Effer Dare #103

Effer Dare 103 combines nature and urban. One of the other entries used the 2 words "be still" which reminded of that verse in Psalm, "Be still and know that I am God." No matter where we are, physically or spiritually, we just need to take a moment to be still; to be still and to reflect on the things that God has done. And if you're not a spiritual person, take a moment to just be still. There are so many things in life that tend to just take over. We rush in the morning, we rush at work, we rush to get dinner on the table, and (if you have them) kids into bed. Then you repeat the whole cycle the next day. When do you take the time to be still?

Moleskinerie - Dink - e - Dink - e - Dink

Check out these fantastic new Moleskine journals I just designed! Each journal is 3.5x5.5, ruled, with 64 pages. The last 16 pages are perforated and there is a pocket folder on the inside back cover. Each journal has been painted with acrylic paint and has an original illustration by me in archival ink. Take a closer look at them here, here, and here. :)

IF: Sail

I love when dandelions float away through the wind, especially in photography. They are tricky to catch (and even trickier to figure out how to sketch). Here is my take on Illustration Friday's theme, "sail."

Cloudy Skies

The weekend was filled with cloudy skies, but that doesn't mean the weekend was at a loss. Jeremy and I went to a fantastic wedding on Friday (although, we did get stuck in traffic and missed the ceremony). It was a small wedding and SO much fun. Saturday we visited with friends and family, and I finally got to meet my friends' new baby girl, Lily. She is absolutely gorgeous.

I took this photo through the car window on the way home to Ottawa. I love the thick, full clouds rolling into the distance. They have so much character. What do you see in the clouds?

The Lily Painting

"The Lily Painting"
Acrylic on canvas

This took me about 4 1/2 hours today - from sketch to finished product. My friends had a baby girl about 2 months ago (whom I haven't met yet because I live so far away!) and I get to finally meet her this month. This is for her. I hope she keeps it forever. :)

IF: Poof!

Frankie Says Relax... but not too much.
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Ink sketch scanned and digitally painted.

Illustration Friday's creative prompt this week is "Poof!"

Effer Dare #102

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Effer Dare's dare #102 "In A Nutshell."

Downloadable template by effer dares. Digitally added texture, words, and photos.

Ode to an Old Grump

The public bus can be such a wonderful place full of extraordinary and interesting people. Let's peek through the window of time to take a looksy at Thee Auld Grump.

Enter Thee Auld Grump (TAG) onto the bus - who then proceeds to stare down the person sitting in the designated spots of elderly, crippled, strollered, or otherwise un-able bodied riders. Once the person feels sufficiently awkward, he gets up and moves farther to the back of the bus. Please take note that TAG is neither crippled nor strollered, nor does he appear to have a foot in the grave.

Enter Woman with Stroller (WWS). The bus driver calls back and asks people to move out of the designated spots so WWS has room so the stroller isn't in the aisle. This is where TAG shines the brightest. He crosses his arms across his body and refuses to move (all this while people are crowding at the front of the bus because the stroller is in the aisle). He says, "We get pushed around enough. I'm not moving." He nods in the direction of the two elderly ladies for their support who nod in agreement and say, "Yeah!"

I half expected a revolt with canes being pushed into the air like pitchforks and body paint being slathered on in a Braveheart fashion. "You cannot take our bus seats!"

The bus driver actually had to come back and ask again so WWS could move her stroller. I piped up and said, "She takes up more room that you do, just switch seats." TAG looked at me with his angry beady little eyes and cried, "I'm not taking any more of this. I'm getting off the bus." And off he went on his merry way.

Now, all you old people activists out there are probably thinking that TAG did get pushed around. But TAG was able-bodied and could move the two feet to a different seat. He also didn't have to pay for the next bus because senior citizens get on the bus for free in the summer. Why do serior citizens feel like they get the short end of the stick? They get on the bus for free, they get seniors discounts, and they don't have to go to work. They get pushed around by whom? Their boss? They don't have one.

So TAG, if you're out there, this one's for you. Hope you like the dark, dim light I painted your picture in.