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Aug 27

The Funk of 40,000 Years

I’m in a funk, dudes. I’ve lost my creative mojo and I can’t seem to figure out where it went, or more importantly, how to get it back. I’m still drawing every day. I’m keeping up my 365 Sketch Project, and I’m keeping up on my regular daily visual journal. But my heart isn’t in it. I don’t feel the same zeal for either project at the moment.

For about the last month or so, I go to my studio lair when I have time and I sit there. I flip through stacks of papers and paints and fondle my paint brushes and daydream and watch art videos and sit there some more until I eventually emerge a couple of hours later with little to nothing accomplished. I WANT to create and I WANT to be creative, but somehow my muse eludes me. Actually, I NEED to create. Art is my emotional outlet, and without it, I feel sort of lost and rudderless.

Inspiration is an interesting little beastie. There are times when I have so many ideas that my hands can’t even work fast enough and I have to write down scraps of thoughts and plans for things I want to do so I won’t forget. And then there are times like this where the idea snippets are still floating all around me but my imagination just can’t seem to find a spark in any of them.

I’m not sure what to do. The weather has been chilly the last couple of days, and I’ve been thinking about sweaters and boots and steamy mugs of hot cocoa, so I think maybe I’ll paw through my yarn stash and start knitting  up a scarf. Or maybe even some of my crazy funky technicolor patchwork mittens? I think this pair was my all-time favorite – Mittasaurus Rex. 🙂

Mittasuarus Rex Mittens

If you have any brilliant ideas or suggestions for how to find inspiration and get my creative groove back, I’m all ears. I hope that you’re having a great week! XOXO

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Jan 18

Crack Pipe

It’s been a tumultuous week around here. Last Sunday morning, hubby & I awoke to the sound of water dripping. In our sleepy haze it took us a few minutes to realize that water was dripping into our closet from the door frame. Huh, weird. Mike rushed upstairs to see what was going on. The guest room and guest bathroom were SOAKED. The carpet was squishy and the ceramic tile had half an inch of standing water. While he was up there, I went downstairs to the basement. I was in a total panic when I stepped into the home theater to find the drop ceiling had collapsed and water was gushing out into the room and all over the furniture. What a mess! Mike got the water shut off so the gushing stopped, and we were able to walk around and sort of assess the damage. We had water on all 3 floors, and in nearly every room of the house. The only place that was completely dry was Mike’s man cave upstairs. The room was dry, but we later learned that the pipe that had frozen and cracked was actually in the attic behind the guest bathroom sink. The only access to the attic is through the man cave, so even that room wasn’t completely immune.

Here’s my drawing of me when I went into the basement, and also a photo of the tiny little cracked pipe that caused this whole mess.

Gusher

The Culprit

We were lucky enough to get a plumber here very quickly who repaired the pipe and turned our water back on. We were also lucky enough to get a crew here in the afternoon who were obviously experts at water extraction, and they worked into the evening to try to get things dry. Mike & I holed up in the man cave with the cats and tried to relax. My poor Buffy – she’s such a neurotic little diva anyway, and I think this whole thing was harder on her than any of us. We did all we could do to try to keep her calm and reassured, including putting one of those pheromone collars on her. Nemo is ultra resilient so he just rolled with it. I wasn’t quite so lucky. After a few days of incredibly loud fans and dehumidifiers, I was having a very difficult time keeping it together. It’s hard enough to try to sleep with the cacophony of equipment, but this is also where I work. So I was sort of trapped here 24/7 under pretty crappy conditions. We all got through it, though, and by Friday, the crew removed all of the fans and equipment and we are officially dry! The next phase in the process will be dealing with contractors to replace lots of drywall, trim, carpet & pad, and paint. We still have a LONG way to go, but I think the worst is behind us.

On that note, here is some random artwork I’ve done recently that I thought I’d share. This is a quick selfie I did in pencil with a bit of watercolor.

Self Portrait

A quick drawing I did at my desk while I was working. I like to doodle when I’m on hold. Ink & highlighters because I used what I had on hand. 🙂

Purple Haired Girl

Also, my 365 sketch project is going well and I’m really enjoying it. Click this link to take a look at my progress: http://trishsworld.tumblr.com/.

