Monday, April 29, 2013

The crown and randomness

The final, crown chakra is done for the ChakrART FREE online Workshop.

I had so much fun with this class and I'd like to thank Simona from Timeless Rituals for putting it together and all the participants who shared their art. It was truly inspirational and educational. :)

Let's do random stuff today:
  • I'm doing Wednesday's posts throughout month of May called Freaky Wednesday. I've been known to post in the middle of the week before but lately I've only been posting on Mondays and Fridays. But in May I'm doing somewhat different posts just because I have stuff to share with you. :)
  • I know you've heard me say it before but I'm finally getting my new tattoo done on Thursday. I had to wait for the appointment for almost a month. I'm getting a geometrical shape and it's said it's harder to do, so I had to search for a tattoo artist that had done it before.
  • I also talked previously about how I suddenly got an allergy to something in the middle of February a couple of years ago and it manifested as itching eyes. And last year I thought I got over it because nothing happened the entire year. But four days ago I had the worst allergy attack ever. It literally felt like I had sand under my eyelids when I closed my eyes. Luckily I had leftover pills that took care of it. But I wanted to share with you what I found out. It was the lunar eclipse and also some solar activity (winds and flares) that have interrupted sleep patterns, felt much like allergy symptoms, anxiety, etc. So, if you suddenly felt those symptoms, now you know why. :)
  • And I want to update you on my 30 days challenges. You thought I quit, didn't you? No, I didn't. It's just not art related so I'm not sharing it on my blog. The two challenges I'm doing currently are learning about mythology every day and filming my everyday life like walking my pets and laughing at my hubby while he's doing push-ups. :)
I took inspiration for this journal page from Tam - Willowing. I would link directly but can't find the actual painting since it was only shown briefly in one of her videos.



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Friday, April 26, 2013

Book 4 - Dystopia - Video

The fourth book for The Artful Readers Club

My review:
 4*
This was a wonderful read. I liked the fact that Lana wasn’t the typical heroine that puts herself in trouble. I’m all for girl power but let’s be realistic. You’re more likely to meet a smart woman who can’t shoot a gun to save her life than a kickass bitch. Romance with Brady was a nice touch to the story. I wish some of her friends were more developed characters though. I think it would have spiced up the story.

This is the book's blurb:
Futuristic romance. After nuclear strikes cripple the East Coast in the year 2135, security expert Lana is alone with a secret she must protect at all costs, even if it means placing her life – and her heart – in the hands of Brady, the compelling, dangerous leader of the rebellion. As a member of the lower class, Brady serves two masters: the rebellion and the regular army. It will take all his connections and strength to protect Lana and keep from falling in love with her.
Ok, neither book blurb or my review give you any idea what this book is about. So, I'll summarize it for you.

This clearly is a dystopian novel. We have Lana that has kind of an important job even though she shouldn't according to her social status but she's been taken care of by this friend of the family that is pretty politically important and he made sure she got proper education and later the job she has now.

She discovers something about a certain corrupt politician that threatens the existence of the social order as it is and she destroys the government building that was sort of a command center and runs for her life with a certain object that shouldn't fall in the wrong hands.

She falls in the hands of the rebels and falls in love with the leader which kind of confuses her because he was also the "voice" that was guiding her to safety ever since her family friend informed her it's time for the emergency procedure.

The book has risky missions, explosions, fights, intrigue, seduction and a sexy hero.

Hmmmm. Apparently I was mistaken. I thought dystopia and post-apocalyptic was the same thing. They are not!  So let's see if I got this right.

Dystopia is a futuristic society where something goes wrong and is opposite of utopia which is a perfect society. Utopia usually becomes dystopian because reading about a perfect society would be just boring.

Post-apocalyptic is a world after a major catastrophe that wiped out humanity and survivors that are left on earth are struggling.

The problem arises when you have a dystopian novel that is clearly set after some catastrophic event took place. And a post-apocalyptic novel where a new society is formed. You see my dilemma?

Because this book is exactly that. You have this perfect society where all kind of shit happens and makes it dystopian but as you can see from the book's blurb it is set after a major catastrophe that is a nuclear war. I'm calling it both.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Third Eye

Only two more chakras to go at ChakrART FREE online Workshop which is hosted by the lovely Simona from Timeless Rituals. Well, one actually if I count today's as the second one.

I'm going to focus on one aspect of this chakra and that is dreams. I lately don't remember my dreams. Lately meaning for about 1-2 years. I can't remember when I stopped remembering dreams. I fall asleep in what feels like a second and wake up just like that. 

