inspire me thursday: photo a day
Friday, September 29, 2006, 07:29 PM - Illustration Friday Night
So this is a kind of big challenge for me, as I don't really think I am very photogenic... so I covered up the part that betrays me most often, apart from blinking every time someone tries to take my photo, it was hard not to change the photos to black and white also. I know it has been done, a little, and six day of photos is nothing compared with four years of a photo a day. I look tired. Generally.
So there. Done.
soft, gooey cinnamon bins... ohhh!
Tuesday, September 26, 2006, 06:25 PM
I am having kind of a bad day again today.
I did receive my The Magic Flute Unveiled book today, which I have flicked through and I am going to start later.
I have decided not to limit myself. That means, I have been having a dilemma lately. I have about five ideas in my head for different types of work, around the same idea (yes those boats, plus tarot cards that have been there for years without fruit), but not always the same topic. I have decided not to fight this phenomenon and just do what I need to do. I think that is what is wrong with me at the moment. I am going to do something, I pull myself up and say: "No! That is not what you are supposed to be focussing on". Stupid. I have wasted a day a bit today. I wrote stuff down that I want to do, but so far, it is all silkscreen work.
I did add myself to the
How Design Mugshots Gallery
This image is one of the Inspiration Thursday ideas for this week, they want us to take a photo of ourselves everyday for a week. This is the type of photo I have been taking.
Although, today, I had to prove to myself that I could still make bread products (I used to be really good at it, if I do say so myself, everyone said so, so I'll believe them... that was when I was cooking all the time).
So, I have sucess!
I think they could have risen a little more, but, hey, they taste good! I also didn't put so much glaze on them. This is from a vegan recipe that I will provide, because to tempt and only tempt is evil, must make everyone fat!
3/4 C unsweetend soy milk
1/4 C margarine, softened
3 1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast
1/4 C white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C plus 2 TBS water
1 C brown sugar, packed
1 TBS ground cinnamon
1/2 C margarine, softened
2 tsp corn syrup
2 tsp maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 C icing sugar
4 TBS unsweetened soy milk
Heat the soy milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove
from heat. Mix in margarine; stir until melted. Let cool until
In a large mixing bowl combine 2 1/4 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt;
mix well. Add water and the soy milk/margarine mixture; beat well. Add
the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each
addition. When the dough has just pulled together, turn it out onto a
lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes
Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rest for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon,
Roll out dough into a 12x9 inch rectangle. Spread dough with
margarine/sugar mixture (if you want you can add in some raisins or
nuts). Roll up into a long roll.
Cut into 12 equal size rolls and place cut side up in 2 lightly
greased rounds pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30
minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until browned. Combine
all the ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl and mix until
smooth. Let rolls cool a few minutes then drizzle with glaze.
Dancing Monkey print finally finished!
Monday, September 25, 2006, 12:07 PM - Art/Design, Illustration
So I finally finished my beautiful on the inside print, which I have listed in my Blue House Store. I only listed the card copies so far. I haven't trimmed the canvas versions, so I don't know the exact dimensions (doing that now!), which were originally done for Jeremyville's Sketchels, but due to deadline, it went without the flower on his chest.
So I am pretty happy.
I don't want to go to "work" today. It is raining, but perhaps it is a better place for me, I haven't done anything this morning but clean the piles of paper all over the place that I have decided are really boring to look at. Looks better in here, but still haven't done any work. Been staring at a piece I started the other day... but staring doesn't do.
illustration friday : phobia
Sunday, September 24, 2006, 07:26 PM - General, Art/Design, Illustration, Illustration Friday, Language
So we have our pig...
Is he really in a boat?
Is he hallucinating?
Has he really grown some stegasaurus plates?
Is he going to fall out of his boat all the same?
This is a little phobic dedication to Hunter S. Thompson, and to Troy (an old friend, who I heard from but didn't speak to on the weekend, he is in love again, of course, with an Irish girl, even more surprising (ha!)... but that is another story completely). The two are linked somehow, something to do with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas I suspect.
You will be all pleased to know that I am disgusted with my working discipline at the moment, mainly this week. But, (excuses, excuses),I have Tuesday COMPLETELY to myself this week. I am going to go to see Buyse in the morning, but that is perhaps only for a few minutes. I don't think he understood my idea for my next screen print idea.
My French was appauling over the weekend. We had an old friend of Eugène's here and his girlfriend. He is from Carcassonne and used to live in Paris, but has since moved back south, to Toulouse, and has reappropriated his accent. It cracks me up, but, I kept having to ask what people were talking about, and it had nothing to do with accents. I just wasn't listening very well or something. Plus I couldn't seem to explain myself very well either. I guess we have days like that.
I had to reload my ipod last weekend, and I never looked at the software to take the info off an ipod before, wished I did, I have to re-season it, like a wok. It is not good. I didn't lose the music, so I guess I can't be too sad. It does help me cull stuff I dislike anyway.
illustration friday : change
Sunday, September 17, 2006, 09:31 AM - General, Relationships, Art/Design, Illustration, Illustration Friday
I fell down on the one a day challenge. "Work" took over my mind and boring things like needing to eat (that also emcompasses going shopping for food) and going to the osteopath...
So I did start and finish this on friday, but here it is a few days later. The boat rears it's head again, but this time it is up, up and away with a pirate squirrel.
Yesterday I was shocked to hear of a girl that frequently went to the Ateliers d'Editions Populaires on Saturdays died in a car accident on Monday. Just one more prompt to do what you love NOW and not later. Sad, but I don't think she would want us to dwell on her death, she wasn't like that, from what I knew of her.
We saw two movies yesterday, (yes, yes, but they seem to disappear quickly from Lille sometimes). We saw Thank you For Smoking and Water an Indian film set in 1939 about widows and how they are treated in the Indian system because of religious beliefs that it is a sin to remarry if you are a widow. It was beautiful, but very sad.