.....and other random stuff......

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Oh Brother....

I mean that in more than one way......

Our printer(s) finally gave up the ghost. BOTH! At the same time. Well, not exactly at the same time. Mine was dying a slow, painful death but I kept it limping along for a while. Then Husband's died a sudden death.

So we did a little research and decided to go cheap this time. I only need a printer for scanning my art and Husband just prints receipts. So CHEAP it is!

We bought a Brother. Mostly because the ink cartridges are CHEAP! I mean cheapy cheap cheap!

Not a bad little machine. The biggest complaints online were that it was noisy. I don't know what brand of printer that commenter had before this one but it must have been silent because I don't find this one loud at all!

We plugged it in, set it up and I sat down prepared for the usual learning curve. Considering it's a cheap printer it doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles so I wasn't expecting much of a learning curve.

Au contraire!

Well, let me amend that statement. It wasn't so much of a learning curve as a day of disappointment trying to figure out how to get the scanner to scan my art in the colors I used to create it! 

I went online to try and troubleshoot and/or calibrate the scanner. After HOURS of pulling out my hair in frustration I have come to the conclusion it can't be calibrated and I just need to learn more about Photoshop to adjust the things I scan......I'm admitting defeat (for now) and will be satisfied with this compilation after a discouraging day of fighting with technology!
PS I have a few leftover (never been opened) ink cartridges from the old printers. If anyone uses 
Epson 69 or HP 920 inks let me know. Free to a good home! ;)

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

♪♫♪♫♪♫ Memories ♪♫♪♫♪♫

I was mindlessly playing with the multi colored colored pencils. Just laying down swatches of color to see what they'd look like. Seeing how they blended. Wondering how I could use them. As the page began to fill up it reminded me of a story my mother used to tell......

When I was two years old I was in the hospital. Family lore has it my lungs collapsed. Although I doubt that I do know it was some sort of breathing problem. They put me in a crib with an oxygen tent over it. My mother told me how lucky I was, I was the only little girl with my own 'house' in the whole hospital! Yeah, right.....snort. I did like the bucket of ice chips at the foot of the crib though. I liked to eat them.
I have very shady memories of what happened. But I do remember Dr. Newhart giving me a coloring book and a brand new box of crayons. I was disappointed it wasn't the 64 sized box, but it was still a brand new box of fresh, pointy Crayolas.
And I remember thinking how babyish the coloring book was.
So instead, I decided to color the crib sheet. It was a pristine white sheet just perfect for my masterpiece!
My mother says by the time she got back from the cafeteria with her cup of coffee I had scribbled over the entire crib sheet. Not one single speck of white was left showing. And I had quite a bit of crayon all over me too.
I remember feeling very proud of myself and of my masterpiece. I couldn't understand why no one else was impressed. Or why the nurse came in and changed the sheet on my crib.
Or why, after that, my mother never left my side........day or night..........

I wonder if it looked anything like this.....

Friday, July 5, 2019

Enough is Enough

I have a hard time with this....knowing when enough is enough. I either don't go far enough or I go too far and ruin a piece. 

I've been working on this one for a while. It started out as a test piece in The Painting Techniques of Anne Marie Grgich (Portraits) class and when it became apparent I wasn't going to be able to replicate her techniques I just went with it. Jumping in here and there between other things. 

Then I started to hear Kenny Rogers in my head....."You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run......" and I knew it was done. 

I had to look up the lyrics to make sure I got it right and the next few lines struck me as pertinent too.

Every gambler (ie: artist) knows
That the secret to survivin'
Is knowin' what to throw away
And knowin' what to keep
'Cause every hand's a winner
And every hand's a loser

I'm not sure if she's a winner or loser (and I'm not fishing for compliments, just sayin', lol) but she's done. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Playing With Colored Pencils

I signed up for another class........quelle surprise.........

Sketchbook Skool's 'Colored Pencils---Sharpen Your Skills
I'm about halfway through. And, of course, I had to buy new supplies.....lol. Some I already had, like these multi-colored ones. 

 I hadn't really played with them. As it turns out, they're pretty good for making fur on critters. 

The new set I'm still not sure about. 

They certainly are soft, but I'll withhold my opinion until I try them on different papers. So far I've only used them in one sketchbook and the pages are computer paper and slightly 'mushy' lying on top of one another. I'm assuming they will be different on smoother paper or watercolor paper.  
So far my favorite thing I've learned from the course is a quote from one of the instructors, "At least I'm drawing!" LOL I like that! Good, bad, or indifferent....at least I'm drawing! 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

On This Date In History......

Enjoy your special day! 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Another Year, Another Celebration!

