Friday, June 23, 2017

Sea creatures and fairytales

I’m reading fairytales to my kid. They are well known like Puss in Boots and Little Mermaid (not the Disney one). Now, it’s either I never actually read them even though I know of them, or I actually forgot the storyline entirely. There’s a third possibility that the fairytales have been rewritten which happens a lot with different publishers but essentially the plot remains the same, it’s just the details that change and become more socially acceptable for this time. You know like in the Cinderella story where the stepsisters cut off their toes and hills to try to fit their feet in the glass slipper.

Ok, so I’m reading the Little Mermaid to my kid and it starts innocently enough with the mermaid falling in love with the prince she saved from drowning and wanting to go on shore to find him and live happily ever after. Well, the first twist is when she goes to the sea witch to get a potion to turn her fish tail to legs. Ok, it’s still acceptable for her to sacrifice herself because you expect something good to come out of it even though the little mermaid is going to be in pain the entire time she’s walking and the witch took her voice, so she can’t talk, which I admit is a bit excessive. But, the prince doesn’t know it’s the little mermaid who saved him and he fell in love with another girl who actually found him on the shore after the mermaid put him there.

The little mermaid is heartbroken and I was getting worried that this fairytale is getting a little depressed but I was like, no it has to have a happy ending, so I was still hoping the prince will find out the truth in the end. Except he doesn’t. He ends up marrying this girl who was incognito a princess from another kingdom.

What I didn’t tell you before is that for the mermaid to remain on the shore required a man she was in love with to love her and marry her and be faithful to her to the end. If that didn’t happen she would die because she couldn’t return to the sea. So yeah, the marriage was actually her death sentence. Here she is on this boat celebrating the prince’s wedding knowing she’ll be dead by the morning.

Here comes a second twist. Her sisters, she was the youngest of six daughters, bring her a knife from the sea witch with instructions for her to stab the prince in the heart and when the blood reaches her feet, they’ll turn back into fish tail and she could go back to the sea.

Hold up. What kind of message is that for the kids? Who wrote this fairytale? WTF? Who’s reading this fairytale to their kids? ... I am, obviously. Let me just quickly state here that my kid fell asleep before this part and I was happy about it.

Obviously she didn’t stab the prince because that would make her the villain, and she ended up becoming a daughter of the air because she was suffering but was still brave or whatever. And I’m like what kind of messed up ending is that? Where is the happy ever after? What kind of message is this fairytale trying to portray? Follow your heart, sacrifice yourself for love but instead of getting what you want you end up heartbroken and dead?

Now I’m thinking I might have blacked out the memory of this fairytale because it traumatized me so much. I think I’ll be reading these fairytales myself before I read them to my kid to see what they actually have to say. I must be very na├»ve to expect fairytales to be innocent and have a positive message.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Dolphins RR

Round Robin started by Linda4atc with the gray dolphin, I added the blue one and BexMadeMe finished the cards with the rest. I love how they turned out.

Update on my tattoo. 2 weeks ago I had my tattoo cover-up. The tattoo artist had a tough job to do because my previous tattoo was very geometrical and the new tattoo was not and also it was in color. She covered most of it and I was pleased with it but then something happened.

I don't remember it happening before with my other tattoos, so I was surprised when I removed the protective foil and there was like a layer of slimy color on my skin. It almost looked like the color was sucked out of my skin. Consequently the tattoo looked paler and the previous tattoo is now seen very clearly.

Another thing is that the first tattoo scared my skin. I didn't pay attention to it before but it's visible now with the cover up. When I turn it to light, I can see the raised skin in the shape of the old tattoo.

I now have another appointment scheduled for next week to fix this. Hopefully my skin doesn't decide to reject the color again.
In the picture above, the cover-up after it was done is in the middle and on the right it's after the color was "sucked" out. The tattoo itself is a mama fox and a baby fox shaped in a heart. It represents myself and my kid.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Shark Moley spread


This is the final spread in Moley journal for Evalila on the theme of "(by, in, under) the Sea". I haven't gotten my own Moley back yet but I hope it'll be soon. I made a video of all my spreads done in this round of Moley swap.

