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As a palate cleanser from yesterday's sober-mood post...

We are going to see VNV Nation live in November. I cannot express how utterly excited and fangirl-squee I am about this!

I should probably tell the friends that may be going with us that it's okay if they want to pretend not to know me.

I have some other things I eventually want to write about, but they're less feel-good, and I'll save them for another time.

Holy cow!

Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:06 am
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I woke up this morning, and I was curious to see what the blizzard had wrought. My god. O.o

My mother told me stories of her childhood in Oregon where she had been snowed in, and, of course, I have seen movies based in Alaska where people had to use snowmobiles and such to get around, but...

My plans for the day have changed. I am staying right where I am. Yes, that may hose up my timeline for the rest of the week, but I am most emphatically NOT going out until the roads are clear. (And all roads in Lake County were closed around 2:30am)

If you'd like to see some (sideways, sorry!) photos taken from my phone, check under the cut!

Let it snow....! No, now take it back! )

Yesterday I discovered some deficiencies in my winter wardrobe that will be rectified when I reach Boston. Duncan gave me a balaclava, which helped, but I need a winter coat that doesn't invite Mr Wind to whip up under the bottom hem and up my sleeves, and a pair of leggings to layer under my jeans will keep ice from getting kicked up my thighs.

So, today looks to be pretty low-key. Tomorrow, I will have to clear the driveway at the old house enough for my cleaning crew to get in, but hopefully that won't take too many hours.

Stay warm, folks that are in storm bands. Be smart (and I'm looking at you, [livejournal.com profile] roho) and work from home if you can.
enveri: (cheekitty arts)

quote of the day...

“Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.” --- Charles Dickens (1812-1870); novelist

current plans & projects...

I posted some of the artwork I did at the con this morning, this week I want to get all the pencils for outstanding commissions done, I need to do some paperwork and organizing, some housework that got neglected last week for obvious reasons, I need to send out some emails, put some artwork in the mail... it's going to be a busy week.

Michelle Kali Sniperwolf

Art also posted on FurAffinity

Anthrocon went well, I had a good time. My panel was well attended, and while I feel like I stumbled alot, we had some good discussions about technique. I think it would probably be better to have a couple of different watercolor artists up there, so I'll be exploring that option for next time. I have not yet decided if I will run the panel at Midwest FurFest or not; I.. need some time to think about that.

We had a good 4th of July, attended a really stellar party, saw some lovely fireworks, it was a good time, and kept my mind occupied.

future plans...

This week, I will be working on pencils for all outstanding commissions, getting my queue updated with all the work I brought home from the convention. I think I may not be spending too much time in the Alley at MFF, or if I do, it'll only be for work I can complete at the con. I hate to lose the opportunity for making sales, but I really need to get caught up with the workload I already have. I'll see how things stand as it gets closer in.

I will be attending the LAFF Summer Picnic; I will be playing sous chef for this year's MFF Chairman, [livejournal.com profile] takaza. It should be lots of fun, if you're local, be sure to RSVP, enjoy the food (FCN vs MFF Burger Cookoff!), and say hi.

happenings elsewhere...

I really want to rename that heading, but can't think of anything other than 'links'. Blergh.

Anyway, today's edition is music. I'm really into interesting and ethnic music, and I'm really into strategy games like Civilization IV. [livejournal.com profile] tarinfirepelt gave me this awesome link to one of the expansions' theme music. You can hear the main theme (which I could listen to for hours!) on YouTube.

I believe I have [livejournal.com profile] duncandahusky to thank for my obsession with Afro Celt Sound System. Their music combines African and Celtic melodies (as the name implies) and what is described as "epic extended soundscapes". I really love it for background music. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite piece, but I do particularly like Seed.

And that's it for me this week. Hope you guys have a great one!

enveri: (cheekitty arts)
quote of the week...

“Everybody likes to go their own way to choose their own time and manner of devotion." —Jane Austen (1775-1817); writer and novelist

I really like this week's quote. I wish my mother would read it, and understand that what works for her does not automagically work for me. Of course, I automatically take this to mean religious devotion; I suppose it could be referring to anything.

current projects...

Well. I leave for con in... 2 days. I have a LOT to do before then. But that's not why you guys are here, right? Right.

That painting I mentioned last week is completed, and I will be doing an 'Artist Process' post about it... once it has reached its final destination and I get the OK to post it online. I believe it is a gift, and I really don't want to accidentally ruin the surprise. (I truly love doing gifts, it's so much fun!)

However! I do have artwork to share!

[WIP] Aurélia New face of cheekitty arts [WIP] Mythological Magnet Trio

future plans...

I am still planning on starting a web serial story, and I will be doing a free icon day around the end of the month. Right now it's difficult planning anything beyond the convention. More next week, I suspect. :)

Also! Next week's update will probably go up on Tuesday morning, since we're driving back from Pittsburgh on Monday. I'll see what I can do as far as posting on time, but... it may be a day late.

happenings elsewhere...

Today is the video edition!

