• Recently completed: #The100DayProject and 100 Cakes for Every Occasion

    For the second time ever, I embarked on the fun path that is #the100dayproject. I wrote about the effect it had on me last year because there was a lot of heavy duty stuff happening in my life at that time. This year's project was fun but still challenging due to a helluva lot of travel and moving in the midst of it. But I perservered and made 100 Cakes for Every Occasion. This is a selection of my absolute favorites

  • #DicADay: Week 17

    Woof. I'm tired from catch-up. Lesson learned.

    Last week:

    bookends: n. Plural form of bookend. 

    ripstop: adj. Interwoven with thick reinforcement threads to provide resistance against tearing.

    brassing: n. The operation of coating objects of metal with a film of brass.

    roll-top: adj. having a top that rolls away when not needed

    night-school: n. A school which is held at night, especially for those who cannot attend a day-school.

    exponentiality: n. The condition of being exponential (n. One who expounds, represents or advocates)

    eruca: n. An insect in the larval state; a caterpillar; a larva.

    This week: 

    quasivarieties: n. Plural form of quasivariety. ( n. Any of a class of algebraic structures generalizing the notion of variety by allowing equational conditions on the axioms defining the class.)

    self-realisation: n. The fulfillment of ones own abilities or capacities.

    tarnished: n. Oxidation or discoloration, especially of a decorative metal exposed to air.

    Austrians: n. Persons from Austria or of Austrian descent.

    upraise: v. To raise something up; to elevate.

    tortureth: v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of torture.

    sportiness: n. The property of being sporty.

  • #DicADay: Week 16

    It is late and I am tired. I get up almost every day and am disappointed by the few hours I log before lunch but then it turns into a 6 hour day and wow! That's a long (productive) day for me. Or at least I showed up for work.

    Here is one portion of my current projects, 365 days of painting a randomly selected dictionary word in 30 mintues or less (I think). 

    bruits: v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of bruit (n. Rumour, talk, hearsay.)

    geriatrics: n. The branch of medicine that focuses on health promotion and the prevention and treatment of disease and disability in later life. The term itself can be distinguished from gerontology, which is the study of the aging process itself.

    turbidity: n. the state of being turbid; turbidness (adj. Having the lees or sediment disturbed; roiled; muddy; thick; not clear; -- used of liquids of any kind.)

    touch: n. The faculty or sense of perception by physical contact.

    songish: adj. Consisting of songs.

    unpatronised: adj. Not patronized.

    uncoil: v. to unwind or untwist.

  • #DicADay: Week 15

    This week was a tough one but not for lack of trying. The final illustrations just don't feel particularly interesting. So now that this is out of my system, maybe next week will have all the magic. But hey, we did cross the 100 painting mark! That feels good. 

    Here is the collection of paintings I created for my 365 day project, #DicADay. I randomly select a word using Wordnik, paint the idea or image in 30 minutes or less, and share the results with you every Tuesday. 

    Rhode Island: proper n. A state of the United States of America. Capital: Providence.

    polyploid: adj. having more than the usual number of complete sets of chromosomes in a single cell

    tongue-tie: n. Ankyloglossia, a congenital oral anomaly.

    capaciousness: n. The quality of being capacious. (adj. Having a lot of space inside; roomy.)

    remunerating: v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of remunerate. (v. To compensate; to pay.)

    yellow-gray: adj. of grey tinged with yellow

    butter-bean: n. A variety of Phaseolus lunatus cultivated for the table in the United States. See bean, 2.

  • #DicADay: Week 14

    As the ever-elusive hunt towards the first third of this 365 project draws near, let's continue on and enjoy the product of this week's labor. #DicADay is me hitting "I'm Always Feeling Lucky" on Wordnik, and painting the resulting word in 30 minutes or less (usually.) 

    automapping: n. Automatic mapping.

    lorazepam: n. A benzodiazepine drug, used in the treatment of anxiety.

    notarizing: v. Present participle of notarize. (notarize: v. to be witness of the authenticity of a document and its accompanying signatures in one's capacity as notary public)

    skimped: v. Simple past tense and past participle of skimp. (skimp: v. To make insufficient allowance for; to scant; to scrimp.)

    outflow: n. The process of flowing out

    fended: v. Simple past tense and past participle of fend. (fend: v. To take care of oneself, to take responsibility for oneself.)

    houseroom: n. Room or place in a house.