If you're wondering what that is, it's an art journal that travels between 10 players and each does their own interpretation of the theme that is set by the owner of each journal.

Last weekend was fun for my kid. On Saturday we went to a birthday party where he had a blast playing with other kids. And on Sunday we went to watch a motocross race. It was possible to rent a bike for the kids but we realized that the kid's bikes were still too big for my kid. Maybe next year.

But the race was fun to watch. The beginning of it anyway because we had to go home afterwards for the kid's nap time. Though it was still interesting because the bikers got lost and didn't know where the track continued, so at some point they all turned back and returned to the start line and had to do it all over again.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

a Sheep

Ok, this Friday sneaked up on me and I forgot to write a blog post. I have to run now for my tattoo coverup appointment so I can't come up with anything to write about. Here's a sheep for you. :) See you all next week.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Fairytales

Little Red Riding Hood vs. Jack and the Beanstalk. It's been a while since I drew a boy. I still remember how to.

Ok, May weather. Is it going to be hot or cold? One day it's sunny and hot. We're in shorts and even fill up kiddy pool for the kid to play in. The next day it's raining and freezing we have to turn the heating back on. Oh, and on special days it's even sunny and raining at the same time.

I was watching a YouTube video and the message was "Do What You Can't". And it resonated with me because I used "do what you can" as an excuse to stay in my comfort zone.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Here kitty, kitty

What?! One is not like the others? How dare you insinuate little Griffon is different?

We had a little situation here on Monday. In the nearby town a storage with toxic waste caught on fire. Oils, paint, medication, etc., were all going up in smoke. Unfortunately the wind was blowing our way and to other neighboring towns and we smelled the paint here where I live. I can't even imagine what kind of toxic air we were breathing and will continue to breathe long after the "smell" goes away. The most concerning is mercury which is said to be 100-1000 times over the limit in the vicinity.

The officials are still investigating the cause of the fire. The firefighters though did a great job extinguishing the flames in just 4 hours. There were several volunteer fire brigades called from neighboring towns and two professional fire brigades from the cities. All together over 350 firefighters.

I'm reading about the air and water contamination in this area after the fire and I'm worried how this is going to effect people's health. I'm double worried because the kid is supposed to start kindergarten in this town in July.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Blythe doll

I think this card was a request of some sort. It might've been a personal trade or a pick-a-theme swap. I honestly don't remember anymore. I sometimes find an artist trading card (ATC) in backlog and have no idea the story behind it.

Randomness:
  • I've been slacking on the photo books. I have to make two now for the past 6 months. The worst part is choosing the photos because I have too many.
  • The kid decides periodically to skip the afternoon nap. Hope it doesn't become the norm. I need those 2 hours of rest.
  • I love doing round robin ATCs, where 3 artists add to a card and each keeps one in the end, but sometimes the finished card doesn't make it back to me and it pisses me off. Then I have to ask people, if they still have it or it's lost in the mail, and I feel like I'm harassing them.
  • Chuck Norris was in our country last week shooting a commercial. I wish I could say I met him but I didn't. :)
  • My pets are getting old. The oldest two cats turned 16 years old in April. How crazy is that? They don't act old though. The other two in line are 13, next one is 10 and the youngest two are 9 y-o. The little pooch is turning 12 this month and the youngest 8 y.o. It's crazy how I still think of the youngest as 4 years old. It was only the other day when I was ordering kibble for the pooches that I realized they are considered seniors now.
  • At the beginning of the week my mom commented that the little pooch Kika was acting a bit depressed but she ate normally and pooped normally and I didn't find anything tender on her. I knew what was bothering her but it was only after she got her haircut on Tuesday that my mom realized it was all that fur that was depressing her. I talked about this before that she likes to have a short haircut or she literally gets depressed. Weird dog. She gets her fur buzzed every 3 months and now she's all energetic and runs around like crazy.
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Friday, May 5, 2017

Thank You card

This is a Thank You card my kid and I did for the Montessori play hour's teacher. We finished in April and he's starting Montessori kindergarten in July. It's going to be great because he's already familiar with the place and their methods.

