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Crap :/

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Various WIP ACEOs Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip So didn't get in to Uni and oddly I am all right with that lol Mr.F's mom thinks I'm strange for being all right with it, but honestly since the whole MS diagnoses (which has come up a lot lately, I will try not to make it a focus of the blog I promise), I really have stopped caring so much about things that can't be changed. Hard to explain, might not make sense to some people. It was always a long shot with them only taking so many students and lots applying :) Not going to stop me from drawing and that is all that matters. But what I should have done was apply to the college at the same time, but stupidly didn't. So might try that but might be too late to apply. Going to figure that out tomorrow. 3 ACEOs above that still need some work. One angry rooster, one little lily and an inked dragon that still needs a lot of work. I forgot actually how much I like using ink. Just using lines to shade things, not relyin

Creative Space April 30,2009

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little veggie patch Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons So the sun decided to make an appearance today, but the mountains are still hidden in harr so who knows how long the sun will stay around. Yesterday we spent the afternoon working on the front garden, weeding, getting rid of garbage that neds toss in the yard :/ , general yard work. Mr.F used his azada to dig up his other veggie patch to plant potatoes in. That thing is deadly looking o.0 Looks like an ax. I should probably take a picture of it to show people. Saved him a lot of time though (even if I refuse to touch it because I am afraid that I will chop my foot off :p) So today the back garden is our creative space :) Because of all the rain we have been having the last 2 days the onions are growing like weeds. I have no idea who will eat all the onions (I can't eat onions, horrible heartburn involved....like the taste, they just don't like me. yeah TMI :p) The strawberry plants are doing well and growing new leave

Just a Minute April

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cornbread Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons Ok so its not over yet but its close enough :p Cooking: lots of cooking :D and lots of bread. Made cornbread finally *above* Took forever to find any cornmeal. Mr.F thinks that it taste like a cake full of sand :p Tastes fine to me lol Made toad in the hole and it actually turned out. Amazing what a stove that stays hot will do :p Reading: Only managed to get 3 books read this month :/ Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut, The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin (ack only one left to read in the series. Its odd reading a series for so long you begin to miss the characters when they are gone), and Life before Man by Margaret Attwood. The last book started out so well, and the last 60 pages were crap. Which is odd because I usually really like what she writes. I really should be doing reviews of all the books I read. Art: Finished the horse! *dances* but now I have no idea what to draw :/ So many things but I think I'm a little burnt out art wi

White Knight Finshed

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"White Knight" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip Coloured pencil on Murano paper A4 For Sale Here *dances* :D :p I am so gald this is done and I'm really happy with how it turned out. Sometimes it does pay to re-do a piece when you are not happy with the original. I should have bought more paper this colour but I still remember what it is called so will def. be picking up some more when I can. There are so many tack variations I could do the amount of horse heads I draw is really only stopped by me getting bored with them, which is unlikely to happen :) I don't think I will ever get sick of drawing horses. I spent most of the day working on finishing this up, organizing all the print copies (of all the art I have for sale) that has to be put on disks so they are a bit more organized. Now that I am done applying to Uni I am going to throw myself into my Etsy shop and try to be a "proper" artist. Have really been slack and can really do a lot more to try t

Monday photos of the week April 27,2009

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I swear this little bird is taunting me. It doesn't move for minutes and as soon as I get him in focus he bloody flies away! I am determined to get a good shot of him, if I have to stare out the window for hours and the neighbours start thinking that I am insane.... Rained all day today :/ So nothing to take pictures of but the bird table again as its right outside the window.So kind of boring shots this week. The 3 Stooges The pigeon again who always looks like he is flying drunk. I swear he is! He is a horrible flyer. Always flying into things or misjudging landings :p One day we are going to hear a loud thud and smash and end up with him in the living room :/ (and I have been told you can eat them, I just don't know if I would....) And while it doesn't look too pretty, it taste pretty good :) Raisin bread that Mr.F made. But it is more like a cake because of the sugar which is fine with me :p He hates raisins so I have to eat it all.......:p And this bowl. Which I t

