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I think I like driving Myself Insane :p

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"Car Wash" WIP Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip Very frosty outside *brrr* Almost cold enough to make me wear a scarf (almost). Haven't fallen on my ass yet this year, so hopefully I don't this winter :p Too busy? I'm hoping once I start colouring this it is easier to see what is going on. And the blue and red colours scheme will probably mess with peoples eyes. And this weeks Scottish word: 1. owergyaan (yeah don't ask me to say it lol) My second newsletter is going to come out tomorrow, so if you would like to join the mailing list the sign up form is on the right :)

Car Wash WIP

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"Car Wash" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip Started the heavy horse drawing today. This is just the start of the first layer of probably 5 or 6 of different hardness levels. I'm hoping to have this done this weekend, but I have to work on my application for Uni so it might not get finished until later this week. I was going to have a few stuffed dragons to post today, but I broke another machine needle trying to sew the wings and tore the fabric too much to fix :/ So hopefully tomorrow. Pissed me off because I don't know if I have enough fuzzy green fabric to do another green dragon. I need to sew more. I always forget how much I do like sewing. If my hands were a bit more steady I would do more embroidery as I loved doing that too. I really like adding different designs to already made clothes and bags. Add such a personal touch to things. And a boring rambling video from last week when it snowed. 6 minutes and 52 seconds long and as usual I swear :p (but no ponies

Book Review #1

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I am going to review some of the books that I read. Either ones that are given to me to review or ones that I think other people might find interesting. First up: Ariel's Journey by Doug Kane and Christy Wood When I was younger I was obsessed with horse of every shape, size and in some case colour. If only a real horse was green with orange hair. This is the story of a group of girls and their horses (don't call them ponies as you will soon read). Icelandic horses , who have all the heart of horses much bigger than them and more. Its a little hard to review without giving away a big plot point but here we go. I'm always hesitant to read books written by 2 people. Sometimes the book can end up really fragmented and you can tell who has written each parts and sometimes things just don't make sense. But thats not really the writers faults, thats more of the editors fault. I didn't have that problem with this little book. Everything flowed really nicely and the pac

Dahlia Finished!

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"Endless Petals" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip Coloured Pencil on Canson Mi-Tientes For sale here or click on the image Breathes :p As much as this made me want to pull my grey hair out at times, I want to do another dahlia drawing lol I think they are called Cactus Dahlias, but I could be wrong. Thank you Tina for the comment in the last dahlia post, good title :) Here is an extreme close up showing the pencil pigment on the paper. Up close it almost looks like a painting. :) And a framed version if I ever have the money to frame it (if it doesn't sell) After I use this in my portfolio to try to get into Uni I will be selling it.

Treasury

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My little peacock ACEO is in this lovely treasury by AlwaysAmy :D

Almost Done!!

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Untitled Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip Only a few more petals left and then on to something different. When you see the greyscale you can see a little better what areas need to be darkened so the petals don't look too flat. The petals need to be darkened inside and I am going to try to add a bit of blue to the sides of the petals. Other than that I am pretty happy with this. Need to think of a title. Anyone have a suggestion?

Snow!!

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Our drying green is by the hedge. Its not a lot of snow, but its a start :) ugh why am I up :p

I am Slowly Going Crazy....

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Untitled Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip 123456 switch, Crazy Going Slowly am I 654321 I have no idea where that came from. I tried looking up on the web, but can't find where it originated. The first time I said that Mr.Fuzzy looked at me like I was crazy. So mission accomplished :p I guess its just a phrase you pick up. Like *hit on a stick, or Christ on a cracker, havater (have at her). Mr.Fuzzy thought I said half adder (like a snake:p). And Eh! Yes I say it, but I don't say aboot :p I know there are a few more that I say but I can't think of any. hmmm *off to phone sis* hmmm she can't think of any. hmmm both of us are stuck.... oh crack your noodle..thats one :p oh Mr.Fuzzy found this :) Anyone have any sayings of their own?

Beads Beads Beads

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There is a huge contest going on over here . Lots of nice shops to go through and so much too look at its hard to choose. tooaquarius has so many lovely beads to look at, I want them all :D My wrists would be covered with bracelets made with the beads from that shop. I love the purples and blues in these beads :D Flowers and butterflys not your thing you can string up some citrus fruits. Just don't try to eat them lol And to have a bit of colour around your neck or wrist, this are really nice :D

Music and Art

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Untitled Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip I love music. Well thats actually an understatement. If I didn't have art, music would be my whole life. I can't sing to save my life, and can hardly remember how to play any of the instruments that I learned to play, but it still is a huge part of me. hmm I'm sure the neighbours loved it when I played the trumpet :p Growing up we were surrounded by all kinds of music, from Buddy Holly to Steve Earle, to the typical pop music kids listen to (NKOTB for the win! gods I feel old now that they are singing again :p) and then Gwar :p Not really my taste in music really but mom started to listen to it when I was about 12. There was usually some kind of music playing in the background, and I would still much rather listen to music then watch tv (there really isn't anything on anyway :p) I haven't been to a lot of concerts mostly because I'm broke. Mom does tell me that we went to see Dylan. Why take a 3 year old I have no ide

