When I was 15 or so, I so coveted Prismacolour pencil crayons. I thought that if I simply had these soft pencil crayons, that everything I drew would be 100% cooler. I moved on to watercolour before I even got to try these out, but occasionally I will pull them out and doodle something in pencil crayon. The smell is pleasantly nostalgic, but my fingers remember the lasting discomfort I'd felt after every drawing session! Watercolour has made me lazy.
Now that I'm at work full time plus extracurricular work projects, every little extra thing I manage to get done is suddenly an achievement. Here's a quick Spotted Jellyfish! I was going to work from my old photos of creatures for my sketchbook, but I thought a Spotted Jelly deserved special treatment!
"Spotted Jelly" is available here.
The weeks have become MUCH more fast-paced and work-centric and I'm holding on tight! Just filling in the sketchbook today and a bicycle ride later, as long as this overcast holds out. It would be too hot, otherwise!
I'm also in the midst of another cupcake/faux cake project for work. It seems I'm spending a little too much time there. :P
With the combination of ravens and forest fires popping up in my sketchbook, I thought I'd check in with this quick painting depicting both of them. Violet makes another appearance!
So many cool trees, I think the arbutus is pretty high up on my top ten. Card is available here.
My sketchbook/art journal method is evolving; the Renew journal was a place to develop ideas and store information. This "Song" sketchbook has so many (thin) pages, that the sheer abundance of surface area has made me want to use more of it! This sketchbook is doing more recording of life; it's collected a quick, late-night sketch of the mountains we'd passed on the ferry. I painted a record of the raven we listened to every day. Inspired by a piece of fiber artwork hanging on the wall, I copied its design inside a doodle on the opposite page. Ideas have not been developing at all, but I like where the sketchbook itself is going.
So compared to the rest of the world, complaining about the heat will make me seem like a gigantic wuss. It's been 30C for several weeks now, but the humidity is just wild. The plants have burned up to a crisp in the sun, and now they are all literally burning absolutely everywhere. Sunday morning we awoke to what looked like red overcast, which was just a huge cloud of smoke. Ashes were falling from the sky. I suspect there were supposed to be mountains in this photo, but I can't remember. My cats are wilting.
Uploading a short video early this week to make time for an adventure! If I make it through this hardbound sketchbook, then this will be the last journal flip for a VERY LONG TIME! :O But just think about how HUGE the sketchbook flipthrough would be! woooow. So many pages.
Leaving tomorrow for a short romp up the Sunshine Coast, so if you're messaging me or wondering about the status of a purchase this weekend, don't worry, I'll be back Monday :)
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?
Monday, June 5, 1pm PST