Blank Pages

Posted on June 22, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography, Personal with comments

Lately I've feeling that I don't have a lot of creativity. Just this past week or so and it's been very frustrating. So yesterday, even though it was 42C (107F) outside, I decided to go for a walk. I took my camera with me and 2 hours later I came home feeling sweaty but much better. While I was out, I also picked up a much needed new sketchbook and 3 adorable notebooks. Now I have all these blank pages to fill! Does anybody ever get anxious about the first thing they draw in a new sketchbook or write in a new notebook? I do. I remember when I was younger I used to rip out the first few things I drew because I never thought it was good enough to be the first page. If you look at my old sketchbooks, you can see that the first few pages are gone. What a weirdo, right?

I'll work on my first drawing in the new book today. And I'll try my best not to tear it out!

On my walk I also took about 100 photos. Those will be in an upcoming post.

We Bought a House!

Posted on May 24, 2012 and tagged Personal with comments

Don't you love that part at the end of Property Virgins where the couple talks about losing their 'property virginity' and everything they say is so funny because it sounds like they're talking about their actual virginity? They say stuff like, "It was totally painless." or "I'm glad I had my dad there to help me." HAH! Well, my husband and I lost our propery virginity this weekend and it was awesome. We've been together almost 10 years now, so it was about time we do this! (hee hee hee!)

Here's a photo of the adorable little house we fell in love with.

It's the perfect starter home; it's small but not too small and really nicely maintained. We have a private fenced yard and it's on a quiet little dead-end road. The plan on the weekend was just to see what was out there in our price range and get a better idea of what we wanted, but this one was just too perfect to pass up. The closing date isn't until August 27th, so we have some waiting to do. But I'm sure it will go by so fast!

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.

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