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...just thought I ought to brush away the cobwebs in here.

I've been fortunate to have had a lot of graphic design work in the past several months; it has meant that I put more creative pursuits aside, however. I found that the longer I went without drawing something, the easier it got. But eventually that empty feeling got the better of me and I picked up a pencil. Feels good.

I hope I don't lose the habit again.
  • Listening to: My cat Niven making little snorting noises
  • Reading: The digital Detroit Free Press
  • Eating: Kookaburra Licorice
  • Drinking: Riesling
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57Drawinc Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009   Traditional Artist
Good that your back.

I've been seeing this more and more. Ppl with the ancient (getting to feel more & more like this!) ability to create something organic and beautiful out of seemingly arcane tools are being pulled away into a modern electronic platform. (I'm just as guilty..)
Money?, Speed? I can understand that. But it is getting a little out of control. Seems no one has the patience anymore. That sometimes, Good things take a little time.

...Kookaburra Licorice???
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)

Yeah, patience is definitely in short supply these days. And, I must say I'm pulled back and forth between traditional and electronic worlds on a daily basis and I'm comfortable with it, but there are so many who JUST want to sit in front of a monitor, tapping and clicking away, and call it good. :hmm:

Kookaburra Licorice--highly recommended if you like licorice that has a nice, dark, not-too-sweet taste! Not always easy to find though...
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57Drawinc Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009   Traditional Artist
I'll have to look for that licorice, always neat to try something different..

BTW, reminds me of an old Australian children's song:

"Kookaburra sits on an old gum tree,
merry, merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookabura laugh, Kookabura gay your life must be."

(when the word 'gay' meant 'happiness'.)
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh yes! I know that song--we used to sing it in Girl Scouts. :giggle:

OMG now I fear that song will be running through my head the rest of the day...I can just feel it... :O
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57Drawinc Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009   Traditional Artist
Didn't sing any in the Cub/Webelos/Boy Scouts.....at least that I can remember

...and you know that you can sing it (Kookabura) in delayed chorus like "row, row, row your boat.." (I remember it from Disneys 'It's a small world';)

(heheh)!! :fuzzydemon:
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Well, yeah, absolutely! That's just how we all used to sing it, sitting in a big circle around our troop leader. Don't they call that kind of song a 'round?' Eh, quite possibly they no longer do, since it's hundreds of years since I was a wee Girl Scout singing that song. :sing:

Anyway, a devilish heheh to you, too :devil:
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57Drawinc Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009   Traditional Artist
..you remember it. And that memory counts for lots! :pat:

One day they might re-discover that strange form of entertainment that requires absolutely no form of electronic interface!!

There is a scene in the film "The English Patient" where an Archaeological expedition is sitting round a campfire before the outbreak of 'World War Twice' (I've heard that First World War veterans call it that) entertaining each other by their individual performances.
Seems so foreign & quaint (especially in todays world) but more than a bit charming. and Kristin Scott Thomas..*sigh*. (yep, Im waxing a bit nostalgic)
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the head-pat--it was oddly reassuring... :P

I know that scene in The English Patient...EP happens to be one of my all-time favorite films. The music! The scenery! Ralph Fiennes! And yes, of course, Kristin Scott Thomas. :)

I find that I am frequently entertained by things of a non-electronic nature, though I do :heart: my computer and other such toys. Balance is important, I think. :nod:
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BrickRed1 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You do a great job, and I feel the same way. I still can't believe I went so long without drawing. >.<
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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BrickRed1 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome. :heart:
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jargonjones Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Good to hear you are back on the horse! Being busy with paid work is nice, but I know firsthand how creatively draining it can be.
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Draining, indeed! I think I need to let work slide a bit in favor of art more often...I know the work will get done, but the art doesn't unless I make it more of a priority.
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jargonjones Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
I've been beset by work lately and unfortunately can't afford to turn any of it away. I joked with a friend that the only way I get free time is to put something off. That's quite true, but when I put off a little work, I get some art done my soul gets fulfilled and I feel a lot better. I only wish I could pay my mortgage with soul-fulfillment!
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh, yes yes...exactly. Taking an hour or two out of the work day to do some art--sketching, splashing around some watercolor, anything--makes the paid work less stressful when I go back to it...even if it means I'm struggling more with the deadline because of the time I took "off."

I'm not sure why I haven't learned yet that it's worth it to blow off work for art once in a while...I certainly work better and faster when I'm happy. :)

(Okay, maybe having just typed it will help it sink in!)
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jargonjones Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
It's funny, I'm in kind of the same boat. I on the other hand have to push myself more to work on the freelance design rather than the art. The art is a siren's song that is nigh irresistible and have to push myself towards the work.
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JerryBarmore Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
It's nice to see you back on here. Perhaps your renewed presence will prompt me to post some of the stuff I've been sitting on . . .
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Jerry! I hope you *do* post your new stuff; I always enjoy seeing what you're doing.
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jhames34 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
your new pieces are wonderful and swell!
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Many thanks and much appreciated! :hug:
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