Mystery Drawing Revealed

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"Heavy" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip So its a horse of course :p I want one. Not sure where it would live, I doubt it would fit in our living room (no, I don't agree with keeping them in houses :p). And I think our drying green is the same size as this horse, so I guess will have to stick to a large dog (well not as large as the couch). If it wasn't for all the cats in the area I could get a bunny. Actually Mr.Fuzzy's parent's neighbours have a bunny that beats the cats up, so maybe if we got one we wouldn't have a cat problem here :p So fun and excitement in the street today. Well not really. More of an annoyance then anything. Fighting, swearing and people trying to break a door down. ah the fun of Scotland :p And hey does no one work on this street?! Well ok I don't. But I don't spend all day riding around in circles, yelling at people and trying to break doors down, and don't fix up my car exhaust really loudly to try to prove I have

Mystery Drawing

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Untitiled Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip hmm now I remember why I don't do flowers that often :p We had to replace the cd/dvd drive in my laptop (again....but the warranty was up this time), so now its a shiny slot loader that makes a really horrible sound but works. First time I put a disc in I thought it was going to break in 2. Hopefully this will be the last time we have problems with it. And of course after the fact we find out that it is a problem with this laptop. Other than that though I haven't had any problems with it. Ok there was Vista, but I don't think thats really the computer makers problem, acually I guess it is, since it was sold with it on the computer :p But that was fixed when we got rid of it and put Linux on it. Well not a huge mystery, but anyone want to guess what this will be? :) The start of my drawings are this loose, and then detail is added over time. Might be why it takes me a long time to do some drawings, but it helps me get the image p

Dahlia Update

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Untitled Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip Some more of the petals coloured on the dahlia. Lots more to colour, but I like the way this is looking so far. I might have to spray this with fixative when it is done to try to help with the fading possibilities, but the reds might change colour. That might be a good thing though, brighter colours might look good. I'm not sure if a few of the pencils I am using would change colour as I haven't used them before lol Well at least they are getting used now. And a close up showing the texture. With this paper I find its more like layering paint. At least for me, that is how it acts. And I haven't forgotten about my 101 list, still working on a few of them. No sign of life with my cacti. I planted 12 seeds hoping that one might grow lol If not it looks like I am going to have to buy one that is already started. But thats cheating :p

Scottish Word of the Week November 14,2008

This week we have an audio word of the week :) Answer to last weeks Scottish word: 1. cranachan is a dessert made from whipped cream, honey, oatmeal and some kind of fruit. I haven't actually had it though.

Hmm Maybe I like driving Myself Crazy

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Untitled WIP Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip So from dozens of dragon scales to dozens of flower petals. I have a few sheets of this red paper, but had no idea what I was going to do with one of them. This flower is actually pretty pink and purple so I thought the warm paper would work really well. I'm burnishing the petals with Lavender and a Deco Pink (yeah I know. Not really light fast, but as this isn't probably for sale, I'm not that worried about it), and a bit of Deco Blue (my last little stub). A lot of the petals on the right have the sun shining right on them so they have a lot of yellow in them. I have 3 other pieces of artwork on the go right now: a waterfall and 2 horse drawings. Not sure if I will get all of them done and if they should go in a portfolio. I do need to draw a few different things just not 100% sure what.

Next Time Open More Windows

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*stands up* "Hi, my names Jen and I'm addicted to blogging" :p I think the only way I will actually spend more than 2 days not blogging is if the net dies :p Jeeze even when we went to Ontario last year I blogged :p I forgot it was a full moon tonight, very bright. Could almost read from the light. The coolest thing happened today when we went to get groceries (hmm maybe eating something other than pizza would be a good thing :p). When we were in line to get a refund a lady tapped me on the shoulders. I must have had an odd look on my face, I thought that I had dropped something or she had but no. She says "Fuzzy Dragons". o.0 Yes. She is a friend of a neighbours whos dog I drew last year. She has a Rottie too. I just thought it was so cool! :D Ok so I had John's Canada hoodie on (I stole it :p), and there aren't a whole lot of people here from Canada (could be wrong, and there might be more Canadians than I would think there would be), but still neat
back in a week or 2 I need a break

Scales are Driving Me Insane!!

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Got another treasury on Etsy today :) Needed the colour after the grey day we had here :/ So I started to put all the scales on the dragon :/ I'm glad this isn't bigger or I would have probably not put scales on it :p Lots left to do. More scales, more rock piles and the face. He looks a little blasé here so I will be adding scales to his face, maybe another horn, and using a needle to give him a nose and a scowling mouth. I'm hoping that his head doesn't actually fall off as I didn't stick any wire in it and then stick that into the body to help support it. It shouldn't fall off as I attached it with lots of Sculpey, so fingers crossed :p Now the question is do I leave this after it has been cooked, paint it white, go get some acrylics, or get some kind of gloss medium to use either over the white or the colours?

