Hello All You Creatives. How about an Update?

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Well it certainly has been a long time. I feel horrible for letting it go so long and I had been thinking I must get back to posting when I got a strange comment on my Instagram feed.

A lovely lady by the name of Kelly asked me when I’m going to be posting again.

Well you can all thank Kelly for the push because after reading that I knew there was no more procrastinating. I was going to go back to my (at least) once a week post on my blog.

Thanks Kelly 😉

The last time I posted was just before Inktober last year and I’m happy to say, not only did I stick with and thoroughly enjoy my first Inktober. But I finished as well!

In more new news. As of the beginning of January I now have a Youtube channel.

On the channel is mostly speed-paints or drawings with voice overs, but also a haul. There will be more haul videos as I collect more things but the channel is more geared toward my art and drawing and painting. Please come give it a look if you are interested.

Like a video or subscribe. Every click helps me build the channel and I get so much joy from sharing my creative endeavors. If I’m super lucky, I might inspire someone out there to pick up a paint brush and get some relaxing going on.

Genevieve C. H. P – the youtube channel 

On a personal note, the 11 of April was my 10 month no smoking anniversary! I’m over the moon I lasted this long.

Don’t be mistaken, if I could get away with it, I’d be puffing the magic drag-on until smoke floated past my eyeballs. I MISS my cigarettes (not condoning smoking children, its BAD for you. Yes, capital letters BAD)

You want proof? I nearly died. No, that’s not a hyperbole I’m not exaggerating.

Last June my lungs were so bad I ended up in the Emergency Room. I signed myself out AMA (againt medical advice) and I had good reason to I was NOT going to let them put me in a South African State hospital. (That is a story for another time)

I’d already quit smoking a week before, but only because my lungs literally wouldn’t let me draw the smoke in. (Being brutally honest here, people) I’m a life long asthmatic and I started smoking at 21. So I’d had a good 20 odd years to stuff my lungs up.

I had every intention of resuming my smoking once my lungs cleared up.

The doctor let me go (man was she ticked at me!) and I went home. The next morning the phone rang and since its in my mom’s room and my room is on the other end of the house I had to run to answer.

I never did get there in time.

And then the attack hit.

To say OMG here is not a cute exaggeration.

I could not get air into my lungs, they would NOT work. I was gasping and must have resembled a guppy on land but nothing was going in. For all intents and purposes I was not breathing.

The adrenaline was spiking through my body feeling like an electrical shock every half second. Worse than the static electricity shock you get when you drag your feet on a rug. Way worse, it was up my spine and on top of the not getting air in I was sure I was dying. And I was dying. I know that like I know my birth date. My world would start to grey then the adrenaline would hit again and jolt me like a set of paddles to the chest.

The only one at home with me was my 12 year old son and he was no where near. I had no air so I had no voice. I couldn’t call for help. I made to my bedroom and the nebulizer I have plugged in next to my bed. I fumbled my way through the ampules of meds and managed to get one open and into the machine.

On went the switch and I was standing  (because sitting seemed to make it even more difficult to get my lungs to work) and sucking in little sips of air… not that much was going in but the meds must have been going in a little because eventually (it felt like light years) my lungs started to work again.

Through all of this my mind was running a mile a minute and I was thinking my son was going to find me dead, he wouldn’t know what to do, there was no one home. And that kept me alive. I was NOT going to traumatize Gabriel like that.

The attack eased and I was able to breath again. Other than thinking my son was going to find me dead I was making the mandatory deals with which ever deity was listening. “Keep me alive and I promise I’ll never touch a cigarette again.”

And I haven’t yet, despite the fact that both my hubby and my mom smoke. I haven’t gone near another cigarette and I never will. I’ve had a few trauma’s in my life but this one has left me with a phobia of not being able to breath. So, no smokes for me.

Wow, that got serious. *blinks*

The point is kiddies and grown kiddies. If you can quit. Do it while your ahead. 😉

Okay, enough yammering.

I’ll be back on Sunday with an actual art or craft post. NO more TMI for you guys.

Have a great one,

Genevieve

PS

After 10 months of no smoking I’m happy to say my lungs are almost healthy (because of my asthma they will never be normal)  I was going through 2 asthma inhalers a week, now I only need a new one after about 4 months. That is way better and my attacks are very mild when they do come.

