an update (of sorts)

i am making an effort to keep this bloggy of mine (tho barely) afloat.  i know it’s been  a month since my last confession i mean, blog post.  & looking back,  it read very doom & gloomy.  well, i didn’t want my last post to be the last word, so i thought i better truck on & post another blurb to let the few peeps who do visit here know that i am very much alive & kicking. 

a while ago, shortly after the new year, i posted a valentine-theme tag swap (be smitten, see post below)  that i wanted to host.  well, we are at the tail end of this swap & i am beginning the sorting/binding process.  it’s been heaps of fun getting first crack at all the wonderful red, pink & white creations that have been filling my little mailbox these past few weeks.  i had missed this sort of artful connection with others & hosting this swap reminded me how much i do enjoy sharing my art with + receiving art from like-minded creative souls. 🙂

so for the past few weeks, i have been crafting away, creating not one but actually several taggies filled with sweetness & love.  next to christmas, valentines is my favorite holiday.  & since we didn’t celebrate in the usual way this past christmas, i really got into the valentine spirit, especially when my swap pals’ wonderful creations started rolling in.  i mean, how could you NOT get swept up in the loveliness of it all? 

i had gotten so out of the habit of blogging on a regular  basis that the thought did occur to me as i was loading pix into the flickr group >>>that i should share what i have been doing these past days.  the upstairs’ dining table is literally overflowing with happy, gorgeous piles of red, pink & white lusciousness.  all my dh sees is a bunch of stuff on the table, lol.  but au contraire, i see visions of sweetness runneth over. 🙂

enough of the verbiage, on with the snaps.  here you go…some valentine eye candy for you all to enjoy:

need more v-day eye candy?  well then, pop on over here & you can get your fill.

i think if you click on the above thumbnails, it will enlarge the pix.  i have so much in the way of vintage valentines, that i kinda got carried away with the tag making!  i couldn’t help it though because once one set of tags were done, it only seemed natural to  make more, hehehe.  a lot of the valentine images came from my personal stash (i have been collecting vintage valentines for, idk, 5 or 6 years…something like that).  & it’s only recently that i decided to share some “love” and now offer a bunch of digital scans of my collection here.   a “be my valentine” digi-collage sheet sale is going on now until, when else?  valentine’s day.  it’s my 1st foray into digi-selling & i am wondering why i hadn’t done it sooner?  lol

speaking of all things digi, i have been teaching myself how to be a better digital artist.  i’ve been finding all sorts of useful 411 for FREE (& the price is def right!) on the internet & omg, i’m learning a ton of cool stuff so far.  it never ceases to amaze me the generosity and kindness of others, especially where the sharing of knowledge and expertise are concerned.  just the other day, i learned how to zip a file.  i know, how mundane, you say…but it was a little victory for me.  i never needed to zip a file EVER until i started selling digital files.  now the next time someone purchases something digital then i can send a zipped file. it’s def quicker & more efficient that way.   it’s stuff like that, that keeps me wanting to learn more.  not that i’m trying to “run” with the big guns…i just want to be able to work more efficiently and use “best practice”, so to speak.   so yeah, digital learning has been occupying the grey cells…

& so has painting and drawing.  while i’ve had to put painting and drawing on hold until the valentine swap is completed (still waiting on two more swappers whose artwork is en route btw), i’ve signed up for some continuing ed classes with the lovable suzi blu and &  another, a  portrait class with the amazing misty mawn.  you’ve heard me rave about  them in earlier posts last year.  they are both incredibly talented and wonderfully patient instructors.  i learn so much whenever i’ve taken a class with either of the two ladies.  they def have a different style, but they are highly talented and the teaching role suits them both.  misty’s class is kinda intense…loads of assignments (& man, i am behind a week & a half already!)…not the kind that you can just rush through.  not for me anyway.  i used to draw regularly when we lived in maine & taking misty’s portrait class kinda reminds me of the art instructor i had in maine.  he was very meticulous & methodically in his instruction and misty is kinda like this (well, maybe not as rigid as my old art instructor).  because of the rather intense level that i feel from misty’s class, i’ve devoted a lot more time & energy…so much so that i basically ran out of gas when i thought about suzi’s class.  ugh.  i haven’t even begun a lesson yet in there.  but luckily, the continuing ed class (as suzi calls it) ends in may.  so i figure i have some time (i hope!).

anyway, here are some drawings that i did for misty’s portrait class.  i only got thru all of  week 1 and partially of week 2 .  there are a total of 4 weeks to misty’s class & luckily, she will let us slowpokes catch up for 3 weeks after the last week of class.  

week 1’s homework:  drawing faces using pencils, erasers and tortillions…

week 2:  painting!    

this is as far as i got in week 2’s homework, i’m afraid… painting with titanium white acrylic paint & a black stabilo pencil.  that’s when all the be smitten swap business started to come to a head. so all my drawing & painting came to a screeching halt.   there are a least 3 or 4 in week 2…haven’t even looked at week 3’s…eeek, i’m afraid of all the work that lay ahead!!   misty’s already started week 4 work and i am sooooooooo behind as you can see!  i hope i can catch up before she closes the private blog that she’s set up for us. 

to add more to the mix, my welding class started up again.  & i have been itching to get back into welding as i have some fun projects i want to do in there!  it sure was a totally different experience when i went to class this time around…ha!  everything coach jeff was saying to the new peeps i already knew.  it was so different, let me tell ya.  i was so excited to get started, but he had to go over shop safety & class overview…man, i sure did come a long way.  i was so ready to crank up the mig welder & start making sparks…but i didn’t.  but next time, i will be welding my little heart out. 🙂

no, i haven’t gotten my pink welding helmet.  the kind that i want is *gulp* $300…it’s a digital auto dark helmet made byvery reputable company called speedglass.  i’ve tried on some auto darks (as they are called) and i like the speedglass brand the best.  it is a basic gunmetal gray…but a friend i know says that i can take my helmet & have some place here in town paint it pink for me.  now that is cool to know!  i’ve no pix yet from welding class…but i hope i can share some as the days go by. 

 with everything that i just blurbed, i feel as though i am back in school, taking all these art classes!   it’s no wonder that i’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately, with what work, family, my etsy and the swaps (i’m also hosting an itty bitty book in facebook too) taking up my energy too.  some days just get downright NUTs n BOLTs.  seriously.

welp, i think we are all caught up since i last posted.  the highlights, that is.  idk when i will post again, but i think i will shoot for 1 or 2x a week…more or less depending on my mood and/or whether my schedule permits.

i know that this is a wicked long post, but i had some stuff to say.  until next time, have a great weekend.  stay warm (or cool, depending on where you are in the world) & i’ll be back.  or rather, i guess, i’m back. 🙂

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