ACCCKKK! Would someone please clone me? I confess I usually try to keep my inner thoughts/stress to myself here in blogville, BUT today is an exception! How did I ever raise children as a divorced single parent and work full time!!! Isn't 50 the new 40? Why is there never enough time in the day? ACCCKKKKK! Phew, that feels better. I think when I get too much on my plate, I b l o g ! I blog often....what does that say about me? Is blogging a form of procrastinating? Any thoughts?
Today I plan again to avoid less enjoyable tasks to bring to you a new illustration I worked on this week, in between working and getting caught up with all of the things that didn't get done while I was away and patiently waited for my return home. Many of which, I confess, are still patiently waiting. I have come to a place in my life where I am beginning to get a wee bit closer to Balance and know it is important to me to always spend a portion of each day Creating. Otherwise, the day feels incomplete. I may adopt this temporarily as my mantra until it becomes sufficiently digested into my psyche that it becomes an unconscious act. Ommmmm.....serenity now.
Like so many areas of the world, the weather here has continued to bring us below normal temperatures and snow. Last week we did have a bit of a break - enough to melt all of the snow in our backyard, but it's back again and my hands and fingers are cold and stiff as I type out this post. It is most definitely not a good winter to have a garage studio! But it's my 'space' although I will be moving my still pajama-clad body indoors in a few minutes to start sewing a few skinny pages to finish off a project I've participated in now for over a year.
My new camera is temporarily collecting dust as I pencil in some time to find out why the images I upload in landscape translate into portrait and visa versa. This then has stalled my BLIPPING goals - taking a photo each day and uploading it. This is the GLITCH in the BLIP. Accckkkk....it's on my list.
Back to this illustration. It all started out you see with a focus on a phrase in my muses eye - "when the moon and the stars are aligned" and it morphed and evolved from there. I rarely end up with an illustration that is the same as my muse original intended. In this situation, in the back of my mind I was also considering a skinny page with the theme of lucid dreams. It all started on Monday. By Thursday, it felt near completion. So, on Friday, I modified it into one side of a skinny page for the above-mentioned project and thanks to Marsha added new images to her portfolio, on Saturday I worked on the back page at which point in time it morphed into YIN and YANG. The postcard for Sunday Postcard Art I just finished this morning. Each example is slightly different.
Yes, I have resorted to being efficient this week combining the original image into three different purposes. My conscience has censored me several times asking if this is permissible....I've decided it is because I am far from done. The skinny pages you see have now been transferred onto cloth and are waiting for me to begin the sewing, beading and embroidery. The person I am sending the pages to has requested the colors be non-primary and muted - that's why you see the different colors below.
"Catch A Falling Star" - available here
- 8 x 10 inch digital illustration art print
Sunday Postcard Art - Faces
Take a look at the other postcards here
Front and Back of Skinny Page - Yang and Yin
- original colors - each page 4 x 8 inches
Image Credits and HOT LINKS: Tumble Fish Studio, Tangie Baxter, Holliewood Studios, Paper Whimsy, my own images of altered hands and
woman on right is from Dove via http://deviantart.com/ THANK YOU!
The "MESS" waiting for me in my "Indoor Studio" - including the first stage of the skinny pages now printed onto cloth (don't know what I'll do with the second set on cloth- does anyone want them as is? Note: This photo is somewhat desaturated as the colors are more similar to the images below...
Above - first try at translating the colors into softer, muted tones - printed onto cloth but to my eye still seemed too 'bright' and saturated for the project at hand. This is the one I'd be pleased to donate if you think you could find a use for it!
Lou Ann, who must have always read all of the instructions before she wrote an exam, read the details above (the hidden free offer) and I'll be sending the cloth version of the above skinny pages off to her in the mail) Stay tuned for more hidden giveaways~!
Above is my second effort - and the decision now these are the pages I will work with - stay tuned for final photographs of the finished cloth pages.
Last but NOT least - A big thank you to all of the peeps who joined in during OWOH and are now following this blog - It's a driving motivation for me and I SO APPRECIATE it. I will get caught up to visit all of you too! I promise.
Words of the Day:
Conscience: is an aptitude, faculty, intuition, or judgment of the intellect that distinguishes right from wrong.
Yin and Yang - is used to describe how polar or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn.
Procrastinate -refers to the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of low-priority, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time.