365 Day Project: Day 77

I’m getting a little frustrated with WordPress and the comment section. My comments are not showing that I have them but my email is. WP is aware but not going to hold my breath on the issue being completely fixed anytime soon. Today’s photo was actually taken yesterday. I just wanted to post the kitty with the books. There was no flash used but the light from the morning sun coming in made it seem like there was. I think I was able to capture an ‘Ireland-esque’ feel for the color palette. I was really trying to capture perspective but also an image with a focal point that draws the eye. I like it but think I can do better.

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365 Day Project: 25

All I can say is at least I made my midnight deadline. It’s unbelievably freezing so I hate to admit that all I did was roll down the window and moved the car forward to capture this photo.  But, WOW! How did I get something to look so regal? This is actually a house that my husband and I made a bid on when we first moved to the state. I didn’t realize how much money was required to maintain a home like this and the rules. This house is located on a historic block and homeowners have a specific set of rules set by the town that need to be followed. It’s a good thing that we were outbid because I don’t do rules all that well.

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365 Day Project: 18

I did a little research today and learned some things about cell phone photography and a little about Instagram. Being the evening time and trying to prepare dinner for the family and the snow storm coming in made for some busy streets in this small town. I am totally in love with the Friday night lights on the main street in this photo. We were able to snag a parking spot right in front of the town’s only liquor store. We got there in between people stocking up for the storm even though it’s moving out as quickly as coming in and nevermind roads will be plowed come morning. Love the subtle nod to my favorite whiskey…do you see it? I did find some other great lights at night images to take but we had to get back and I couldn’t handle being out and about when EVERYONE else was. Could I be falling in love with this town? It could never hold a candle to where and how I grew up but I can see the charm. I have no idea about the color palette but I like the regal brightness I could capture. Codes are below left to right.

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365 Day Project: 15

I cannot believe that I have stuck with this for 15 days! I have downloaded a new camera app and it has allowed me to take tonight’s photo with more lighting than my regular cellphone app. This was once the home to an awesome small town restaurant that unfortunately could not compete with the larger towns that are less than 30 miles away. This small town is where hopes and dreams of business owners come to die. Part of the reason why I don’t freelance for my area. Now what I’ve just learned is that I need to practice more using this app, work on organization and storage, and get a tripod of some sort for the phone. I think my color palette for the color theory portion of my project is monochromatic and hex codes are listed below from left to right.

#594622
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365 Day Project: 14

I’m really wishing I had lenses and a tripod for my phone. UGH! What I see and what my phone see are two different things. Especially now that I have my new prescription glasses. I’m trying to take photos in such a way at night that doesn’t have to much grain. If I try to edit the grain out then I lose detail so it was several attempts and an hour screwing with editing to get what I was somewhat pleased with the bridge and lights image tonight. Being from Texas I will FULLY OWN being a winter weenie and will not get out of the car unless it was an emergency. I’m hoping as it warms up I’ll get out of the car and perhaps improve the grain on night photos. As always the hex codes for my complimentary color theory palette portion of my project are listed from left to right. I’m finding that it’s getting to become rather easy for me to pick that palette out and need to try to push myself for other palettes. Happy Monday everyone (if there is ever such a thing).

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One Whole Year!

A year! I made it a year without smoking! Maybe I cheated by using Chantix but it worked for me. The dreams were hilarious! Now don’t get me wrong, there are times that I really want a cigarette. Like the times when my teen is tap dancing on my very last nerve. Or how about the times that I have chores crying with urgency to get done but my depression has a nice warm hug around me. Or even the times that I’m around people that are lighting cigarettes left and right and I’m sitting there holding a bottle of water like an adult (something that I wish I didn’t have to be at times).

I guess the point is, I had a goal a year ago and it’s been a year since I picked up a cigarette. I don’t have much in way of goals this year but focusing more on my new Norse heathen path, family, and maybe now and then get a doodle and some kind of writing done. Oh, and of course another job. But today, I’m just happy I made a year of something without quitting or giving up.

Have any of you completed a goal from a year ago? Either way, how do you feel about it? Are you going to try again? Are you going to try something else? Happy Monday everyone!

Comic Week 2

Guys! I found two of my Wacom tablets and a random pen tool with it’s tablet MIA. I tried the bigger tablet and guess what the damn thing wouldn’t work. Ok, I installed the driver and plugged the wires in and it would ONLY work if I held the wire in place. $80+ in the trash. The pen tool goes to my oldest-newest tablet and that’s GONE. I’m not getting rid of the pen just in case the tablet shows up. Then there was my first tablet trusty and clunky as ever plugged right in and worked! It took a little bit of getting used to again and all I can say is thank goodness for muscle memory and this morning a comic was born. I had so much fun even though my son thought it would be great to tap dance on my nerves before the damn rooster’s crow.

