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To blog or not to blog

Forgive me readers for I have sinned. It’s been six months since my last blog post. 

Yeah, yeah, I know, this isn’t news here. When I look back on my last 5 years or so, I realize that I often get side-tracked by life and I stop blogging for months at a time. And every single time, I feel bad about abandoning my blog. This time, I actually debated about keeping or deleting the blog. But in the end, when it came time to renew my WordPress subscription for this site, I decided to go for it and keep the blog alive. I am making no promises of regular blogging but I will definitely try to check in at least once a month. Nothing’s stopping me, now that I have a nice computer!

So anyway, what happened in the past six months? I finished my year-long project of daily art. I will share a few photos of the last ones here eventually. I continued my fine motor skills activities at school and am now doing them with the third group of kids, the pre-k class. I’m actually adapting a lot of the activities I previously did with the others so that we can do them in two sessions instead of one but these kids are really good (I’m afraid I might run out of activities!) 

What else… Those who follow me on Facebook know this already: I’m an auntie! My brother and his fiancée had a beautiful daughter a little over two months ago: Clara. We are totally in love with our little princess. I won’t share photos of her here to protect their privacy.

I haven’t created a lot of art since the beginning of this year. A few doodles. A bit of colouring in some of my books. I think that my daily art project burned me out and I needed a break but now, I’m ready to get back to art. Maybe not daily but at least weekly. I do have a couple of watercolour paintings that need to be finished soon. And now that the weather is improving, I’ll start going for walks and taking photos again.

In the meantime, I leave you with this quick charcoal drawing I did tonight. Thank you for sticking around and see you soon!

SoFy

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Drawing and threading

One thing that always surprises me is when I create something that I deem ordinary or even sub-standard and then receive a lot of “likes” and positive comments for it on social media. Yesterday’s piece was one of those. I was tired after my work day and a 3-hours line dancing class and not very inspired. Because I had all sorts of music going through my head, I decided to draw a treble clef and embellish it with some zentangles. I thought the end result was ordinary but it seems it caught the eye of a few of my friends ad family.

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Today’s creation is also a drawing but this time, I brought the charcoal pencil. It’s more of an experiment but I’m pleased with it. If I were to redo it, I wouldn’t add the big shadow blob below the feather but what’s done is done.

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Also, today was my fine motor skill activity and we had fun with threading. I supplied a variety of threading material: large and thin shoe laces, plastic lace, pipe cleaners. I also had various beads and buttons as well as pull-tabs from soda cans. Only one of the students had a hard time threading so I helped him by tying a big wooden bead on one end of a large shoe lace and showed him how to thread with my pieces of pool noodle. Once he got it, he moved on to the big wooden beads and then smaller ones. I added new objects to the manipulation basket which they loved: puffer balls, “fart putty”, bendable figurines and more stress balls.

Thanks for visiting!

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Weekend update

In case any of you were wondering, I didn’t post on Friday because I had a long day of cleaning at work and an evening of dancing which didn’t leave much time for in depth creating and blogging. In fact, my daily art was a quick sketch on a previously painted journal page. When I looked at the page, I immediately saw the elephant shape and the lady bust so I decided to sketch Marie-Elephantoinette! See what I did there?!?

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I will paint her at a later date. And over the weekend, I kept things simple again with some doodling on the painted branch for Saturday and a mandala on Sunday.

Finally, today, I altered my third and last clipboard. Once again, I only used acrylic paints (Americana and Distress) and stencils (Penny Black, The Crafter’s Workshop, and unknown for the fairies). And I decided that fairies were a great addition to go with the butterflies and birds.

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I’ll show you when all three clipboards will be on the wall.

Thanks for visiting!

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Street theatre festival

Tonight was the first night of our local street theatre festival which occurs annually. I try to go see at least one show each year. This time, I was able to see 5 shows already. Of the 5, I really liked the first, a synchronized performance of two “supermarket cashiers”, and the last, a combination of tango and fire. I least enjoyed the improv show and found interesting the street performance (4 people dressed in black with yellow lines, literally performing as a moving street), and the orchestra of crows which you can see a bit in this low quality photo:

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And inspired by tonight’s shows, I made this really quick drawing in less than 5 minutes.

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After a long day of meeting after meeting at work and 3 hours of watching street theatre, I’m too tired to do anything more. So good night and thanks for visiting.

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A little sketching

Today, I was busy putting together some IKEA furniture for my studio so I decided to do some quick sketching for today’s art. I found a blank page in one of my art journals and sketched one of my cats, Diesel, sleeping on her scratch-post house. It’s far from being realistic and the proportions are off but for a 20 minutes exercise, it’s not bad.

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Thanks for visiting! I’ll be back on Monday so have a nice weekend!

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