Day 392

I listened to a healing meditation as I drifted off last night. It was very relaxing. I got about 6 hours sleep which isn’t terrible. I really felt like starting art the second I woke up but instead I enjoyed a coffee and watched some short food videos on Youtube with hubby.

Once hubby had gone to work I started work on a meal plan for the rest of the week. I found some great keto recipes (at least they sound great) and I’ve planned to have one that we ate last week. It was just so delicious.

Thurs: Shop / Chicken Kiev + Salad
Fri: Chicken Coconut Curry with Broccoli Rice
Sat: Bacon Cheeseburger + Coleslaw
Sun: Keto Stuffed Cabbage
Mon / Tues: Keto Shepherd’s Pie

Before I started Puddling I decided to do some random art with prompts from ‘Jazza’s Arty Games.’ I found the environment challenges the most fun. I struggled with the ‘character’ challenges and most attempts found their way to the bin. I only set 10 minute timers for each drawing but they all took longer.

I started with the floating city. I didn’t write the prompt down and just had to guess at what it said when I’d finished drawing. I drew it in pencil and ended up lining it in ink to make it look a little bit more dynamic.

With the second one I wrote the entire prompt down and then drew it. I drew an ink outline, used fine liners to colour some of it and pencil to finish it off.

Then I decided to try a ‘copying’ challenge. I once again only set it for 10 minutes and this was no where near enough time. I got it roughly sketched then I ran out of time and the original picture disappeared. I wasn’t sure how to finish the bottom part of the body, so I didn’t worry about it and got to colouring. I used pencil.

I stopped the art-ing for lunch but quickly returned to it in the early afternoon. I got two Puddles completed today. I’m feeling the art!!!!

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him celebrating Read a Road Map Day. Because of the lockdown Arthur can’t go anywhere but he had a great time imagining he was out in his penguin-yellow car.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him and Douglas dog having a pillow fight for International Pillow Fight Day. They had fun for hours and Douglas won more matches than you would think.

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By the late afternoon I really wanted a nap but normal day things just kept happening. I feel so normal. I’m like a real human person today. I got a quick French and Norwegian lesson in and contemplated knitting. I’m close.

I hope you’ve had a fantastic day of smiles, brightness, creativity and relaxing. Keep your chin up and stay strong. This too shall pass. Stay safe and stay at home. Take care.

Tilly

Day 226

I woke just after hubby and very seriously considered going back to sleep. I brushed that thought aside and got up. Today was going to be a long day. Hubby had to work late and wasn’t due home until after 8 pm. I hate being alone for so long. I mean, I enjoy my own company but I haven’t felt safe on my own for a very long time.

A few years ago, when we were living in Melbourne, someone tried to break into the house about 3 pm, while I was there alone. That day, hubby had to work back. If he finished when he should have, he would have been home and I wouldn’t have had to go through that experience. I don’t like being alone.

When hubby raced off to work, I got straight to my workout. My arms, in particular, have really been feeling the workout this week. That didn’t stop me from pushing hard. It was another fantastic workout but after a hot day, my arms feel like jelly now.

I got in some French practice before deciding what art I should try. I haven’t been very watercolour inspired the last few days. That’s okay. There are lots of things I want to learn to do. I got out my sketch pencils and tried my version of ‘woman’s face’ by Johan De Jager found on Unsplash. It took five hours. This is the first face that I’ve finished and I learned a lot while doing it.

By about 4 pm the house was really hot and I was determined to avoid it by taking a nap in front of the fan. I can deal with heat so much better when I’m sleeping. I swear I was a penguin in a past life.

I hope your day has been filled with sunshine, happiness and laughter.

Tilly