  • #DicADay: Week 13

    Week thirteen rolled around and passed without too much fanfare. I am a tad late because I took off Monday to celebrate my birthday. There was much fanfare in that corner of my life. 

    Yesterday a Facebook post popped up from the luminous Elle Luna announcing the start of The 100 Day Project on April 19th. I did it last year and it seemed to be the stepping stone that allowed me to take on this 365 day project. Also my instinct was to say NOOOO I am already busy, but then I thought about doing something simple and easy and enjoyable. I have an idea so perhaps I'll take it on but in the meantime this thing right here is the persisting big ole time-based project. 

    If I am honest this is not my first 365 day project. That honor goes to a set of am/pm sketchbooks I completed over 2015. I drew first thing in the morning and the last thing before bed at night. It was helpful, easy, and helped keep my pen moving across the paper no matter what was going on at the time. I could spend a lot or a little time doing it and it felt good. It was a good place to work out ideas and sketches for other work. It was also helpful to document the passing of time, noting whatever was happening in my life in big detail or small. Also I drew everything in our bedroom. I digress.

    Here is this week's collection of random dictionary words and their accompanying painting done in 30 or less (...usually.) 

    spiritualisation: n. the act of making something spiritual; infusing it with spiritual content

    loose-box: n. Alternative spelling of loose box. n. A separate compartment of a building in which livestock are free to move about; especially a form of stable for horses

    steam-tight: Capable of resisting the passage of steam, as a joint in a steam-pipe.

    autoscrolling: n. Automatic scrolling.

    unworkability: n. The quality or state of being unworkable, lack of workability. (Workability: n. The ease with which something can be worked or fashioned) 

    (Note: I completely screwed up unworkability! I had it in my notes as workability, which is a different thing. Ah well.) 

    rangier: adj. comparative form of rangy: more rangy. adj. Slender and long of limb; lanky

    upwells: v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of upwell. v. To rise from a lower source; to well up

  • #DicADay: Week 12

    I've had a busy week and I just couldn't quite get these all done until this morning. And that's ok. It means that there's a lot of work happening, and I feel the opposite of stagnant, and that I'm getting paid, so YAY THAT. This week's words were fun, and I pushed myself with ideas, and layouts, and doing things before I felt 100% confident in pulling an idea off. Did you know... I rarely sketch an idea with pencil beforehand? It's true. I just prefer to get down to it and PAINT. Maybe that whole "plan ahead" thing will catch on one day. In the meantime, here are the results. 

    Here are the randomly selected words I painted in 30 minutes or less this past week...

    propitious: adj. Favorable; benevolent (e.g. propitious weather)

    ecarte: n. A card game for two persons, with 32 cards, ranking K, Q, J, A, 10, 9, 8, 7. Five cards are dealt each player, and the 11th turned as trump. Five points constitute a game.

    disinfect: v. To sterilize by the use of cleaning agent such as bleach.

    gestating: v. Present participle of gestate. v. To carry offspring in the uterus from conception to delivery.

    counternarcotics: n. The enforcement of laws against the use or distribution of narcotics

    cashew-nut: n. The kidney-shaped nut of the Anacardium occidentale (see Anacardium), consisting of a kernel in closed in a very hard shell, which is borne upon a swollen pear-shaped edible stalk.

    gratuity: n. A reward, service, or payment provided freely, without obligation.

