I'm determined this year....to get in the spirit. I was even excited about decorating. It went by very fast though, so I need more projects. I got the tree and things up on Friday. Pretty much did the same thing as I did on last year's tree. We're adding some things to our custom tree. I'm adding things to the overall decor. I suppose I'll post it as I complete each project. Today, I just wanted to show off my wreaths. Chekk em out:
You get a wreath...no welcome mat. lol.
So, these weren't hard. I promise. Lots of Christmas pikks. Maybe about 10 each. I just stikk em in and wrap some of the sprigs around to keep it secure. Some of the little "berry" bunches are mini bulbs linked together with ornament hooks and tied on the same way as the pikks. Easy! Inexpensive. I got it all on sale. Trying to make the house look nice for the craft party. Everybody say ooooooh! I'll keep you posted on my progress.
I've been absent. I haven't been working like I should have, because...there have been...obstacles in my way. I miss my paint and my paint room and my quiet time...ALONE. However, the season of giving is upon me and I have to pull it together to get things done in time for Christmas...and winter crossings.
Maybe two days before Thanksgiving I was working on the other 3 seasons in my hair. It was hard. I think I liked the first one too much. I'm not completely happy with them. I was/am annoyed. Thanksgiving eve, I pull my drop mat with the other 3 seasons in my hair over into the corner as not to offend our holiday guests with my mess. I go to bed.
I wake up thanksgiving morning to my mother SCREAMING my name at 7:57am like she was in a non-urgent emergency. That particular explanation would require an entirely unrelated post...soooo...anyway, she's like we need some help. Come downstairs. I'm like....what could you possibly need at before 8am. She explains to me what happened. You wanna see?
We bottle poppin?
A friend of mommy's decided to bring her a bottle of champagne for her birthday. We set it in the living room to show off, since we weren't prepared to drink it. Auntie and mommy are sitting watching TV...and BOOM! Champagne EVERYWHERE. Glass flying to the faraway corners of the room. Stuff jakked up. House smelling like bubbly. Champagne in the TV cabinet...on the chairs...on the walls...on the MARBLE table...the carpet...and in 3 whole seasons of my hair! So guess what's all stikky and needing to be done again? Mmmmmhm. And guess who has to do it? Mmmmhm. I guess it works that I wasn't all the way happy with them. Now I don't have to feel bad about repairing them. Or what might happen while I try to repair them.
Thank God I was in bed. If I had been painting in my usual spot...Thank God mommy and auntie are ok. That's my story. Has this happened to anyone else before?
I hadn't planned on blogging about this one, but I changed my mind, which is fine. As a XX being, I reserve the right to change my mind as often as is necessary to make any and every decision. It is frequently annoying. Today...not so much.
This painting came very differently for me. I had the intention of trying a realistic portrait for the first time, but that's as far as I got with the planning. I usually do a bakkground and then decide on the foreground. Lastly, I fill in details. I guess the color I choose for the bakkground inspires me as to what should come next. This time, I actually did a sketch. Then foreground. Then bakkground. I had NO IDEA where this painting was going when I began. It's nothing like I had intended it to be when I started or anything like the work I've done before. It was a very organic process. I enjoyed it. I don't think I could not be pleased with the outcome, because I had no preconceived notion of what I thought it should have been to compare it to once I was finished. It is exactly as it should be.
"Garden Variety Beauty" 16x20
Now, after I had completed the majority of the painting, I decided to incorporate some of the design techniques that I do on my shirts. I thought it would be a cool way to transition from one medium to another. I added the "scribble" around the outline of her face. The white portion is completely covered in tiny white dots. It feels like a football. (Does that make for compromise when decorating with the man in mind?) It worked out nice for this piece. I'm very happy with it. I think I'll try it again.
In case you've been wondering about my double K, I started doing this around my freshman year in college. We all talked to each other via IM and it was kind of my signature way of spelling as an additional means to identify myself. I don't actually spell like this...on paper. If you find that I'm teetering bakk and forth between that and the traditional ck spelling, it's because I'm trying to be professional and spell correctly, but also trying to hold true to my SYM1 "signature" double K. I can spell, iPromise.
I did it again. For your viewing pleasure...the Dragon. It's SO hard to remember to take these pictures, but I don't think I missed a step this time. Never mind, yes I did. I have no idea what made me want to do a dragon. I was already done with this, but I guess to culminate the experience I watched How to Train Your Dragon this morning. I was moved. I could have cried...if the timing was right. It wasn't. Speaking of time, I actually started timing myself for this piece. I failed to accurately trakk the entire thing, but it took me a pretty long time. It was fun...for like the first 3 hrs. Then it stopped. Here are the pics. What say you?
Ok, now that they're all posted, I'm thinking you can't really see some of the details and changes from step to step, but you can see some of them. iTried.