Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Books at a Glance

Various ACEO drawings ready to copy and colour Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip

Some people might consider this cheating but I like having the basic composition drawn for the ACEOs that I do. Even if they are from a photograph its easier to have the image drawn the size you need it and then transfer it to your paper instead of stoping and starting over again once you have tried to fit it in the small space. At least this way if I can't find anything to draw I have line art ready to go when needed.

So I thought I would take some of the books I have been reading since I started writing them down, (sept, this year) and do a short little book review of them. Very short :p

  • Tess of the d'urbervilles by Thomas Hardy Well that was depressing :/
  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood bit of a mystery to this did she or didn't she story. I do think its interesting that no one really knows what happened to her in the end
  • Eldest by Christopher Paolini Poor man's fantasy story? But can't stop reading it :p
  • Seduced by Moonlight by Laurell K.Hamilton Can't go wrong with sex and faeries :p
  • Fallen Skies by Philippa Gregory a bit different from the other books I have read by her, but still entertaining
  • Desperation by Stephen King little evil stone carvings that make people go mad. Well thats the short short version
  • Gerald's Game by Stephen King ok she is handcuffed to a bed and there might be a crazy killer on the loose and someone gets eaten by a dog. Honestly someone getting eaten by a dog was the most exciting part of this :/ the rest was just funny, and not funny in a good way
I didn't actually read a lot these past few months, been hard to find the time. I use to read a book a day, but have been trying to draw more then read :)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Inside Mr.Fuzzy's Head

A dragon sarong that I love, but its too cold to wear here (and its really see through), even during the summer :p Just nice to see colour on grey days like today

Sadly no picture of the inside of his brain, but I did see the results of his MRI (all good). Very cool to see the different sections and what is what. You could even see his eyeballs :D *poke* I just thought that was neat. I keep asking to see my MRI but the computer is either down or the Doc forgets. Def. next time I go to the neurologist I am seeing it. When I was first told I had MS they said the computer was busted, just made me think they didn't want me to see it so I wouldn't freak out more. I just want to see it so I know what it looks like. And not everyone can say they know what their brain looks like :p If I get a copy of the picture to post here I will (not the ones with my eyeballs though, that might gross some people out. I couldn't dissect a pig in school, but have no problem looking at someones brain :p My lab partner wanted to dissect the pig with his own knife >.< he was a little odd and that says something coming from me lol)

So I did plan on getting some drawing done today but that didn't happen because of the hospital visit, so I do have one goal for this coming year. Make a few more post before hand so I can have something to post when I have nothing at all to post. :p

I don't really have any goals for next year besides things that are on my 101 list which I really have to try to make a dent in. A lot of the things will not take me very long, and even if I only get half of the list completing that would be fine with me. I don't think its so much about completed the whole list, but trying to do the things on the list to at least say that you tried.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Year in Review

cherries aceo copyright jennifer rose phillipCherries Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip
Tutorial this month in my newsletter for this little card

No we haven't run out of food :p I ate too much. Sadly no Gerard Butler under the tree this year, but there is always next :p

Little ACEOs done in NeoColours and coloured pencils. I haven't drawn a lot these past few days, and now its hard to get back in the habit. I have lot of ideas, but just can't seem to find the time to draw them. Hopefully now I will have the time as we are not doing anything else this year.

A lot of people are doing a year in review post, so here is my year in review. I didn't really have any goals laid out for this year but I will probably have a few for next.

How did you promote your art? Posting on my blog, updating my site, posting on art blogs. When people asked what I did, I told them I was an artist and would give them cards or direct them to my site

What did you do to enhance your online presence? Joined Flikr, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, a few message boards, tried to remember to post art on Deviantart, Artwanted. Joined a team on Etsy. Joined Etsy, Dawanda,

What technological skills did you learn or improve? I learned how to use Photoshop and Gimp better to make my scans or photos look closer to the art. Because ubuntu is on my laptop I had to learn how to use a new operating system and now that I have learned how to use it I prefer it to Windows.

How many people did you add to your mailing list? I just started up a mailing list this year, and so far things are going well. The subscribers are growing every month.

Whom did you mentor or help out? I don't know. I do try to help people out when they have questions about coloured pencils or if they ask me for a critique. But there hasn't been one specific person. I like helping people with art so am usually more then willing to.

Did you create a new business card, portfolio, or other marketing piece? Yep. I try to change my business cards every few months, (just did this).

What medium or skill did you attempt or master? Using Neocolours. I have attempted to combine them with coloured pencils but have not mastered them yet.

What did you try that was completely new? Using Neocolours

What new art events, galleries, and museums did you visit? The local gallery The Meffan. I try to go every month when the have a new exhibit, even if the art is not my cup of tea.

