Friday, March 29, 2013

Book 3

The third book for The Artful Readers Club

My review:
 3*
This started out as an interesting teen book. I really liked Jenny as a character and I sympathized with her life. I understood her conflict at the beginning but then it all changed and I didn’t quite understand what the power behind her hands really is. To tell you the truth I was kind of grossed out by the scene when she started developing boils and stuff. It was nice to witness her sweet romance with Seth but Ashleigh’s point of view was not to my taste. I think it would be better if the author left it just from Jenny’s point of view. We never get to find out why she has those powers in her hands. Maybe in a sequel.

This is the book's blurb:
Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the "Jenny pox." She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town.

Then she meets the one boy she can touch. Jenny feels herself falling for Seth...but if she's going to be with him, Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront his ruthless and manipulative girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.

I was stumped about what to do for the art part of this challenge. I didn't want to just draw "Jenny", I wanted to show what this book is all about and it's about the power she has in her hands. So, luckily for me Gina made a post a couple of days ago and I said this would be perfect. Thanks Gina for the inspiration. :)

Linking to Paint Party Friday.





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Monday, March 25, 2013

Photoshopping and randomness


This pink haired lady reminds me a little of Wilma Flintstone. :) So, I'm still learning and playing with Photoshop. The below one I cheated and traced it around a photograph. It's a great way to get a pose you like but you do need to slim it down a bit or it looks disproportional. Go figure! This is the photo I used for a base but I don't like the face at all. The armchair is a clip art or whatever it's called. The point being I didn't do it.

Random thoughts:
  • I am so freaking excited and grateful that I reached the same number of students at my Cotton Candy Girls 2 workshop as the first time around. I didn't think it would happen so the feeling is that much sweeter. :) THANK YOU! Registration is open until April, so you still have a week to join us but we're almost at the end of class. The classroom is opened until end of June.
  • I'm also excited to go see the movie Host. I read the book and I loved it so I hope the movie is good. I'm one of those people that didn't like the Twilight saga movies but I did like the first and the last book.
  • I have broken my gluten-free diet by accident. My hubby brought fried cheese home and when I smelled it I thought, I can break the non-dairy rule just for today and I started eating. Only half way through a thought occurred to me that the bread crumbs have gluten. Well f*ck! That'll tech me.
  • I had to take my big pooch to the vet to check out her paw because she licked it raw and whatever I did it didn't seem to make it better. So, she has a bandage on it now but it's a torture to keep it dry in the snowy weather we're having again. Plastic bags get torn straight away so I resolved to taping it. :)
  • If all stars align right, I'm going to check out a tattoo convention this weekend. I still didn't get my birthday tattoo done so I'm hoping I'll get an appointment there.
  • Do you have any favorite YouTube channels you're following? I like Ophelia Dagger, Booksandquills, Vsauce, VlogBrothers, danisnotonfire, Hayley G. Hoover, Sex+ with Laci Green, Kassie King and many more. :) Just thought I'd share that with you.
Have a great Monday! And the days following it. Let's not discriminate. :)


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Friday, March 22, 2013

Change Your Reality

This is the second Chakra that we're covering at ChakrART FREE online Workshop that is hosted by the lovely Simona from Timeless Rituals. I'm one week behind but I'm making it up with a video. :)

This Chakra is all about pleasure and creativity. How are you doing in that department?

When I was meditating on this I kept going to places I would like to be rather than where I am right now. You know how it goes. If only I had this, than I could do that. If only this person would be that way, than I could be this way.

And I came to a conclusion. You need to change yourself accordingly for your reality to change. You cannot blame others for your own misfortune. You're 100% responsible for the good and the bad in your life. And I know that. I've known it for some time but we all know how we can apply wisdom to some parts of our lives and be completely in denial in others.

And that's what I've been doing. Blaming others for holding me back when I struggle to go forward. But that's just it. They are not holding me back. They are just reflecting my own resistance to move forward.

I can try and influence something outside of me but the result is not guarantied to be according to my wishes. But I can influence me. That's something I can handle. Doing baby steps to get me where I want to be.