 

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Tips and Tricks: Reference for Inktober

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Whenever I tackle a project I like to be prepared. I do my research, have my reference ready and work from there. I’m a little intimidated with Inktober simply because I’m a slow creative, and you have to do a drawing everyday.

To decrease the time I take to create I decided to do some prep-work ahead of time.

As I said in my last post. I’m going to follow the official prompt list for Inktober. So that was a good place to start.

I typed out the list in word and printed it out on a piece of paper. So I could write down ideas next to each word. Then I sat with a pencil and let my imagination run wild.

Teeming gave me the most difficulty. But in the end I found something that will work and not require me to draw a swarm.

Ideas down and ready to go the next step was to find reference. So I went to my favorite place.

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I started hunting and so far I’ve found reference for about half my list already.

I was amazed at the variety of reference I could find there. Just type in what you are looking for and they are bound to have some kind of reference that you can use without worrying about copyright.

Inktober 2017

www.inktober.com

for all the info you need.

The creator of Inktober explains how it all started. 

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Hey Everyone,

Long time no chat.

Yes, sadly I have been missing a while, but I won’t bore you with all drama and sad/bad news that has kept me away.

I’m back now, and working on my 16th week of not smoking. I  have one more announcement to make.

I’m going to be participating (for the first time) in Inktober.

Yep, I’m about to pop my Inktober cherry. (laughs)

Since I’m a novice at inking and this should prove to be a test of my artistic skill, I’ve decided to stick to the “Official” prompt list.

However, I’m going to take the prompts and twist them as much as my imagination sees fit.

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I’ve got the list here, but you can find all the information at the Inktober website. I’ve added it at the beginning of this post.

This is not going to be an easy task. So wish me luck.

Mwah!

Genevieve

 

Mixed Media = Fun

When my opinions of art were formulated thing were still done in a very traditional manner.

Oils were oils, acrylics were acyclic, you only drew with graphite, charcoal or perhaps pen and ink—and by that I mean with a nib pen and a bottle of black Indian ink. There was also no such thing as color pencils for fine art. Not in South Africa at least.

These days thing are not so ridged and it took me a while to get used to the idea of “Mixed Media.”

Now? I absolutely love mixing media, and I have been experimenting.

My favorite is to use copic markers for base layer. Then to use my Polychromos color pencils for to deepen the color layers and create details that I wouldn’t be able to create with the Copics.

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This is one of my experiments: I used several different images of ball jointed dolls for basic reference. 

I’ve seen something similar done with watercolor paints and color pencils.

Another invaluable tool when doing this, especially for those dark lines, like eyelashes is a brush pen.

Mine is the Pentel pocket brush pen. I wish I could have as much control with all my brushes.

On the opposite end of that spectrum, is the white gel pen for hightlights.

The Signo broad is good for that.

The point I’m making in my normal rambling manner. Is that the possibilities are limitless. If you can think it, and the mediums will work together, then do it. You might be surprised what you can create with it.

 

Have a great Sunday,

Genevieve

I’m looking for a full time studio Security guard… No not really.

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Okay, now that you all think I’ve utterly lost the plot. Let me explain my little joke.

About a year ago, my daughter who was turning sixteen at the time started showing an interest in Anime and more importantly in drawing it.

I’m no art snob. Art is art. (If they can call a blob of paint on a canvas art then anime is art too)

I feel as long as you are creating and loving what you are doing then you are an artist!  And naturally I was uber proud, my little girl is loving what her mommy loves. Art!

Anyway, I digress, Willo (pronounced Willow) started doing anime, but at first, she was tracing all her drawings.

Again, this didn’t bother me, because I’ve heard that tracing is a great way to teach your hand and eye to see things as they really are.

I wish someone had taught me that tidbit when I was learning. I spent many flopped drawings free-handing before I eventually got the hang of the hand eye thing.

Back to the story – Willo spent a while doing everything via tracing then she inherited a sketch book out my studio that was A3 (I don’t like working that big) and for some reason she decided she was ready to free-hand.

I was gob-smacked at the results.

Not only does she sketch at lightning speed, but her accuracy is astounding for someone who for all intents and purposes is a beginner!

And she’s a drawing fiend, she’s already nearly filled that sketch book and inherited another out my studio.

(And that was the important part of this rambling post. That Tracing is a great way to learn to draw)

She’s also claimed some of my cheaper art supplies, like my spectrum noir color pencils. I had all five sets, and although they are good for crafters, they are horrible for fine art. So Willo got those too. I’m happy to hand over the supplies I don’t use to encourage her to keep going.

