Well I think I got a few good shots this week! I found those cameras in the window
of a pawn shop that was having a Closing Sale. I was tempted to go in a check them out
but they were all covered in a thick coating of dust and the store looked really
sketchy! One of my tissue paper flowers had to be sacrificed so
that Marshall could chew on it. And I'm just totally in love with that photo of
Barney. Would you look at him? Doesn't he look like a little kitty model there? He's
such a handsomeface. Did you know that's where the name of this blog came from? Well
now you do.
If you live in Canada, you know it's the Victoria Day long weekend here.
It's typical for Canadians to bust out shorts and sandals before the last snowflake
has even melted. I'm guilty of this to some degree. But one Canadian tradition I've
only been a part of once is camping on the May long weekend. It's always, always,
always freezing cold and rainy. All the photos from that camping trip show us in
winter jackets with the hoods up trying to look like we're having fun. But this
weekend is the first one that I can remember that the weather is actually supposed
to be beautiful. I thought this sunny photo of Marshall was appropriate.
Here are some links to brighten your weekend. Get it? Brighten?
This is why bears make terrible
photographers. They keep eating the equipment!
I made these Flourless Zucchini Brownies
from Delighted Momma this week and she wasn't kidding,
they are the BEST brownies ever. I substituted 1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
for the egg to make it vegan and then I literally ate the whole tray myself. Not
kidding at all, the entire tray.
This tutorial from A Beautiful Mess
will show you how to make a gorgeous lace and denim shirt.
And if you need more Caturday, head over to Michael Kloth's
Etsy shop and check out his adorable kitty portraits.
Have you seen this video? I had heard people quote it and talk about it before, but
never watched it until recently. I'm so glad I saw it. It perfectly sums up how I've been
feeling about my work lately. Just blah. I see other designers and I know that I'm
miles and miles behind them and it's hard not to compare myself to people who have
been doing this a lot longer than me. I know what looks good and I know I have a good
eye, but sometimes my own work just doesn't measure up to my tastes.
Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.
As soon as I finished watching it, I immediately picked up my favorite Sharpie and
just started drawing. I drew until my hand cramped up, rested, then drew some more.
Now I know I just need to pick up my sketchbook and go instead of poking around on blogs,
reading about other artists and searching for 'inspiration'. An hour of drawing is
much, much, much more valuable than an hour spent admiring someone else's work.
I know a lot of other artist's have trouble with this comparison game. When there is so
much pretty on the internet it's really easy to fall into that trap. I even hesitate
to call myself an artist simply because I don't feel I've put in the man-hours needed
to deserve that title.
Here's a look at what I've been drawing lately. Some of it is good, some of it is terrible,
but all of it is necessary in order to get better.
Hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day today. The kitties bought me a bottle of wine
to thank me for all the poops I scoop. It was sweet of them. This week I was
(apparently) amused by the little things like the sky, furry things and dishwasher
tabs. It's getting a little hard to find new things to take pictures of at week 19.
Maybe I need a change of scenery.