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finished 4-30-2006

this is the last vignette for the collaboration between me and alice. look familiar? like a pencil sketch from earlier...
just a note: i hate how the tree in the background turned out, but oh well. not everything can be perfect.
the deadline on the quilt that we are working on has been moved back & will be entered into a different contest, mostly so she can focus on the one using ken's art. also, because i have only now finished this. mostly becuase i was trying to make it too complex. orignally, amelia and ferdinand would be singing at court, we'd see the king and courtiers in the background. then, i thought about the wilderness, surrounded by her fellow minstrels in the caravan. alice thought i was overthinking it, plus none of the other vignettes has any other people besides amelia and ferd.

the quilt with ken's art is looking great. she has to finish tomorrow so she can get the entry photos postmarked by tomorrow.
go check out her blog to see the progress. i wish i could show it to ken...

alice & i have also been getting ready for cape. i found a 14x17" portfolio so i can bring the current blue canary pages i've worked on.  it just feels go have a mini-adventure and not be able to tell ken all about it, that i can't call him while i'm gone.

i, myself, am ok to some extent. some days i'm myself again, but i feel guilty when i am. other days, i just seem to mope around. i'm restless and indecisive. i'm so unsure of things that i really can't think too straight. i guess what mostly describes what i'm going through is confusion. i don't know what to do now. i know i'm waking up everyday, doing what i need to, "putting one foot in front of the other," as my mother would say...i just feel a bit lost doing it. *shakes head* it's hard to describe...i can't find the words at times.
most of all, i wish ken was still here with me.

what has been the hardest so far was going to the wedding of my friend, kellie. it's been planned for well over a year i think. i wasn't going to disappoint her, even though i know she would've understood had i stayed at home. everyone, from [personal profile] jocelyncee to kellie's family were always saying how glad they were that i came, with amazement in their eyes that i did come considering...
and yes, i did cry. especially at the rehearsal...i could feel the tears coming on and excused myself so i would distract everyone. i had a feeling that my tears would draw attention away from the bride, which wouldn't be right since it was her day, not mine. kellie's mom found me and gave comfort. she's really sweet.

why did i go? because i just can't hide from things like this. it's going to hurt, so let's just get it over with now or i may not face it at all. i don't want to hide from things all my life. ken wouldn't want me to do that. i know this.
a lot of times it irritates me when folks say, " it would be what he wanted." how do they know? did they ask?
i know of only a few absolutes from knowing and loving him as long as i did: he wouldn't want me to wallow or to give up, on life and on the things that matter to me most.
but man, no one ever said it would be easy. of course, i never expected it to be, either.

i'll prolly have to go through this all again in july when [personal profile] jocelyncee gets married, but i wouldn't miss it for the world, either. i have to face my pain no matter what.
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- inked 31 March 2006 -
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this is the finished version of this entry's sketch. only one more quilt vignette to go.

alice and i played more with colors for ken's quilt. she even got out the fabric paint and experimented. this will look very good.

taking mom to visit ken's folks today. also meeting with j.t., an old high school friend of ken's who has some ken-related stories for me. alice is coming with.
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- drawn 26 March 2006 -
inked 30 March 2006
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another vignette for the quilt.
amelia prefers to snuggle near the nightlight than stay in bed.

[profile] girlwithoutfear has a rough on how she'll be doing the celtic knotwork on the quilt with ken's art. go check her reality blog to see...

i'm doing better today. visited with alice some.
was going to visit ken's folks, but they were busy tonight. i'll see them on saturday, though.
*hugs* to all for the thoughts, prayers and stuff. it's helping.
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- drawn 29 March 2006 -
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it's not done yet, still have to finish the ship in the background and an island, but for the most part, this is the pirates vignette for the quilt alice ([profile] girlwithoutfear) and i are working on. yes, ferd is an albatross in this scene (i know i'll hear john cleese screaming "albatross!" every time i draw him thus.) why an albatross? because a seagull sounded boring.
ferdinand can change his shape to other types of birds and one other thing...

alice is thinking of doing a border of celtic knotwork for the quilt with ken's art. i think it's appropriate since it's art from in shining armor.

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it's been a strange day-nothing unusual happened, i've just felt odd. i'm not sick, i just haven't felt normal. of course, my friends would say that is to be expected. *shrugs* since i have no idea what to expect anymore, i'm just second guessing myself constantly. it's wearing on me.
one minute, i'm fine. i can lose myself in a book or a dvd, but's like ultra mood swings. i think i understand my mother's bi-polar condition a bit more.

i constantly find stuff that reminds me of ken. yesterday, i couldn't take it. any tom petty song on the radio, seeing chocolate covered expresso beans at the store or even getting fast food will trigger a memory. sometimes i can handle it. it's weird how detached i feel at the moment...i can look at it analytically. tomorrow i may be raging at the world in general. right now, i'm calm. hmmm. maybe some would call it numb. i'm no longer sure.

