While my momentum lowed a little this week, I still managed to take some major steps towards podcast launch date, such as setting the actual launch date (and announcing it) as well as designing the cover art!
Good morning! As illustration practice I decided to try to feature things in my everyday life, starting with the thing I have with my breakfast every single day. Rarely a day goes by that I don’t eat some version of scrambled eggs with Frank’s Red Hot sauce.
What’s your favourite condiment?
So I took a couple weeks off from my day job in December, and while I originally planned to get a lot of personal work done I actually ended up taking it pretty easy. I went really hard in 2018, and it turned out that I needed the break. I’m happy to be going into the new year feeling refreshed and inspired.
During my time off in December I explored some new things and revisited some old loves. Here’s a short list of things I loved in December and have incorporated into my daily life.
1. Barre classes: (I take mine Barre Fitness)
Those who know me know I generally don't like working out around other people. I have tried many times to get over it with various group fitness classes, workout groups, and running clubs. I tried Barre Fitness on my vacation and it took me by surprise! The people who go there and work there are all really friendly and welcoming, and even though I'm the least graceful, least flexible person in every class, I somehow still feel like I belong there. It’s expensive, though, so once my intro deal is over I’m going to have to try out the barre classes at my local community centre until I can afford to pay for Barre Fitness (or until they have a good deal for existing clients).
2. The instant pot
Graham and I both got ourselves gaming systems for Christmas. Lucky us! A PS4 for him, a Nintendo Switch for me so I could expand my Pokemon universe. We asked our family to get us Best Buy gift cards so we could buy some more games for our new toys. And then... We had xmas dinner at his sisters place and got to hear her experience with the Instant Pot that she got last year when the hype was huge. The next day I asked Graham if I could use our gift cards towards an instant pot instead. Who am I?? *There was some $ left over for at least one of us to get a game. 😉
3. The bullet journal
This is a returning love. I've kept a bullet journal on and off for ages, and I don't necessarily plan to keep it going for any specific period of time this time either. But I wanted to use it as a way to set my goals and plan out my 2019 projects at least for the first part of the year, because I have big plans for 2019, but I also want to have more balance than last year. As an added bonus, it gets me to do more journaling in general which is very important for my creative process and my mental health.
4. My favourite paints, the acryla gouache range by Holbein Artist Materials
I never stopped loving these tbh, but I felt like I had to include them because I used them quite a lot in December, from painting gift wrap, to painting the tree ornaments I made as gifts, to just painting in general. I want to make more use of them in 2019.
5. A shampoo bar by Lush
This one I was really skeptical about. I have really thick, curly hair, and I thought there was no way I would be able to distribute shampoo from a solid bar evenly enough for a good wash. I was so wrong! I’m still learning how to use it, I still manage to use too much, but I’m so pleased with the results! I have had ongoing scalp issues for a while. I think I have plaque psoriasis or maybe just really bad dandruff, but I’m too scared to go to the doctor. I read the reviews of the Soak and Float shampoo bar, and several people said it helped with symptoms similar to mine so I thought I would try it. I’m happy to report that my scalp has calmed down! The only downside is that it leaves my hair squeaky clean which I don’t like, so I follow with a good conditioner and only use it a couple times a week. It has the added benefit of removing more plastic from my life which is always a plus.
I made a Procreate time-lapse so you can check out my illustration process.
And that’s it! I might try to do a post like this once a month as it was a great practice in gratitude. I hope you had a wonderful holiday celebrating whatever you celebrate and best wishes to you in the new year. <3
I finally got around to playing with the mid-century set from RetroSupply Co. I have to say that so far I’m impressed. You can get some really yummy textures and a hand-drawn, vintage feel which I LOVE. I’m really looking forward to playing around with them some more today on my lunch break.
At the time of writing, the 15-brush set is on sale for $12 USD.
I created this piece to express just how deeply my social anxiety runs. So deep, that as a ghost I’ll be dreading the Ouija board as much as I dread phone calls as an alive person.
And I'm not going to see it irl.
Don't get me wrong, I love seeing everyone's Instagram posts, and I do think the corpse flower (aka Amorphophallus titanum, ours is named Uncle Fester :) ) is beautiful. But I have a very sensitive schnoz and I'm not a fan of gagging or puking in public.
Even though they say that he's not as stinky as most because he bloomed prematurely... still no. No fomo here. Yes it's rare, and yes I'm excited that my city has such a cool botanical moment to share... still no! I'm happy to enjoy it through the eyes of others from afar.
I'm right in the middle of Lisa Congdon's Creative Live class called Becoming a Working Artist, and one of the things she emphasizes is having a really good website, and a blog that you update daily. Daily?! Did she just say "daily"?
She did. And she acknowledged that it's not always possible to put together a well thought out blog post every single day, no kidding, especially when I still have a "day job". She said sometimes all you have time to do is post a picture of something from your sketchbook and a quick sentence or two, and that's ok. That's basically an Instagram post. I can do that!
I've tried blogging before. So. Many. Times. I've abandoned so many blogs that I'm beginning to feel a little guilty, like I've been picnicking all over the internet and leaving behind all my trash.
But not this time. I believe Lisa when she says that having a blog and updating it frequently is how you get found. I've been naive thinking I could rely on Instagram alone. Btw, are you following me on Instagram yet?