this was the project i was tired of but had to finish before i could start scala. i do not like to have too many project at once. it's enough that i usually have a beading project, a knitting project, and a drawing project. well, plus a book i am reading and this and that. anyway, i was getting bored with this by the end but i am very happy with the results. the pattern called for 3 skeins of artyarns supermerino, but you certainly could make a nice scarf with 2 skeins -- this one used all 3 and is 7' long! the pattern is here. the color i used was #129
now i am trying to decide if i should bead, knit, draw, or sleep.
ok, i wasn't really better after all, but i am now. still, not much art-making was going on for a bit there. i managed to get some art going in the last few days, though.. i have gotten quite a bit done on my january beaded house, in fact, i am almost done, but here is an "in-progress" shot from a couple of days ago:
and i also finished the scarf i was knitting and started louisa harding's scala: scala (photo from "venezia" book)
i am feeling much better today, went to work. did lots of stuff. played with pendleton trade blankets. i swear everyone who has ever owned one had a white cat, and even though i know they have been vacuumed and drycleaned and everything, every time i look at one some new cat hair has appeared.
i also got a great zine in the mail today, The Creative Life. I read it straight through right away, good zine, inspiring, check it out. Also if you do not read Ricë's blog, you might enjoy that. almost makes me want to do a zine again myself. well, maybe. you may know i published several zines in the past -- mysterium and la luna, and i have done a few one shot zines. too. more about my zines can be found here. I still have some back issues of la luna and mysterium left, plus the crow zine and selkie zine.
and lastly, some new art. true blue, it is on etsy. i think it would make a nifty valentine gift.
what you may not know about me is that i can't eat wheat. or corn. or a lot of other things.. but wheat and corn are the big ones. this has been the case for over 10 years now and i've adapted pretty well. i am fortunate to live in a city where there are a lot of resources for me, health food stores, gluten free sections in regular grocery stores, restaurants with gluten free offerings, even a whole gluten-free bakery or 2.
and just now i've made a stir fry with broccoli, bok choy, mushrooms, and chicken. served over rice noodles. actally there is enough for 2 more meals. and i got the ingredients for gluten-free vegetarian lasagna.
this weekend i learned to tape and mud drywall. i would not say i was good at it, but i did get slightly better as i got the hang of it. it is probably not something i was born with a natural gift for. also i got mud in my hair. as payment i got a trip to the gluten free bakery where my friend and i each ate: 1 slice gluten free cheese pizza, 1 spinach and egg gluten free sandwich (amazing) and 1 gluten free brownie. he can eat wheat and did not complain.
and also this weeknd i did some beading, knitting, and painting. and reading. and watched shrek 2 and shrek 3.
here is some of the painting i did. i think it is time to start a larger piece soon.. these 2 are on etsy.
i would be sound asleep right now, were it not for the fact that i have heartburn. i think i am about to try giving sleep another go, but here is a peek in my living room/bedroom. (i live in a tiny studio condo. at least, tiny for seattle.. possibly spacious for new york.)
these are three new collages i recently purchased and just framed and hung, made by cobaltika: you can see them up close here. and this is what they look like in my home:
this is what i can see when i am lying on by bed. i am very happy with how the dark wood frames look with my dresser.
i finished my december beaded journal house (i am running a bit behind!) and started my january one (must catch up!) i was very happy with how this turned out. each house is about the size of my hand. this is the 7th one i have done -- 5 more to go to complete the year. for this one i got to use vintage sequins, quartz, and a variety of seed beads. click for a larger view.
i am finally starting to feel like myself again, thank goodness. i have been sick most of this year! and i have missed serveral days of work. but today i felt much better. enough to rouse myself to scan some art... these are on etsy. each is 4x4".
