My weekly smile is once again painting! I followed my favorite tutor on YouTube, the Art Sherpa, to do this mashup of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Sunflowers. What do you think? I’m pretty pleased overall. My color mixes came out well and the baby sunflower actually looks like a bloom and not a blob. My sky swirls could have been a bit more dramatic though.
This took me most of Sunday afternoon and it was time well spent. I was relaxed and happy while creating my painting. 🤩✨
This is not a pretty picture. It’s my visual representation of how a migraine feels. A red hot tunnel of pain throbs on one side of my head. All the light is too bright. A sea of nausea surrounds me. Jagged stabs of pain arrive intermittently. I’m pretty pleased with how I captured the feelings.
But why did I make an ugly painting? Cuz I thought I was going to submit it to a publication about chronic conditions that aren’t always visible. BUT AS USUAL, I failed to read the directions. Art must be submitted in black and white format only. Well, turning it monochrome would ruin the whole effect of my depiction. So, I’m not sending it and instead will inflict it on my readers. 😂
The idea that I wasted a canvas and used up a bunch of precious paint to create an ugly piece of art I won’t even get credit for cracks me up. Typical me! 😜
My smile for the week is once again one of my paintings. I did this one last Sunday after Midnight Raven, which turned out so well (considering my “abilities”) that I jumped right into another. Well! I think the results speak for themselves, unfortunately.
While the Midnight Raven tutorial told us exactly how to paint the raven, along with everything else, the Alien Butterflies tutor did NOT. They focused on the background and clouds, which came out okay, but then basically said now do the butterflies. Huh? I need HELP! I couldn’t follow along with their quick, perfect strokes, which is why my butterflies look like a 5-year old did them (no offense to little kids).
Yet, I learned how to layer clouds, which is important… and I discovered I have a fan brush in my set, which makes splattered stars a lot less messy than the dopey way I did them previously. I am so excited about my stars and clouds that I’m going to paint an outer space scene next!
Btw, the name of the tutorial is Mystical Visitors, but I’m calling my work Alien Butterflies. 👽🦋
My smile for this week is about painting. I’m loving my hobby and did two new pictures over the holidays. The above was supposed to be wildflowers, but I did my purples too low and the whole thing looks like half of an octopus. The turquoise I mixed is so pretty though, isn’t it? No more spatter-paintings! That stuff gets everywhere. 🥴
Next, here’s a meadow under fluffy clouds, except I blended my sponges too much and my clouds don’t look distinctive. Sad. This one didn’t use brushes… sponges and Qtips! I’m happy with the field of flowers. 🌼🌸🌺
My smile for this week is that after being super extra careful all month, I drove alone 7 hours Tuesday to spend Thanksgiving with my daughter and her husband. It’s just the 3 of us (plus pets) and I’m having a great time. Last year, I flew up here and we spent the day with lots of other people, which was wonderful ~ nevertheless, I am so grateful I get to be with some family. (I will see my other daughter mid-December.)
Four years ago, my Thanksgiving week was depressing because I had just been dumped by a man I’d been dating. We’d planned to spend the day together (and do fun stuff the whole weekend)… then poof it was over. My younger daughter saved me from being totally alone by changing her plans and having a festive meal with me. We picked up a magnificent veggie feast from Native Foods. I was so thankful not to have to be alone when I felt so down. I haven’t dated anyone since then, and that seems to be the best way for me because I’m a total idiotat choosing which men to date.
I’m only humanthough, and I still sometimes think… what if? But unlike 10 years ago when I was newly single, I can answer that question by recalling my bad experiences since. I learned a lot from these episodes and there’s no reason to believe that a new foray into the field would have different results. This year especially has reminded me that I’m not only fine on my own, but I actually do better when not obsessing over what some random man thinks. I know other women date without getting so emotionally wrought up… but I’m not them. I tend to go to extremes…
I used to believe that the only good path was to have a partner to plan the future with, but life has a way of wrecking our plans and expectations (see year 2020). While I may not be totally footloosedue to physical and financial limitations, I find it freeing that my future will be for me to choose, whenever and however I decide to make changes. For example, I don’t know exactly what I want to do or where I want to live post-retirement, but I get to decide that without having to consider what someone else wants.
