Down Times

Down Times

Two weeks ago I announced the impending arrival of my Alcohol Ink calendar for 2021 – AND I invited everyone in the world to Pre-order to get in on the 1st printing of it…and the next day my Shopping Cart (on my website) Ceased working. NOT due to overload of customers, I might add. It was a timing coincidence… but I spent 2 days on the phone with tech support trying to solve their problem.. and meanwhile creating PayPal buttons to be available for anyone wanting to pre-order.

THEN the calendars came in! (18th) – Yes they are IN! So if you didnt order before… you can order Here Now! But that was met with a different problem with my web hosting company, one of not updating my website, so if people ordered I knew only from my PayPal receipts. Thank goodness THEY email me with every order! This website problem lasted almost a Week. In the website business, that can be death! Well it certainly will be the death of my site on their servers.

I started looking at another Hosting company who was initially my #2 choice and saw that they offered all the things I need… I think…. at a slightly higher price, but they are more mature in their offerings. They have been around awhile. So…. I signed up. This week I have been learning how to Re-Make my site on THEIR platform, in THEIR way… and it’s OH-SO-FUN. (not) But necessary.

One of the Perks… is that my BLOG (yes this one) will now be able to be part of my website! That’s a good thing, for me… less places to go to get things done. But again, I’m learning their blogging software… I have 2 posts up there now and I’ll copy this post there as well… and as soon as the site goes LIVE, I’ll put a link to it here so you can go and bookmark it!

So meanwhile, if you are looking for an easy thing to do… I have a cute little snowman we are going to ‘paint’ on Saturday, Dec 5th . I put quotes around that word because we do very little painting on this one… most of it is accomplished using a Calligraphy marker called an Elegant Writer which has a ‘chisel tip’ and I show you how. If you are interested it’s only $17 and it’s something to do for an hour or so on Saturday morning after Thanksgiving! Sign up here and the Pay button takes any credit or debit card and even PayPal.

Have a great day!!!

Ruth

I Wonder . . .

I recently received a blog post notice in the mail and when I opened it to read it I was greeted with a quote by Joni Mitchell which I want to share with you.

“My family could only afford to get me the box of eight Crayola crayons, but I craved the one with all 24 colours. I wanted magenta and turquoise and silver and gold.” — Joni Mitchell

While I enjoy Joni Mitchell’s music, I never knew this about her. Ironically I too always wanted the magenta and turquoise and silver and gold crayons! To this day those are some of my favorite colors, along with purple of course. I wonder how many people wanted those colors or like those colors now… what does it say about it? Are we the creative ones because we wanted something that was “out of the box”?

What are your favorite colors crayons or otherwise? I’m curious I really would like to know. Some people have favorite colors they like to wear but if they were drawing painting or coloring they have other colors they prefer. I wonder why that is.

I wonder if kids will ever know what it’s like to not have. To not have silver and gold, to not have turquoise and magenta, or even to not have crayons. I worry about the kids of the future even though I know there is nothing I can do about it. Now we have tubs of 200 crayons and 24 packs of all metallic colors. It’s wonderful! But how will they learn to appreciate what they have when they have never had to do without? I think those who have done without are the ones who really appreciate what they have.

Well apparently I got torn away in the middle of writing this post because I never published it and I just found it in the drafts folder! I don’t know that I had anymore to say about it. I think it kind of speaks for itself. I think we need to teach our kids how to dream.

Never Give Up

Sometimes we get an email that just turns on the light bulb! That’s the kind of email I opened today. I decided I had to share this with you and also credit the author, Dan Scott.

It goes like this “Over the past two years I’ve dedicated much of my practice to improving in drawing. It was a weakness but it’s slowly turning into a strength.

I try to fit in at least a few minutes of drawing every day. I date the top corner of each page to track my progress.

I was doing great until recently. Life got in the way. I returned to my sketchbook this morning only to realise my last entry was a couple of weeks ago. And I could feel it. The pencil was unfamiliar in my hand, my strokes timid, and judgement off. Not good, but tomorrow’s a new day!

Being consistent is one of the most effective things we can do to progress in art (and anything for that matter). Turn up every day. Create something, learn something, doodle in a sketchbook. It all adds up over time.

It also builds momentum. Each day builds on the last. It’s much easier to keep going with momentum behind you than it is to start from a standstill.

With that being said, don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t been consistent. Life happens, especially this year. But it’s worth trying your best to be as consistent as possible. I almost always feel better after drawing or painting. Even if it’s just 5 minutes on the couch before bed. The feeling of pencil hitting paper or brush hitting canvas seems to have a magical effect.

I’ll be taking my own advice this week. I have my brushes and pencils ready. I’ll share any new lessons learned.

Want more painting tips? Get all 46 of my “How to Paint”, “A Closer Look”, and “Artist Spotlight” ebooks at a steep discount here.

Happy painting!

Kind regards

Dan Scott

drawpaintacademy.com

Thank you Dan I think we all could benefit from your advice.

Ruth Inman
Ruthinmanart.com

4 tips to better mobile videos

Thanks to YouTube I got these handy little tips in an email today and I thought this would be the perfect thing to share with you being it is the time of year that people tend to do more videos.

Before I get into them I went looking for an image to include and when I saw this one I knew I had to add another tip. The viewer will always get to see more if you hold your phone sideways like the picture shows.

4 tips to boost your mobile video qualityYou don’t need fancy video equipment to make high-quality videos. Creating content from your smartphone can happen anytime and anywhere. Check out these tips and tricks to get the most out of your mobile masterpieces:

Prep for success: Make sure your phone’s lens is clean, and switch to “Do Not Disturb” to avoid distractions.

All of the lights: Natural lighting is the key to quality. Be sure to steer clear of harsh shadows, especially near your face.

Loud & clear: Although an external one is ideal, your phone’s mic will do the trick. Keep your phone close, and avoid echoey sets for the best possible sound.

Action: Use the grid feature on your phone to keep your eyes in the top third of the video. Also, focus on your phone’s camera lens rather than yourself to avoid looking off camera

That’s what I have for you today! Have a great weekend and enjoy the lovely weather while it’s here.

Ruth