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It seems like forever since I last picked up a paintbrush so when I saw the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge on Leslie Satea’s blog, I decided to jump in. I’ve got a bit of a late start, but I’m excited to get going. I saw a vintage card with fluffy little bluebirds on it a while back and it inspired today’s painting.

 

Psalm 47:6 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

 

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I have been avoiding my blog and posting since we returned from our trip. I’m not sure why, maybe it was entropy or maybe I just got burned out posting daily earlier in the year… Anyhooo, here are a couple of pages I started while waiting for tour guides to take us through a pair of lovely old buildings. I finished them at home with pics of the sites. Maybe this will get the ball rolling and I will start posting again.

 

These were made in a Midori Traveler’s Notebook with a craft insert I cut down to fit. The previous post was the same notebook with a Strathmore Aquarius II watercolor paper insert. The kiddos think the notebook is cool and looks like something Indiana Jones would own. I’m still not sure if I like it. Having multiple inserts with different paper is nice, so is being able to refill it. However, the narrow width feels weird and forces me to do full spread, double page layabouts. The Aquarius paper is pretty strange also, it feels thin and almost fuzzy. It is a pretty big change from the Arches watercolor I have been working on.

 

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So much for drawing and posting every day! I got in one last EDinM drawing before we left for a quick combo DH work trip/mini vacation, but we didn’t get back and recover before EDinM was over– bummer. It seems my best intentions cannot compete with the hectic realities of our road trips. I managed to get in a few pages while on the trip, but mostly I just snapped photos to help with journaling later. I came back home from this trip and was so exhausted that I really need a post trip vacation! Here are a few of the pages I did in my journal…

 

 

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I have a serious spider phobia.

 

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Shorty 7B pencil drawn with a Pilot Croquois 6B. I think I like the shorty lead better, less ‘waxy’.

 

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I almost skipped this since today was my RS visit and my eye is achy after the shot, but I haven’t missed a daily sketch yet this year so….. Good news from the RS, no retina bleeds and the CNV keeps shrinking so now I get to go 10 weeks until the next shot. For such good news it was a pretty miserable experience at the Doc’s today. First I reacted to the fluoroscein dye and got really nauseous ( half dose from now on). Then the lucentis injection was different than the avastin I had before, my IOP spiked and my vision blacked out in the injected eye. Lot of eye pain and a killer headache that luckily faded pretty fast as the pressure normalized. When I got home and looked in the mirror I saw Dr had hit a blood vessel and I will now have a freaky bloody eye for the next few weeks. As if that wasn’t enough, my eyelid was majorly swollen. Apparently, I am becoming allergic to the antibiotic drops used for the injection. Gaackkkkk!!!!!! Oh well, it’s worth it to keep my sight!!!

 

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R3 used to love her princess room. Now that she is a teen it is too pink and girly. Her room is slowly transforming into a TARDIS blue Dr.Who sanctuary.

 

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Another cartoon, R3 says I’m getting lazy.

 

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I’m tired so tonight it’s a cartoon, Mickey’s gloves.

 

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Vampires give me the creeps. I mean, come on— they drink BLOOD! Ewwwwww, gross! Still, if I had to pick a vampire I’d go old school and choose Bela Lugosi. No sparkly vampires for me, LOL!

 

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