When I was a kid, my mom said a lot of wise things. But a few of them I was both paying attention when she said them and absorbing her meaning. One of these was probably because she repeated it at us a few times, probably about school and chores, and likely also when weContinue reading “Never Say Never”
One of my favorite Youtubers shared this (video below). While I do think there are *times* to try new things and dabble, I think I’ve felt relieved at axing the idea of trying to commit to everything all the time in my areas of interest! This is some great advice. I noticed something similar whenContinue reading “Grow Vertically”
Thoughts from the front line in the battle against entropy (journal entry 2018- republishing for a self reminder!) As a young mom and a pretty freshly minted keeper of my own home, I did the best I knew how. But there are things about keeping house beyond the chores that I wish I had understood.Continue reading “Keep It Simple, Sweetheart”
What’s up? I have these links in my pocket and I figure maybe I can just leave them here for other creators to use. Sometimes I need a free photo to make an image banner or to put a little visual interest on an article, or I want a certain resource to inspire a sketch,Continue reading “Free Image Resources”
Nikki recommends the Art Squirrel’s blog about digital art programs, ft Parrots. So many parrots.
Teach me to Draw! There is a lost vocabulary of drawing that it seems most art teaching has forgotten to formally impart any longer. I have a sense that this was more common practice in formal art schooling in some bygone era, since it seems to be common knowledge to a lot of old schoolContinue reading “THE AVDP Drawing Textbook”
I didn’t know these existed!!! As a frequent Krita user I’m very excited about these two *major* time savers. It’s not even so much the time they save as the peace of mind! In the first tip, he shows how you can set a save point to reopen a working set of tabs! This meansContinue reading “Tips and Tricks: Two Ways to Save Time in Krita”
We are stories begetting more stories, begetting more stories. Today a friend was writing some fiction with me and she bemoaned that we were coming to the end of the tale we had been developing over the past months. As I handed off part of the story for her to resolve, she said that itContinue reading “Stories Beget Stories”
Bobby Chiu shares a quick explanation of his experience between when knowledge in the specific field of art he was interested in was scarce, compared to the fire hose of today’s internet, with a hopeful note, not just a kids-these-days conclusion.
The following is an excerpt from a short story, in a book I set down and just picked up reading again. The period of the piece is during WWI. I found reading it was like suspending time through this comparison of sound— stillness vs activity. Yellow Leaves We weren’t expecting the noise. Could have hadContinue reading “Yellow Leaves”