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Gratitude

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 16, 2009, 2:43 PM
  • Mood: Love
  • Reading: over the edge of the world by laurence bergreen
  • Drinking: water




:heart:  Gone a while
I guess I haven't written here much...

So, I know I can be quite a reclusive lil minty mint when I want to be.   There are several reasons, none of which I'll get into here on such a public forum.  However, I will say, I am well, and that I am always reading what you guys write to me, and I am ALWAYS (nevergonnastopkinnalovin) painting.   

If you are extremely curious, the only place I'll be writing for a while, now that outdoor painting has begun, is on myntifresh.  If you're not sure where that is and really want to know, note me, or browse til you find it.   :giggle:  I'm so bad.

:lick: Being Grateful
It means so much.

I just want to express my deepest, heartfelt gratitude for meeting such lovely people here, so many kind comments about my work, so many good criticisms and imput...   I could go on.  But I won't, I might go mushy...

I just want to say, thank you, so very much.  I love to paint.  But I also think of art as a communication.  I have so many things yet to tell, so many images to show, but without people looking, enjoying, even analyzing sometimes, my work, I would feel as if I am telling a story to an empty room.   There is something missing.

Before I came to deviantART, I always felt so.  But never again.  This will always be the primary place I come to share my finished work.  For no other reason than you.  Every story I tell is so important to me, sometimes more than you realize.  I spend hours, days, weeks, months, thinking on one painting...  

And then to see, sometimes, the extraordinary work of the same sort of lengthy-hour madness from a fellow deviant....

It is a haven of the best sort :heart:

Thank you guys.  It means so much to me!

PS.  As for daily doodles...  I have continued on my own, but I sometimes don't turn on the computer every day, and so I'm going to skip the daily postings for now until I get back into a more "normal" routine of digital pieces.  I have been outdoors, painting a lot and spending far less time indoors, and unfortunately my deviantART time sorta goes out the window...  :giggle:   As for the message centre... I will, however, be around to check notes, comments, post new pieces as they finish, and so forth on a regular basis.   I just might not get to the majority of my inbox very quickly.   
:aww: Quote of the Day

"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin."
               - Ivan Turgenev
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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Daily Doodlers FAQ!

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 17, 2009, 6:07 PM
  • Mood: Love
  • Reading: First Reader, German/English
  • Drinking: Cafe au lait




:excited: Doodleyfingers..
Permit me to ramble here....

To help with some questions, here's some more info about the daily doodles and what, exactly, they are all about.

This January, I had a choice of three resolutions.   Of the three I decided were the most improvement-oriented, doodling seemed to be the most interesting to me.   Perhaps because it's about painting!  :lol:   Nothing new there huh.   I get predictable.

Anyhow I figured, if I want to learn perspective, I should do the same as the speedpaints that memod and I did for landscapes.   But there's a lot I want to learn this year, so a speedpaint a day is what you end up getting.

So that's the reasoning of why I started the daily doodles, and why, on January 10th, I began (with one big deep breath and a groan of how much work this is going to be) doodling every day.   And I've done a doodle a day since!

After a few days, a little group formed, and here we are, doodling ourselves silly every day!   We are the culture who doesn't care if we look like fools some days (the stickmen days are not the proudest moments)...   we are the little group who nudges eachother on with a bit of a push or a glomp here and there...   my doodlers, I never expected you, but I am proud of you guys.

And so, now I am getting notes nearly daily with questions!   This is fun.  :giggle:   Here's a frequently asked questions about the doodlers, to be linked to when the need arises!

:lick: Daily Doodle Frequently Asked Questions
Subject to change and additions at any time, rawr.

Question Eins.  What are the rules?
Answer.  Only two.   Draw, and daily.   Doodling emphasis is on drawing, a skill which helps any type of artist in any medium :D   And the other emphasis is daily, meaning, doooo it, and do it regularly.

Question Dos. What happens to me if I don't doodle one day?
Answer.  You can skip a day here and there if you feel positively ghastly, but lack of inspiration is not an excuse.   Draw your foot!   A fruit! Stickdood if you want! Doesn't matter how simple, so long as you draw something :D    To answer the question, though, nothing.  I'm not your mom, your teacher, nor your boss.   If you don't doodle, no boogeyman is going to come after you.

Question Trois. What happens to me if I don't doodle for a week or a month or a year?!
Answer.  I move you from the active doodler list to the retired one.  If my icons on my page get to be astronomical and load-heavy, I will knock the retired list off, or convert the links to text.

