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20 May, 2012

Asleep On The Job

My Guardian Angel decided to have some time out from me this past week so I made the most of the opportunity by trying to capture her on canvas.  Look, I know from an artistic perspective it's not a great work of art, but she's mine and that makes me happy.  Read on to find out why she is sleeping.

Well, against all her protestations I purchased an e-copy of "Fifty Shades of Grey" and my Guardian Angel has been in a state of angst ever since.  Seeing I chose to ignore her words of caution, she slept whilst I read.  I was intrigued by all the hype about this book and I also thought a little bit of exotic sex might be good for my soul or good for something.

Simply put I found the book to be annoying, tedious and apart from rocking my boat for about 2 minutes when a raunchy sex scene appeared I thought it would never end plus it was peppered with grammatical errors ~ that was the annoying part.

BTW, there's "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed" but you probably already know this, I just found out.  I hope they employed a new proof reader for the follow-up editions.  I would be curious to read them just to see if the proof reading skills had improved.  Maybe that was just the kindle version with all the errors.

I've promised Ange [first name basis with Guardian Angel] that I will do my best not to get 'sucked in' to buying the next two volumes.  I need her because I get myself into too much trouble when she's not looking out for me and for some reason I had a really unhappy week when I was reading this book, the good things I wished for didn't happen.  Oh, well life would be real dull if every day was perfect.

P.S.  I'm reading 'The Hunger Games' now 'cause I just need a change of pace, so I sure hope this doesn't get me into any trouble with her Ladyship when she wakes up.

"With love in my heart I bid thee farewell"

07 May, 2012

I Love Whimsical Letters

I've been taking Joanne Sharpe's Letter Love 101 Art Journal classes [29 lessons all up] of which I've been working at for close to a month now [!!!] and this humble attempt below is from lesson 14 and all my very own work, I might say.  I even signed it.  I can't believe I did that but well I did.

There's quite a few hours work in this lovely [get it] drawing.

 For this lesson we were asked to create a 'love' themed illustration with words and quotes [I forgot the quotes] using our new lettering techniques. [My techniques are scratchy 'cause I've skipped a few lessons ~ apologies Joanne.]

We had to keep the colour palette exclusive to reds, pinks and purple.  Well, I slipped in some orange too and not much purple.  In fact, I stayed away from purple because I tend to go overboard and I really wanted this effort to work out well ~ not end up in a crumpled ball on the floor.  My mantra should be "Keep it simple Christine", but I don't know how to do that. 

The tree of love ~ by Christine Kemp 2012

I've been struggling with drawing and painting for months because it's not something I do well ~ but it's something I so desperately want to be able to do!  I'm really clueless even after having had some face to face painting lessons [won't say how many] and participated in a couple of on-line art journal classes.

If you could glance in my craft room [one day I might call it a studio] you'd think I was a world class artist, when in fact I usually sit most days and stare at my stash of paints and stuff because I don't know what to do with them.  Yep, even with all the lessons I've attempted I still can't make a real start unless I have someone holding my hand and telling me 'it will be okay, Chris really'.  I can be a real basket case [or attention seeker] ~ depends how you look at it!!!!

Now it's not all doom and gloom.  I've found the courage to post my most recent artistic endeavours into the 'WORDS OF LOVE' on my blog and I give myself a big fat C+ for effort.

I'm off to find out what lesson 15 has install for me and see how much paper I can destroy and paint I can waste before I once again come back to this humble blog with something to share.

'With love in my heart I bid thee farewell'