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Ain't No Rest for The Wicked

Ain't No Rest for The Wicked

I really don't have much to say.  I just grew tired of dropping by my dA page and seeing a several-year-old journal entry.  I wish I had something more profound to add, but I don't usually even have time to pee during a normal workday, so I'm afraid this is about as deep and meaningful as I'm likely to be these days. Peace, all.  Keep making art. ♥

Greatest Treasures

Greatest Treasures

“The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart.” ~Maryanne Williamson It was nice to look at my dA artist's page today and find myself pleased with all my "newest deviations."  Usually, I find myself wincing at one or another, thinking about what I didn't like and what I could have changed.  But today I surprised myself and felt only contentment.  Maybe it's because I haven't had much time to render -- less quantity, more quality and all that.  In any event, it was a nice moment. I can't believe we're in 2015 -- and that we're almost 1/12th of the way through it already.  My twins turned 11 just b

Never Forgotten

Never Forgotten

“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan It's been a very sad few weeks.  In addition to the recent loss of the amazing Robin Williams, our little DAZ community has also bid farewell to one of our dearest, finest members.  Jaderail, mentor to soooo many people on the DAZ forums (and elsewhere) has left us with holes in our hearts -- but a smile in them, also.  He was featured in my journal when he passed, so I thought I'd take a moment and single him out.  He will be missed. Please remember... cherish your health and support education and research of ch

Enjoying the scenery

Enjoying the scenery

"“Scenery is fine - but human nature is finer.” ~ John Keats" SInce it's been a reeeeeeally long time, I thought I'd update my journal.  I've been going back over my gallery, looking at strengths/weaknesses, etc.; but I'm also looking at my own particular style.  I've come to the conclusion that I enjoy character studies.  The "stories" in my images are more biographical than narrative.  But I like that.  While they're technically less involved than action scenes or multi-character images with highly complex backgrounds, I find beauty in the simple portrait.  With summer here, I've taken on a purely fun project.  Some people I m

Fluffy Roots

Fluffy Roots

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." ~Dale Carnegie I took a look at my gallery today.  And do you know what I saw?  Someone trying hard to express deep meaning in her art.  Admirable, for sure, but... When I look at my earlier works, I realized that my inspiration used to just be, well, fun. I've recently started to work so hard at showing the world that Poser art is legitimate, that it seems I've forgotten that it's okay to just CREATE -- for no reason other than it's a lot of fun to do so.  I realized I miss rendering "chicks with guns" and  "elves in the woods" and "mindless pretty girls."  Lol.   I miss.

Exhilarating Monotony

Exhilarating Monotony

"Monotony is the law of nature. Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises. The monotony of necessary occupation is exhilarating and life giving." ~ Mahatma Gandhi As the parent of an autistic child, I've long since realized the importance of structure and repetition in our lives.  When we have experiences we trust to occur in a regular pattern, the chaos around us seems a little less overwhelming.  And who couldn't do with a little less "overwhelming" in our everyday lives?  My daughter frequently (and with great 9-year-old drama) exclaims, "Mom, I'm BORED!"  I clearly remember saying that as a child, too.  And it's funny how tho

Blendingly enter into the other

Blendingly enter into the other

"Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity." ~ Herman Melville How many times a month does someone ask about your physical health?  "Is your migraine gone?" or "Feeling better?  You sound less congested."  or "That was one nasty stomach bug you and the kids had.  Good thing you have two bathrooms!"  Funny, isn't it, that we can refer to excruciating pain, snot, and diarrhea with our acquaintances and coworkers with little or no discomfort.  Ask

April 2nd ~ World Autism Awareness Day

April 2nd ~ World Autism Awareness Day

I won't change the way my child views the world, instead I will change the way the world views my child. April 2nd is World Autism Awareness day. But at my house, every day is Autism Awareness Day.  Certainly, we are aware of Evan's struggle to conquer language, his constant murmurs to no one in particular, his challenge to master impulse control...  But we are also aware of  his brilliance -- he can count by 3s or 8s or 7s when multiplying -- his determination -- he doesn't always know how to put the words together "correctly," but his words tell us exactly what he means -- and his love.  My little boy lights up a room when he enters it.  H

Yes, I will take commissions!

Yes, I will take commissions!

I have recently had inquiries about commissions.  I am very happy to do commissions, so I thought I'd explain my process.  I've shamelessly stolen the price structure from ~3D-Fantasy-Art (https://www.deviantart.com/3d-fantasy-art) SeedyDeedee, so if you want the prices changed, take it up with her.  :giggle:  (Not really.  That would be mean.) When asking for a commission, I ask that you please read the following CAREFULLY. Commissions generally only take a few days to finish, obviously relative to the complexity of the piece. My pricing is as follows: 1 character with simple background - $15 :thumb343280246: 1 character with complex background - $25 :thumb213753489: 2 char

Sandpaper Kisses and Waggling Tails

Sandpaper Kisses and Waggling Tails

After 19 long years of life, my beautiful Venus has left this world for the fuzzy blankets of heaven. By my side, she weathered 4 apartments, 3 houses, 2 cats, 2 dogs, one wedding, one divorce, two children, and a hundred thousand of my heartbreaks. Through each of these moments, she sat on my lap and purred, quietly reassuring me that all would be well. Last night, she licked my face and stared at me with her big, golden eyes. We both knew her time here was fading, and we were able to say our sweet goodbyes. I love her more than I can express, and there is now a large, empty hole in my heart -- covered in the ever-present white hair she left

Prayers for The Innocent in My Hometown

Prayers for The Innocent in My Hometown

Please pray for the families of the mass shooting in Oak Creek, WI. I grew up, lived, and worked in Oak Creek, and I'm now less than 3 miles from its border. I could walk to the temple that was attacked.  The Sikh population in my city has been a positive and peaceful force for good, for as long as I can remember. Many of my former students and their families are members of this temple, and I am very fearful for their safety. I drive past that temple four times per day, and the bowling alley where survivors are being held is the place where my aunt and uncle held their wedding reception. The mayor -- who was just speaking on national televisi

Sanity

Sanity

""Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind." ~  Mick Jagger It has been a long winter. People who haven't t actually lost their minds cannot possibly comprehend what it means to do so.  Oh sure, we've all seen people go crazy on TV or in movies.  Songs are written about it.  Vincent Van Gogh even cut off his own ear in a fit of insanity.  As a result, modern society seems to have a rather romantic perception of craziness... and a decidedly different view of mental illness.  On the surface, any educated person would agree that insanity and mental illness are drops in the same bucket.  But the words, "mental illness" somehow conjure a
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