A Little Unexpected Break

Well you will have to excuse the lack of posts over the last week as of last Saturday I ended up spending 3 days in hospital with what at first was a suspected stroke but turned out (thankfully) to be a really rare kind of migraine.

It was the day of my twins 5th birthday party so I didn’t really imagine I would be in a ambulance by mid-day!

Im on the mend and fortunately there isnt any permanent damage – the neurologist described it as an electrical storm went off in my brain, basically shorted out a lot of things for a brief time. On the weird-side effects I cant remember what coffee tastes like and I have no cravings for it or withdraws from it, this is someone going from a 6(+) cups a day to none in a flash..so to speak 😀

I have been using my art to help recover, helps with a bit of a muscle twitches that occurs if I get tired, so have a fair amount of #inktober things to show.

In no order here are some of the bits.

 

 

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Spring Time Gloom

I had planned to get this out on Sunday but life and all got in the way.  Tuesday is actually my best day to post things so I will look at keeping my blog updated then.

Its spring in New Zealand and although its been a few weeks of lovely weather its also very changeable which has meant a lot of gloomy days that were terrible for painting.  I have increased the artificial light where I paint so will try on Thursday to do some work.

A little more details on both paintings I have on the go, seems to take forever these days to produce any work hehe.

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And the base background for new one

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Hopefully as the sunlight days return my painting efforts will increase.

 

 

 

Detailing & Discovery

A while ago with my computer crashing I lost a “small” amount of my book. Despite backing it up to 3 cloud based sites I some how managed to have it die exactly at the wrong time. On the weekends I discovered a word file with 50102 words I had lost… not as small as the 4-5k I had thought i was missing.

Nothing like adding 50k to your book to motivate you to write! (book is now just a few hundred shy of 120k) and I hope to have the entire first write done by the end of September ready for edits!

Big shout out to the lovely @Gypsy_Syl on twitter for sparking my search (go listen to the Battlebards podcast she takes part in if you haven’t already, its really great fun!)

http://battlebards.libsyn.com/ is the weblink for those without twitter.

 

Painting wise I began working on the details of the painting now, with the left side of the work nearing finish.

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As well as doing my own painting my twins finished their own first works, very proud of how they followed instructions and put their own spin on things. Very good work for 4.5yo kids in my bias opinion 😀

Gabs & Orlando’s paintings:

Taking Shape

In between the craziness of life I manage to progress my painting a little. I was out most of the weekend with family things so the normal block of art time I have disappeared and I also re-discovered the fun of Diablo III which didn’t help at all!

I picked up a new black paint so my limited palette is now complete…well I could do with a sap green and a raw sienna but I can make do.

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WiP Continues!

I have been attempting to increase the amount of painting time I get, cramming in 20 min here and there in an effort to improve my work and get into a good painting habit.

Long ago with writing during #NanoWrimo I realized that time didn’t make itself free, you have to cram in whatever you really want to do and push out a space for it, so its not surprising that the same is true of art.

Aside from teaching my kids a little more about painting (or as much as I know about the basics!) I managed to progress my current work.

Next month I’m going to challenge myself to a paint a picture each day so that should be interesting.

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Sunshine and Sketching

Finally the lurgy is lifting enough that I can start to recover energies to do art. The weather too, despite having some nasty cold patches, is turning into very early spring so we are all able to head outdoors for a little bit.

I’m at the end of my satisfaction with the cheaper paints I was using so on the path of upgrading now which means a little more delay in starting painting the sketch I drew last week.

Instead of painting I went back to working on my side project and had a reasonable amount of progress. As much as I love painting there is a lot of fun to be had using charcoals. About half way there now!

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Winter Lurgy Strikes Again

As of today this is my 7th day sick, actually the entire family have been sick for over a week which has been awful for art progress, and I haven’t managed to get back to work for more than a few hours. On the positive I am feeling a little better today, its only a winter cold/flu thing but its hitting everyone hard.

I have been thinking more of doing watercolor illustrations and working at the basic skills for this when I am able to.

There is a picture stuck in my head that I have to paint next, its demanding to get out onto the canvas so hopefully when I am able I can start sketching it out.

A little practice work I did below:

Basic human forms

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Borrowed the kids 5 color pen and doodled this.

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