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Done.

Finished my project yesterday. I was thinking about making more similar pieces, but Alex really liked the two other blue fairy pictures I had up, and liked having different shades of blue, so I decided to keep them there instead. More time to work on illustrating 😉 I think I might draw them all on white paper first this time, and paint later…we’ll see. Anyway, the finished piece looks great – I was able to take a decent picture (it looks so much better in person) today!

finished 3 piece setWhat would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?

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In the Works

The other day I went and reorganized the location of a lot of my paintings, and decided I wanted to make a more coherent/designy living room piece to replace the 16×20 fairies and 11×14 still life that are currently sitting above the tv. I’ve always wanted to live somewhere that had some semblance of intentional design. I’m not that good at it yet, at least not when it comes to decorating an entire apartment, but I’m getting better sort of, I hope.

I’ve been watching on of my friends on Facebook put together her first apartment with her fiancé in ways that I sort of wish I could – and then I realized that I actually could if I figured out enough of an idea of what I wanted to do. But I’ve always had a sort of eclectic style and everything is a mis-match of things, though, I generally like to try to find the things that pull that together so it doesn’t look weird. I’m not sure that I’ve completely figured that out, or that the piece I’ve been working on will achieve that, but I think it’s a step in the right direction.

My kitchen is fairies now – I took out all the coffee stuff. I moved the Harry Potter stuff out of the living room and my bedroom and moved it into the studio – perfect inspiration really. Well, and I put the lego HP poster on the fridge and it kind of rocks there.

So now I have the 16×20 fairy paintings in the living room, which I’m going to store and replace somehow, eventually. But last night I spent most of my energy working on a centre piece and I really like how it’s coming out so far.

new centre pieceIt’s not my usual style (apologies for the bad lighting, it was taken at 10pm), but I wanted something a little inspiring, and since I have two Pinterest boards dedicated to phrases that intrigue, inspire, or resonate with me, I thought I’d feature one.

I’m hoping to finish that tonight while Alex is working. And I think I’m going to find an evening project for the next 3 weeks to make Alex’s schedule change a bit more bearable. I don’t feel too bad about him being late if I’m engrossed in working on something too instead of being bored. So I think after this is done, I’ll have a bit more creative energy and inspiration and I’ll be working on redoing the illustrations for The Balloon Lady. If I don’t get side tracked and decide to repaint everything else….

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redecorating

I’m not usually one for rearranging or reorganizing often, lately, my office has been the exception to the rule. I’ve been on a quest to create a calm fantastical space for myself to create in, and for guests to sleep in. I’ve found that with the addition of new furniture (bookshelf, futon, chest) comes new inspiration – also, determination to find places for things that were otherwise living in boxes on the floor. Today, I finally was able to get rid of *all* the boxes I was using and found places for everything, and also, rearranged.

I’ve always thought having furniture at angles was an interesting thing to do, so I decided to do that with my bookshelf and I really like it. My office feels more open this way too, because there’s a little more wall space (less boxes and everything against it).

I also finished my fairy house (except for dreaming about adding windows and lights) painted the outside with vines and set up the interior. It looks really good.

So today was my apartment-decorating spree. I rediscovered Apartment Therapy and that might have inspired me a little.

Painting Challenge

I’m thinking about doing something to challenge myself and my way of painting. I don’t know too much about all the styles, but I think what I’m going to start soon, is reading about all the styles/movements and spending a week exploring those myself. So maybe I’ll be reading about impressionism one week, and spending that week working in that style, and doing abstract art the next week and so on. I can find which styles speak to me, and learn about the differences between them and hopefully, possibly, improve my skill while doing it. Hopefully I’ll have enough energy to be starting that on Monday.

Food

Alex brought me fresh strawberries from the health food store today, so I’ve been munching on those, he also picked up pineapple for breakfast tomorrow. I love fruit! If (and this is a big if) I have energy tomorrow, I might make shepherds pie again…

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