Nov 01

Inktober 2016 – All the Sketches

Here’s a quick little video I threw together with all of my sketches for Inktober. I hope you like it!

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Oct 14

Inktober – 2 Weeks!

Here are the latest drawings for Inktober. 🙂

11/31 Birdy #inktober #inktober2016

12/31 House #inktober #inktober2016

13/31 Pumpkin #inktober #inktober2016

14/31 Blue Girl #inktober #inktober2016

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Oct 11

Inkin’ up the Place

A few more drawings for Inktober. Enjoy!

5/31 Pizza #inktober #inktober2016

6/31 Kitty #inktober #inktober2016

6/31 Betta Fish #inktober #inktober2016 #fountainpen

8/31 Pancakes #inktober #inktober2016

9/31 Picnic #inktober #inktober2016

10/31 Tea Super quickie cuz I'm not feeling so hot. #inktober #inktober2016

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Oct 04

Inky Animals & Awesomeness

Inktober does have a list of prompts, but I decided to go it alone and just draw whatever I felt like drawing. That has turned out to be mostly animals so far! Here are my next 3. Mostly drawn with my Lamy Joy fountain pen and Noodler’s Heart of Darkness black ink. I added a bit of colored pencil as well. I hope you like them!

Lion 2/31 #inktober #inktober2016

3/31 Awesome #inktober #inktober2016

4/31 Ugly Pup #inktober #inktober2016

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Oct 01

Inktober 2016

I’m participating in Inktober this year! It’s a challenge to create an ink drawing every day during the month of October. I probably won’t post the drawings here every day, but I’ll update once a week or so. Here’s my first, a bunny I drew with my Lamy Joy and Noodler’s Heart of Darkness ink. Cheers!

1/31 Bunny #Inktober #inktober2016

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Sep 03

Gigantic

A good friend of mine plays guitar and drums & invited me to record vocals for one of his songs. So here’s our cover of Gigantic by the Pixies. I’ve always loved Kim Deal, and I’m not too sure I did her justice, but it sure was a blast! Enjoy!

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Feb 29

Bear Ears and Beers

I’m taking an art class to learn how to write and draw comics. The first assignment was to draw a 2 page autobiographical comic. TWO. PAGES. That seems like so much. I looked through some of the other students early submissions and they were REALLY great. I’ve been so stressed out and nervous about this and I wasn’t sure what to do or what to write about and I don’t know how to draw comics and I’m not a good enough artist and what am I doing in this class in the first place and WHEEEEW. So much inner critic monkey on my back. I finally shoved a banana in his pie hole to shut him up and got to work. This is not the greatest comic in history, but I’m very proud of it. I thought it was going to take forever, but once I had my ideas together and actually got to work on it, it flowed. I definitely need some work to get my narrative to be more compelling and cohesive, and I need to practice using space more effectively, but overall, I’m happy with how this turned out. I hope you like it, too. You can click each page to see the larger version.

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Feb 13

Adventures in Raku Pottery and the Potter’s Wheel

Last night my husband & I went to a pottery class at a local art school. It was a one night session, and it was broken into 2 parts. First, we learned about Raku pottery – it’s a very interesting Japanese style of pottery that dates back to the 15th century. We glazed premade clay pots with Raku glaze and then they were fired in a kiln. Once fired, the red hot pots were dropped into metal buckets with organic material – paper and sawdust. After a few minutes, they were cooled in the snow, then scrubbed clean and dried. The results were incredible! We had a blast glazing the pots and the colors and patterns that come out of this unpredictable firing technique are so beautiful. For my pot I chose base colors of blue, green and yellow with thick splashes of metallic copper. I am really just so impressed with the results. Here’s what my finished pot looks like – and trust me, the photo doesn’t even do it justice:

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The glazing process is interesting because the glazes look nothing like the colors will after firing. You sort of have to go on instinct. Plus, all of the beautiful crackle texture and color blending is impossible to predict because the glaze literally melts in the kiln. In fact, if you get glaze on the bottom of your pot, it sticks to the brick kiln and acts like melted cheese. Here’s a before firing picture of my husband’s and my pot to give you an idea of what I mean about how the fire brings out the color and texture. Mine is the smaller pot on the right – hard to believe it’s the same pot in the picture above!

The second part of the class was using the pottery wheel to throw and pull clay. It was REALLY fun, but also frustrating. It’s not the sort of skill that you can pick up in an evening because it takes lots of practice and skill, but it’s really cool to try to sculpt a lump of wet clay into something as it spins between your hands. I love to get my paws dirty creating something so I enjoyed every second of it anyway. Our instructor had many many years of pottery experience, and his demo made it look very easy, but I can assure you it’s not. He made this in literally 5 minutes, and after 2 hours I had only succeeded in making several shapeless, spinning lumps. 🙂

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This was such a fun experience. We try to get to these evening workshops at the art school whenever we can, and this one was probably my favorite so far. It was a very enjoyable experience, and as a bonus, we got to bring home 2 beautiful pieces of pottery. 🙂

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Jan 30

The Elusiveness of Joy

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I did this mixed media piece a few weeks ago, and almost by accident, I realized that Joy was going to be my word for 2016. As I watched the paint on this piece dry, it seemed so obvious.

It’s time for me to find my Joy. In the last few months I’ve given lots of thought to what happiness really means and what it feels like, and to be honest I’m not really even sure. When it’s there, I’m not sure that I really notice it, but I definitely miss it when it’s gone. But I want it. I want to feel it every day and really experience it.

I have a bad habit of taking on everything for everyone and being the person that everyone in my life counts on. In many cases, it does bring me a great deal of happiness to be that go to girl, but it doesn’t always. It’s time for me to look out for myself first, and everyone else second. I’m not even sure how to do that, but I’m definitely going to try.

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Jan 21

The End of the Beginning

This blog has been just languishing the last couple of months. I have plenty to say (when do I not??) but I’m not sure this is the forum for most of it. Ironically, it’s also time for me to renew my domain, and I briefly considered just letting it go. But after 13 long years, I’m not sure that’s the right thing to do either. I’m definitely going to keep it, I’m just not really sure what I’m going to do with it anymore.

I’ve been spending lots of time on YouTube, and I’ve been enjoying it. I make videos almost every week and my channel has almost 100 subscribers! I realize that isn’t many, but I’m pretty proud of it anyway. Especially considering that I’ve told almost nobody that I know in my real life about it. I thought about cross-posting my videos here, but I’m not sure that’s what I want to do either. So I guess at the end of the day, it’s not clear to me what kind of direction this blog is going to take. I know that I can make it into anything I want it to be, and the possibilities are exciting, but it’s also overwhelming. There’s too much history here for me to just let it go, though. So I’ll be around. If you’re reading this, tell me what you want it to be. What is your favorite thing about this blog and your least favorite thing? For the last couple of years it’s just been whatever random thoughts I want to toss up here and maybe that’s how it’ll stay. I don’t really know yet. I’m open to suggestions and ideas, so if you have any, please let me know.

Anyway, my life feels completely overwhelming and out of control at the moment, so it’s only fitting that this place feels that way too, I guess. Everything around me feels likes it’s changing and I’m not sure I can keep up most of the time. Happy Blogiversary?

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