Since I’ve moved my art stuff into the living room I’ve actually been drawing more! I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed it…
For Christmas this year I’ve planned to give people paintings. I’ve finished part of my mom’s and I’m in the process of my little brother’s.
I found out from my spies (mom and sister) that there is a painting that my brother keeps seeing at Home Depot. It’s a print of course, but I totally understand. It’s by Leonid Afremov. He is my favorite artist!! But the painting is not one of his typical ones; which gave me a challenge. I love challenges. 😎
So when you are painting someone’s art I believe in drawing it first. Because then you put your own spin on it. Why paint it exactly the same? That’s boring. It’s your impression of their work. So in a way…it becomes your own.
I decided to use my markers. I knew it was not going to give me the effect I wanted, but I was going to put in the effort and frame the end product.
I actually used the perspective training you get in fifth grade…it actually looks. This is the first time I’m mapped out my drawing. I usually just wing it!
Again I forgot to take pictures of the stages. But this is the finished product! I actually really like it! It is already framed and finished.
You don’t get that wet feeling with markers but it still works.
I had the wood slices on my desk…I needed a propping type thing… I really liked how this picture looked so I’m sharing it. Haha 😂.
So now all I have to do is paint! I’m planning on using a canvas I found from the thrift store. Repurposing!! I’m using oil paints! And because of the smell; I’ll be doing this outside.
I haven’t painted with oil paints in almost…4 years! 😳 I’ve missed the smell; I like the smell. It reminds me of my college days where I took a painting class twice a week; it was an 8 hour class…!
My set-up is on a folding, lifted table. Drop cloth for cleanliness! And I’m located under the carport. It is a prefect makeshift painting area!
This is my first time doing this…I thought I should because there is a lot of perspective involved, and that is not my strong suit, with freehand.
Again another first…I used to make my first layer just by just coating the canvas with the primary color…in this case it is white…so I found that ridiculous. So I did what my teachers were trying to tell me, and mapped out my painting with thin paint.
Weird…it actually works! 😅 This is going to save me so much paint! I was just stubborn before…
Well that as far as I go today! Don’t worry I will be better at taking pictures through my process.
Enjoy your Wednesday! We are off to story time at the library! 🌼
We decided to completely change the layout of our house… now three days ago…🥸
Haha! I mean completely! We moved our bedroom from the second floor to the basement. My art room from the basement to the living room. Eli’s bedroom from the second floor to the basement. The guest bedroom from the basement to the second floor.
The hubby’s “man cave” (more of a desk area) from the living room to the second floor; he now has an official man cave. He is super stoked!
All around it is now a better layout. We also get all the luxuries that we initially wanted. A bedroom with a bathroom attached. Laundry on the same floor as our bedrooms. And a man cave for the hubby.
But it meant carrying our king mattress down two floors and a queen mattress up two floors…😳 it was a lot! I’m amazed the hubby did not strangle me, as he tried to direct me and I was hearing the opposite. Haha!
I’m sore and exhausted. But I still have organizing to do! Which I like organizing! I would say it is a guilty pleasure. Especially now, since our house is completely flipped, I will be happy and content with all my new projects!!
Hope your life has not been completely flipped, but change it up and do something new today! It might just surprise you! 🎉
I wish I could find a cookbook that is only ground beef recipes…
This recipe says it takes 45min…🤨 another easy dinner!! A mom’s happy plan.
When I initially brought the beef up, I thought I had already put it in water. But alas no, I did not. So now I have to wait the 30min.
Unless I am trying a new recipe I don’t listen to my iTunes. I usually just roll with my Spotify playlist. Mostly because I used to listen to wide range of music and I would rather Elizabeth’s first words be from an bad song.
Fears of a mama.
Back to cooking.
I forgot to take a picture of cooking the beef, but let’s be honest…you know what it looks like. It looks the same as always. And this is me draining the fat off.
Sorry. I am a little goofy today as I write this recipe up. No, my foot is not included into the food.
This recipe does not have pictures with the steps. Hopefully this is right…
Warming up the cast iron skillet. I like how the tortilla crisps. The meat mixture looks okay now.
I had to skip various songs. Some were too random for my brain. Also some had some colorful words.
I added the green onions. It was not in the list of ingredients, but green onions always add more delicious flavors.
Of course the night I choose to make a quesadilla, is the day when we are out of salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. 😞 it was still delicious but I was bummed about the lack of extras.
But to the scoring.
Look Like Picture: 9. Mostly because I used the cheese I had. It was the cheddar jack mix from Costco. Not really the right taste, but still worked.
Taste: 9. I think it worked. But I think it would better with some diced green chilies mixed in. I’ve been in a spicy mood. The hubby liked it. He gave it an 8, just because he wasn’t very hungry to begin with.
Easiness: 10! It was easy. Another easy peasy recipe for a baby brained mama. Meaning… “dumb moments”. I have those days occasionally often. 😂
Hope you enjoyed the post. But also my music playlist.
It seems like I get small amounts of time to do art. Finally finished my newest card!! I’ll put the difference between no paint details and paint details. It’s amazing how it changes the entire picture.
I love doing the paint details. I apply it with toothpicks.
My sister is getting married soon!! I am so exited for her! I am bummed that I am not down there to help and witness, but because of the pandemic I will have to miss it. We will be traveling down afterwards so I will be able to give them their bachelorette/wedding gifts.
This blog post is just for her! I am so happy for her and my new brother-in-law. Welcome to the family
I painted them a wedding photo. It’s tempera on canvas. Plus a piece of lace fabric. Found out what they would look like, but completely my creation.
It’s been almost 3 years…but this year making my birthday cake felt weird. It shouldn’t but it did. I got to zoom my family which was nice but making the cake, putting the candles in, and lighting them this year felt strange.
I don’t know if it’s because I’m a Mama now and my birthday isn’t as important as before when I didn’t have a baby…
It’s strange, that I live in another state now but that I still consider my mom’s house home…it’s a different kind of home. It has so many memories and my family is there. No matter what was going on we would all meet at mama’s and hang out. ❤️ I miss that so much!!
But we are on our way to see my family!! I’m so excited!!
But I’m also excited for my siblings to meet my daughter! She is 11 weeks today…and we are traveling south. The baby is behaving really well, we have a very well behaved baby. 😎
They will finally get to determined whether she is or not. I’m excited for my nephews to meet her. Especially the youngest because now there is a little person smaller than him.
Stopping in Utah, then we are coming home tomorrow!❤️