Neon Rivers and Talking Fish

Posted on August 21, 2012 and tagged Personal, Art & Photography with comments

There, I'm finally writing a post about my experience taking the Get Your Paint On course. The course is taught by the amazing Lisa Congdon and Mati McDonough, who are both really beautiful artists. I'd been admiring their work for a while before deciding to take this class, so I felt like I was in good hands. It was also exciting to get encouragement and advice from artists I admired so much. The course spanned 5 weeks and you could work on just one painting the whole time, or up to three. I chose to focus on one since I don't really have a ton of experience and I didn't want to take on too much.

I'll spare you the details (because you should really take the course to find out!) but over the 5 weeks I learned to sloooow dooown and take my time with my painting. This was a real challenge for me since I'm such an impatient person. While I didn't end up with a masterpiece, I'm really, really happy with how the painting came out. I worked very hard on it, and I think it's pretty good for my first time. Or maybe it really is a masterpiece and I'm just too humble to say so. :P

Here's the progress of my painting:

Now I'm so excited to get started on my next painting and put all that I learned to use. That'll have to wait a bit though, since all my painting stuff is packed away for the move.

Just a Note: At the time of writing this, the link to the course still goes to the registration page of the course that's over now. But there's a box on the right side where you can put your email address and get notifications about new courses. I highly encourage you to do that. Get Your Paint On: Beyond the Basics was a really great class. If you're an even bigger newbie than me, they also teach a beginner's course.

The View from my Phone: Week 33

Posted on August 20, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

Moving day is getting closer and I'm so excited I basically haven't slept in weeks. My brain is contantly thinking of space, stairs, backyard, bike rides, new furniture, privacy and my own office! Packing began this week and I'm very glad we don't have a ton of stuff. I'm hoping for an easy move and getting settled in ASAP. Also, I'm probably way too excited to see how the kitties react. They've never had more than 600 sq ft. to roam in their whole lives, and they certainly have never seen things like stairs and squirrels! Bah! Excuse me while I run around the block a few times to work off this excitement!

And even though you're probs sick of hearing me say this, I'm putting up a post about my painting tomorrow! For realsies this time.

Books and Nooks

Posted on August 15, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like, Personal with comments

I'm not usually the type of person to jump on the bandwagon with super popular books, but The Help is actually a pretty interesting read. It still has the fast-paced easy-read feel that you would expect from a book that goes this mainstream, but the story is very good. The writing is good. The pace is good. Heck, even the movie is good. Good? Normally, as an avid reader, I automatically dimiss the movie version of a book as extra fluff for the super fans but I would watch The Help (the movie) just for the clothes and decor. Gah, I could move right in to Hilly's house and be very comfortable. Expect for the whole bathroom situation (obs).

Chair - Book

The View from my Phone: Week 32

Posted on August 14, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

Remember what I said last week about having a new DIY post for you? Well... about that... I may have kind of packed up all my craft supplies already. But I promise I will finish my painting this week and show you all the photos of it's progression. We move into our new house in just 2 short weeks, and I already have a lot of fun posts planned about decorating. I maaay (hopefully) have got my hands on a beautiful vintage teak dining room table. And for a great price too! Just waiting to hear back from the seller. Fingers crossed!

Also, did you notice the new kitty up there? Nope, we didn't get a third one. He's just a neighbourhood kitty I was saying hello to the other day. I nicknamed him 'Bill' and let him chew on my phone a little. He was very sweet.

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