I enjoyed a quiet morning to myself thanks to a sleepover. I showered then drew my weekly comic. I even made myself giggle as this summed up the reason why I went to work during sub-arctic temps. So here’s my little funny for Y’all. Happy Saturday guys!
I have been fooling around with an app on my phone for WAY too long. Tomorrow I will look for my bamboo stylus and pad. OR I could go with drawing traditional. Either way, I’m heading in the right direction for one of my goals. This is pretty much how I feel when I’m trying to take wonderful cell phone photos. I’m going to try and get better with my stick figure comics. Happy Saturday everyone!
There is something to be said about being productive on a Saturday morning. All week I’m drained by my day job and then come home to get my day to day done. It can be draining. Trying to explain to my husband that physical tiredness is different from mental tiredness. There isn’t any amount of sleep that can help recoup from being mentally tire. I woke up early and decided that I was going to be good to myself and got on the treadmill. I didn’t make it the 30 minutes that I wanted but I did make an effort. I spoiled myself with oatmeal and banana but also took the time to apply for more jobs. I wrote personal cover letters and summaries for each application. Then it was off to fetch groceries and fill the car up ALL before the snow storm system moved in. Once home I completed some of my web development course. It’s amazing how much came back to me after years of not coding. Sunday was my ‘lazy’ day. Since my birthday is today and I have to go to work I laid in bed watching Netflix. I cooked an awesome dinner and watched Christmas shows with my family. I couldn’t have spent an early birthday any better.
Today I will order cookies for a belated birthday treat for my coworkers tomorrow. As much as I would like to forget I’m turning a year older, we do not have a bakery in my town. The business that bakes fresh cookies only does it during the week because they don’t run oven during weekend hours. I’m ok with that. I debated on treating my coworkers but they haven’t really been that awful towards me, it’s management. So today I contemplate opening another Twitter account to accompany my graphic artist portfolio or one for my blog. Happy Monday everyone…let’s kill it!
This is a stippling doodle I did at work on Friday. It felt good to doodle again. I do have to replace my pens and markers because the dogs ‘plucked’ my art bag out of my purse that was sitting on my bed and demolished them. I will slowly replace them a little at a time.
I don’t know what I would call this? A poem? It doesn’t qualify as a limerick. It’s just a little conversational example of my thoughts through some days. But I also wanted to include what I tell myself and some of the humor in it. The past month was brutal but I was realized I made it worse for myself. I withdrew from a lot and it wasn’t really for soul searching it was for other reasons. My husband wasn’t much help but I stopped blaming him for most of the issue. I had to pull myself out of the slump. I was afraid that if I fell further into it there would be no coming out. I’m getting there and forcing myself to find time for things I like to do. I included one of my Inktober doodles for this poem. I thought it was fitting.
I’m not normal, what is wrong with me?
-It’s ok, what is normal anyway?
I’m not society’s vision of beautiful?
-It’s ok, why do you want to be like everyone else?
I don’t make enough money.
-Are you comfortable, house, food, and a little extra for coffee?
I’m not adequate for another job.
-If you don’t try then you’ll never go anywhere?
Why do I question my own existence?
-Are you talking to me?
I thought about common bugs that I would see all the time in Texas. However nostalgic as the memories were I still had the urge to grab a fly-swatter or bug spray.
I didn’t realize that there were so many different and unique species of weevils. I always thought of weevils as the little pests that made a home out of flour. The doodle doesn’t do the insect just but if you would like to see more search ‘Filbert Weevil’. They are uniquely cute (in my opinion). It looks like it should even own the name Filbert.
It was a very trying day at work but I only snapped at one person. I could barely complete my job and there was no way in hell I was going to do another person’s job. My coworker was perfectly capable of doing so. She just wanted to stall until the break. I came home and my husband had already started dinner for me. My son joined me in some drawing fun and I think I’m all caught up still using one line and some dots. I’m hoping to do some painting tomorrow but for now, I’m laying down with a warm compress on my face.
Have you ever seen these creatures? I mean seriously…EVIL is in the name (giraffe weevil). I tried to make it look cute but what I created was a thing of nightmares. It looks like it has talons! I giggled at the finished creepy doodle. I’ll try for something else tomorrow as my tooth is killing me (yay appointment tomorrow) and I’m going to bed.
I spent more time sketching and inking than the actually watercolor I finally came to a stopping point. I was super proud that I was able to stop myself from brutally overworking the image. This would be my second ‘urban sketch’ and I’m beginning to wonder if I like inking and watercolor painting buildings and outside cityscapes than the food or animals?
Prompt Word: City Life
Being on the diet and trying the new method of eating to boost my metabolism and wake my body up from being used to the diet but I’m not opting for today’s prompt.
