What’s New For August?

hobbit going on an adventure image

What adventures do I want to go on? Trying to plan ahead and figure out what to write, write about, keep doodling, not doodle, paint, not paint, explore other interests? These are difficult questions to answer as I had a spell of not being me or having any ambition. I think I have it today (ambition that is).

Doodle or not to doodle? I’m going to keep my daily doodle routine but this month I’m going to try and do one-line doodles of (insert drum roll) insects. Will they be cute? Will they be creepy? Who knows but I hope to have some fun.

The daily 6-word stories are a must for me to complete. It’s a small accomplishment that makes me proud at the end of the day. I have posted some prompts for everyone to dabble in. Speaking of prompts (it’s kind of a prompt), I’m going to continue with Fenton’s Fridays. There aren’t a lot of people participating but I like where it’s going and hope other’s will share (share and pingbacks are awesome and it helps Fenton) and dive in.

Watercolor, this is a tough one for me to give up but I’m having a difficult time doing one every day. Can I do a few a week? I don’t want it to feel like a chore so I’ve come to the decision of this: At least one urban sketch (watercolor and ink) a week, an herb or plant of some sort (you’ll see here in a minute why) and something random.

I still have my writing classes to finish and some new interests. Herbal medicine/apothecary study. I managed to get herbs to grow in my yard and now I’m just enamored with the thought of apothecary study. But where to start? Do I purchase rarer herb seeds? Do I start making my own teas? So much to think about. Writing erotica. Am I comfortable with the genre? I like to think I am but do I post my writing on here or submit it to certain forums geared towards just that subject? Norse religion/Norse paganism/Heathenry. I am a pagan by definition (no I don’t cast spells or curse anyone) and have been a solitary believer. My husband has been asking A LOT of questions here lately so I took him to a festival where we BOTH learned a little something. We were both drawn to the previous mention Norse. With that being said, people judge other people for ALL sorts of reasons including their choice of faith and beliefs. I’m not converting ANYONE but I do believe everyone has the right to believe and belong to something that is personal and meaningful to them. And the diet…YES! A MUST! I have lost 17lbs and counting. I don’t see a difference personally and that’s because it’s a slow process for my body but others have.

I know long rant but there will be some new things being posted, some familiar, and probably creepy.

Doodle(s)wash: 7/18-7/20

I was at work when I got the phone call from the kids that the uninvited guests decided to have some people over and that they were even yelling at the dogs to shut up and the kids to go play outside. Let’s just say I immediately left work came home and cleared out my house. No, I wasn’t polite. No, I wasn’t forgiving. No, I didn’t care if they had to sleep outside in the rain (especially since that’s where they wanted the kids to go out and play in). I’m not even worried about what my husband will do. Then the kids and I got the house clean, dinner started for this evening and some peace and quiet. Enough so that I had so much fun painting and will be working on Fenton’s Friday.


Prompt: Jungle-I ran out of room but it’s supposed to be a toucan.
Prompt: Jungle-I wanted to paint something that was both majestic and simple.
Prompt: Rainy Day-When I think if rainy day the first image that came to mind was Georgie from the movie IT.
Prompt: Rainy Day-I had all that paint on my palette from the gorilla and though this would be a fun piece. I think it kind of has a, ‘Courage the Cowardly Dog’ feeling to it.
Prompt: Wet and Dry-I loathed this prompt. I racked my brain and came up with two options. I used the wet/dry vac for the doodle part for today’s prompt.
Prompt: Wet and Dry-After the wet/dry vac doodle the only other thing that I could thing of was a frog. Some species can live on both land and water. Not to happy with this little guy but not so much that I would throw it away.

 

Doodle(s)wash: 7/17

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

 

Doodle(s)wash: 7/15-7/16

It felt good to sit and paint tonight. I’m slowly catching up on everything. Dinner was a simple chicken biscuit for the family, frozen dinner for me, and chicken and rice for Dublin. It’s been a stressful two days and I’m hoping Dublin perks up a bit more.


