Sunday, April 10, 2011

Gotta keep creating, or you just plain lose it.

It's been a heck of a long time since I've posted something on my blog. It really has been a trying few months for me lately. I've been unemployed, fighting mild depression symptoms (and quite frankly I've been doing pretty good lately). I haven't been really positive lately, and a wise woman (my yoga teacher) once told me that "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all). That being said, I really don't post much on my twitter account, or even on Facebook because it's not like I have a lot of great things to report. It's soooo BORING to be unemployed!! On the bright side, it's spring now, and the weather is warming up, the snow is melting and soon it'll be a lot warmer outside.

To battle my boredom, I joined a few meetup groups to keep my mind and body occupied. I have a new group of men and women and we get together every 2nd Saturday to play either cribbage or scrabble. I find it's a great time spent, because not only do I get to meet some amazingly fun individuals, but I also work the left side of my brain (which doesn't get much work seeing as I'm pretty artsy and right-brained). I've also recently joined a new group called Geek Girls in Montreal. Title sounds a tad cheesy, but it's totally fun! We had our first meetup last night at Amy's house (the girl who started it all), and about 14 of us showed up, had a potluck, and we all discovered that we had a lot of things in common!! It was awesome.

So I've recently created some new drawings lately. I saw this band, Braveheart, on April 2nd at the Yellow Door, and they're this crazy, progressive Jazz band. There was someone on snare drums, a bassist, and a sax player. Another artist came to draw the band, and I felt in slight competition with the guy even though there was none at all. I sat next to said artist (to get a better view of the band), and I told myself I had to capture these guys, and these weren't going to be really great sketches, but you will at least get the gist of the pose they were in at the moment.

The guy who played the base really liked my drawing and gave me a hug. I thought it was so cute that he did that. :) I mean, I know I'm really self-critical, but it's not the best drawing, but it does capture his pose he was in at the moment. And he was REALLY into his music!

So the other day it was warm (now when I say warm, I mean +10ÂșC), and I decided to go out for a bike ride down the Lachine Canal to Montreal's old port. On my way back, I was looking at the Five Roses factory, and was going to just keep going, but I had brought my sketchbook with me so I forced myself to stop and draw the building. This is the end result.

I'm very much out of practice drawing real life, but I am trying! I painted it with watercolours today, thinking it's look a lot nicer with colour, than just inked on paper. I say it's not bad. :)

Oh, so the other day I decided I wanted to make a skirt out of a pillowcase. There were a few people who've done this before, and posted their results on the net. So I chose a pillowcase I'm not really using, yellow ochre with stripes. The skirt's supposed to be really easy to make.... just cut the top off, fold over, sew and add a drawstring. So I cut the top off, slid the case on but I realized it was just too tight over my hips, so I grabbed a second pillowcase in white and sewed them together, and created a sort of wrap skirt. It's not the best idea, and I don't know if it's appropriate for the public, but it is comfortable for around the house. I guess I can't seem to upload the photo. It's not the best :) Oh well.

Well that's it for today. I will try and post more often!


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