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Art in spurts

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 22, 2014, 6:14 PM
It's been a while since I posted and here I go with a bunch of stuff all at once.  What can I say - these days I tend to work in spurts. Last summer I managed to write a novella which got published as an ebook (so stoked about that - working on the second). It was very exciting to work with an honest to goodness editor, and I am very happy with the results.

Since then I went on a tentacle drawing spree, most of which I have now posted here. I drew them freehand with pencil, then inked them with various fine pointed black felt/gel pens - I believe I bought out my local shops of their selections trying to find just the right ones. Then scanned the drawings to colour them in using Corel Draw X5. I had a grand time learning all sorts of ways to colour using the program which I had never tried before. 

If you are in the mood for a steamy story about a Finnish vampire who meets a British scientist who bears more than a passing resemblance to Sherlock then take a read at my first published work: 

The Study of Blood in Winter

In Helsinki, Julian meets Danika who awakens long repressed desires and dark new lusts, neither of which subside when he learns she is not human.

Young, eminent haematologist, Dr Julian Victor Swansea, has travelled from his home in Britain to the University of Helsinki in Finland to work on the research that has been his life’s fascination—blood. Specifically, he hopes to find a cure for his own haemophilia. At first everything goes as planned. Every day is filled with work, no distractions, merely the puzzle of blood to solve. Then, a late night walk, a chance encounter and a borrowed cigarette later, Dr Julian’s life takes a turn he could never have predicted. Then again, who could have predicted a seductive and mysterious woman like Danika?

Pale, beautiful and openly lustful, Danika quickly turns Julian’s life upside down and inside out when she reveals that she is a vampire…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. One dark secret is followed by another until he doesn’t know what to believe anymore.

Will Julian accept this new reality and allow himself to be carried away by love? Will Danika allow this human into her heart?

www.totallybound.com/the-study…




  • Listening to: https://soundcloud.com/lunacatd/sets/the-bright-on
  • Reading: A lot of Steampunk, Sherlock fanfic
  • Watching: soon DR WHO!!!!
  • Playing: with fate
  • Eating: farm fresh veggies
  • Drinking: coffee

Where did Summer go?

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 10, 2011, 1:01 PM
It's been a while, the last couple of months passed much too quickly. The worst part is not having had time to do much with art as it has all been work, work work. And the kind of frustrating work that doesn't seem to pay off <sigh> at least not in the short run.

In the meantime, I did get a chance to spend a little time with people I love and met new to care about. I got to help someone in dire need, in the process got to foster a cute new cat. However I am now in a bit of a dilemma while dealing with the aftermath of the rescue but such is life. No good deed goes unpunished, as they say.

On more art related news, I entered one of my pieces, "Flutterby Filigree" Flutterby Filigree by lunacatd in a contest here:  www.talenthouse.com/creativein… I would really appreciate your support and your vote. YOu can do so both with your facebook and/or twitter accounts. If you are also in TalentHouse let me know and I'll support you back

Hoping for an Indian Summer,

Cat

  • Listening to: JS Bach, my Sherlock Playlist
  • Reading: A lot of Steampunk
  • Watching: soon DR WHO!!!!
  • Playing: with fate
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: Life in

Spring Cleaning

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 9, 2011, 5:05 PM
Maybe because it's spring, or because I'm turning 49 in June (Crazy, I know!) or who knows why, but I'm cleaning out a lot of accumulated junk from nooks and crannies in my life - both figuratively and literally - these days. As part of that process I am re-discovering artwork that had been stored away for a number of years; some I had forgotten about all together (Neptune) and some I hadn't but the memories were not quite up to the real thing (Ophelia in Red).

It is an interesting exercise this archeological dig in one's own past. Both emotionally and intellectual taxing yet invigorating at once because I am reminded of how time has passed but also how much I have achieved and what a long way I have come from those days when I knew everything and even though nothing could touch me I was as scared as a bunny rabbit in a hail storm.

The good news is life has gotten better, maybe I don't have the same level of energy but I wouldn't trade how I feel now for all the energy in the world. The stillness, deep rooted steadiness I have achieved over trial and tribulations more than makes up for the things I gave up by getting older.  Not that I feel any older, if anything I feel freer, and stronger and a heck of a lot lighter because I now live my own life - not anyone else's.

