It's the most anxiety ridden time of the year! Cookies are baking, my cats are already tearing apart the nip toys I rushed to make them, and the countdown to yet another social get-together is on. This was a pretty time consuming spread in my sketchbook. I'm doing quick studies of deep sea creatures (nothing terrifying... yet) so that I can get to know them well enough to use them as subjects. Maybe center a whole hypothetical show around them.
It looks and feels a bit rushed because it is. I'm painting the background a black/blue and writing tidbits of information using the silver ink and a nib pen. The Finetec ink set is rumoured to be specifically meant for calligraphy, but I'm not sure how I'm supposed to use it. It's a bit like the shallow end of a sandy lake - and I keep poking the sharp dip pen into the "sand", which does nothing for flow. And perhaps it dries up mid-use and clogs the tip. I don't know exactly what's going on but it's not terribly convenient.
Quality aside, this seems like a fine use for a sketchbook. Fine use, indeed.
BRB gotta mediate family arguments, confiscate these new cat toys and deal with some chronic guilt. Hope you're having a chill weekend!
We had a surprise snowfall last weekend, and pretty much every monday has been a slushy, snowy city nightmare. But last monday I spotted the tiniest hummingbird perched on a snowy branch, rolling his head back and forth in the air. I didn't know they ever stuck around in the wintertime!
Disregard the weird, random doodle of me banging a broom against the ceiling on the left page, haha. Sometimes our neighbours are loud conversationalists and this is one way of dealing with it. Sketch out that rage!
I bought some stufffffssss to see how the quality and delivery is. Quality is great! Delivery is a bit odd! It took nearly a month to receive all the items, which didn't surprise me as Redbubble is apparently Australian. Except none of these items came from Australia! Some of them even came from Alberta... Nothing was missing :)
I'm super pleased with everything.
Finally getting a couple of days of cold, cold sun. I wanted to capture this golden hour where the sunset hits the remaining yellow leaves and the water droplets just shimmer. There's more of a background to this one because I decided to take a photograph instead of piecing together random reference photos. Well, okay, in addition to piecing together references.
And now I've remembered that I said I was going to paint my friend's cat this Christmas. Time for practice!
This "found poetry" should probably just be called "emo poetry" at this point. The more mundane my writings get in that book I'm destroying, the harder it is to make anything sensical. That's the challenge, I guess. This Laughing Thrush is one of the aloof birds we saw at the Blodel Conservatory this past summer.
So I've been doing not much other than cheap journal pages. This autumn has been the opposite of last autumn. I knew it was too good to be true last year. This year, it's been raining every single day. And not cloudy yet bright rainy days, these are dark-ass, night has fully fallen at 3:30pm days. 3:30pm! I'm not kidding!
My absolute dream life would be getting independantly wealthy (*snort*) and then living in a detatched anything with windows on all sides so that I can soak up as much daylight as possible because I NEEEDS IT. It's surprisingly sunny today so after my morning chores I might stream a bit, but time is moving faster than I am so I don't know. I'm in the planning stages of a rainy painting and have the place to myself today so this needs to become a thing. Okay. Let's go, me. Get up.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?
Tuesday, February 14, 1pm PST