And I usually at least remembered that I dreamt about something but forgot before I even got out of bed. But now, nothing. It's like I wake up from the dead.

Sidetrack: isn't past tense of dream dreamt? My check spelling underlined it as wrong and gave me dream as an option and not dreamed as it's used in American English. Dreamt is used by British apparently. I had to google it. Conclusion: my check spelling is stupid.

Where was I going with this?

Ok, so. I do remember dreaming when I was younger. And they weren't necessary nightmares but just dreams that made me uncomfortable or powerless.

Dream nb. 1: Being chased by something that might've been a monster but I never dared to look back to check. But I always flew away like a Superwoman in the end and got away.

Interpretation: Usually means you're running away from your problems, obligations or just being stressed / pressured about something. Instead of confronting the situation, your dream indicates that you have a tendency to run away and avoid the issue.

Dream nb. 2: Going to or from school and realizing that I'm butt naked.

Interpretation:  It means that you have ignored a problem for too long and now your unconscious is giving you a big hint to get with the program. But specifically when school is involved it represents an unconscious fear of not living up to ones standards and goals.

Dream nb. 3: Not being able to open my eyes. You know like when it's so sunny outside that you literally can't keep your eyes open but in my dream I can't seem to open them at all like they're glued or something.

Interpretation: It means that you refuse to see the truth about something. It could also mean that you're having a lucid dream and are experiencing a sleep paralysis. Which I can't really understand why it would be a reoccurring dream.

Thanks for checking out my blog post today. Come back on Friday! :) Have a fabulous week.


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Friday, April 19, 2013

Promote your Etsy Shop

I couldn't think of another title for this blog post, so that's all you're going to get. 

So, The Girl got some hair and background. No dress, yet. I'm not sure I like painting hair this way. I guess I'll have to give it some time to see if we get along or not.

Some random thoughts jumping around in my head:
  • I have a gynecologist appointment today. Yeah, I know you want to know such things about me so I'm happy to share. :)
  • I made a mistake of reading comments under some news this week and I actually felt sick to my stomach how ugly people can be. No wonder the world is where it is when people can't show an ounce of empathy. When did a tragedy became acceptable in people's mind's? When did "I'm sorry" got replaced with "serves you right"?
  • Is it just me or does anyone else find it wrong when you see adult females on the internet swoon over "famous" underage boys? I mean, I witnessed this weird frenzy on FB a while back with a model that was on the cover of some book. (hence the "famous") Ok, so the boy was probably looking for some exposure but the ADULT women were like freaking sharks with their comments. Seriously. I highly suspect if they met him in real life they would've behaved differently but OMG! I was embarrassed for them. And they knew he was underage because they asked him how old he was even though he didn't look it. If this was a teenage girl and adult males, all hell would break loose.
  • I'm way too addicted to YouTube. Do people really have that much fun in real life or is my life that boring?
  • The snow has almost melted in our yard with all the fabulous weather we've been having lately. And with it came the winter long accumulation of dog poop that was hiding underneath. Needles to say I spent an afternoon picking up dog poop that looked like it already started to develop its own ecosystem.
  • Do you want to promote your Etsy shop and help others promote theirs? Go over to Denthe and see how you can get involved.
Linking to Paint Party Friday. Have a fabulous weekend!


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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

$50 Amazon Gift Card & Moonlit by Jadie Jones


Moonlit
Eighteen-year-old Tanzy Hightower knows horses, has grown up with them on Wildwood Farm. She also knows not to venture beyond the trees that line the pasture. Things happen out there that can’t be explained. Or undone. Worse, no one but she and the horses can see what lurks in the shadows of the woods.
When a moonlit ride turns into a terrifying chase, Tanzy is left to question everything, from the freak accident that killed her father to the very blood in her veins. Broken and confused, she turns to Lucas, a scarred, beautiful stranger, and to Vanessa, a charming new friend who has everything Tanzy doesn’t.
But why do they seem to know more about her than she knows herself?
Praise
"Virginia's trees look like they're burning. Most of them blaze crimson or gold, but some still have a chokehold on their green. I wish they'd give it up already. Leaves are more beautiful when they're dying."
And so Moonlit begins. From here the story rolls from one twist to another with many vivid characters whose motives are hard to predict. I found myself being suspicious of everyone, wanting to tell Tanzy to be very careful. The deeper I fell into the plot, the more questions kept rising to the surface. But not to worry, all of my questions were answered. Appropriate for all ages, if you love paranormal fantasy mixed with suspense, mystery and other-worldly romance, you'll love this novel!
~Author Julie Ford

