3/2021

pattern design, Stamp Carving, Watercolor

So far so good with keeping up with the plan of posting a blog post once a week. What is not so good is that I started transforming this blog into a web site and it’s going very slowly and with many difficulties, because, frankly speaking I have no idea what I am doing most of the time. This past week, I haven’t done anything on that because I was back to work after holiday and did not have a spare moment to do anything.

I did very little art, but managed to post a print on IG every day. I did a watercolor print with my #carvedecember stamps and added some painted details:

The rest are quick prints that I did for my #100littlepatternprints challenge that I made for myself. The trick is to post more often on IG and these are very good because they are done quickly. Sometimes I carved a stamp, sometimes I used what I already had. The point is I gave myself a short art break every day regardless of how busy I was at work; I made a pattern which could be an inspiration for some future pattern design idea; and I posted every day. Cool, right? Here they are:

So, nothing really exciting, but I like the idea of doing these prints for 100 days. #100daychallenge is apparently starting on 31 January this year, but I started early πŸ™‚ I am sure it does not matter πŸ™‚

Otherwise nothing spectacular happened this week, which is good. No news is good news, right? Lola’s had a little soft-bloody-stool episode, which looks like resolving, I hope for the best. Mother is ok. We are still looking for the best place and time for her surgery. The weather is very cold, but mostly sunny. There was some snow fall, and that made everything more beautiful and finally ended long muddy shoes after walk period. Now it’s frozen fingers and toes period. Not complaining, just saying… and longing for dust and sweat period πŸ˜‰ It cannot come soon enough… I really do not like winter.

2/2021

Art Journal, Mixed Media, Musings About Stuff, Stamp Carving, video

This week I was on holiday, so there was time for art and I did quite some. There is a challenge called #printersolstice which I am doing. It’s easy because it requires printing only one print a week and it’s already week 3, so these are my three prints:

Have I mentioned last week that I enrolled in Life Book this year? If not, I am mentioning it now πŸ™‚ This is a warm-up piece I painted:

Obviously my word for this year are ‘gently flow’. I don’t have a good feeling about this year, probably because it started with worries and anxiety. I want to just sit quietly and be taken to the point of resolution. I know that’s impossible, so I am going to tread gently. Flow, if possible. And try to be very nice and patient with us all. This was the week where I do not solve any problems, but just get ready to act… from Monday. And that’s in a day almost. Mother is anxious about her impending surgery. Lola grew some lump in her ear. Lumps are a no-no, so the vet it is next week, instead of next month as planned. Here she is with her new scarf:

I was playing with Procreate Pocket on my phone, and did some funny drawings, here are videos:

These were fun really πŸ™‚ I wish I had an iPad and a real Procreate. I plan to get one for my birthday. Let’s see…

I also started transforming my web site. I have a home page now with the link to this blog. I have another domain name, which I will change when it’s all finished. It’s hard because I need to learn how to do stuff and most of the time I am just guessing and trial-erring, but I am sure that I will get there eventually.

We managed to walk every day for an hour – that’s a new one, we drive somewhere and them Lola too walks, no problem. We are discovering paths in nature which are very close to our place, like 10 minutes drive no more, so that is something to really be grateful for. I had no idea we lived in such a great place. Does this sound weird? Anyway, I hope I will be able to continue with these great walks when work starts. I really hope. They make these winter days bearable. Actually, there is no real winter, the temperatures are most of the time above zero and there was snow only one day and it did not even require shovelling, so it does not count at all.

So this is it for the first full week of January 2021. Not too bad. We are still standing. Let’s gently flow…

1/2021

pattern design

Happy New Year.

As usual, let’s start the year with a resolution. I feel that this year should be about the self-care and self-love and being very gentle with myself. I’ve been pushing myself too much, with giving to my family, trying to achieve something with my art business, trying to do the art challenges, learning new things, looking to accomplish more… and more… and to tell the truth: I am tired. I worry too much, I sleep badly, I stress about not making the challenges, not getting enough attention from my followers, not reaching my business goals, not writing my blog every day. I neglect myself by not resting enough, not meditating enough, not exercising enough, not pausing enough, not making art that has meaning to me.

So, this year I will try to make things better for myself and do less of what stresses me and more of what has deeper meaning and nourishes my soul. Starting with this blog, I am not going to post every day. I will try to do weekly posts and if I do not manage that, I will do monthly. Daily did not work for three years now, so I better let go of it.

I set myself monthly goals, but not for more than two months ahead. If I do not reach them, I will just move them to the next month. This month the goal is to transform this blog into a web site. Apparently it’s possible, I just need to learn how. Because, right now I am struggling with even simple image insertion in this new editor. Maybe the editor is not even new, just I did not come here for a very long time πŸ™‚

Things have been ok last year. We did not get ill with the virus. We built the garden, which was a huge undertaking for me, both financially and emotionally. I advanced my skills with learning about pattern design. That was big too. I struggled with Lola’s health and it seems that I finally won there too: since November she is eating raw. I stopped all supplements and all carbs (grains, fruits, vegetables). Her last bad diarrhoea was in October. She is eating only raw meat and fish, raw organ meat and occasional bone. She is improving. I am calming down. Let’s hope that’s a win. So, 2020 is done and all is ok.

End of 2020 Mother got a moderately worrying health issue, so this year we are starting with worry about that. She will need a surgery, which involves general anaesthesia and she is extremely worried about that. I worry too. Many things could go wrong, but let’s hope they will not. So, that’s a big one to deal with in January too.

