I opened a perfectly ripe papaya the other day and the colour of it just blew me away. I don't feel like I've adequately represented it, but there's always next time.
This card is available here!
This week I tested a stream on Twitch, and this is what I made. I didn't announce it, so there weren't visitors, but it seemed to function adequately! Now we can chat and have impromptu Q&A sessions and watch my mistakes in real time. My next test is this Saturday afternoon at 1pm Pacific Time.
Because it is summer, and I have a new PART-TIME job, and the spouse is off work for a bit, and I just got 9 years worth of vacation pay from my old job, I've been trying to suck the marrow out of life's bones in any mundane way I can do. So on a whim, we went to Vancouver to see the Bloedel Conservatory because it boasts many exotic birds and plants.
I was not disappointed, though it was a short visit (it's not a huge conservatory). To be honest, I was most amazed by the number of mice running around in there - wow! And so cute! lol
The pokemon go addict in me is forever frustrated by the fact that I can never connect to the servers between the hours of 12pm-6pm, no matter how many people around me are successfully playing. I probably missed so many pokemon while trudging all over Vancouver. We're going to try again today. The pride parade is only secondary to our fun - ha! Think of all the lures!
"Welcome to the Addiction," she said. I haven't been interested in Pokemon since 1998, back when my cousin and I were as close as sisters. As our interests changed, our relationship did as well, but it never really died out.
It also helps that I've been granted an "unlimited" number of possible text messages and a whole lot of free time.
Ooh. I have a feeling that I'm really going to like this sketchbook. Surprisingly, what I love most about it already is its size. I can do some serious watercolour play on this paper, and since each page is only 4x5 inches, a single tiny study will go so far. Knowing I have a regular no-pressure sketchbook on standby for notes and thumbnails means that this little sketchbook may turn out to be more of a polished art book. That's kind of exciting.
Recently, Tara Leaver suggested we tape off the edges of our paper artworks, even in sketchbooks, and I am intrigued. I used to tape off my paintings all of the time (as is the standard in watercolour) but then I'd stopped because I never have a flat surface large enough to attach to. But sketchbook pages??? I wouldn't have thought of that. At least in hers, it makes them look like printed art books which is pretty neato. I will be using this tip!
Wat am i doin.
I'm halfway (and a year) into my current sketchbook, I am seriously doting on another sketchbook that I occasionally gaze at at a nearby store, and still I decide to put together a side watercolour sketchbook. For watercolour studies I guess.
This always happens. I fill a watercolour sketchbook and then switch to thinner papers so that I'm not "wasting" it whenever I do sketches/notes. Then I get tired of the thinner papers and wish for watercolour sketchbooks again so that my paints actually do interesting things. Maybe I'm just a multi-sketchbook kind of person.
This only happened because I found an old sheet of watercolour paper collecting dust in a box. I also had a full signature of Stonehenge from way back in the day that I didn't know what to do with. Combined, they make a pretty hefty mini sketchbook. This one is 4x5".
But I like having one book at a time. I like when time is linear and ordered. It's amusing to see the promise and effort at the beginning of a sketchbook, and then watch it devolve into taped-in scraps, notes and rushed ideas once I realize that my stuff will never look like someone else's stuff and maybe I should stop trying so hard, lol.
The moral of the story is, don't purchase a fat sketchbook you won't want to finish. It just goes on forever. Even if it's ten bucks and reminds you of your scribbly youth.
I knew it was going to be such a long time for the next flip through, and it will remain such a long time until the next journal is finished. But I did find ONE journal that hasn't been posted yet. Probably because it's more of a glue book than an art journal. I still really like it though.
I'm still having a lot of anxiety and nightmares trying to accustom myself to new work placement, and the unpredictable scheduling has pushed art stuff by the wayside. Everything will eventually fall into place.
The past couple of weeks has been something else.
I'm feeling detached, disorganized.
Machines aren't working effectively. The weather has turned dark and damp. Conversations have been strained.
Changing jobs is like organizing a messy closet - you have to spread the mess over the room before it gets any better. I assume this new day job will be better. I haven't planned anything out, and I don't have a vision of my own future. I'm really just mucking about in a mess until it straightens itself out. Sounds kind of risky, but I have a bit of hope. It's unpleasant to go from one week, where I know exactly what I'm doing and I'm good at it, to the next week where I have no idea what to expect and I don't know where anything is. Everything new starts out this way.
So, this Canada Post lockout is a thing. As someone who has a steady (though modest) income, it's nbd putting my etsy shop into vacation mode. Hopefully my last order has made it out of the country already and all is well! I've yet to scrounge up the bravery to do any livestreaming, but I'm sure it will happen soon. I'm feeling very turtlely right now. In the meantime I might as well work on some planner or journal pages, and try to figure out how Society6 works. Or how my new phone works. Or how anything works. *oldperson*
Materials used: spray ink, collage, acrylic paint, molding paste, watercolour, gold ink, sharpie pen, white Signo pen!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?