On another note, we went on a mini vacation to Vienna last week. 3 days in total and two of those were rainy and cold. The last day when we had to leave, of course, the sun came out. But it was a lovely experience. The kid got to ride a double-decker bus, tram and underground train for the first time.

We tried to show him some historical places but he was more interested in heavy construction equipment that seemed to be everywhere. Me, "look, what an awesome building", the kid pointing behind us, "bager" which means excavator in my language.

Ha, and let me tell you a funny story. We were strolling around and the kid ran to his dad from behind and grabbed on to his leg. Then he looked up and noticed it wasn't his dad but a strange man. And being as awesome as he is, he didn't shy away or run back to us, he grabbed his head with his hands, bent over dramatically and said, "oh my" and started laughing. He then proceeded to explain in his abstruse language and wild hand gestures, how he thought it was dad but it wasn't and he made a mistake and it's funny. Everyone around started laughing at his reaction as well. The kid is an actor, I tell you.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Tree of Life Moley

April's moley journal is for Geminorn on the theme Tree of Life. I actually got out my acrylic paints to paint this one.

To remind you, moley is a nickname for an accordion style Moleskin art journal that a group of 10 of us pass along and each artist makes a 3 page spread on the owner's chosen theme for the moley. This moley group started in September last year, and believe it or not, we're almost at the end. Next month will be the last journal spread to do before we all get our own journal back. I'm so freaking excited I can hardly contain myself. :)

P.S. This blog post is scheduled because I'm in Vienna at the moment for a mini vacation. :)

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Bartender


Round Robin is a set of 3 cards which one artist starts, send to another to add something to the set and then sends to the third artist to finish everything. Each artist keeps a card that's why there are 3 in a set.

LucyMc started with the bottles, I added the table and frame and Linda4atc finished it all with the bartender and background.

This following thing has happened to me numerous times and it's really starting to piss me off. So, I have a little rant and a message to all my relatives and friends and even some strangers.

Please let my kid cry.

If you see my child crying, and I’m right there beside him, please shut up. By telling my child to stop crying, that big boys don’t cry or you’re pointing out a butterfly, a cat, a truck or Bob the Builder to distract him from crying, you’re doing more harm than good. So, please, stay out of it.

I know your intentions are good. I know it hurts YOU to hear a child cry. And maybe you even think you’re helping me out because you think I’m not capable of stopping my child’s crying. But …

My kid is crying for a reason and I’m right there beside him to comfort him and to talk to him so he can process his hurt. Be it a physical or emotional pain. I’m letting him cry on purpose, so he doesn’t bottle his feelings and ends up an emotionally messed up adult. I’m talking to him, so he can understand his emotions and name them correctly. I’m listening to him so he can process and understand what happened to him.

The whole time I’m doing that, you’re next to me babbling and confusing the heck out of my kid. Please, just shut up and let me handle my own child. If all fails, trust me, I’ll be the first one reaching for a toy to distract him. It’s not that I’m not aware of these tricks, I choose not to use them and rather take another path.

P.S. If you see any child alone, distressed, crying, bleeding, and/or being abused, by all means, please, intervene.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap #2

Kat Sloma has been running Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap since 2011 which was also my first time participating. But then I kept missing on the sign up and only managed this year to participate again hence #2.

You can find my post from 2011 HERE and check out my postcards that I've sent then. This year I sent the below ones.

I have original paintings of these images available in my Etsy shop.

