Monday, November 29, 2010

YAY! I'm a NaNoWriMo Winner!!!

I got not only the 50,000 required words, but more than 65,000.

But the first draft of the novel is maybe a half to 2/3 done. So I
haven't really completed the novel, only the challenge.

I am going to start planning my novel for next Novemebr while I am
working on completing this one!

Friday, November 19, 2010


I did this quick illo for sneaky for illustration Friday on my iPad on
artrage while babysitting for my week-old grandson.


À coeur vaillant rien d'impossible."I don't want to face my fears, I am
afraid of them!" Spongebob


Friday, November 12, 2010

a painting in two steps with detail

I did this painting on my iPad in Artrage at dinner tonight. First I sketched the face gesturally with pastels and then painted over it with oils. I was looking across the table at my husband who was not holding still! (No photo involved. Drawn by hand on iPad screen, a "finger-painting")
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Thursday, November 11, 2010


I did this as yet possibly unfinished painting in the car driving to and from Krista's baptism last night. I did it on my iPad using Artrage. I did not start from a photo of any kind, not even a reference photo-- it's a freehand digital finger painting. I used almost all the available tools--experimenting with them, just for the fun of it. I combined things that might be hard to combine on paper: oils, acrylics, water colors, pastels, crayons, pencils, air bush, etc. I think I used everything.

I painted it in the car in the dark in the backseat hurtling along the freeway over bumps and around turns. I am working to learn the new iPad Artrage. I couldn't have painted with oils or acrylics in that situation. I couldn't even type--I tried it!

For some reason, I kept wanting to add a crown of thorns, but felt it would be sacrilegious. I was thinking perhaps it reminds me, maybe because of the colors, of a famous painting of Jesus with the crown of thorns. I had a painting in mind, after I thought of it, but I googled it and couldn't find it. Maybe it wasn't a famous painting. Maybe just something I saw in someone's house. Originally, Bethany wasn't smiling. Smiling, it seems like a crown of thorns would be wholly inappropriate.

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