Question Four. How do I join?
Answer.  Doodle!   And if you want us to check your doodles and for me to stick ya on my userpage, then nudge me in comments or notes.   If I don't notice it (I'm sorry, my message centre is a disaster, something I perpetually feel some guilt over) the first time, poke me again.  I don't ignore people, I'm prolly just doodlin'.


:pointr:  If you have any questions you think should be added to this list, please feel free to comment them :D   Otherwise, you can ignore this journal.
:aww: Quote of the Day

"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin."
               - Ivan Turgenev
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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Jo Doodle + Blopped Blog

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 2, 2009, 1:37 AM
  • Mood: Love
  • Reading: First Reader, German/English
  • Drinking: Cafe au lait




:dance:  Hello, devious you!

So another week of doodles later, we are all still surviving!   I notice some of us (including myself) sometimes are a day late, and it's k.   I start each doodle on the day they're due, some just don't get finished until later for whatever reason.

I had a lot of things going on this week so I was quieter.  However this will fluctuate as the time permits.   :D  Be aware I am still watchin', even if it's from my cell.  :D  Haha.   Also this week I popped out a quick blog over at myntifresh which will hopefully stay, if change looks ocassionally.   I spend so long being fussy about my own site, it never gets done, so I've gone a different route this time and did it fast :D   It may not survive..  :lol:

Doodley!

This week, I'm enjoying seeing Jo's first drawings a lot.   I didn't know that our lovely 3D diva hasn't drawn much before, but this is the perfect time to start, Jo!   You can paint and mix your 3D work too :D   

Let all of deviantART be witness to her first drawings... She is already playing with ideas from her head and trying simple objects, which is just right.  Be gentle, you remember your firsts.   :giggle:  :heart:   

:iconjoannastar:
joannastar


Elephant by joannastar Toadstool by joannastar No One Understands by joannastar If I forget thee by joannastar Tealight by joannastar Jim Cat WIP by joannastar Bleeding scarlet dreams by joannastar Bell by joannastar Memoriam by joannastar

Keep it up Jo :glomp:  And kudos for your efforts!  Dun stop.  :giggle:


I will feature more doodles next time :D   All deviants participating:

:iconbluem00n: :iconartanda: :iconblackdelphin:  :iconjoannastar: :iconlittle-arts: :iconmollinda: :iconayelie-stock: :iconshelldevil: :iconpretty-angel: :icongunezzue: :iconllifi-kei:

:heart:

To dailydoodle, just give it a go and let me know, so I can add ya to the list of people to check :eyes:

:eyes: Featured Speedies:  memod

Dancakes has just revealed many new speedpaints that he's not showed off on deviantART before.   Check 'em out!  :D



Brrrrrr by memodscrap speedie 001 by memod
scrap speedie 002 by memodscrap speedie 011 by memodscrap speedie 012 by memod
:aww: Quote of the Day

"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin."
               - Ivan Turgenev
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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Daily Doodle Dance!

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 21, 2009, 7:35 PM
  • Mood: Love
  • Reading: Complete Guide to Perspective, by Raynes
  • Drinking: Green Tea




:dance:  Do the dailydoodle dance!

I hope the start of the new year has been awesome for everyone so far...   :love:   I have somethin' pretty cool to show you, I think..

For those of you who don't know, I've quietly (so far) started daily doodlin' and putting my sketches up for people to see on my userpage.   I invited some to join me... and bluem00n was the first to join.

So, we start first with her daily doodles!

bluem00n :iconbluem00n:



bluem00n is always in #Digitalmedia offering a giggle and an encouraging word.   Not only that, but she has brought many a deviant to dailydoodles.   :D   Nice work :heart:


I will feature more doodles next time :D   All deviants participating:

:iconbluem00n: :iconartanda: :iconblackdelphin:  :iconjoannastar: :iconlittle-arts: :iconmollinda: :iconayelie-stock: :iconshelldevil: :iconpretty-angel: :icongunezzue:

:heart:

To dailydoodle, just give it a go and let me know, so I can add ya to the list of people to check :eyes:

:eyes: Featured Speedies:  memod

Dancakes has just revealed many new speedpaints that he's not showed off on deviantART before.   Check 'em out!  :D



Brrrrrr by memodscrap speedie 001 by memod
scrap speedie 002 by memodscrap speedie 011 by memodscrap speedie 012 by memod
:aww: Quote of the Day

"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin."
               - Ivan Turgenev
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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Exposing myself

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 28, 2008, 10:07 AM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Economy 101
  • Reading: Giraffe by Legard




:bucktooth: Scrapular Overload

Yo dood, you say.   What's the deal with all these scraps?    Well, let me explain.
:strip:  Exposing myself in the Process...

