Tagged taking life easy

Rambling

I get lost in my own little world sometimes. Thoughts jump from one topic and phrase to the next in a high speed chase while I keep my hands busy and let my brain work itself out. I did that today, while deep cleaning my kitchen in a race against the two loads of laundry I had going. I let my thoughts fade in and out of reality – sometimes paying complete attention to the music on my phone and others getting lost in the swirls of brown goop from cleaning the stove, so that it was nearly invisible.

Of course, I couldn’t actually tell you what I was thinking about, because I don’t remember more than bits, and not in any way that makes sense. But I enjoyed the process of cleaning and losing myself to whatever world my thoughts took me into. I think that helps me clean sometimes, being able to bounce my attention between music and cleaning and thoughts while still doing the same thing and racing the clock.

When I was driving this weekend I let the oranges of the leaves on the trees through the hills seep into my mind as I created a world (that looked suspiciously like something from Dr. Seuss) full of color and breezes and bubbles. The plant outside the restaurant was swaying to the music from inside.

And I had a really weird brainstorm on a comic, which seemed brilliant in the fog of just waking up…it’s lame now.

I’m getting better at letting myself go and not hold back – at least, inside the confines and safety of my own mind. I accidentally tried a new painting technique as I got lost in the texture and how the paint and the palette knife acted against the canvas.

Getting lost.

has become so much…easier as I’ve learned to let myself just be. By repeating over and over the things my soul needs to hear and keeping words on mirrors. Getting lost makes me come alive.

Obsessions

Didn’t get around to blogging yesterday (obviously) because I was way. too. tired. Weather changes do weird things and rain makes me sleepy. I might have allergies, but Claritin seems to give me headaches (or maybe it’s all in my head?).

Anyway, I’m mixing “authentic thursday” in with today’s “media friday” (see? renamed, because youtube is so much fun). I’m naming it “Kierstyn is a geek, and here’s what she’s currently into day”.

I was thinking recently, about how I never really got into much when I was little, Hello Kitty when I was 11 was about the extent of my obsessive  fan-girl-ness. Over the last couple years though, I’ve developed my inner fangirl/geek (living with a geek who feeds my nerdiness helps) and it’s so much fun! So I thought that I’d share a bunch of the things that I’ve been geeking out over lately:

Doctor Who, Firefly, Torchwood, Harry Potter, anything with Felicia Day and Ellen Page, Jonathan Coulton, Disney movies (just re-watched Aladdin last week. OMG. beautiful), Battlestar Galactica, Anime, Phineas and Ferb, Eragon, and I just watched all of the Star Wars movies, and while I like them better watching them closely (like I have to watch Nolan films) I’m not totally into it, but they are fun. ;) *hides*

So, in short (and I could go on, the list keeps growing) that’s what I’m into now. Sci-fi/Fantasy, and a good dose of comedy and animation.

with that…

 

Brain Dead Monday

It’s Monday again! yay.

We had an exciting weekend, and I’m really tired. Putting words into the box is becoming a somewhat difficult task on the day I made up to be the easiest. :P

Daily Post ideas, Monday

See? easy right? words just aren’t coming to me today. I haven’t completely woken up yet, apparently. So I guess I’ll just talk about the crazy fun weekend.

Saturday we went Apple Picking in Turner. I got 6 apples for $2.50 which is really cool. Sometime this week (or so) I’ll need to make an apple pie-ish thing, and then I can eat the other ones. ^.^

Yesterday, we finally went to the fair. We’ve been telling ourselves that we’d go to the fair for the last 3 years and we finally did. We had so much fun! We drove through some really pretty places to get there, the trees were turning and it was really beautiful. We rode on the ferris wheel and played a game and tried corn dogs for the first time, and got an Angry Birds plush.

The view from the ferris wheel was stunning, we rode twice – once after the sun set and once before, so I got to see the fair all lit up – and then we took home a big bag of cotton candy. Today my muscles are all weird, because we walked *all* day and parked the furthest possible distance from the entrance, and didn’t leave till 7:30 last night. But, I think we successfully walked off our corn dogs….at least I hope we did, because I’ll probably try to take it easy this afternoon.

 

A little bit

I try to do a little something that engages my creativity everyday. Some people paint everyday, and sometimes I do that, but usually I end up doing different things everyday depending on what I feel like. One day I’ll paint, the next day (or two) I’ll draw, sometimes I just sit down and write out the jumble of thoughts that have been gathering in a swarm in my brain, or I have too many ideas and I’m forced to just sit there and brainstorm and muse. Sometimes I’ll read – I’ve been reading *alot* of fantasy this summer and have several more books on my list – or I’ll listen to something while doing other things with my hands. Owl City is my go-to when I need to release ideas. I’ll even watch something – I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. Watching animation for color and shading, and HGTV (or Project Runway, just saw that last night) for design and composition ideas.

The other day, I was inspired and made up a blog schedule. I hope this will add a bit of variety to my ramblings here – hopefully mixing a little bit more personal into my general art muses and updates. So I’m looking forward to that. I think I’ll also end up reading and discovering more interesting blogs too, because I’d like to integrate a follow Friday feature and I can’t do that if I never read new things.

Speaking of reading, I’m woefully behind on Eragon and I’m starting to have Game of Thrones/Eragon mashups in my dreams….

In the Works

The other day I went and reorganized the location of a lot of my paintings, and decided I wanted to make a more coherent/designy living room piece to replace the 16×20 fairies and 11×14 still life that are currently sitting above the tv. I’ve always wanted to live somewhere that had some semblance of intentional design. I’m not that good at it yet, at least not when it comes to decorating an entire apartment, but I’m getting better sort of, I hope.

I’ve been watching on of my friends on Facebook put together her first apartment with her fiancé in ways that I sort of wish I could – and then I realized that I actually could if I figured out enough of an idea of what I wanted to do. But I’ve always had a sort of eclectic style and everything is a mis-match of things, though, I generally like to try to find the things that pull that together so it doesn’t look weird. I’m not sure that I’ve completely figured that out, or that the piece I’ve been working on will achieve that, but I think it’s a step in the right direction.

My kitchen is fairies now – I took out all the coffee stuff. I moved the Harry Potter stuff out of the living room and my bedroom and moved it into the studio – perfect inspiration really. Well, and I put the lego HP poster on the fridge and it kind of rocks there.

So now I have the 16×20 fairy paintings in the living room, which I’m going to store and replace somehow, eventually. But last night I spent most of my energy working on a centre piece and I really like how it’s coming out so far.

new centre pieceIt’s not my usual style (apologies for the bad lighting, it was taken at 10pm), but I wanted something a little inspiring, and since I have two Pinterest boards dedicated to phrases that intrigue, inspire, or resonate with me, I thought I’d feature one.

I’m hoping to finish that tonight while Alex is working. And I think I’m going to find an evening project for the next 3 weeks to make Alex’s schedule change a bit more bearable. I don’t feel too bad about him being late if I’m engrossed in working on something too instead of being bored. So I think after this is done, I’ll have a bit more creative energy and inspiration and I’ll be working on redoing the illustrations for The Balloon Lady. If I don’t get side tracked and decide to repaint everything else….