Prompt Word: On the Beach

It seems like I have painted quite a few things that had to do with the ocean and beach. For the doodle (one line) a starfish and the painting a sand castle.

Starfish and shell.
Sand Castle. I had to use up some of my palette so I could start with a clean space.

Prompt Word: Casting Shadows

Casting Shadow

 

Doodle(s)wash: 7/14

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

Hershey Kiss
Lemon Meringue Cupcake

 

Doodle(s)wash: 7/12

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

My raccoon ended up looking like a deranged cat.
This little guy surprised me with the cuteness!

 

Doodle(s)wash: 7/9

Today has felt like an entire day of climbing mountains. Work…enough said there, dinner, then bandaging up a kid that didn’t even belong to me. He was closer to his house but bled a half a block to myself. Lots of peroxide and one huge band-aid later he was good as new.


Doodle(s)wash: June to July and the Damn Humidity!

I know, I am SUPER behind on a lot of stuff. Catching up slowly is what I do best. I only wish that I could control the humidity. The paper buckled and soaked up all the water. Even when working quickly it was difficult. Maybe I should take up using markers instead? And SUPER irritated with WP not creating my gallery of images. GRR.


6/30 Party
When I think of party the image of balloons on mailboxes came to mind.
7/1 Sunny Days
I tried a new concept. It didn’t turn out like I wanted but happy with my attempt.
7/2 Delicious Foods
I think being on a diet everything looks delicious. Pie it is.

 

Doodle(s)wash: 6/27

I came home and decided that I wasn’t going to think about work and planned to get some writing, class work, and painting done. Soon, my house became the hangout house for the neighborhood kids. They went to the park with my daughter to keep an eye on her brother. This is a ‘me issue’ and worrying about my son after watching the news today. I’m at the point where I should probably not watch the news anymore.

I was taking a picture of the painting and doodle when I got a phone call asking if the friends can have dinner with us. There go my plans for having leftovers. With a few clicks on the keyboard, the pizza arrived in the nick of time to feed the hungry brood in my yard. Hearing my son laugh and talk with his friends was what I needed after a bad day.

Oh, my daughter is infatuated with today’s prompt and has confiscated the painting. Side note: It’s very difficult painting when it’s humid. The masking fluid doesn’t peel from the paper neatly and the paint took forever to dry in some places or soaked up more water than expected.


Prompt Word: Pineapple

 

Doodle(s)wash and Storms: 6/19-6/20

I knew it was going to be a late night but I didn’t know it was going to be this late. I’m still waiting for the rain to move out so I can walk. My husband said I should just wait in the morning but I just can’t. I cooked dinner, signed up for a couple of writing courses (Grotesque Angels is on hold), painted, cleaned up, and now waiting for this rain to move. And what in the hell is going on with WP? If I get told to do the obvious one more time I’m going to scream. Pardon the mess of image posts.


I’m still doing my doodles with one line and pleased with the character that develops. I’m also practicing on a looser style of watercolor-not caring for it to much but will still practice. It’s stopped raining so I’m heading out for my walk. Have a great night everyone.

Prompt 6/18: Picnic

Picnic
Picnic

Prompt 6/20: Cherry

Cherry
Cherry

 

Doodle(s)wash: 6/11

Today’s prompt was a little upbeat one that gave me a chance to think back to when my dad would man the grill. He would put beer in the BBQ sauce, ‘This is the secret that people ask for without knowing.’ Looking back, that was sound advice that really doesn’t have to do with food. But food, beer, and trusting company is a great way to get problems off your chest without knowing it’s needed.


Prompt Word: Barbecue

Doodle(s)wash: 6/2-6/3

Did you ever feel like you will never catch up? All you’re doing is trying to keep your head above water. Then someone has the nerve to make you feel like with everything that you are doing you need to do more? Yeah, that’s me today. It’s going to be a late night for me and I still have to wake up early in the morning to take care of me. What I didn’t slack on is my doodle(s)wash challenges.