In return I only received these 2 postcards which is weird because they were all sent at the same time so they should've traveled together as well. I will add them later when/if they arrive.
  • Tammar from Oregon sent "Fall Maples" photo taken while strolling with her Pug Snort. How freaking awesome is that name for a dog? :)
  • Cynthia sent "Bike Haiku" with her postcard from Scotland I believe
Thank you!
And today, after this blog post was published, I got 2 more postcards:
  • Patrica Mark and her poppy
  • Kat Sloma, the fabulous host of this swap
Thank you!
P.S. It's next week the 19th April and I got the final two cards from the swap.
  • Ron Leunissen with the digital image of a running man
  • and Kathryn V. White with her art and quote postcard
Thank you!
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Random cards & electrocuting myself

Bunch of random cards for pick-a-theme swap where the players chose their theme. At least they seem to be color coordinated. :) It happens when you have to color 4 cards in a row and you're too lazy to pick out different colors.

Last weekend we put together the kid's garden swing set with a slide. I'm the one reading instructions because, if I look away for a second to let's say tend to my child, I come back to screws looking through the boards because hubby used the wrong ones. Or let's say I put the kid to sleep for his afternoon nap and I come back to an extra board lying on the ground because someone didn't bother to read the instructions.

This is nothing new. Once my hubby and mom made an effort to put together a cupboard and they ended up putting it up side down. Yes, that's how lost they both are when reading instructions.

What was truly bizarre in this situation was that I ended up electrocuting myself and I wasn't even using any power tools. I was just told to unplug one and it happened. It wasn't bad though. My finger hurt for a while but there sure weren't any dramatic effects like you see in the movies.

Is the household electricity strong enough to kill you or do any real damage? Or was I just lucky? I did wear rubber shoes, so maybe that's the reason I didn't get hurt much.

P.S. I've reopened my Etsy shop and I have some paintings in there for really cheap.
 
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Art Nouveau Moley


For March moley journal I did a spread on the theme of Art Nouveau; William Morris style for redplantlady. Very not my style. 

Last week we went to the city and the kid wanted to look at the water when we were passing a bridge over the river. When he was looking, he said, mommy cat. And I was like, no there's no cat. He insisted there was a cat so I looked over the bridge and there was this huge rat like animal just hanging around on the grass area and then took a swim. I knew it wasn't a rat or an otter but I couldn't remember how it's called. The closest I could come to was muskrat but it wasn't that either.

Then we went to visit my great aunt. I'm pretty sure every family has a person that knows an answer to any question you have (and an interesting story to go along with it) no matter how strange it is. I knew this aunt would know what kind of animal it was and even before I could show her the video I took of it, she already had an answer for me (and a story to go along with it). It was nutria. There, mystery solved, just like that.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Flowers in her hair

It's springtime. :) That means itchy eyes for me but I still love it. Hazel tree is my nemesis and unfortunately it grows like weed around here. The other day I saw a crow land on it's branch and it let out this yellow cloud of pollen from the male catkins (yes, I had to google that). It was fascinating to see though.

It's also time to harvest dandelions before they start to bloom. It's my favorite kind of salad. Do you eat it?

To update you on my spring cleaning. My winter clothes are almost all gone. I have still to tackle the summer clothes. 

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Pink Paris Girl

I guess it's that time of the year when you have to do some spring cleaning. I usually avoid it but I tackled the chaos that is my wardrobe this week. Granted I can't do much with the kid hanging around so I took opportunity on the day my hubby was home.

Let me preface this a bit. I have 7 cats and 2 dogs. They used to have free access to all the rooms in my home until that flea infestation fiasco and I kicked them out of my bedroom. It was hard because they're clever and know how to open doors. That said, they know how to open drawers as well as they provide a soft nest to sleep in. Long story short I had 3 full drawers of clothes covered in cat hair.

I cleverly skipped one since it was my hubby's and he can deal with it and one had all my socks and underwear in. Ok, I must say that these drawers didn't get used much, one (1.) because they were covered with fur, two (2.) because I have another set of drawers in the bathroom downstairs where I usually get dressed so I ignored this problem for a while.