I enrolled in Life Book this year after three years of pause. I felt it’s time to get back to it and work thorough the self-care lessons I will find there. I am not expecting to do them all, just what inspires me. This time, I have an old book from my childhood that I will alter for Life Book. I am looking forward to it. It’s been a long time since I painted mixed media.

Last month of 2020 was dedicated to #carvedecember challenge and that one I did, all 31 days and I recorded a video of all of them. I quite enjoyed it and managed quite well time wise. I will try to post a video flip through here. I know it never worked before, but let’s see, maybe it changed πŸ™‚

117/2020

pattern design

Pink GlowPurple GlowPurplePinkGlow

So I was kind of lazy these days and did not write anything. Nobody got sick and even our gardener appeared to say that he will start the works on 17 August. So there was no bad and scary reason for not posting πŸ™‚ I was just very very busy at work and around house, so there was simply no time. Lola had her lab check on Friday and all is good.

I was further using my watercolor painting to make patterns. These three are made of two flowers from that painting, I just added a glow filter around them. I am quite happy with how they turned out.

We are travelling today again to Slovenia. The weather is nice and hot, so the summer is finally here. Sad to think that it’s already August, so it will not last, but at least we did get some hot this year.

116/2020

pattern design

Purple Yellow and More

I am continuing with turning my watercolor painting into a repeat pattern. This is element number 3 added. I really like how it turned out πŸ™‚

There is a lot to do this week, at work. Also we are preparing for the garden rebuilding, doing last minute planning and shopping for materials. Actually I will be really happy when August is over, I hope all works will be finished by then. But let’s not plan too far ahead, they haven’t even started, LOL!

115/2020

pattern design

IMG_3775MessyMandala1PurpleYellowFlowers

Well, if it’s not Lola, it’s something else. Lola was fine thankfully, but I got a pinched nerve in my shoulder and for two days could not move my little finger and also did not sleep almost at all for two nights. Since I had a lot of time and could not do anything, I downloaded an app called Procreate Pocket, which is kind of Procreate for iPhone, because I do not have an iPad. So I played a bit with it once the pain got bearable and made a wonky mandala (first photo), Then once I could hold a mouse I tried to see how it works with exporting it from Procreate to Photoshop, and I can report a success. Made just a very simple pattern because the drawing does not deserve better, but it’s good to know that there is that option. Today I continued to extract elements from a watercolor painting, the job I started before the shoulder hit me. The idea was to extract element by element and then recombine them into a seamless pattern. The last photo is two flowers combined into a pattern. Tomorrow I continue.

114/2020

pattern design

Take me to a Happy Place

New patter from a watercolor painting I did two years ago. The colors make me happy. The weather has improved today and the sun came out. I hope we will have a beautiful day, despite it being Monday… I feel unsettled and worried… There is a full list of chores to attend to, so I better start working on crossing them out. It may help me focus and feel better…

113/2020

pattern design

GreenWatercolorFlowersPink Red FlowersWindy Flowers

Did I really miss more than one month of blogging? It certainly did not feel that long. The main reason was Lola was sick. She’s got a bad case of gastritis caused most probably by multiple food intolerances. It was bad, stressful, sad and horrible. It sucked all my energy, ruined my sleep and wrecked my creativity. All I could do was watch her and wait for any sign that would tell me something was wrong again. Because I overthink and overworry and overpanick. It’s not only that the dog is unwell, but I add to the burden triple-fold by expecting and imagining bad things happening. Anyway…

I did some art and created some patterns, but I am so far behind in all my challenges. I realised I really don’t care. Because no matter how important art is for me, it is not the most important thing obviously. So, here are three patterns I made in last three days. There was more certainly, but now I lack the energy to search for photos. So some stuff will not get posted to this blog. It does not matter.

The weather has been terrible. It’s raining almost every day and we are dressed like in late autumn, all with socks and padded jackets and rain coats. Gloomy skies just add to my tiredness and lack of motivation. So yeah… it’s Sunday, it’s dark and raining, the day has just started and I wish I could go back to bed and wake up in some better time.

112/2020

pattern design

DarkRedFlowers DBDarkRedFlowers LB

I am continuing my pattern making with this card which I posted a few days ago. We had a great time in Slovenia, the weather was just perfect and we did a lot of work in the garden, picked up many strawberries and played ball for minutes and minutes. Lola gets really excited about having such a huge garden to run around and she is so happy there, so we do many short running arounds during the day because we have to be mindful of the heat and the fact that she is unfortunately prone to getting a heat stroke due to breathing difficulties. And no, she does not know when it’s time to stop and she would run until she falls down, which, of course, I prevent in time. πŸ™‚

We came back on Sunday in the horrible weather in Hungary. We got stuck in the traffic jam on the highway on our way back. Stupid me, forgetting that driving on Sunday afternoon is a big no-no. Frankly I was not expecting so many people already driving around due to pandemics and what not. Obviously, I was wrong.

So, now we are back home, today we used a couple of hours when the rain stopped to go to the local building material shop and buy tiles for the garden, It was a success, so I can finally provide the data to the gardener and finalize the deal with him. Obviously, they will not be able to start in August as planned, because I think everything is delayed due to bad weather. Anyway… I hope the tiles will not stay in front of the house until next year. Gasp!

111/2020

pattern design

12/61. It’s Saturday and I am going to meet a friend. There is still a lot of work in the garden but we managed to clean the majority of the tall grass and to free our raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Strawberries need more work. It’s going to be another hot day… better enjoy it while we can because already tomorrow the weather will spoil again.