Last year, today, I started painting. I took my first painting lesson and painted some flowers in a vase. So I thought, that it would be fun to put up my first painting, and my last painting side by side. I didn’t paint today, so it’s not *exactly* a 8/25-8/25 year, but it’s close, and makes me happy.
My Twilight Pixie painting was featured in a treasury today, and I had one of those “oh, it’s still there?!?!” moments. It’s been hanging in my bedroom and I kept meaning to do some touch up painting on it and make it look better (because, well, honestly it looked pretty bad, but was great for where I was at the time). Nothing like discovering it again and seeing it featured to motivate a re-do. So that’s what I did. I hated the way the black background looked – I was using acrylic like watercolors and didn’t spend enough time on it to make it solid and was afraid of using all of my tiny little tube of it. Although, months later, I have another tube of black and still haven’t used up the whole smaller tube, I figured I could spare it. I took pictures of it after it dried (I love the fast drying paint most of the time…) and updated it on etsy, so now it looks *much* better.
But I thought it would be even more fun to post a before and after picture:
Yesterday I wrote a phrase on my whiteboard, and it sort of stuck and has been swirling around in my mind.
She decided to start living the life she imagined. She believed she could, so she did. She replaced her fear of the unknown with curiosity. She looked around, and life was pretty amazing.
I decided to create a watercolor painting that depicted the feel and the thoughts circling my mind centered around this one concept: She decided to live the life she imagined.
To be honest, I don’t really know, what in detail, the life I imagine is, let alone, how to live it, but I know what I want it to feel like, I know what I want it to be like – full of passion and adventure and love and trust and friendship and caring. At least, that’s what sort of came out in the nonverbal thoughts of my emotions while I was painting.
Today I just wanted to watch a movie and do some crocheting. A while ago, I made a hot air balloon, and today, I made another one. This one is a little more frilly and whimsical…and pink..and purple. I took a picture of them both side-by-side.
Now, all that’s left is to find a place to hang it.
Later, I’ll be listing my TARDIS after taking some really nice pictures of it. I’m so proud of that painting. I put a lot of work into it and into making all the details nice and the lines straight. I misplaced my ruler, so I had to use Balsa wood (that was warping) to get my lines – I had to re-draw everything 4 times on the canvas before I could even start thinking about painting it.
Sometimes I feel like I’m oozing failure – which is weird after feeling on top of the world yesterday. Paypal got messed up because I was trying to apply for a debit card from them for *my* paypal account, so I have to send in a bill with my name on it (which, might take a bit of creativity – I’ll have to find a bank statement instead) and my ID and whatever. Because I don’t have my own credit card and used “our” credit card to verify my address. Then I applied for an online bank account, so I have a separate one for business stuff – to keep track of my art supplies and whatever, and that failed too – I don’t know why. 😛
Half of me thinks and feels like it’s stupid and unnecessary and I’ll be fine without it, but the other half is like, WHY?! AM I NOT GOOD ENOUGH?!
But! I’m buying Hogwarts Robes this month, so *happy*.
I’ve been exercising a lot too…still. Kinect + walking. Hoping that pays off eventually. I need to get some new clothes this summer.
Haven’t cooked *as* much this week, Alex make bbq burgers last night. There’s been some messed up stuff with the air and the OZONE that sort of messed with our heads this week – so we had some cheap food and leftovers most of it.
Now that I have Rebecca Black stuck in everyone’s head….I painted the Eleventh Doctor today (Alex has great ideas).
I realized that watercolor isn’t exactly the best for portraits, at least not when I make them watery…but still, I’m pleased. When I get some canvases again, I’ll have to make another and see the differences. I added details to his coat and of course, added the sonic.
After that, I had an idea for an ACEO, which is basically just a mini version of the painting I made yesterday…but with words.
In between the paintings I went to check out the farmers market, and then Alex eventually went to Starbucks to work so I could work out. Since Alex usually works in the living room…which is where I need space, it usually works out for him to get a change of scenery and it seems to help him concentrate. Then I can bounce around the living room until I get tired.
I made eggs for lunch today and cleaned out the fridge a little. Tonight I think we’re going to go out and watch a movie. 😀
Recently Alex and I started watching the 2005 Doctor Who – although we started in season 5 (2010) with Matt Smith (!!!!).
We….I’ve become somewhat enamored and geeking out over anything TARDIS or Doctor related. So, today, I decided to take Alex’s suggestion and paint something Who-ish. I wanted to show the TARDIS in an in-between state, so I allowed the paint to drip unevenly and added swirls around it to depict having just left or entered traveling and the TARDIS beginning to establish it’s form. All I can hear in my head is the parking break being left on. 😉
I listed some art cards on etsy today so I can trade, and also, because I thought it would be fun. I’ve also joined a team that started organizing a promotion system that I’m really excited about.
I also spent much of the afternoon cleaning and re-organizing my office. I moved my art stuff back in there and got my easel set up (learning to paint standing up, it is actually helpful). I emptied a box holding junk and organized the junk and put it away so now Tonks has a little box to sit inside that he likes. He actually likes to sit under anything. Then I put up a bunch of my watercolors that I had laying around and the ones that aren’t taped to the wall are in my portfolio.