Eye Spy a....wip

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eye spy....wip Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons Another picture of the grey charger. It really does feel like I have been working on this forever. Just a bit more of the neck to colour and then the tack. Which should be easy as its just basic browns and yellows with the odd bit of blue thrown in for shadows. More Eye Spy here So up next is either another dragon piece, the draft horse I started a few weeks ago that is covered in fancy tack, or a bird. Probably the bird. There are a few dozen pictures of Raptors that I took last year that I could use. Of course I could just end up drawing another horse, but if I do I will at least draw the whole body not just the head :p Prove I can to people lol And broken toe number?...actually I have lost count how many times I have broken the little toe on my left foot :/ Its twisted so bad that I am walking on the side of it (actually I just looked at it. I am pretty much walking on the nail :/) Can't put any weight on it. Made a nice

Virtual Sketch for April 2009

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Virtual Sketch for April Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip ACEO Coloured pencils and Neocolors Very quick one for this month :) This week has gone by so fast it isn't even funny. Neocolors for the background and Prismas for the flower. I might redo this at some date so that it is more then a half hour piece of work as it is a very nice photo. The photo was taken by Jeanette Jobson . Go have a look at the other participants this month here :) Picked up my portfolio today, wont know either way until the end of the month. But I seem to have forgotten my password so am going to have to phone UCAS Monday to get it figured out if I can't remember. So when I found out the blog post is either going to be titled Crap :( or Holy Crap! :p I wont post the pictures but I think these are so cool! :D Moulds of my teeth. I so want to make something out of them but need to keep them incase my bit for grinding my teeth gets wrecked. I could make copies somehow and work with those. Some peop

secret garden stairs?

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secret garden stairs? Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons There is a door in there somewhere :p

Reid Park

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reid park1 Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons Short walk today to try to build up my knee and hip from the relapse. That and it looked like it was going to rain (but never did :/). This is part of Reid Park. Gifted by this guy . Nice park to take a walk around on a good day. Once my knee is up to the challenge I will walk around the park and back up to the war memorial. Would now, but don't think Mr.F would be able to carry me down the hill :p Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip Almost finished after 3 hours today :/ lol *crosses fingers* that this gets down tomorrow (still needs work on his chin). Taking a little bit longer then it should. I need to work on being faster if I am ever going to go anywhere with coloured pencils. Since I haven't been able to really draw this past week I spent most of the afternoon drawing out some ACEOs and working on this to play catch up. I did spend the week making notes about what I want to change with my website. The site has been long ne

Mystery Revealed

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david's doorway Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons Some people might remember when I was taking photos for a month a while ago that I mentioned there was something under a mat at an old store but could never see it. I walked by it when the mat was up last month but didn't have the camera. Brought the camera with us downtown, but the mat was down :( Asked one of the shop ladies if I could lift the mat and take a picture of the tiles. She kind of looked at me like I was a crazy tourist but said sure go ahead :p I can understand why its covered to help protect it, but its a shame a lot of people probably don't know its there. Flowers in the yard next to the In-laws :) New pavement downtown. Exiting stuff :p It really does look a lot better then it did before, just wondering how long it will last. And they are still working on it. Its a shame that that part of downtown is starting to look like a ghetto :p Lots of stores are missing letters in their signs, boarded up

Monday photo of the week April 20

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lab Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons I had no idea what I would have to take a picture of today as I am still a bit too dizzy to go for a walk. But we had to get some groceries (fun walking around the parking lot. Probably looked like I was drunk :/ )and Canine Partners had a little set up in front of the one of the grocery stores. If we had a fenced yard we would seriously consider fostering one of their dogs. And once we can afford it going to get a dog from the Dogs Trust . I miss having a dog and even if we had to give the dog back I would feel nice knowing that we did something that will really help someone in the future. For some reason I am really full of energy, never mind that it is 10:19 at night :p Last time I felt like this I went and pierced my ear . You can't see it unless I start playing with the jewellery, it sits so far in my ear, (had both ears done but lost the jewellery on the plane to NZ for the left). No money to do that now *sobs* and I am not going t

Eye Spy....

