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Starting the 100 Days Project

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Starting the 100 Days Project

I am now 8 days through the 100 Days Project. This is a hashtag & trend I see going around social media every year--the goal is to do a small creative activity for 100 days. Ideally it would be an unbroken stretch, but life happens, so just keep going. Even though I have really disliked painting every day when I participate in July's World Watercolor Month, for some reason this had been calling to me. The project is an official thing, with a website and community and everything, and it has an official start date at the end of January. But I...

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Weekly Summary - Jan. 15 2021

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Weekly Summary - Jan. 15 2021

This week I made some legit progress! Maybe I'm finally turning the corner after weeks of little to no art. Catch up with last week here. I really, really hate ironing, so I tried to flatten my MIL's piece by lightly misting the back with water & putting heavy paper cutter on it for over a day. It's better...but still not great. I also realized that, once again, it's an irregular size and won't fit a standard mat/ frame. Grrr!! Why do all paper manufacturers make pre-cut paper that doesn't fit standard sizes!?!? It's so infuriating! 7x10, 10x14, etc are worthless...

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Weekly Summary - Jan. 8 2021

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Weekly Summary - Jan. 8 2021

Well it's been another week, and very little has changed here in my world. Last time here.  Do you prefer your good or bad news first? Today I'm going to start with the bad so we can end on a brighter note. Bad news item 1: I haven't gotten back into the swing of things after the holidays. I'm not painting consistently yet, and I have very little motivation. I painted a bit once or twice this past week, but not enough.  As I wrote yesterday, I think "same shit, different day" is my overall sense of my life. I'm feeling very...

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The end of the year?

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The end of the year?

I am a big fan of John Scalzi's writing and have read many of his scifi books. I've been perusing his blog off and on this year, and his post "The end of 2020*" struck me as how I feel about the turn from the old year to the new as well. Basically, 2020 isn't over yet. It totally feels like "same shit, different day" everywhere in my life. On the personal front, I am feeling totally uninspired to paint, I have no energy or desire to plan or set goals for 2021, and my job is a boring dead...

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First Completed Sketchbook

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First Completed Sketchbook

Sketchbooks haven't been a huge part of my artistic practice thus far. I tend to tear up my large sheets of watercolor paper for small tests and experiments instead. However, last fall I finally completed my first sketchbook and wanted to give you a video tour of it! It took me 2 years to use all the pages in this sketchbook I made myself. Most watercolor sketchbooks contain awful cellulose paper, so I made this one by hand with a stab binding technique and 100% cotton Bee paper.

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