Sapphire Hair and Kind Eyes

I finished my art journal entry that I wrote the other day, and by that I mean I added paint (and sparkles!)

Art Journal Finished EntryI like the idea of blending journaling and art – for so long I’ve kept my thoughts and art separate, I think it will be good to mix them together. I think it’ll also motivate me to do something nearly every day and “bridge the gap” as it were (or at least, make a lot of art and a lot of progress) without having to by more canvases for my ever shrinking wall space. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before…

 

 

 

Keep Off the Dirigible Plums

I decided to try something new today and paint standing up. I held my palette of watercolors in one hand, brush in the other and had a cup of water on the desk beside me. It worked out pretty well actually, and I think I hurt my shoulders less than I usually do, so that’s a plus. Anyway, I decided to take another thing from Harry Potter and paint Dirigible Plums. We were introduced to them in the last movie, and thought they were cool, especially how they kinda floated and grew upside down – I reached that part of the book today, and as I’m (intending on) only reading listening to half of the Deathly Hallows until the last half of the movie comes out. Mostly because Alex wants to keep up with the story the way we have been and doesn’t think a month with one of us knowing the ending would be very fun – I’m going to wait until we reach chapter 24 and go from there, it might drive me nuts. ;)

I’m trying to decide if I should keep everything to one post a day and have art mixed in with dinner and life and World of Warcraft, or if I should separate them into separate posts spaced out every few hours. While I’m thinking about that, I’ll just go mush it all into one post for now.

*World of Warcraft*

I spent the morning doing some more quests around Dragonblight, and I really like Emerald Dragonshire, it’s pretty and there are birds and flowers, admittedly, they try to kill you, but if you kill them first you can gather herbs or watch them reincarnate, which is nice and makes you feel good about yourself. I also ended up getting some nice armor that I can sell once I get to some vendors or an auction house, raking in the gold nicely too, eventually I’ll make enough to buy a fast flying mount and training for it.

*Cooking*

I had every intention of making soup (and tea, darn) this afternoon, like, 2 hours ago, but then I started painting. I suppose I could make it the old fashioned non-crockpot way, but I feel like that involves a lot more standing and stirring, and I’ve just been standing for the last 2 hours, and walked a little over a mile before that, and my legs are still sore and stiff from all the walking and extra exercising with the kinect I did yesterday (and need to do again today come to think of it). So I think I’ll make chicken with a spinach salad instead…or something.

Plein Air fun

Today was warm and sunny so when I woke up I decided I wanted to try to paint outside at the top of my steps. I’m hoping to be able to do some Plein Air paintings during vacation this year too, so I figured I might as well try it in a more controlled environment and see how it went.

It started off fine, I realized that I needed to wear a hat so I could actually see my paper and the glare would stop hurting my eyes – it helped alot, I was able to actually see the shade of blue I was painting which is handy. Then there were several breezes containing absurd amounts of dust or pollen that coated my paints, and phone, and well, everything, I’m still brushing it off of myself.

It didn’t seem to affect the watercolors much though, it just sort of floated to the top, so I kept going – I wanted to enjoy the sun and soak up as much as I could before it starts being gloomy again (I’m wayyyyyyy happier when there’s sun, but I’m losing my optimism). I could have painted the lilac tree and stuff below me, but it’s not fully blooming yet, so I decided to paint something different…and requiring a bit of depth (which isn’t my strong spot), I think though, that I’m figuring it out.

 

I feel like I’m finally starting to acclimate (again). It’s 70 and I’m wearing summer clothes, which is awesome. I’m also starting to get back a little bit more energy with the sun being around – last night Alex and I walked to the grocery store that just re-opened/expanded and bought some really good local feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette and came home and made steak and greek(ish) salad. Of course with the heat coming back, I’m much more likely to go outside and do things and stay in the sun, but Alex isn’t enjoying it as much. We keep talking about buying bikes and riding everywhere in town instead of driving – saving gas, getting exercise, and it would hopefully be slightly less miserably hot for Alex because we’d be making a slight breeze? So that’d be cool.

I really like the idea of being able to bike to the beach (too far to walk, we tried) and hang out there.

Pink Thicket

Yesterday I made a really cool watercolor painting, that inspired me to create a similar painting with acrylic on an 8×10 canvas. Again it’s relatively simplistic, although, I had a broader color palette this time and did an undercoat of pink before applying the blue to make an interesting periwinkle sky. The fairy’s dress is just a faded shade of the colors of the plants surrounding her – I used black to outline it all because I like how it stands out. I wanted to try something different though, so I added  white dots at the end across the painting to give it a different, more grunge like feel, as opposed to the smooth swirly feel in the watercolor.

I really love how both paintings turned out in their similarities and differences. I might try and do some more of these in watercolor, as I learned that I actually prefer it when I’m doing something like this. I think it’s because of how much I need the paint to flow…

Tonks and Blue Shadows.

Earlier this year I made a list of goals – I’ve done quite a few so far and yesterday, we gave ourselves an early anniversary present, which I also happened to put on my “what I want to do this year” list.

 

We got a cat! and named him Tonks.

I had an idea for some watercolor paintings the other day – limited colors with swirls and lines as accents. I centered it, naturally, around a fairy.

At first I thought I would just do something black and white, but then decided a cool palette with blue and light green hues would fit the black accents better.