So I figure since I go on about how much doodling and sketching I do, I should show you guys some little bit of that more.   I've posted a big bundle of scraps, mostly unfinished paintings and doodles, and you can find them all collected in my Sketches and Doodles folder.

For the next day or so I'll be posting a lot more, just as a heads up to those of you who watch my scraps (might want to deactivate that for a few days).   I realized I'm not showing about 80% of my doodles, drawings, paintings, and other random artwork, and it feels limiting to post only finished paintings.  I spend a lot of time in studies, experiments, and craziness and whittle it down from that pool to a few final paintings...

Anyhow the end result is that my gallery will be more transparent and stuffed with stuff.   I'm not going to post everything I've ever done, however.


A sampling of the new scraps:


Outside my Inside by mynti Blind Anatomy Ink Blotchin by mynti
Unfinished wonderment by mynti Speedie Scrapped II by mynti
Portrait of Lana by mynti  Watercolor doodlie 2 by mynti
:aww: Quote of the Day

"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin."
               - Ivan Turgenev
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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"Talent" Rant

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 25, 2008, 3:17 PM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: The birds singing
  • Reading: Just finished another one.




:bucktooth: Reposting
I know it might be lazy of me, but yet again I've been getting the "talent" argument, so I'm going to repost my old "On Drawing" journal here as a refresher explanation on my views about this...
:heart:  Learning Art


I've been getting a lot of comments about "talent"... and permit me here for a second to go on a minor rant/shpiel on my thoughts:

I'm not really someone to admire for any natural talent.   I started drawing with graphite pencils on paper when I was 14, my studies every day consisted of things like:  paper bags, shoes, my hands, feet, glass vases, piles of clothes on my floor, the interior of my mom's car...   everyday objects.   I drew every object that I could think of, but most of the 6-10 hour graphite drawings were simply wrong.   I mean, terrible.  Want an example?   There ya go.  These two drawings took me forever, and this was after two years of drawing seriously.

In art, there is surely some natural talent involved, similar to athletes - some have a natural skill, and others need to practice.  But regardless of any natural talent, without practice, you will never get far.

I studied figure drawing my sophomore, junior and senior year of high school on a scholarship program at Moore College of Art, and then later while I attended University.   I started drawing myself in the mirror for portraits at about age 15/16.

Why do I say all this?   Simply because:  I have no natural artistic skill, I was simply stubborn.   I liked to draw, and wouldn't listen to anyone who told me it was foolish to pursue it.   If you want to draw, or paint, or sculpt - my best advice is best quoted from Nike: Just do it.   Don't worry about how long it takes you, sure - it can be frustrating, but don't worry about that.   If you keep it up, in time, you will begin to understand color and light, form and composition.   If you can't take a class, and are starting out drawing, I am willing to workshop with you (time permitting) if you are truly serious on drawing.   My passion is art, and if you want to learn, I am happy to pass any knowledge I have on to you.


Some additional things to consider if you are truly interested about learning how to draw:

1.  Study color.  Even if you want to draw digitally, I feel the best place to really play and understand color is by mixing pigments.  IE- paint.  Yeeesss paint.  I didn't start digital painting until about four years ago, but I still use my color theory and mixing knowledge even if I'm not "mixing" paint.  Watercolor is a great beginner medium - the watercolors I favor are Windsor & Newton or Yarka (extended full pan set of 24 - these are a great field watercolor set, with poured pigment pats instead of tubes, so it's easier to take with you).   The book on color theory that I refer to endlessly, even years after my color theory class?  Itten: Elements of Color.

2.  Read up on Art History.   Okay - yeah, so you don't have to know everything there is to know, or even dates or facts.  But study the masters, pick out why you like what you like, and figure out what makes it successful in your eyes.   Go to an art museum and sit down and really look at a painting for more than a few minutes.  Art is a very subjective thing, but if you like something, dissect it so that you precisely can determine what draws you to that work - so that you can keep it in mind as you produce your own work.   This inspiration is great when you're learning, and as you develop, you can broaden your artistic vocabulary and really start manipulating things just the way you want.  If you know what you like, and why you like it, it makes the process a whole lot easier.

A great quick readable Art History book that I adore and still read?  The Annotated Mona Lisa.

My two most inspirational artists when I first started?  Caravaggio for his use of chiaroscuro, his figural and textural work.. and Turner, for his use of color and atmosphere.

