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Thursday, November 09, 2017
I just finished up the "7 black and white photos of my life. 7 days 7 pictures total, no people, no explanations" Facebook challenge. 

Doing more B&W in the future is in the cards for me....












Laters,
~Moon

Watercolor & Sketcher Folks – Masking Tape – Nichiban Architectural Masking Tape – Product Review

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I’ve been using blue painter’s tape to block off, protect areas, and working with negative spaces.  There are times that I don’t take time to stretch the paper, I use tape instead.   I also use it sketching when I don’t want to use clips or when the paper seems to buckle a lot on me.  Most of the time, it’s fine but I’ve had times that either I’ve left it on too long or sticks too well.  It will take a layer off or tear the paper.  Or it leaves a sticky spot on my paper. 

I’ve tried different brands, kraft paper tape, artist tape, tape for delicate surfaces…etc…etc…etc.  All are supposed to have low tack and can be ‘easily’ removed.  Ha!  Most of the time they work for me but when they don’t, they really don’t.

I was looking for another tape to try and found Nichiban Architectural Masking Tape.  I bought it because the tape spools were much smaller to back in my sketch kit. Sooooo glad I did, it was exactly what I was looking for.  There is nothing more disheartening that finishing a painting, pulling off the tape and hearing that ripping sound.
 
 

This stuff if FABULOUS. It holds well with very little bleed, better than my blue painters tape.  Best of all, no tearing or sticky spots. It’s a clean release on all the papers I've used it on.  It comes in 12mm and 18mm.  As you can tell, I’m really impressed with this tape.
If you order it from Amazon, it's a Japanese import so it takes a couple of weeks to receive it.
Laters...
~Moon

Retirement and Skillshare

Monday, October 23, 2017

Recently I started reading blogs about retirement.  I doubt I was going to be the watch TV and hang out at the senior center sort of retiree.  There’s nothing wrong with either but I think I would quickly become bored.  I can only binge watch Game of Thrones so many times before it gets old.  Plus the local senior center is for old people. (insert eyeball rolling here)

 

One of the big things that I read about was keeping busy.  A couple suggestions kept on cropping up…”join a cause,” “take up a new hobby,” “travel,” “gardening,” “cooking,” “exercise,” “volunteer work,” and “starting a business.”  

 

I found that I already had enough hobbies to get me though several lifetimes of retirement. Plus for some reason, I still haven’t take a nap.  I’m adding “nap” to my to-do list. I am not adding golfing, fishing, and playing a musical instrument. Most of my friends either have different interests or work during the day.  I’ve volunteered and joined causes most of my life. I tired…I’m worn out by trying to help people that either don’t want help or think I’m a pain in the ass.  I am putting “joining a cause” back on my list.  I doubt I will be able to put this one on hold for very much longer but I'm waiting until after the move.   
 

I figured out that I don’t want to be an expat retiree.  That seems to be the big rage right now, it sounds kinda kewl but I really miss Texas.  Texas is good enough for me, it’s a big state and Bob is still working.  So I nixed that idea.

 

Next up was joining the AARP.  Major milestone for me but I am retired now and that’s just want people do.  Right?  It also gives you lots of benefits…I’m still working on some those. The biggie of the AARP site was reading about “Learn@50+”….a major light bulb suddenly appeared over my head.

 

It was off to Google…the source of quick info.  I found a couple things about being over 50 is that there are programs out there at either low cost or free.  The area that will be moving has a continuing education program.  

College of the Mainland offers a 50 Plus Program.  It has a few interesting things, mostly in the arts.  The State of Texas has a program that folks over 55 gets tuition reduction.  Galveston College offers a Leisure Program that offers online courses and a full over 55 program.  It has the basic stuff like digital photography, watercolor, painting, ceramics, drawing, and cooking. Not bad, much like the local art center has. It is rated as #1 community college in Texas. It does have a visual arts program, the classes are at the 50% tuition discount for continuing ed.  For credit courses, it is 100% but I have to be 65 or older.  I’m not quite there yet but something to think about after we move.

 

Texas A&M University at Galveston (Aggies by the Sea) is the marine section of the university.   Everything from marine biology to ocean engineering to maritime studies. Great and wonderful for the island…it’s only one of six maritime academies in the US. It’s also the only one located on the Gulf of Mexico. I don’t think it’s the place for me but if I was younger, like 6-11 or 10-18, I’d be at Sea Camp in a heart beat.