  • #DicADay: Week 11

    Get a random word from Wordnik and paint it in 30 minutes or less (usually.)—here's the next batch of paintings for my 365 day project. 

    disdained: v. Simple past tense and past participle of disdain. n. A feeling of contempt or scorn.

    inalienable: adj. Incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred to another; not alienable.

    bluely: adv. In a blue manner; bluishly.

    sparks: n. Plural form of spark. n. A small particle of glowing matter, either molten or on fire.

    death-knell: n. Alternative spelling of death knell. n. The tolling of a bell announcing death.

    cowlicks: n. An unruly lock of hair that sticks straight up from the rear of the skull as if licked by a cow.

    reductionistic: adj. Of or pertaining to reductionism.  n. an approach to studying complex systems or ideas by reducing them to a set of simpler components

  • #DicADay: Week 10

    Perfect! I'm almost 70 paintings into this (69 to be exact) and things keep on happening. If you're new, this is my 365 day project where I select a random word from the dictionary and paint it in whatever way I feel to do it.

    I still feel a little iffy about the recent creations for this project, but perhaps I just need space. I'm always amazed at how different something looks when I step back and revisit the illustration a day or even a few hours later. 

    As I mentioned before, I'd like to change the name of this project but haven't done it yet. There's not a jump-out-at-me title that feels better—different, sure. So I keep on with it and go towards another week of creations. 

    conte: n. A short narrative or tale, esp. one dealing with surprising or marvelous events.

    nonspeculative: adj. Not speculative. Speculative: adj. Characterized by speculation; based on guessing or unfounded opinions. (My take? Knot Speculoos. Har har har, get it?)

    enshrining: . Present participle of enshrine. v. To enclose (a sacred relic etc.) in a shrine or chest.

    cornerwise: adv. Diagonally.

    Dervish: proper n. a Sufi Muslim ascetic fraternity; a form of mendicant friars

    ceramic: adj. made of material produced by the high temperature firing of inorganic, nonmetallic rocks and minerals.

    menadione: n. a derivative of naphthoquinone that is a constituent of vitamin K

  • #DicADay: Week 9

    Week 9. WEEK NINE! This is the week that I have more to say. It was hard. It was underwhelming. It felt like my ideas were in short supply. Did I complete it? Yes. But do I feel great about every piece? Nope. Do I at least feel great about one or two? Sure. I comfort myself with the discovery of new techniques I like, if not the piece as a whole. 

    For some reason, I get a whole lot of plurals from Wordnik, which is annoying. And it ends up mimicking my process for creating each work. I have to search once or twice to get a proper description of what exactly that word is. I have an idea or two, neither of which feels right—either simplistic, complicated, or far away from the definition.

    I'm into the 60s now, which is quite a few little paintings, if you think about it. I'm noticing the ways that I tend to layout and compose pieces. But trying something new is also a scary way to lay things out. What's an artist to do? The last time I felt any hint of this was in the first couple weeks, but that the Lite version. I got out of it by graduating to another week, which had more words that inspired me. So fingers crossed this is temporary thing—I trust that it is. And as Elizabeth Gilbert said, "I showed up for work today but my muse did not." 

    Second order of business, I'm no longer happy with the hashtag aka the name of this project. It isn't funny anymore and I find it rather cheap. Ironic, since this is the first week that there is actually a dic(k) in it! I'm thinking that there's a better name out there and I don't know what it is right now, but I'll find it and it'll all be ok forever and amen.  

    Let's get on with it... 

    bellyaching: n. Whining and complaining, often contrived to evoke pity or shirk responsibility.

    rhynes: n. Plural form of rhyne. n. a running waterway that links a ditch or stream to a river.

    enkindled: v. Simple past tense and past participle of enkindle. v. To kindle; to arouse or evoke.

    Frenchisms: n. Plural form of Frenchism. n. A custom peculiar to France.

    funiculi: n. Plural of funiculus. n. Any of several cordlike structures, especially the umbilical cord, or a bundle of nerve fibres in the spinal cord

    rejiggered: v. Simple past tense and past participle of rejigger. v. To rejig. v. To tweak or rearrange.

    silvers: n. Plural form of silver. n. A lustrous, white, metallic element, atomic number 47, atomic weight 107.87, symbol Ag.