Saturday, April 7, 2012

I am currently spoonless, so have some flowers.

An in-progress shot...
For whatever reason, I feel like Hurricane Fibro has blown through and seriously wreaked havoc on me. This might have something to do with trying to play Just Dance 3...

Not that I'm complaining. I had so much fun and laughed lots. But still, the poor blog suffers when I have no spoons! I definitely need to stretch more, and sleep more. Come to think of it, I should probably color more too, since it is such a nice distraction!

I'm hoping I can get some nails and video-ing done this weekend. If so, I'll have fun things coming up for next week. If not? You'll get more flowers, like today. This is an example of what I do when I'm hurting, both an in-progress and a "finished" piece. (I put finished in quotes because as Leonardo da Vinci said, "Art is never finished, only abandoned.")

I'm not sure when I started drawing roses this way. I vaguely remember seeing a black-and-white illustration of a rose that resembled this, and I played with it until I had something I liked. It's really simple to draw (if a bit time-consuming) and tends to wow people when they see them. Lots of fun, especially when I teach the person who was so impressed how to draw their own!

I actually started this page when I was at my friend's house. Her daughter wanted to draw a bouquet of flowers, so we were playing with this design. I drew her a bunch of roses in a vase, and added her name to it. Then I decided I wanted to draw my own!

After drawing the first 4 or 5 roses, I realized I didn't want to stop with just a few... instead, I wanted to fill the page with them! And yes, I carry all those pens in my purse, plus many more. Off the top of my head, I have 4 highlighters (pink, orange, yellow, and... blue maybe? Green? Ooh, maybe it's 5...), 10 ballpoint pens in rainbow colors, 4 gel pens (pink, blue, purple, and green), and a set of 6 glitter gel pens (pink, orange, yellow, blue, purple and silver). Then there are the assorted sharpies and black gel pens in various sizes, and the glue stick, and the scissors...

Why yes, I am an artist, why do you ask? :D

Yea. I need to go to sleep, I'm babbling again. Ah well... tomorrow is another day, right? At least, it will be if I get some sleep. Wish me luck!

I think I need to dig out my colorful marker set to play with.
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  1. Thank u so mch for refering to the spoon theory. I've never heard of it until now. I, too have fibro. It's understandably difficult for someone w/o it to know what it's like to live like that everyday. Maybe now I can explain this theory to people so they can try to understand a little better. I hope your hurricane goes away. I had one here the other day. Thx again for sharing. P.s. I love ur roses! - Juliana

    1. You're welcome, and thank YOU for being so understanding. It gets hard, especially after several days of severe pain and brain fog. Being able to bring a bit of joy to other people really does help me get through the bad days. So thank YOU for lending me your spoons! *hugs*

  2. I have RA, and wandered upon "The Spoons" some years ago. It really does help me keep things in perspective, and mayabe explain to those who don't understand. I love tht you love nails and life, and your sunny attitude, even when you are in negative spoon territory. Your an inspiration dear!!


    1. Isn't it amazing how much a silly story like the spoon theory can help put life in perspective? And believe me, I get down like everyone else does, especially after several days in a row like the ones I'm having right now! But I do feel so incredibly lucky to have the life I do, and the friends and the support. I figure I'm going to hurt no matter what I do, so there's no reason to add being a grumpybutt to the mix if I can help it!

      Add in comments like yours? There really aren't words to explain how much they mean to me. I feel really limited in what I can do here in the real (tangible? meatspace?) world, so to know I'm reaching out and helping other people through their bad days makes my bad days a lot easier to smile through. Your comment made me weepy, in the best possible way. Thank you! *hugs*


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