Maybe I'm just extraordinarily lazy, but I find that when I paint things, I paint them up to the point where they are recognizable as things and then give up. Maybe not so much "Give Up" as "I Feel Like I've Gotten To The Point" in the artistic process. My brain does seem to lose focus after a while.
Have you ever done those drawing assignments in high school, where you use drawn grids to practice realistic drawing? The grids are supposed to deconstruct an image down into individual squares, and prevents your brain from trying to "finish" the image itself. It keeps you from looking away and thinking "oh, I know flowers" and abandoning the reference.
I struggle with getting details in watercolour. Is it me? Or is it a trait of the medium? If I squint past these little squares, it does seem like a decent rendition of a butterfly bush. Less so, close up.
For the past few months I'd been given individual days off during the week, instead of weekends. It's not terrible, but it's not super restful either. I had small plans for my wednesdays, and nearly all of them fall through, as by then I am usually tired. Tired of moving around? Tired of being alone? Tired of life? I don't know.
I was up late being violently sick for no good reason. And so I pretty much spent the entire day trying to work out a painful knot on my shoulder! It didn't help at all, but I did end up spending a couple of hours on the balcony, trying to paint my blooming sempervium. Such perfect, cool weather yesterday. The balcony is so peaceful now that the bicycles have been replaced with plants. I suppose I have the Bike Thief to thank for that one.
Sweet Maggie just loves sitting outside, watching the birds. She'll be out there quite late at night, blending perfectly in the shadows, almost as if she WANTS me to accidentally lock her out there. Even Milo visited with us on the balcony for quite some time; I think he just feels unsafe when he's outside alone. He is turning into quite the hermit. That's my cat, all right!
A few months ago, Michaels had a sale on sketchbooks in an array of different pastel colours. After getting a blue sketchbook for a friend, I ended up grabbing a grey one for myself in the end. It's been on my shelf for three months while I finish up my current "Renew" journal. It's intimidating in its size! It's not large, but I haven't done "normal" sketchbooks for several years! It's full of drawing paper... see how it wrinkles!
But it keeps details well, I guess because this paper also has no texture to it. This would definitely be a multi-year sketchbook, though! How long would I stick with it? Start your bets.
Some of my container plants survived the mild winter and are having an exciting 2nd year! Case in point, the Juncus is looking pretty wild. Here's Juncus last year in 2014:
Here is the very same Juncus today, in 2015:
Aaaaaahhhh! The wackiness! Also I hope that succulent is going to survive his flowering. Also, the sedum keeps dropping random pieces of himself and now nearly every flowerbox has a piece of sedum trying to root. On a scale of 1-10, how bad of an idea was that? Next year, it will probably be nothing but sedum. Only sedum.
A while ago, I had bought a leafy little groundcover type plant, not knowing what it was. It turned out to be a Creeping Jenny, and boy did it creep! My flowerbox looks like a waterfall of leaves! Now that I know what it does, I got a second one to hang from the ceiling. I hope it grows!
The card is available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/237656693/aceo-watercolour-art-creeping-jenny
I suppose I should be really glad the weather has been hot and sunny for a while. I certainly don't miss the dreadful weight of the clouds which zap away all of my energy. Energy is good.
Because of this sunshine and also because I only get half-weekends now, I'm trying to cram as much fun and adventure into our saturdays as I can! It's exhausting overall, but I don't travel or vacation much, so this is what little chance I'm gonna get. Plus, it helps to have interesting creatures to share in the youtube videos :3
Today was spent down on the beach with all of the seagulls. It was even crab mating season so there were many crabs! Usually, our local beaches aren't full of life like other areas of the coastline, so it was quite a treat to see them. Unfortunately (?), we also consumed a crazy amount of ice cream so we lost a couple of hours to napping.
The ACEO "Button" is available here!
I've put together the final, new art journal for the shop: "Weeds"
Koi fish are such handsome, magical little creatures! This was a full layout in my art journal, so the fish do continue onto the back cover. Click the link above to see it!
Ps: Insidious 3 was pretty good. I mean, I like all of the Insidious films so I guess I'm a bit biased, but all of our "what happens next" guesses were wrong! I'd very much like to see the prequel-to-the-prequel that was foreshadowed in chapter 3! I'd be disappointed if that turns out to be another inaccurate prediction! :O
Journal 2/3 "Fragmented" is here!
Hoping to check out Insidious 3 tonight. Gotta get our spookies on!
No, Spring! Don't leave meeeeee! Summer's angry ghost is showing itself today. We bicycled, bicycled, bicycled to the fellow's 69th blood donation while I waited in a nearby park. I tried to reread Lullabies for Little Criminals in the cool shade but kept getting distracted by all of the wildlife! Baby crows were playing with their fallen feathers, squirrels were carving twigs, and rabbits were hopping close by! Ducklings! Dragonflies! A hummingbird sang a song that sounded like my squeaky futon would sound if it had a bad chest cold.
We must have spent 3.5 hours traveling on our bicycles! Now we're really sweating in our west-facing apartment. The cats are sprawled on the floor, as flat as they can possibly get.
This ACEO is available here!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?