Sunday, July 27, 2014

W58: The Eyes Have It

As of late, I've been focused on the external--on going places and doing things.  This week, I wanted to do something creative--to reconnect with the internal for a change.  I wanted to create a work of beauty.

My freshman year of college, I took a drawing class.  To be honest, I wasn't great at it... I didn't do so well with the drawing what I was supposed to part...  I kind of just did my own thing, and if the assignment was something I really didn't want to do--the "egg project" comes to mind--I just didn't.  Not my finest hour as a student...

That being said there were some aspects of that class that I absolutely loved, like the charcoal segment.  There is something very primal, sensual even, about drawing with charcoal.  My charcoal drawings were some of my best work in my brief semester as an artist.  I treasured those dusky renderings of wine bottles and draped fabric until I moved out, and upon claiming my room as his own my brother callously tossed them out.

Anyway, that is the background behind this week's post.  I intended to draw something with charcoal, but as I started to work on the project, I came up with a far better idea.

I began with this photo of our dog, Loki, 
taken on our recent hiking excursion at Turkey Run

First, I made a copy so that I would still have the original if I messed something up. Then, I opened the copy in the photo editor on Microsoft Office 2010 (because that's as fancy as the software gets on my laptop). From there, I cropped the photo down to just his eye, removed the color to make it black and white, and enhanced the white in the photo to give it more contrast.

This is the stunning picture I ended up with.

My original plan was to draw this in charcoal, but I really liked the way the photo turned out with all the detail in the individual strands of hair and the cloudy reflection in his eye. So I decided to leave the photo as is.  I like that it sort of looks like a charcoal drawing.

I am going to see if I can find a way to print it on newspaper or canvas to give it something extra.

Coming Up... W59:  Life's Little Milestones

Sunday, July 20, 2014

W57: Run Turkey Run

This week David and I took Loki to Turkey Run State Park
in Marshall, Indiana for some hiking fun!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

W56: Random Firsts

Everywhere I turn, I see articles about all these different uses for sriracha:

CHOW: 50 Things to Do with Sriracha

Bon Appetit: 25 Ways to use Sriracha

Food & Wine: 10 Ways to Use Sriracha

and so on and so forth...

So, I figured I would give the ole sauce a try this week.

I normally don't like hot, spicy foods so I wasn't sure what to expect.  I do like Tabasco sauce, so I thought there might be some slim possibility that I would like sriracha too.

W55: Elevated Writing

I have been a little busy lately so I apologize for getting a little behind on posting.

Last week, I decided to do a writing exercise since I hadn't done one in a while.  I found the prompt at  This is a website dedicated to providing resources to writers of all kinds.  In addition to prompts, there are articles and competitions and other resources to help people "write better, get published" as the site's motto proclaims.

The Prompt: Shut In:

The department store elevator shuts down on the way to the fourth floor, with you and *eight* other people in it. You remain calm, but other people begin to panic. Write this scene and the dialogue between characters. (modified to have eight people instead of the original ten)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

W54: Much Ado About Muffins

Since the weather did not cooperate for kayaking, I found myself scrambling for a challenge last week.

Then, it hit me: QUINOA!

It's that oddly-named "grain" (pronounced KEEN-wah) that I keep hearing about but have never actually tried.  You may also recognize it from the Bud Light commercials in which the boyfriend continues to grill quinoa burgers for his girlfriend because his team won that one time.  He pronounces it slightly different... QUEEN-oh...

But I digress... As I was saying, I decided to try quinoa...