Linking to Paint Party Friday.


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

$50 Gift Card Giveaway & Ixeos by Jennings Wright Book Blast

Ixeos

The McClellands are enjoying a lazy summer vacation at the beach when they are lured from our world into Ixeos, an alternate Earth. Finding themselves lost in a maze of tunnels under Paris and surrounded by strangers, they discover that they have been brought to Ixeos for one purpose:  to take the planet back from humanoid aliens who have claimed it. With the aid of the tunnels and a mysterious man named Landon, the teens travel the world seeking the key that will allow them to free Darian, the long-imprisoned rebel leader. But the aliens aren't the only problem on Ixeos -- the McClellands have to deal with brutal gangs, desperate junkies, and a world without power, where all the technology is owned by the aliens, and where most of the population has been killed or enslaved. The worst part? There's no way home.

Author Jennings Wright

Born and raised in Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn't spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.

Jennings attended the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She attended graduate school at the University of West Florida, studying Psychology. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit.

Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn't stopped since. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a business owner and writer, and two children, and travels extensively with her family, and her non-profit in Uganda.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Learning hair and the end of Google Reader

She's the same girl only with a different hairdo. Hair is not as easy to draw as it seems. Well, yeah sure. I can do black hair because it looks good even without the highlights. :) Let's just say that it's not easy to draw a relatively non-squiggly line with a mouse. YouTube tutorials makes it look so easy but don't be fooled.
I made her body using a pen tool which gives straighter lines but you can't do hair highlights with a pen. Why is that Photoshop people? There should be some built in sensory for shaky hands or something like with a camera. :))

So, have have you heard about Google Reader being removed on July 1st? It's such a shame, I really loved checking out blogs that way. I know that's their way of forcing Google + but I'm not going there. I mean, I'm already there but I'm not hanging out like I do on FB. I just want to read resent blog posts of people I'm stalking.

So I moved everything to Bloglovin' which is a good substitute. But I don't like the way they post only one picture and a few words instead of the whole blog post. You then need to check each post to see everything which is a little time consuming so you just end up skipping a whole bunch of things and might miss something important.

I guess blog post titles will have to be more persuasive from now on to trick you into checking out the post. :)

Oh yeah, if you're following me with Google Friend Connect you might want to switch to Bloglovin' or something else as I'm sure that will discontinue as well.


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jessica Sporn's Retro Flowers & Circles Stencil Blog Hop

Be Brave, Bloom 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.

You might have seen this painting before on my FB page during my 30 days challenge. You can watch the video below to see how I used this stencil.

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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 post on 2nd April and 20th June 2013 and you can check the Fun Borders and 6 Point Starry Night stencil test drive I did last month as well. Visit Jessica's blog for all the details and to grab a button for your blog.

Go hop by Maria McGuire and Michelle Rydell who are test driving this stencil today as well and check out what they're doing with it. :)

Stencil Girl just released a line of stencils designed by Jessica Sporn. Starting December 6, and 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 post on 14th March and 2nd April 2013. Visit Jessica's blog for all the details and to grab a button for your blog.

Read more: http://natashamay.blogspot.com/#ixzz2Cqvk3fl3
Linking to Paint Party Friday.


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Monday, March 11, 2013

Release

ChakrART FREE online Workshop that is hosted by the lovely Simona from Timeless Rituals has started last week.

I made and art journal and I included red for the root chakra. Release was one of the words that came to me at the last exercise with the red circle. Go and see the workshop to find out what I'm talking about. :) Below is the video.

