August Sketchfest

Took part in Ellen Million’s Sketchfest again. Always fun and inspiring. The Eclipse seemed to be a popular prompt again this month and I got 2 drawings from that, one of which I played with colouring in GIMP, plus a couple more.

Prompts were Eclipse Dragon, My Black Cat, Beautiful Beast, and Total Eclipse.Sketchfest 90 aug 2017

And Ellen featured my Beast on her blog too! thank you Ellen ūüôā

My Name is Ruin

Gary Numan had that song in the 80’s, “Cars“, which I was minorly fond of but never interested enough to delve further into his music. On one of my YouTube music video binges, his new song, “My Name is Ruin”, came up and I figured “let’s see how his music has changed over the years”. Well let’s just say this song spoke to me in a way that “Cars” never did. It’s powerful, mature, rich, polished yet still with an edge. His daughter Persia performs in this with him too. I have been listening to this every day since I found it, so of course it was expected to show up on it’s own as an earworm, going through my head sometime, and that time was this morning.

Golden Brown

Was watching many music videos before bed last night, so no surprise there would be something stuck in my head this morning.

I had completely forgotten about this song until last night, but back in the early 90’s I liked this song very much. Golden Brown by the Stranglers.¬† (I know it was released in the 80’s but I didn’t get my Stranglers’ Greatest hits until the 90’s which is where I was introduced to the song) I like almost any music that incorporates vintage or antique sounds and instruments, so the harpsichord is what got me hooked on this song.

What I found last night though, that reintroduced me to this song did not have a harpsichord. Nope. No Harpsichord. Try Mariachi! How fun.

 

Pet Portraits

I recently did a study portrait of my cat and liked it so much I finished it into something more graphic-y and made it into a t-shirt. I got comments about cats and amazement when I confessed it was something I created. I enjoy doing pet portraits and usually try to draw or paint at least one portrait of all our pets. I have done portraits for others as well.

So here are a few images of the animals I have painted and drawn!

 

 

 

 

 

July Sketchfest

This month’s Sketchfest was July 21,22, and 23rd, and I was struggling with this one. The prompts I worked on were Abyssal Mermaid,¬†Butterfly Dreams, and Solar Eclipse.

I was most happy with Butterfly dreams, but I would have to say most inspired by Solar Eclipse because I decided to redo it a couple of times over the last couple of days.

I did the extra Sun/Moon images on water colour paper, so perhaps one day I will work on coloured versions.

Sunface Moonface eclipse-small for webSunface Moonface eclipse v2-small for web

How do I feel?

Tell me now how do I feel?

Blue Monday originally released by New Order in 1983. It was re-released several times. Here is the video for the 1988 version.  I liked the song then and I  like many of the cover versions that have cropped up over the years.

Knowing I was going to talk about this iconic music, I thought I would look around and see if there were other interesting versions. I was not disappointed when I came across a slow ethereal version by Flunk.

The Klutae remix I found is so creepy dance goth so of course that makes the list.

For years though I have liked Orgy’s version the best until I saw the video of¬† Orkestra Obsolete¬† playing it using instruments only available in the 1930’s. Wow!

Angel Art Contest on FAA complete

and the winners are:

First Place- This is Angelic

Miserere by Nathalie Chavieve

Miserere-Nathalie Chavieve

Second Place- Heaven sent!

Spirit Guide by Michael Durst

Spirit Guide-Michael Durst

Third Place- Awesome!

Celestial Glory by Michael Durst

Celestial Glory-Michael Durst

Congratulations Michael on snagging the 2nd and 3rd place positions!

Everyone submitted beautiful work and I think the voting did show the best in the theme set.

A couple other favourites of mine for honourable mention:

Archangel Michael by Maya Gusarina

ARCHANGEL MICHAEL by MAYA GUSARINA

Being Of Light by K S Rankin

Being of Light-Karen Rankin

Tortured by Josh Hertzenberg

Tortured-Josh Hertzenberg

Angel Cloud by Marty Fancy because who doesn’t see angels in the clouds sometimes.

Angel Cloud-Marty Fancy

Thanks to everyone who participated!