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.