Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Snow, Halloween and The War

So every year Ben tells me with authority, 'the first snowfall always comes by halloween'.  Every year I wait with trepidation.  Every year--nothin!  After four years of clear, sunny skies until well into November, a person begins to relax.  But for some reason, this year, the snow came EARLY.  Last week the kids and I woke up to this:

And it has snowed almost every day since then.  Winter has come so early! It feels a little unfair.

And now I want to talk about a daily travail that I go through many times a day every day.  The dishcloth.
I like to hang a dishcloth on the oven handle.  It's convenient and my body is accustomed to reach for it every time I need to dry my hands or wipe down something wet. blah blah blah, right?

And everything was fine until two little monkeys with fat little hands decided to declare war.

Several times a day I will accidentally step on it, or find it crumpled in a heap, or stuffed in the couch cushions.

Several times a day I will re-hang it neatly.

For apparently no purpose other than to provide an opportunity for some eager fingers to snatch it down again.


Many battles have been lost and won but neither side is weakening.

Alright  so I'm weakening a little.  It's just that I can't function without a dishcloth there!  So that's that.

Aren't you glad I shared this daily struggle with you?  You're welcome.

Also, here's a montage of some really bad halloween pics of my family.  I hate using flash but what can you do in a dark building with a cheap camera?  (Owen is a tiger and Angus is Yoda):

(Notice how Owen's eye contact is getting better? He actually looks at me while I'm taking a picture now.  Sometimes.  I should write a post about how drastically his autistic symptoms have improved since being on the GAPS diet.)

Hope everyone had a great halloween! We just stayed in all snug and cozy tonight, seeing as how we can't eat any candy or anything.  Have a good un!

Monday, 29 October 2012

soft vs sketchy

As those of you who are friends with me on facebook will know, I finished another custom portrait from my etsy shop the other day.  Suzette sent me a lovely photo of her and her cute fat baby.  As I was painting it, it didn't seem right to use so many heavy black sketchy lines as I did in my other portraits, so I used a lot of white and diluted the black until it was like watercolour so that everything looked softer.  It was just such a sweet picture I just couldn't mark it up with black.

But when I showed the finished product to Suzette, she confessed that she kind of wanted me to mark it up with black.  So I did, trying my best to preserve the sweetness of the portrait in the middle.

Suzette loved it.  I still like the first one better, but Ben likes it the second way.  Which one do you like better?

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Falling 'Fub

The other day I was minding my own business, walking down the hallway, when suddenly my unsuspecting foot stepped in some powdery stuff and THIS happened:

(insert BOOM here)

that is all.

It's been forever since I've posted a real post, because every spare moment is spent painting.  I've been working hard to finish all my orders, like these two chickens a girl named Jesse wanted me to paint.

I know I have a lot to learn about painting so I'm really grateful for these opportunities I have to stretch my normal boundaries and improve.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

more art less cartoon

I have been missing in action lately but I have an actual reason for it other than laziness/apathy!  My etsy shop has suddenly been besieged with orders.  Custom portraits as well as custom paintings like this one!

I have been having so much fun painting. So. Fun.

But! I have started work on a post about The Women of Piper's Lagoon.  so stay tuned!