I had such a peaceful time painting this little watercolor last night, so I decided to call it Serenity. I hope I can do some more painting this evening, but so far I have been engaging in the fussy packing and paperwork side of being an independent artist!
i do not think there was a moment today in which i forgot it was a monday. however, 2 good things: * i got some good healthy food and snacks at the grocery store on the way home, and about time. * i have 2 new little paintings on etsy:
yes, i am still painting birds. and i don't know why, maybe because it is cold and grey and windy, but these birds are quite vividly colored. and you can find them on etsy. goodness have i been lazy today. i've done nothing but sleep and sit on the couch painting.
i do seem to be painting a lot of birds lately. i don't know why, just what suits me at the moment. here are 2 owls and a heron. the owls, well, they are for wisdom of course, and in case you did not know they are the sacred bird to the greek goddess athena, which makes sense since she was the goddess of wisdom. the heron just reminds me of the island where i grew up. the school bus skirted the harbor in the morning and i would watch for herons. i always felt like i had a little secret or surprise on the days when i saw one. i still feel that way today when i do come upon one. turtles too, a day you have a turtle sighting is bound to be a good day. i always watch for them when i pass through the Arboretum. They like to sun themselves on the logs by the water. Of course this time of year they are napping for the winter, and I think I will go to bed early tonight too.
this is another painting i did for a holiday gift. This was the only acrylic painting I did as a gift this year... It is 8x8", golden acrylic on gallery canvas with a little pitt pen. I prep the canvases first with 2 or 3 coats of golden acrylic gesso. i like to do paintings that allow me to combine some science in with my art... i seem to do that more with acrylic than watercolor.
last night i went to a new year's eve party, and stayed up way too late. now i generally stay in on new year's eve. so this was a bit of excitement for me. we even opened the attic up to look at the haunted dollhouse! i ate "hot pot" and some yummy japanese rice confections (gluten-free!) and a lot of chocolate. even had a few sips of champagne! the space needle fireworks malfunctioned -- vista strikes again! (i have a macbook, so i have not had to deal with any of that.) all in all a good evening.
today i managed to rise at a semi-resonable hour and went to the matinee of a golden compass. enjoyed that, though i think better editing and continuity of the music score would have helped the move flow and improved the pacing considerably. the creatures were all nicely done and the costumes were quite good. in fact, here are some knitting links, if you are interested:
i hope i remembered them all. my favorites are bolded.
american gods by neil gaiman bare bones by kathy reichs cross bones by kathy reichs on stranger tides by tim powers monday mornings by kathy reichs orphan's tales vol I: in the night garden by catherynne valente deja dead by kathy reichs deadly decisions by kathy reichs fatal voyage by kathy reichs grave secrets by kathy reichs map of dreams by m. rickert break no bones by kathy reichs yame no hon: the book of dreams by catherynne valente skylight confessions by alice hoffman the grass cutting sword by catherynne valente in the stress of her regard by tim powers rumors of spring by richard grant night relics by james p. blaylock the highest tide by jim lynch winter tides by james p. blaylock the rainy season by james p. blaylock the romanov conspiracy by steve barry love comes softly by janette oke water for elephants be sara gruen love's enduring price by janette oke love's long journey by janette oke love's abiding joy by janette oke love's unending legacy by janette oke the tender years by janette oke giant house by c. mccracken the amber room by steve barry east by edith pattou the templar legacy by steve barry mimus by lilli thal and john brownjohn the weight of water by anita shreve castaways of the flying dutchman by brian jacques larklight by phillip reeve cold mountain by charles frazier mortal engines by phillip reeve infernal devices by phillip reeve predators gold by phillip reeve harry potter and the deadly hallows midnight for charlie bone by jenny nimmo charlie bone and the time twister by jenny nimmo charlie bone and the invisible boy by jenny nimmo the pinhoe egg by dianne wynne jones charlie bone and the castle of mirrors by jenny nimmo sunshine by robin mckinley charlie bone and the hidden king by jenny nimmo the human experiment by jane poynter the stricktest school in the world by howard whitehouse the darkling plain by phillip reeve the world without us by alan weissman house of clay by naomi nowak stardust by neil gaiman unholy kinship by naomi nowak the girl sleuth and the women who created her by melanie rehak the girl sleuth by bobby ann mason bento box in the heartland by linda furiya crazy dave by basil johnson soul of nowhere by craig childs mouseguard vol 1: fall 1152 by david petersen
(here my list breaks down and i have to work from memory) the treasure at green knowe by l. m. boston the golden compass by phillip pullman the bible repairman by tim powers the william ashbless memorial cookbook ed. by tim powers and james p. blaylock on pirates by tim powers, james p. blaylock, and william ashbless the faceless fiend by howard whitehouse the arrival by shaun tan the lost thing by shaun tan the rabbits by shaun tan the viewer by shaun tan the lost thing by shaun tan the secret knowledge of water by craig childs