Prologue
The first anniversary of my father’s death was even harder on my mother. Back then, I thought she was haunted most by what she didn’t know. I refused to blame her when she raged above me on our staircase that night, drunk and sad and angry. When she made me promise I’d never ride again. When she hurled a half-full bottle of vodka at my face and it exploded on the wooden stairs at my feet. I hadn’t tried to get out of the way. She had just missed.
I wanted to tell her that knowledge was no solace, that what you know can burn inside you until there’s nothing left but guilt and ash. I also wanted to protect her from losing the only piece of him she had left. So I didn’t say a word.
Author Jadie Jones
Georgia native Jadie Jones first began working for a horse farm at twelve years old, her love of horses matched only by her love of books. She went on to acquire a B.A. in equine business management, and worked for competitive horse farms along the east coast. The need to write followed wherever she went.

She currently coaches a hunt seat equitation team that competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, and lives with her family in the foothills of north Georgia. When she's not working on the next installment of the Moonlit series, she is either in the saddle or exploring the great outdoors with her daughter. Moonlit is her first book.
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Throat Chakra

Today's art journaling is all about my Throat Chakra. If you're wondering what this chakra stuff is all about hop on over to ChakrART FREE online Workshop where you can get all the information. And if you check out the pages menu you'll get all the info for each chakra to print or save as PDF.

I'm pretty sure this chakra was fucked up for me since birth. :) I had ear infections constantly when I was a kid until I got my adenoid, also known as a pharyngeal tonsil, operated when I was 4 I think.

I still have trouble communicating in a sense when I don't get to say what I want because often I get emotional and it prevents me from speaking without choking up so I just shut up. I'm much better with writing but I tend to censor myself a lot even if I write for myself because I've always had this fear of someone reading my thoughts.

That's why I like art journaling in this way where I cover up the writing with paint. This page holds a lot of my secrets. I must admit I did not meditate on this chakra so I just opted out for the symbol and words that represent it.


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Friday, April 12, 2013

8 steps to a Fabulous Face

Well, if you didn't know or you're not on Facebook let me inform you about this amazing FREE workshop called "Let's Draw & Paint Fabulous Faces" that has been running from April 8th to April 11th and was organized by Kat McBride. It's supposed to be already over but we have hair and background lesson today and tomorrow is the catch up day.

She has this 8 step tutorial on how to paint faces with glazes and I finally took the time to try it out. I didn't feel like drawing so I just printed out her template on watercolor paper.

Instead of the extender or whatever it's called I used matte medium and it was ok but I think it could be better because with matte/glazing medium you can accidentally take off paint or you push it around too much and it collects on the edge. At least that was my problem. I read from other students in this class that the difference is amazing, so I think a shopping trip will be in order in the near future.

Linking to Paint Party Friday.

And for everyone interested. There's a special promo going on at Society6.
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*Offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases and Throw Pillows with insert.*



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Monday, April 8, 2013

Anahata Chakra

Today's post is all about my fourth (Heart) Chakra that we're covering at ChakrART FREE online Workshop which is hosted by the lovely Simona from Timeless Rituals.

I always thought I had this Chakra covered. I thought my heart was really strong in a physical and emotional way. As I started investigating more the spiritual side of myself, I was convinced since I believed some things to be true and not having any physical manifestations in a form of illnesses in this area, that this is the Chakra that I don't need to worry about. Man, was I wrong!

I've done this Angels in my Studio workshop last year and Sheri who was the teacher and Michael who provided the meditations offered on occasions spiritual healing sessions. And it shocked me when Michael said that I have Heart Chakra problems.

He said: "Heart issues here, Natasa.... your heart chakra is split and is not really energetically communicating from the left to the right side.... Have you felt, perhaps, that you energy is "split", or that you have (even in the past" had to be of "two minds"? Your heart in one place, and your body in another?"

He continued to say: There's also something coming up about the relationship your heart and your solar plexus have... Your energy pathways between these 2 energy centers are telling me "But I don't want to have to work". Is there some resistance (past or present) to your relationship with work---even work you really enjoy? Do you have that in your life? Is "earning a living" a struggle for you? It's important for you to have the realization that work that you love doesn't have to drain you or compromise you... AND you can pay the bills with that sort of work....

