Remember waaaay back in September when I said they were coming to install the new shades?
Well, after several tries (and misses) and reordering and waiting....and waiting....and waiting.....
They finally came and installed two totally new shades! And they WORK!
When I was pregnant with Son1, Husband and I attended the
requisite Lamaze classes.
After weeks of huffing and puffing and learning all the
relaxation techniques we were finally finished and looking forward to ‘meeting’ our little bundle of joy.
The instructor excitedly congratulated all of us and was
going on about the joys of parenthood. Then she asked us to share with the
class what we hoped our babies would inherit from our spouses.
She looked at me and asked me to go first. (Asking me to go
first is NEVER a good idea.)
I thought for a moment and said, “I hope my baby inherits my
husband’s pearly white, straight as Chiclets beautiful teeth!”
After what seemed like an interminable amount of time (with
lots of throat clearing and blinking) she said, “Well, actually, what I meant
was more along the lines of ‘compassion’ and ‘loving spirit.’”
There were a few titters around the room as I looked at her
with the same blank stare she had for me and I said, “I can TEACH him to be
compassionate and I can SHOW him love. I CAN’T teach him to have straight
That story pretty much illustrates my whole life.
While the rest of the world is traveling down life’s highway
I’m somewhere else…….off-roading.
…….when I get frustrated (which is pretty much ALL the time) I go
back to my comfort zone. Faces! And what has become my favorite analog art
supply, colored pencils.
I keep paper and colored pencils at hand on the kitchen island at
all times. I LOVE the creamy feel of the pencils as they glide across the page.
I don't always like the results but the 'doing' is very comforting. I like how
they blend and layer and their vibrancy.
I don't like this
guy but I LOVE the way the pencils blended/layered on him.
It helps my ego to know I can produce
It’s no secret I am a world class failure when it comes to
spelling. I always have been. (Thank goodness for spell check!)
When I was in elementary school and had to learn weekly
spelling words my mother used to help me. She’d use anything she could to help
me remember how to spell each word. Visualization, associations, repetition,
but mostly a form of mnemonics.
She would come up with a way to pronounce the words I
was having trouble with. And it would cement it into my memory forever.
Apparently it worked!
I have trouble with repeating letters for some reason. Does ‘tomorrow’
have two M’s or two R’s? I could never remember. To this day whenever I have to
spell tomorrow I hear her in my head saying, “Spell tomo-RRRR-ow” as she would
repeat the R sound several times so I would know it was a double R not a double
I might have spell check now but I also have a fond memory that
makes me smile every single time I spell tomorrrrrrrow!
Did I tell you I was taking ANOTHER online class this week?
Creating Simple Characters with Nelleke Verhoeff
I want to work on bodies/poses for all the faces I’ve drawn over the
years. To develop characters: full bodied, fleshed out characters. I seem to
have trouble with that. I don’t know why I do and I thought this class might
loosen me up and help get me over the hump as it were…..
Turns out it’s making me tighter and more conscious of the fact that I suck at it! LOL
So…..in typical Robin fashion, I decided to do my own thing albeit with the
lessons in the back of my mind. I mean,
as my mother used to say, “Why reinvent the wheel?”
So I’m using the bits and bobs from the PDF’s I shared a while ago and
mixing it up with collage and ‘finessing’ it digitally.
I FINALLY came up with a few that don’t suck and actually made me laugh.
I figure if I laugh or smile it’s not a total loss, right?
Okay, I admit it......I can't seem to wrap my head around this new app.....
I Google and try, watch Youtube videos and Google some more.
I even signed up for Sketchbook Skool's Be An iPad Artist course thinking I could extrapolate the information from the lessons and use them in Infinite Painter (how different can one app be from another, after all?)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.........color me foolish.......
I'm pretty sure my head is going to explode!
ANYWAY.....I DID come up with this while doodling and trying out brushes and textures.....
Son2 has titled it 'Dust Bunny Glam'.
I wasn't particularly impressed with it until he named it....now I really like it!
To paraphrase a well know quote: 'A few well chosen words can change someone's entire day!'
treated myself to a new app. Late night 'shopping' spells trouble for me..........it was only $6.99 BUT still.....do I
need another drawing app? Absolutely NOT! Did that stop me? Absolutely NOT! Will I be totally frustrated trying to learn the ins and outs of this new app? ABSOLUTELY!
you listen very carefully you will hear my carefully chosen words of
'appreciation' (ahem) for my new 'toy'! LOL
looks to me (at first glance) like the Android version of Apple’s Procreate.
is going to be a steeeeeep learning curve……
And this isn't all the options.
If I put all the screens/options in this post it would go on forever..........