Tuesday, October 18, 2011

5 days of bliss

I'm on the last day and then it's back to the regular schedule of working 4 10 hour overnight shifts a week.  But I've made some important discoveries over these last few days.

1.  I need to spend time creating.  Whether it's painting, drawing, knitting, spinning or weaving.  I need to do it.  I feel so centered and complete when I do so.

2.  My job is just a job.  I love my career, it's what pays the bills and gives me the money to buy the materials I need to be creative.

3.  I need to be less tense and less stressed.  I'm working on that one. 

Started another painting a few days ago.  I'm quite happy with it so far.  This is the only time I wish I painted with acrylics instead of oils, waiting for things to dry enough to be able to work on it some more.

Worked on some ideas for my steampunk costume and a mask.  Found out that Jo-Ann fabrics probably has the best selection of blank masks.  The Halloween stores we have around here don't have hardy enough materials for what I'm going to be doing. 

Worked on my central park hoodie while catching up on tv shows.  I'm a little more than half way done with the first sleeve.  I think I may be able to finish it before the end of the year.  Not bad for my first huge project. 

I'm quite happy with how far I've come in my quest to change some things about myself and my life.  I just have to keep going.  :-)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

What's on the drawing board?

I have several projects in the works right now.  If I had deadlines I'd be stressed out.  Well, I do have one deadline.  I have to finish two steampunk costumes by October 26th, 2012.  HAH!  That's over a year away, so I'm cocky now, we'll see how I'm doing in August.

The two costumes entails a lot of work to complete.  Between making a venetian style mask and a lot of sewing, it's going to be a bit grueling.  Thankfully, my father bought me a serger for my 25th birthday (almost 25 years ago, mind you, LOL) and I have two regular sewing machines.  One is a Kenmore from the 1940s and the other is a modern Brother with computerized stitches.  I'm thinking about buying another computerized sewing machine that I can actually program patchwork designs.  We'll see though.  The Kenmore is an awesome machine, very strong and hardy.  The Brother is a fast and precise machine.  The serger, well when you want rolled hems and tidy edging, that's the machine you want.  :-)

I just ordered a few books to help me with some of the more intricate production of period pieces, I'm not a costumer, so I will need a little help on some of the older sewing techniques. 

In other news.  I have started working on an oil painting.  Once again, I will attempt to embellish on a drawing by my also artistically talented husband.  My first attempt is a bust, it'd been too long since I'd sat in front of the easel and played with mixing colors for such a detailed piece.  So it's going on the back burner, I'll Gesso the canvas and start over later.  Actually, I'll be working on 2 paintings, but one of them is going to remain secret until it is finished and presented to the person for whom it is intended.

That's it for now.  I have some drawings I need to work on and I may even veg out a bit with some WoW or a bit of knitting.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


No, not as if it's hot and stuffy.  A stuffed critter or some sort, is what I mean.  I have this bizarre NEED to knit and possibly felt some sort of stuffed animal to carry with me.  Weird, huh?  Yea, I know.  But I want something squishy and huggable.  I must be losing my mind. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Baby it's cold outside!

The Pacific northwest is doing what it does best, being rainy and cold.  I'm amazed that the leaves have hardly turned yet.  It's already October and typically my yard is covered with maple leaves.  I have an obscene amount of maple trees on my property and we have this love hate relationship.  The leaves turn gorgeous colors but those little helicopters (the seed pods) are painful with their protective slivers. 

I'm ready to hunker down for the fall and winter months.  It's a time of healing and rejuvenation that I look forward to every year.  Every season has a purpose. 

I think tonight I may sit down and watch TV while knitting on my hoodie. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Shame on me! But subservient? NEVER!

That's what happens when I get too wrapped up in my fibro pain and po'd about my work schedule.

But I've had an near epiphany in the last 24 hours (thanks Christie) and part of that tells me to get my butt back to posting regularly to my blog.

Look, artists don't get anywhere by hiding their light under a bushel.  If I want to succeed at anything I need to get my ass out there and let people know I'm here.  Do I want to succeed as an artist.  Why yes, I do.

I have a lot of creativity bottled up in me that I stuff a cork in it that I call lack of energy and time.  But anyone who knows anything knows that art CREATES energy.  It's a circle of energy.  I have to start somewhere.  The biggest thing is to start concentrating my energy into creating.  I also need to FOLLOW THROUGH.

I need to believe in myself, too.

I have talent.

I have creative energy.

I need to apply it.

I can write.  Not as well as my friend and favorite journalist  Christie Keith.  But dammit I *can*.   I'll never be a journalist (not my cup of tea and I don't take criticism of my opinions well, I'm just not that tough) and I'll never write a book (I don't have that long of an attention...look a penguin!)  But I can jabber on a blog.

Here's my start back on the blog-wagon.  How'd I do?