SoCS: GHT

I  journal mornings with stream of consciousness exercises, and
I’m again participating in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturdaywhenever I have time.  I write to a timer, 15-20 minutes, no editing except spelling, and of course I add my art!  You can do it too!
The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is any word with “ght” in it!

Tough week. Sammy died Wednesday.  Fifteen years old.
A bright light in my mornings in the studio, he was to sick to go on.

Besides Sammy dying, the week has been one long fight.
The onslaught from one client has taken the delight completely out of her project.
Over two days, she wrought havoc in our studio,with angry letters.
But the oddest thing was that she had the ability to get what she wanted from us;
the fight was in her.  You’d think I might be able to get her to see that,
but this encounter, combined with another not too long ago,
has me categorizing some people in a whole new light.  Nutz**.

I’ve always assumed that most people had a reason for strange behaviors that were
self-serving, or in their best interest, but more and more I am seeing, either in personal settings or on the political stage, people who don’t seem to be operating in their best interests.  In light of this week, it is official; there is some sort of delicious righteous fight in some people that seems to have no end and there  is no ability for resolution.
Nothing that might be offered allows for resolution, including, in some other cases, but not this one, a simple apology on my part — I mean, I can be an arse from time to time — though I think you’d have trouble believing that.
A client was having issues (she created by not telling us what she wanted) and we gave her everything she wanted and she still persisted in her anger.  Odd.

Journaling was short this morning.
I thought it would go for many pages, but after a couple of pages
I realized there is nothing much to say about Nutz**.

I can only hope that these few people have taught me what I need to know —
to cut losses quickly when engaging with people who not only don’t meet you halfway,
they don’t say yes when you lay the gold on the platter in front of them.

BTW,  Sam also fought against his best interests.
He absolutely refused to take meds, and without them he could not get better.

**Wow.  This one follows last weeks, SoCS: NUTZ.

Note: This was an interesting challenge. 
I began listing words with -ght- in them yesterday, and then wrote
this without having to go back because the words were swirling in my head.

For the rules, go to Linda’s blog;  feel free to join the fun!

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VSW: Amsterdam 12, Van Gogh Museum


I love this small museum.  Shows how modern buildings made of glass and stone can be sensitive and beautiful and welcoming.  I’d love to visit.  From a Google image
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VSW: Amsterdam 11, Canals


I loved the image Brian posted for this sketch..
A lot can be done with minimal moves when you have little time,
and this month showed that!

Thanks to Brian Thompstone for the image.

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Word Art: Trump


I’ve been playing with words in inks, layered into an abstract piece.
moved by water and letting it go where it will.

I’ll tell you a bit more about it as I move into it, but for now…

The words buried are about Trump’s version of America.

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A Quick Answer to Getting Good at Drawing

I’m on several sites and hear so many of peeps say you’d love to “draw like so-and-so.”
So, here is what I wrote in response to this on a site this morning, and they liked it and asked if I would post it where they could share it.

What holds most people back is not a lack of talent, though some are just born with a good dose of that.   Mine is training… practice… classes…

  1.  Comparing. You have to train yourself, so stop being critical.  Internal editors are necessary for many things, but not when you are learning, and NOT when creativity or your muse has to be in charge.  Turn the monkey mind OFF.  Instead, enjoy the feel and sound of pen on paper, and make lots of marks if nothing else. Become a child who likes the new toy — all of us should be able to relate to that cuz we all love fountain pens! Crosshatching, circles, doodles, if you can’t think of anything to draw then practice marks which lead to sketches.
  2. Practice.  And before you say you have no time, you do.  As a writer I learned to grease the wheels with 15-20 minutes a day no matter what.  As a designer/drawing/artist I did the same, with pencil or pen (watercolors take a bit more).  I adore my sketchbooks (and now I am brave enough to share most of the pages with you guys), messy messy places, because often I am doing whatever I can do in 15 minutes to keep my hand in even when I am overwhelmed with whatever.

    I had two goals besides work from October-November, to get my cards up for sale and to take a class. So working 60 hours weeks in our business toward a deadline and only 15 minutes and a goal I did Inktober (see my last little book finished below). It was fun and relaxing. Hearts, stars, and literally 15 minutes. Get a sketching journal or use whatever you carry and do it when you are waiting for appointments instead of looking at IG or Facebook.

  3. Have things ready to draw.  As a writer, I had a list of things to write about in the back of my writing journal in case I got stuck. Practice in writing was write without editing for 20 minutes to warm up. Stream of consciousness. So with drawing, have a stack of images next to your space or on your phone ready to go. pick on, and that should take less than a minute. IT DOESN’T MATTER. Just draw it.

    BTW, there is also the Sktchy ap for your phone — then you always have something to draw with you!  Pop some fun things in your file so you just do whatever is in that file!

  4. Look at the thing you are drawing more than the paper you are drawing on… MOST people look at their paper.  Artists look at what they are drawing, and just glance at the paper.  Learn to look.  Drawing on vacations you never forget things you drew!

That was my writing exercise this morning.  Timer just went off and then I cleaned it up where my dyslexia got in the way of your reading it!  Off to work!

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VSW: Amsterdam 10, Windmills

Remember how I thought I was done with my inky version of the windmill?

FPR Jaipur with Blackstone Brown Boronia ink.

Thanks to Brian Thompstone for the image.

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SoCS: NUTZ

I  journal mornings with stream of consciousness exercises, and
I’m again participating in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturdaywhenever I have time.  I write to a timer, 15-20 minutes, no editing except spelling, and of course I add my art!  You can do it too!
The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “nuts.”

Oh gads and crapity crap crap I wish I had little to say here and maybe I do because the only thing is that the older I get the more I think people are completely nuts.  I have a good friend who thinks the many many drugs washing into our waters is accumulating and making us crazier than all get out and I am finally over the idea  of him being all wrong.

People are bat-shit crazy.

Maybe I don’t have more than that — really that last sentence says it all.

NUTZ!

For the rules, go to Linda’s blog;  feel free to join the fun!

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