Los Retros and Flaming Fruit

I’ve been liking this group Los Retros. I just keep replaying Someone to Spend Time With.

Tattoo inspired cherries and some flaming fruit.

Oh, and this is the song that led me to finding Los Retros. Lil Rob – Sunday Night.

Pen Drawing Skulls & Cute Ghosts to Ghostemane

Fleischer Studios

I’ve been hooked on these two Ghostemane songs lately, Mercury and John Dee.

A lot of his songs have been put to these old Fleischer cartoons. They fit so perfectly with his music. I really like the artwork of the skeletons playing poker and it made me wanna draw some skulls and ghosts.

I like that green skull balloon . . . he looks like he’s smilin’ real big for the camera.

Someone told me to listen to a Lil Darkie song, which was pretty alright and I liked the video that goes with it. But that’s how I came across Ghostemane. Who else can’t get enough of that beat?

Zentangle Practice and Movies

They’re not all zentangles but that doesn’t matter.

I like drawing stuff in little squares. Usually, I don’t like being boxed in, but these provide a nice small space to practice in or to sketch out ideas.

Who else is a Shameless fan?? I got the Showtime free trial so I didn’t have to wait for it to show up on Netflix. Well, I missed the cancel deadline by an hour, so I’m paying for a month But YAY they offered me another 30 days free after that.

So, I figured I’d watch some movies. And I love having movies on in the background while drawing.

Who else misses going to Hastings and looking around? I loved it. And I feel like I watched more movies back when I had to go rent them or buy them.

Quick movie review . . .

Becky – This has Kevin James playing a different type of character than I’m used to. It was ok. Kind of a B movie Home Alone story, cuz she creates traps and goes after the bad guys. I still have 25 minutes left. Doubt I’ll find out how it ends lol.

Dead Water – It’s alright, has Casper Van Dien. Another one with 25 minutes left. I don’t actually care how it ends, but I drew a little boat while watching it.

The Machinest – OMG this movie disturbed me as soon as I saw Christian Bale. He didn’t look like himself. He was a skeleton. I have 37 minutes left. I sorta wanna finish it but what’s the point? I’ve been disturbed enough lol.

Cold Brook – I picked it because it has Kim Coates from Sons of Anarchy and a guy who was on Prison Break. The reviews were positive but I got bored fast. 82 minutes left.

Don Jon – I didn’t actually draw during this one. It wasn’t too bad. And the ending wasn’t disappointing.

I guess it’s a good excuse to watch a bunch of movies but I think they help to inspire ideas. Especially, when you do more than just watch it. Pay attention to the lighting, the directing, and all the other parts of it.

So, what are your favorite movies to watch while you draw?

A Cubist/Tenebrist Heart?

I was going for a tenebrist feel for this drawing. The word comes from the Italian tenebroso which means dark, gloomy, and mysterious. A lot of times we think love has to be all warm and fuzzy…rainbows and puppies. But Nazareth, The Everly Brothers, and Roy Orbison were right…love hurts.

I was trying to show the surfaces of the gem as well as make the heart look cracked and broken.

And I end up with Cubism lol.

I’ve never been much of a Cubism fan and I sure didn’t expect it, but I like how it’s turning out.

Inktense Drawing Practice

Dripping Mushrooms
Space Cupcake
A Mushroom

I think I’m done with the dripping mushrooms but the other two still need some work.

I watched a 30 minute lecture video about Caravaggio that was very interesting. I forget how much I like his artwork until I take the time to look at his stuff again.

I decided that I’d like to do a small drawing using the tenebrism technique. Caravaggio is given credit for inventing this style where the background is black, which helps to illuminate the image and make it stand out.

St Jerome Writing, Caravaggio. Example of Tenebrism

I’m not sure what I want to draw though. Something simple that I can get done pretty quickly…and I want to use my Inktense pencils. So, if anyone has any suggestions on something I could draw, let me know in the comments.

Hospice Kicked Us Out

Thank God hospice kicked us out. At least the doctor said she’d still provide pain medicine. Apparently, my grandma was accepted into hospice because of dementia. Last I checked, hospice accepts you when you have 6 months or less to live. Dementia is not necessarily terminal in under 6 months. It’s called the LONG GOODBYE. You can live with it for a long time.

And when they refer to her handicap . . . they use air quotes . . . They say, “What ‘handicap’?”

No, it’s not “handicap.” It exists. She was born with it. Had it for 83 years. Walks with a limp and uses canes. And for an 83 year old, if it is left untreated as it was when she was in the medical “CARE” it becomes terminal.

It breaks down her digestive system. It causes her such intense pain. And all we asked was that they reduce her suffering caused by her handicap. Not to let us run out of medicine. Which they did over and over again. It didn’t matter how much we called or asked.

