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April Drawing 2018: Gurentai by MommySpike April Drawing 2018: Gurentai :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 22 5 Paul and Amanda by MommySpike Paul and Amanda :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 16 9 Lord Arien, Elfmage 2017 by MommySpike Lord Arien, Elfmage 2017 :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 11 2 April Drawing: Sata Study by MommySpike April Drawing: Sata Study :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 23 10 April Drawing: Inspiration by MommySpike April Drawing: Inspiration :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 41 4 Painting Then and Now by MommySpike Painting Then and Now :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 9 6 Pink Peony by MommySpike Pink Peony :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 21 2 Ryan's Pony Shoes by MommySpike Ryan's Pony Shoes :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 12 6 Phoenix Fan by MommySpike Phoenix Fan :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 14 4 Avery in 2015 by MommySpike Avery in 2015 :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 25 4 Ariana in Space by MommySpike Ariana in Space :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 25 10 April Drawing: Set the Scene by MommySpike April Drawing: Set the Scene :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 29 19 Boo-boo Doll by MommySpike Boo-boo Doll :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 44 11 Spike in 2015 by MommySpike Spike in 2015 :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 64 12 Cheetah Love by MommySpike Cheetah Love :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 30 8 Golden Tiger by MommySpike Golden Tiger :iconmommyspike:MommySpike 15 2


Shape of the water by mistermoster Shape of the water :iconmistermoster:mistermoster 335 8 Epunamun's stressful teaching experiences by valaheri Epunamun's stressful teaching experiences :iconvalaheri:valaheri 71 32 Bakeneko by Sceith-A Bakeneko :iconsceith-a:Sceith-A 391 8 Tengu by Sceith-A Tengu :iconsceith-a:Sceith-A 1,333 26 Fiore Calendar by ritam Fiore Calendar :iconritam:ritam 154 24 Bastet by Goldenwolf Bastet :icongoldenwolf:Goldenwolf 1,102 0 LuckyCats2016 by BlueBirdie LuckyCats2016 :iconbluebirdie:BlueBirdie 24 4 Yama Tengu by cielociel Yama Tengu :iconcielociel:cielociel 44 2 SIX YEARS LATER by ritam SIX YEARS LATER :iconritam:ritam 275 30 Bill Nye by Banzchan Bill Nye :iconbanzchan:Banzchan 1,943 152 Peacock Dragon by JessicaMDouglas Peacock Dragon :iconjessicamdouglas:JessicaMDouglas 290 25 Slumber by TeaKitsune Slumber :iconteakitsune:TeaKitsune 1,326 98 David Bowie tribute by mistermoster David Bowie tribute :iconmistermoster:mistermoster 76 0 The Dresden Files by Mika-Blackfield The Dresden Files :iconmika-blackfield:Mika-Blackfield 202 29 Christopher Lee by Cowboy-Lucas Christopher Lee :iconcowboy-lucas:Cowboy-Lucas 1,864 204 Death Is Not Cruel, Merely Terribly Effective by Inkthinker Death Is Not Cruel, Merely Terribly Effective :iconinkthinker:Inkthinker 841 46


Well, after nine years of working at Michaels, I finally decided it was time to move on. To be honest, if it hadn't been for teaching the art classes, I would have left a long time ago. My guys are thrilled -- they've been worried at the way I've been limping about. (I took a bit of a fall at work and my left knee has been complaining ever since.) 

So, I've been gardening, catching up on chores, resting my knee at regular intervals... and re-reading my old story files. I like to splurge on the Daily Deal books on my Kindle, and you know... some of my old fanfics are way better than that.

Just saying.
Not that I mean it to go to my head or anything.

So, hopefully you'll see a bit more of me around here.
April Drawing 2018: Gurentai
I'm trying to make an effort to participate in April Drawing over on tumblr. Without going to much into it, I had a spell where I was feeling a little lost and I got to thinking about how lost Kirin might feel when he was a bit out of his element. What would make him snap? Seriously considering a short story on this one.
Paul and Amanda
Yeah.... life has been really, really complicated lately but in a good way. My son Paul became engaged to a charming young lady named Amanda last year and they are getting married in May. They asked me to design the invitations and the one idea they liked was putting a drawing of them on it. I finally finished it yesterday and had it scanned at a local printer since my good printer no longer has a driver that works.  I believe they want to put the original in a signing mat to have at the reception so I expect I'll have some mat cutting to do.

Graphite on 14x17 bristol board
Must be time for my yearly post... *L* ... I'm really slowing down.

Mind, my life has never been busier. I've been at Michael's for 8 years, teaching drawing and painting for six. My oldest son, Paul moved out to share an apartment with a friend of his -- and he's dating. (Still wrapping my head around that...) This year has been kind of exciting  -- my younger brother had his second heart attack in March, my cousin died from a heart attack in April, and so I went back to the doctor after several years of not going. I was promptly sent off to the cardiologist to be poked and put on a treadmill and wind up having an angiogram. The good news? Even though, my cholesterol and blood pressure are a tad high, my heart is in great shape. It was nerve-wracking but at least now I know.

The moral of the story: Don't be afraid of bad news -- it's better to know than not know.

Funny  thing, though... it did put me in the mood to write again. Let's see if I remember how.…

That'll do.
  • Listening to: dryer tumbling
  • Reading: The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronvitch
  • Watching: Face Off season 12
  • Eating: thinking about what to fix for dinner
  • Drinking: iced tea


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Christi Smith Hayden
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Current Residence: D/FW, Texas
Favourite genre of music: Eclectic, really....
Shell of choice: Seashell
Personal Quote: "One must first learn to draw the natural before one can draw the UNnatural."


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jkrolak Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
JnEricsonx Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017
Happy Birthday!  Was trying to refind your stuff since I hadn't looked at that eskimo site for years!   Where do you keep all your gargoyles stuff now?  :::still has the Godiva Fan Club sign somewhere heh:::::
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017
It should happen that you find this day the start of one of the most marvelous years in your memory, joyous and profitable.  Growth of the best kind, in wisdom, skill, knowledge and joyous memory should and must take place.  Your smiles should become more frequent and easier, your sighs cushioned with rueful humor, those who know you should note your growing happiness and rejoice thereby.  Take the fond good wishes of those privileged to know you, even if just a little, and use them to build a fortress of smiles around your best ideals and happiest dreams.  May you always remember the days to come with joy and celebration, and may this be a very happy example of a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Daro1234frog Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Happy birthday!Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D Birthday cake  icon 
WereKatt Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017
Happy birthday!!
Bengtzone Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017
Are you still active?
humanofprey Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday and may God's glow shield you from harm :smooch:
Letdragon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017
Happy Birthday. : )
jkrolak Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
                                             Birthday cake by KmyGraphic
connorm1 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017  Hobbyist
Happy birthday 
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