There are a lot of things I can say I wish for on a regular basis.
The big one right now is…
I wish I had not developed asthma. When I have an attack I am unmotivated, listless, confused, and lethargic. It takes me a while to realize that I am having an attack, because I am easily confused and listless. When I realize I am not “normal” it has been a few weeks.
Ot seems to be happening mostly in the spring, when therw are more allergens. I end up increasing both my asthma and allergy medication doses for a week or so. It does not make me happy to do so.
I have been trying to get ready for a smallish art show in May, my first. Having this delay is not awesome. How am I supposed to have cool stuff if I cannot focus on making things?
It jas taken about a month, but I finally finished this.
I have been creating more art, of course. I also got a bunch of prints of my existing work. I also set up an E-Store.
My E-store is live! I added a button in the navigation bar that will take you to it. Please stop in and see if you like my stuff… maybe buy something *wink, wink, nudge, nudge.*
I below are my most recent creations.
The Maw, Explosive Love and Love Charm.
The Maw started as a sketch. I liked it so much I painted it. It is 2ft by 4ft. I am trying to find a really cool frame for it.
The other two were done for Valentine’s Day. I did not get my store up an running with enough time for people to order them for the holiday. I am a bit sad about it, but it made me do what needed to be done. I have been putting off the store for a few years.
The Maw, it was a rough day.
I pushed myself really hard to get everything up and running for Valentine’s Day. I am taking a bit of time to do nothing. Well, mostly nothing. I am working on another Secret Language of Flowers piece. I am just taking my time. I am also working on another painting. It is significantly smaller, more of a test run. I hope that this will be something that I can put on a larger canvas.
I have not been doing nothing while failing to post anything on my blog.
I have been creating new art and planning.
I am not going to share the plans yet. Every time I do something seems to happen to keep me from following through. Not failing to follow through this year. This year stuff will happen.
I have finished some things that I started earlier in 2016 and done so many new things since I last posted.
I am getting better at drawing and painting as well. It is great to see the changes in my style. Seeing the things that stay the same and the things that change. All it takes is practice, lots of practice.
Here are two of the things I got done last year.
There is so much more to come!
Click on the pictures so you can read my captions! They explain the art a bit.
I titled this “Meddler” I caught myself meddling in someone else’s life. I realized that I was just messing them up and not fixing my issues. Meddling just makes all the colors messy and gross.
This is titled “Gratitude” It is a Secret Language of Flowers inspired drawing. The fuchsia mean “good taste.” This is intended as a thank you for those who support me and admire my creations enough to purchase them.
I find it hard to keep up with my blog AND create art. I kind of think that the blog is a passive activity and creating art is the active activity. I talk about art and doing art in the blog but when I am not typing about art I can create it. So talking about it takes away from the doing.
This is not entirely true though. The only reason I even started actually creating art is due, in large part, to this blog. It got me in the frame of mind to actually work on my dream.
It is still hard to keep up with the blog.
Things are going well, overall. I am creating art, about two creations a month. Quite prolific for someone who is only doing it when I am not at work or tired from work. I would like to do more, but I just do not have the energy or focus at the moment.
I have a double sided whiteboard on wheels that I have filled with “to create” items. I am slowly working on it. I have three things in active progress, at the moment. I am keeping busy and on track. I do get sidetracked, like this posts creation.
This drawing/painting is really cool. No matter orientation it is viewed, it still works! I am super excited. I never expected it to work out so well. ^_^ It was done with Higgins Black Magic Ink and lots of water. I draw the lines out and then fill in the shading or colors with a tiny brush. I really like the effect.
I will be posting some color ones in a few months, when I get the series done.
I want to stress the importance of knowing your medium.
While working on a portrait I needed to fix some errors. The paper was off white, so I would have to make my own correction fluid to color match the paper.
The plan is to mix a brown with white until the color is as close as possible. I have two colors of brown, Burnt Umber and Sepia. One is warm and the other is cool.
When mixing them with the white I discovered that the Sepia turned grey! Not what I was expecting. I quickly abandon the idea of using the Sepia. Now I know that if I need a toned grey I can use it.
The Burnt Umber mixed well and gave me the correct tone I needed for the paper.
Below is the swatch tests I did.
You can see the differences in color.
Not all browns are the same.
The bottles are backwards! The Sepia (bottle on the right) starts in the middle. The Burnt Umber (bottle on the left) starts at the top. I did several more swatches before I started on correcting the drawing.