The doodles are still created using one line with dots. I’m learning to let go of being so serious with the doodles and fell in love with the boat.

Prompt 6/2: Garden
Prompt 6/3: Boat

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It’s All in the Details

This morning I was up and going for my walk before 5am. I was actually excited about that. But I was even more excited that I have points from yesterday (WW Freestyle does that) but was soon more angry than anything that it only rolls over 4, not 11! Coming from a chick that loves to cook southern food and eat it, I felt so cheated! But I will take my 4 thank you and make the best out of them.

The app allows me to scan foods and see what points they add up too. This includes meals, single ingredients, and even alcohol. My morning began with a morning walk and coffee afterward. I scoured their recipe app and found pancakes that I wanted to make. I didn’t have all the ingredients that were on the list but found substitutions that even lowered the meal points. In doing so I indulge in 1 point each of sugar-free syrup and no salt butter with olive oil. I add blueberries and let me tell you-YUM!!! It took me almost 30 minutes to figure out ingredients, substitutions, and calculating measurements but in the end, I had a great indulging breakfast and leftovers for me to just heat up in the morning.

After breakfast, I started researching on my idea, got bored, and completed my art challenges. I was relaxed and in the zone and the time just got away from me. I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted a Bloody Mary but know that there isn’t a bartender in my neck of the woods that would make one the way I needed (specific to my diet) let alone have the ingredients. With my husband in tow (it’s a holiday weekend and the liquor store was going to be busy), armed with my app, I was able to find a vodka that was only 2 points a serving. The mix was the difficult part. What I usually put in these drinks I couldn’t have but learned that Zing Zang mix was 1 point but that was only for 3 Fl Oz so I I doubled that using a total of 2 points. I added regular tomato juice to it (not a full serving) which was another point. In the end, my drink ended up being 5 freaking delicious points that I do not regret! I made myself some egg salad ( and again I didn’t have all the right ingredients and used substitutions) and after some searching and calcualtions, I had a filling 2 point lunch. Still not the same as what I usually make but I’ll take it.

After lunch, I thought I would try my hand at painting outside. It was up to 100° and the water was just drying the minute it hit the page. I did the next best thing and found a reference photo and went to town. I’m tickled at how well this turned out. I realized that today consisted mostly of me paying attention to the little things. All in all, a good day but what I would kill for a loaded baked tater with all the fixin’s! If you would like the recipe that includes the substitutions for what I did just let me know. Have a great night everyone!

Doodle & Doodlewash: 5/20

I couldn’t wait to doodle and paint today. I have a lot to do and I wanted to make sure I have time to practice painting in my ‘Travel Around Home Journal’. More will be explained later. Waking up early had its benefits so far. I cooked breakfast, cleaned the breakfast mess, got taters peeled for tater salad, and tidied up the house.

**REMINDER**: My little writing contest deadline is in 10 days! EEK! I was super excited and inspired by the 150-word entries. You guys never cease to amaze me. If you haven’t entered already there is still time. Just check out May 10ths post. 


One of the first things I do in the morning is get up and write my 6-word story. I find that I need to steer more towards a story than affirmations. I’ll get back to it…eventually.

illomo Prompt: Computer

These are actually considered poisonous in an unfamiliar cook’s hands but these Pokeweed Berries and leaves are AMAZING! My grandmother would prepare these on the weekends and I never once got sick. I use to hear my dad tell stories about how the Native American’s would use the berries as a natural dye.

Doodlewash Prompt: Berry

 

May 18th

I haven’t done a journal entry in a while. Today I woke up and took my walk and instead of telling myself that all the hard work will pay off it came out, ‘what the hell’s the point?’ I was being awful to myself. Getting to work, drinking coffee, and completing my daily tasks then my nemesis came into the art room. Believe me when I say I would much rather eat glass then help her with ANYTHING but that’s not being an adult (which is a BS by the way) so I helped her.

