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Stockpiled creativity


Morning/Afternoon/Whatever time of day it is,

Today feels more like business than pleasure.

(Which granted isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it’s the Art business.)

I’ve  spent the morning scanning some art to make into prints for the trade show in November.

I’m hoping to do up a bunch and whatever doesn’t sell at the tradeshow will be put online to sell.

So as I was scanning, I came across a postcard sized piece I did last Christmas while on a train ride to Tokyo and thought I’d share it with you today.

So as is the norm, I was sitting with my feet up. I have this tendency to either sit crossed legged or with my feet on something. I’ll probably suffer with bad hips or arthritis when I’m older but what are you going to do. I also had the camera with me because we were taking pictures out the train window. So I snapped this pictures of my feet and thought it made for an interesting composition. Continue reading

Blogging Anniversary


Well, it’s been 1 year today since I first decided to give this blogging thing a whirl.

I must say I was apprehensive at first simply because I’m not a writer. Usually I’m a person of very few words but 123 posts later I seem to be doing alright.

I started this blog with 3 goals/desires in mind:

1-I’ve always been of the opinion that art should be shared and experienced with others, yet aside from my close circle of acquaintances, I was doing nothing to get out there. I wanted this blog to be a chance for me to step outside of myself, to leap beyond my inverted-ness and open up a little more. I’ve always been a quiet person, even around my friends and family. It’s actually one of my friends’ and familys’ pet peeves about me, and also the reason why I have such a small social circle. But I am trying, and this blog has helped me to spread my artistic soul a bit more as it were.

2-I go through creative phases, by which I mean I’ll be really creative for months and then just dry up. I realized, that if I truly wanted to make a career out of my art I couldn’t go years or even months without doing something artistic. So I created this blog with the thought of it serving as a constant reminder/challenge for me to always strive to be creative. Granted there’ve been “off” months, but things have taken off and I find myself always with a project in mind or a piece on the go.

3-Simply put, I wanted unbiased feedback. I wanted to put my art out there and see what people actually thought. I’ve always been of the opinion that criticism is a good thing. I mean sure, I love hearing why people like a certain piece, but I also need to know why people don’t like something. I know I won’t always please everyone, and I never expect to. But criticism helps you to see the other side of things and ultimately helps to strengthen the work.

So those will continue to be my goals and things have been going well so far.

Obviously I can’t do an Anniversary post without looking: to the past, at the stats and at some art. Continue reading

I am free from language constrictions


which is to say, I am no longer an English Teacher but instead, a tourist once more.

Since, I’m on vacation I haven’t had much time to work on my art. We have however, been taking loads and loads of pictures. So far we’ve been to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and now we’re presently in Okinawa. You can see some of our vacation pictures and write ups of our travels by visiting my husband’s blog: “He’s just so stalkable.”

Anyway keep checking back, I promise I’ll be adding more artwork once we’re settled again. Til then, I plan on doing a whole lot of R&R 🙂

Cheers,

A

Just in case


Just in case you think I got lost, you can rest assured I haven’t.

(Although with the amount of stuff we have to pack it’s quite easy to get buried alive in there…seriously)

Sadly, I still haven’t found any time to be creative.

My current routine consists of work, eat, work, sleep, pack, pack, pack and repeat.

On the upside, only 3 more weeks to go. On the down side, only 3 more weeks to go! *yikes*

Quickly loosing her sanity,

A

New Year, new toys


Miss me???

My family has safely returned to Canada after spending 3 weeks visiting us in Japan.

Christmas has come and gone and a new year has begun.

In less than 13 hours my vacation will come to an end. (sigh)

Oh well, it was a good time while it lasted plus I got to be a tourist again for a bit.

So how am I spending my last hours of vacation you ask? Well I’m playing with my new toy.

My hubby (who should be sainted) bought me a Bamboo. No not the plant, the Wacom!

Highly entertaining stuff. So now, I can use my brand new tablet to draw with.

(That is once I get the hang of it and the programs that come with it (1/2 of course are in Japanese :P)

So instead of drawing tonight, I thought I’d try my luck with a bit of photo editing in Corel Painter X.

It’s for my hubby’s blog. (Oh and Greg I hope this is entertaining enough for ya 🙂 )

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder?


Wow, it’s been awhile, and what’s my excuse you ask?

Well simply put, I’ve been busy.

Christmas is coming so I’ve been prepping Christmas classes at the Eikaiwa as well as getting ready for winter vacation.

Also, my mom and grandmother will be arriving in Japan at the end of this week so, we spent all weekend housecleaning 😛

Anyway all that aside, here’s my newest painting.

Sunset Dance

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