Day 168

I woke up before hubby left for work but the morning seems like it was years ago and I barely remember it. Once hubby had pounced off to work, it was time for a workout. Wifey joined me for today’s workout and we got through 30 minutes before I had even noticed.

With the inspiration of a good workout under my belt I attempted the Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 15. Stairs. I wanted to draw stairs with pot plants on them and set out to find a good reference photo. I used these stairs from 5 Great Staircase Decorating Ideas.

I added more colour to the pot plants and less colour to the walls. I was not happy with how it turned out but didn’t really know how to improve it. So I gave up on it. Hmph.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

After a long lunch, a shower and a big heaping of depression, I thought I would attempt another of the Doodlewash prompts; 16. Eyes.

I really enjoyed the first time I drew eyes so I felt optimistic that I could produce something I would like. By the time I had finished drawing the eyes, I wanted to add a tear drop to the sketch to represent how I was feeling at the time. Round two of drawing was not a success.

By late afternoon I had given up on the day. I tried. That’s something.

You may wonder why I post art I’m not happy with or why I share my bad moods. This blog is about my journey. The ups and the downs. I think it’s important to remember that it is okay to have bad days, it’s okay to be disappointed, it’s okay to not be perfect. The important part is to keep trying. Tomorrow I will try again.

I hope your day has been filled with success and happiness.

Tilly

Day 167

When I heard the car start up and hubby pulled away, headed for work, I KNEW it was time to be awake. I’m not sure how hubby managed to do his morning without making noise.

Once I was up, I jumped straight into a workout. It’s nice to be back to working out. I didn’t push too hard because I still have a cough lingering but I did workout for 30 minutes.

Next it was time for French. A big shout out to MJ Seal for commenting on yesterday’s post in French. I was excited when I knew what he had said without the help of Google translate. That was the inspiration I needed. I finished the ‘Family 2’ topic and did a few practice runs. Overall it was a solid practice. The next topic is ‘Restaurant’. I will start that next week.

I did the Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 14. Buttons. I wanted to draw a doll with button eyes but found it hard to find a picture to reference. I took inspiration from this doll on Pinterest. I sketched the doll sitting in what I felt was a natural position for a doll.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

After lunch I got my guitar out and did some practising. I don’t think I’ll be able to play bar chords anytime soon, so I’m thankful for artists who write in the key of G. One great three chord song is by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – I Need Never Get Old.

Half way through the practice I decided I needed a pick. I didn’t want to get out from under the blanket to grab one from the guitar case, so I grabbed the closest thing possible, a tiny toy of ‘Primo English ham’. It worked well.

It’s Tuesday so that means it’s new Happy List Day. Most of the list was easy (recycled from last week). The purpose of the list is to do things that will make me feel happier if I do them. There is no punishment or bad feels for not doing the list. It is a happy list after all.

Happy List for the week ending 22 September 2019.

  1. Make gold in WoW for sub
  2. Paint
  3. Start a knitting project
  4. Write an ‘About Me’ page on 4440
  5. Draw, 5 days
  6. Write, 2 days
  7. Play guitar, 3 days
  8. Watch 1 world movie
  9. Massage legs, 2 days
  10. Drink 2 bottles of water, 5 days

It was a fairly productive day. I just need to work on things a little faster, so I can stuff more creativity into the awake hours.

I hope your day has been productive and peaceful.

Tilly

Day 166

We went to bed a bit late last night and all woke pretty late. I woke first and started the day with a couple of episodes of Good Mythical Morning.

Once hubby had rolled out of bed, we had a coffee and I sent him off to the store with a clothes shopping list. This is the first time I’ve had new clothes in years. Wifey funded the shopping spree, she is the best!!

I did the Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 13. Skin. I wasn’t sure how to tackle this topic. I don’t have the pencils for doing human skin yet and I’m loving colour too much to go back to lead only.

My next thought was snakeskin. While searching for the right snake, I happened upon a strawberry poison dart frog. I just loved the colours, so I tried that instead.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

That was about all there was to my day. I have a smile on my face.

Today I reached 200 followers. I’d like to say a special thank you to all of you. Whether you comment, like or just briefly browse my posts, I appreciate the fact you are a part of my world. It has been very encouraging while making some big life changes. It’s also made my little world feel so much bigger. You are the best. Thank you at least 200 times!

I hope your world is filled with smiles. Big hugs if it isn’t.

Tilly

Day 165

I woke first and watched some Youtube videos. It was a nice start to a pretty relaxing day. The rest of the family woke around 9.30 am and I did the usual Sunday stuff in World of Warcraft until about 1 pm.