Walking on Water (Liquid Mountaineering - A friend pointed out that they all fall in at the same point, but I found the video interesting nonetheless. I would LOVE to watch Jamie and Adam and the Mythbusters crew take this one on- it's different from their Ninja walk-on-water myths. (Link courtesy of.. [livejournal.com profile] dracosphynx? Or was it [livejournal.com profile] zilvar? I'm sorry guys, I don't remember!)

The Nostalgia Critic - His tag line is, he remembers movies so you don't have to. Very very funny guy that reviews good and bad movies in video format. My favorite is probably his review of Alone in the Dark, which looks like a truly horrible movie, even before he rips it apart. His counterpart, Nostalgia Chick, is also worth watching. I do warn that their language is probably not child-friendly, so if you have little ones, watch with headphones (There are no adult visuals beyond the ones in the movie). (Link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] roho)

If you have anything you'd like me to feature, or you just think is nifty, be sure to let me know!

So begins another week. I hope you all have a great one!
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Good grief, is it Monday already? O.o

quote of the week...

“Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.” —Albert Einstein (1875-1955); theoretical physicist, philosopher

current projects...

Well, mostly I'm working on preparations for the convention. I need to print samples of my most recent works and find a place to stuff them in my portfolio (seriously considering buying one of those expandable Itoyas, or just sucking it up and moving down to a smaller binder that I can add to), and my mind is going in a dozen different directions.

It is time, ladies and gentlemen, for lists. LOTS of lists. I keep a couple of sheets of paper next to my computer, and they're slowly filling up with notes of things I want to bring to Pittsburgh, ideas for my panel, things I need to do... yeaaah. :)

A huge huge thank you to everyone that suggested topics for me to cover! I'm thinking I'll have everyone write down the questions they want to ask, give a brief presentation, answer the written questions that haven't been covered/Q&A, then a demonstration of what the medium can do. I feel a little weird about the last item, as I don't think my own artwork is a terribly good representation, and I left it a little late to go around asking the artists I admire if I can show pieces of their work as examples. Not sure how I'm going to handle that. It would probably help if I had.. you know.. ever attended panels, but... I seem to have a habit of leaping into the deep end without learning to swim first. ;)

Detail shot of current painting

I am really excited about this painting, as it's really pushed me past my comfort zones and forced me to do a lot of artistic stretching. I also realized after my last painting that I have a bad habit of calling things done before I should, so I've taken a bit more time with this one to make sure I'm not rushing and that I'm giving it my all.

I have a few more details to finalize, I did some color tests this morning digitally to see what direction I wanted to go, but I should finish it today.

This week's agenda is... starting a new painting this afternoon or tomorrow, sending out some customer related emails, and getting my marketing materials together for the convention next week (YIKES!). Somewhere in there, I want to do some housework, since we have a house guest arriving next Tuesday to come Pittsburgh with us.

future plans...

The paintings from FCN have done a real number on my brushes, so I am probably going to be looking at replacing them after AC. In order to finance that, I will be doing a free icon day after the convention, as soon as I have more details, I will let you all know. :)

Also, I am planning on starting to write again. I have no desire to maintain a separate blog, and the stories will be set in existing gaming universes (which makes them technically fan fiction, but it's my intent that people unfamiliar with the universe can enjoy them). In order to save people's reading lists, I'm thinking I will make them available on an opt-in basis. More details on this later.

happenings elsewhere...

Returning to providing links to interesting reading elsewhere on the web! Today is the webcomics/online graphic novels edition.

Paradigm Shift - I resisted reading this for ages. [livejournal.com profile] duncandahusky kept raving about how great it was, and I just... didn't want to pick up another online reading source. I finally did, however, and I must say I'm really enjoying it. It's a Manga, which is not usually my cuppa, but the realism in the backgrounds really drew me in (it helps that it's set in Chicago, my adopted hometown). It has the flavor of Gunsmith Cats, one of my favorite anime series, and I'm really enjoying it. If you like supernatural cop stories? Check it out!

I think you're Saucesome - A daily webcomic from Chicago resident Sarah Becan, this one speaks to me where I live, so to speak. One morning the artist woke up and decided she wanted to do something about not only her weight, but her perceptions of her body. She works through a lot of issues women face about beauty and self-love (not THAT kind of self-love, c'mon guys!), and she documents everything she eats that day in cartoon form. This has been a motivator for me; I've been writing down everything I eat, and while I'm not about to divulge it to you guys (ohh, so many tortilla chips. The shame!), it does help me get a more accurate reading of what I'm doing. Many many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus for pointing this comic out to me, and continuing to mention it til I visited. :)

And that concludes this week's update! I am hoping to start posting more often, but.. we'll see. :) Hope everyone has a great week!
enveri: (Buddist beads)
quote of the day

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” —Morrie Schwartz (1916 - 1995); educator

current projects

On today's agenda is a bit of housework, a bit of yardwork later (I'm going to learn how to operate the lawnmower), and some painting.