It was so easy to draw this little character of myself and my anxiety cat. I wanted to illustrate what I think my anxiety is like. It’s a cat that sees something to play with and bat around. My rollercoaster of thoughts and feelings and he is accelerating my thought process causing panic and anxiety attacks. My simple comic skills are a work in progress but I fell in love with this. If you would like to help me out (any will help or if you can’t share my comic). Enjoy the illustration of my anxiety cat playing pushing my rollercoaster and Mach 3 speeds around corners and curves.

Now…onto my next errand? Project? Who knows right now. I do know that I need to figure out why my color brushes weren’t working in PS and I think I’m going to spend a little time with my character this week possible fleshing her out more and some style sheets.

 

365 Day Project: 10

The sun actually came out today and with the results from this morning’s weigh-in, I had other things to do first. I took the opportunity while waiting to pick up the kiddos from school to work on my perspective and composition of my project. I decided on a complementary color palette for the color theory aspect of my project. Nothing like a fence and stadium to give me a ‘Carrie’ vibe (I love horror movies as if Y’all already didn’t know. Hex codes for my color scheme are below from left to right as always. Happy Thursday everyone!

 

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365 Day Project: 8

My husband assisted in driving me around so I can continue my project. I had my eye exam this afternoon and had my eyes dilated for the first time. That sums up what I was able to see. I picked this image because the colors were easy for me to decipher shapes with my dilated pupils. I think I was even able to nail an analogous color palette. Hex colors are listed below from left to right. Off to bed to rest my eyes…more on that later. Have a great evening.

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365 Day Project: 6

What a long night but I wanted to post this before collapsing in bed. I wanted to try to catch a unique angle of the bridge. I’m not too happy with this but I accept it as it was something new for me. I wish the town I lived in had just a bit more. I would kill for some decent graffiti. Maybe some food photography would help get me out of the funk. What do people take pictures of with their phones these days? I wanted to try my hand at choosing a monochrome palette for my color scheme. The hex codes are listed below from left to right. Have a great night everyone.

#52567B
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Productive 1st Week

I can’t begin to say how proud of myself that I am with the first week of the year. Unfortunately, I may not be able to keep to the schedule today due to outside obligations. This morning, I got up early and read the book that the kindred is covering for the book club meeting. Heroes of Asgard is a short book and easy read because I’ve heard these stories and variations from different sources. The Kindred is also supporting each other in their healthy choice of lifestyle. I’ve already been working with Weight Watchers and decided to participate to help lose the pesky 20lbs that just can’t be dropped. For this week I’ve participated in and accomplished the necessary goals with the kindred and learning journey not to mention my own personal (not daily) study of the Havamal. Oh, I even did my time on the treadmill.

The 365-Day project has been awesome and shitty all at the same time. I can take an awesome picture one minute and WTH was that photo the next. The Skillshare class helped a great deal and I have a couple more that I want to watch. The best part is that they are all short and cut right to the chase so I can learn, try, and grow through a swift transition. Trying to remember all the tips and tricks is what I need to try harder at. Maybe making my own notes or flashcards to carry will help like little-reminding nods. I think my favorite photo is from day 4. The puddle experiment was scary to try but I’m glad I did. I’m glad I stepped out of the car. I have a horrible feeling that today’s photo won’t be all that great because of the events I have happening today.

The short story that I wrote made me feel good. It was great to write something other than the journal entries, weighing-in, or Havamal study. I already have an idea for the next one and hope that I can keep it short.

My comic…Oh my! All I can say is that the app I found took longer for me to draw with than doing it by hand. My goal was a simple stick figure comic to bring a little chuckle but it was lacking. I can either watch the tutorials or go balls deep and do it by hand. If I’m going to do that I need to stop by the store and either get a small sketchbook or a grid composition. I did find my Wacom tablet and pen in the garage so I’ll try my next one with that.

How did your first week of working towards goals pan out for you?  I’m going to work damn hard on making sure I get a photo for my 365-Day project. Happy Sunday everyone.

 

365 Day Project: 4

Today I accomplished most of what I wanted to get done because I was in such a hurry to take today’s photo. I panicked because I was losing light. I have found a new excitement in this project’s objective trying to push myself to do more. Go outside my comfort zone and for this one I actually got out of the car! I took several photos but this is the one that I kept coming back to. I almost cried because what I tried WORKED! This is a puddle image!

