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Well. Last Friday, my office told me to go home and hand in my badge. So.. I've been home all week, relaxing and tidying up in anticipation of [livejournal.com profile] skorzy and [livejournal.com profile] was1's visit. I got a little time to paint yesterday and this morning, working on [livejournal.com profile] shadowstalkerw's pirate commission. (Tom, I screwed up on the coloring job on your last two icons, trying to decide whether it's salvagable or if I should just redo those two.)

I have one other commission pending, and another I need to read/reply to the email. Whew! I have a few pieces for MFF I want to work on as well, I'm hoping that in this enforced free time I can get some originals done. Gouache isn't such a difficult medium for me any more, and I have some lovely illio board and gessoboard to play with.

Even if it turns out like crap.. it's a learning experience. Right?

Yah.

Anyhoo. Going to put my feet up and read a novel for a bit while things dry. :)
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Midwestern weather is... utterly bizarre. It feels more like September/October than May; cool and sunny. If the trees weren't a vibrant green, I'd be utterly and helplessly confused.

Things have been going well for us; work has been a nightmare of bad planning on the part of others, but so far I've managed. I don't know what will happen when the project ends, but I do know that my work on this should earn me a decent raise next year.

I've been pondering a lot what I want to do with my life; It seems like quite a few others have as well. Must be something in the air. Someone suggested to me that I sit down and write out what I want, what I'm willing to compromise on, what I will not countenance in my life. She mentioned that all of us have vague ideas of the things we want, but when they aren't written down, it's far too easy to become confused and give in to the needs/wishes of those around us. This is.. a really good idea. I have a very basic idea of where I want to be in a year, 5 years, 10 years down the road, but it would be really nice if I could settle down on some sort of goal to work toward rather than an ephereal 'some day I'd like to do X'.

Among the things I'd like to do is become serious about the arts. All along, I've said that my art was just a hobby, and that I didn't really care if it never became more. I've found lately that.... that is no longer true. I don't think I ever will be solely supported by art or writing, but I have decided that I do want to seek professional status; both from my clients and from my peers. [livejournal.com profile] tuftears was invaluable in asking all sorts of questions that made me sit down and evaluate how I really felt about things. I don't know how much of the goal I'll actually be able to accomplish, but... I'm sure that in working towards it, I'll reap all sorts of benefits.

Other than that... things are puttering along. There's a few things that will probably happen this summer that I'm not able to talk about.

I still haven't pregistered for Anthrocon. Need to do that soon. I'm getting excited about the trip, even though it looks like things will be tight for me financially. Oh well. What else is new?

We've had a lot going on over the past month or so. [livejournal.com profile] gypsypet was out the weekend after Easter, then [livejournal.com profile] glennj showed up, then [livejournal.com profile] points told us HE was in town... and just.. wow. Things have been utterly nuts in our lives lately. Tomorrow, we're going to jaunt up to Madison to try and catch [livejournal.com profile] aynjel and [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar at Wiscon. (BTW, if either of you read this, doubtful as it is, we won't be leaving Chitown til afternoon. Will call when we hit Wisconsin) I'm pretty sure we're just going for the day, as neither of us wants to shuck out the cash for a hotel room with Big Vacation looming. There's sadly not much else to update with. I am pondering tossing up some original art and bookmarks up on Furbid to try and garner a little extra spending money. My stuff never seems to sell well, however; I'm not sure if it's because I'm a relative unknown, or if it's some subtle statement on my abilities. More likely just because people don't know what's good. :>

I need to hit the art store for some paints and watercolor paper.. and I need to dig out my brushes. I'm going to finish [livejournal.com profile] lanakila's commission to my satisfaction if it kills me! (FYI, Lana, trying watercolors next. If this doesn't work out, I may just color it digitally and send you tons of iggle sketches as an apology). I also need to work on [livejournal.com profile] duncandahusky's Livejournal icons. I never knew that huskies were difficult to draw til I started trying to draw him. I don't know why, but nothing I've done looks good to me. Maybe I just need better reference images. :p

It sounds like we're going to toddle up to Kenosha tonight to see a friend. He doesn't get out terribly much since he doesn't have a working vehicle, and with our gaming group cancelled this week, I think he's really lonely for company. He's a fun person to just hang out with, and he's got lots of pointy things to play with (swords and knives, get your minds out of the gutter!!), so I imagine it'll be time pleasantly spent. I need to remember to snag some pop to take with tho, as he abhors diet soda.

So.. I'll probably rummage up my brushes tonight when I get home, then get on the road. We are looking at moving to the Gurnee area when we finally purchase a house, so it'll be good to get an idea of what my daily commute would be like. I'll probably prime and stretch the paper for Lana's commission tomorrow; I have a block of cold press paper I want to try it on.. and I want to get some plate pressed paper. I'll be in Schaumburg for a doctor's visit, so might as well visit the God of Art Supply Stores.

I also have art to scan.

Blee.

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