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Birthday Painting

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I have a friend.
Really! I do!
This friend LOVES everything flower related. Floral scented shower gels and lotions from Bath and Body Works are a big one. Whenever we go together, I get the "food" scented things like vanilla, coconut, cherry, lemon-and she opts for the floral spectrum. I 99% of the time can't stand the floral scents. I find them overwhelming, over perfumed, and they usually make me sneeze or my nose stuff up. She feels pretty much the same about the yummy things I go for. (But we both agree on Lemon and White Tea!) So I of course, as the wonderful friend that I am, have to give her a ton of crap. Of course, she throws it right back at me.
But her appreciation for floral goes beyond scents and into decor. Again, I am not a fan. The 70's left-thankfully. I mean, floral print everything and disco? *shudder*
This year I was trying to think of birthday gifts that are a little more personal, and a little less 'gift card off the local grocery store disp…

Pastel Madness!

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I haven't forgotten this blog! I've been creating a lot lately. I'll be back soon to update and share!
Oooooookay!
Monday is here, and it was almost gone when I remembered that I had planned to update my blog today. But, I was working on art. A super secret project for one of my closest friends birthday. Her birthday is on Wednesday but I won't be giving her my creation until Saturday. So that's one new project you won't get to see today since I hope my friends at least, read this! Ha! However I will tell you it involves acrylics and my first ever REAL canvas. And let me tell you, it was a joy to work on a real canvas. Even if it was the fourth freaking time I did this specific project. *grumble, moan, grumble*
I'll share those details later.
But for now, on to the other work!
Two years ago for Christmas, my mom gave me hard pastels. I had never worked with them before. They are in stick form (in fact, I believe the label called them Color Sticks) and there…

Swimming In Creation

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I haven't forgotten my blog, I swear. I see it regularly as it's saved as a tab on my Google Chrome. But I was waiting for a little more material to post. And boy, have I built up some material.
Let me start with this:
Spring is here!
Yeah, not according to the calendar. And not according to some states on the east coast and in the midwest but you know what? I don't live there. Here in Arizona it is glorious windows open weather. I love this time of year. Spring and Fall are my seasons. I become so much more productive and creative. In the winter, I'm too cold to really get into things. Even with a heater running, my fingers and toes are always cold. It's better to curl up with good books.
And summer? Forget that. You go outside and fry. Ok, I'm exaggerating a little but it is more difficult to get out and enjoy things when you risk heat exhaustion by over-exerting yourself, or skin cancer if you don't cover yourself with goop every 30-60 minutes, wear a hat, w…

Learning My Way

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Acrylic. There's something so satisfying about mixing up the piles of acrylic paint and making fun new colors out of them. Maybe it takes me back to the days of finger paints. I find myself almost mesmerized as I brush the paint onto the canvas and watch the colors blend in ways I hadn't anticipated. It almost never works as I see it in my mind, but, that's ok. Because what comes out is what's meant to be, I think.
It's fascinating to see the different effects I can obtain by using different brushes, or palette knives. Those are especially fun. It's a bit like I'm frosting a cake.
And the more I play with it, the more I learn. The more comfortable I become. And the more I feel my creativity growing and expanding.
I want to try my hand at oils. But, the cost, the chemicals, the cleanup...I'd rather do that when I have a more dedicated space to my art. In the meantime, I'll just keep plugging away at my acrylic and watercolors.
I have some wonderfully…

Creation Implementation

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My new year has begun quite well. At least on the creative front. And the area of being healthier is doing well-maybe could be doing better. But, it's so cold here right now it's difficult to want to do much more than curl up under the covers and binge Netflix all day.
The world is going mad but I'm not going to get into that here. It's not a political blog. It's a blog for creation and writing. A way to share these things with the handful of readers and create a place for myself to stretch those muscles. And escape.
The writing has been slow. Again, I blame the cold. My fingers become so cold this time of year, that the last thing I want to do is type. Painting and drawing are different. I can curl up in my comfy chair, pull my art table right over the arms of that chair, my Supernatural blanket over my lap, and create. But writing is more exposed and cold, sitting at my desk in the less than comfortable desk chair. I can't handle it for very long this time of …

Looking Forward, Not Backward

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A new year has been rung in. I hope my few readers enjoyed how they spent their new years eve. I myself spent it in bed, sleeping, since I had to work so early on Sunday morning. So I just rang mine in with the ball drop from Times Square. Since a lot of my family is east coast based I just decided I'd celebrate with them.
So tell me, do you do resolutions? I do, though I stopped calling them that a few years ago. Instead I prefer to look at them as changes to how I do things. For example: I've decided to cut way down on soda. After things went to hell with my externship and I was "terminated" from the program, I started eating and drinking whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I called it a "Fuck It" attitude. And with the holidays, all the good food was easily available. Often for free at work. You bet I took advantage of that.
Am I going to never drink soda again? No. I'm sorry but I enjoy a cola with my pizza. Or a soda and popcorn when I go to the …