The View from my Phone: Week 20

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

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.

Caturday: Sunny Day

Posted on May 19, 2012 and tagged Personal, Art & Photography with comments

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.

Peek in my Sketchbook

Posted on May 17, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography, Personal with comments

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.

The View from my Phone: Week 19

Posted on May 13, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

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.

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