The mess! This layout doesn’t work!

I’m having layout doubts again. I know how I’d like to change the images at the top but what about the rest of it? Something’s just not right. And I know myself, this is going to keep bugging me and hinder my website-related work until I fix it.

The featured image of this post is one I made some years ago after having read someone’s blog post about how she spotted a rat at the dump and it turned and looked at her. No doubt that would be a hideous experience for many people but I rather have a thing for rats and mice, so my rat at the dump looks friendly. The dump is more or less how I feel about my website right now. Perhaps someone else can see this place the way I see the rat; a perfectly lovely thing. The trouble is that I can’t.

Watercolouring – the art of patience

Watercolouring is all about layers. To get strong colours it’s not usually enough to lay down one coating of paint. Oh no. You need to wait until it has dried up some and then add more. And maybe more after that.

In that way, watercolouring is very zen. It’s a practice of patience and nature. Most often when I’ve messed up a watercolour painting it’s because I couldn’t find the inner peace to do it slowly.

That said, I like to make final adjustments digitally. Perhaps I need to work on my zen but on the computer I can fix any problems with shadows, hues and lighting to get it just right. I’m still painting by hand, just using different tools. What do you think? Is digital painting less zen?

This post’s watercolour image was made for a recent #colour_collective challenge. The colour theme was moss.

Plan ahead!

The flu. It came, it hit hard, I had some seriously interesting delirious fever dreams.. and didn’t update anything for 2 weeks. Yup. This is why people schedule blog posts to go out automatically, write a back up post or two, schedule tweets into Hootsuite.  They say one of the most important things about online life is consistency. If your aim is to make friends, reach people, get heard, then showing up and saying something regularly is just as important online as it is in “real life”. Consistency is the reason I recognize and say a cheerful hello to our local mailman. I want to be like the mailman! ..Except not the part about biking around town at 4 am no matter what horrible weather is out there. Major kudos to the mailman! It’s a survival sport type of job!

Next on my to do list is to make a back up plan. As soon as my head clears up. Right now I need to google if I should be concerned that I can’t blow my nose gently without the world spinning a tad..

The Holidays are Coming! Eep!

Are you guys ready? Christmas presents, decorations, food. Every year it feels like total chaos and last minute running through shops hunting for suitable presents, yet every year everything seems to work out somehow. I hope it will work out as usual. Current amount of Christmas presents shopped and ready: ZERO.

Last week’s colour challenge in #colour_collective was silver, which for me of course means an opportunity to draw mice! Everything else may be in disarray but at least I’ve created a new Christmas image to tweet around Christmas eve.

Hope you’re enjoying preparing for the holidays!

Bookmark dreams

BookmarkedBookmarks rule! I love opening a book I’ve forgotten to read for a while, finding a bookmark inside and having an art and inspiration experience. They don’t take up that much space so you can collect plenty and have bookmarks ready for every kind of mood and genre. Bookmarks can be memories. A treasured gift from a friend. Bookmarks can show allegiance to a cause or a belief. Bookmarks are emotion, inspiration, identity and gosh darned useful to have around!

For ages I’ve wanted to make my own. I need a proper quality printer. Everything else is sorted. My hope is that I’ll be able to get that printer ordered after Christmas. Right now my head is filled with confused thoughts about what Christmas gifts to get others, there’s not enough room to fit in printer thoughts too. Hey, maybe I should give them some Christmas bookmarks and a nice book to go with it?

PS: The bookmark by the text is what I submitted for this week’s #colour_collective challenge, colour theme Robin Egg Blue.