3.  Draw as much as possible.    Nothing has to be polished or amazing, but choose something you want to draw, and set out a goal for that drawing.  Do you want to play with composition?  How about tonal qualities or line variation?  How about form and structure?   There are many aspects that go into creating an image, and not all of them have to be perfected all at once!   Take your time, work in baby steps, and you will see your work pay off.


Sorry about the long entry, just figured I might answer a lot more questions via journal than through comments all over :D  I hope this has been helpful in some way.
:aww: Quote of the Day

"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin."
               - Ivan Turgenev
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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Severe Thunderstorm Beep Beep

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 23, 2008, 10:36 PM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: The birds singing
  • Reading: Just finished another one.




:o Amazing Storm

Well.   In the past 24 hours, we've had a total of 4 sets of severe thunder and lightning storms, and our power went out.  This wouldn't be so bad except it's hot and humid as well.  But the last (and worst) of the storms that shook our house and set our hairs on end threw out our power for hours.   What do you do when there's nothing working?   Well, my digital camera still worked.

I set the quality at its worst, the smallest size, and proceeded to take a LOT of pictures of black sky.  I won't post them all here, but they looked like this:



My patience and pure luck were with me, though.   I thought I was pretty lucky when I caught a brightly lit sky (the lightning bolt was just off camera, but I thought it still seemed impressive I actually caught something at all)....



WOAH LIGHTNING

Then I struck it rich.   So to speak.  For a crappy photographer, I was quite pleased when this scary bolt popped right overhead!   And I managed to capture it!



I know the image quality sucks, but with good reason.  I wanted the most space available on my card... I never knew when the next photo would be a good one!  I took over 300 photographs and my arms were starting to tire out at the end.  I really learned a lot of patience while trying to get a picture - and I stuck around long after that capture to see if I would get another one...  no such luck.   

:sleep: Quote of the Day

"To sleep, perchance to dream.."
               - Shakespeare

:salute: Over and Out

Till next time,

:gummybear:
Gracie


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Scribblism?

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 26, 2008, 4:51 PM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: The birds singing
  • Reading: Just finished another one.




:heart: Further Notes on "The Great Hike"

I've just posted a new painting which I would like to discuss more about - you may be seeing future works with some of my techniques pictured there in the future.

The majority of the painting was created using a small, semi-round hard brush, (located in my myntibrush vol II) through a series of scribbles and random markmaking.   You can see the details of the painting in my scraps:

The Great Hike - Details by mynti


Although I did not purposefully start off scribbling, it ended up as the best way to create texture, so at the end I embraced this method and played it up!   I'm hoping to experiment with a few small paintings in the scribblism technique in the future.  Much like pointilism, the scribbles are not solid blocks and therefore colors next to eachother blend and create a more complex and variated color than normal smooth blending techniques in digital painting.

My aim with this is to create texture with various scribble marks, allowing the entire painting to vibrate with activity for the eyes.

I love happening by these neat accidents; and I wouldn't have come up with the idea if I hadn't had such a challenging subject to paint.  :giggle:

I think scribblism may not work on smaller canvases, but my challenge over the next few weeks is to see if this will be a viable, different way to paint without defining specific forms, and instead allowing only light, color and shadow to do that for me.

Some additional notes.

I'll have a walkthrough available soon of the painting later on this week when I've compiled all my different save files together :)

Also no fear - I won't be going scribblism-only.   But it's fun to experiment!


:sleep: Quote of the Day

"To sleep, perchance to dream.."
               - Shakespeare

:salute: Over and Out

Till next time,

:gummybear:
Gracie


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Perhaps too Personal.

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 20, 2008, 3:00 AM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: The birds singing
  • Reading: Just finished another one.
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:heart: On The Silences We Face

Well I have come to be writing to you at this ungodly hour because despite all efforts on my part, I have failed to fall asleep.   It's not that I'm not disgustingly tired, it's just that my brain won't stop working.   Have you ever experienced that?   I hope not.  Usually curling up with a good book will cure me of that, but I've devoured two books already and I'm tired of reading.

I rarely write in my journal about anything more than newsy nothings or to promote some event here on the site, but I suppose that's an oversight on my part I'll now try to correct.  

Lately I've been quiet here on my artsy home, because it's hard to know how to express myself personally without worrying that some may take my words the wrong way, or perhaps what we all fear more: that they'll simply be ignored, but I don't mind anymore.  I blame insomnia for this brash entry. I figure those of you who do take an interest, however you know me, don't appreciate my silence or my dodging questions.  And if someone can benefit from my rambles, all the better.

So I'm here.  I've been here, almost every day, logging in and looking around.   