And he was spot on. I was really shocked he was picking up these specific issues that I was having at that time. And to be truthful, I always had an issue doing something I was told I have to do. Even a simple chore like vacuuming.

I remember in my childhood how many times I was about to do the chore but then my Mom would come home and start yelling at me why I haven't done the chore and to go do it right now. And my reaction was always to argue. It didn't matter that I was about to do it a second before Mom came home but since she told me I have to do it right now, this resistance built up in me that made me rebel against it. Just because she told me to do it was a reason enough for me not to do it.

And to this day I feel resistance toward doing something that I'm told I HAVE to even though it might be something that I enjoy doing otherwise.


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Friday, April 5, 2013

New products at Society6, Digital Girl and some Random Stuff

I worked on this girl for far too long. I love doing faces but everything else is a torture. You can see the body was done at a later time because the color doesn't match the face. :) The face was all done and I couldn't find the beginning color that's why all the shading on the body has a different shade / hue / tone.

I finally managed to do her hair yesterday so here she is. As you can see it's still tricky for me to do but it will have to do for now.

Random stuff:
  • I'm going to the movies today to see The Host
  • I'm loving the City of Bones trailer A LOT - I read the books but I don't remember anything apart that I liked them :)

  • I managed to hurt two of my fingers on my left hand in two days - apparently I needed to bleed a little more as if once a month isn't enough :))
  • I hate it when I reply to someone and I don't get a reply back - I always wonder if my e-mail got thrown in spam and then I have a dilemma, should I contact them again and risk being pushy because they're still thinking about the answer or stay put and risk being thought of as rude or disinterested for not replying to them (in case the reply got in the spam)
  • then again, why aren't you checking your spam folders people??
And now some news. I opened a shop at Society6.  < -- CLICK to take you there.

It's a place where you upload your artwork and they do everything else for you like printing on the products, packaging and shipping. How sweet is that? You get a little money from it but it's better than nothing, right?!

Just some examples because I'm so excited about these products.:) Click on the links below photos to take you there directly.
T-shirts - different colors
Throw pillows
iPhone&iPod skins
laptop and iPad skins
Stationery Cards
Tote bag

There are also stretched canvases, Hoodies, (framed) art prints and iPhone cases.

Linking to Paint Party Friday.


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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Jessica Sporn's Embrace the Rain Stencil Blog Hop

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 20th June 2013 for another fun stencil blog hop and you can check the 6 Point Starry Night, Fun Borders stencil and Retro Flowers & Circles stencil test drive I did in past couple of months as well. Visit Jessica's blog for all the details and to grab a button for your blog.
I used the stencil for my third Chakra that we're covering at ChakrART FREE online Workshop which is hosted by the lovely Simona from Timeless Rituals.

As with the other Chakras I journaled first and I had a great quote to put on top but I didn't memorize it and I can't read it anymore as I painted over it. So I just used the quote on the stencil instead. :)

Here are a couple of past projects using this same stencil.
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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Hunted by Ednah Walters & $50 Book Blast giveaway



Hunted by Ednah Walters

Bran and Lil may have escaped an attempt to lure Lil to the dark side, and recovered the contracts damned people signed with Bran when he was a soul collector, but someone forgot to tell them that no one switches sides or cancels contracts without consequences.

Hunted by an unknown but powerful enemy, Lil, Bran and the Guardians must seek help from unlikely sources to avert total annihilation of the Guardians. When they finally face their enemy, one of them may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Praise

All in all, Hunted is a very enjoyable read, especially for those who enjoy angel/demon books. This one has everything you want in an angel book while still maintaining its own distinct feel.

~TeresaMaryRose

This series is addictive.

~Author Kate Kaynak

AMAZING! There is not enough words to describe how much I loved Hunted. Ednah Walters has outdid herself if that is even possible.

~Megan McDade

Author Ednah Walters
I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy boys mysteries, hence Stratemeyer influence, before I graduated to Mills & Boons (starting with Janet Daily's Shutter the Sky) and the rest is history.

I enjoy good love stories, tingly mysteries and wondrous adventures. When I finished my college and decided to be a stay-at-home mother, I devoured books like they were going out of production, until reading just wasn't enough. So I started to write.

I've written picture books, contemporary and romantic suspense, biracial/multicultural books, and finally YA fantasy. Awakened is the first book in The Guardian Legacy series. I'm working on book 2, tentatively named Betrayed. When I'm not writing, I do things with my family, five children or my darling husband of 18 years. I live in a picturesque valley in Utah, the setting for my series.


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