Back to Basics

So in my last post I mentioned some watercolor paints I’d found on Indiegogo and said I’d been thinking about trying my hand at watercolors. I ended up doing some research on watercolor painting, discovered Copic markers, and so I went out and bought some of each, pulled out an old unopened set of sketch pencils I had as well as an unopened package of watercolor pencils and set to work… Here are some of the results:

Traditional Watercolor:

Copic Markers:

Watercolor Pencils, water, ink

More to come, I’m sure:)


I’ve been searching around for several months for a creative hobby…hands-on creative. I used to paint, and I have missed that, but I always painted in oils on canvas or acrylics on wood (yes, that I cut myself:)

I’ve been thinking of trying watercolor painting and then this popped up on my Facebook timeline. The product looks amazing, and I can’t wait to get my set!!

This is what the paint kits look like, and you can also order a personalized wooden case for them. Very portable and convenient. If you go on the Indiegogo site, you can see video reviews of the paints. I was surprised at how vivid the colors are, and the artists who have reviewed them seem very impressed!

Just look at some of the amazing things people have created using these paints!

Sinuses Shminuses!

riverbrellaMy sinuses are feeling much better, although I think I’ve realized that I need to elevate my head at night. On the weekends, when I’m up late and hubby has to work in the morning, I sleep downstairs in the guest room (where my computer is). In that room, we have a futon with a sunken center and big, fluffy pillows, and I’ve noticed that I fall asleep much easier. Last night, sleeping in my bed upstairs with my flat pillow (which I’ve always preferred), as soon as I laid my head down, my forehead started to THROB. It’s so hard to fall asleep with that pain and pressure. So tonight, I’m stealing the big, fluffy guest room pillows and see if that helps.

I’m trying really hard to avoid having sinus surgery. I have heard and read some scary and painful things about those surgeries, and both my PCP and my former boss recommend that I try to deal with my sinus issues and avoid the surgery. The only time they really bother me this bad is in the Spring and the Fall when the seasons are transitioning, especially since in New England the weather takes a while to settle into the next season, so we have several weeks where it can be 70 degrees one hour and 35 the next, and the air pressure fluctuates so much your ears pop. Not fun!

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I’ve done a few more photo manipulations. Is it weird that one day I do a whimsical picture like the girl in the umbrella floating down the stream and the next I do an image of a post-apocalyptic woman in the gas mask and green dreads sitting in a field of dead grass? My BFF Nichole says “Not for you…” Haha!

Well, at least I’m in a creative mood! I missed it! And not only is it sparking my artistic creativity, but my writing imagination as well! I am late getting the April Challenge Prompt up for Thoughtdivers, so time for me to sign off here and head over there! If I don’t blog again soon, hope you all have a wonderful week!

PS – Ooo, and I almost forgot! My friend fnordboy and I should have Principia Esoterica up soon! We’ve only been tossing that idea around for the last eight years! We are both serious procrastinators! It’s coming soon! I promise!

Making Pics Again

Just thought I’d share some more photo manipulations I did recently:) You can click on the images for a larger view.

The Witch
The Witch
Flo Newton
Flo Newton (1920’s starlet)
Frog Prince
Frog Prince
(yes, there is a frog in the picture;)
Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel
Wide Awake
Wide Awake