Photobombed by Cat!

Got me some basal cell cancer on my forehead and last week had a Moh’s proceedure to remove it. Got 8 stitches and then my eyes swelled up like when I went through chemo. Well, it is very hard to wash your hair when you have 8 stitches on your forehead so it gets greasy. Last night I took some selfies to post around to encourage peeps to use sunscreen but the pictures were way bad so I erased them…. all but one… my cat photobombed me! She is looking at me and saying “Hankdag, what happened to you?”

Julia Ruane-Smith's photo.
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Saturday’s Sketches

I started my ‘blind sketching’ today. The teacher said to do this sketching for 10 minutes a day, I did it for almost an hour.  One of the sketches I didn’t cover my drawing hand but never looked at the sketch until I was done. Blind Sketching is not easy at all I don’t care what anyone says.

Enjoy…..

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UGH!

 

 

Art Class

 

Started my art class Thursday night… not sure how this is going to go. For the most part I am a fantasy artist and I was under the impression the teacher was also into fantasy art so I was excited thinking maybe it would be in that line of drawing. I was wrong. He is teaching sketching at this point just as ‘The Masters’ did it. He knew what my art is like and he said this class will help with my art a lot.  I think three other students were feeling the same way I was… He talked about various Master’s and their techniques, mentioning Picasso like he was something spectacular, I said I couldn’t stand Picasso which obviously irritated him, hmmm, as it turned out he likes Modern art – I never liked Modern art – it made no sense to me, and my Mom had some modern art pictures in the house and the colors were awful! And I didn’t think they went well with the semi Colonial style furniture, nor the shag carpet.

Then he made some remarks about Van Gogh, about how fantastic he was but Van Gogh had some problems, perspective and placing things where they didn’t belong, like in one picture he placed a man’s ear far too forward on the face.  I said he was painting how he saw things. And we all know that Van Gogh had some mental problems so that would sway the way he saw things. Someone else said the same thing.

Gotta feeling me and the teacher might clash a bit.

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The first thing we did was trace our hand and then the fun began… we had to hold our hand in a relaxed position then trace our hand with our pencil or pen. I used a pencil but the lady sitting across from me used her pen        ( reminded me of a zombie hand). Next we had to hold our pencil at the tip of our nose and trace it in the air. Okay. And then we had to “Blind Draw” our hand. What?   We had to cover our drawing hand and draw our hand without looking at what we are doing. He gave us 10 minutes to do it. Really?  As far as I was concerned it was a big time mess. Teacher said it was hard to really see what I had done because I had used a pencil and not a pen… excuse me, he gave us an option. (Yah ask me, this is my donation to Modern Art! LOL

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He explained that we should pay attention to the details while doing this type of sketch, your hand is not a rounded instrument, there are lines and bumps and curves which we need to add. Thought I had but when you have something covering your drawing hand it is hard to pay attention to details! 😀

Here is an example he showed me about detailing, of course he wasn’t doing a blind drawing at this point. He was just showing an example of what the hand really looks like. Okay, but I think I showed lots and lots of bumps, curves, and lines.

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Another thing we did which was hard for me, was sketch a shoe. As soon as I started sketching he immediately stopped me and said “Quit sketching with these tiny lines, you need to use long loose lines, get the energy of the shoe.” Energy of the shoe… Hmmm, interesting.  I explained I am an uptight person, have anxiety and he said well, now that you know your problem you can work on relaxing. I looked at him and laughed quietly because he didn’t know I have an anxiety disorder and am on meds for it. Well, I will attempt to draw with long, loose, lines maybe it will help me relax… I’ve tried before but since I’m paying for the class I’ll have to really try hard which will prolly make me anxious and I’ll draw uptight! LOL

At the end of the ‘sketching session’ he told me I was still too tight in my sketching… I thought I did pretty good, pretty loose. I looked at everyone else’s shoe sketches and they weren’t all that loose either.

