Good things that happened:
A very cool stranger from Etsy bought a custom home portrait from me this week. I started it, nearly finished it, and I very much like how it’s turning out.
I have been searching for the right paper for a long, long time. Well, an alternate to the right paper, which is Stillman & Birn Zeta. But I can’t seem to be able to buy S&B Zeta in any other form than a sketchbook, so I’ve been experimenting. Finally, this week, I discovered that Bristol vellum is, in fact, an acceptable option! I had always thought it couldn’t take water, and it won’t take as much as S&B, but it works well most of the time. I used Bristol vellum for this new house portrait and it looks super fantastico.
A check arrived for my last commission job- with a bonus. Booyay!
I got the last 6-pack of Vinter Varmer from Sellwood’s Laurelwood Brewery before they sold out for the season. And it was on sale for $5.95!! A bit off topic, but so magical it must be shared. Magical, except for the loading-my-kids-in-the-van-for-a-4pm-beer-run part. I’m a good mother. I’m a good mother.
Things I learned:
Sometimes I make something fast and loose and when I’m done I think, “eh.” I share it anyway and get a crazy response. People love it. Other times, I work for hours on something, feel great about it, and people silently, “eh” about it. I’m not sure if this means:
1. it’s all subjective so don’t worry about it too much, or
2. people don’t know what they’re talking about almost all of the time, or
3. I should stop trying because trying often leads to bOring! and not trying often leads to awesome.
Mystery. Looks like I didn’t actually learn anything here.
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