I am getting close to the halfway point of completion with the commission I'm currently working on, and I'm starting to feel a little pressure as Anthrocon looms closer. I don't want to turn work away at the con, but neither do I want to come home with a massive queue again either. Guess we'll see what happens!

I did a little personal artwork yesterday, I was feeling bleh, and thought maybe if I did something fun for me, I'd be happier to work on the stuff I should be. It really worked out well, so I will likely start interspersing little drawings that I can share, since I never feel comfortable sharing commissions until they're completed.

Mixed Race Coupling
by *cheekitty on deviantART

Speaking of Anthrocon, I am beginning to do my preparation for the Introduction to Watercolor/Gouache panel I'm running. I am thinking it will most likely be a discussion panel, unless attendance is low enough that I have enough old brushes for everyone to try out the medium. For those of you that work in water media, are there any questions you particularly would have liked answered when you were first starting? Or are there things you think I should go over? Please let me know! If you have advice running panels, that would be great too! I'm a little nervous, this is the first time I've ever tried this. :)

future plans

Right now, Anthrocon is my event horizon, I'm not really planning past that. ;) I WILL get the website redesign done this summer. (Thinking positive here!) And I need to go through my inventory and figure out what originals and prints I still have. I will probably hold a sale this fall.

I hope everyone has a great week. :)

enveri: (heart coffee)
quote of the day

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.” —Albert Einstein (1875-1955), theoretical physicist, philosopher

what I'm currently doing

Life is truddling along, as it always does. On Friday, those watching me on twitter saw that my car had some..Issues. Well, it's still at the mechanics, we're hoping for a call today to confirm my suspicions that the alternator is toast. I'm really hoping that is the problem, as it's a (relatively) inexpensive fix, and one that can be done fairly quickly. You never realize how much you take mobility for granted til you're stuck at home without wheels. :)

Last week I got zilch done on the art front, as we were busy scrubbing and cleaning in preparation for [livejournal.com profile] duncandahusky and [livejournal.com profile] takaza's big Memorial Day party. It wasn't being held at our home, but we were hosting some of the out of town guests, and we were both horrified at the idea that they'd see the place a mess.

Sooo, our house is sparkling now, although we discovered a few more repairs that need to be done. I think the house and my car both sensed when we'd be getting a bit of extra money, and acted appropriately. [livejournal.com profile] roho's old Saab car had that talent, and it was terribly aggravating. :)

Anthrocon is looming around the corner, and I think I'm going to have to hold off on some of the merchandise I had planned on ordering to sell. I just don't have the time to come up with new designs, and I have a lot of outstanding work I want to finish before I go drum up more business. I'm hoping to start putting feelers out in new markets, but I need to have samples to show, which require time, and... well, you get the idea. Either way, artistically, I've been busy, which is good.

future plans

My big project for this summer is to get my website redesign up and running. I have a graphic I want to use, Roho is just trying to figure out how to set up the server so that I have design-level access and not root. (If you're an Apache guru and have worked with Drupal before, please let me know!) Once we get things together, I'm thinking this is going to be majorly awesome.

Anyway, time to get some work done! I have a huge pile of laundry to do from the weekend, and some artwork stacked up that's close to completion. To everyone that stayed with us this weekend, we really enjoyed having you, and hope you enjoyed being here!

Have a great logical Monday, guys!
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quote of the day

“The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn't, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there.” --- Monica Baldwin (1893 – 1975); author

Phew! Since school ended, I wanted to dive right into getting my commission queue whittled down, and I've made a good start. I completed two paintings this week, and I'm approximately 98% done with a third. I've got a smattering of large full-BG pieces, and I think working them in among the smaller pieces is going to be the way to go. Keeps me from burnout. :)

I've been pondering what I want to do with this blog lately, and I'm not really sure yet what I want to do. Book reviews, artwork, personal observations/anecdotes... Maybe different topics on different days? I'm not sure! I started this blog as an outright journal, then changed over to art promotion... and I'm not sure how productive posting artwork is here.

Maybe I should do a poll, get some idea of how many people only look for my art here vs one of my other galleries.

At any rate, I will be thinking about this. If any of you have thoughts or suggestions, or just want to share your own experiences, please let me know! Or hey, if there's a topic you'd like to see me write about.. by all means! :D
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We both slept in really late this morning, which was divinity. I've suggested we take the day to veg, but I have some artwork and schoolwork I want to get some progress on, so... I'm hoping [livejournal.com profile] roho will relax a little while I work.

I managed to get a placeholder up for my website's new design (go check it out!), with commission information. I'm really looking forward to the end of the semester (2 more weeks! YIKES!), so I can hit a good stride and keep going.

Things are going well for us, school has been a bear this semester, and Bren is working too hard. I have some projects that are whirling around in my brain, but I can't work on them til I have more time. Such is the way it always goes. ;)

I have new art to share, but I'm pondering how I want to share it. I'll do some research on what works best for viewers later.

Have a great weekend, folks!

January 2012



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