Saturday, August 31, 2013

Flamingo #2

Feathers, feathers, everywhere. Good thing my pink, white, and purple pencils are new, because I have a feeling I am going to use up a lot of them. I do wish I had a few more different shades of pink, but you work with what you have and combine colours to get what you need :)

August Book Round Up

Managed to read 6 books, which isn't bad, but could be better :p I did start reading a book, Dragonfly in Amber, but stopped before I chucked my Nook away in disgust :p Why is the series so popular? The first one was OK, but this one is just horribly written and the characters are so...stupid :p I found myself constantly shaking my head at the main characters almost every page with them making one bad decision after another. And don't get me started on the main female character, started out a strongish person, but by the second book she almost bends over backwards offering to let the male character beat her....  Onto the books I did finish:

1. Sapphique (Incarceron #2) by

that really tugs at the heart strings and brought a tear to my eye :( It was very sad since you can read what the character involved is thinking.

The final 2 books were actually disappointing. They were OK, wrapped up the problems from the first book, but I found them very predictable. Found myself knowing what was going to happen, pages before it did.

 5,6 MaddAddam Trilogy by
I actually read these books when they originally came out, but wanted to re-read them since the third comes out in September and I wanted to refresh my memory. Dystopian books about a plague that has wiped out most of man kind. They are very heavy on environmental issues and the effect man has on the earth. 

The books do jump around a lot, but I didn't find that confusing since you can clearly tell what is going on by the characters involved. They could be stand alone books, since they are about the same events but told by the perspective of different characters. There are characters that turn up in both and tie the books together, and you do learn more about the main characters if you read both.

I have found that Atwood is either one of those authors you like or hate. I really like her work, but completely understand when people say she can be a little wordy and go on and on if there is a point she is trying to make.

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Jennifer has read 63 books toward her goal of 75 books.
Only 12 more books to go, but hopefully I read more than that *crosses fingers*

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Flamingo #2

Left the background for the moment, started to colour the bird. Using coloured paper does save a lot of time, you already have a basic tonal value to the paper. Still have to cover up most of it with the pencils, but you don't have to worry too much about missing a spot :p

Bucket List?

I like the idea having a list of things you want to do before you die, but lately I have been seeing posts and comments on other sites that a lot of people that have MS think that because they have MS they will die young. Yes, in some cases, a person with MS will have a shorter life expectancy then someone without MS. But you want to know how much shorter?? Maybe 10 years. Thats it. Its almost like people say screw it, whats the point? Just let me die already :/

The point is, that even with a crappy diagnoses, and a disease that is unpredictable in how it will effect you, modern medicine has come an amazingly long way in the last 10-15 years. Personally I don't think there will be a cure for probably another 10-15 years, but thats no reason to just give up. There are so many things you can take to lessen symptoms, or slow down the progression of the disease.

Yes there are different types of MS which can and are horrible to deal with, and maybe its just me, but I think that while a person is still able to, they should try to enjoy life, not just roll over and die.

This doom and gloom attitude is one of the big reasons I avoid most blogs and forums that deal with MS. The negative attitude doesn't help.  I am so glad that when I was originally diagnosed I didn't read them or I would have thought my life was over.  It seems that a lot of people just focus on the negative points of having MS, (which are many, don't get me wrong), instead of even seeing the positive in the smallest thing.

Anyway, back to the bucket list idea. If I made one, I would probably only have 4 things on it
1. Go back to New Zealand
2. Finish college
3. Get into Uni
4. Relearn how to play the piano (have a keyboard, just need to get off my ass and play it). I could relearn the trumpet, but pretty sure I would drive the neighbours insane :p

Not actually a lot, and pretty much doable. Maybe it shouldn't be called a bucket list, that just puts pressure on a person to complete the list before they kick it, instead of going with the flow and seeing what happens. Which is how I treat MS in myself. What will be, will be, as cliché as that is. Yes it took over 5 years for me to think that, but got there in the end :p

