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Jetblue Flight to Boston on Our Way to Japan: or what I've been up to lately

December 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

20160227_18211820160227_182118 Wow. I've done a terrible job of keeping up with this blog. I'm going to try harder though. I do have a good excuse. I've been working full time and going to college full time. Then I went to Japan for two weeks. And that's what this post is about, Japan, and many more posts to come. I enjoyed all the wonderful YouTuber videos about Japan and am so thankful to them. They gave my husband and I the courage to go to a foreign country he and I have wanted to go to for years; like 20 years, maybe more. I don't know if we would have ever gone if it weren't for the wonderful information people living in Japan were kind enough to share for free with the whole world. Now I want to do the same. My videos probably won't be has well put together but at least I'm willing to put myself out there and try. I hope someone finds the information useful and I hope I inspire someone to follow their dream and go to Japan. Here are a lot of the YouTubers I'd like to thank. 

Sharmander    Mimei Land   Only in Japan   Rachel and Jun

Taylor   Tokyo Lens   Abroad in Japan   Texan in Tokyo

There are so many more and I'll add them to other posts and videos as I go along.

 

Here is my first Japan video. Please don't make fun of it too much. I know it's not professional, but hopefully I'll get better over time because we do plan to visit Japan again. Something went wrong with the audio. I hope I can get it fixed. I hope you enjoy!

 

We had a piggy back flight. We flew Jetblue to Boston to catch our Japan Air flight. The only bad thing about that was we could not pick our seats on Jetblue without calling them or check in online. We had to check in at the airport. At least the airport, BWI, wasn't that busy. We were able to each take two suitcases a carry on and a personal item on both flights. Too bad I over packed. I would have liked to have bought more stuff.


I'm Just Going to Write and Think of a Title Later #amwriting #darkart #adultcoloringbook

May 24, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Writer That Doesn't Write

Yup, that's me. I haven't written anything real in years now. I don't know what happened. The desire to write just went away. I guess I'm too absorbed in art right now. I do have something exciting happening on October 1st, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to talk about it yet so I won't. You'll just have to wait. I like how many times I just used the word just. If I was editing your work I'd be yelling at you for that. But it's the way I talk, so in my blog posts you'll just have to deal with it. Ha ha.

Adult Coloring Book News

I have been thinking about working on my novel Believe again, but I must finish my adult coloring book first. I have fifteen pages done. I'm making great progress. The more I work on it the better I think it is getting.  I could be fooling myself but I guess I'll find out soon when I get everything finished. Here are the pages so far. Tell me in the comments what you think. Would you want to color these? What else do you think I should draw. It is hard to come up with ideas. I may not be the best illustrator but I don't care. I'm going to finish this and put it out no matter how bad it might be. I love it and I enjoy doing it. Drawing makes the time at work go by so much faster. 

Page 1 peacockPage 1 peacock Page 2 Saturn's MoonPage 2 Saturn's Moon Page 5 Lost TeddyPage 5 Lost Teddy Page 4 MushroomsPage 4 Mushrooms Page 3 Skull ChaosPage 3 Skull Chaos Page 6 April Shows Eyeball FlowersPage 6 April Shows Eyeball Flowers Page 7 Eyeball TreePage 7 Eyeball Tree Page 8 PhoenixPage 8 Phoenix Page 9 Pumpkin HousePage 9 Pumpkin House Page 11 What's in the BoxPage 11 What's in the Box Page 10 Rose on leavesPage 10 Rose on leaves Page 12 Chinese DragonPage 12 Chinese Dragon Page 13 Scary ToysPage 13 Scary Toys Page 14 Hungry CrowPage 14 Hungry Crow Page 15 Death Head Moths on FlowersPage 15 Death Head Moths on Flowers


I'm Back and I'm Working on a Dark Whimsical Adult Coloring Book #adultcoloringbook

April 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

So I have neglected my blog for far too long. I've been making a huge life change from being a wedding photographer to being a fine arts photographer and artist. So I had to get a full time job because bills won't wait for my art to start selling. I'm working a few days a week at a Hotel and a few days a week at an art retail store and that is sucking up a lot of my time. 

So enough with the boring stuff. While I'm waiting for "inspiration" I decided to challenge my son to an art contest. He is very talented and has a lot of time on his hands and it just eats my insides watching him waste it playing video games and sleeping all day. I don't know what's wrong with these millennials. So to get a fire under his butt I said that I bet I could create a 48 page adult coloring book before he could, even while working forty hours a week.  

