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Midwestern weather is... utterly bizarre. It feels more like September/October than May; cool and sunny. If the trees weren't a vibrant green, I'd be utterly and helplessly confused.

Things have been going well for us; work has been a nightmare of bad planning on the part of others, but so far I've managed. I don't know what will happen when the project ends, but I do know that my work on this should earn me a decent raise next year.

I've been pondering a lot what I want to do with my life; It seems like quite a few others have as well. Must be something in the air. Someone suggested to me that I sit down and write out what I want, what I'm willing to compromise on, what I will not countenance in my life. She mentioned that all of us have vague ideas of the things we want, but when they aren't written down, it's far too easy to become confused and give in to the needs/wishes of those around us. This is.. a really good idea. I have a very basic idea of where I want to be in a year, 5 years, 10 years down the road, but it would be really nice if I could settle down on some sort of goal to work toward rather than an ephereal 'some day I'd like to do X'.

Among the things I'd like to do is become serious about the arts. All along, I've said that my art was just a hobby, and that I didn't really care if it never became more. I've found lately that.... that is no longer true. I don't think I ever will be solely supported by art or writing, but I have decided that I do want to seek professional status; both from my clients and from my peers. tuftears was invaluable in asking all sorts of questions that made me sit down and evaluate how I really felt about things. I don't know how much of the goal I'll actually be able to accomplish, but... I'm sure that in working towards it, I'll reap all sorts of benefits.

Other than that... things are puttering along. There's a few things that will probably happen this summer that I'm not able to talk about.

I still haven't pregistered for Anthrocon. Need to do that soon. I'm getting excited about the trip, even though it looks like things will be tight for me financially. Oh well. What else is new?

We've had a lot going on over the past month or so. gypsypet was out the weekend after Easter, then glennj showed up, then points told us HE was in town... and just.. wow. Things have been utterly nuts in our lives lately. Tomorrow, we're going to jaunt up to Madison to try and catch aynjel and haikujaguar at Wiscon. (BTW, if either of you read this, doubtful as it is, we won't be leaving Chitown til afternoon. Will call when we hit Wisconsin) I'm pretty sure we're just going for the day, as neither of us wants to shuck out the cash for a hotel room with Big Vacation looming. There's sadly not much else to update with. I am pondering tossing up some original art and bookmarks up on Furbid to try and garner a little extra spending money. My stuff never seems to sell well, however; I'm not sure if it's because I'm a relative unknown, or if it's some subtle statement on my abilities. More likely just because people don't know what's good. :>

I need to hit the art store for some paints and watercolor paper.. and I need to dig out my brushes. I'm going to finish lanakila's commission to my satisfaction if it kills me! (FYI, Lana, trying watercolors next. If this doesn't work out, I may just color it digitally and send you tons of iggle sketches as an apology). I also need to work on duncandahusky's Livejournal icons. I never knew that huskies were difficult to draw til I started trying to draw him. I don't know why, but nothing I've done looks good to me. Maybe I just need better reference images. :p

It sounds like we're going to toddle up to Kenosha tonight to see a friend. He doesn't get out terribly much since he doesn't have a working vehicle, and with our gaming group cancelled this week, I think he's really lonely for company. He's a fun person to just hang out with, and he's got lots of pointy things to play with (swords and knives, get your minds out of the gutter!!), so I imagine it'll be time pleasantly spent. I need to remember to snag some pop to take with tho, as he abhors diet soda.

So.. I'll probably rummage up my brushes tonight when I get home, then get on the road. We are looking at moving to the Gurnee area when we finally purchase a house, so it'll be good to get an idea of what my daily commute would be like. I'll probably prime and stretch the paper for Lana's commission tomorrow; I have a block of cold press paper I want to try it on.. and I want to get some plate pressed paper. I'll be in Schaumburg for a doctor's visit, so might as well visit the God of Art Supply Stores.

I also have art to scan.


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May. 28th, 2004 05:23 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. I forgot to tell you--I'm going to be in Chicago Sunday!

...okay, maybe I won't really. But I'll think real hard about it.

May. 29th, 2004 06:48 pm (UTC)
You are not allowed to get my hopes up like that.
May. 28th, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC)
Who in Kenosha?
May. 29th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
My buddy Dave. :) We game together. :)
May. 29th, 2004 11:52 am (UTC)
One day I must gt you, Roho, and feren to visit :P
May. 29th, 2004 07:44 pm (UTC)
May. 28th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)
Ooh! If you do see Haikujaguar give her a hug from Akiva and I! And have a safe trip when you go--people get nuts this time of year for wholly inexplicable reasons...
May. 31st, 2004 07:46 am (UTC)
I think you'll have a lot of fun with the paints... If you want to try something different than watercolor, but cheaper than oil (I believe), try acrylics...

I haven't tried watercolor since like... HS art?
but I remember being terribly frustrated over a few pieces that got snarfed because I used too much water, or they lightened up too much, or, or or... =p

Either way, I'm really excited for you... I am having an absolute blast with mine, and I know exactly where you are coming from... We are talking about in "our" house (squeal?) having a studio and everything, and I'm thinking "hey, you know, I could really get good at this, this could be a Big Thing(tm)."

And even if I don't... Well I still like playing with the pretty colors ::beams::

I finished the two kanji symbols that I was telling you about over the weekend, and I started my very first ever oil landscape late saturday night...

Yep, I'm excited for you!
May. 31st, 2004 07:51 am (UTC)
I actually found all my oils from when I was taking art classes. :>

I'm debating getting back into acrylics- I had a lot of trouble with them before; but I've seen some really gorgeous work done with them. I'm not sure, will have to think about it. I think right now I'll stick to watercolor because it's easy and portable. :)

*big hugs* And I'm happy for YOU! :)
Jun. 1st, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC)
Anthrocon and Artwork
Lanakila smiles warmly and head-bows softly.

I hope you have a fun time at Anthrocon! I'm still debating on whether or not I want to make that drive (or fly) and eat the financial cost of making such a trip. Anthrocon is definitely fun and exciting, though like you've mentioned in your LJ comment to me, not going is an option to consider, given the shortened time span I have to make the trip.

I read your comments on my "commission-in-progress." Lanakila smiles warmly and blushes softly. Aww. Thank you for working on it for so long! I look forward to seeing the final product. I know so much has gone on in your world since the time of commencing the commission. Thank you for being so dedicated. *beaksmiles brightly* Good luck on the water-colouring! You're too kind in wanting to send iggle sketches by way of an apology. Lanakila spreads his wings around you and wingsnugs tightly. Thank you once again!

Jun. 1st, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Anthrocon and Artwork
You are too kind for being so patient!! You're going to spoil me for other commissioners! ;)

I hope to see you at AC, but I know I personally couldn't do what you're facing, so I will definately understand if you decided to skip. :)

*HUG* :)
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