Religion by MaruLovesStamps

  • Listening to: JS Bach, my Sherlock Playlist
  • Reading: A lot of Steampunk
  • Watching: soon DR WHO!!!!
  • Playing: with fate
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: Life in

'I am VERY over winter' - Mark Gatiss

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 18, 2011, 6:10 PM


Today I decided to add a few of the 'commercial' photography I have helped create. These product shots were art directed by myself and shot by my sister. we did them for Caramoomel Natural Fine Food Creations, our family's business. The business is how we earn our living, and as we run it on a very tight budget, we pretty much do as much of the work as we can ourselves. Good thing we both had post secondary education on the Arts :)

I posted these here because I am very proud of how they turned out, and in the website we have to use cropped versions so these full frame versions rarely see the light of day. We had a lot of fun over a 4, 5 day period putting the shots together. In total we shot over 30 products ( I only posted 5 here), and each shot had to convey the goodness inside each jar both in flavour and freshness of ingredients. That was easy to do with the veggie spreads, but not so easy with the Caramoomel Caramel/Dulce de Leche spreads, I tell you :)

It was the first time either of us used a digital SLR camera, so a fair amount of time was spent experimenting and reading the manual, but once we figured it out it worked like a dream. There is something to be said about getting the blurry depth of field (I'm sure there is a technical name for that effect but I can't recall it right now) right on the shot as opposed to trying to fake it with a program. It just seems to enrich the product and make s you want to hug it.

Anyway, I hope you  like these as much as I do. If you'd like to see the rest here is a link to our Caramoomel store: www.caramoome.com

Thank you again for taking the time to read this,

Catalina - you can follow me on twitter lunacatd

Religion by MaruLovesStamps

  • Listening to: JS Bach, Radiohead
  • Reading: The Sign of the Four
  • Watching: crap on tv
  • Playing: with fate
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: green tea - loads

2011 begins with Battles

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 9, 2011, 6:19 PM
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So far 2011 is the year of battles. It's amazing sometimes how many obstacles life can throw your way and you still have to keep going. I bring this up not because I want pity, but because it helps to vent. I have the 'luck' to be saddled with both depression & anxiety, these conditions are chronic and at times crippling. Thanks to some medication and continuous cognitive therapy I keep them at bay, returning to my art is one of the tools I use which I love because the self healing is awesome.

However that is not my main battle. In my mundane life I work at my family business on our farm, and the last few years have not been good. We have lived here for 36 years, and in the 21 we have created a gourmet food business making spreads & sauces from organic fruit & veggies grown on our farm. 3 years ago we took the plunge and decided to step it up. We took out a mortgage and bought automation equipment and expanded the building we were working in, etc. Guess what happened? The world economy tanked and our sales, which up until then had grown every year, fell by 40%.

Now even that was not as bad as it could have been, in that now that the biggest expenses are done, and we have cut back on all non essentials for now (that's why I draw a lot, not going to any movies or for starbucks these days :) The problem is that the income is not coming back as quickly as we need, the bank refused us a credit line we could really have used to see us through this rough patch, there are issues with a 'contractor' we used last year to do some work on the farm, and a few other things are piling up that need to be dealt with to do with civic politics. All these fall on my shoulders, the good thing is most of this crap pisses me off, and nothing galvanizes me like getting pissed off.

So these days I vacillate between righteous anger and exhaustion. I wish I could just take up a sword, or at least my boxing gloves, and beat the crap out of a few ogres, but unfortunately that's not the way it works out here in muggle land. Anyway, if you've read this far, I salute you. And if you are at all curious about what our business is here is the www.caramoomel.com

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  • Listening to: JS Bach, Radiohead
  • Reading: The Sign of the Four
  • Watching: crap on tv
  • Playing: with fate
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: green tea - loads
Today I will be re-watching the one movie that scared the sh*t out of me as a grown up for the first time since I saw it in the theater. Why? because I love scary movies and I am going to be one of many contributing reviews of horror movies to one of my favorite websites Altered Realities Radio www.alteredrealitiesradio.com

Wish me luck :)

PS I'm trembling in my boots just thinking about it brrr....
  • Listening to: my Sherlock playlist - ecclectic
  • Reading: Hounds of the Baskervilles
  • Watching: The Grudge
  • Playing: with fate
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: green tea - loads
Today I added some of my most recent photographs. Thank you for the kind comments and faves. I am very inspired by the work on display here and in awe of the talent on display as I find my way around the site.

As I write this I am wa tching/listening toan intriguing doc on tv "Examined Life" (2008): Great minds examine the purpose of life and our place in the world. It is a fascinating collection of ideas and philosophies which might be of interest - check it out if you get a chance.

And now it's time to say good night
  • Listening to: my Sherlock playlist - ecclectic
  • Reading: Hounds of the Baskervilles
  • Watching: Examined life
  • Playing: with fate
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: decaf green tea
All my submissions are from my current sketch book which I am working on filling up. I am currently about 2/3 of the way through. I have not uploaded every page as some are not up to par, but considering I have not practiced my art in over 15 years I'm amazed at how quickly my skills are returning. I am also in awe of the talent present here at DeviantArt and look forwared to meandering through the galleries and being inspired by everyone.

Thank you for making me feel so welcome
  • Listening to: my Sherlock playlist - ecclectic
  • Reading: Hounds of the Baskervilles
  • Watching: no tv for a bit
  • Playing: with fate
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: decaf green tea