Nutrish Review

Stinky With Nutrish

When the box of Rachael Ray Nutrish Indoor Complete Chicken with Lentils & Salmon Recipe box arrived for us to review and try from Influenster, my cats went NUTS!

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Stinky (black and white cat) was the first to examine the contents!

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I first gave the kitties small amounts as treats. They kept begging for more.

Both Stinky and Χιόνι absolutely love Rachael Ray Nutrish Indoor Complete Chicken with Lentils & Salmon Recipe. We highly recommend it!

 

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Twilight Enchantment (Series)

Precious Twilight

Amidst recovering from eye surgery, and after just completing Twilight Sparkles, I decided I wanted to try to do a new series.

I was a bit disappointed, with Twilight Sparkles, it started out better than it ended up.  I had spent too little time on the background and the details.

When I started Precious Twilight, I decided to take my time and let myself be patient. I also decided to finish it that day. I have found if I leave a piece to be completed later I end up not putting the detail and effort needed into it. Within as much, I was up until well past 2 AM completing my child fairy!

Between my eye recovery and running between doctor appointments, there seems to be little time for my personal art lately.

I am hopeful that my Twilight Enchantment series will be all I am expecting it to be. I am pleased with the way Precious Twilight turned out. Of course, she is far from perfect, but it was nice to not feel disappointed with her.

A Review of Home School in the Woods, History Through the Ages Project Passport

Home School In The Woods

Home School in the Woods is now one of my favorite history curriculum vendors!  I was thrilled to be able to review HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece .  This Project Passport is simply an amazing educational tool for home school families.  This unit contains 25 stops, each stop within this Passport Project has  a Guide Book Text to read on a topic, and a Travel Itinerary for project choices and directions. It includes all the “printables” your young learner will need to embark on this absolutely epic journey!

Just imagine your child visiting Sparta and Athens! From dining to postcards, it is quite the trip. I found myself as excited as Kira as I explored the lessons!

Ancient Greece Passport

We had so much fun reviewing this product that we now want to try HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt!

Kira has struggled with history.  Although she loves museums and visiting historical landmarks, when it came to reading her history books she became bored quickly.  Just when I thought having an avid reader was a benefit, I quickly realized not everything read would be enjoyed.  It became a mundane chore.  As she is now a teenager (How did this happen? I swear she was just born!),  I actually dreaded it. Then we reviewed Home School in the Woods.  Guys, this is AMAZING.  Kira is now excited and having fun learning history. Every day Kira would ask me when she could do more work on her Ancient Greece studies.  I must admit, I too was excited with this lesson.  It is always exciting to watch Kira learn, and actually enjoy learning!

It is hilarious because now Kira is teaching us. Her profound moment was answering a few Jeopardy questions.

Kira Passport

When I asked Kira what her favorite part of the Home School in the Woods  HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece  was, she replied, “I would have to say the interactive lessons. It seems the more I am interacting the more I am able to remember.”

Project Passport printables

The freedom to download and print lessons at the pace my daughter learns is absolutely wonderful. Once again I found myself learning right along with my daughter.  Kira’s favorite project was the columns. She would run to me as she completed each, beaming with pride!

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It coincides perfectly with Kira’s fascination with Greek Mythology. Already having read the entire Percy Jackson series, Kira was more than excited to learn about Ancient Greece!

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After home schooling Kira for 10 years now, (she started reading at 3 and expressed a desire to learn early) I have tried so very many curriculums. History has always been a struggle. Home School in the Woods has certainly eased the stress associated with history.

Home School In the woods

I look forward using their valuable materials throughout Kira’s education straight through to the 12th grade.

I wish I had learned about this site sooner. The resources are absolutely amazing. Kira and I highly recommend Home School in the Woods to every home school family.

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February Art

I have not had ample time to create as much as I would like this month between my eyes and running to appointments. I am hoping to settle down and get more work done. I have started a chameleon with my beautiful new Chameleon pens and have several digital art pieces I want to do as well as some sculpting and painting.  I wish I had more hours in the day to do all I would like.  Here are some of what I have started this month;

happy vdayA quick Valentine doodle drawn on my iPad using Sketchclub

garden-naptimeGarden Naptime, drawn on Nintendo 3DS using the Colors! app. To watch the progression video please visit my gallery

 

Little Ailerons, drawn on my iPad Pro using the Procreate app

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Chameleon sketch, using my new Chameleon pens…unfinished of course.

Last but not least, Twilight Sparkles. Drawn on my iPad Pro using the Procreate app.

Twilight Sparkles

 

The Trouble With February

Have you ever had one of those days? Well, it is one of those months. Although February is for lovers, for me personally it can be quite depressing.  My Father passed away in February, as did my Mother.

On the upside, however, it is also the month of my wedding anniversary. And let us not forget Valentine’s Day! I have been spoiled by both my daughter and my husband this month.  Although the photoshoot of my daughter was an epic disaster, courtesy of a beautiful cold front that brought  about wind gusts of 25 mph! I guess good old Punxsutawney was right!