In other news, the TWELFTH anniversary of this blog is rapidly approaching. I’m honestly a bit stunned to realize that so much time has passed! It’s still about a month out, but I’m thinking about it now because it’s time to renew my domain for another year or more. I remember sitting in our tiny closet of an apartment in Climax all those years ago teaching myself to code from an “HTML for Dummies!” book or something similar. And I had to think long and hard about investing $20 per year to have my own domain. Things have changed lots with all of the super easy blog building websites and I haven’t had to write any code for a long time now. I sort of miss it in some ways. Anyway, I’m rambling! I’ll take this walk down memory lane another time. 🙂

One last thing I want to mention – some really great friends of mine have started the new year with a bang, and they’ve decided to chronicle their journey via a blog – They’ve made a few posts so far, and it’s a pretty interesting read, so I encourage you to take a look! Click this link to see what the fuss is all about: http://bandthec.weebly.com/.

This post is sort of all over the place, but that’s a pretty perfect reflection of my life this week . As I mentioned in my last post, my word for the year is Adventure, and I’ve certainly had that in spades. 🙂

Until next time! XOXO

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Jan 05

Drawing the Line

Just a quick update on the 1st 4 days of my Sketch Project for 2015. So far it’s really fun, but I fear some of the enjoyment will wane as I run out of fresh ideas for things to draw. For now, though, there’s excitement and joy. 🙂

1.1.15 – ink & watercolor

Artist 1.1.15

1.2.15 Ink & colored pencil

My Deer 1.2.15

1.3.15 Ink & marker

The Key 1.3.15

1.4.15 Ink & watercolor

Bright Flowers 1.4.15

 

I hope you like these quick little sketches! I’m not sure how often I’ll post them here, but you can certainly follow along at this link: http://trishsworld.tumblr.com/.

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Dec 31

I Open at the Close

2014 is ending, and so is my 365 Photo Project for the year. It was so much fun! I feel super accomplished for having stuck with it, although I did miss a day in November. It was getting SO difficult to find a decent subject when I was housebound after surgery. 🙁 If you’re interested in a quick review of the Year of Trish in photos, click this link.

For 2015 I’m planning to do a 365 Sketch project. I got this great daily sketch book for Christmas that has 365 blank pages waiting to be filled with doodles, so it seems like the perfect situation. Right this minute, I’m planning to use the same Tumblr account just to make things easy, but I may change my mind. Either way, I’m excited to get started, and I hope that you’ll follow along!

Here’s a nice little pair of bookends for you – my first and last photos for 2014.

365 - 1/1/14

SMOOOCH

Smooches to you, my favorite people of all time, not just 2014. I hope that your new year brings everything that you’ve dreamed of and more. As for me, I’m ringing in 2015 my favorite way – In my PJ’s, drinking delightful beers, and hanging out at home. XOXO

EDIT: I’ve decided to use a different Tumblr for the 365 Sketch Project! You can follow along here: http://trishsworld.tumblr.com

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Mar 01

Learning & Improving

I’m pretty excited to say that I signed up for the first semester of Sketchbook Skool! If you aren’t familiar with it, watch this video.

Sketchbook Skool – the film from DannyGregory on Vimeo.

I truly could not be more geeked for this class to start. I’ve seen online art classes before and I’m always skeptical. I’ve admired Danny Gregory’s work for a long time, and this class really intrigued me. I heard about it several weeks ago, and I must have watched this video 100 times, but today I finally pulled the trigger and enrolled. 🙂 If you are planning on taking the class as well, let me know! I’d love to connect with people outside of class.

In other news, January and February are gone and I’m proud to say that my 365 project is going strong and I haven’t missed a single day! To follow the project, click this link. I don’t want to post every photo here, but this one stands out as a favorite!