What resources did you discover? Online resources? A few message boards, but no local resources. They are clubs around here are either music clubs or craft orientated.

How did you improve your studio habits? How did you enhance your office or studio environment? Organizing paper better, having shelves for supplies put up, file things away when done, and generally spend more time cleaning up.

What articles were written about your work? Um, I don't actually know. I know there were blog write ups made, people posting about me and my site, but I don't remember the link (this makes me feel horrible. I know I have them bookmarked but can't seem to find them)

What exhibits, grants, contest, etc. did you submit your art to? None this year. I had meant to submit art to The annual Xmas show at the Meffan but did not have the money to frame up work. I am hoping next year I will.

Where did you save a wad of money? Trying to use up all the supplies I have instead of going out a buying something just because. Printing up my own business cards.

Its funny hearing Mr.Fuzzy try to fly a flight simulator. Not much swearing but lots of crashing ;) Bi Bang!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Update on the Blue Dragon

I am almost finished with the dragon on this. I think I will just leave it alone until the rest of it is painted and then go back and touch up some areas where the paint either doesn't look right or spots that I missed. I'm happy with somethings and not happy with others, nothing too big to make me trash this though.
Overhead shot showing the curve of the body. I actually thought that the head would fall off or lean too much to the side when it was baked, but thankfully its still were I put it.

I wish I could actually spend more time on the scales but its killing my back working on this and I'm not putting in too much detail. I can spend hours colouring with coloured pencils but after about an hour painting my back starts to seize up. So if I do get into Uni, that def. is going to be a problem.

I'm hoping that once this is finished that the sun is shining and I can get some nice pictures outside as the flash of the camera really messes with the colours.
This is making the round on blogs so I thought I would post it here :) (bolded the ones that I have done)

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii (really want to. Could visit my friend)
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped (really want to. Should have went when I was in NZ)
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (on a boat or just on shore?)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France (from what I have been told, its no different from seeing it in a book and lots of people to deal with)
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (I don't think so....)
26. Gone skinny dipping (no comment :p)
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (Not sure where the birthplace is)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language (and promptly forgot :p)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (not at the moment, but I did)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person (would love to)
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David (also would be love to see this [and I would try not to act like a child ;) oh look a huge penis! :p *rolls eyes*])
41. Sung karoke (be glad I haven't :p)
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa (would love to, but the heat would probably kill me)
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight (many times)
46. Been transported in an ambulance (after gall bladder surgery)
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia (John says I should take up speaking Russian. For some odd reason I can speak the words very well if someone says them to me)
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies ( I didn't make it to Girl Scouts. Was only a Brownie. Mom use to have my sash)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (don't think I can actually)
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp (I really want to. I have been told by people that have been that it is a very sombre experience but one that everyone should do. Its not a vacation hotspot, but its a place people should see with their own eyes)
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter (yeah no)
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (mom probably has some toy from my childhood)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt (tried but gave up)
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades (my luck I would get eaten by a huge snake :p)
75. Been fired from a job (hmmm been layed off, and walked away from a few)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (people have tried to get me on a motorcycle but its not going to happen)
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person (another one I would love to see)
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury!
91. Met someone famous (hmm don't think so, probably not that famous if I can't remember :p)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee (twice, once on the shoulder and once on the boob. that hurt. a lot)
100. Read an entire book in one day (If the book is part of a series, I have sometimes read a whole series in a day. My sister and I have always been fast readers.)

And 3 days until Xmas is over and then people want me to think of what I want for my birthday. I said money :p I really don't need anything and can't think of anything. Probably get some books or a magazine subscription.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Scottish Word of the Week Dec, 19

Luka messing around in the snow

No snow here, but its pretty windy out. The bins are having races down the street again :p

The first time Luka saw snow we had to push him out the door. The second time we couldn't get him inside. Looked out the windows and all we could see was flying snow from him running circles around in it :p When we took him for walks, his nose was buried in the snow all the way down to the lake, and all the way back home. He didn't even stop for a cookie, there must have been something really smelly about the snow? He was always an odd puppy. I miss snow, but miss the dog more.

Scottish word of the week:
1. plook

Answer to the last Scottish word:
1. owergyaan means a scolding or telling off

Thursday, December 18, 2008


This pigeon has been eating on the bird table for the last few days. And while I know he needs food, he is a pig :p First day he ate all the food on the top table and yesterday he ate all the food on the table he is one in the picture. All in on go. See a pig :p

I really do have way too much time on my hands when I find things like this.