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Bearded Dragon Tanin vday gifts

 

My hubby surprised me with a beautiful Bearded Dragon, and my daughter made me a beautiful card and sand art.

This February also included eye surgery. Any artist can tell you vision is pretty imperative to an artist. The neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis in my hands can make art difficult….but not being able to see properly, well….that makes it virtually impossible. I finally broke down and agreed to have surgery on my right eye, as the cataract had made it impossible to see. I was excited but scared, as many people who have had the procedure done said the results are amazing……….

Flash forward, I am now on day 14 post op. Although I can absolutely see out of my right eye now and my vision test (in a dark room with the optometrist) is 20/20, light kills me.  Any light source, especially natural day light makes it hard to see. My lamps now have long streaks of light extruding outward. The ophthalmologist said this is normal and it may remain permanent. Evidently the foggy haze of my vision while in light is as well. The upside being colors are beautifully brighter now. I have a lesser developed cataract in my left eye, and colors between each eye are extremely different.

For example this picture I have taken, if I look at it with my left eye I see this;

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Where as with my right eye after the surgery I see clearer and brighter.

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I hope the light issues I have presently subside, as it is quite distracting and at times causes me to feel nausea; however, I can absolutely live with it. If my left eye progresses I would have to have the procedure done on it as well. I have had surgery on my right eye prior to this cataract procedure,  which may also be why the light is bothering me.  With any luck it will ease up, or I will get used to it.  Especially considering this beautiful new Canon EOS Rebel T6 is awaiting my using it!

I am hoping my art will also look better with my new eye. Especially now that I have more time on my hands……… Which leads me to my next little February blow. As I sat in recovery from my eye surgery I received an e-mail. I was being let go from the Graphic Novel and Comic series I had been contracted to illustrate. The kicker was I was being let go only because they could not afford to hire a separate formatter and decided to go with an all-in-one do it all. Lousy timing on the news as they knew I was in the hospital….nonetheless that was not the worst part. I have spent countless hours on the project and now have art I created for essentially nothing that will sit unpaid.  Silver lining however, I am no longer being bombarded 24/7 with monotonous tasks of unrealistic desires.

I love being an artist. I have heard  many times that I am living the dream….Although I am grateful for my job, I have to say my dream would be to draw, paint, photograph, sculpt, or create what I WANT and be paid for it.  Having someone say, “Yes, that looks okay, but I want this that or the other” is hardly a dream.  Working 18 hours a day,  6 days a week for a paycheck each month that is less than what most people make in three days is not exactly a dream.  It is called work for a reason.  Again, I love my job and would not want to do anything other than art for a living, however…..the present situation is hardly ideal. Kicker number two: as there are still no results on why the printing company pulled titles that I have illustrated for one company (the same aforementioned company that replaced me as their graphic illustrator) from their company sans royalties, I am still unpaid for the works I have done in 2016…….again, does this sound like a dream to you? More like a nightmare if you ask me!

Then I had to get blood work done.  I have CKD stage 3. I have been swelling up pretty bad……when I say bad, I am not exaggerating, either.  At one point I could not bend my legs! When the lab sent me my results, well, I freaked out! Mind you now, I am not a Nephrologist and really have no valid way of interpreting the results other than their guidelines within the results they sent. But according to their guidelines, my numbers looked VERY bad! So for two weeks, I sat in dread….first because of my eye and second because of those labs.  I began googling about dialysis and end stage CKD.  A good friend is about to go on dialysis as well, which perhaps fueled my fear.

Finally the day arrived for both appointments…..of course, as I said earlier, my ophthalmologist said this is “normal” with my eye.  Next,  I sat in fear awaiting my Nephrologist to enter the exam room. I had already in my mind fully prepared myself to be told my kidneys had failed and I needed dialysis.  Then…..the Doctor looked at me and said, “You are doing AMAZINGLY well!” He showed me a chart over the course of the past few years. He pointed out that my kidneys are still at 30% functionality, as they were several years ago.  I actually cried with happiness.  I am the opposite of a hypochondriac, but boy did I scare myself into fearing the worst.  After living with type 1 Diabetes all my life, I think I have somehow just assumed the worst in everything when it came to my health. I really am glad I was wrong.

February can be such a bittersweet month at times. The weather can be beautiful yet horrific, serving as an apt definition to February. I always look for the positivity in all of the beautiful blessings I have in this life and try to take everything as a learning experience.  Although I fully realize how negative my words may seem, I am actually extremely grateful and thankfully for every experience in my life.

I must say, however, I am glad it is the shortest month of the year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Progression Video

I have posted my latest progression art video.

Hours Of Work For Not

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Imagine working for months on a project…….

Hours of work….

Then, as you recover from surgery, you receive an email stating your services are no longer needed as they have found a cheaper way to illustrate their comic books and graphic novel because they found an all-in-one shop artist who will also format the comic book.

Yup….that is what happened to me. So, I now have these characters I have created that need a new home, new names, and a story line!

On the bright side, they are portfolio additions….on the not so bright side, here I sit yet again unpaid for work.

I guess it is a good thing I love art.

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