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Now I’ll tell you why I need the security guard….

Willo needed black color pencil so I gave her my spare black polycromos.

Woops!

She discovered the difference between epic art supplies and mediocre art supplies.

To keep her from raiding my Polychromos drawers I gave her my set of 24 Drewent Drawing color pencils….

Oh boy… She’s hell on color pencils. She’s burning through them and eyeing the door to my studio with wicked intent.

And she’s complaining about the paper in the second sketch book.

*considers buying a lock for art supply cupboard*

 

Laughs…

Now do you see why I need a security guard?!?

 

Have a lovely Sunday, dear-ones

Genevieve

 

 

 

Oils, a hate and love story

Good Sunday My Sweets,

 

I have very fond memories of standing in my grandmother’s dining room and holding a hairdryer pointed at an oil painting I had to get done and hand in at art collage the next day.

I’m trying not to laugh because of how young and dumb I was but it goes without saying that patience was not one of my best things.

I was used to working in acrylic and I had no inkling of the real value of oils. We’d been told to use oils in the assignment but not HOW. (Ironically—hairdryer or not I got an A for that assignment.)

But I had decided I didn’t like oils and I never touched them again.

Until recently.

I’d been following a youtuber (HappyD Artist) who’s work I adore. She works in oils and I kept looking at her work and wondering if oils were really as bad as I remembered.

Perhaps I should try using them again and see what happened?

Another Youtuber (Lena Danya) gessos the pages of her sketchbook then works in her sketchbook with oils.

This, to me, is a brilliant idea. You can practice the medium in your sketchbook without having the pressure of a completed oil painting.

Watching Lena I learned to use a clean dry brush to blend between colors and this was intriguing as well.

So I got a set of low cost oils. I wasn’t going to buy the good stuff until I knew that my hate-affair with oils was well and truly over.

I got a bottle of Alkyd and some turps.

 

I chose to paint a character from the Evi Asher book series Eternals. One of my favorites. Poe, a vampire prince with more attitude and swagger than most.

 

I gessoed the page, transferred my drawing and set to work.

I was nervous at first but after reminding myself that it’s my sketchbook and not a wall piece, I relaxed and …

Oh. My. Giddy. Aunt!

I  LOVE oils. The blending is smooth and seamless (especially when using a little make-up brush as a mop brush)

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I’ve only done a few layers, mainly because I’m cautious about ended up with mud but I’m hooked.

I didn’t realize how much time I spent fighting acrylics to blend until I used oils.

I don’t think I’ll be going back to acrylic painting in a hurry.

*wink* time to buy the good stuff.

 

Have a glorious Sunday, my sweets.

 

I post regular updates of the WIP on my instagram, so if you want to see how the painting progresses just follow me. Genevievep23

Finally, Someone who gets the Good Stuff into the Country

Happy Sunday, Arts and Crafties.

 

You know how I’m always on the lookout for things that are hard to find in SA.

You know the frustration.

You’ve just watched an epic youtube vid where an equally epic (and let’s say American) youtuber has reviewed a new product and you just have to have it because the effects it can create are, well… epic.

With anticipation you head for Google and type the product in with the obligatory za or South Africa at the end. Holding your breath as Google lets you know where in SA you can buy it.

What do you get…

Nothing

Or The stupid site (not mentioning a name) that charges six to ten time what the product costs and somehow manages to stay up and running

Don’t worry Arfties (lookit I made ANOTHER new word)

I’ve found a site in South Africa that is pretty awesome with getting the things you struggle to find here.

Everything from Crafting and Paper Crafting to Art supplies.

The site stocks practically (if not) all the polyform clays and things like Prismacolor color pencils (I prefer polychromos but other prefer Prismacolor)

So If you want something and you know google is going to probably draw a fat blank, go directly to

http://www.stencil-art.co.za/

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See the co.za???? Can you hear the choirs of angels singing, Arfties?

I’ve been keeping this splendid secret for a while now and I can tell you I shop there at least every other month.

Just this last month they had 50% off on all their polyform clay.

Muwhahahaha, I got a lot of clay.

 

Enough messing around. If you are looking for great service, comparable prices and a wide range of hard to find items Stencil art is the place to go.

 

And no I’m not being paid for this post. Everything I’m saying is my own opinion.

Have a arfty Sunday.

Genevieve