Archive for June, 2010

Portrait Project

So, for awhile now I’ve wanted to get better at sketching/painting people. I will be the first to admit that I’m not very good at it. So, I’ve decided to start a new personal project by doing some master studies of portraiture to try and improve my skills.

So, first up is a pencil study of “Girl With A Pearl Earring” by Vermeer

I see a lot of room for improvement… and I really need to buy a scanner, lol. I may try sketching this one again and see if it improves or I may move on to something else.

Hope you enjoy!

New Painting

The Great Leaf Chase

Acrylic On Wood

The colors on this are much better in person. Once I get my hands on a scanner, then these will look much better.

Owlets

Here’s another little triptych that I whipped up over the last couple of days.

Owlet Triptych

Acrylic On Wood

Here are some individual shots

Yes, I know that the second and third ones don’t have feet in the picture. I’ve fixed that!

Sneak Preview

So, most of my friends know that I’ve finished the first draft of my first novel, which is actually the first book of  a trilogy. (Could that be any more complicated? 😀 ) I’m calling the trilogy, “When Came the Fall” and the first book is titled “Spirit”. There is some traveling in the book and I realized I have to have a map.

While it’s far from done, since I don’t quite have the names of all the places yet, I drew out the map last night.

For your viewing pleasure, here is the map of the Empire of Northern Terra, where a princess, a servant, and a merchant’s daughter become entangled in a battle between those who practice magick and those who wish to destroy it forever.

Goal List or OMG, the year is basically half over!

So, yes, I keep adjusting my goal list, looking over what is feasible and what I still actually want to do and if there is anything else I want to do. Hopefully, next year I won’t have to do so much adjusting because I will have a better idea of what I’ll realistically will be able to do.

I have added another goal for the year, something… personal isn’t the right word because it’s all personal…well, I’ll just say that it is something to help my self-esteem and physical health. I want to run (or at least jog!) a 5K by the end of the year. Specifically I’m thinking I want to participate in the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and I have a good friend whose mother is a survivor and for some crazy reason I have it in my head to do a 5K, so why not? I’m using a program called Couch to 5k. It’s supposed to have you running a 5K in 9 weeks, so taking out the week I’ll be at the family reunion, I should reach that goal by the end of August. If I keep it up, then doing the Ribbon Run in Oct. shouldn’t be a problem. Should it? 🙂

So, here’s the new list, updates and all.

  1. First draft of first book of “When Came the Fall” – Completed!
  2. Second draft of first book of “When Came the Fall”
  3. First draft of second book of “When Came the Fall”
  4. Participate in Sidewalk Art Stroll (July & August)
  5. Participate in one Craft Fair in Dec.
  6. Complete a 5K

So there it is. It seems I’ve been doing an update quarterly, so I guess you can look for my new list in Oct.!

Making A Switch

Two blogs are starting to get on my nerves, so I’m putting everything here and trying something new. We’ll see how this goes. It’s a part of the need to simplify my life and take things down a notch. I may go back to having a separate art blog, but for now everything will wind up on this page.

Meme: Women in Science Fiction

I’m more of a fantasy reader myself, but I do read some SF so I thought this would be fun to do.

Bold the women by whom you own books (I’m including people who have short stories in anthologies that I own)
Italicize those by whom you’ve read something of (I’m going to count short stories too)
Star those you don’t recognize

Andre Norton
C. L. Moore
Evangeline Walton*
Leigh Brackett*
Judith Merril*
Joanna Russ
Margaret St. Clair
Katherine MacLean
Carol Emshwiller*
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Zenna Henderson*
Madeline L’Engle
Angela Carter
Ursula LeGuin
Anne McCaffrey
Diana Wynne Jones
Kit Reed
James Tiptree, Jr.*
Rachel Pollack
Jane Yolen
Marta Randall
Eleanor Arnason*
Ellen Asher
Patricia A. McKillip
Suzy McKee Charnas
Lisa Tuttle
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Tanith Lee
Pamela Sargent
Jayge Carr
Vonda McIntyre
Octavia E. Butler
Kate Wilhelm
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Sheila Finch
Mary Gentle
Jessica Amanda Salmonson
C. J. Cherryh
Joan D. Vinge
Teresa Nielsen Hayden*
Ellen Kushner
Ellen Datlow
Nancy Kress
Pat Murphy
Lisa Goldstein
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Mary Turzillo
Connie Willis
Barbara Hambly
Nancy Holder
Sheri S. Tepper
Melissa Scott*
Margaret Atwood
Lois McMaster Bujold
Jeanne Cavelos
Karen Joy Fowler
Leigh Kennedy
Judith Moffett
Rebecca Ore
Emma Bull
Pat Cadigan
Kathyrn Cramer
Laura Mixon
Eileen Gunn
Elizabeth Hand
Kij Johnson
Delia Sherman
Elizabeth Moon
Michaela Roessner
Terri Windling
Sharon Lee
Sherwood Smith
Katherine Kurtz
Margo Lanagan*
Laura Resnick
Kristine Kathryn Rusch*
Sheila Williams
Farah Mendlesohn*
Gwyneth Jones
Ardath Mayhar*
Esther Friesner
Debra Doyle
Nicola Griffith
Amy Thomson
Martha Wells
Catherine Asaro
Kate Elliott
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Shawna McCarthy
Caitlin Kiernan
Maureen McHugh
Cheryl Morgan
Nisi Shawl
Mary Doria Russell
Kage Baker
Kelly Link
Nancy Springer
J. K. Rowling
Nalo Hopkinson*
Ellen Klages
Tananarive Due*
M. Rickert
Theodora Goss*
Mary Anne Mohanraj*
S. L. Viehl
Jo Walton
Kristine Smith
Deborah Layne
Cherie Priest
Wen Spencer
K. J. Bishop
Catherynne M. Valente
Elizabeth Bear
Ekaterina Sedia
Naomi Novik
Mary Robinette Kowal
Ann VanderMeer

Well, not terribly bad, but not great either. I guess I need to brush up on my women SF authors. Of course, I did say straight out that I prefer Fantasy and a lot of the names I recognize only from perusing the shelves at the bookstore.
That being said, it might be interesting to try and read at least one book/short story by each of the authors on this list. Anyone care to join me? 🙂