My days aren’t running as they should but I am still getting some things done.
I did the Doodlewash – October 2019 prompt; 10. Pies. I wanted to do a cherry pie and found a reference (and recipe.) I’m not happy with my colour choices. I should have used a few different shades of red. I accidentally coloured over my first pastry layer with a yellow pencil. I think if it was done lighter it might have worked out okay. It’s all learning.
I spent far too long working on the Inktober 2019 prompt; 15. Legend. I have a habit of purposely mispronouncing the word legend, so it sounds like ‘leg-end’. That was my inspiration. I wanted to do a tattoo of the word legend on what is technically our leg end; the foot. I found a foot reference on Pinterest and then spent about four hours trying to sketch it. Feet are so much harder than I expected. I knew it would be hard but… just… wow!!
I did a couple of things off my happy list, sketched some more drawings to be water-coloured and had lots of silly giggles with wifey. I’m dreading wifey returning to the USA and want to spend as much time making wonderful memories with her as I can.
I hope you are surrounded by smiles, friends and family. Big hugs to anyone feeling alone right now. I hope you’re having a fantastic week.
Today wasn’t one of my best days but it certainly wasn’t my worst. I got some stuff done. I had an amazing practice run with French and only got a handful of things wrong. I spent some time singing. I worked out.
I also worked on the Inktober 2019 prompt; 14. Overgrown. I found a photo of a brick wall with plants growing over it. I wasn’t entirely sure how to create it in ink but I did the bricks, added the plants and it was done.
By the afternoon I was feeling strangely exhausted, so I put my relaxing cap on and enjoyed the evening with the family.
I woke up just after 7 am and felt hopeful about the day but the only thing I managed to do before hubby left for work was drink coffee. Then it was time to workout. It was a pretty slow workout but we got it done and made body parts ache.
Then I sat down to start work on the Doodlewash – October 2019 prompt; 9. Porch. Seeing a porch isn’t food or food related, I had to think of something you’d enjoy on a porch. I picked iced tea, which seemed like a Southern USA porch-sitting type drink.
Anytime I had to wait for the water on the iced tea drawing to dry, I worked on the Inktober 2019 prompt; 13. Ash. I wanted to draw a male holding or smoking a cigarette (I’ve only been drawing females so far), and found a great reference picture of a man holding a cigarette.
I finished the day with French. I noticed that I’d finished the ‘City’ topic, so it’s just timed practice runs for the rest of the week.
It has been a pretty good start to the week. A new happy list has started and I WILL get it all done this week…. I hope.
Learn something new
Drink 2 bottles of water, 5 days
Knit, 2 days
Draw with Ink, 5 days
Drawing Challenge, 5 days
Write, 2 days
Play guitar, 3 days
Watch 1 world movie
Massage legs, 2 days
I hope you have a week filled with creativity, satisfaction and a little relaxing.
I had a reasonable sleep and woke feeling pretty good. It’s still the weekend and I took it easy. I haven’t really given myself enough ‘time off’ during this life changing journey. Over the next six months (because it’s already been six months of doing this) I will schedule in a lil more relaxing time in between all the busy so I don’t get burnt out.
I did a quick sketch for the Inktober prompt; 12. Dragon. I found a great gallery of ‘How to’ and dragon drawings. I had drawn the wing part too big and had to make some pretty drastic changes to the head and tail. It made the sketch look unbalanced, so I added another head.
The rest of the day was filled with housework, delicious food, a little French and lots of smiles. I think I’m feeling ready and pretty good about the upcoming week.
I hope your week is filled with new experiences, good friends, finishing projects and feeling good about yourself. Stay safe.
Today I was feeling neutral. I woke up late again and spent too long staring over a cup of coffee but that didn’t bother me. I decided I didn’t feel like working out, so I wasn’t going to. I was okay with that too.
I was determined to be patient while using watercolours for the Doodlewash – October 2019 prompt; 7. Apple. It took hours to do and for the most part I was patient to let the water dry. I used this apple reference.
While I was taking my time on the watercolour, I also worked on the Inktober prompt; 10. Pattern. I used this mehndi reference.
I had time to do the Inktober 2019 prompt; 11. Snow, aswell. I decided to find someone wearing a ski mask as I felt this would best portray snow. Hubby thought it was an astronaut. If it is an astronaut, it’s on a snow covered planet. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.
I had some pretty bad pain in the afternoon, so I distracted myself with some baking. I made spinach and ricotta pinwheels. They were very tasty. One day I’ll write some recipes to share.
I’m feeling pretty okay with what I got done today. I’m almost feeling back to normal. I finished the day with a face full of French.
I hope your day has been full of sunshine, smiles and the smells of baking.
I don’t really feel like talking about my day. I’m unimpressed with myself at the moment. I know the feelings will pass and until they do I will do as much as I can.
Today I worked on the Doodlewash – October 2019 prompt; Dog. With the food theme in full swing, I decided to draw a hot dog. I could have just done the hot dog but I found a great reference picture of a woman holding a hot dog.
I also finished the Inktober 2019 prompt; 9. Swing. I did a search for ‘swing’ and amongst all the swings you would sit on, I found a picture of a person taking a swing at a baseball. Why wouldn’t I try sketching that?
I finished the day with French. I have just started work on the ‘City’ topic and got through the first level of it pretty easy. Some of the words like ‘today’ (aujourd’hui) are going to take me some time to get used to.
I hope you have a fantastic day filled with smiles, goodness, friendship and an abundance of creativity. You’re the best.