Recently something rather sad, personally taxing, and bizarre happened to me; of which I have written 75,000+ words of so far, reality transfigured into a novel.   I'm not really a writer, but I have been writing quite a lot.  It can't be all true, I filtered some of what I saw with my own thoughts, I can't remember every word spoken that night of the disappearance, nor can I really claim to have witnessed every single detail.  I'm sure some of it escaped me.   But still, it compelled me to write, because it involves losing someone I love.   It's not done yet.   I have quite a lot of writing left to do.

No death happened, nor any dissolution of a relationship, but just the slow, sinking realization that someone I know very well, or thought I did, someone who I care more about than I think he knows, someone intelligent, an amazing conversationalist of all topics sans himself, someone who is kin, blood, and shares part of my genetic makeup, has slowly been losing hope, and I was not astute enough, or simply chose to ignore, the signs.  Perhaps he concealed it well.  I still don't know.  He disappeared, no sign, all weekend plans and the next week's plans, and the weeks after that...  gone.  What do you do when someone you care about vanishes, leaving behind most of his worldly possessions?  My sister and I filed a missing person report, it was all we could think of. It was a shock, even though I knew deep down he could not be happy, I did not realize the extent, and I still don't.   His silence, more than anything else, distracts me.  Any questions I ask are dodged.  I replay the days, weeks, leading up to it, wondering if I mistook any cries of help for commonplace comments, but I find nothing in my memory.   It's interesting what we choose to share and what we choose to hide of ourselves - who do we protect with this quiet, unspoken action?  Those around us from our problems?  Or ourselves, from having to admit it?  From shame?  Regret?  Who knows.  I know my silence here has been driven by my inability to come to terms.

It's interesting how we fill our silences with daily trivialities or sweeping abstracts...  how we filter ourselves for the people we love, thinking it is imperative.   It is not so.   The silence is deadly.  It can kill from pure neglect, a slow creeping death of the suppression of pain.   Physical, mental.  Both can kill.   Whining is intolerable?   Pfft.   Whine to people you love, just do it without the high pitched voice perhaps.    Don't be afraid that they don't care.  They do.  And it will bring you closer.   If it doesn't, you have lost nothing except the secret.   I think at least you'll get a hug.

I realize I need to take my own advice, so I'm publicly declaring: talk.  Talk about what matters, not just about what is convenient.  Talk because it could very well save someone you know.

There are other things going on in my life, some wonderful, brilliant, breathtaking, some stressful, mundane... but my uncle resurfaces quite often in my mind.   Ever since the night he disappeared.   He is now found, I am glad to say, although in what condition I'm not entirely sure.  He's in the hospital still.  And he is still silent.

I am not writing because I want your condolences - I am writing because I should.  And because people need to dig below the surface more and ask questions.  Difficult questions, sometimes.   Painful even.  But those questions unasked hurt more than talking them through.

:sleep: Quote of the Day

"To sleep, perchance to dream.."
               - Shakespeare

:salute: Over and Out

Till next time,

:gummybear:
Gracie


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You have less than an hour!

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 13, 2008, 9:24 AM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: some crazy doods in #DM
  • Reading: The Whale Warriors by Peter Heller
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:#1:  Be there or be square!

Critique night is happening in less than an hour in Digitalmedia!   Come in and join in on the constructive discussions!   Anyone is welcome to put up their digital creations for critique!

Keep drawing!


:wave: Networkin


:iconda-networking:
:lol: Quote of the Day + Features

"Motivation will almost always beat mere talent."
               - Norman Augustine

Features

electric blue by dushky forest life by Ketka The Corset by KristinaGehrmann Pinocchio Madness... by Norke :thumb77519048: Symphony by kuschelirmel Natalia 2, Red Sofa, 016 by photoscot
Bell by maronski Day subsiding by memod streetlights by yonaz sea temple by henes Hideout in paradise by sketchboook 235 by SnowSkadi

Feedback Corner
Give a comment or a critique and pass around the creative flow.


WIP need your opinion by Rafaelmox
He would like critiques, if anyone is interested in giving feedback.

TrainStation_workinprogress by frankhong
Another Work in Progress

:hug:
If you would like feedback, let me know.  I'll post it in my journal for some exposure.

:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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Wee Paint.

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 21, 2008, 8:43 PM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Chopin &lt;3
  • Reading: my emails
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:#1:  Support the Walk + To Dos and News

I've seen quite a few people walkin the walk..   and here's wyldhoney's latest journal.  Support with a donation, or spread the word in your journal.


I have a bunch of things to do!  I have an ID commission for happienoodleboy, an oil painting for a friend of Alicia's, and a contest from girltripped.  The zikes project..  Also in the works is a forest painting, something a little different though.   