The aid who changed her diaper saw the pain. She was heartbroken. The weekend aid who isn’t apart of hospice noticed. She was crying. She couldn’t let it go. So, I don’t understand hospice.

I’m flabbergasted.

Feb. 18 this woman who was walking and aware, only went to the hospital to evacuate freezing temperatures. And she was given a death sentence by this corrupt organization. They had their records wrong from the very beginning. She never fell. They thought her “handicap” was because she had fallen. And dementia became the ONLY thing they could see. They ignored the one and only reason she is now bed ridden. The reason we called hospice.

She barely even has dementia. She has all her long term memories. She wasn’t leaving her keys in the fridge. Or forgetting how to dress. Or anything like that. She couldn’t keep track of the days so well. She actually kept track better than she gave herself credit for.

Her panic disorder in addition to being in her 80’s would cause her to forget short term things. But how is that dementia? It looks more like mental decline due to aging and stress and confusion caused by her panic disorder. It’s not that hard to understand. Well, it is pretty complicated. She probably does have dementia.

But that shouldn’t mean her lifelong handicap just vanishes.

I struggle to stay quiet during injustice. Especially, when my family member is being harmed. And after being yelled at so many times by hospice nurses, I finally started yelling back and calling them out on their injustices. And I promised my mom when they showed up today, I’d stay quiet and work on my drawing. And I did. Until she came and asked my opinion. And then I went off on them. It’s injustice. It’s inhumane.

But, I did at least lay down another layer of Inktense on this mushroom piece.

Taking a Hiatus from my Art and Blogs

The Texas winter storm hit me pretty hard. We’re ok . . . Just dealing with the aftermath.

We have a lot pipe damage. We thought it was just this one crack in the image, but after we fixed that we discovered so much more damage.

And when my grandmother lost electricity, she had to evacuate to the hospital.

So, I’ll just be taking a break from this blog, Sunny’s blog, and my photo blog.

If I get an opportunity to work on artwork and my blogs, I definitely will.

Texas Winter Storm Pics

I live out in the country, so I knew we’d lose power. Thankfully, my neighbor has a generator so we’ve taken refuge at his house during this winter storm.

I don’t like posting on my phone but I wanted to go ahead and share some pictures. I’ve been braving the freezing temperatures to do some shooting since this is history in the making lol.

And it’s been a fun challenge to have some fresh stuff to photograph. I also have basically no experience shooting in snowy conditions.

These pictures were all shot with my phone. I’ll have to wait for my electricity to come back on and damage control to be over before I can see what I got on my camera.

In no particular order. . .

All that snow makes this walk much harder than usual
This Morning – Day Three
My snow shadow
Never tried snow flower photography lol
My poor yucca aren’t accustomed to this kind of weather

I’ll stop at six pix lol. I’ve laid under the covers for long enough. I’m exhausted and cold and soooo over the pretty snow. We’re on day three, so it shouldn’t be too much longer.

Chibi Drawing Practice

My interest in Chibi’s really got started when I was watching Hunter X Hunter with my boyfriend. I was slow to watching it because I thought it looked kinda lame. But I finally gave it a chance and it’s become one of my favorite anime’s. At the end of the episodes two of the characters show up in Chibi form and they’re SO CUTE!

I also love this style of conveying emotions. And now I wanna make my own! Below is some of my Chibi practice so far.

These next two are my most recent and I see a lot of improvement in them from when I started.

I don’t make their heads quite big enough, which throws everything off from there. They’re just SO CUTE! I love that one with his tongue sticking out. Who else watches Hunter X Hunter? Who’s your favorite characters?

I’ve also posted some snowy photography on my photo site, so go check that out.

Current Art Projects

I’ve been pretty busy with a variety of projects lately. I figured a lil’ update would be nice.

Instagram

After Inktober, it took me a while to decide what I wanted to do next on my new Instagram account. I’m just gonna play around with phone photography. B&W, color photos, filters . . . whatever floats my photo boat. It’s something I’ve never actually never put any effort into, so it’s about time I give it a shot.

https://www.instagram.com/hidden_in_plain_view_art/

My Photography

This is a big one. I’m currently going through all my digital photos from 2000-2020 and working to create an online gallery of all of my documentary photography series. As soon as I am able to start adding my series I’ll be sure to announce it here. It’s a very overwhelming task, so I’m not quite sure how long it’ll take but I’m aiming for January 2021. Wish me luck.

Digital Art

I really like my fish drawing from Inktober, so I’m havin’ some fun playing around with that image in Corel Painter.

I originally pictured it in a soft color palette . . . not quite sure where I’m going with it though.

I like how this one is turning out. I love how those blacklight and black velvet posters look. That’s the style I’m going for here.