Super Beer Friends

My besties and I went to the Michigan Brewer’s Guild Winter Beer Festival last weekend in Grand Rapids. It was AMAZING, as always. We had a blast! There were 2 standout beers for me – both from Our Brewing in Holland, MI – the Careless Whisper IPA, and the Tobacconist Porter. OUTSTANDING. These guys also made my favorite beer at last year’s fest, the Andes Mint Chocolate Stout. I definitely need to get my butt to Holland to check them out!! Usually at the festival my friend Dawn & I sort of stick together and do our own thing, but this year it was a real social event. ALL of the Super Beer Friends were there, a couple of them for the first time ever! It was a long day and we nearly missed our bus home, but I loved every second of it. I’m already counting the days until next year!!

Lastly, I want to say that today is actually the 3 year anniversary of my officially keeping a daily illustrated journal. I was sort of doing it before that, but not in any organized way. March 1st is the day I decided to start with a new book and draw and write about every single day of my life. This is the very first page from that book, dated March 1, 2011. I look at this drawing, and it literally amazes me how far I’ve come since then! This drawing is so awful in so many ways! To anyone who thinks that you have to have some sort of natural talent to be an artist – here’s the proof that you don’t! I’ve just practiced every single day, even if only for a few minutes. I enjoyed it so I just kept doing it, and still do. This drawing not only makes me realize how much I’ve improved, but it also makes me feel so excited for how much better I can still get. What will my drawings look like in another 3 years?? I can’t wait to find out! (This is for sure one of those cringe moments I talked about in my last post – and I can’t figure out how to make it NOT HUGE.)

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Jan 17

Together We Can

It’s Kalamazoo Beer Week! My friend Andrew co-hosted an event this week to show off his killer business, Michigan Mobile Canning. You may remember Andrew from his starring role in Michigan Beer Film. Andrew set up the whole canning line at Wayside this week and it turned out to be a really fun event. Even the local news showed up. Of course, I stole the show. Watch the video here. I tried to embed, but it isn’t working. 🙁

Andrew did a great job explaining how the canning line works as well as why it’s super cool to can. This was a really fun event that I’m glad we got to attend.

Oh, I also ran into the BEER!

 The BEER & I

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Jan 01

Shutterly Amazing

Happy New Year!! I sincerely hope it’s your best yet. I’m not huge on resolutions, but I think a new year is always a bit of a fresh start. It’s a great time for reflection and looking at where you’ve been, where you’re going and trying to figure out how to get closer to being the person that you ultimately want to be. I spent new year’s eve in front of a fire, drinking a beer and reading through all of my journals for 2013. It was pretty enlightening. Looking over the entire year, day by day, in the span of a couple of hours really made some things clear that I didn’t notice as the days went by in real time. The first thing that stood out was that I hated my job. I knew vaguely that I wasn’t happy there and that I wanted to make a change, but I also felt sort of trapped because I didn’t know how to fix it. As I read through, almost every day in the last 6 months I wrote about work negatively, and then in the same entries wrote about how I didn’t feel well or that I wasn’t sleeping or that my headaches were so bad I couldn’t do anything but lay in bed and cry. I got the offer letter from my new company on 11/18/13, and since that day, it’s like reading a different person’s journal. Happy, smiles, sleeping like a baby, fun, no headaches. It’s also amazing to read through as old relationships grow and get stronger with time, brand new ones form and gain momentum, and some slip away entirely for various reasons.

I know there are some of you who wonder why I am so meticulous about my journals and keeping track of even the most mundane of days, but this is why. I sincerely believe that every single person on this planet can learn so much about themselves by doing this. You don’t have to be an artist – that’s just my quirk. If I thought people would appreciate and utilize it, I would have given every single adult on my Christmas list a nice notebook and a nice pen. But I know that isn’t realistic because it’s just not for everyone. However, if you’re reading this and you feel like you want to know more or have questions or even think that journal keeping MIGHT be something you want to take a stab at, let me know. I’d love to help you get started. My 2013 pile of journals:

 Pile of Journals

In another note, my girlfriends Dawn, Holly & I are doing a 365 project this year! I don’t think I’ll post the pictures here every day, but I might do a weekly recap or something on this blog. I’m not sure how it’ll play out for now. We set up a Tumblr, so please feel free to bookmark it and follow us: http://shoottheshit365.tumblr.com/. I also added a link to the sidebar here just in case you lose it. We’d love to have you along for what I’m sure will be a crazy ride. 🙂