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A magic elixir :D Mint hot chocolate in a creme egg cup. One could also argue that a creme egg is a magic elixir gooy goodness :p Theme for eyespy this week was chosen by badskirt :) "Dragon heads" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip So the steroids seem to be helping the double vision and tingly face to go away, still hard to draw. Can't do detailed work but nothing stopping me from sketching dragon heads :D Which all look the same :/ I need to work on that. I think because I have gotten so use to drawing them a certain way they all end up with similar characteristic. Which makes me able to draw them really fast, but doesn't make for interesting dragons when they all look the same. No side effects so far from the meds. Which is a shame as I was looking forward to being able to lift a car or a small pony :p Not looking forward to extra hair and unless your bald who is? On the odd hair front. I have grey/white hair which isn't odd but its odd that some of the hairs

creative space april 16

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creative space april 16 Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons a day late oops :p Since I can't draw, the start of sugar cookies :D Nice and simple to make and lots of sugar :p And the finished cookies.Cinnamon and sugar on the left and normal ones on the right (with a few with oats on them for Mr.F) Mr.F dropped off my portfolio today at the Uni since I can't move without wanting to be ill. So hopefully hear back about that soon either way. He had to take a bit of a detour, up a steep hill,up 3 floors and a lift and then along a corridor. Would have gotten a laugh watching him lug around my big portfolio which he ended up just bringing back anyway and leaving the smaller one :p And it was his birthday. So happy birthday :D So I have to take steroid pills because the ear thing has caused an MS relapse. Lovely pins and needle feeling in my face and my tongue is all tingly: Double vision is probably from the relapse too. So random bouts of facial hair and being able to li

Seeing Double

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Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip The paper is not as red as it looks on my screen. More of a dark maroon colour. Here is a scan of what I have finished so far. Not a whole lot since the last update on it. I had every intention of finishing this today but after about an hour I had to stop as I started seeing double. Which might be caused by me having labyrinthitis . Yeah I had to look it up to figure out exactly what it was. Hopefully it gets better sooner rather then later :/ But if I disappear for a few days it is because staring at the laptop monitor really messes with my head. If I was a horse someone would have shot me by now :p And why did I not think to start a blog about candy ? Been reading that blog on and off all afternoon. Have had to cover one eye up with my hand to focus though. Too bad I don't have an eye patch. Actually be glad I don't. If I did I would be talking like a pirate all the time and walking around with a parrot on my shoulder :p Arrr! And I would

Pics for Monday April 13,2009

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mondaypicsapril13 Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons Entering Forfar :) First time I saw the view I was like its pretty :) MIL said I guess it is, Just seeing it everyday you get use to it. We are pretty much in a crater :p Surrounded by hills and mountains on most sides. Trust me the pictures do in no way capture how pretty it is. There is still snow on the mountains in the far back. One would think that I would get bored looking at the mountains but they look different everyday (when you can see them. The past week the haar has been so bad you wouldn't know there were mountains there). Scottish Word of the week: 1. scutter (I might have done this one all ready) Answer to last weeks word: 1. dux is the top pupil in class or the school Trees in front of what use to be the Guide Dog Training School but it is now empty :/ (they moved to another part of town).

Eye Spy....

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a surprise. just not one that I could get a good picture of. I tried getting closer to it but it flew away :/ Would have been nice to get some good shots of it in the wild. Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip Slowly getting finished. He looks like he is sleeping :p hey it might be done in time to put in my portfolio to drop off on Friday. Which can go either way. If I get in I get in, if not I will have lot of art to get rid off :p (more art then I have room for. Running out of space under the bed in flat containers and I don't have the money to frame a lot of the ones I would like to keep) I have honestly have had nothing to blog about the past few days. I'm clutching at straws trying to think of things to post about :p life has become pretty mundane and predictable. Weather has been too crappy to go for a walk and take pictures. Spent the day planting flowers and some strawberry plants in the yard. Got a few strawberries off of the plants last year when they were in pots so

Grey Charger Take 2 WIP

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The start to the white charger. I put down a base brown colour for the eye and where some of the highlights go. Sometimes I leave the highlights for last if I am using coloured paper because working with coloured paper I work backwards compared to what I do when using white paper. I find using coloured paper and CPs is more like painting. Hard to explain. Probably due to the fact that you have a base colour to colour over and your mid values are all ready there. One eye almost finished. Once I am finished more of the horse I will go back and darken it if needed. I don't want to make it so dark it looks like a big black hole against all the white. I don't normally work section by section when using CPs. Just easier in this case because of the spaces between the horse's tack. A couple more hours work on this section and it might be done :p Already I like how this one looks compared to the first. Could be the paper colour. I need to put more colour down but I don't kno