Having to deal with that and already being hard on myself I decided to take the rest of the day off. I SO wanted to come home and lay in bed. I pulled into the driveway and even headed to my room when I remembered that I needed another watercolor journal. I couldn’t do tonight’s challenge without one. Do I go to bed and fall into the depressive state that my mind needed or shop for my journal that my soul needed?

Next thing I know I’m in the art supply store. I felt better with my journal in hand but was stopped by a sale on a travel case of Winsor & Newton cake palette of 14. ‘You can’t afford to travel anywhere why in the hell do you need those?!’ That’s what I heard in my head. Then I told myself I don’t need to travel far just get out and paint. I am now the proud owner of new travel paints and smaller travel book (50% off I wasn’t going to pass).

Got home, cleaned up, cooked dinner, and got an amazing surprise. A fellow blogger honored me with, ‘Nice job, you’ve obtained this week’s GOLD badge!’ Talk about the boost I needed to keep going this afternoon. Matthew over at Normal Happenings is the positive breath of fresh air that I needed. Wander through his proverbial blog stacks and get lost. He’s also a fellow graphic designer which explains my draw to his newspaper style font.

I still feel like I want to crawl into bed and that’s ok too. I’m not pretending that everything is fine but I know that things will get better. Have a great evening ya’ll.

Doodle & Doodlewash: 5/15

YES! I came home and I conquered…or at least I feel like I did. The kid drove to work-done. Dinner-done. Clean kitchen-done. House picked up for now (until everyone gets home)-done. My art challenges…I’m super stoked that I got those done. I do need to get a different masking fluid though. The one I have seemed to have ripped the paper.


I thought about stick figures, pinky promises, and friendship bracelets until I was reminded of a phrase my grandmother would say, ‘Go together like peas and carrots.’

illomo Prompt: Friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

I discovered lemon poppy-seed raspberry thumbprint cookies. I love a good thumbprint cookie but this was the perfect combination of lemon and poppyseed.

Doodlewash Prompt: Cookies

 

Doodle & Doodlewash Challenges for 5/14

Yup, Confessional. I had no plans on completing any of my artistic challenges last night. I was in a really bad place due to work. This morning, still not feeling myself but thought why not bring my supplies to work and try to get them done on my breaks. Well between my breaks and me completing all my work on my desk I finished yesterday’s prompts.


What I started out with didn’t end up in my favor. Goldfish it is. I remember I won one when I was a little girl. I was promised if I could keep it alive for a year I could get a puppy. I was the bozo on that bus. My mother knew damn good and well that orange floaty would die in a matter of weeks.
illomo Prompt: With Pet

 

 

 

 

 

 

I could just flippin’ kick myself for not grabbing my microns and white gel pens! I had fun nonetheless. I kind of also worked on this while I was supposed to be doing my regular work. Oops.

Doodlewash: Dolphin

Doodlewash: 5/8

Two things that made my evening more relaxing, 1-Frying chicken and 2-painting. This daily watercolor habit that I’m doing thanks to the #doodlewash challenge is really helping me break out of my shell and help with my fear of watercolor. My father couldn’t stand these Brown-headed Cowbirds with a passion. I don’t know why but he would say, ‘Those birds ain’t worth a pinch of monkey doo-doo.’ Got to love homespun southern opinions.


Prompt Word: Birds

Doodlewash: 5/7

Today was just an extension of last week. Then learning I can’t take a vacation at Christmas because the other woman took the week off! She has done this 3 years in a row now. Come to find out she does it the day when she get’s back. I came home, made dinner, cleaned the kitchen, folded newspapers (my daughter has a paper route and track), I looked forward to painting. The only thing is that I wished I had planned out my space better. Still fun and relaxing. My husband is urging me to quit and write my novellas and freelance but we do need two steady incomes not just his and my wishes. I think I’ll paint something else or work on my novella. Truth, I’ll probably lay down.


Prompt Word: Shoes

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