hey, so. health things. are still happening.
okay look tbh I might just need to take a break from WF and just like the internet as a whole for like. a year? possibly even longer?
which kinda sucks! because the people here are cool! but as I've been reminded (repeatedly) over the past month, my mental and physical health have priority. so right now, I'm making the choice to give them all my focus in hopes that one day I'll feel healthy again :)
thank you for understanding and hopefully one day in the future I'll feel up to coming back and bombarding you all with plant pictures again! :D
sneaking on for two seconds as a heads-up that I'm going to be completely inactive online for a minimum of a month, with a possibility of spotty activity for several months afterwards
I'm okay and nothing bad/scary is happening, but this is because I have some medical stuff going on and I need to make some major lifestyle choices. so see you all in a month or so, hopefully! :D
my parents are all up in arms about a seller giving me the run-around in getting my order of wool and started loudly wondering about keeping sheep
there's no way we have any kind of set-up to handle sheep (or the funds) but I appreciate the confirmation that if I ever wanted to raise some wool sheep they'd be fully supporting of my attempts apparently XD
did I end up drawing anything? no. did I end up playing a straight four hours of breath of the wild on my master mode file running away from lizalfos and chasing crabs on the beach around lurelin?? yes.
it's like turning the skull of your enemy into a drinking cup, but the enemy is kudzu vines and instead of a cup it's a basket.
this is what it looks like completely fresh, I haven't taken one after it dried for a night (and it'll need to dry longer, prob. a couple weeks?? I think??). the vines have shrunk a bit, so there's bigger holes, and I need to keep pressing the basket itself to try and make the bottom flat because it's. it's not flat. let's just leave it at that.
attempts 1 & 2 not pictured because I didn't think to take pictures of them. oops.
if your mom showed your aunt some prototype stickers you made but you scrapped them and now she more or less told her youd make them for her but you don't have the file anymore because they were test stickers and I wasnt happy with them so now you have to make more clap your hands
I know it's super early but if I do one of the -tober challenges (sketchtober or stitchtober are the only two I ever have any interest in sdfghjkl) I might try to post 'em here? I've never gotten past like, day 5 in any of them but idk if maybe posting on waterfall will actually like... make me stick with it or not.
pokeberries are Very Poisonous but apparently they make a beautifully vivid red/magenta ink... gotta resist the urge to play with poison because I don't have an isolated set of pots/strainers for strict inkmaking only which is a massive oversight now that I'm thinking about it
Wanted to focus on creating depth within a piece and it really expanded into this study of hue and saturation. Spend only about a hour on this bc its something I did before jetting off to work.
Reflection under the cut
This was all done free hand off the reference. I loved the red and purple hues in the dirt. Thats what drew me in after I realized I love the atmosphere in piece. So I kind of started there. It was so fun realizing where I needed to push the hues to get them to look as vibrant as they are. The foreground greenery with the deep shadows needed to be pushed very blue. Most of the piece gained a lot of saturation in those shadows. The warmer colors needed to be pushed cooler but not in a way I was used to? I usually just push the saturation down if I need something relatively colder but with the entirity of this piece, that usually meant wiggling the hue more often than not. And the piece imo still turned out very very warm? Green is one of those colors I can never really think of as cool since it has so much vibrancy, especially when its used in such a highly saturated manner.
One thing that I very slowly realized was how I was using contrast in the piece. The foreground is so much darker than the farther back layers and sure, now that I'm thinking about it "of course it is! thats how you create atmosphere" but when you're essentially recreating an already excellently composed piece of art (ie, decisions have already been made for you) you don't quite realize that until you're doing the thing (which is why you study like this). And i'll just be forever in awe of that process.
I could have spent probably 2 full hours detailing. I had plans in diff places to add more or do this that or the other stuff, but Im extremely happy with how this turned out. I'm incredibly pleased with the variation in tree color that ended up in there. I thought this might look careless of me (bc it spawned from me not color picking as much (which is good)) but the variety goes so far in breaking any monotony that might have settled in. I wish I would have extended this to the greenery more than I did (its all mostly the same base green with not too different shadows).
Overall this was such a fun thing to do. On a personal level i always feel like its so hard to find that place where you can objectively work on a piece. So often I'm stunted by anxiety or lack of energy. Its hard to ease yourself into that middle ground where "we are working and this is that process" in which you can let negative feelings and thoughts fall to the side if they happen to come up.
