It was a busy week and a busy weekend. I missed to write my post yesterday, so I am doing it now on Monday morning before I go to chiropractor. I was working this week on a drawing for the next Spoonflower challenge which is themed Rococo. I am so very impressed by those enormous dresses and hairdos, wondering how much time women spent on dressing and making themselves presentable. What a strange age and fashion! Here’s my entry:
It took ages to draw, but I am really happy with it.
And that’s all. I did not do anything else, only started drawing another dancer figure because I really enjoyed this one, so I would like to try another one. I am learning more about Fresco and I really love it. I was also researching Behance and Adobe Portfolio because I realized I would definitely need to make a portfolio sooner or later. Today a new Immersion course is starting. I hope there will be some instruction on Illustrator for iPad.
Weatherwise, I think the spring is slowly coming, we are having nice sunny weather and for a few days it was really very warm, but now it’s more like it should be. I met with the gardener and discussed upcoming works. They will come this week to start – one tree needs moving to another place, the big tree needs trimming, raised beds need finishing and so on. I am so much looking forward to all plants and grass starting to grow. It was a long ugly winter.
This is going to be a very short one. I am not in the mood. I was too busy at work this past week, so I did almost nothing. Just a bit every day but not much in total. So today I am posting two videos and one pattern.
I drew this over two weeks, bit by bit and was fighting with turning it into pattern for a long time because I wanted to do it on iPad and Procreate was misbehaving and I would spend ages and then end up with a dreaded white hairline and several times so. Finally this morning I accidentally learned that Adobe Fresco can now make a pattern with help of Adobe Capture and it worked like charm as you see, and I could even get a half-drop repeat. Cool. Not that I am going to use this one for anything, but it was fun.
Here’s the video of the drawing:
And the, another video, just for fun:
Otherwise, I am exploring ways to use Adobe Portfolio for my web site, because it may be easier than WordPress and it’s free with my subscription. Then I got dragged into Behance and saw so many professional looking portfolios and projects that I lost any desire to enter in there with my funny little nothingness. So that’s the story of the week. I am keeping away from Instagram as much as I can, but obviously now I should also keep away from Behance. Luckily I have not posted anything yet there…
I am worried about everything and everyone, which is nothing new. I do not see where this world is going, except to hell maybe. I am desperately looking for peace and sanity, but they are nowhere to be found.
Feeling really tired. Lola is pushing my arm and preventing me from typing because she wants to be scratched. It was a terrible cold week with lots of rain which turned to ice overnight and for two days I was not able to unlock our gate and had to use car entrance to go out. Thankfully that did not freeze. I think it’s time for this winter to end, because now I feel I really had enough. Tired.
I am also tired of Instagram and constantly trying to keep up with every day posting, so this week I wasn’t posting or engaging in any way and I have to say that it felt good. I had to ask myself why do I keep trying to win likes and followers and to tailor my posts and accounts to what people like. It makes me frustrated and feels fake and I don’t achieve anything. So, I made a conclusion that it does not really matter and that I should really focus on what makes me happy and stop thinking about how to please the people.
In that context, I was mostly drawing on iPad and concentrating on Spoonflower challenges. My Ox pattern ended up on 82 place which is by far the best placement ever and it makes me really happy. To celebrate that, I created a coloring page based on the design, which I give for free and you can download it here.
Here are the two pattern that I submitted for the next two Spoonflower challenges. The first one I already mentioned last week, it’s challenge called patchwork and my entry is this one:
I think it will make a great cover from my sofa, so I am planning to order it very soon, just waiting for a couple more designs to order samples at the same time.
The second design I just submitted today is for the talisman challenge and I really spent a lot of time on it, choosing colors and making all the little details work together. I am still not completely happy with it but I think it looks bold and interesting:
And, as I said, I really enjoy drawing on iPad and exploring what can be done. Getting an iPad was the best purchase I made lately. This one was just a quick play, but possibilities are almost endless.
And finally, today I managed to squeeze in a little carve and print time:
That’s it. I listened to a good instructional presentation in Flourish hosted by Bonnie Christine, about web site design and message you need to convey and how to structure pages and links. I did learn quite a bit and will be working on implementing some of it soon. Still struggling with my page but I am working on it whenever I have time. A page a week will do and I will get there eventually.
Hmm.. I really did not manage to carve and print every day, actually I made only two prints:
But I did make a nice pattern for this week’s Spoonflower challenge titled Year of the ox. I really surprised myself because I felt totally uninspired by the topic, but once I started drawing I started liking it to and I am really pleased with the result:
And then a complete surprise: my design got featured in Spoonflower newsletter:
Results will be announced next week, I do not think I will win enough votes to make it into first 50, but this was by far my most liked design and being featured is a prize on its own. Yay!
I did work on another design for next week’s challenge, the topic was patchwork and I really like what I made. I am ordering it to make a sofa cover. Will post a photo next week.
It was my birthday on Wednesday. We made tiramisu and shared it and some sparkling wine with our neighbors out on the terrace. Stupid lockdown, but I am grateful we could do that much. Depressing.
Again a busy week at work and fighting for time and light to do some art. I did manage to make a quick pattern for weekly Spoonflower challenge. Here’s video of it:
Nothing special, but I am glad I did it because I want to do as many of these challenges this year.
On Monday a fresh supply of stamping pads arrived:
And I swatched them using an old stamp. I don’t really like the stazon pads, but I am sure I will find a use for them. They are too dark somehow and stamps cannot be cleaned easily after stamping. I suppose it doesn’t matter much as it does not affect the stamp, but still bothers me.
I am working on my 100 day challenge. I am on print number 19 today. I skipped two days this week, but still managed to do a decent number and even carved some new stamps. Here are the prints:
The rest of my life this week was ok. Took car to service on Wednesday and Mother to hairdresser on Friday. Everybody was more or less healthy and well, so nothing to complain about. Today I even managed to update my ‘About’ page here on my website. And hallelujah, l managed to link it here. I find this WordPress app quite difficult to use, frankly speaking. It’s easier on the computer, but you cannot lie on the sofa and type on your computer, so yeah…
It was a busy week at work, so I did not have much time for art. I also did not do anything on this web site, so I am afraid that I will forget the little of what I learned. Not a pity really because it is just a little. Something important happened: I bought myself an iPad, with pencil and all. I immediately downloaded procreate and Illustrator and Photoshop and started drawing. There is so much to learn, but I can finally do it from the comfort of my bed and sofa and not depend on whether I have the necessary light or surface to place my paper on. I expect it will help me being more productive. Here’s a little mandala I drew the first day:
I realized that now I can easily create line art, even in vector format, because there is another app called Fresco, which can draw vectors. Yay the possibilities and hello coloring pages. I can now refresh the supply of coloring sheets that I originally started with on this blog. Maybe some people among you would be interested. Let me know.
Apart from having great fun on my iPad, I continued with the #100littlepatternprints but I skipped a few days because work was really crazy. Here’s what I did:
Not bad really considering how little time there was, right?
Otherwise… I did not take Lola to the vet, because her ear got better. Her digestion is improving, so I will wait February as it was the original plan. Still no date for Mother’s surgery. The snow has melted and now we have mud again. After several very cold days there arrived several very warm ones, today it’s cold again, but somehow smelled like spring. Probably it’s just in my head.
So that’s all for today. I am keeping up with my weekly posts for the time being, we are all kind of healthy and mostly happy, so all good. Let me go back to drawing now. See you next week.
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 🙂 I am sure it does not matter 🙂
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 😉 It cannot come soon enough… I really do not like winter.
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 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂 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.
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 🙂
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!