Happy Halloween!

Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, “Never take candy from strangers.” And then they dressed me up and said, “Go beg for it.” I didn’t know what to do! I’d knock on peoples’ doors and go, “Trick or treat – No thank you.”

– Rita Rudner

Happy Hallows’ Eve To All! 

If I touch a burning candle, I can feel no pain.  In the ice or in the sun, it's all the same. Yet I feel my heart is aching, though it doesn't beat, it's breaking and the pain here that I feel, try and tell me it's not real. I know that I am dead, yet it seems that I still have some tears to shed. 
One of my favorite animated characters is Emily from The Corpse Bride and while this is a work-in-progress, just wanted to pop in and wish you all a happy Halloween and happy new year according to the old seasonal calendar. This is the time the world goes to sleep and prepares itself for spring.


I have been remiss with all my regular postings because I’m writing and researching for my writing. For someone who knows nothing about stocks and bonds and shares and margin calls, why on earth did I have to pick that as the background for my current book which is being written and submitted for Harlequin’s SYTYCW15 contest? And I’ve got less than 10 days left to go!

Oh well, I’m going to plot again.

Actually, maybe not. 

Back To The Drawing Board

I finally dug out my art supplies, which includes a small (5×8)100-page Fabriano Artist’s Journal that I am finally using.  It’s only been 5 years since they’ve been stashed in the garage, and almost 10 years of not actually drawing anything on paper although I did do some illustration last year, which lasted 5 days and only with pen – no color – for Sketchuary.

Though I’ve long dabbled in computer graphics, I miss the feel of pencils between my fingers, the way textured paper feels under my skin and most of all, seeing the work blossom in front of my eyes (which are in need of glasses, it turns out so I’m finally digging out my glasses as well and just finally got an updated prescription).

So if you’re wondering what’s with all the drawings – that’s why.  And this time I’m tackling color.  It’s amazing the things I’m beginning to see now that I’m paying attention to color more and more.  While I can write about a beautiful sunset, drawing and coloring it is a whole different animal.  A sunset is no longer as simple as I thought it used to be – it’s an organic arrangement of yellows and oranges and reds (and sometimes not even reds) and green grass is just not plain green but an explosion of different shades that I’m now determined to capture on paper.

I wonder though how to tackle subjects I see on social media.  Do I ask their permission first if I see a non-commercial picture on Instagram that I want to capture on paper?  I don’t know.  I don’t want to draw icons and stars all the time, and I’m not ready to draw out the stuff that comes out of my head  (they’re dark).  How does that work?

Because Sometimes I Like To Sketch…

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Because sometimes I like to sketch,
and sometimes I like to dream
sometimes I go from one end to the other
often to each extreme.
Sometimes I dream in color,
yet sometimes it’s black and white,
always allowing in the grays
just before the coming of the night.
Sometimes I see things in pieces
sketch them one part at a time,
sometimes they never come together,
sometimes it’s simply my design,
for in this life, stories never end
yet some of them end too soon,
so I keep on going till I reach the edges
I keep on going till I run out of room.