Thursday, May 4, 2017

Leaving Blogger. Here we go to Wordpress!

I've had an account with Wordpress for a long time, but I preferred the simplicity of Blogger. In my past experience, it was super easy to just pick a theme, then start putting up loads of picture and text. I didn't need anything more than that.

Unfortunately, over the past few months I have been finding all sorts of problems with Blogger. There is no app, for instance, so I have difficulty writing posts on the go - mainly because I want to add pictures, and so just writing in a text file to copy over isn't going to work.

But more importantly, I have found that trying to add more than two or three pictures is no longer possible. The site indicates that it should be possible, but it simply does not work. And while there may be a work around, with how clunky it's gotten, I don't feel like it's a good investment of my time to try and make it work.

So if you'd like to continue following me and seeing my art, please go to

I hope at some point in the near future to get an actual website, but a free blog is going to suit me best for now.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Is Coming

Well, okay, it is actually Easter now. But I did get this posted a few seconds to midnight, so technically it was true at the time.

This is my first draft. I plan to tuck it away, then make changes, then ink & paint it. There are some clear mistakes, but I also want to practice revising pictures as I gain more skill. (First thing to fix: the text.)

The rooster I've modelled after Eddard Stark is an Icelandic rooster - a very cold-hearty breed of chicken..

And yes, there will most definitely be more chickens in historical and fictional/fantasy roles. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Chicken gifts and photo filters.

I was cleaning up a bunch of eggs from our chickens, and decided to use this as an opportunity to experiment with blur filters. I used two apos - Snapseed for blur and brightening the color, and Easel to add the text.

And here it is without text.

Unfortunately, I deleted the original due to sleepiness.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Error: Perpetual To-Do List Failure

Inevitably when I stop and troubleshoot why I'm not getting things on my to-do list done, I realize that I've got too much on it. And inevitably, I immediately feel like there isn't anything that can be taken off of it. It all needs to get done.

After oodles and oodles of rearrangements, check-ins, and removals, the real culprit seems to be taking on new commitments. I have simply not made peace with the idea that time is finite, and can not let go of the idea that "Hey, I could get that done in __ amount of time." Sure, I could do that - if there weren't a million other things.

What then ends up happening is that I have a melt-down and spiral into anxiety over having not finished the things I need to. So then I start shedding to-do items and projects - which I end up feeling terrible for, even if it was just a personal project I was doing for fun. In reality, I shouldn't feel bad for giving up on doing something that I had no means to get done anyway, but...well, there we are. The human brain finds all kinds of unique ways to be anxious.

So this is not an "I have the solution!" post. This is just a recognition of something I already knew - that I'm not good at choosing what to take on. I keep trying new strategies and finding myself with the same old problem. I'll be spending a few days pruning my to-do items to a manageable amounts. And then the rest of the year, I will hopefully be committed to just the things I can manage, rather than a million unfinishable projects.

The important thing for me is to shift my focus away from the tail end, where all the projects spiral, and instead feel good about pruning and maintaining a reasonable amount of projects in the first place. Because then there isn't all the anxiety-inducing stuff (Except for feeling like I'm not getting enough done. That doesn't seem to be something I can get rid of.)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Getting rid of old things: Just mail it away!

I just stumbled onto the thing that is going to finally let me fix the mess that is my craft closet - The Give Back Program.

Basically, you go to the Give Back Box site, print out a shipping label, slap that onto a box, and voila! Just put it in the mail and you're good to go! There is also the option to have USPS come to your house and pick up your boxes, which means you can get rid of a lot of stuff at once. (Which I plan to do once I gather together enough supplies for a weekend purge.) This seems ideal either for folks with no time, or folks with no transportation.

Give Back Box recommends reusing old boxes from shipments you've received, so there's a recycling component to it. Best of all, the only weight limit is USPS' maximum (which happens to be 70 lbs.). The only downside is: No electronics. (but there are plenty of other services that will collect those for you. Or you can flex your maker skills and reuse them for parts!)

For me, personally, just getting rid of old stuff has been the biggest hurdle to my getting organized. I've made plenty of attempts, but my plans fail from the start without the ability to send stuff off to where it can be useful. I've printed off several labels now, and am about to hunt down cardboard boxes and tape.

Later on, I hope to post about my experiences with mind-mapping, and using that to plan an organization system before I go moving things around again. I'm hoping to share that info in a few weeks.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Bumble: Plants and Fungi

Hey it's near springtime here in the Pacific Northwest! And that means everything is damp, overcast, and chill. yay! It also means the sun is coming out a bit more, and soon we'll be able to plant things.

I personally really love going out to all the parks and nature areas I can while spring is starting out, just to see all the bits of new green growing everywhere. I love how evergreen trees get this lovely pop of bright green needles at the end of the old darker green ones. It's like they put on a bit of nail polish for show.

We've also got plenty of fungi. I haven't studied them as much, but I am super keen to do that this year. I learned recently about the Mycelium Network, aka the internet for plants, and I am fascinated.

Gentle person talks about plants: I found Jeremiah Johnson while researching how to grow oak trees from acorns. His videos are both informative and just wonderful for anxious times.

This next video is about how trees communicate and transfer nutrients through their mycelium networks. Tree social behavior is fascinating to me.

 And now some time laps mycelium, mushroom, and mold growth.

Friday, March 17, 2017

It's okay to lose your metaphorical heart, or to break it.

You can sooth it up with art supplies and warm drinks. You can dive deep into the cracks to find out what's tearinig it apart.

You can do some kintsugi and patch it up with gold. Fill the cracks with gold and see the beautiful design that life carves into it.

 You can also just make a new one. You can explore new things, new people, new places. You can graft the remains of your old on onto these things, and grow a new one.

Or you can borrow one, because some folks have extra to spare. Take a little into a bowl, feed it love, and watch it grow like friendship bread.

There are a lot of ways to take care of your metaphorical heart, and you can always choose a different way if you feel like it.