Yeah, this task took me a couple of hours alone which is baffling to me because I thought I'd just throw stuff away. But when you actually go through the clothes you kind of feel bad for getting rid of them if they're well preserved.

I actually had an inkling once before to go through my wardrobe but then I opened it and saw that these are still clothes I'd wear today if they fit me. You know, all that "I'll lose weight and wear them" thinking. Safe to say the clothes are still there. 

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Friday, March 10, 2017

With their Pet

I hosted this particular swap once before and I loved the results it gave so I did it again. We had 2 columns. You had to choose a person or a character from the first column and draw their pet from the second column of animals.

I have a question for you today that I'd love for you to answer. What do you do on a daily basis that makes your life exciting? I feel like my life is very monotonous and boring and I'd love to change things up a bit to get some "fresh air" in my daily routine.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Favorite things Moley

February's moley journal for Zandradee on the theme of "things that make you happy". She also asked us to get out of our comfort zone in regards to the media we usually use and try to experiment. So I went for mostly collage.

My three favorite things here are travel, reading books (Pride and Prejudice still being my favorite) and Fennec fox. I couldn't repeat favorite things that others did before me, so I had to think really hard to come up with something else. Here is my list:
  • my baby boy (obviously I couldn't put photos of my kid in someone else's art journal)
  • baby animals
  • my pets (everyone's favorite thing a.k.a. cats and dogs)
  • listening to music
  • making ATCs
  • cake
  • tattoos
  • being vegan
What makes you happy?

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Feathered friends

You know when you're dead set on something but then are thrown obstacles on your path? It's what's happening in my life right now. I was so sure of myself and positive I knew what I wanted but then realized I had no support whatsoever. Which makes it difficult but not impossible. However, when you try to find the best option, everything seems to be set against you. Then I wonder. Is this the right path? Or am I thrown these obstacles to change course? It's so confusing.

Then I start to reconsider all the options I threw away in the begging and thinking maybe they're not so bad. But then again these options were the reason I started to look for an alternative path to begin with. Why can't things just be simple? Why does every major thing in my life have to be difficult?

And no, it's not worth it in the end. I usually give up before then because if it's not easy, then it's not meant to be, right? When it's meant to be, everything falls into place. When it's meant to be, then everything lines up, the stars, the people, the schedule, the money and you make it happen. Or am I naive? Too optimistic? Or just plain misguided on how to live a life? I mean, I'm no teenage here. I should have this shit figured out by now.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Happy Birthday to ME! & Mermaids

Three different styles of mermaids. Above one even has glitter in her hair. Ariel below is obviously in Tim Burton style.

It's my birthday today. :) I'm getting old. 

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Gnomes moley

This is January's moley journal for Ibus and her theme on fantasy. I made these gnomes as she likes woodsy scenes more than other. I skipped showing you the December one as it's a particular theme that I'll show in later months.

Randomness:
  1. my pooch Karma has an ear infection and I'm being a bad owner and keep forgetting to give her medicine
  2. our car died again. Just before I had to go to my yoga class. So, no yoga for me this week.
  3. the neighbors' kids came over the other day and my kid had a blast playing with them. They are older, 8 and 10, but they played so nicely with him.  
  4. my mom made dairy-free cake for my kid's birthday. Wanna guess what the filling was made out of? Avocados and chocolate. You'd never guessed it. It was delicious.
  5. I'm getting a cover up for my tattoo. I already scheduled the appointment but it's in 4 months. I don't regret my tattoo, it's just that I feel it represents something different now than it did back when I got it and I don't want to be associated with that group.
  6. I e-mailed 11 tattoo artists about the cover up and the design I want for it and half of them said it cannot be done with the design I have in mind and the other half said no problem. What's the catch here? They're all well established artists and most of them pick up awards in tattoo conventions, so I don't understand how two artists of the same caliber give me different answers.

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