Haha.   I am also working hard, and creative is changing a bunch.  lemontea left :P and went to vector haven (it's his dream, so it's all good) and TheRyanFord came back to head up the creative department.   

Also up this weekend is the Professional Artists Featured Chat... which I will be at :D  Come and chat and listen to cosmosue live!  I'm going to be asking her questions, so if you have something you'd like to ask her, send me a note.  I'll be sure to mention you in my question.

I am looking to have an agent for illustration, whether it be through a current contact or someone new I'm not sure :D  But yeah, I'll also be updating Kara and Wisscha, My Dreams Float Up, and Renewed very shortly for a deadline.  I might also be doing some game cards.

Lots on my to do list, and I'll be submitting more sketches to my scraps/sketches folder as well.  Everything to be done this month, so I'll apologize ahead for flooding inboxes.

Also the The 100 themes list, for my sketchbook...   wee lots to do!
Keep drawing!


:wave: Networkin


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:lol: Quote of the Day + Features

"Motivation will almost always beat mere talent."
               - Norman Augustine

Features

electric blue by dushky forest life by Ketka The Corset by KristinaGehrmann Pinocchio Madness... by Norke :thumb77519048: Symphony by kuschelirmel Natalia 2, Red Sofa, 016 by photoscot
Bell by maronski Day subsiding by memod streetlights by yonaz sea temple by henes Hideout in paradise by sketchboook 235 by SnowSkadi

Feedback Corner
Give a comment or a critique and pass around the creative flow.


WIP need your opinion by Rafaelmox
He would like critiques, if anyone is interested in giving feedback.

TrainStation_workinprogress by frankhong
Another Work in Progress

:hug:
If you would like feedback, let me know.  I'll post it in my journal for some exposure.

:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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I see you!

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 6, 2008, 4:37 AM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Chopin &lt;3
  • Reading: my emails
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:bucktooth:  Howdy.

Well I've been quite busy!   But I am saying hi...   I'm seeing a lot of new faces lurking about but not too many come out to say hello!

:aww:

I'll update this soon when I've got more news to tell :heart:

Another painting soon.   Maybe some sketchies too.

:wave: Networkin

:iconda-networking:
:lol: Quote of the Day
"A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world."
               - Edmond de Goncourt
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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Super Secret Agent + <3

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 19, 2007, 6:11 AM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Chopin &lt;3
  • Reading: Edward VI by Chris Skidmore
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:heart:  Hallo!

Just want to shout out some random love.    Also, I have three large paintings in progress and an oil commission I'm sketching for in the chilly winter cold..    I've been quite productive!   I'm also doing a super-secret uber-classified project with zikes.  I would tell you, but then the message would self destruct in 15 seconds.. so I'll just hold off on the explosives and let you guys know when it's completed.  :giggle:

Tell me what you guys are doing/not doing for the holidays, and how you all have been!

I'll be doing some serious browsing but don't go all crazy on my userpage...   if I favorite or comment your work, it is with a good reason, no need for thanks.  :aww:

:aww: Feature: Holidays

Happy Holidays, deviantART style!



Family Holidays by Anuk Happy Holidays by Micchu Happy Holidays by mirroreyesserval Shiny Holidays to You by Steph-Laberis Snowman vs Santa by Kai-S Delicious Holidays... by theAnsu :thumb69938057: Gimme a fairy by Cado ala Kinkade by Hagge

:wave: Networkin

:iconda-networking:
:lol: Quote of the Day

"A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world."
               - Edmond de Goncourt
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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Art Rip?

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 4, 2007, 3:44 AM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Behind those eyes by three doors down
  • Reading: The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
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:(   Confusion...

Um, I'm not sure what's going on... but does anyone know/can read this language on this site?  gallery.fantasy.ir/thumbnails.…

I can't tell what's going on, but I see my work and Sue's work there and I have no idea how to contact them...

If it's not a rip (I see minty fresh below it, but that's not right, obviously.. and no links..) but merely a blog or something then I'm not really angry; would just like to ask them to remove it..

Any help would be appreciated here :D

Edit:  I've narrowed the language down to Farsi, thanks for all the comments.  I'll check out and see what's going on and notify the true artists with work on that site if it seems like there is ripping going on there :)

:aww: Feature: Holidays
Happy Holidays, deviantART style!