Artsyville Tuesday's list for this week is favorite childhood games. Do you know how difficult it is to translate these games into English? :) I mean, I don't even know if that is their real name in my own language let alone in any other.
  • Jumping rope - but just plain jumping, no exciting tricks from me
  • Dodge ball - or something to that effect, we had two different games, to translate it loosely we called it Between two fires and Flies
  • Hopscotch - we just made up the number and shape of the squares, there was no universal rule about how many numbers or if you could skip in between
  • card games - unfortunately I have no idea how you call them in English but we had many like UNO, Črni Peter (Black Peter), Schnapsen and many more adult type of card games that my Dad taught me
  • board games - Man, don't get angry was my favorite, I totally despised Monopoly, even to this day you cannot make me play it
  • Tic-tac-toe - need I say more
  • Hangman - we've done this in school a lot in recess
  • clapping games - there were so many and we very likely played them wrong or just made them up as we went along
  • Rubber twist or Chinese jump rope - I think that's how it's translated, we called it gummi twist
  • Rollerskating - does that count?
  • Cat's cradle - or some version of it, I found this on internet because I don't even know how we called it in my language :)))
  • Connect 4 - or translated 4 in a row
  • Marbles - I used to collect them
  • Tapping or flipping trading cards - we had trading cards that you put face down on the ground and your opponent would tap them with a hand trying to flip them over as many as they could with one tap. The ones that flipped were theirs to keep.
I think those are my favorite. I have several more but I don't feel like googling for translation. :)

Cotton Candy Girls On-line Workshop started on March 1st but registration will be opened until April so you still have time to join us. Go HERE to find out more about it. It's exactly the same as the first time around and it's only $25.

 


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Friday, March 8, 2013

Digital Doll Face

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Here's an evolution of my digital doll face. This is my second attempt because the first one was a disaster. I wish I had saved the photo before I deleted it so you could see. But I did learn some things like don't shade the face before you get all the features to line up the way you want them.
Randomness:
  • I have never in my life witnessed so much snow. In the past there were usually a couple of snow days and then it was cold but fine. This year we had snow fall for 2-3 days than a couple of sunny days than again 2-3 snowy days. It just keeps falling. This is last week's photo. You can see our fence is almost snowed under. Luckily when the sun is out it's so strong that the snow starts to melt immediately.
 
  • Of course since then we had warm sunny days and the snow melted to half of what it was
  • I read a lot of books. What annoys me is when a book starts mildly interesting and it shows promise but then it all goes to hell and I get so frustrated I stop reading. I write reviews as I read because I noticed that if I wait until I read the whole book I have absolutely nothing to say apart from whether I liked it or not.
  • Here are some of the reviews from the books I didn't get to finish:
Failed review 1: This book started of sketchy. We all know you’re not supposed to go with a stranger anywhere especially if he doesn’t take a no for an answer and you’re not willing to give him what he wants. And when things go bad you’d think she learned a lesson but no. She throws herself at a stranger that might have saved her from a bad situation but she also just saw him kill a man. I think this girl is not all that bright. Blah…

Failed review 2: I hate it when a book starts off with names for things that I have no idea what they mean. Sure you figure it out throughout the book but still you’re clueless at the beginning and struggle to keep up with the story. It’s the same with all the weird names for people. I had no idea what gender they were until the author addressed them with a he or she. And it took some time to do so and I was picturing a girl for like a couple of pages when I found out it was a boy.

Failed review 3: I love historical romance. This is a classical story of a headstrong young lady and a cocky handsome man falling in love. But it was something about the writing that didn’t feel quite right. The characters behavior was way too modern to be historical. She fairly quickly forgot Lord’s condescending behavior when they met. I though being a lady she would take more offense to it but I guess when he’s a Lord and a good looking one, he’s forgiven pretty quickly. Such a cliché. And I didn’t understand her father’s state of mind. He was lethargic because of his son’s disgrace. What? I would understand sickness, disability or even old age but lethargy over his son’s shame? Not death, shame! It's just plain ridiculous.
  • Did you notice what I did with my blog header? :) You can click on the flowers in the header and it will take you places. The girl however will take you back to blog home.

I also have a new blog button if you want to grab it. I made it in a shape of a flower. You cannot see it since I have a white background but if you put it against a color it will hold the flower shape.

Linking to Artists in Blogland and Paint Party Friday.

