Doing a Happy Dance

I’m not usually one that toots their own horn, but there are positive things happening in my life right now that I’m so very happy and grateful for that I feel the need to share.

Despite having PCOS (which causes higher sugar levels and cholesterol issues (among other problems) and a hereditary predisposition to high cholesterol…
I am no longer pre-diabetic! My sugar levels are normal!!!
My “good” and “bad” cholesterol levels are now normal as well!!!!

Yes, I have other health problems that I’m still working on with my doctor, but these 2 things are awesome and an indication that my lifestyle changes are paying off. ¬†I’m so excited and surprised ūüôā

 

I have been creating many larger drawings in the past few weeks. ¬†I have rendered¬†works in this style before, but haven’t in quite some time (2 years I think- yikes!). ¬†They also make me happy. ¬†Like most artists, I don’t always like my creations and often times am not confident in my abilities. ¬†When they say that ‘the artist is their own worst critic’, they are very much correct. ¬†So, for me to be happy with something that I’ve made is a good thing indeed. But anyway new artwork to share…

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So my lovelies… what makes you happy? ¬†What are you grateful and appreciative for? ¬†Yes, world events are pretty bleak, and it is hard for many (myself included) to stay hopeful and positive right now. ¬†So, it is important now more than ever to be aware of the things that are going well for you and hold on to that feeling. ¬†Let those positive chunks of your life fuel your day. ¬†It’s those bleak times, when many have lost hope, that we need those who are strong in their optimism to help others up.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day of awesome ūüôā

Much Ado About Drawing

Hello friends of art and friends of heart…

The past week has been strange… mainly dealing with various health conditions I have. ¬†BUT, when it comes to art, there has been only one topic on my mind: ¬†drawing. ¬† Recently, I’ve been going through old sketchbooks of mine to organize all of my 5.5 x 8.5 drawings into display binders. ¬†I’ve also been spray fixing drawings that were never sprayed. ¬†A word of advice, ALWAYS SPRAY YOUR DRAWINGS ASAP! ¬†Some are, unfortunately, a smeary mess. ¬†So, I’m spraying and organizing, but also keeping in mind that I’ve been wanting to post some of my sketches on my blog for awhile now. ¬†I have no idea why I hadn’t done this earlier. ¬†Seriously, life drawing is my strongest talent out of the various media I create in. ¬†Oh well, better late than never.

(also sorry about the quality of these pics; I don’t have access to a scanner)

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Obviously, besides drawing people in general, my passion is drawing musicians as they play. ¬†Yes, this is my absolute favorite! ¬†I love music anyway, but drawing as it’s being performed transports me into a unique moment of awesomeness. ¬†I get zoned out into art mode, so instead of paying super attention to the words or the performers, I FEEL the music. ¬†It’s as if I’m rendering the musician, the music pouring out of them, the energy, and their soul all at the same time. ¬†Best thing in the world indeed! ¬†Recently, I’ve mainly had the opportunity to draw patrons of a hookah bar my friends and I frequent. ¬†I don’t smoke, but chill out in the moment when I put pencil to page. ¬†I get to see bands here and there, but not nearly as much as I used to years back. ¬†It is what it is. ¬†Hopefully when my health and energy improves, I can get out to venues again.

A cool drawing opportunity coming up is happening this Thursday. ¬†An acquaintance of mine runs a Transgender Community Group. (I totally forget the name! ¬†I’ll have to “plug” them later, lol). ¬†They have an annual Christmas party that’s apparently an absolute blast. ¬†I’m donating my talents for the evening and doing small portraits of the guests. ¬†I’ve never done live drawing as a feature of an event before, but I’m super exited! ¬†Also, I can’t wait to meet the guests and give them a little a gift of support in seeing themselves as they wish to be presented. ¬†I’ve been told that a good portion of the group is not open about their gender identity outside the safety of the events this organization presents, so I feel honored to be able to contribute what talents and time I can to¬†support them.

And yet, this is another reason to have my display binders ready, ha ha ha. ¬†It would be nice to show more examples of my work (seriously I have hundreds of drawings… the majority of which still need to sprayed, ugh!) ¬†And my ramblings come full circle to the non-fun responsibilities of art life, lol.

But yes, drawing, drawing, drawing!  And I finally posted some of my sketches as promised.

Next time I’ll share some of my abstract portraiture…

Until then, may art fill your heart ’til joy comes out. ¬†(I really wished “out” rhymed with “art”. ¬†Just pretend it does, lol!)