Family Holidays by Anuk Happy Holidays by Micchu Happy Holidays by mirroreyesserval Shiny Holidays to You by Steph-Laberis Snowman vs Santa by Kai-S Delicious Holidays... by theAnsu :thumb69938057: Gimme a fairy by Cado ala Kinkade by Hagge

:wave: Networkin


:iconda-networking:
:lol: Quote of the Day

"A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world."
               - Edmond de Goncourt
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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Happy Holidays + Print? + Musings

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 30, 2007, 10:32 AM
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  • Listening to: Behind those eyes by three doors down
  • Reading: The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
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:D
Had a crazy thanksgiving last night...  I cooked my first turkey.   Making preparation for my mom's trip and her birthday...  

My uncle is doing okay, look for my painting for the cover of his novel sometime this December or early January at the latest..

Still working a lot, and hard, so this will be a brief hello but thank you to all the people who still continue to look at and view my work; I may not comment on everything but it's really great to still browse your portfolios and pages.

-Gracie

Edit:   Who sent me that lovely print for my birthday?  It's now hanging up in my bedroom, so pretty...  I would like to thank whoever sent it..

I guess I also have to take this time to say something a little personal..   It is now clear to me that without painting or drawing every day, I get completely miserable.   I have been working in general abot 13-18 hour days lately to help provide some financial stability to my family but in the process have nearly all but cut everything else out of my life.   These recent speedpaints have made it poignantly aware to me that I cannot push art aside so easily; it lives in my mind and continually bothers me while I step away from it.   Hopefully you all will be seeing more artwork from me as I learn to balance work and art again; it depends on how much help is needed from my family but I am prepared to juggle my time more effectively to leave some painting room in there.  I'm simply sad when I can't draw every day.   

Also; some of you have asked about learning to draw, speedpaint, and such...   my best advice for learning to paint is to simply draw as much as possible.   After years and years I find my progress to seem excruciatingly slow; but there is nothing about drawing that can be shortcutted... the simple act of putting pencil to paper and transforming a living breathing world into a 2-dimensional space is still something I work at all the time; it's not easy but certainly achievable to anyone with the dedication to learn craftsmanship.   The only difficult thing to learn is the ideas, and this is something I think that comes more innately... I'm not sure if coming up with concepts is teachable :D  But once you have the skills necessary to understand values, light, color, composition, perspective, anatomy...   these are the tools to make your ideas come to life.   

:aww: Feature: Holidays
Happy Holidays, deviantART style!



Family Holidays by Anuk Happy Holidays by Micchu Happy Holidays by mirroreyesserval Shiny Holidays to You by Steph-Laberis Snowman vs Santa by Kai-S Delicious Holidays... by theAnsu :thumb69938057: Gimme a fairy by Cado ala Kinkade by Hagge

:lol: Quote of the Day

"A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world."
               - Edmond de Goncourt
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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I live in Code Hell Update

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 2, 2007, 9:11 AM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: CCR babeh! Old skool.
  • Reading: Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd
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:faint: Aloha!
Just a quick update to say, thank you to Shay, darling, for your sweetness and your suggestion... you know i luff joo.  And also thanks to Dunc for putting up the DD :D

Update Sept 2nd, 2007:

Hi doods..  been so busy but I just wanted to let everyone know I am alive..  and I miss painting.  I've been embroiled in a long, excruciating, code-driven project which has become a nightmare.   I dream in code, literally.

On a better note, my uncle (the sick one from quite a while ago I wrote about), even while mostly bedridden, has produced a novel which he is about to get published, and is hiring me for the book cover illustration.   Weee!  I still have some other projects to take care of as well, but all must wait til after the code nightmare has come to an end.

Miss my leisure time and my fellow deviants sooo much <3

-Gracie

:aww: Feature: biotechbob
Spreadin' the love, I've decided I'm going to feature selections from my watchers!   Quite a multi-talented guy, but his paintings are exquisite!  So, without further ado, I bring you biotechbob


:iconbiotechbob:

landscape river3 by biotechbob Mystical forest 2 by biotechbob The Port by biotechbob speed painting II by biotechbob

:lol: Quote of the Day

"AHOY MATEYS!  ARRRR"
               - me
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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Yo Ho Ho.. and a Bottle of Rum.

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 17, 2007, 5:22 AM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: CCR babeh! Old skool.
  • Reading: Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd
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:faint: Aloha!
Hey DOODS!  

Okay well now that I'm back in full swing of things, got a few favors to ask all of you darlins!   

Numbah 1 Got Art?
Have you got a piece you need help with a crit?   pop over to memod and check out his critique round journals, I'll be posting my crits there again when the next round goes up.   Woot!

Numbah 2 GIRLS ONLY
What inspires you girls?  What do ya love.  I'm doin some field research, and I wanna make sure I'm spot on.   Just reply to this journal, ramble to me about anything that you love, whether it be related to art or just life in general.