Cotton Candy Girls On-line Workshop started on March 1st. Registration will be open until April so you still have time to join. Go HERE to find out more about it. It's exactly the same as the first time around and it's only $25.
 


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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

$100 Giveaway - Death & Kisses Book Blast



Death and Kisses

“My only thought was for Aden. I ran to him, kicking up water and called out his name. He turned and my heart skidded, crumbled and dropped to my feet. Not Aden, but Brad. Then where was . . .?

I looked down to where Brad’s gaze had been focused, down, down, in the murky water towards the center of the pond. No. Noooo! I shouldn’t be able to see him through the stirred-up sediment, but I did. Pascual was drowning Aden just as he had drowned Brad.”

One night changed Kasey’s life forever. The star football player drowned and everyone at school blames her. And oh, yeah, since that night, she can see ghosts. Not that she’s afraid of them. Much. She’s more concerned with staying under the radar as the school’s once-popular, now outcast loner freak. Until the boy she supposedly killed shows up wanting revenge.

Regardless of Kasey’s outcast status, the hot new guy in school, Aden, wants to help her figure out how to get the angry ghost to leave her alone. So what if he also wants to contact his dead brother? And why are all the ghosts suddenly following Aden around?

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Author Clover Autrey 

Clover Autrey’s books have been referred to as “Romance in the Safety Zone.” The pages are chock full of adventure, attraction, fantasy and love, safe enough to read with your daughter or your grandmother, yet not so sweet it will put you in a sugar coma.

Inspired by her love of Louis L'Amour heroes, Clover (yeah, that's her real name), packed up and moved to Texas where she found a real live Texan of her own. She's been there ever since where she and Pat (who else would a Clover marry but a Patrick?), and their three boys, listen to the coyotes howl at the trains each evening.

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Praise for Clover Autrey

~Great Expectations Finalist 2012~

Ms. Autrey is a dynamic storyteller. I was enthralled from the very first page. ~~ Dark Angel Reviews

You will find yourself rooting that these two brave characters are able to find a way through every obstacle thrown in their way. ~~ TwoLips Reviews

…has excitement and danger, intrigue and adventure. The love that grows is but one facet of this story… ~~ The Romance Studio

It really left me speechless, it was so wonderful. Not only is it unlike anything you’ll ever read, but it really pulls you through so many emotions as you read it. ~~Rogues and Romance



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Monday, March 4, 2013

Because you need to know stuff

I've finished my first digital painting from Shwe Khit's class and this is how she ended up looking. You can see the progress HERE.

Artsyville Tuesday's list for this week is to pick a city you've never been to, consult a travel guide and name ten (or however many you wish) places you'd like to visit there.

I don't have a specific city I want to see but when I thought about it, the first one that popped into my mind was San Francisco. So here we go with the 10 places you can visit in San Francisco. :)
  • Alcatraz - because you know you want to
  • Yosemite National Park - I don't know if it counts but I would love to see those giant sequoias
  • Golden Gate Bridge - for a great view of San Francisco’s skyline and Alcatraz island
  • Golden Gate Park - a whole load of stuff to see here from Kezar Stadium, Conservatory of Flowers, Music Concourse Area, De Young Museum, Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, lakes, Bison paddock and much more
  • Alamo Square - for Victorian architecture and the famous Painted Ladies
  • Civic Center - there are many things to see here but I would probably check the Asian Art Museum and War Memorial Opera House
  • Union Square - because they say it's a Central Shopping and Theater District
  • Chinatown - where you can see the only authentic Chinatown Gate in North America
  • Pier 39 - said to be Fisherman’s Wharf’s number one destination where you can enjoy restaurants, souvenir shop, a world class aquarium and the San Francisco Sea Lions
  • Ride the Cable Cars - as means of transportation
  • Exploratorium - because you need to know stuff
Here's a little video of my pets. Not all of them, only 6/9. :)

Cotton Candy Girls On-line Workshop started on March 1st but registration will be opened until April so you still have time to join us. Go HERE to find out more about it. It's exactly the same as the first time around and it's only $25.
 


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