 

Mmmm….the future is great to plan for but I’m thinking about now.  It’s going to be a long winter.

 


All my light bulbs turned on all at the same time….I had forgotten about Skillshare.  Holy moly, there are fabulous classes on Skillshare. If anybody wants 2 free months of Skillshare, let me know and I will send you an invite.
 
BTW, what I like about being an artist....I didn't have to hunt for graphics, I drew my own.
 
Anyway, this is turning into a novel.  I will be blogging about Skillshare classes.
 
Laters....
~Moon

Retirement

Sunday, October 22, 2017
 

A lot of things of changed for me the last couple of years.  To make a long story short, I’m now retired.  I now do things that I want to do instead of making and creating things to sell.   I’ve spent the last year or so trying to figure out what I want to do with myself.  I’ve spent a lot of time playing online games….reading up on current events…and staying away from all the weirdness in the world.  I did a social media detox, it was the best thing I ever did. 
 
My retirement was supposed to coincide with a move from the Midwest to the Galveston Island-Bay area.  Then hurricane Harvey hit and the uncertainly of flood insurance created too many uncertainties for a cross country move. We also figured out that moving during hurricane season can cause a few issues.  So we put off moving until spring of 2018.  It’s only a few months, that’s what I keep telling myself.  We are resilient and there’s always a reason, things will work out.  We are shifting our priorities.
 
The downsizing and sale prep work had already started.  Recently, because of the move timing, we have slowed down. 
 
So as I evolve, my blog will or maybe it won’t.  Does anybody, except me, still read blogs?  I’m deciding if I care or not…

 
But for the time being...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm reading the Chronicles of Elantra Series by Michelle Sagara.  So far there are fourteen books in the series, I'm on book twelve.

Laters,
~Moon

 

Back to Beading Again...peyote 2-drop pattern...E hook clasp...free pattern

Saturday, February 11, 2017
 I'm back to beading again. It's been a while and I'm having to relearn everything.  That's OK, it keeps me off social media right now.  I don't have the patience and my nice button is still on the blink.  I'll be back in a month or so, I keep putting it off but I doubt Trump is going anywhere soon.  I needed some time off for my sanity.  It seems that Facebook is mostly political (not a bad thing) or people selling things.  I'm currently grumpy and not selling so I'm hiding in my beady laird.  Beady people are happy people...but I also know I can't stay in my laird forever. 

Here's the pattern for the above bracelet.  I had a quest of creating  a very wearable bracelet.  I love a lot of the patterns and designs out there but they are either too fu-fu or wide for daily wear.  My lifestyle involves my hands with painting, sketching, and photography I do. So I wanted an easy to wear design that laid flat on the wrist.  I also wanted a design that was easy to put on.  The bracelet is also only 3/4 of an inch wide. I worked the pattern up in 11/0 delicas.

The clasp is called "E Hook" clasp, it's only 20mm wide and made by TierraCast.  I've had a lot of metal allergies in the past but this doesn't make me itch after a couple of weeks.  Yippy skippy!!!!  
 

My wrist is about 7 inches and that's what this pattern is designed for.  You can alter it to your wrist size or the type of clasp you want to use.

Have fun with it...laters....
~Moon

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I'll be glad to say 'Goodbye' to winter....

Laters....
~Moon

Wordless Wednesday....Mr. Hawk and my birdfeeders

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

This guy has made sure that my birdfeeders are staying full.

Laters....
~Moon

First Sketch of 2017

Sunday, January 01, 2017
I've been cleaning up my studio and things are everywhere.  Isn't that the way all cleaning and organizing project start?

So it was a digital day....here's the first sketch of 2017.  I used my iPad and Apple Pencil, love both of these.  My appreciation of technology grows by the day. 


My to go to drawing and painting app is Procreate.  This image I also uploaded to cloud so I could finish it off in Photoshop.

I like the image but it started out as a idea for a painting.  I'll print this to see how well it I like it.  I might be done or I'll add it to the 'to be painted' pile.

Have a Happy New Year and welcome to 2017....
~Moon