Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blu

Blu is painted on a thick cardboard the size of 6"x8,5" or 16x22cm. Price is 30$ including p&p. If you're interested e-mail me and I'll send you an invoice through PayPal.

I'm posting videos on my YouTube channel so go on and subscribe if you don't want to miss them. And I'm posting paintings on my FB page as I make them. So go over there and check what you missed. :)

Artsyville Tuesday's list for this week is about things you collect. Is there a difference between collecting and hoarding? Lol!

Actually, the only things I really collect are ATC's. And some might argue I also collect pets. But hey!! HEY! I've been good. I haven't brought home a new pet since 2009. :)

But in the past I've collected/hoarded paper napkins, tissue paper, rubber stamps, scrapbook papers, mail stamps, old books for collage, books to read (and free e-books recently). 

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Useless Knowledge

Random thoughts today:
  • I find it very hard to stick to my 30 days challenge. See, I'm inclined to cheat. I can do three paintings at a time and than have 2 days off to relax. But I took up this challenge specifically because of that reason, so I wouldn't cheat. It was great up until day 9. I had to change my theme as the girls took too long to paint.
  • You know how, when you have too many things to do, you're so overwhelmed that you take a nap? :) That's what I'm doing. I'm not napping but I find all sorts of things to do and I have so many ideas and inspiration that I want to start right now. But I can't. I have to wait and do things one at a time because I know myself. I give up too easily when things start to pile up.
  • Doodling is not relaxing to me. My eyes start to hurt and I get a headache. 
  • I like pommes frites. That's French fries for my American friends and chips for my British friends. Although as I understand chips are not exactly the same size as fries. Did you know Belgium is pommes frites' place of origin?
  • Also, I didn't know Belgium today was called Spanish Netherlands back in 16th century. Wiki is full of knowledge.
  • My birthday is in little over three weeks and I want a tattoo to commemorate the occasion.


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Book 1

The first book I chose to read for The Artful Readers Club is 


My review:
5*
A fantastic read. The story was a nice pace and action packed. The author kept my interest with well-placed twists and I couldn’t stop reading until the end. I loved the main character Kasadya and how she developed throughout the book. The male characters however I feel they didn’t have time to develop properly as they kept popping out of Kasadya’s life but I suspect we’ll see more of them in future books. And hopefully some more romance as well.

I don't usually summarize books because I don't want to give away any spoilers but the blurb for this book is so ridiculous that you can't even imagine what it's about.

Ok, so you have a non-human teenage girl Kasadya put in a "frat house" so to speak so she can learn stuff, mostly how to fight demons. Of course she's extraordinary and she has two coaches falling for her so we get some romance going on to spice things up. Then she gets transported, by accident, to some demon that makes her fight in some sort of supernatural gladiator style arena where she proves herself best of the best. When she's not fighting she's clubbing with her demon master and one night after years of imprisonment, she escapes. She stumbles upon this group of demon hunters and joins them on their missions. Something else happens and then we have cliffhanger until the sequel.

I had plenty of supernatural to choose from. Hellhounds, shapeshifters, demons, vampires, fea, hunters, gladiator arena and so on. I chose to draw Kasadya in her warrior outfit.

And I actually can't even believe I'm writing this but here we go. I have around 60 reviews posted on Amazon and I don't really give a shit about statistics but Amazon put this statistic on my profile "Helpful votes received on reviews" and I didn't even know what the hell it meant.

So I decided to investigate and I found out there is this option with every review where people can rate it with a "yes" or "no" according to whether they found the review helpful or not. And some people didn't find my reviews helpful. :)

I understand a couple of them since I’ve written a poor review as in not extensive enough even though the star rating was high. But the rest of them is my opinion of the book. I’m not even bashing the book but apparently some people didn’t like it cause I’ve given it only 3*.

Unhelpful to me means the review didn’t give enough information or it gave irrelevant information to the book NOT that you disagreed with reviewers opinion.

Not that it matters to me. I was just surprised as I felt like I was in high school being chastised by others for having unpopular opinion. It's just ridiculous. :) Ok, so chastised is a little strong but you get me, right?!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Brave Soul

Brave Soul is painted on fine cardboard the size of 6"x8" or 15x20cm. Price is 30$ including p&p. If you're interested e-mail me and I'll send you an invoice through PayPal.

This painting is #6 in my 30 days challenge of painting and filming myself daily.

I'm posting videos on my YouTube channel so go on and subscribe if you don't want to miss them. And I'm posting paintings on my FB page as I make them. So go over there and check what you missed. :)

Artsyville Tuesday's list for this week is about one quick and easy design change you could make in each room of your house/condo/apt (e.g. moving a piece of furniture, switching rugs, shoving stacks of paper out of sight) to give it a visual lift.
  • I could start with cleaning up my computer desk. I'm afraid if I do, I will find a whole new civilization somewhere under all the shit. I might call it Under-all-that-shit-landia.
  • some shelves in the bathroom would be awesome
  • reorganizing the "nook" would probably save lives at this point as stuff is falling down 
  • I've been meaning to put pictures up on the walls in the bedroom but can't decide which ones. I can't even decide whether I want paintings there or photos. And if I choose photos what kind of frames would be best. See my dilemma? A simple thing turns into a massive project.
  • we need to put up fence in the upper hallway to eliminate the threat of falling down to the lower level. Seriously, I have a dog show cage set up there right now because I was freaking out for my cat Charlie when he had surgery and had that satellite dish around his head and was bumping into stuff. As "clever" as he is, he would probably miss the stairs and fall down.
  • we need a new coffee table in the living room. Hubby broke the last one.
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Monday, January 21, 2013

$75 Amazon Gift Card & daynight by Megan Thomason Book Blast


daynight by Megan Thomason

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.

