Lions and Geese

Dreams

I had a lion. We were playing, but when he started to get a little rough, I put him back in his cage.

Photo of male lion in Cincinnati Zoo.
In two separate dreams, I saved a young girl from a murderer. I remember repeatedly kicking the guy in the second dream through a Plexiglas door.

While Awake

I watched this tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cfBZpMf2pQ&feature=youtu.be
And part of this one:

I was inspired to search for royalty-free vintage photos of African American women. I'll need to apply my librarian skills to the task.

Yesterday

My mood was low yesterday. I think because I was tired. I wanted to have a good cry, but I couldn't wring out any tears. Chocolate would have surely improved my outlook. I will find some tonight.

Work

Social media is dumb, but I do it for a living and take it seriously. I want to do it right.

My first piece for Science Node was published. It was edited a bit and doesn't feel like my writing. I plan to get a feel for what my editor wants and do better with the next one.

Reading

I finished listening to Don't Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell. It's the first of the detective Jennifer Knight books. Knight is a police officer in England with a connection to the paranormal. I was ready to listen to book two but found there's no audio version. I decided to read the Kindle edition on the Fire HD that I never use. After that I'll go to book three which is available on audio.

I'm also listening to DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Richard Strassman. It's about the scientific exploration into the psychedelic compound Dimethyltryptamine.  Read the description here.

Geese

A community of geese lives at the pond near the assisted living facility where my dad lives. They walk up and down the sidewalk by the pond and sometimes cross the traffic roundabout to feed on grass in the median. Today some idiot hit one with a car. We saw it lying dead in the road and watched as five or so geese stood looking at him (or her). It was so sad, and there was no need for it to happen. We also saw a lone blue heron on the bank of the pond. That is one majestic bird.

Tomorrow

I'm going to try and be productive tomorrow. I'll cook some food, take pictures of my bracelets to list on Etsy, and maybe list some sports cards on eBay. We'll see how that goes.

The Art Journal from 12/30/16

Lately, I’ve been art journaling more frequently. The other day I decided to draw a design on the page and then add color with small brushes. I am pleased with the result.

Art journal page. Orange, grey, purple, red.

Shapie, acrylics, tissue wrap.

The next thing I wanted to try was painting on top of photographs that I printed out. It didn’t work the way I wanted, so I ended up covering the images completely and trying something else.

12-28-16

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The next thing I’d like to try is recreating some of my digital pieces with real paint and other media. I might start with this one.

digi-artrage

 

Finishing Fear from 9/1/15

I think I have a pretty good design sense. I can arrange beads in a pleasing way and make a nice looking necklace or bracelet.  What I don’t have is solid jewelry making technique. My goal is to improve. I’ve gotten a little better as of late. I conquered my fear of using eye pins to make a chain of beads. I did this making the necklace pictured in my previous post.  Now my loops weren’t perfect, but I got a little better as the chain got longer.

My biggest jewelry making fear has always centered around finishing pieces. I once made a nice little bracelet and finished it with a crimp. Unfortunately, I didn’t know how to use a crimp properly, and the bracelet broke. Finally, I understand crimping better, so my task is to keep crimping until I do it right. After that, I’ll figure out how to use crimp covers.

Here’s a necklace I made for myself.

Necklace with black and clear seed beads.
I had some crimping mishaps, and it’s shorter than I want it to be, so I re-did it.
I want to make a bunch of necklaces for myself so I have a lot of different pieces to wear to work every day. I have lots of beads to experiment with.

I found this great video from Fire Mountain Gems on using a crimping tool.

And here’s the new necklace, waiting to be finished. I decided to go ahead and finish this post before finishing the necklace. Hopefully, I’ll post in a few weeks and show several new, nicely crimped, creations!

Version 2 of the necklace

Necklace #2

 

Adorning the Arms From 9/7/15

bangle –  (noun) rigid, ring-shaped bracelet usually made without a clasp so as to slip over the hand, but sometimes having a hinged opening and a clasp.

Origin: Hindi, 1780-17901780-90; < Hindi banglī, variant of bangrī glass ring, armlet

From Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bangle

Drawer of Bangles

A drawer of bangles from my collection. I sometimes wear lots of these when I perform belly dance.

Speaking of wearing bracelets and bangles for belly dance, Tribal Fusion belly dancer Rachel Brice wears beautiful jewelry on her arms. She  collects jewelry from all over the world.

Take a look at her Pinterest board, “Bracelets & Anklets,” to see some beautiful pieces.

 

 

 

 

Here’s video of Ms. Brice with arms adorned.

 

 

 

Making Things – Beautiful or Messy from 2/29/16

I’m diving in to mixed media this year! I’ve signed up for two online learning experiences: Donna Downey’s “Inspiration Wednesdays” and Tamara Laporte’s” Lifebook 2016.” I spent a small amount of money on both of these series of workshops/demos, and I can consume them in my own way and at my own pace. They are a lot more convenient than attending in-person classes, so I’m more likely to participate. And I am participating. Inspiration Wednesdays videos are posted every two weeks. They are quick and not terribly involved, so I find the time to watch and then try out the technique Donna shows. I even went a step further and purchased one of Donna’s journals. The journal is nice because its binding allows room for your thick mixed media pages. Before getting the journal I used paper and canvases. Here are some of the pieces I created.

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imageWhen I make these pages I try and remind myself that nothing has to be perfect, and I should be having fun. If I think too much in terms of wanting to eventually sell my work, I get self-conscious and worried. It’s not fun when you worry.

Here’s something I made  that is indeed a mess. I just kept slapping on layer after layer. It was like being a kid playing in the mud. Fun!!!

Layers of acrylic paint on paper.

A big blue mess.

I guess the moral of this story is this.  Make art and have fun!  And if you want to get better at your art, take some sort of class.

 

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