Ghoulish Painting

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Okay, here’s my idea of a ghoul – done in MyPaint.  He looks like he’s about to go after a grave or two.  Just a simple sketch but sometimes simple is best.  To any readers, have a happy Halloween!

As usual, here is a roundup of everything I drew for InkTober.  This year I didn’t get nearly as much done as last year, but then again last year I wasn’t being trained as a claims analyst!  That takes quite a bit of skull sweat.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/ghoulish/

Did somebody say fluffy?

Ohai.  I, Nezumi, have taken over the blog again.  You see, this is one of my favorite words.  Fluff.  Fluffy.  Or better yet, FLOOFY.

Mom, you see, keeps building up her Guitar Fingers and isn’t typing as much.  She keeps playing with the Twangy Thing.  I help by occupying her chair so she has more practice standing up while playing, and sometimes by sitting on her book so it can stay open to the right page.  She says she can’t read through my butt.  I wonder what she means?  She also keeps making these odd noises with the Twangy Thing and naming them with letters.  C, G, E, F, D, things like that.  I don’t care about letters unless G stands for Gooshy Food.  It helps me stay nice and fluffy!

Today I’ll share with you all my favorite pictures of my own fluffy self.

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See?  Even my paws are fluffy.

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Here is my amazingly fluffy belly.  I’m being Unicorn Cat.

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Now I’m in Super Extra Fluffy Mode.

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Now I’m guarding the house against bugs.  This is my favorite sunbeam.  Still fluffy.

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And now I’ll go back to “helping” Mom with her blog, once her fingers recover.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/fluff/

Wild Orange

On my recent zoo trip and photo spree, I saw all kinds of orange things.  Flowers, birds, a butterfly, a rather orange camel, the list goes on.  Here’s a break from Inktober, and some of the things I saw.

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The zoo had several bushes of these – I’m unsure what type of flower they are.

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Let’s play Find The Butterfly…

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A Malaysian tiger.  “Are you sure you got my good side?”  I have clearer pictures but I love this pose.

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The giraffes were very, very relaxed.  There was a Giraffe Encounter where you could pay a little money to feed them a carrot stick and some lettuce.  I did that and discovered giraffe tongues, aside from being very long and dexterous, are also blue!

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/orange/

Surrealist Inktober

How much of horror art is surrealist?  Quite a bit.  When I try to make a surreal piece of art, I will take some aspect of reality and make it into a metaphor, or take a fairly realistic subject then change an aspect of it in order to make some kind of a statement.

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Here are my attempts:

 

I had the idea of combining two graceful shapes, and at the same time making a statement of people becoming display pieces.  At least she seems fairly happy the way she is.

 

The next one is about how I think people often become with their smartphones and tablets.  Perhaps it’s a vision of human evolution?

 

The last picture is of GUITAR FINGERS.  The hand of a well trained guitarist can look pretty surreal as it is.

 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/surreal/

 

 

 

 

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Enlightened Art

I was given a children’s book to read, called “Monument” by Gary Paulsen.  The person who gave it to me said the book reminded them of me – it’s about an adopted girl who meets an artist in a small rural Kansas town.  One of the things the artist focuses on is the light.  And he’s right – if you capture the light and shadow right, everything else follows.  Now, I’m no impressionist, so I’m going to also focus somewhat on detail and make sure all my proportions are correct.  Below, I have my finished elephant.  I promised to show the completed drawing in this post, so here it is.  One of the things I focused on here was light and shadow.  I started by roughing out the proportions, as you can see in the sketch, but also did quite a bit with showing all the wrinkles and where the sunlight is falling.

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(Guitar update: I have two sore fingers.  I can make a couple chords.  I am having so much fun I can’t see straight.  It’s a very good thing for me to have something that doesn’t sound right unless I’m relaxed.)

 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/enlighten/

Energy Balls and a new guitar

I’m taking a bit of a break from Inktober to bring you, by request, my recipe for Energy Balls.  They are a no-bake snack that can be customized infinitely and make a great alternative to expensive energy bars.

Dry ingredients:

Six packets instant oatmeal (can use flavored or unflavored)

2 TB instant coffee (I use Bustelo packets)

2 TB sugar (white or brown)

3 oz Craisins or raisins (1 small bag is fine)

2-3 oz black sesame powder ( can use ground flax seed or protein powder)

1 TB pumpkin pie spice

1 jar creamy peanut butter, any kind (can use other nut butters)

Instructions:

Mix all dry ingredients, including Craisins.  Make sure they are broken up.  Then fold in peanut butter and mix well.  Roll into walnut sized balls and chill in the fridge.

This recipe gives you protein, some vitamins, some antioxidants, and a little caffeine.  It’s infinitely variable.  You can add nuts, chia seeds, flax seed, other kinds of dried fruit, you name it.  You can change the spices, leave out the sugar, whatever.  The possibilities are literally endless.  I also like to add whey protein powder at times, chocolate flavor.

 

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I have purchased an Epiphone Les Paul Special II, the limited edition in wine red.  I named her Rosie.  She’s a little beat up but I can tell you she feels so good in my hands – the right weight and everything.  I love how she sounds even when she isn’t plugged in.  Here’s what she looks like:

Right now I’m plugging directly into my computer instead of using an amp, though I have my eyes on a Peavy I’ll be getting in a few weeks.  I run Linux, and use Rackarrack and Tuxguitar.

I’ve learned: how to tune using a digital tuner, how to strum with a pick (sort of) and two basic chords.  I’m even having fun while making awful noises!