I started the afternoon with an art supplies shopping trip…online. There’ll be new paints, brushes, pencils, pens and a couple of fun art projects on their way soon. It’s very exciting. I’m really looking forward to using watercolour.

I did another Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 12. Laptop. I used a laptop photo on Pinterest as my inspiration. It wasn’t my favourite thing to draw.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

That was my day. I hope your Sunday is relaxed, creative and blessed.

Tilly

Day 164

I had a fairly decent sleep and was ready to dive back into the art world… with colour.

After a slightly chocolatey coffee I started on the Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 10. Fruit. I found a neat drawing of a watermelon on Pinterest and made my version. I think mine is a little more rough around the edges but I had so much fun watching it develop. I used dark green, light green, red and black pencils.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

While I was drawing I watched a ‘world movie’ called Mary and Max. I think it only qualifies as a world movie because it was on the world movie channel. It was based on a true story of an 8 year old girl in Australia becoming pen pals with a 44 year old man from New York. It follows their life long journey dealing with life as outcasts. It was moving.

After lunch I worked on another Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 11. Leaves. I am slightly obsessed with all things tropical, so I tackled a Monstera leaf. I used dark green, light green and dark blue pencils.

I took a break from drawing because the next Doodlewash prompt seems too hard. Can someone do it for me?

Instead I picked up my guitar and continued my practice of the song ‘Dearly Departed.’ I’m getting much closer to having it right. (As right as I can without being able to play some of the chords.)

After guitar practice, I did about 30 minutes of French. It was a fantastique practice. I worked through the ‘family 2’ topic and it was easy. Then I thought I might try some timed practice runs and had three perfect attempts. I even got questions about student/studying right.

That’s about it for the day. I feel weirdly disappointed and I’m not sure why.

I hope you’ve had a day filled with bright colours, beautiful songs and big smiles.

Happy weekend.

Tilly

Day 163

Okay, let’s not talk about my sleep last night or the two hours that I had my eyes shut, as I like to call it. Around 5.30 am I just gave up. I grumpily got out of bed and flopped down onto the sofa. What could I even do so early in the morning, with everyone still asleep?

French! Tu as raison. I had another encouraging lesson. There were only a couple of times where I just blatantly forgot what I was doing but mostly, I was parler français. The French got me through to about 6.20 am and I repeat, what could I even do with everyone still asleep?

Knitting! I said that I would start a knitting project today so what better time to do it. I put on a song by Shakey Graves and started on hubby’s fingerless gloves. I’ve done the starting ribbing and the first few lines of the first colour. I didn’t start the second colour at the time.

It was just before 8 am when a friend asked if I would do some stuff in WoW, so, I did. My morning had already been rather productive, so why not relax a little. I spent about an hour doing the social.

When the clock struck 9 am I knew it was time to draw. I started work on the Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 8. Feathers. Today I would work in colour. Wifey had picked up some simple colour pencils on last nights shopping trip and I took them for a test run.

I have become so used to working in lead that I wasn’t even sure where to start with the colouring. I’d done a very rough outline of the general shape and then got my colour on. The colours are vibrant. My design… needs work. I’m looking forward to more colour creativity.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I did a little housework, had some lunch and then did the next Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 9. Keys. I really enjoyed the last time I sketched a skeleton key, so I went for the same again. I found a reference picture and worked in lead and colour.

After drawing number two, I did a little more work on the knitting project. I think it’s wrong again. I think I needed to change colours on a different row. Oh well. Here is my daymare, enjoy.

While listening to Shakey Graves – Dearly Departed, earlier this morning, I tracked down the chords. I pulled out my favourite guitar (I learned to play on it when I was in my teens) and spent about an hour trying to play the song. My fingers are in a world of hurt. I forgot how sensitive fingertips become after playing guitar. It was fun though. I will definitely be adding more instrument playing to my to do list.

You can find the chords here or you can check out the song on Youtube.

This has been the biggest post I’ve done (I think.) It feels it. I’ll wrap it up even though it’s only 5.30 pm. You’ll have to wait until tomorrow for any more creative, even if I do it today.

I hope your day has been overflowing with creativity and joy. I also hope you have the most wonderful dreams the next time you sleep.

Tilly

Day 162

Hubby tip-toed off to work early and I had a glorious sleep in. I got out of bed just after 9 am and took my sweet time getting to the day.

First on the agenda was a French lesson. I spent about 30 minutes learning simple words. This topic is adding new things like my, his, happy, intelligent, amusing but a lot of the words are ones I’ve already learned. J’aime ce sujet.

