I am sitting on my aging, yellow couch (futon, actually) and quietly considering Remembrance Day.
It's refreshing, actually, for the world to just stop for a minute. For the reminder that the world is so much larger than our own backyards. Just one minute of peace from all of the drama.
And oh... there is drama.
My family is e x p l o d i n g after years of petty build up, because my grandpa died this weekend.
And of course there is drama. Excruciating, uncomfortable drama. Sleep-stealing and heavily depressive drama. A minor incident turned into Epic Fantasy.
Lest we forget, or something.
Let's take a break. Let's take a breather. Let's turn off the phone and be quiet for a while.
The drama can wait.
Yay, a new painting!
"Isolation and loneliness, a need to feel connected to the world, to have a simple conversation or a lovingly cooked meal. The feeling of becoming stir-crazy and unproductive, sitting on the edge of your seat in anticipation of upcoming events, wishing the wait to be over. Not really living in the moment. Tunnel vision. A buzz. The beginning of a long, rainy and dark season."
It's quite subtle, but I tried to use the watercolours to create a glazing effect as one would do with oils; I painted the original sketch in greyscale and then added colour on top. It's supposed to create richer colours, though I'm not sure if I noticed much of a difference with the watercolour.
Awwww yeah, check out this fat stack of sweet postcards I ordered from Vistaprint!
I would have preferred Moo, because of their printfinity option, but I'm not sure if postcards are the right fit for me yet, so I wanted to test it out with the least expensive place I could find. You do indeed get what you pay for, though.
I decided that if I was to have only one design, I picked one of my favourite paintings: "Good Morning". I can't wait to use these as thank you notes and try sending them through the mail! Unfortunately, "postcards" aren't commonly used as postcards anymore, so it's hard to find some that actually meet postal standards.
So here's my Vistaprint review:
The paper is maybe only half the weight of an actual postcard, so they are quite flimsy. Also, they charge extra for matte finish! This is a bit tricky because it's required.
It will be an interesting test to see if one actually makes it through the postal system. :3
Regardless, I can't wait to play with them! This is definitely a much larger quantity for the price (I forget how many... 100?), so I can't complain.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?