I woke up late again today. It was after 9 am when I finally rolled out of bed and I just wasn’t feeling the day again. I’m depressed. Yuck. I know I have lots of reasons to be happy and I’m thankful for every single one of them. I’m thankful that I have people that care about me. I am just struggling to shake off the bad feels.
The first thing I attempted today was the Inktober 2019 prompt; 8. Frail. Wifey suggested doing a frail bird and when I Googled it I found a wonderful quote from Victor Hugo. I paired that with a small grey bird. I really like how the bird turned out. I’m not so happy with my handwriting.
I worked on the next prompt for Inktober and Doodlewash but couldn’t bring myself to finish either of them. I spent a few hours working on both the sketches. It should give me a good start to art-ing tomorrow.
In the hour before hubby got home, wifey made some buttermilk biscuits. They are very similar to a scone, so I put some butter and honey on mine.
I would have got a little more done but I spent the late afternoon chatting with a friend. He talked, I laughed and before I knew it 3 hours had flown by. Sometimes it feels strange that I could feel close to someone and consider them a friend even though we’ve never met. Of course, this is a situation I’m familiar with. I was with wifey for four years before we met for the first time.
Even though my heart is heavy, my mind is over flowing with all the good things I’m surrounded by and I know I’ll get through. In the wise words of Dory from Finding Nemo; Just keep swimming.
I hope your day has been filled with big smiles, good friends and a tasty treat.
I crawled out of bed around 10.30 am, sat down on the sofa and sighed. I was clearly not feeling the day. In fact, everything in me just wanted to give up. I know I’ve made progress but there is still such a long way to go and some days, that feels overwhelming.
After about an hour of hopeless staring, I knew I had to get to art-ing. I had done a rough sketch for the Inktober prompt; 7. Enchanted yesterday and it was time to do the ink part. I created this design with a little inspiration from a ‘love potion’ bottle on Pinterest. I always wanted to do spells when I was a teenager. I was never that enchanting.
Next I worked on the Doodlewash prompt; 5. Barn. I had noticed a theme to the ones I’ve already done and that theme is food. (I know you wouldn’t eat the fish I sketched but you can eat fish.) So I am setting myself a new challenge within the challenge and going to do all the prompts about food.
With that in mind I did a Google search for ‘food + barn’. I eventually happened upon a photo of a fruit topped dessert which you can get at The Foodbarn. Bingo! It is somewhat barn related and it’s what I chose to do. Just between you and me, if you’re ever in South Africa it looks like a wonderful place to eat at.
There wasn’t much day left once I’d finished the art-ing, so I just did some tidying and cleaning. Now my craft area and computer area feel much more organised. Hopefully it’ll help me refocus. I can do it!!!
I finished the day with a brief French revision. I will start a new topic tomorrow. I’m also going to try harder tomorrow. At the point where I want to stop or give up, I will do one more thing.
I woke just after 7 am and I really wanted to go back to sleep. I tried but my brain had already started ticking and I was keen on starting some art. I’m a few days behind in the Doodlewash event and one day behind in the Inktober event.
For the Doodlewash – October 2019 prompt; 4. Ice, I decided to do ice cream because yum! I found a colourful reference and tried. I particularly like the wafer and the strawberry ice cream. Another thing I will try drawing again.
For the Inktober 2019 prompt; 6. Husky, I decided to draw a Hillman Husky. My original idea was to draw a husky dog but wifey helped me find a non dog reference. I had no idea how to tackle a dog in ink.
I spent the afternoon looking for some reference pictures for my next few challenge prompts and I worked on the next Inktober sketch but it’s not finished yet.
The new week starts tomorrow and that means a new Happy List. Although I have ignored writing for many weeks now, I still keep it on the list. I have things I want to write but no discipline in this area.
New to the list this week is playing my piano. I started learning to play piano when I was four. It’s always been something I loved but over the last 10 years (and not having my piano), I just lost the urge. Today hubby and wifey finally pulled my electric piano out of storage. Fingers crossed it still works.
Happy List for the week ending 13 October 2019
Teach wifey to knit
Knit, 2 days
Draw with Ink, 5 days
Watercolour, 5 days
Write, 2 days
Guitar / Sing / Piano, 3 days
Watch 1 world movie
Massage legs, 2 days
Drink 2 bottles of water, 5 days
I hope your week is creative, inspired, happy, healthy and filled with things you love. You’re a shining star on a dark night. =)
When I woke up it was dark and I thought I had plenty of sleep time left. I did not. It was 7 am and time to start the day. I stared vaguely until hubby had disappeared off to work and then it was time to work out.
I remember not wanting to workout and pouting my way through the 30 minutes of doing it. I’m always proud of myself for working out when I don’t want to. I thought this would be the hardest change to make and it’s been one of the easier things (although you wouldn’t know it from all my complaining.)
Then I sat down to work on the Doodlewash – October 2019 prompt; 3. Fish. I found a pretty reference picture and did my best. I don’t think I’m being patient enough in between using the water and applying a new colour. I’m also not sure if I use enough or too much water. Confusing. I like how the fish turned out though.
I also did the Inktober 2019 prompt; 5. Build. I didn’t use a reference picture. I’m still a little shy with ink and didn’t add as much detail or shading as I feel it needed. I’m sure I’ll get more confident.
I finished the day with French. The timed practice runs went smoothly and I’m wondering if I should start on a new set of words on Tuesday or if I should practice what I already know for another week.
Tomorrow is the first day of the weekend for hubby and we will relax. Hopefully we’ll get some seeds planted this weekend. I don’t want to miss out on all the lovely spring weather.
Bonne Journée . Que tous tes voeux se réalisent. (Have a good day. May all your wishes come true.)