Well, I think I am finished with my latest illustration, “Hansel & Gretel”…key word, THINK. Sometimes, due to my late night/early morning studio hours, I can’t really tell if a particular painting/illustration is really finished. My eyes like to literally, focus on the subject matter before me and lose any visual filters that would flag any glaring issues (shading/color/highlights, etc).
I am always elated when I do finish a new piece. However, I usually like to “sleep” on it before I pull the proverbial trigger and scan/format and send off to my printer bloke. Not sure if the sleep deprivation from late studio hours, taking care of two little kidlets during the day and running/training for my next half marathon is a factor.
Anyhow, I am on cold medication and feel like I am floating on a medicine cloud, looking down upon myself.
….are FINALLY ready! After weeks of attempting to get prints of my “Cinderella” painting, I finally dragged myself to my printing bloke and got 8×10 prints and smaller 5×6.5 for handmade greeting cards.
I specifically paint in 8×10, due to the size constraints of my home scanner…but I HAD to paint “Cinderella” in a larger 12×16 size so I could hang the original in my home. Ever since I was a little girl, “Cinderella” was my favorite fairy tale story, so it just made sense.
The 8×10 prints are now available on my Etsy store: Purple Eggplants, and “Ever After Scrapbooks” in Vista, CA.
Well, yesterday I managed to set a PR (that’s a personal record for those non-running blokes out there) at the San Diego Rock’n Roll Half Marathon. I was a little disappointed that I missed my personal goal of 2:15:00, by 2:11, but I think I did well considering I started to experience severe stomach cramping at mile 9.5.
The night before, I sat in front of my sewing maching to create a little felt Gnome fella for the front of my running top. So, with my seam-ripper in hand, I methodically hand ripped approximately six million tiny stitches to remove the mushroom I had double-stitched the week prior.
Despite my shin splint agony and tummy troubles, I feel pretty good. My hubby (he is insane) ran the whole 26.2 miles of manic manliness. I couldn’t be prouder of his hard work and dedication the past 8 months training, eating like a long-haul truck driver and meticulous marathon research.
Needless to say, I am going to take a few well-deserved days off to recover and start a new painting.