I still have a long way to go and now I want to look into preventing graininess and better night cell photography. The hex codes are below and I think I nailed a split complementary color palette. Have a safe weekend everyone!

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New Years *Realistic* Planning

WOW! 2019 already around the corner! I was looking through some of my posts from last year and I set the bar really high for myself throughout the ENTIRE year. I started A LOT of projects and FAILED at almost all of them. I analyzed what I did wrong. It was basically me reaching for the stars while working a 40-hour job and a full-time second job as wife and mother. I’m going to try and keep it simple. I want to be as successful as possible and ran across this article that suggests ‘why’ people are not successful with their resolutions.

First I needed to do some ‘house cleaning’ for my blog. My poor Fenton project didn’t really go anywhere but I didn’t delete the project altogether. I also removed ‘I Survived the A to Z 2018’ image from my sidebar. That was a brutal task but I proud of myself for completing it. I might participate again this year but that could be a no-no from the no-no resolution list. After the ‘house cleaning’ I read through the list again and need to make sure I do these things:

  1. Make goals specific and to include a time frame.
  2. Do not be overly ambitious (more than I can handle-umm…I’m notorious for that as Y’all well know)
  3. Believe that I can complete my goal
  4. Have some with instant gratification and/or results
  5. Have a record of progress (blog)
  6. Make the list

My goal list started out as basically every run of the mill resolution. I want to be happier, lose weight, reduce stress and be more creative. Sounds like a basic list that I would BOMB within a month. I already quit smoking and I’m currently working on losing weight. I decided to break things down a bit more:

  • Work on being happy
    -Unplug (no phone after 5pm)
    -Do something that makes ME happy
  • Meet my goal weight this year
    -I have 22lbs to lose
    -Eating healthy falls in this category (this isn’t a goal)
    -Being more active also falls into this category (this isn’t a goal)
  • Write More
    -Produce one story 50 words or more a week
    -Have deadline
    -Could be about anything
  • Continue learning Asatru and Heathenism
    -Continue reading and participating in my kindred’s book club meetings
    -Study the Havamal
    -Be mindful of Asatru dates of importance
    -Participate more with Kindred events.
  • Draw more
    -Create a simple comic character
    -Produce one comic weekly
    -Keep it simple
  • 365 Day Project
    -Still, need to decide on a subject (HELP! I don’t know which one: create my own color pallets OR cell photography with the use of extra lenses. Opinions and thoughts are greatly appreciated!)
  • Express me more…be more social-ish
    -Express my feelings and speak more

This seems like a lot but when I break it down, it really isn’t. Instant gratification comes from the daily project which also serves as another objective-portfolio 365-day project that I need. Writing more is something that I have slacked on A LOT! I have a deadline and a minimum word count. Drawing more will fall under last years goal of creating my own little comic. The difference is that I have a deadline and some criteria such as KEEP IT SIMPLE! Nothing to elaborate and I’ve already started simple sketching planning my character. Finding my happiness is through ALL these goals. Continuing my Asatru Heathen path brings me peace and helps me work on mindfulness. Unplugging is something that is greatly needed and will help me unwind at night. All of this ALSO needs a schedule. Without one I’m surely going to fail.

What are your resolutions this year? How are you tackling them to achieve some level of success?

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 11

One thing I definitely learned is that A LOT can happen in a week…even a few days. I went in and had a tooth pulled on a Friday afternoon, a couple days later stitches thrown in. Finally able to return to work and still feeling pain the extraction caused. This, of course, made me adjust my eating habits.

Things I learned:

Weight Watchers has a zero point list for fruits, vegetables, and proteins for the freestyle program that I am doing. Blending zero point fruits adds points! My two point smoothie ended up being 13points! GRR. Mashed taters was also a higher point food that I only indulge in when out at a restaurant but needed to this past week. I also opted for cream of wheat which was nice and easy to eat along with being filling. Not walking as much and not filling full I was worried about what the scale would read. Sincerely…I almost skipped the weigh-in day. But here it goes, 182lbs is what the scale read this morning!


I’m officially 20lbs down! No, I can’t see it or notice it and that’s because it’s happening slowly. Then I remind myself that just because it’s slow doesn’t mean it’s not happening. I’m hoping this upcoming week will be better all around. Not wasting my weekly points on stupid smoothies and being able to actually eat would be great. I don’t have a unique recipe to share but I will be experimenting with butternut squash noodles and that will be posted next week (if it’s good).

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