

I’ll wear boots instead of high heels

 I’ve had these boots since the mid 90′s – I got them when I bought my first (and – so far – only) motorcycle. They’re a pair of proper motorcycle riding boots, dented at the left toe where the gear shift pressed against the leather. I don’t wear them much anymore – I sold the […] More...
mojito-jug

mojitos

 I’m looking forward to summer. I’m sure it will show up eventually. Summer means mojitos. Well, it does for me. And oh, look, I have a special jug just the right size for making mojitos. Do you want to know how to make mojitos? Of course you do! Add a large-ish handful of mint leaves […] More...
owl necklace 1

owl on a chain

I picked him up in a little pawn shop on Queen Street east – 5 bucks. He’s sort of a good luck charm. My owls (I have a LOT of owls) are always male. I really should have a psychoanalyst go over this blog. Or not.     More...
shot glass

what happens in Vegas…

I’m going back to Las Vegas this spring, and this time I’m planning to rent a car and go exploring outside of the city. Previously, I’ve only been there for a few days, which meant sticking pretty close to the strip. Which is a lot of fun, if not downright surreal. On the other hand, […] More...
663 montbeck crop

biggest thing ever

I don’t own this thing anymore – but since owning this thing at one point has had such an impact on all my other things, it seems like a logical thing to include (and I did own it when I drew it). Make sense? It’s the house Jason and I recently sold to move to […] More...
stuffed owl

stuffed

 owl. I’ve been on a real owl kick recently – I’ve been drawing all sorts in my sketchbook, so I thought I’d add to the fun here. This may be the first stuff animal I ever made. He’s a bit lumpy, and the eyes are crooked. I think I had a pair of pants made […] More...
keychain

small but deadly

  A keychain with a small, heavy, green rock attached (it doesn’t look quite so much like a potato in real life). Could hold keys. Could be used as a weapon. Depends how hostile I’m feeling. More...
home-is

a quote about home

 Or, in my case, home is where I can say anything I like, and it won’t matter because apparently I speak so softly that Jason can never hear me. Which reminds me of another quote, from the inimitable Dorothy Parker: “A girl’s best friend is her mutter.” More...
s&p-toaster

S&P – toaster

 When mom was growing up, whoever was setting the table got to choose what salt and pepper shaker set they would use.  This was an obvious favourite. It’s one of a number of shakers that resemble little toys, and they are all quite worn – a sure sign of popularity. This little toaster (it actually […] More...
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Welcome to susanadsett.com, where I put all the stuff I work on for fun - the things I do for love.  The Everything Project is something I've been working on for a while - I'm drawing everything I own. I'm also drawing all of my grandmother's salt and pepper collection (300 + pieces, what was I thinking?!?) illustrating quotes I find interesting,  painting OTHER people's things, etc, etc. Especially etc.

 

I also have a full time job at an MCMC (Major Canadian Media Corporation) that I don't talk about much as per our HR policies, but still, don't be surprised if the occasional rant about the media pops up. 

 

If you want to know what else I'm up to, you can find me on twitter most days: https://twitter.com/susanadsett

 

For people who are really into fine print and have read this far, you can check out my full life story  at  the website Jason made me for my 40th birthday at http://thebookofsusan.blogspot.ca/