I did write up an end of the year post, but its mostly for me to keep track of things. I think for 2009 I will only make a few art related goal, but not sure what yet. Sew more, and remember to catalogue my art. I did try to do it this year, but I kept forgetting to write things down. I really need to write up a statement to apply to Uni. I just have the hardest time writing about myself positively where I don't either sound like a prat, or coincided.

Went to The Meffan today to see their Xmas show. Came to a few conclusions:

1. Mr. Fuzzy hates abstract and conceptual art (I'm not too keen on it either)
2. There is a lot of bad art in this area
3. Landscape art is pretty good though
4. Heaven forbid you talk about a piece of art either in the positive or negative. I thought art was meant to be talked about. It wasn't like we said something was crap, unlike last month when it was and said it. I swear one of the people that was working there kept giving us a stare of death (and we were not being loud!)
5. Bigger doesn't always mean better, and there is a trend to put a gigantic frame on small pieces, dwarfing the work and taking away from it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


New card. Too busy? Or I could just use my little dragon like I have before. New font this time. (the email address on both has been made bigger. Was a little bit too small to read)

Gummi Bear ACEOs Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip

Blobs of colour that... still look like blobs of colour. But tasty blobs :p

Monday, December 15, 2008

Broken Toes

Untitled Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip

Colourful blobs on paper or?? (these aren't done yet)

EDM Challenges Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip

I haven't actually stapled my toes or my fingers *knocks on wood* (I did get a sewing machine needle through the middle of my thumbnail/tumb itself [not just the nail] in school once though. That hurt). I have broken almost all of my toes. Either falling or running into things (really tall speaker once, and that really hurt, loud crack from running into the speaker).

So because they have been broken, and some of the toes multiple times they are a little crooked. My little toes are actually twisted so I am walking on the sides of them, not the bottom. Grosses people out :p

Anyone not broken a bone?

I got a lovely calendar from Tina in the mail today :D

And a fish print from Ingrid :D

Postal charges in Canada have really gone up!! o.0 Thank you to you both!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Xmas Lights and laughs

Think your lights this year are crap, well these have probably got you beat (unless of course some of these are yours ;) )

Art tomorrow :D

Friday, December 12, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date for December

winter farm for the virtual sketch date copyright jennifer rose phillipVirtual Sketch Date December
Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip

This months VSD from a lovely photo taken by Stacey. I had intended on doing an ACEO of this, but this week has flown by. So its just a simple little sketch in my little sketchbook.

I don't draw buildings that often lol and these crooked ones would fall down if they were real :p Good thing I'm not an architect or a builder :p

Check out the VSD blog on Sunday to see everyone's efforts :D And join in next month if you can.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mr Fuzzy thinks he is king of the kitchen

just kidding, but he can cook pretty well. So he thought he would share some of his successes with you all on a blog, here is a link to the first recipe. Something hot to ward off this freezing weather....brrr!

Tuna pasta bake with pepperoni and cheese

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Thats A Lot of Burple

coloured Egyptian scarab copyright jennifer rose phillipCopyright Jennifer Rose Phillip

A bit more on the scarab. Its looking a bit too pink for me, but can't fix that now. Once the whole thing is coloured I will go back and darken areas if they need it. I think the next scarab will be black and white :p
scupley dragon copyright jennifer rose phillipAnd my dragon is now burple. This is just a base colour, so this colour should only still be left in the shadows and indents of the scales once the scales are painted. The scales themselves are not going to be all the same colour as the paint is only going to be mixed up as needed. I didn't like how the fins looked so painted over them and dabbed the ends of the fins with a lighter aqua. I'm really hoping that the paint will come off the shell :p I know it will come off the rocks, but if it doesn't come off the shell I'm going to have a techno-colour shell :p

Monday, December 08, 2008

Paint Up My Nose

dragon sculpture being painted Copyright Jennifer Rose PhillipCopyright Jennifer Rose Phillip

No I wasn't picking my nose :p Went to wipe my cheek forgetting I had a paintbrush in my hand and ended up with and paint blotch on my nose. Good thing it washes off :p And not as toxic as oils. Oh wait *goes to read* nope we're good :)

I think the fins are going to get at least 1 more layer of colour sponged on. Either a yellow, or a really yellow green.

I am such a messy painter lol When I was painting in school, I didn't have any clothes without paint on them.

Looking at the paint and then the laptop, it took all my willpower not to grab a sponge and paint the case :p Its such a blank canvas even with the Halloween stickers on it, it needs colour!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

This is....the world's crappiest xmas tree??

This is the crappy tree we got from a store starting with a W, pitiful isn't it....

