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“Curly” a watercolor painting

“Curly” is a watercolor painting on Yupo. if you don’t know what Yupo is, it’s a synthetic paper that is not porous at all. i use it with things like acrylic ink, high flow acrylics, watercolors, and alcohol ink.

i tend to use a lot of water when  i use this kind of watercolor. they’re Japanese watercolors, in pans in a box. you can see them in this picture of my workspace from 2016.

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i made this using small paint brushes that’s partly because the paper is so small the paper is small, about 8.5″x 5.5″ i  used an outliner brush to make all the the little delicate curls with it. dickblick.com describes it as:

“Also known as an outliner. Round ferrule, square-ended brush, with extra-long hairs and a short handle. Large color carrying capacity. Useful for delicate lettering, outlining, and long continuous strokes.”

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the color scheme is probably my favorite. enjoy!

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damn that app!

there are so many posts i would have written if i’d been using my computer (like i am now) rather than the app on my phone or tablet. obviously there’s the typing issue. i can type pretty quickly on a real keyboard, but on a touch pad… it’s the same for everyone. more than that though, there are so many things that are broken or simply never worked in the first place, it’s extremely difficult to navigate and about as opaque as can be.

i usually am in bed or on the couch because of my fibromyalgia and spine problems. i’ve written some about some of that, but nothing about the fibro and nothing about the illnesses at all in months. a lot of things happened and i learned things, am still learning things, and finding way to deal with my new-ish (it’s been leading up to here for about 2 years)issues. that’s mainly what i wanted to talk about over these months, but i couldn’t face typing all that out on a touch keyboard. being in places like bed that are so unstructured, even with a lap desk, and a bluetooth keyboard, really doesn’t work for me. i’ve tried just about everything.  nothing compares to a PC at a big desk and a good desk chair. i’ve got that, and i’m lucky, i know.

i haven’t used this desk first because my pain was such that being on the couch was the most comfortable place to be for a very long time. the main things i do are internet, art, and sleep (and complain). i moved all my art stuff and general desk stuff downstairs (and there is a LOT of it) downstairs. i was living down there almost entirely.

i came upstairs, these last few weeks, but i have to be in bed most of the time, the pain is bad enough that even the couch is too painful to be on for long. the bed and this desk are upstairs. so i spend most of my time in bed, during bad spots, like what most of the days have been like, lately. since the computer room, where i am now (aka the red room…yes, the walls are painted dark red….)

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{as i was writing i remembered this photo. that’s what it was like in 2013 before all this pain started.}

…..is on the same floor as the bedroom i come in here to do computer things or draw or just sit in the desk chair which, i forgot, has a special lumbar support feature, so it makes my back quite happy.

i’m veering off topic, not that i was on topic before, cause the only topic was supposed to be about why i hated the app and i finished that up in the first paragraph. i just kept going! and so i guess i can say anything! i’m not very good at doing things in order.

so back to where i work, spend my time, get whatever or nothing done, etc.

this is where i work now looks like..

 

{aren’t those circles hilarious?}

basically i’m using half the dining room table. i clear it all off sometimes, like the top pic or stick everything in one corner and try to take up as little room as possible, like the bottom pic. (those are my japanese watercolors, i wrote most of a post about them a couple months ago. if you want to read about them i’ll  show you.)

you want to see more workspace photos, you say? no problem, i answer!

 

i have an appointment with my new dentist today. i wasn’t going to see him until 2017 because i used up all our dental insurance for the year with 2 root canals at $1500 a pop. one of the temporary crowns got damaged and it didn’t hurt, so i was going to wait to get  it fixed. well, now it hurts and i’m not doing thanksgiving without being able to chew properly! i had a big disaster at my last dentist, they couldn’t understand my new, disabled person, needs and so i got mad and found a new dentist! so, i’ll be meeting him in 2.5 hours. i’m scared to death cause i have no idea what it will be like there, but it’s a big practice and i have a feeling they’ll be a lot more professional and they’ll have a much more modern office. still…  i’m also really worried about how much i’m hurting now, because it’s very hard just to get around the house. boy oh boy i better not get lost!!!!!!!

bye for now!

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Workspace

The photo on the left side is my workspace. The right is a detail of the WIP collage which is on the table in the picture of my workspace. It’s very big for a collage…18″x24″  The surface that that I’m using to paste the pieces on is heavy Bristol.

The majority of the pieces are triangles that I fit together like a puzzle. The photo on the right is a detail of the collage so you can see how beautiful the pieces are.  I make them out of lots of cut up little alcohol ink paintingse I make specifically for this.

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work space

i think i’ve said this a zillion times, but my mind is a sieve! (fucking meds)

i’m a full time artist who does not sell her paintings. i trade them and gift them. i don’t want to mix up art and money. i’m lucky because my awesome husband supports me emotionally and financially, so i can take this idealist view of what i’m doing.

i hope you’re enjoying the art i’m posting. i spend all day everyday creating, so you’ll be seeing a lot of it. plus i have five years of previous work. (most of that is pretty shitty compared to my skill level now, yay!) that i will post some of.

i love seeing other artist’s set ups or people’s computer rooms,  i think it tells so much about them.

so… here’s mine….

workspace 2013