So on Friday I did a thing. And by 'did a thing', I mean, I finished the digital painting I had started the previous week. Most of you have already seen it, no doubt, but for those of you who have not, here it is:
Looking at it now, though, I feel like it's all a little too cartoonish, particularly the figure in the middle. The trees are pretty good, I guess, but still... My inner perfectionist is disappointed in me.
I look at the other works on Deviant Art and want to hide my stuff away in shame. I know, I know, comparison is the killer of creativity. And I know, I've only just started out and shouldn't be expecting the world of myself... But still... I feel I can do better, should do better.
All I can do, I suppose, is practice, practice, practice. I doubt I'll ever be satisfied with my painting abilities, digital or otherwise. I simply did not spend enough time practicing them before now.
On the bright side, I have the idea for my next painting already. I begin that one Friday. It's another really tricky one, so it'll probably take me the full two weeks to finish again.... maybe three... There is a lot of detail and it's a complicated piece. I will post it up, as per usual, on Facebook once I'm done.
Oh, and in case you really like this art, you can get posters, prints (framed or on canvas) at my Redbubble store. Click the picture above, or THIS link. There will be no watermark on the prints, I promise. As an aside, I thought I would like the canvases the best, but honestly, the framed prints look really good. I like them very much.
Moving on, I want to apologise for not posting yesterday. It was a holiday here in Canada-land, and I didn't even think about posting. I should have scheduled a post (which really would have just been what I wrote above). Sorry if I left anyone disappointed and hanging.
I also got no writing done yesterday, since I was away from the computer all day. That's alright, my brain likely needed the rest. Rest my brain did. And by 'rest' I mean it started frantically churning up story from The Great Man series, which I will be preparing for self-publication once Daughters of Britain is complete. I was annoyed, as my brain is supposed to be finding a way through a particularly sticky plot point on the story I'm currently writing.
My brain is a complete arse sometimes. Scratch that. Most of the time.
In fact, I was awake before the Amazing Flatmate came home this morning (she's working on a horror film, and so away at night) because my brain was dredging up stuff from the afore-mentioned series. The only reason I was still in bed was because Persephone had settled on my leg and was contentedly purring away as she started to fall asleep.
An aside - I adore it when she does that. It never fails to make me smile.
This wakefulness resulted in a very productive morning. I got up on time. Made breakfast. Took out the paper/cardboard recyclables before the trucks got there, did a very small amount of tidying in the kitchen (like, a very small amount), and even did a very quick, not especially thorough scrub of the bathtub before I headed out the door and to work.
I don't know what possessed me. I think I'm getting ill.
This wakefulness also guaranteed that I shall be less than spectacular at training tonight. I'm already feeling quite tired. Oh well!
OH! And before I forget (I almost did forget) Human is now available for pre-order for all those folks who read on their Kindles. You can place your order via Amazon right HERE. If you would like to know the other pre-order options (there are quite a few), click HERE, and you will get to the book page.
Okay, I think that's everything I needed to tell you. I'm off to learn more Welsh, and then to write.