I mean it was only £5 but....(it looks like its been in the skip twice already :P, like someone recovered it and threw it back, I think it needs put down...actually it already looks dead..ugh > Mr.Fuzzy)

So back it went and we got this fantastic German made tree from a store starting with the letter A :-D

I would have thought that with a fake tree that the floor wouldn't be covered in "needles". How very wrong I was :p

So we decorated the tree in the hall. Pretty much the only place to put it. Blue and silver :)

(yes the lights are electric blue....more like radioactive blue, but also enviro friendlyish..LEDS..it feeds the geek in me :P...Mr.Fuzzy...ho ho ho)

Friday, December 05, 2008

EDM Sketches

We put up some lights in the living room. I think it looks so cool. Going to keep them up all year long :p

Various EDM Challenges Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip

I have noticed that since I have been doing these sketches my sketches have gotten very loose. I'm focusing more on simple lines than lots of detail. Which will come in handy when I need to sketch quickly, but it doesn't make them much to look at.

And we got a fake Xmas tree (bah humbug), but its going back as its,...um crap :p Not sure where a new one is going to go, thinking the hallway as its one of the only places that isn't full of stuff. Mostly books and art supplies.

I have so much art to do this weekend it isn't funny :/ And I need to get started on a gift drawing, so hopefully that gets started this weekend.

I'm hoping for some more snow so that we can go down to the Loch and try to get some nice pictures. No way I'm I going to try to walk around the whole of the Loch (2.5-3 miles) in the snow, I don't feel like taking a freezing cold bath if I fall in :p

hmm this is a pretty boring blog post :p

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Is it Dead?

So this is the town's Xmas tree. yeah crap :p And just so you don't think that the back looks any better, well it doesn't :p

Looks like someone just threw up the lights on the tree and it looks really dead in person. I'm not even from the town but I'm embarrassed about that tree :/

I love Xmas lights (oh shiny!). Its the only thing I really do like about this time of year. And while the rest of the lights in the town look fine (well the ones that are working), a nicely decorated tree would have been nice. Why spend so much on the tree if it is going to look like this? Get a smaller tree and spend more on the decorations?

oh and thanks for all the gifts in the post from yesterday everyone! :D

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Another Bug to Squash

Scarab WIP Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip

No, I only squish cockroaches (well try to :p), and we don't have any here. There is a huge spider in the outside hallway, but its way out of reach to squish and is keeping any bugs that are alive out of the flat.

Houses here on the whole don't have screen in the windows, which I thought was really odd when I first came here. Its odd not to have windows with screens in Canada.

So started to colour the scarab today. I wasn't going to burnish this, but I didn't like the texture of the coloured areas so thought blending the layers would look better. It does. :) Going to keep the colour scheme really simple. Only reds and blues, with bit of green used in the shadows to darken the areas.

Scarab #? doesn't sound like much of a title :p

I'm Greedy

Well no, not really. This has been making the rounds on Livejournal (my poor neglected LJ :/), so I thought I would post it here, so that other people can see and maybe put it on thier blog. You can leave gifts for people and there are a lot of things to pick. hmm my tree looks really empty right now, might have to give myself a gift :p

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Paper Weight?

Baked but still unpainted dragon. :) hmmm might take awhile to paint all those scales lol I must have had some kind of fluff on my fingers or this was really dusty when I put it in the oven (hmm fire anyone? jk. I checked before I baked it), because parts of it are grey.

I think I am either going to paint it blue or red with yellow scales but not 100% sure yet. Once it is painted I will take photos of this from every angle. I need to so I can put it in my portfolio.

Those are blue beads in the eyes. I didn't actually know if they would survive being baked, but seemed to have not changed at all. *note use glass beads next time :p

Was very pretty outside with the frost covering everything. I have to remember to take some pictures if the frost is still here tommorow. I need to learn to knit faster so I can make a really warm sweater. I have this knitted wool coat that I love, but the sleeves are starting to unravel. And well they have been fixed, I don't know how long the fix will last. I figure is I start kntting now, it might be done by the time I'm 40 :p

I did do a lot of drawing today, but its all lineart so to most people would just be a bunch of scribbles on the paper :p Sometimes I have a hard time trying to remember what it was I was drawing :p

Monday, December 01, 2008

Car Wash

drawing of a horse copyright jennifer rose phillip"Car Wash" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip

"At the car wash
Workin' at the car wash, girl
Come on and sing it with me
Sing it with the feelin' ya'al"

Ok I'll stop singing :p I'm not even from the South but I catch myself saying ya'al all the time lol

I didn't want to spend a lot of time on this, as I will probably do this bigger in the future. The horse is only about 5 inches tall. I'm thinking life sized next time. ok maybe not :p

*if you got my newsletter twice this month. I apologise. Not sure what happened there*