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SALLY

Day 10 of Inktober already. I’ve not missed a day yet, and I’m also a bit loony right now from staying up late every night. My dog is also not impressed. He has a strict bedtime schedule (10pm on the dot) and I’ve mess that up for him entirely. I still prefer my pencil drawings to the ink…because I am a giant baby and I’m not used to the pen yet. I’m only using a sharpie pen, like a 0.3 fine point. The most difficult part for me has been deciding what to draw. I set some parameters for myself on day one to narrow down the choices….all female (humanoid) characters, posed as if they’re having their portrait taken…and most of them from the shoulders up – unless we need more visual info to help make them easy to recognize because I’m not copying them from pictures or anything, just using my imagination. I downloaded Werble to my phone and added snow to the Sally illustration. Last night I drew Luna Lovegood and added some floaty wrackspurts. So far my Inktober has consisted of Maleficent, The Queen of Hearts, Cruella De Vil, The Mad Hatter (female), Ursula, Harley Quinn, Sally from Nightmare before Christmas, Arwen(LOTR) and Luna from Harry Potter…tonight I’m thinking I’ll do another “creepy” one. Usually decide about an hour before I start drawing. The Madhatter is probably my favorite right now.

I’ve started using some color ink, but only sparingly. The last few days I’ve wanted to use watercolor washes then draw/ink over that…we’ll see what happens. Only 20 or so drawings left! I love scrolling through and looking at everyone’s work. Found so many new artists to follow on instagram, glad I chose to participate. ♡

bloom

I’ve never been great with plants. That’s what I tell myself, anyway. Last weekend I went ahead and got three separate potted plants and much to my surprise they are thriving. I bought a rose bush, impatiens and some other mix of purple and white flowers. It was a bit daunting for me to choose from all the plants at the nursery…so I just got whatever I thought would be hardest to kill. My mom said not to be afraid of the roses…just don’t over water them. They are looking really pretty right now. The pictures show the very first bud that came out a few days ago…from bud to full bloom (and now in my living room). It didn’t occur to me until today to give it a sniff. It smells amazing!

I’m working hard at remembering to water and not over-water and also to check for BEES before reaching into the planters, moving the planters…I swear the last bee/wasp/stingy thing I saw was robotic or on steroids…it was giant and pointy and I imagine it having angry eyebrows, wearing a derby and smoking a cigar (shivers).

image credit: © Aimee McEwen

hey there, pumpkin

pumkin2014I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

How adorable is this teeny tiny pumpkin? It’s my most favorite pumpkin ever. I might paint or glitter it or something, not sure yet. It was a beautiful day yesterday and this morning I was wide awake at 4 a.m. for some ungodly reason. So off I went to work…oh, only 3 hours early. No biggie. I feel okay, don’t worry. No fever, I promise.

image: © Aimee McEwen

because this

Well, THAT was beautiful. Listening to Melody Gardot all day today. Because this.

I have days where all I want to do is listen to music. Other days I cannot bring myself to even turn on the car radio. Strange to have those two extremes. If I think carefully about it, the days of music are because I feel happy. The no music days are days I don’t want to feel anything.

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happy today.

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i am big bird

I AM BIG BIRD is a feature-length documentary about Caroll Spinney, who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969… and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping…

Caroll Spinney has been performing as Big Bird and Oscar for over 40 years. That’s longer than I have been alive (mind BLOWN). I just spent over an hour reading and scrolling through all the images at I Am Big Bird. I can’t wait to see the whole movie!

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dangerdust

Chalkboard artists and self described vandals, Dangerdust, have created a collection of really lovely, thoughtful, and intricate hand-lettered designs. This duo of (presumably over-worked) Columbus College of Art & Design students create a new board each week and consider it a “relief” from their “frustrating” mostly computer-based course work.

DANGERDUST6DANGERDUSTDANGERDUST1DANGERDUST3I love the precarious nature of chalk art; it’s there and with a coupe swipes it’s gone. These images are just a sampling of their work, check out their site, instagram, and the Etsy shop where you can purchase prints. Happy Weekend!

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a little chewie

jameshance.comIf you’re new around these parts you probably aren’t familiar with my complete and undying love of all things that James Hance creates. There’s not enough time to go through all the reasons that this sweet, dear and talented person is at the top of my list of all lists of all things. Maybe it’s because he creates thoughtful and witty tributes to my favorite childhood memories. It could also be that sometimes it feels like his work was plucked straight from my head and made real. But mostly, I think it’s because there is no one in the world like him and I’m just so very glad for that.

James creates many things, but the first “hancey” creation that I came across, gosh maybe 4 years ago, was his book Wookiee the Chew. It’s a darling mash up of Winnie the Pooh and Star Wars. It is smartly written, adorably illustrated… and now, because James is THAT wonderful there are little plush Chews to be had (well, actually, I am pretty sure they sold out immediately – next time gadget).

You can learn more about Mr. Hance’s relentlessly cheerful projects over on his blog. He shares silliness and behind the scenes peeks of most of his work.

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art feelings by ArtMind

 

Mitsy Sleur’s Art feelings are very smart and sensitive. I probably like them so much because I am such a “moody” person, but still. You can even order a custom Art Feeling; mine would be a frankensteinesque art feeling called “mixed”. But you already knew that. Watch Mitsy’s Handmade Portrait below and then go check out her shop, ArtMind.

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look at the birds, up in the trees…

Well, THAT was beautiful.

My weekend was very busy and I accomplished so much! I donated blood, did almost all the laundry, cleaned the house top to bottom and reclaimed my office from the kitten. Thankfully, he has survived two whole nights out in the the open and so have my knick knacks. I completely destroyed one of my favorite dressers, don’t ask me how but it’s going to the trash tomorrow. It was very inexpensive, so at least there’s that and that’s probably how come it fell apart (exploded) anyhow. I now have a proper workspace and my living room feels huge without the giant desk and office chair in it. YAY!

A few people I know have been taking vacations lately and posting their pictures on FB:

And my brother sends me beautiful pictures on the regular via text:

You know, looking at images like these really helps me to de-stress and find calm. It’s very therapeutic. And, that is why I’ve decided to put together a 2014 calendar with photos like this. I’ve not done any calendars with photos before so it’s going to be interesting. I’m also putting together an illustrated calendar (nature inspired) and I can’t wait to share it when it’s ready. Happy Monday everybody!