.....and other random stuff......

Monday, May 21, 2018

Punny Monday

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried.” — Winston Churchill

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Muse is Back

You know how ‘they’ are always telling us to stretch and grow and ‘get out of our comfort zone’? I disagree. Sometimes what I want is to be ‘in’ my comfort zone and make some nice sketches that I feel proud of and get a confidence boost! THEN maybe I’ll feel like I can venture into the unknown and stretch myself……

Like these……
I LOVE doing blind contours! It takes all the pressure off. You can be as sloppy as you want and they still have a ‘charm’ to them! I almost always like the outcome…..well, maybe not the profile guy……but the rest of them have their own kind of charisma.
I also got a chance to use my new ‘grease pencil’ or is it a china marker? It’s the old fashioned kind you get at the local hardware store. Carpenters use them. They can be used on almost any kind of surface….which make them perfect for mixed media work. They worked great on this toned paper and over the colored pencils I used. 
Then, of course, I had to take one into the digital realm and play…..
Aaaaand, she’s back! (At least I think I am…..I hope…..) 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

It’s a Conspiracy!

To make us old people look stupid!

Not that I’m old you understand, but to the people still in the workplace I guess I am......

Case in point: I was trying to update my online prescriptions the other day. I logged into the website but….everything looked unfamiliar. There was no Rx history….and as we ALL know I’ve been taking numerous meds for AGES……

I poked around here and there and it was like a ghost town….nothing but dust bunnies and tumbleweeds…..No history, no completed orders, no pending orders……I couldn’t even get it to recognize an Rx # when I entered it………..nothing.


I called Husband over to look, you know, just in case it MIGHT be me…..lol. Nope, it didn’t work for him either.

So I broke down and called. 
Turns out, since I went on Medicare, I needed to re-register on the site. WHAT??? I’ve been using this online service for literally over thirty years!!!! I get emails ALL the time. Alerting me to things that usually don’t even apply to me but for THIS IMPORTANT issue not a word! Not a peep! Not even anything on the site alluding to the fact that I MIGHT need to update my personal info…..nothing….nada…..zilch!

I’m convinced it’s a conspiracy to make the aging population look like idiots! If they make us all look like drooling incompetents then they can feel superior! And it will be easier for them to just dismiss us and not feel bad that they are letting us down!

So to all the Millennials out there I have this to say: Don’t forget who taught you to use a fork! 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Punny Monday

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Evolution of a Face

...sort of.....

Start with a face.
Reach that point where you're afraid to do anything more for fear of ruining it.....
Scan it and import it to TableyToo where you can play to your heart's content without doing permanent damage.
Play around with backgrounds.

 Add more shading.
 Add shading AND a background.
Find satisfaction with the digital image.
Post to your blog.
Work on finding the courage to actually finish it in real life!

It's been a while since I tried anything 'for real' with watercolor....my muscle memory is a bit rusty. But I find him rather compelling......in a sad/creepy kind of way.........

....and finally the real thing......Taa-daa!