[ ART ] Adventures in Mini Painting

darksword-easley-bardI occasionally enjoy painting miniatures for my various Dungeons & Dragons characters.  It is, at best, a side-line hobby so far, though I’m becoming more and more invested as I buy more paint, brushes, and equipment.

I learned this week, however, that miniatures that require lots of piecing together are things that will, inevitably, frustrate me.  With my Rheumatoid Arthritis, I don’t have the same digital mobility that I used to.  Things that require very fine or deft motor skill are oftentimes beyond me because it either hurts my hands or they shake too much to be useful.  This particular miniature is a beautiful one from Darksword Minatures and their Easley Masterworks collection. I thought it would make a lovely miniature for my current Aasimar Bard (at least until I get in the new Heroforge Miniature I just ordered…)

Believe it or not, this miniature comes in three separate parts.  It doesn’t say that anywhere on the packaging or on the website to order.  Her right arm with the lute is one piece, her main body on the rock is another, then her left boot is the third.  My husband and I both tried to get the lute arm to line up correctly, but it was really a choice of whether we wanted her right arm to line up or whether we wanted her left hand to line up, we could never achieve both.  Her left boot was a tiny, hard to deal with space when you’re trying to hold something together with glue.  I ended up just kind of wedging it in there and hoping it stuck.

I probably should have assumed off the bat that this was the kind of miniature meant for “advanced painters” but it was so lovely that I couldn’t resist.  I learned my lesson about researching miniatures fully before buying.  Still, while the miniature isn’t as picture perfect as I would have hoped, I think I still managed something nice.

[ MANW 2017 ] Wednesday Check-in

march200Here’s my Wednesday check-in for Monica Valentinelli’s Make Art Not War challenge!  As a reminder, these were my pledges for this year:

  • I will devote one hour every night to creating, be it art, photography or writing, whichever I’m inspired by.
  • I will spend one hour every night reading; a creative mind needs time in other creative works to be inspired!
  • I pledge to engage my audience more through various social media outlets by checking in with them at least twice a week.
  • If I don’t make my pledges, then I will hold myself accountable the following day and make up the time I didn’t spend.

 

Since today (well, yesterday, technically…) is International Women’s Day, Monica asked us to honor women within our circles.  First and foremost among writers, I’d like to thank Monica Valentinelli for always being such an inspiring person.  I very much admire all the work she’s done both as a writer and within the gaming industry.  I would be remiss not to mention Margaret Weis as an ever-present source of inspiration and admiration.  I’ve spent innumerable hours in the various worlds and among the characters she’s created.  I don’t think my reading life would be the same without them!

Among artists, I’m an avid admirer of Faebelina whose art and creativity have been a source of joy and inspiration for years!  There’s also the amazingly talented  Amanda whose art I’ve watched blossom in the past few years I’ve known her.

This is just a small sampling of the amazing ladies I’ve been inspired by over the years, but they’re all worth taking the time to wander by and sample their creative offerings.  That’s all for this week, I’ll see you next time!

Happy creating!

On my To-Do List:

  • Need to get back on the rails with Siege of Arey.  
  • Get back to practicing with full body models.

[ MANW 2017 ] Wednesday Check-in

march200Here’s my Wednesday check-in for Monica Valentinelli’s Make Art Not War challenge!  As a reminder, these were my pledges for this year:

  • I will devote one hour every night to creating, be it art, photography or writing, whichever I’m inspired by.
  • I will spend one hour every night reading; a creative mind needs time in other creative works to be inspired!
  • I pledge to engage my audience more through various social media outlets by checking in with them at least twice a week.
  • If I don’t make my pledges, then I will hold myself accountable the following day and make up the time I didn’t spend.

February was busy with art!  I averaged almost one new piece per day, which is a lot more than I used to do. It’s something of a joy to look through my art folder and see file after file of artwork. I’m even getting to the point that l  like and enjoy my own work. I’m still critical of it and some things frustrate me (I’m looking at you, hands…) but I continue forward. The only way to improve is to practice, right?

The theme for this month is: PLANT. Time to lay down some seeds to success by accomplishing some goals!  I’ve already been setting small goals for myself, so I don’t see a reason to stop now.

I do agree with Monica, though, it’s important to self-analyze if you’re struggling. It’s something l had to do for myself last year, doing less writing and more art. I’d taken stock of what l was capable of, what was better for me, and — even though it was a difficult decision — l changed things so l could still create. I don’t regret it one bit. I’m happier, less stressed, and starting to enjoy my creative process. All that, in turn, helps me create even more!