:aww: Feature: biotechbob
Spreadin' the love, I've decided I'm going to feature selections from my watchers!   Quite a multi-talented guy, but his paintings are exquisite!  So, without further ado, I bring you biotechbob


:iconbiotechbob:

landscape river3 by biotechbob Mystical forest 2 by biotechbob The Port by biotechbob speed painting II by biotechbob

:lol: Quote of the Day

"AHOY MATEYS!  ARRRR"
               - me
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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Eyecandy for yer Fayse

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 20, 2007, 4:13 AM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Belmont Place by Canndlebox
  • Reading: imagiNATION by Todd Keisling
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:faint: Busy!
Just wanted to post to let everyone know I've been very busy lately, making up for lost time, but I'm still here!

I don't have much time before work, but I'll post some recent gems for you to look at!
:aww: Features


Ghost Chicken by Kyrr Firestorm of Dragons Cover by thegryph parkah by hiddenkitten Sun sneaking by artozi :thumb51965373: What lies ahead by lilywings :thumb57366460: :thumb56880847: .:Forest Path2:. by David-Holland

:lol: Quote of the Day

"We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world."
               - Helen Keller
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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I lost my right arm!

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 5, 2007, 6:12 AM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Belmont Place by Canndlebox
  • Reading: imagiNATION by Todd Keisling
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:noes: I lost my right arm!

Okay.  Well, not really.   But I felt like I did!  (And the few hours on the train really had me thinking I might never again regain full feeling in my fingers...)   My computer died for about two weeks, and now... today.. I have been happily reunited with my precious metal and plastic bits.

Some highlights of my offline life while I was on a forced vacation:

:D Rice crispies in chocolate ice cream is really quite fabulous.
:| Never wear a leather purse when the forecast is "Tropical Storm".
:giggle: Do not wear your favorite jeans while painting traditionally.   You know what will happen.   They are now another pair of "painty" jeans.
:aww: While it's really cute that my little sister fell asleep with my arm in a vice grip while we were on the train, I lost all feeling rather fast and I had to wiggle my fingers for a long time to make it feel normal again.
:lol: We got a little grill to put on the porch.  I have a recipe for the most fantastic chicken teriyaki you have ever tasted:

8 servings (we had company):
~ 3-4 lbs meat of your choice
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp fresh ground ginger
2 garlic cloves minced.

1. mix all the ingredients in a large bowl or tupperware container.
2. chop the meat of your choice into small pieces and plop in the sauce.
3. marinate covered for 3-5 hours in the fridge, skewer the small pieces with vegetables or alone, and toss on the grill until cooked.

This was so good, people went back for seconds until we had none left! XD   I think the trick is that the pieces are small, so they cook quickly and are tender.  My sister also "tenderized" the meat and trimmed the fat off entirely..   basically tenderizing is ummm...  wrapping the chicken in plastic wrap (so you don't get it all over) and beating it senseless.  :paranoid:

:pointr: Due to the amount of messages I recieved while I was away, I'll only be replying to notes that were sent.   I'm sorry about that.. and if there is anything you wrote me in comments that you'd like me to read or feel is really important, please let me know.
:excited: Critique Group


If you want a critique on your work, please check out memod's journal - I am now participating in his group of critiquers.  My crits will be up within the next day or so.

:aww: Features


Daily Painting No.2, Tornado by tun4f1sh
mars car by kazimdoku
:thumb56124412:


:lol: Quote of the Day

"We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world."
               - Helen Keller
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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My first devWEAR shirt

Journal Entry: Sat May 19, 2007, 11:05 PM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Belmont Place by Canndlebox
  • Reading: imagiNATION by Todd Keisling
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:noes: OMG devWEAR



My first deviantWEAR shirt :aww:  
Actually this is my first shirt ever that is a design, and not just a corporate logo :D  So I had a lot of fun!  Let me know what you think - I know it's different.  Good or bad?  :giggle:

The other ones are really cool, so check out the new designs! :dance: Go team!

Ekto Hoodie by deviantARTGear Dichotomy by deviantARTGear
Tree by deviantARTGear dA Buttons by deviantARTGear


I'll write a longer journal in a few days :giggle:  Look for another painting in your inboxes soon... something (a bit) different :D
:aww: Features


Davy Jones, ARRRRRRRR by memod
Dude by maxon Curvaceous by Toilet-Gnome

:lol: Quote of the Day

"One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork."
               - Edward Abbey
:salute: Over and Out

Till next time, darlins!

:gummybear:
Gracie


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