So far I have two pages completed and eight penciled out. I tried drawing directly in photoshop with a wacom bamboo and I hate it. So I am drawing with pencil, inking it in, and then scanning it. Then I add extra stuff in photoshop. Hopefully I get used to the wacom at some point and can start skipping a few steps. But here are the first two finished pages. Drum roll please!

Page 2 Saturn's MoonPage 2 Saturn's Moon Page 1 peacockPage 1 peacock

I know I'm not the worlds best illustrator and there are artists far better than me. But guess what. I don't care. I know somewhere out there someone will like my work. So person, whoever you are, this is for you my friend and no one else.

So where  am I learning to do this awesome stuff you ask. A lot of it learned FROM WATCHING YOU. Sorry, bad joke. Actually, there are two main sources so far. 

One: Is a website called Control Paint. A resource of free and paid videos on how to draw and paint in photoshop. These videos are awesome and I'm slowly working my way through all of them. This guy does not pay me. I just really love his videos.

Two: A book on drawing called How to Draw Cool Stuff. You can get this book for free on Kindle. Or you can buy a physical copy. This is an affiliate link so I do get a small amount of money if you click and buy which helps pay the $250 I owe for this site each year.

It's time for me to get back to work inking. I've got to stay ahead of the child. Mom's got to prove her point!

 


The Poor Art Collector’s Guide to Buying Art #art #artinfo

November 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Do you have a desire to fill your home with beautiful original artwork but you don’t have much money? Are mass-produced low quality Chinese made “wall art” not good enough for you? Maybe you’ve gone to the big galleries in New York and have fallen in love with a piece of art only to fall to the floor when you saw the price. After that experience it might seem impossible, but you can own original art and it only cost between $100 to $500 per piece, maybe even less in some cases. You just need to know where to look.

1. Look for new emerging artists. Because they don’t have a reputation yet, new artists tend to sell their work at very reasonable prices. Look locally first. You would be surprised at the talent in your own back yard. You never know. The artist down the street may end up being the next Salvador Dali. There are artists like Lauren Hoffman, a mixed media artist, not yet discovered but who’s work is worth checking out.

2. Buy from galleries that specialize in new artists. Galleries in small towns tend to represent local and new artists so don’t go to the big city looking for art deals. You won’t find them. You can try places like The Fine Arts Company located in Hagerstown MD.

3. Don’t worry whether the piece will be worth anything. Buy it because you love it. Everyone hopes to discover a long-lost Picasso in their attic, but the chances are that isn’t going to happen. The chances are the same that the painting you just bought from a new artist will be worth millions some day. So don’t worry about its possible worth. Buy pieces for your collection because they move you in some way.

4. Buy signed and numbered prints instead of originals. Original art may have more value in the long run, but will cost a lot more. Many artists will offer limited edition prints of the original and will embellish the print in some way adding to the value of the print. The smaller the edition number the better, but that will also raise the price.

11108832_399643493553107_5104205788158554267_n5. Go to the openings of new artists. Sometimes they have great deals on their work. The hardest part of an artist opening is getting people in the door. Many artists will offer deals on their work to encourage people to come. Sometimes they will even give away free prints to a select few.

6. Try flea markets, community yard sales, and local craft shows. Many beginning artists start out at these venues because they are plentiful and inexpensive to participate in. They are also close to home so there are no travel expenses for the artist. You can find some amazing work at these events at very reasonable prices.

7. Check into your local art groups. There might be some great artists out there too shy to make the leap to selling their art in a professional atmosphere. Join some local art groups and you may find them and be able to acquire their work at phenomenal prices.

8. Buy pieces you like from etsy, ebay, and other websites that sell art. There is a lot of competition on these websites. New artists have to price competitively to survive or their work won’t get noticed. You may find some great deals.

9. Local coffee houses and book stores sometimes sell the art of local artists. These types of establishments often don’t charge to display at in their stores and sometimes don’t even take a cut if a piece sales. This makes them popular places for new artists to approach. So get a cup of joe and see what art you can find for a good price.

10. While on vacation check out the local shopping instead of the big chain stores. Local tourist places love to sell local crafts and art, especially if it is related to the destination in some way. So you may find many undiscovered artists in these local shops at prices you can afford.

 


Bring Back MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 #BringBackMST3K

November 12, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Help Bring Back MST3K one of the most beloved cult television series ever, for a new season of up to 12 feature-length episodes! I love this show and still watch it today and want to see it come back! This has to happen. Click the link and help it happen. 

Bring Back MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000

If you've never seen it check out this link to Werewolf one of my favorite episodes