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

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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 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 158

I woke up around 8 am and sat down for quiet conversation with wifey. She beamed at me as I started my ‘gamer rant’ about upcoming mythic dungeons in WoW. I started playing the game because of her not long after we met and I couldn’t stand the game. I definitely wasn’t a ‘gamer’. Now, I kinda am (even if I deny it ’til I’m blue in the face.)

My morning was spent running dungeons and for the most part, it was painful and unpleasant. It’s a special kind of torture I put myself through every week. I’m hanging in there because I know that soon I’ll have some great people to play with. Also hanging in there for the healer. We’ve been doing this for about 3 years now, every Sunday.

Once I’d set childish things aside, I pulled out my pencil to tackle the Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 4. Pen. I found a fountain pen reference picture and got to it. This was my first attempt at a close up hand and for the most part, I’m happy with it. I know how I would do it better if I did it again.

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

As soon as I had finished and taken the photo of the pen drawing, I picked up my pencil again to tackle the next prompt; 5. Cup. I knew exactly what cup I wanted to draw and I hope this flamingo tea set finds its way into my home at some point. It’s so amazing!!!

I finished the day with a smooth French practice run and a movie. It’s time for bed.

I hope you have sweet dreams the next time you’re in dreamland.

Tilly