25. Blogs I Love Following
I am incredibly selective about the blogs I follow. I generally don’t follow traditional “lifestyle” bloggers; I miss the days of LiveJournal and true, personal journaling. In that vein, all the blog I follow, I feel, either give me insight into someone’s life and thoughts, or share interesting creative writing, art, or journeys. Outside of WordPress, I don’t follow many blogs, but as I believe I mentioned in my last entry, there are some websites and especially some YouTube channels and podcasts that I deeply enjoy, and that I would love to curate and make a links list for at some point in the near future.
26. Old Photo of Me
I had to dig through Facebook for this. I almost posted one of my unofficial engagement photos (taken Christmas morning 2009, by the person who would be our wedding photographer, who (for reasons I don’t recall) literally crashed at our apartment on Christmas Eve at like eleven o’clock at night?) But while that picture, at over ten years old, was old, this one is old. Like, probably about thirty years old, at this point? I’d wager this was Christmas of 1989:
Who’s ready for an art dump??
These are the photos I’ve shared on Facebook; they were shot to minimize glare, because I generally took them as progress shots at night, when the lighting in my house is the poorest. I’ll have better quality photos when they finally go up on my gallery, but here is some of the art I’ve been working on the last week. There still one or two pieces not included here, but Bear is playing on Khan Academy on my phone right now, and honestly, I’m not enough of a masochist to try to wrestle it away from him to take and upload a pic at the moment.
I’m so happy with how these acrylics turned out. The plates are hard plastic, so I can’t lay down a rough sketch, which I usually do with my paintings; I just have to take the brush straight to it. I love the yellow bird in particular (a yellow-throated warbler, I believe); I’m very happy with how vibrant the color is, despite the lack of primer and the dark background.
My last three microns. The last one was done without photo references, and I am very pleased with the results! Used multiple references for the first two; I feel like I’m getting better and integrating pieces from various photo references to make a coherent whole, and relying less on them as something to copy and more as just something to help guide the form (particularly when it comes to anatomy. I’m definitely still trying to figure out anatomy).
Only my second real attempt at watercolor, and it’s a watercolor illustration I’m doing for my sister, very much a work-in-progress, but I’m enjoying the process and trying to figure this medium out.
It’s Thursday. Our schools have extended their closure until at least May 4th which, honestly, makes more sense given the numbers and where we are in this whole mess at the moment. More time to do and learn, I suppose.
Stay safe, sane, vigilant, healthy. Do something fun. Be kind.