So here’s my picture for today – I got lucky this morning when 5 deer decided to have a late brekkie of the bushes in our backyard. They’re covered with snow, which I love, plus they look so cool with their thicker winter fur. Enjoy and I hope today is the start of an amazing year for you. XOXO

 365 - 1/1/14

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Aug 24

I Wanna Touch You

There’s really not too much going around here lately. I’ve been feeling quite the surge of creativity, so I’ve been drawing, painting, knitting and crocheting quite a bit. As far as yarny stuff, I’m hip-deep in baby projects right now for a couple of upcoming showers. I’m working on baby blankets, sleep sacks and baby washcloths. I’ve also made a few hand painted postcards that I mailed out on Monday. I can’t post them here yet, I want to wait until the recipients get them first.

Unfortunately, all of this creativity has not re-sparked my interest in my 365 photo project. I got my camera back, and I really thought being without it was the issue, but as it turns out, it wasn’t.  I’m super sad that I made it this far only to lose momentum for the project as a whole. But at the same time, I don’t want to force myself because I’ll just end up with a ton of crappy photos. I went back to my original post back in December 2010 announcing this project and read through it. I had a few goals. These are directly lifted from that post.

  • Learn a little more about photography – I love photographs and I enjoy taking pictures a lot. I’d like to make the pics I do take come out a little better. I don’t have a fancy camera, nor do I feel I need one. I just want to take good pictures. Hopefully better ones than I took this year.
  • Get better at photo editing – There are a couple of tools that I use pretty consistently, but I want to be able to learn and do more with them, and maybe even use some other tools as well.
  • Have a cool photo album of my 2011 – I’m excited about how a photo a day will look after an entire year and 365 photos are done.
  • Have fun!!

I would say that I easily met all of these goals except, of course, the 2011 photo album. But I’m pretty OK with that. Also, just for clarity’s sake – I’m not completely giving up on this, I’m just not going to force myself to do it. I will continue to post pictures throughout the year at the photo blog, but it most likely won’t be every day. I guess I just really need to learn the lesson that when I take something really fun and put to much structure and deadlines and expectations around it, it really isn’t that much fun anymore.

So that’s it for now. I hope you’re having the best week ever. 🙂

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Aug 01

Points of Interest

It’s been a while since I posted anything, so there’s quite a bit to catch up on. It’s all kind of random and unrelated, so bear with me.

My Aunt & Uncle from Texas were in town for a couple of weeks. It was nice to spend a little time with them since it’s been quite a while. They seem to be doing well, and they are enjoying being retired. While they were here, I took a day off work and went on a little day trip with the 2 of them, my mom and my Uncle Jack. We went to Shipshewana. I’ve been there several times, but I’ve never managed to hit the flea market before. It was pretty cool. I would have liked to look around a little more, but the rest of the group wanted to move on so we did. We had a fun day just kind of wandering around and checking out the sights.

I’m still working on my 365 Project, although I must say, I’ve lost some of my enthusiasm. I left my Fuji camera at Mike’s parent’s house on Father’s Day, and I am REALLY missing it. We also have a Sony which is an amazing camera that takes really great photos, but it’s just too big for everyday use in my opinion. It doesn’t fit in my purse, so that’s a huge drawback. Most of my photos lately have been taken with my phone, which sucks in so many ways. On top of that, I’m feeling uninspired. The past month or so, I find that I’m getting ready for bed and realize, “Crap, I didn’t take a picture!” Then I’m stuck coming up with something at the last second, which means it’s basically a throwaway pic so I can have something to post. I refuse to give up, though! I have made it more than halfway, and I WILL finish out the year. I just need to figure out a way to get re-inspired and make the Sony camera work for me one way or another. Maybe I need to start carrying a larger purse or something. If anyone has a suggestion or idea that might help, please let me know.

