Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Romance in blue

Romance in blue, originally uploaded by ZiZou ArT.

I jsut love this stuff!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Drawing Every Day for 30 days

I have been in a serious funk lately.  I start to come out of it, and then boom I'm right back there again.  I was seriously ill November through mid January, so I am sure that contributed to it.  Now I am back to work, part time, increasing slowly so I don't relapse.  It is exhausting me though, which doesn't help with the funk.

Now, I know drawing is very therapeutic for me.  Whenever I draw, doodle, sketch or paint it makes me feel good.  The problem is when I am in a funk I don't want to do anything, even if I KNOW it will make me feel better.

While surfing one of the drawing groups I belong to on Flickr I saw a lady who had joined a challenge to draw every day for a year.  That sounded like a good idea, except I decided to make it 30 days for now, since it is a smaller bite to chew, and I will have a "win" sooner.  I can always extend it.  I started on the 28th of January, so here's what I have done so far;

Drawing Every - Day  1- Jan 28

This was my first drawing with my new Hero Japanese Calligraphy Fountain Pen, which I LOVE.  More about the pen later.

Drawing Every  - Day  2- Jan 29

Bird of Insanity
It's a bird?  It has a bird beak, it has bird feet...the rest is insanity

Drawing Every  - Day  3- Jan 30

Mrs. Valentine
Be nice....she's in charge of Valentines Day.  One friend of mine said she could tell by the eyes that it is a self portrait, while another told me it looks like she had found the mushroom patch.  (shhhhh...don't tell anyone).  They gave me a much needed laugh!

Drawing Every Day - Day 4 - Jan 31

Controlled Insanity
Drawing controls my insanity.  It calms me down, is meditative and makes me smile.  My ex used to make a lot of comments about the time and money I spend on art, when I should be doing something more "constructive"  like cleaning the house. I responded he was lucky I did spend the time and money on drawing, or I may have murdered him.  He no longer comments about my art, except in positive way.  One of my friends sees hats in this one, and has requested hats.


Drawing Every Day - Day 5 - Feb 1

Happy Sun
Well I tried to draw hats, but I ended up with a sun.  Judy saw something entirely different, and I think she may be right... "Now, to me, this looks like skeletal Barbie on a very bad hair day. (:D"

I'm curious to know what you see in any of my drawings.  I am sure some psychoanalyst could find soe deep inner meaning to them, but who knows.  Some of my co-workers say my drawings explain a lot.....

Well, I guess we'll see what kind of drawing tomorrow (today) brings.  Ground Hog's day is my daughter's birthday, so I will at least be making some kind of Bday card..  Have a GREAT day!  Fran

Friday, January 28, 2011

Posting Again.... What I've been doing lately of Pincushions and Going Green

Well, I haven't really been keeping up with either of my blogs.  I am going to find a focus for each one and post on a regular basis.

I spent from November through half of January sick with something that affected my lungs dramatically.  Thank goodness I have short term disability insurance!  I am just getting back to work slowly, and getting my strength back after spending so much time stuck in bed.  So far it's going pretty well.

Of Pincushions 

While I was laid up I did spend a little bit more time crafting than I have in a long time.  I have taken to making those bottle cap pincushions that are so popular.  I have been using the pop bottle caps that most people use, but I have also been using different size caps, like Sobe, and even the lids to prescription stock bottles from the pharmacy I work in.  I wash my old flattened out pillows and use the polyester fill in them to stuff my pincushions, or I use the cotton I save from the pharmacy.

and Going Green...

Which brings us to my next topic...going green.  I have been recycling for years...I have always had to fight the rest of my family about it, but they are getting better.  It is pretty easy to recycle where I live.  We don't have to sort, wash, or peel of labels, which are all things we used to have to do.  So I don't know why it is such a hassle to the kids to recycle.  I have a bin in the house, so it's either recycling or not.  They do have to rinse out food from cans to keep the dog from going through the recycling, but that's it.  We have this HUGE recycling bin, and this tiny garbage can.  Recycling is free, garbage is not...I told the kids to do the math if they didn't care about he enviroment.

So, I thought they were doing better, they don't like to watch me dig though the garbage and pull out the recyclables.  Today is garbage day, and we forgot to put the bins out.  So I yelled for the kids to help me and started hauling things out.  When I got the bags from the kids, I asked which was recycling and which was garbage.  My 20 year old son says "Oh mom, it doesn't matter one time"....  So, I took the bags out to the cans and went though them.  At least 75% of what they wanted to throw away was recycling.

So, how do you get your kids and other family members on the recycling bandwagon?  Not to mention, upcycling, re-using and reducing.  Which brings us back to my pincushions, which are made entirely from recycled or reclaimed materials.  I'll try and post some pictures later.