Scottish Word of the Week November 8,2008

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I did nothing today but clean :/ oh the exciting life I lead lol so here have an old picture of me and my partly pink hair and the Scottish word of the week. I miss the pink hair, if I could bleach my own hair it would be pink or blue right now :) and black. I love when my hair is black. hmmm that is probably the reason my hair was fried :p Scottish word: 1. cranachan Answer to last weeks word: 1. breenge is pretty much to clumsily rush something

Its not Dandruff its Sculpey

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Taking a bit of a break on the Aztec dragon. So from one dragon onto another. I would post the sketch for this but its honestly a few quick scribbles just to remind me. So here is a very quick little armature made out of tinfoil. I don't have any wire so had to use this to help flesh out the main shapes. Yes that is the bottom of a Pyrex measuring cup :p So here is the little cartoonish treasure chest almost finished. I am not going to be putting any major detail on it until I have more of the rest of the area finished as the detail might get lost if my fingers or tools come up against it. Can you tell that there is a skull at the base? I am adding some rocks that are whole and that I had Mr.Fuzzy attack with a hammer. I don't have any paint so thought this would add some kind of colour to it. Oh and the phone call went all right :) Said that I can write my own reference and that if I get accepted after a portfolio review that I should come in and talk to the disability peo

Aztec Dragon WIP Continued

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"Camouflage" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip I think the head needs more blue. I'm not sure. I like the way the tail looks but the head still needs a bit more detail, which might be a problem is I think I am running out of tooth on the paper. Almost done the dragon now, then on to darkening the values and the stone. For spending all day on this, there isn't much to show lol

We are Under Attack Again!

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And today is the day where all the neds try to blow each other up :p Yep its Guy Fawkes day. And while I know that there are people that use fireworks safely, they don't live here :p :/ It will be a good day if the papers this week don't report that animals have had fireworks tied to them and no one gets a firework through their letterbox. Yeah I know that sounds really negative, but its true. Which makes it sad :/ Anyway a visit to my neuroligst today (10 mins maybe :p). Who wants me to try to only take one 25mg of amitriptalene a day to see if I am not a zombie. The combo of what I was taking 50mg of amitriptalene and gabapentin can and do make me a sloth for most of the day. And I need to lose about 50 pounds. Which I knew anyway but he said that might be also making me slothish (hmm didn't know that was a word :p). I promise not to turn this blog into a weight loss blog. It is on my 101 list, which I really need to work on :) "Camouflage WIP" Copyright Jen

Another Trip Down Memory Lane

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I like to mix this blog up a lot. It jumps around from art to ramblings to photos of Scotland and back to Canada lol Today we have some pictures from the first year that I was here in 2005. I was looking through these pictures trying to get ideas for drawings, found a few of the skeebies that might make cool drawings. Here is the war memorial in town. Its a bit of a hike to get up to it one way but there is an easier round the back way if a person isn't up to the hill *raises hand :p Part of the path to get to the memorial. I had a friend see this picture and say " Oh my god, you live in the ***king Shire. o.O" Looks like it some days :p The view from the top of the hill. We had to cut our hike trip short as a storm was coming. And coming fast. Hey you can see our flat :p The views from here on a clear day are gorgeous. You can see the Airlie Memorial Tower when its a clear blue sky. So we leave Forfar and unto Glamis Castle . John's family had never been eve

Anyone Have a Spare?

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So today I was supposed to go to one of the open days at the Uni but then this happened. And it wouldn't have been too bad if it had of been the one tyre but this happened to both on the passengers side :/ Clipped the curb, blinded by the sun. I probably shouldn't have found it funny but I did. It was just one of those days nothing was going right. So back to the bus for us and walking around again, which isn't a bad thing. We need the exercise :p I am going to try to see if I can even just look around the school sometime this year. If not it doesn't matter that much.

This is....

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a favourite recipe i would like to share. This weeks This is theme was chosen from Strawberry Kisses . For more "This is" visit Three Buttons I love peanut butter cookies but don't make them here as I am the only one who likes peanut butter. And while I could probably eat the whole lot I probably shouldn't ;) And you can never go wrong with adding chocolate to the cookies. hmmm I can't actually think of anything that would go wrong with chocolate :p Mr.Fuzzy added cinnamon and chocolate chips which I thought would taste odd but were really good. I think this was my dad's moms but I am not 100% sure on that. It looks more like an old treasure map than a recipe :p *I sent my newsletter off the other day. If there were any problems please let me know :) *

4 Stitches!

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"Everyday Matters #166" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip 4 stitches seems like a lot for one mole. I took a picture because I'm morbid like that. But don't worry I wont post it here (well maybe :p). We had to go up to the minor injuries unit in town today because I was extremely itchy! It was really hard not to scratch it and rub up again the walls to try to make the itch go away. It was driving me insane. Well there must have been something in the glue of the bandage as it was very red and irritated. It is supposed to fade away but I was told not to put any kind of bandage on it, just gauze. hmm so thats surgical tape I am allergic to and now Elastoplast. I'm screwed if I cut myself lol "Camolflauge" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip So I finished the basic colours of all the feathers. The plan tomorrow is to work on this and try to get as much finished that I can. Well thats the plan anyway :p I finally decided to make the dragon a very purple/red s