Yes, you might have a horrible disease, but really with a bit of adaptation and change, you really can do most things. (running a marathon is out for me :p never a runner before diagnoses anyway, and now would just end up hailing a cab to get through it :p)

Maybe it should just be a life list instead?? That makes more sense, and doesn't sound so gloomy. (very random blog post, blame the flu lol)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Flamingo #1

Something a little more colourful than all the brownish cats I've been doing. The background needs another round of solvents to try to smooth it out and then onto the feathers. There is actually a lot of colour besides pink in Flamingos, lots of oranges and yellows.

Music Monday


 Another Canadian band, one that had broken up years ago, but back together apparently this year. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Lion Finished

Yes, the mane is supposed to lopsided :p

Now onto something that has some colour to it. Need some colour after working so much with browns lately

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Lion update #5

Started to colour the main part of the mane. This hasn't been adjusted with photoshop, so looks really light.
This has been adjusted, and is close to the actual work. So spending the time to learn the features of your editing software of choice can really help.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Lion Update #4

Slow and steady....

The paper colour is doing half of the work, but its still taking awhile to colour. Need to get it finished soon, as I go back to college on the 4th and would like to get another piece finished before then. *crosses fingers*

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Book Wrap-up For July Part 2

Yeah..the months almost over, but still going to finish reviewing the books I read last month.

6,7,8,9. Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter #),The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter #2),Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter #3,Hannibal Rising (Hannibal Lecter #4) by

. Rendezvous with Rama (Rama #1) by

Moll Flanders by

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Twin Beaks

Finally finished the pair of eagles :) I really like how the background turned out, so will def. be using that technique again.

Really thinking of getting this framed if I don't sell it. Would look very nice hung on the wall, (would prefer to sell it of course)

Linocut Sketch?


Sketch for a reduction linocut? Would probably be 5 or 6 colours, unless I totally mess up and I get frustrated and only do 2 colours :p Need to find my cutting tools and no idea where they are. Found the lino, but the cutters are no where to be found, probably be in a pencil box.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Derwent Watercolour Paper with Coloured Pencils

Sue was very nice and sent me a few sheets of the Derwent Watercolour paper to try. I glad I didn't buy any. It could be because I was using polychromos and they are a harder pencil, but I don't really like the paper for coloured pencils. Its hard to get layers to build up, and it took way too long to get to the above image compared to even using matte board.The colours look very washed out, and they don't bend that well.

 I am going to try some softer pencils on it probably tomorrow, and watercolour which should work better since it is watercolour paper.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Off to See a Vampire

To the hospital....yay :-P 

So every 6 months I either see my MS nurse or I see a neurologist and then get blood taken.I have had so much blood taken, that I don't even bat an eye. Jump in the chair, hold my arm out and point at the vein in my arm. Makes the phlebotomists laugh to see someone so willing to get blood drawn. I wouldn't say I'm willing, but there comes a point when you just stop caring and get it over with. But small scratch my ass!

Between having to get tested for Von Willebrand disease, and various surgeries, the sight of blood doesn't bug me. Its like. "oh crap, bleeding.Need a ban-aid", or stitches :p 

The only time I have ever really had a problem with getting blood drawn, was when the doctors wanted so much before I was diagnosed. I can remember them taking at least 6 of the little vials, and I was a tad woozy after that. Needed sugar :p Lots of it.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lion #3

Started work on the mane, which might take awhile since there is so much of it. All of my big cats looked worried lol, no idea why.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Book Wrap Up for July (Part 1)

For this month I read 11 books, and it would great if I could keep up that pace so I meet my goal of 75 books read this year, but I don't see that happening with college starting soon.