Alex and I have been enjoying the new grocery store that expanded and reopened. Yesterday we got some fresh buns and made hamburgers for dinner tonight. They were really tasty. We’re also addicted to Izze (sparkling juice they sell at starbucks) turns out it’s actually healthy for you.
I decided to try something new today and paint standing up. I held my palette of watercolors in one hand, brush in the other and had a cup of water on the desk beside me. It worked out pretty well actually, and I think I hurt my shoulders less than I usually do, so that’s a plus. Anyway, I decided to take another thing from Harry Potter and paint Dirigible Plums. We were introduced to them in the last movie, and thought they were cool, especially how they kinda floated and grew upside down – I reached that part of the book today, and as I’m (intending on) only
reading listening to half of the Deathly Hallows until the last half of the movie comes out. Mostly because Alex wants to keep up with the story the way we have been and doesn’t think a month with one of us knowing the ending would be very fun – I’m going to wait until we reach chapter 24 and go from there, it might drive me nuts. 😉
I’m trying to decide if I should keep everything to one post a day and have art mixed in with dinner and life and World of Warcraft, or if I should separate them into separate posts spaced out every few hours. While I’m thinking about that, I’ll just go mush it all into one post for now.
*World of Warcraft*
I spent the morning doing some more quests around Dragonblight, and I really like Emerald Dragonshire, it’s pretty and there are birds and flowers, admittedly, they try to kill you, but if you kill them first you can gather herbs or watch them reincarnate, which is nice and makes you feel good about yourself. I also ended up getting some nice armor that I can sell once I get to some vendors or an auction house, raking in the gold nicely too, eventually I’ll make enough to buy a fast flying mount and training for it.
I had every intention of making soup (and tea, darn) this afternoon, like, 2 hours ago, but then I started painting. I suppose I could make it the old fashioned non-crockpot way, but I feel like that involves a lot more standing and stirring, and I’ve just been standing for the last 2 hours, and walked a little over a mile before that, and my legs are still sore and stiff from all the walking and extra exercising with the kinect I did yesterday (and need to do again today come to think of it). So I think I’ll make chicken with a spinach salad instead…or something.
Today was warm and sunny so when I woke up I decided I wanted to try to paint outside at the top of my steps. I’m hoping to be able to do some Plein Air paintings during vacation this year too, so I figured I might as well try it in a more controlled environment and see how it went.
It started off fine, I realized that I needed to wear a hat so I could actually see my paper and the glare would stop hurting my eyes – it helped alot, I was able to actually see the shade of blue I was painting which is handy. Then there were several breezes containing absurd amounts of dust or pollen that coated my paints, and phone, and well, everything, I’m still brushing it off of myself.
It didn’t seem to affect the watercolors much though, it just sort of floated to the top, so I kept going – I wanted to enjoy the sun and soak up as much as I could before it starts being gloomy again (I’m wayyyyyyy happier when there’s sun, but I’m losing my optimism). I could have painted the lilac tree and stuff below me, but it’s not fully blooming yet, so I decided to paint something different…and requiring a bit of depth (which isn’t my strong spot), I think though, that I’m figuring it out.
I feel like I’m finally starting to acclimate (again). It’s 70 and I’m wearing summer clothes, which is awesome. I’m also starting to get back a little bit more energy with the sun being around – last night Alex and I walked to the grocery store that just re-opened/expanded and bought some really good local feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette and came home and made steak and greek(ish) salad. Of course with the heat coming back, I’m much more likely to go outside and do things and stay in the sun, but Alex isn’t enjoying it as much. We keep talking about buying bikes and riding everywhere in town instead of driving – saving gas, getting exercise, and it would hopefully be slightly less miserably hot for Alex because we’d be making a slight breeze? So that’d be cool.
I really like the idea of being able to bike to the beach (too far to walk, we tried) and hang out there.
Yesterday I made a really cool watercolor painting, that inspired me to create a similar painting with acrylic on an 8×10 canvas. Again it’s relatively simplistic, although, I had a broader color palette this time and did an undercoat of pink before applying the blue to make an interesting periwinkle sky. The fairy’s dress is just a faded shade of the colors of the plants surrounding her – I used black to outline it all because I like how it stands out. I wanted to try something different though, so I added white dots at the end across the painting to give it a different, more grunge like feel, as opposed to the smooth swirly feel in the watercolor.
I really love how both paintings turned out in their similarities and differences. I might try and do some more of these in watercolor, as I learned that I actually prefer it when I’m doing something like this. I think it’s because of how much I need the paint to flow…
Earlier this year I made a list of goals – I’ve done quite a few so far and yesterday, we gave ourselves an early anniversary present, which I also happened to put on my “what I want to do this year” list.
We got a cat! and named him Tonks.
I had an idea for some watercolor paintings the other day – limited colors with swirls and lines as accents. I centered it, naturally, around a fairy.
At first I thought I would just do something black and white, but then decided a cool palette with blue and light green hues would fit the black accents better.