Next it was time to do the Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 7. Flowers. I found a reference picture from Bright Craft – 25 Flower Drawings & Information Ideas. I was enjoying some conversation and finished the sketch before I had even noticed.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I spent the bulk of the afternoon working on a weekly food plan. It’s going to be a very healthy and variety filled week in the kitchen.

I started doing a food plan at the beginning of the year so I could increase our healthy food intake while decreasing how much we spend. It worked. The past few months I’ve been slacking off because it usually takes a couple of hours and I want to spend that time doing other things. It felt good getting back on the healthy food track.

I had some fantastic and encouraging conversation with wifey today. We talked about how long it takes for something to become a habit. There’s many ideas on the matter; from 3 weeks to months. I’ve passed the 3 week mark on a number of things and passed the 4 month point on others.

Looking back I don’t remember a point where I thought this is a habit now. The thing I remember is feeling proud of myself for doing things consistently. I impressed myself. Before I started I wasn’t sure if I could. Then suddenly, I had.

I think the important thing when trying to form a new habit is to set yourself some realistic goals. For example; doing the ‘new thing’ three times a week for a month. By proving to yourself that you can do it, it makes it much easier to keep doing it, then you have yourself a habit. It also makes you want to achieve more in other areas. At least, that is what happened for me.

I’ve had another successful day of working on my happy list. Tomorrow I will start work on a new knitting project. Even though winter and the AFL football season is over, I’m going to knit hubby a pair of fingerless gloves in his teams colours. Seeing I’m in a wordy mood, I might also work on my About Me page. There’s an interesting-ish story coming, I promise.

If you’ve made it this far, you are a trooper. Thanks for reading the post and thank you for your support. I hope your world is filled with smiles, love and creativity. You’re an amazing person.

Tilly

Day 161

I woke up at a normalish time and was committed to having a normalish day.

Not long after hubby twirled off to work, I sat down to work on French. I started a new set of ‘family’ words. This topic has been pretty easy so far. I haven’t had my normal feeling of doom while starting this topic. Je suis contente.

Next on my to do list was the Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 6. Pets. I decided to try sketching a picture of my Homer dog from when he was a puppy. I drew the outline, then had lunch. I wasn’t sure how to fill in the details, so I pondered. Eventually I just went for it and it actually looks like him, so I’m happy.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I had some pretty intense and unusual shoulder/neck pain, so I got a nap in the afternoon. I did manage to get a couple of other things done from my happy list when I woke, so the week is heading in the right direction.

I hope you’re having an amazing week filled with creativity and joy.

Tilly

Day 155

I’ve been going to bed later than I should be. By the time midnight creeps around, I simply don’t want to. When I do get into bed, I just lay there, thinking. Eventually I fall asleep, sleep isn’t too terrible but I know it’s not enough.

When the 7 am alarm rang, I crawled out of bed and curled up on the sofa, almost ready to start my day. I’m feeling better than yesterday. A couple of days and I should be feeling back to normal. I hope.

French was first on the agenda. It was another solid practice run.

Even though I’m late (again), I’ve decided to participate in the Doodlewash – September 2019 event. I will be doing solo prompts this time around and will be starting with lead. I should get some colour pencils before it ends. I’ll try and catch up in the next day or two.

The first prompt; light bulb. I took my inspiration from this lovely cluster of bulbs.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

This month I’m also going to focus on sketching all things human…. and maybe some animals. I attempted to sketch eyes today. I used basic guides I had found on Pinterest.

I spent most of the afternoon watching Stranger Things and browsing drawing stuff on Pinterest. I’m enjoying my return to art. Think I might try painting soon. Plus, I’m going to teach wifey how to knit. Fun stuff ahead.

I hope your day has been eye opening and pleasant.

Tilly

Day 147

It was a pretty good nights sleep and I crawled out of bed just after 7 am because Homer dog never stops staring at me until I’m up.

I sat down on the sofa with a cup of coffee and had casual conversation… again. I really enjoy this start to my day but I do miss getting French out of the way first thing. If only I could have casual conversation in French, I’d be set.

Hubby strolled off to work and wifey and I sat and chatted while thinking about working out. Well, I was thinking about working out. It took some time to get started but when we did, it was another great workout.

Then it was time to work on today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 sketch prompts; 12. Insects + 27. Mountains. I decided to draw an insect close up and a mountain range in the background. I referenced this insect photo and the basic shape of the mountains from this mountain drawing tutorial.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I fell short of my goals for today but that’s okay. I know I’ll be able to get my schedule back on track soon. I’m just enjoying the extra smiles from long conversations with wifey.

I hope your day has been filled with smiles and sunshine.

Tilly