1.Incarceron (Incarceron #1)by

The Man in the High Castle by

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1)by

which is a problem when the story is so character driven and we should care about them. Will I read the second one? I might give it a look just to see what happens to the bird :p

4.Dust and Decay (Benny Imura #2)by Jonathan Maberry

I hadn't read the first in the series but that wasn't an issue since its easy to figure out what happened reading the first few chapters of the second book. YA zombie dystopian fiction :) Quick enjoyable read, can't really say anything other then that. The characters are slightly more developed then the previous book, so with some of them, you are rooting for them not to get bit. I did enjoy the little inserts about the zombies, they didn't seem out of place and helped move the story along.

5.The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by

I liked this book, but after awhile I just got sick of the main character Allan meeting all these different people. Yes, I know he is 100 years old, he would have done a lot in 100 years,and its only a story, but come on. It just ended up feeling like the author was just picking important/semi-important people from recent history, pretty much name dropping. I really just wanted to find out what happened to the characters in the present day of the story. I found them a lot more interesting then what had happened in Allan's past, which seemed to be: Allan meets important person,gets in trouble, gets lucky, ends up out of trouble. And repeat :/

The story was easy to follow, the characters, while not always believable, were written well enough to start caring for a few of them. There were a few funny moments where I did laugh, but not as much as people said I would.

Part 2 coming up :) I know that not everyone likes reading book reviews, but by posting them it helps me remember what a book was about and maybe give someone an idea for something to read. 

Halloween Dragons 2013 #1

Been awhile since I coloured any dragons, so that it was about time. This years Halloween dragons :)

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Lion #2

More work on the lion :) Really liking how its looking, not looking forward to colouring the mane tho :p


I did try these years ago, and didn't like them but I found one pencil I had not got rid of, and I liked using it, so bought a small set. Normally I would not buy sets, but it was cheap. Will have to do a review of them once I start colouring something :)

Monday, August 05, 2013

Music Monday

I was never really a huge Fall Out Boy fan, but I do like their new album :) (warning to people that don't like seeing naked bodies in videos...beware of boobs :p)

I have done almost no art the last 2 days :( Feel ill as a dog, hopefully that passes and I can work on that lion and maybe do some more printing before I have to go back to college.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Back to Making a Mess

running horses 

After cutting up a lot of paper, it was time to play with my gelli plate :) I had cut up a few horse stencils, need to cut a few more but cutting my finger once already was enough for the day :p

I really like how this one turned out :) I will probably take some pencils or ink to it and see what happens. I forgot how much I liked using the plate, and I have more then enough paint right now to make a mess with :)

Printing time :-D

Friday, August 02, 2013

i need a Title...Can't Think of one


Coloured more of the lion. I am so use to using matte board that its so odd to use paper again. The pencils act completely different, its like having to relearn how to use them. Roll on Sept. 2 and student loan payment so I can buy more polychromos pencils, I need more browns and greys. And some white paper that isn't Stonehenge.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The Day is Almost Over...

so it should be safe to write this :p

I am a clutz, falling down tripping over shadows, now I could blame the MS, and often do, but unless I had MS when I was a kid, I think part of it is, I'm just clumsy. Only managed to hurt myself twice today, thats a record.

A stair railing that is down in the hall because it was loose, yeah I managed to fall on it, and then of course it fell on my ankle :/

And then I don't know how I did this...managed to pinch the side of my hand in the inside car door handle. Probably would not have hurt as much if it had of been my right hand. But no. Had to be the left and right where my extra finger was, and that area is way more sensitive then a normal hand (of course, doesnt help there is scar tissue(?) moving around that area). And for a laugh, I've posted it before, a picture of said hand, and me in a um,... a lovely dress :p

6 fingers....
Its a good thing I don't use sharp knives, I might lose a finger and I don't have an extra one anymore :p

New med dosage.... 
 New meds, well a higher dose of the Pregabalin I went on a few weeks ago.*crossess fingers* that I don't get all zombified and start stumbling worse then I already do.

So Much Art, So Little Time...

I have so many ideas and so much art I could be working on that wouldn't take forever, but instead I go back to using coloured pencils which take forever :p