Hi Everyone! Little Stories are posts where I share unrelated odds and ends from my life and my atelier. This one is full of playful little pieces. Whenever I need a little push, I work on teeny tiny things. They not only help me get going again, they also often spark new ideas. These little pieces that I worked on earlier are setting the stage for my winter break.
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I always keep a stack of small pieces of inexpensive watercolor paper on my desk. I paint simple things on those papers whenever I need to warm up before working on something larger. Sometimes I also use them to try out new art supplies that I have purchased, but haven’t used yet. There is never any pressure with these practice pieces.
Over the break, I plan to work with these new art supplies a bit more in-depth, and then share the results with you.
I was very fastidious about making good sweeping curves while drawing these flash cards of Japanese syllabary. After 142 cards, I not only learned the characters well, they also provided good practice for drawing curves with a pen.
I will continue to work on my Japanese studies over the break. This will include a trip to the Japanese store so we can start making authentic Japanese food at home. I love to explore authentic cuisines from different countries, which is always a highlight of our travels.
Our sweet Charlie turned 19 last Saturday
He LOVES cheesecake. So for his birthdays, he gets a special treat – a very sizable portion of cheesecake. My husband and he have a very special bond. He was looking up at my husband to sit with him while he savored his birthday treat.
Although he is a perpetual kitten, I painted this dignified version of him in the library for his 18th birthday last year. I am really quite excited about the new painting I am working on, featuring him celebrating his 19th birthday.
Although I love binding books with decorative stitches on the spine, I unfortunately don’t get to make these decorative books often. That is another thing I want to work on over the break. I already have a bunch of pages prepped to be bound in different styles. When I make these books, I like to color coordinate everything.
I sometimes zone out while making books. That’s how I ended up binding these books all together, but they are lacking cover art. That’s next for this stack of little journals.
New book covers will undoubtedly include some block carvings. My head is teeming with new ideas and some of them are already penciled into my sketchbooks. Time to sharpen those carving tools. Keep an eye out for journals with new cover designs in the shop.
A tree and a travelling woman. I was really not in the mood to do much that day. So I grabbed a few scrap pieces of paper and started drawing with a new $10 fude fountain pen. Changing the angle of the nib of a fude fountain pen changes the line thickness. I miss these impromptu drawings. I would like to sit by the fireplace and do more of these as well.
Most importantly, before March shuts me indoors again, I plan to take many walks outside with my beloved camera. I took this photo during our last visit to the mountains. I can’t wait to go snowshoeing there among the trees and the stones.
The time has come for me to go on my winter break. I look forward to donning my favourite woolens and exploring the peaceful, sleepy world outside. Inside the home, long hours of video game playing with my husband has become a tradition. Ink and paper adventures also await me, along with the prospect of warm beverages, fireside reading, and kitty cuddles.
Thank you so much for being here with me and for your lovely and encouraging words. I will be back around February / March with a lot to share as well as new The Girl and Her Cat stories.
Wishing you a safe and magical holiday season. I hope you find a few playful pieces to unwind with during this time as well.
See you then,
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