So, taking some time to reflect and put your energy toward the things you really want to do is a great way to start the month.  Good luck and happy creating!

On my To-Do List:

  • Need to get back on the rails with Siege of Arey.  
  • Get back to practicing with full body models.

[ MANW 2017 ] Wednesday Check-in

manw2017-febHere’s my Wednesday check-in for Monica Valentinelli’s Make Art Not War challenge!  As a reminder, these were my pledges for this year:

  • I will devote one hour every night to creating, be it art, photography or writing, whichever I’m inspired by.
  • I will spend one hour every night reading; a creative mind needs time in other creative works to be inspired!
  • I pledge to engage my audience more through various social media outlets by checking in with them at least twice a week.
  • If I don’t make my pledges, then I will hold myself accountable the following day and make up the time I didn’t spend.

With the death of my main PC over the weekend and some Real Life Stuff that needed tending to l wasn’t as steadfast to my pledges this week. I’ve still managed to get some art done, though, and some reading so it hasn’t been a total loss.

I added the Habitica app to my life in an effort to keep myself on track. I tend to be forgetful (thanks, drugs!) so I need the help.

Still on my To-Do List:

  • Need to get back on the rails with Siege of Arey.  
  • Get back to practicing with full body models.

[ MANW 2017 ] Wednesday Check-in

manw2017-febHere’s my Wednesday check-in for Monica Valentinelli’s Make Art Not War challenge!  As a reminder, these were my pledges for this year:

  • I will devote one hour every night to creating, be it art, photography or writing, whichever I’m inspired by.
  • I will spend one hour every night reading; a creative mind needs time in other creative works to be inspired!
  • I pledge to engage my audience more through various social media outlets by checking in with them at least twice a week.
  • If I don’t make my pledges, then I will hold myself accountable the following day and make up the time I didn’t spend.

 

Lots of art has been going down this week!  I think I’ve managed at least one piece a night, which is pretty darn good in my opinion, given that I’ve had some pretty difficult pain days.  I’m really digging this new portrait style I’ve been doing, so expect to see a lot of that!   On my To-Do List:

  • Need to get back on the rails with Siege of Arey.  
  • Get back to practicing with full body models and poses.

All-in-all, I’m pretty proud of what I’ve accomplished this week and I’ve made a couple of friends happy in the process which makes that icing on the cake!

[ MANW 2017 ] Wednesday Check-in

manw2017-febHere’s my Wednesday check-in for Monica Valentinelli’s Make Art Not War challenge!  As a reminder, these were my pledges for this year:

  • I will devote one hour every night to creating, be it art, photography or writing, whichever I’m inspired by.
  • I will spend one hour every night reading; a creative mind needs time in other creative works to be inspired!
  • I pledge to engage my audience more through various social media outlets by checking in with them at least twice a week.
  • If I don’t make my pledges, then I will hold myself accountable the following day and make up the time I didn’t spend.

 

February has been going really well, so far!  I think I’ve posted, written, or read enough to meet my goals every day so far!  I’ve been chatting people up on social media, Twitter in particular, and even got one of my tweets liked by none other than Margaret Weis herself!  Needless to say, that alone makes me giddy.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis has made things a challenge the last couple of weeks, but I’ve still managed to put a few things together for you to enjoy.  I really need to get on top of the next episode of Siege of Arey, though, I’ve kind of fallen off the wagon with that one.  Soon!

[ MANW 2017 ] Wednesday Check-in

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Here’s my Wednesday check-in for Monica Valentinelli’s Make Art Not War challenge!  As a reminder, these were my pledges for this year:

  • I will devote one hour every night to creating, be it art, photography or writing, whichever I’m inspired by.
  • I will spend one hour every night reading; a creative mind needs time in other creative works to be inspired!
  • I pledge to engage my audience more through various social media outlets by checking in with them at least twice a week.
  • If I don’t make my pledges, then I will hold myself accountable the following day and make up the time I didn’t spend.

 

I confess, I totally fell off the wagon the last half of January.  Between the weather here in Houston playing merry havoc with my pain, as well as the emotional blow of losing a beloved friend — the creative energy simply wasn’t there.  In the past, I’d mentally and emotionally flog myself for my failure, but I’m kind of over that kind of self-abuse.

Instead, I’m just going to pick up where I left off and carry onward.  I’ve already got several blog posts prepped and will likely have a peppering of art, so everything is good in my book.