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Well, Maybe I should bring a bottle of wine to drink so I can draw loose enough!  Heh heh. That wouldn’t work, I can’t draw when I’ve had even a sip of wine, painting, yeah, but not drawing.

Another subject that come up was drawing nudes, told him I hoped there wouldn’t a nude session because I’m a prude and won’t come to that class. He immediately pulled out a sketch from a drawing session from this past week and of course, it was a nude. He began expounding on it and when he was finished I said I was still a prude. LOL

Guess I will never be one of the MASTER’S!

I like the teacher okay but I have two things that bother me about him:

  1.  He looks like a plump version of Prince Charles (I don’t like Prince Charles at all!).
  2.  He doesn’t like Bob Ross. What? Not like my Bob Ross? We chatted about Bob for a few minutes and he had some things about his style and technique that were not right in my site, claimed that all Bob did was create the same *&^@+&^  mountains and trees and he was not helping people to expound on their art talent. I told him that is not so, that I had watched his show for a long time and he always encouraged people to  further their talent. I told him that I learned some things from painting with him and when I was able to take a painting class I used the techniques and ideas along with my ideas and techniques and the teacher was totally astonished. Someone else in the class spoke up and agreed with me. Teacher then said if I bought him a drink he would be glad to expound on why he didn’t like him. I just shook my head. Not interested in hearing what he had to say, besides I wouldn’t go out for a drink with a man other than my husband! I bet that would shock him, too

The New Year has started!

The first day of 2016 , as you know, started by spending 5 hours remotely with Geek Squad. I’ve had trouble with this laptop since shortly after I got it and it got worse once it turned one year old. But I am not going to let it get me down, ticked off, but not down. There is always something to celebrate!

I went to see my Oncologist for my 6 month check up and my blood work, in his words, is absolutely perfect! Love to hear those words! My 5th year anniversary is August and then I can stop taking Femara! I can’t wait, I am so sick of taking a ton of meds! And now he wants me to have a bone density test. I’ve never had one, maybe I am past time for it but it seems every time I turn around they are wanting me to take another test…. as if they are hoping to find something, nowadimean?

Fantastically, as I was walking into Virginia Oncology Associates, I recognized an old friend that I had worked with back in a Call Center as she was walking out! I had been looking for her since my time at that lousy call center came to an end and suddenly there she was! Lily! I named a Black Mermaid after her. We exchanged numbers and I look forward to having lunch with her real soon!

I signed up for a drawing class so I can improve on my style. Starts tonight and will be held every Thursday night until the end of February. I haven’t taken art lessons since High School so this should be fun (I hope!).

I am beginning to get my art biz back up and running. Starting with the art classes, I am planning out which pictures I am going to make into greeting cards, posters, put on aprons, purses, and all kinds of things. I am going to reopen my Etsy Shop and sell stuff through a variety of stores online. I am also going to hit the road to sell my art in stores in the cities around where I live and get some inventory so I can do some shows. It is time to get going.

I renewed my membership at the Norfolk Wellness and Fitness Center this week. I dropped it in 2010 a few months before I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I renewed due to I love walking laps in the warm water pool. Always when I get into the water I immediately feel like a mermaid!
 

I can’t wait until I can add swimming laps to the regime! Actually I have been doing 2 laps of the breast stroke in addition to the walking. I also do some exercises  to strengthen my knees because they are in need big time! I’ve only been three times but I can already feel a difference. I use some web gloves that  really work my arms as I do various different walking steps and slow running.

Okay, it is almost time to head out to my class. Hope everyone of you and your families and friends have a Blessed New Year!

January 2, 2016

Unfortunately I had to call Geek Squad back January 1st to finish getting the problem on my laptop finished. It took another 5 hours… I stayed right on their backs asking a billion questions and telling them what they were to do. I think it is fixed now, at least for a day or two until it decided to take another path.

I will post again later once I am awake and have gone to the fitness center to work in the warm water pool.