Prompt: Sweet Treats
It’s late, I’m tired and the chores of the house are just screaming at me to get done the ‘mom’ way and not the ‘kids’ way. I didn’t have to say anything just look at my little army of butt heads (Including my husband-and yes I can say that because they are!) I created and they scattered to the four corners of the house looking for something to do. I had just cooked dinner after a long day at work. Everyone didn’t mind eating it but didn’t want to clean up. SO I did, along with a million other little things that teenage eyes overlook on purpose. I’m exhausted and will not be able to do any of my classwork tonight but the painting and doodling helped calm my nerves a great deal. I apologize in advance. I don’t have LED daylight bulbs because my migraines are more prone to making an appearance when they are shining.
Prompt: Woodland Creatures
This was a frustrating prompt. Not that the actual prompt was the issue but the process. I actually threw one painting away and I was only halfway done with it. I’m trying to learn not rely too much on my pens and focus more on painting details.
Prompt Word: Flying things
Still working on playing catch-up and this felt really good. Painting and doodling was just the relaxing activity I needed in a quiet house after a crazy Monday. I still have some catching up to do but we’re going to start here. GRR…WP is having issues AGAIN. I day it works like it’s supposed to and the next it doesn’t. It doesn’t even do any good to report the issue.
I managed to get a lot done before the rain moved in. I weeded out and un-vined my little experimental garden. I caged the tomato plant (it’s getting huge and hoping for veggies soon), unwound my melon plants from the pepper plants, and trellised the green beans. I needed a tomato cage and have decided that I can’t go into the lawn and garden center without adult supervision. I’ve been a little naughty and started pricing hobby greenhouses. I walked out with 7 bushes and 6 elephant ears that are now homed in my front yard. Cooked dinner for the family, cleaned the kitchen and sat down and did my doodle(s)wash.
It’s June 1st. My head is still swimming from excitement about the Fenton Friday idea that I nearly forgot to do my doodles. I’m going to make things a little simpler on myself and instead of going back and forth between two prompt sites, I’ll take one prompt and use that for both exercises.
I’ve always been envious of the people who can doodle amazing images with one line (human etch and sketches let me tell ya) and decided that I’m going to practice that this month with my doodles. Outside of one line, there will be a few dots and squiggles. And I’m sticking with Doodlewash. Hey, it keeps me painting.
This is what I came up with. Don’t forget to check out Fenton and share to spread the word (we need your help). Have a lovely Friday.
This has been an awesome month for me to explore watercolor a little more and find it a very agreeable medium. Since I purchased A LOT of watercolor supplies I think I’ll continue doing small paintings but I really want to fine tune my skills at urban sketching combining more detailed doodles and watercolor. I’ll continue with illomo and Doodlewash but I’m taking on a bigger project which will be announced tomorrow.
I found this prompt fitting as it’s the last day of May.
illomo Prompt: Goodbye
I haven’t had the time to bake anything for my diet and REALLY craving a cake but this was a fun paint. This one is particularly my favorite because I didn’t use any microns to outline anything.
Doodlewash Prompt: Desserts
(I thought I hit the publish button on this! I’m pissed and can’t BELIEVE I did this!)
Yesterday all my anxiety was rearing its ugly head when my writing/painting desk had to be relocated due to summer. Meaning I get cold easily and it has come time for my husband to put in the AC window units. It feels like I’m living in an igloo at the moment and my husband just stepped outside so I will be turning everything up a bit so I don’t need a winter parka.
Dieting, I did well all day until it was time to go out to dinner to celebrate both my daughter’s and husband’s birthday. The only positive thing I can say about the meal is that I did cut back on a LOT of foods. Yummy morsels of meatiness from the Gods! UGH, The banana that I have right now as my dessert is mocking me! I kept myself busy though so that’s good. Right?
The illomo sports player prompt really didn’t interest me but I did enjoy the giggle seeing my stick figure but the second Fairytale prompt was so fun to do. The Doodlewash fruit prompt I took from my childhood. I grew up eating figs and got spanked for eating so much off of my grandmother’s fig trees. You know what? It was worth it! I tried something new with the leaves prompt and actually kind of liked how it turned out.
I have a lot going on tonight so luckily I was able to make quick work of my challenges.
Illomo Prompt: Surprised
Doodlewash Prompt: Pandas
It’s been a trying day. I cooked separate meals from me and the family and I think I was even drooling over their food! I stayed strong but let me tell you my knees were weak when I pulled the bacon out of the pan to drain on paper towels. Instead, I had scrambled eggs with salsa and a slice of low-fat bread (Entire meal equaled 1 point!). I found solace in writing, doodling, and painting. The only problem I’m facing at the moment is whether or not to participate in next month’s Doodlewash challenge and do my own. I just know if I do my own thing then it won’t be daily and I’m loving the daily! I don’t know.
Looking back being upset over my kids drawing on the walls was uncalled for, an unnecessary stress that I added to myself and luckily it didn’t dampen their artistic side.
illomo Prompt: Toddler
Every Sunday, up until today, we would go out for pizza. My family understood that it would derail me really early in my journey to a healthier me. Once I figure out the point system and the best way to handle restaurants then we’ll go.
Doodlewash Prompt: Dinner