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“Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story” —Kirkus Reviews

“Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels.”—BlueInk Review (starred review)

“The writing is impressive and the story is a real page-turner. So many twists and turns… I’m hooked… I can’t wait for the next installment to come out…4.5 out of 5 stars”—Self-Publishing Review

“Delicious humor, intelligence, and sparkling dialogue” —Amazon reviewer

“Strangely brilliant and imaginative”—Amazon reviewer

“Grips you from the first page and keeps you wanting more”—Amazon reviewer

“Plot twists kept me reading till late at night”—Amazon reviewer

“Every page a thrilling experience”—Amazon reviewer

“Hooked from the first chapter and could not put it down”—Amazon reviewer

“It's like a CW fantasy TV show in a book with a really interesting environment.”—Amazon reviewer

“I'm a little tired of dystopian novels, but Daynight has a unique and fresh story line that didn't have any trouble keeping my interest.”—Amazon reviewer

Author Megan Thomason

Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn't typing away on her laptop, she's reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. Daynight is Megan's first published novel, but fourth written one.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Try something new for 30 days

Free Spirit is painted on some kind of cardboard the size of 6"x8" or 15x20cm. Price is 30$ including p&p. If you're interested e-mail me and I'll send you an invoice through PayPal.

So, I watched THIS video over at TED and I was really inspired to give it a go. The problem is, I tried to do a list of something new I would like to try for 30 days and I only came up with 5 things. Two of them I stole from this Matt guy. :)

The first challenge I started on Wednesday and I decided to make art and film myself every day for 30 days. These are not going to be quality videos because I'm doing it on my computer desk and the lighting is terrible but it's the only way that I feel comfortable enough to go all the way through it.

I'll be posting the videos on my YouTube channel so go on and subscribe if you don't want to miss them. And I'll probably post the paintings on my FB page as I make them.

If you took up a challenge to try something new for 30 days, what would you do? I need ideas, people. Please share. :)

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Monday, January 14, 2013

After Eight

Artsyville Tuesday's list for this week is about favorite family foods (e.g. dishes passed down through the generations, staple ingredients, weekly meal rituals, ethnic/cultural culinary traditions, that candy bar you must have every time you go to the grocery store, etc...)

This is a hard one because I need to translate it into English. :)
  1. my all time favorite "grandma food" is Ajdovi žganci s kislim zeljem - Buckwheat "mush" with sauerkraut. It was mandatory meal every time I visited my grandparents but grandma doesn't have as much strength in her hands now so my Mom took over.
  2. the second favorite is polenta with some kind of gravy. I used to eat it with milk before I went dairy free or with goulash before I went vegetarian. :) Translator gives me the same word in English but if you don't know what it is, it's made out of corn meal.
  3. mashed potatoes with cucumber gravy. This was mind boggling when I first heard of it as a kid. Cucumbers in a gravy? Are you nuts? But my aunt made it and it instantly became one of my favorites. I don't eat it anymore because it's made with cottage cheese. But I substituted it with sweet cabbage gravy.
  4. I eat a lot of fried zucchini with tenstan potatoes - translator can't find the word for tenstan. Click HERE to see how the dish looks like and let me know how it's called in English. :)
  5. fried cauliflower or fried brussels sprouts are often on my menu as well.
  6. After Eight chocolates. Need I say more?
 
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Jessica Sporn's 6 Point Starry Night Stencil Blog Hop

“I had a naked incubus in my bedroom. With a frying pan of half cooked bacon and a hard on. And a unicorn bite on his ass."
Allison Pang in A Brush of Darkness

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Stencil Girl released a line of stencils designed by Jessica Sporn. Continuing once or twice a month through June 2013, Jessica asked me and a bunch of other artists to take her stencils on a "test drive."

We'll show you how we used her stencils, and you're invited to play along too. Look for my posts on 27th February, 14th March, 2nd April and 20th June 2013 as well. Visit Jessica's blog for all the details and to grab a button for your blog.

Go hop by the other artists' blogs who are test driving this stencil today and check out what they're doing with it. :)

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Rise of the Fire Tamer Book Blast $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow

After winning a contest for a popular game called Wordwick Games, five teens Gemma, Sparks, Rio, Kat, and Jack, are invited to stay at Wordwick Games inventor Henry Word's mysterious castle and play the newest level of Workwick Games. Little do they know, the castle is the doorway to a wondrous world call Anachronia where words can be used as weapons, power, and commodity. There is unrest in Anachronia, and if the five teens can follow the rules of Wordwick Games and prove to be the best player, one of them will be crowned Ruler of Anachronia.

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Author Kailin Gow

Kailin Gow is the award-winning, international bestselling author of over 80 distinct books.

Kailin Gow is also the President of a media company, a media personality, and has been writing full-time since she was first published. Holding a Masters in communications management and leadership positions in Fortune 500 corporations, she puts her leadership abilities, her experience, and desire to help others into her fiction books. As a result, she has written the forthcoming, Finding the Heroine in You book which is also a national tour. She is a mother and spends whatever spare time she has volunteering at the Red Cross, Battered Women's Shelters, and other organizations.

Currently her Frost Series is in development for a major international MMO Game, and she has over 14,000 and growing Frosters on her facebook fan page.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Banana and Gargoyle

Hey everybody!

How's the New Year treating you so far? :) I woke up into a sunny and warm New Year's Day and I remembered I needed to make some ATC's. 

I didn't want to mail in December because stuff tends to get lost or it takes months to arrive, so I was waiting for January.

Here's my favorite fruit, banana, and a gargoyle.  

Wanna see what my hubby and I were doing on New Year's Eve? Wanna hear me giggle? A lot? :)) Click the video below. It's from a phone, so don't expect HD. :)



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