Stepping back from this piece and immediately having to go to work was weird, but honestly? I was so fucking caught up in how good it felt to have something I wanted to show off (because god am I happy with it. Im impressed with mysel and its one of those moments where you remember "oh yeah this takes skill and practice and i have come so fucking far in my life" ). I walked away from it feeling like I could breathe again? As if somehow I couldn't before? Maybe thats a sideeffect of me working on it so feverishly, but it felt way more like I'd found my proficiency in art again? I thrive off that shit, feeling capable and proficient, like I can tackle anything thrown my way. Backgrounds have always scared the shit out of me and, dont get me wrong, I'm nowhere near able to handle anything in that regard, but its like I found the path to lead me in that direction.
At the very least, studies like this are like adding a tool to your box. You can always pull from past experiences to help inform a new piece. Have enough and you can generally mix and match and create some crazy shit thats just a fussion of previous pieces. The cherry on top is if you can reach past that surface level and be even more transformative with your skills (theres absolutely no hard line between the two).
I feel like this was a kinda easy way to start getting into background practice. This was by no means a stress test. It felt more like flexing muslces I hadn't employed in a long while in a way I was mostly familiar with. Still I learned a lot and there was so much more that I remembered and pulled to the forefront of my brain (mostly color theory, composition, etc etc)
it's stupid hot and really humid outside but my preordered ginseng seeds arrived and that means everything gets dropped to get them sown because ginseng cannot be allowed to dry out.
and the saffron crocus bulbs came with them, so now they need to be planted asap, because if I put them in the ground quick enough I might get a harvest off of them this year. and of course when I ordered the ginseng seeds I had ordered more medicinal herb/tree seeds so I need to sow/treat/wrangle the slippery elm, the sweet gum tree, the peony seeds, the lemongrass, the patchouli, the lotus seeds...
it's a good thing my parents like that I'm into plants, because they're about to get spread all over this entire house. an open windowsill? don't mind if I do...
I did this one in my college drawing class and always liked it. Once again, don't know the date because I didn't write it down *eye twitch*
I DID IT
baking supplies to at least make a test batch for maybe about 1/3 of the book, headed my way in september!! and I stayed under-budget!!
I'm going to be making me some bread this fall!!
problem. I have been given some very interesting books which I love very much and now want to do many experiments with, especially this artisan bread book.
the issue here is that gluten free flours are Pricey and you need multiples (white rice flower, potato starch, teff flour, sorghum flour, etc) and a lot of them just to make one recipe, and if I stretch then my budget is $100. at the max. we don't have any of the needed flours in the house because we've just been buying a pre-blended king arthur flour mix.
why do things have to cost money I just want to experiment!!
small, medium, large
from left to right- sakata's sweet muskmelon, sugar baby watermelon, and desert king watermelon!
for size reference, the sakata's sweet melon is about the size of an apple. these things take f o r e v e r to ripen!! muskmelons aren't as tricky as watermelons for me but hhhh I can already tell I'm going to have to make a point of giving them space to themselves without anything that can compete with them. because the luffa vine has basically gone feral and eaten all the cantalope vines.
on the bright side, it looks like I'll be harvesting lots of luffas come frost-time??
@saewulf lolol the idea was to ease pain XD (which it did work!!) though you could def. argue that it could be a pain-causer if you got it on broken skin XD
from personal experience, arnica balm's a good one to try! arnica with a little tiny bit of cayenne and comfrey root is divine.
*experimenting with a new untested infusion blend for a pain salve that includes ginger and cayenne*
*gets a bit of infused oil on hands, absently wipes hands off on exposed portion of legs*
*IMMEDIATELY freezes in place because this isn't tested oh shit oh fuck-*
we've hit another produce boom,,, the pear trees are loaded down to the point the branches are bending.
the problem here is that nobody in this house likes pears.
Going to work yesterday morning
this was for that style-bending art challenge! basically, i asked my art friends what things were distinct for my style and i had to create a piece of art without any of them. they said blocky and painterly brush strokes, the colors red and blue and brown, and people. came up with this in the end- there are some bluish and brownish shades, but they're almost all just fun uses of greys, dark yellows, and the surrounding colors. the closest i got to brown was a khaki beige-ish color.
physically cannot stop bouncing my leg
i posted it on tumblr before, but you WILL look at my ocsmcatnip
bringing back the C U B E