Creative Space April 9,2009

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april 9 creative space Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons Not much different from the last pic :p just a new drawing. Found some paper that is pretty close in colour to the paper I used for the bay charger. Not the same brand but the colour is close enough for me. *crosses fingers that this drawing turns out* I need to add a few more warm colours to it this time. I think last time it was too cool so looked really odd next to the warmer looking bay horse. More creative spaces here Some more daffodils in the front. The ones we planted finally flowered. Must have been all the rain we have had this week. I make a blog post saying that it doesn't rain all the time and its rained everyday since :p Cold day today out at Lunan bay. Gorgeous sky but I was shivering the whole time we were there. *brrr cold* Still too cold to wear sandals on the beach :p

Coloured Pencils

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sortedpencils Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons Rose is participating in 31 Days to Build a Better Blog and I thought it might be a good idea for me to do the same. So todays lesson is about lists. Making them, reading them and how they can help your blog. So I need to make a list. Problem is I had no idea what type of list to make. I don't really think that I know enough about one subject (well unless a list about dog grooming would be interesting [and not sure how interesting that would be. brush dog, bath dog, brush and blow dry. ok so there is more to it then that :p but still not that interesting. surprisingly it was only little yappy dogs that bit me[!%^&*£ Yorkies! always a Yorkie :/]. never a big dog....]) But I thought that I know a bit about coloured pencils and the supports you can use them with so thought that might make a decent list. Types of pencils I've used (I was going to list all the types of CPs you can get but thought I should just list the one

Monday photo(s) for the week

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Very grey day today. And now its raining/pouring out. It doesn't always rain like some people think and it depends on what side of the coast you are on as to how much rain/sleet you will get. The weather here is influenced by the North Sea as its pretty close (you can see it from certain parts on the highway and its only 20 mins away). It is green almost all year round which I found odd the first winter. Fields were still green where normally I was use to seeing them brown and muddy. So to answer your question sis, no it doesn't rain all the time :p Think of Southern Ontario but not as hot or cold, the weather patterns are pretty similar. I am still trying to get the pictures together for when I asked what people want pictures of. Can't seem to find a fireman but Mr.F reminded me I had seen a fireman when they thought the Co-Op was going to burn down. So might have to go find those pictures. This weeks Scottish word: 1. dux Answer to last weeks word: 1. puckle mean

Eye Spy ... a new development

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yellow daffodils Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons Is it sad that I am only now figuring out how to use the different modes on our camera? :p 2 years later and I find that I can pick only certain colours to photograph. Neat effect that I will probably over use :p I have said before that because we were not in this flat last year we really have no idea what is planted where. So its a really nice surprise when flowers start popping up. These are not on our side of the drying green, they run all along and stop when our part starts. odd. We are the only people in the building that actually use the drying green to dry clothes. And with the wind blowing strongly like it is today, often a few socks go flying :p We planted a bunch of daffodil bulbs but they haven't blossomed yet :/ but the hydrangea is growing more shoots and limbs :D Probably wont flower this year because we moved it but it should next year. For More eye spy people go here :)

no cacti

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no cacti Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons I really should have bought one of the cacti I saw in Ikea, but I am not going back there for along time and not just to get a cactus. I think if I go back to Ikea any time soon I will kill someone (and it would probably be the first kid that decided to push me out of the way to jump on a bed. [which they broke jumping on] who lets their kids do that in a store? o.0 and wreck a piece of furniture that isn't cheap). I am having no luck getting a cactus to grow :( This is the third attempt. Those empty cells are where the seeds are but nothing has even tried to grow. I don't know what I am doing wrong. Everything else seems to be thriving. I make sure there is enough water, but not too much. Its a good soil and the area gets lots of light. No idea what is going wrong. Chrissy gave me this award :) I need to list 7 things that I like. hmmmm ok :) 1. sugar. which is bad, but candy here is so good :p lol surprisingly my teeth ar