As I mentioned before, I got a new car. It’s totally sweet. I’m really hoping I can practice enough to be a better driver. When we went to the Beer Fest, I drove Mike, Dawn, Clovis and myself almost all the way to Ypsilanti, and I could tell everyone was totally nervous and stressed out because I don’t drive that well. Mike says I was just projecting my own stress onto everyone else, but I’m not so sure. I did feel really nervous, though. I don’t feel nervous when I’m driving alone, but with passengers, suddenly I feel like I have something to prove and it adds an extra layer of stress. Anyway, now that I have a car again, I really want to drive enough that I feel comfortable in all situations – passengers or not. In the meantime, if you wanna ride with me, you’ll just have to deal. 🙂

I recently finished reading I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. It was a good book, and I enjoyed it. The writing style is really weird – sort of clipped and not very descriptive, but after a couple of chapters I got used to it. I also just started reading The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy, which is a novella about one of the characters in I Am Number Four. It’s decent, but I’m not that far in yet. The next book is called The Power of Six, but it doesn’t come out until the end of August.

I know I’m totally late to the party, but Mike & I finally saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 yesterday. It was really really good. I cried several times, and as much as I enjoyed it, I am extremely sad to see this all coming to an end. At least I can always re-read the books whenever I want to. All in all, I was really pleased with the movie, and I think it was a really fitting end, as was the book.

I’ve been hitting the gym regularly, and Mike & I see the trainer once a week. It’s going well – we are definitely getting stronger. I made a bad boo boo last week, though. We met with the trainer on Wednesday evening and we did an arm workout that was pretty intense – lots of push-ups and pull-ups. The next day I was pretty sore, but for some bizarre-o reason I decided going to a boot camp class was a stellar idea. I went, and the first thing we did was a ton of arm stuff! I thought I was going to die, but I managed. The whole class was super intense, and even included sprinting and running outside in the heat while carrying a 10 pound weight! I made it through about 30 minutes of the 45 minute class, and I had to bail. I snuck in the back door of the gym while the teacher wasn’t looking! I actually think I could do the class again, but Thursday is not good for me since I train every Wednesday. I just can’t do 2 days back to back. For the rest of the weekend, I was pretty much useless.

I think that’s pretty much everything of interest that’s been going on. I can’t believe it’s already August. Where has the summer gone?

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Jul 12

Knee Slapper

I know it’s been a while, and things have been a little nuts lately. Let me try to bring you up to speed…

My mom had a knee replacement a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been staying with her and helping her out ever since. I am still working, I’m just working from her house instead of mine. I’ve been here to help her with meals, to make sure she gets her medicine when she is supposed to, help her out with chores, and also make sure she gets to all of her doctor, lab, and PT appointments since she can’t drive for a while. Between helping mama, working, and everything else, I’ve just been so busy! My blog and my 365 Project have been suffering a bit unfortunately. 🙁

I did manage to go home this past weekend and sleep in my own bed on both Friday & Saturday, which was awesome! I slept so good, and it was nice to hang out with Mikey since I hardly see him unless we are meeting at the gym or something super romantic like that. We had a nice weekend. We watched tv, garage saled (yay!), played with Legos, and we even went to see Horrible Bosses, which was really funny. I haven’t laughed that hard at a movie since Hot Tub Time Machine. It was nice to get away for a while and so so nice to sleep in my own bed for a couple of nights! My mom’s crazy cat, Jersey, keeps me up at night with her antics.

Anyway, my mom is doing really well, and she seems to be getting a little better every day. She got the staples out yesterday and that helped quite a bit. Now we are working on weaning her off the pain pills which has been challenging, but we are slowly getting there. Besides all that, I’ve been crocheting a baby binky when I have the spare time, as well as drawing as much as I can. I’m still reading the Sookie Stackhouse books and I’m finally on the newest one, Dead Reckoning. I have the real hardcover book because a friend gave it to me, and it’s so weird! I have been eReading for so many years that it is a major adjustment for me to hold a heavy book and actually (gasp!) turn pages. I’m sure I’ll get used to it. After I finish this, I plan to read I Am Number Four, also a real hardcover because I bought it at a garage sale for $1.

I’ll try to be a better blogger, I swear.

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