i am known amoung my friends for being...well, oblivious. introspection does not come easily to me. simple stuff i tend to overlook.
i think i'm searching too hard to figure out what to do next that i'm overlooking obvious stuff. mom keeps reminding me to take it one step at a time. i know she's just trying to help and comfort but sometimes the words sound trite and repeatative. i know mom is not meaning it that way, but ...i dunno.
there's a ken-shaped hole in my heart and in my life. i know i can still talk to him, but i can't converse like i used to. my imagination will take over for his responses, but i know it's just that, my imagination and that's just putting words in his mouth. how could i know he would respond that way?
i wrote him an email yesterday. i know, i'm not expecting any replies, except maybe the email being bounced, but it felt like something i had to do.
i just can't seem to let go.

i'm adrift and i've lost my anchor.
and i just noticed that what i just typed matched the nautical theme in the artwork. oy.
ok, i'm offically tired and going to bed. i just can't think straight.

quilt art

Mar. 26th, 2006 11:25 pm
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-drawn 26 Mar 2006-
pen & ink

i believe that ken would be furious if i gave up drawing out of sorrow and grief. the quilt project with alice continues as planned. that mean's sketches are back up here.
above is one of the vignettes for the quilt.

i drew this tonight at doug & c's house. alice and i had come over to watch movies and just veg.
i find myself sometimes feeling almost like me again-a bit cheery , actually and i feel guilty when i do.
c thought that it's just a normal part of the healing process, that life does go on and that ken wouldn't want me to stay sad.

i realize this, but i still feel guilty. i know that life is about change, you ever go with it or you choose not to, which results in stagnation and death. i just don't know what my future holds anymore. before, i had a pretty good idea.

c said that her mom lost a brother due to a drunk driving accident. he was just a teenager. it's been over 30 years and she still has trouble talking about it on some days. what has happened will always effect me, i just don't know how.
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-drawn 2 Mar, 2006 -
pencil on paper

last night, my friend, alice, and i have decided to work on a little project together that features my characters, (it was her idea.) i do the art and she'll turn it into a quilt. not a hokey one, either but a cool art quilt with embroidery, beadwork and embellishments.

why are we doing this you ask? we are thinking of entering the Husqvarna Viking quilting competition, (again, her idea. doesn't she have the coolest ideas?) the theme this year is "Imagine That!" and she said she thought of Amelia & Ferdinand when she read that. 8^D
we are both excited about this! entries have to be postmarked by may 2, so i better get crackin'!
go check out alice's daredevil quilts to get the idea of her stuff. if the link doesn't work, you may have to click on the link in her page to her gallery. a note about how she embroiders: she doesn't put a digital image in the machine and let it work, oh no, not alice. she likes to guide the machine by hand. she gets some really cool textures in the thread that way.

whether we win or lose, if we go to cons and share a booth in artist's alley, then we'll have something to display that represents what both of us do. 8^)

the above sketch is one of the vignettes for the quilt. each one shows Amelia and Ferdinand in an imaginative adventure. This one is for a medieval-like world where Minstrels and Troubadours roam in little caravans entertaining rich and poor alike. i like the lute Amelia has, but i accidently made her left-handed. opps!
Amelia's Minstrel Costume Design under here! )
off to work i go! guess who has a full-time job again? 6^) now i can at least pay rent.
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i said i'd post them. sorry it took so long, but i've been busy job hunting.
this is the rest of the sketches between me and Steve Troop back from Wizard World Texas earlier this month.
medium used is pencil on paper, unless otherwise noted. art by Steve & Me, unless otherwise noted. You guys should know my art style by now to be able to pick out mine and any melonpool fan will recoginze steve's stuff in a heartbeat.

at this point alice got up to be a fangirl since 2 of her favorite artists had arrived, not that i blame her. 8^)
at this point i thought it unfair to continue the scwiggle game without her so i just began drawing Odile and then steve started to draw in response to my sketch. it was alot fun, trying to copy-cat the pose with our own characters.

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Odile and a Spider

Remaining Sketches Under Here! )
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There was an art jam sponsered by Fanboy Radio while i was at the con. very fun. Alice and I visited with Steve at a table. Alice has some great photos which she will be posting soon. i'll post a link when she does. (edit 11-25-05, here's a couple of her photos.)
in the meantime, Steve introduced me to the "Scwiggle Game." some of you may know how this goes, but for those that don't...
basically you take turns. draw a little scribbly line and then pass it to the next person. they, in turn, make the scribble into an image.
it was loads of fun. i'd like to thank Steve for introducing me to it.

This way to the rest of the game! )

After this, Dave Crosland & Jim Mahfood got up to draw. They had taped huge sheets of paper and matteboard up on the wall. They created art with whatever they could: markers, whiteout, paint, spraypaint, using fingers and hands if they didn't have brushes. Later Andy Lee and David Mack showed up! it was awesome. what one artist would start, another would finish. the interplay between Mahfood's and Crosland's art was very cool. my attention was caught between watching the "stage" and doodling with Steve. Alice by now had gotten up to get photos and be a general fangirl. 6^) She even got tagged by Mahfood!
a fun time was had by all.

there are more sketches from that night, but not of the "scwiggle game" type. more like a "copycat-the-pose" type. i'll post those later. 8^D


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