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Art and Relaxation

Monday, April 16, 2012

Boy, it was tough deciding on a title for this post! "The Art of Massage"? "Drawing a Blank"? You can tell I'm trying to update you on some loose ends that have been left precariously dangling in previous posts. Well then, let's dive right into it...

The most important update is, there is no update on the fitness side. I went running last Thursday and performed a phenomenal drop-and-slide down a badly paved hill that managed to cripple me from top to bottom by exploding my left knee and splitting my right elbow, not to mention the comicbook-like scratches all the way down my right arm. It looks a lot worse than it is, but I can't put pressure on anything yet, so even yoga is not an option at the moment. Fortunately, the only real casualty of the accident was my pair of running capris, but they were itching the back of my knee anyway. C'est la vie. It is but a bump in the road, right (literally!)?

As DH came back from Augsburg ill last night, I get to hang out and do artsy stuff around the house. You remember that painting I had started last week? Well, it is now finished, and I'm actually pleased with it.

Although it is inspired by some very cool aboriginal art I found online, it does not mean anything beyond being something I felt like painting. For my next watercolour project, I've decided to play around with some of the aboriginal painting techniques. For example, in Western Australia, the most common form is dot painting - exactly what it sounds like. When I started thinking dots, snakes came to mind, which in turn reminded me of a very pretty carpet python that used to live under the house of one of my friends in Brisbane. They come in beautiful patterns and clear colours, so I googled some photos to use as examples. I'm quite excited about this weekend! By then, my grandma's photo album should be finished, so I'll have time for leisurely painting.

DH has a couple of neat book readers on his iPad, so I asked him to buy me a book (my first digital book, yay!), "You can Draw in 30 Days" by Mark Kistler. On the iReader, it actually looks exactly like a paper copy. Not that I'm beginning to confuse myself with someone whose scribblings can actually be considered artistic - but I am, for the first time since, oh, kindergarten- enjoying putting pencil to paper. Here's what came out of today's lesson:

Hehe... rocks in space!!

We now interrupt our regularly scheduled posting for a recharging of the laptop... please visit us later for the final part of this post.
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  • no profile photo CD6295915
    Road Rash! OOOOOOOOOOOOuch
    It will take a few days to feel better. I am glad you are enjoying your art and having more time to do what you love. I know that in time you will be back on track with your fitness but until then just try to keep moving around the house. It will help to keep the muscles from locking up causing more pain.
    I hope your DH is feeling better soon.
    I admire your talent for drawing. I need a cup to trace to draw a circle or in other words the only thing I can draw is flies when I am sweaty. emoticon
    3241 days ago
    So going forward the idea is to keep the rocks in space, or at least on the drawing pad, and not under your feet to prevent any more tumbles. Hope your injuries were not too serious & you are back to normal soon.
    3242 days ago
  • JOANNA202
    You poor battered thing! Hope you heal quickly.

    Looks to me like you can already draw pretty well - no need to learn!
    3244 days ago
    I really like that painting :-)
    That's much better looking than my doodling.
    3244 days ago
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