Sunday, August 23, 2015

Me and My Sketchbook...

I'm feeling much better...my tummy bug has decided to go live somewhere else. I've been sketching a bit more since most of the time I was relaxing in bed. I'm not one of those people who can take their art supplies to bed and work in a journal. I'm much too messy for that. So I stick to pencils, pens, and my sketchbook.

Here is a face I'm working on...as you can tell, she isn't ready for her close-up!


I also managed to do a flower design...


As much as I love color, I also love the simplicity of plain black and white pen sketches. They seem clean and fresh to me. I'd like to offer some of my black and white designs for sale as coloring pages if I can figure out how to make a PDF that is downloadable one time. I know how to make the PDF but it's the part about making it download once (for each person) and then be gone that has me stumped. If you have any suggestions please let me know.
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On another subject, I recently saw an article online that has me wondering...


This article told about a man who takes screenshots of Instagram photos and is selling them at a show and it's all legal! He isn't selling the photo, he's selling the screenshot! Here is the website in case you want to read about this. This makes me mad, and also makes me less inclined to use Instagram. Not that I think my art is so special but it's mine and shouldn't be used by anyone else to make money unless I say they can. What do you think??

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Latest From Where I Am...

The past few days have not been so good for me. I've had a yukky tummy bug of some kind, and spent all day yesterday in bed. It finally got the best of me. Today I feel somewhat better but it hasn't let go of me yet. And the weather hasn't helped much with temps hovering around 104º for the past few days. Today it promises to be just a tad bit cooler...only 99º!!

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Once again I have very little to share with you but I did have one bright spot in my day yesterday. Look what the postman brought me...


Nine luscious bottles of Daler Rowney inks. I'm getting ready for a class I just signed up for...it's Paint Mojo with Tracy Verdugo. I can't wait! I love her style which is somewhat like Flora Bowley's. I took Flora's first online class and was a little disappointed. The videos weren't always the best and I only had a short period of time to watch them. With Paint Mojo I'll have a year. I treated myself to this class with some of the money I made from my art show.

I think I'll be laying low for the rest of the day...maybe I'll manage to do a bit of sketching later.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Switching From Google+ Back to My "Normal" Blog...

I have had such an experience over the past week. As you may know, I switched my blog to Google+ thinking that it would improve things and maybe increase traffic. It ended up being a nightmare! If someone wanted to comment on my blog they had to join Google+ and I didn't want that. I never like to be forced to join things and I didn't want that to be going on on my blog.

So I disabled Google+...or so I thought. But my comment section remained with it. No problem. I'll just google how to fix that, right? Not so fast. I tried every way of searching my particular problem but found nothing except how to disable Google+ which I had already done.

After much pulling of hair, ranting, steam coming out of my ears, etc. I finally got a solution. I had to go back and join Google+ again and disable it again. Apparently I got caught in some computer vortex and it wouldn't let go. Now I'm safely back to my normal comment section and all's well that ends well. So if you have been just dying to comment on my blog, feel free to do so. I promise you won't have to join anything!

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In the midst of all this my creative mojo took a back seat but I did manage to do one collage in my art journal...


I used several different magazine bits for this. One page for the background with the castle, another for the pink furry coat, another for the pink fluff at the back of her coat (it's her dress flowing out in a train! I wanted it to be lower in the collage but when I started to put it down the glue stuck and that was it.) another image for her head, a ring for her hat, and another rose image for her flower. Oh, and I added the arm and the padlock, too. A bit of washi tape around the edges and she's finished. Not anything spectacular but at least I managed a bit of creativity in all the chaos. Doing these fun collage pages always relaxes me. I get lost in all the bits and pieces and just play.

Please, let me know if the comments are/aren't working.