Onto a more important topic: what will we be eating today? Welp, it’s not going to be the usual turkey and gravyfeast, since there are only 3 of us here and 2 don’t like turkey. We are basically having sides, including baked sweet potatoes, mushroom stuffing, pasta, etc. We’ve already dived into the pie, and though there’s a bunch left (huge Costco pie), I’m thinking we might bake some cookies…
Have a sweet day, my peeps, however you’re celebrating or even if you aren’t. While I understand the historical reasons some may not think of today as something to be happy about, it can be soothing to take the time to be thankful for the good in our lives.
Melanie has a new set of questions for us this week…
1. Which meal is your favorite: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
2. Who do you admire most in the world?
My daughters ~ they’re awesome! 💖💖
3. With the obvious restrictions in place, what do you regret not doing in the last year?
I had to cancel my trip to NorCal to visit my daughter. I also had to cancel a fun trip to Las Vegas with friends. All game nights and restaurant type get-togethers have also been canceled, so I’ve just been sitting at home…
4. Feel free to share something you’re grateful for.
I did get to see my LA daughter yesterday and I made unicorn cupcakes with my little granddaughter. This also counts as my smile for the week!
I’m smiling because I finally bought a new laptop! It’s a Lenovo Yoga and I love it already. Years ago, I had a Lenovo, but I spilled iced tea all over it like an idiot. For months I just used my phone and Kindle to blog, etc., but I couldn’t do real writing that way, and my girls kindly gifted me with a refurbished MacBook. I’ve been grateful to have the Mac these last two years, but I never loved it. I could never figure out why everything was so slow and annoying. But my Yoga is super fast and wonderful. Clearly, it’s only a matter of minutes until I pop out a bestselling novel! 🤣
The reason for the title is due to the fact that the Yoga has a working camera, so now I can Zoom like a normal person. I’ll try to avoid doing the Toobin. 😳
As promised, my smile for this week is the day I spent at the beach with my family.
Look at my awesome sandcastle! It’s so great just to relax and play for a few hours without a thought of politics or other drama. The beach is perfect for this. 😍
My little granddaughter had a good time too, creating her own castle and adding to mine, or smushing it, as the case may be.
And to finish off Fandango’s Dog Days of August super fun prompt series (I didn’t miss any, yay!)… my plans for Septemberinclude spending a lot more time with my precious grands. I also want to work on my novel, take care of my mental and physical health (good food! exercise! sleep!), read more books, etc.
Thanks for a fabulous month of prompts, Fandango! And thank you too, Trent, for nudging us to focus on the positive. 🥰
Like Trent, I have a couple smiles to share. The first is that my lovely daughter Diane drove down from NorCal to visit me. We also spent time with my other daughter in Los Angeles. It was a super great weekend.
Friday night, Diane cut my hair using “the ponytail method” found on YouTube. I’m very pleased with the result! My hair was getting so long the ends were splitting and it was a pain to deal with.
^^^ Me, my “before” scraggly hair, and the insanely huge order of chow mein. Plus wine.
So with all my dismissals of how I don’t need to socialize in person, truth be told after 3 full months of not seeing any of my friends, I was getting depressed. This past Sunday, several of us got together in a friend’s backyard for a bring your own lunch and sit far apart picnic. It was super fun! 😍
We spent a few hours chomping and chatting… and it was so nice to be with humans in person as opposed to over Zoom. Normally when I see these peeps we play board games, but we didn’t do that on Sunday, due to sitting far apart and being careful not to touch things in common. But it was still great to hang out and we’ll be doing it again soon (I hope).
That’s my smile for this week… just seeing some friends in person I’ve missed during lockdown. 🥰