I don’t think it has ever rained so much in Redmond. The water is pouring down as if giants have decided to wash away the trees to redecorate the backyard. But it will pass. For now, have something colorful to look at.
I’m proud to be on time, for once. Fresh Paint watercolors rock.
Dawn Up in the Mountains
Okay, it should be Monday Drawing #18, but I’m working hard on my novels and time flies without my consent. Recently, Fresh Paint announced a new feature, watercolors! Only available for windows 8.1 preview users, I seized my hubby’s laptop and had my sweet way with the new app. This is the result of several hours of great delight.
Poppies in the Sky
I just realized it has been a whole month since my last post. To summarize more or less thirty busy days, I’ll start by saying I finished Nanowrimo. TCOM is now 90K and nowhere near its completion. There are good chances I’ll have to change the title. For a book named The City of Men, the main characters reach said city at the very end of the story and nothing really happens there. Roberto suggested to call it Journey to The City of Men and I like it. I’m still working with my editor on Prince of War. A combination of real life and fictional angst is slowing down the editing of my beloved Prince. But, we are getting there. At the end of November, the anthology Christmas Lites II was published and I’m truly proud my little fairytale is among so many great shorts. Meanwhile, I flew back to Italy to celebrate my dad’s 70th birthday and I am staying in Umbria for another week. Finally, tomorrow, my first illustrated tale, The Prince’s Day Out, should be released. Crossing fingers!
I had a busy morning which transitioned into a busy afternoon without stopping for lunch. Thankfully, I have friends with renewed cooking skills. None of what I just mentioned has anything to do with the image I’m going to post below. I just like writing. That’s all.
Sidetracked by life, I started on my Monday drawing later than usual. Rainy season is finally here and with a vengeance, but as usual, although I often look outside my windows, I rarely see what lies beyond the glass panel.
The following drawing is a good example of what happens to people who try to stick to a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, they dream of cappuccino and pastries.
Worked with Paint.NET on my most recent Monday drawing to create a new fairytale prompt. Lately, the editing of Prince is taking all my time and energies, and drawing helps me direct my mind somewhere else. Despite the fact that yesterday drawing was messy, there’s something about the colors and the composition I like. Changed both light and saturation, and finally I applied the ink sketch and photo filters, plus text.
Today, I worked for three hours on one of the most whimsical pieces I have created. My words will have to suffice. When I was signing the piece, the pc’s battery died, the screen went blank, and since Artrage doesn’t have the autosave I lost every single pixel. I swore in Italian, then vented on Facebook and Twitter in English, finally started again. The moral of the story is: Artrage is the greatest software for painting, but you have to immediately name the drawing and save every five minutes. It took me other three hours to recreate what I remembered of the first piece. Not the same atmosphere, but it has the same subjects plus a flock of sheep. The black one represents my mood.
Butterfly in Bloom