Ten minutes

I have gotten on a 10 minute kick. What’s that? you ask. Well there are certain things I am trying to do for 10 minutes everyday. I know myself well enough to know I need daily stuff. My life is too schedule crazy to make firm plans, but 10 minutes a day, sure I can do that. I  picked 6 things I want to more; meditation, yoga, strength training, sewing, painting/drawing, and reading.

That is just an hour a day. I will admit that, so far, I have done all 6 only a few days, and I am better about doing the first three than the last three. But I am trying. When I don’t do one, I am consciously making a decision. I don’t forget,  in other words. I have a problem with thinking I need large amounts of time to sew and create art. I am trying to get pass that because I know doing something creative everyday will help me in life as much as meditation will.

Even if it’s just a silly sketch of me being sick. Try it, it’s only 10 minutes.

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First Make of 2017

First off, I’ve been silent for a while, trying to decide whether to focus on sewing or art. I’ve given up and given in to both. So from now on I’ll be posting about both art and sewing. Enjoy the ride!IMG_6774

I made this dress for a wedding I went to last weekend. The fabric is from my deep stash. I’ve had it for about 10 years. The pattern is McCall’s M7116 with a few modification, because I can’t leave well enough alone. IMG_6779

I added the bias cut navy satin trim and made the covered buttons to match.

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I also added in seam side pockets, which with an invisible zipper, was not an easy task. IMG_6781

I also took out the shoulder pleats to add the trim. The dress should have been a straight forward sew, but with the changes I made, it took longer to sew than I thought it would.  Normally it wouldn’t have been a problem, but I gave myself a very short time frame to finish the dress. Nothing like a dead line to get things finished. I plan on making a few more of this dress, one in a black knit and another in a black floral chiffon.  I will be keeping the pockets but moving the zipper to the back seam.

Bye for now, and happy sewing and arting!

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Working 9 to 5?

Why Creatives Don’t Succeed  In Traditional, 9-To-5 Work Environments

http://elitedaily.com/money/nine-fives-make-no-sense-creatives/954674/

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“Eighty percent of life is just showing up.” Woody Allen

In which Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the importance of showing up:

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“The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.” ― Orson Welles

In which Phil Hansen talks about embracing limitations:

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” Every child is an artist.” Pablo Picasso

In which Young-ha Kim talks about playing:

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“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.” — Albert Camus

In which David Kelley talks about the creativity in all of us.

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” Good artists copy, great artists steal” Pablo Picasso

In which Kirby Ferguson talks about stealing:

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Artist I discovered in 2014- A review

These are artist whose work I have discovered and enjoyed in 2014, in no particular  order.

Kristy Kutch, an artist working in colored pencils.

Poppy  by Kristy Kutch.

Poppy by Kristy Kutch.

http://www.artshow.com/kutch/

Michael James Riddet, an artist working in acrylic.

Raven's Eggs  by Michael James Riddet

Raven’s Eggs by Michael James Riddet

http://www.riddetstudio.com/index.html

Ronald Brischetto, an artist working in acrylic with Venetian plaster.

Work by Ronald Brischetto

Work by Ronald Brischetto

http://www.ronaldbrischetto.com/acrylicmixed-media.html#.VLLWKnvzPm4

Pastel drawings by artist Zaria Forman.

Greenland #50 by Zaria Forman.

Greenland #50 by Zaria Forman.

http://www.zariaforman.com/#!greenland/c2067

Jephan de Villiers, a French artist working in mixed media.

Work by Jephan de Villiers

Work by Jephan de Villiers

http://www.jephandevilliers.com/

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WIP, Some 3D Models

Two versions of a Victorian Town home.

Two versions of a Victorian Town home.

 

Oil Pump Jack

Oil Pump Jack

Repeating vine decal

Repeating vine decal

These are some assets I created for the game Elementum, which will be showing at the Captivate Conference on October  24-26, 2014 in Austin TX. I call these a work in progress, although they are already in the game, because I am still working a two of them. Because of a miscommunication, the deadlines got moved up so I didn’t get to spend as much time on the pump jack or the town house as I would like. They are back ground pieces for a semi side scrolling, so they are fine for that purpose. My goal is to revamp the textures mainly and add a bit more detail, while keeping the models low poly.  I am even thinking about adding then to Turbo Squid. We’ll see .

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