(Each and every one of those pixels is YOU through the years!)
Enjoy your special day! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

I'm Trying.......

....but it's a struggle.

Patience isn't my strong suit. 
Waiting for the paint/layers to dry is difficult for me. 
He's not finished, and I'm not sure he will ever be.....he needs more 'work' and 

This is my attempt from the class 

The Painting Techniques of Anne Marie Grgich (Portraits)

We were supposed to work on six at once. On cradle boards. I decided to try it first on watercolor paper so as not to ruin the cradle boards. And I cut it down to four instead of six which then turned into this ONE! 
And we see how THAT's turning out......LOL.

I say I learn something from every class I take. I think what I learned from this one is I have even LESS patience than I thought.....

.....life is the experience, not the destination! 

Moving on.....

Friday, June 7, 2019

Taking a New Class

I’m taking a new class from Carla Sonheim. The Painting Techniques of Anne Marie Grgich (Portraits)

We’re supposed to be painting on cradle boards (which scares the hell out of me for some reason) and I wanted to ‘practice’ in my sketchbook first. Plus I’m not sure I want to make them like everyone else. Husband says I should because it’s a class and I need to do what the teacher instructs us to do.

I, ever the obstinate one, want to be different……go figure!

I have to say I like the way she does profiles (which I have trouble with) so I did copy that. Her style is very ‘outsider art’ and VERY busy. I just don’t seem to be able to make my portraits quite that hectic. But I think I did loosen up a bit à la Picasso…..so that’s good, right?

Every technique you can add to your arsenal is a good thing!


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

With Apologies to The Big Bang Theory.....

robin jr writes under the pen name Tondelaya Shillysham

Friday, May 31, 2019

Decisions, Decisions

Or......why is the pair I want always on the TOP shelf!?!?!?!?!?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019


....it's all about the process, not the outcome.

For my birthday the boys got me a lightbox.
I had been using the sliding doors as a light box but sometimes it would get dark before I was finished and obviously the sliders were no good until the next day.
AND I can sit comfortably at my little artsy corner of the island and work til all hours of the night!

Thanks boys! 

Here's the info if you're interested: https://www.artograph.com/lightpad-lx-series/

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Can You Say Procrastination.....

I should be working on robin jr..........

 instead I'm playing with camera lenses......

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Husband says.....

......I need to do something with my characters.

So, for your amusement……here is…….Leo…..and his ‘story’.

Leo always had a hard time with women until he learned to keep his hands in his pockets.

Friday, May 3, 2019

How I feel When I'm......

........dropping off my 'sharps' at the firehouse.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

This is the Book.......

......I wish I had written.
Even before I have finished it I have had an epiphany...... 

I realize even the 'great artists' weren't always great. 
They had bad days, bad paintings/sketches/ideas...... 
They erased
They had dark days, they threw away bad paintings/writings.....
They questioned themselves.....
Their sketchbooks weren't full of wonderful things......

And now I realize this isn't even NEWS!!! 
Everyone comes to know this.....but in their own time. 

I have been lamenting of late that I keep seeing the same things over and over out there in 'the real world'. 
Nothing is new. 
And then I realized nothing is ever new. 
It's just that there is always a new generation and to them it IS new. 
I suppose I come to this realization a bit late.....and most of you have already figured it all out but I find it comforting. 
And in that comfort I find a new calmness. 

I didn't mean to go all touchy feely on you.....but I did want to recommend the book! 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


.....the scratch papers I use to test my pens and markers are more interesting than the art itself.....lol.
They just need a little 'tweaking'.
And then I can use them to add some oooomph to other things. 
I'm still working on her final look......I think her boots need to be yellow....or maybe she has a closet full of different colored boots....
The saga continues.....

Friday, April 19, 2019

Kitchen Remodel: The Finale

 New chairs BUT we 'saved' the table Husband made years ago by changing the legs. 
 The new plantation shutters....which is a whole story to itself....they sent the wrong shutter and Husband had to 'retrofit' it........and then, of course, the house is askew and he had to shim out the center one. 
Don't even get me started on the placement of the handles and the anxiety THAT created! :-/
 The HUGE island!
 The comfy new bar stools.
 Look at allllll that countertop! 
 I'm still learning how to cook on the induction cooktop....thank goodness stuff doesn't stick to it when you turn away for a SECOND and the pot boils over......not that it ever happened......just sayin'.....


 The view out the sliders.
 The biggest sink ever! 
 I can watch TV while doing dishes and meal prep. 

 My 'artsy' spot on the island.
I can do artsy stuff and still be with Husband AND see the TV! Win/win!