Thursday, December 21, 2017

Settling In

It wasn't until the second week in November that I started getting the sense from Gemma that she was really feeling settled in at her new barn.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Horse MMO!

A couple of weeks ago while I was browsing the pre-register games on Google Play, I found one called Star Stable Run.  After reading the description I also learned that there's an MMO too, Star Stable Online  (SSO).  It didn't take me long to decide to give SSO a try since it was free to p lay up to level five (you could continue playing after reaching that level but you can't advance your character any further).  With not being able to level further you also do not get access to all of the content.  There's a bonus for making a new account though, you get three free days of being a Star Ride (a.k.a. subscriber).

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Seven Photos of Cocoa

There's a thing going around Facebook and Instagram where you post seven photos of your life with no explanation and you tag someone each day in hopes they will do it too.  This gave me an idea to take it in a bit of a different direction.  On ocassion I will be posting seven photos of something or someone with no explanation about each photo.  Just look and enjoy.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Moving Gemma Take Two

September 30th saw me moving Gemma again.  Things aren't always as they seem.  I made the decision a week and a half before I moved her.  I'm very glad that I did and also thankfully found a barn that I really liked.  It's also ten miles closer and has much better movement options for her.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Drawing Diary for October

October saw a bit more time and energy for creative pursuits and with it being Inktober I decided to participate as I had time.  Now if you follow me on Instagram you have already seen all of these.  Please excuse my lack of being able to word/write well, I am still fighting a cold and am not feeling what is my normal.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

GW2: Path of Fire Impressions

It's been just over a month since Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire released and before it gets any older I thought I'd finally sit down to write out a few of my initial impressions of the expansion.  I won't go into super detail on some things (i.e. mounts) because they can actually be a post all their own.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Moving Gemma

As of September 2cnd Gemma now lives at a new barn.  It feels like a lifetime ago that I came to the difficult decision to do so after much prayer, thinking, and talking complaining about the drive to the previous.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Drawing Diary for August

August was a busy month both full of good things and things that were difficult to deal with.  This made it troublesome to find much time to sit down and try to art but I did get a bit of time in and some things to show for the month.

Friday, September 01, 2017

GW2: Five Years Later

As of Monday Guild Wars 2 officially launched five years ago or for those of us who pre-purchased (mine was gifted to me by a friend) it launched last Friday.  Personally I can't believe it's been five years already and besides a seven month break from early January 2013 to July 2014, I've played fairly regularly.  It's not the longest I've played an MMO for Dungeons and Dragons online holds that place for a couple more years but I think it's the one I've enjoyed the most.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

DIY Watercolor Palette

When I started looking for a set of transparent watercolors, one of my biggest deciding factors of what to buy was based on how the palette or container looked.  I finally decided on the Windsor Newton Cotman 24 half pans set (I actually ordered mine from DickBlick though because they were half the price).  I liked the colors that came in the set, I was familiar with many of the names from my oil painting days, and I like that it came with a lot of mixing space that stored inside the container with the paints.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Remembering Cocoa

My first year without Cocoa has had a lot of ups and downs.  It feels a bit like a blur, as if no time has passed at all, but yet it feels as if eons have passed.  I'm not sure if everyone who goes through grief experiences this weird time anomaly but it has been mine.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Drawing Diary for July

I'm having a hard time believing that it's August already but still it almost feels like time is really slow too.  Ever since Cocoa passed last year the passage of time has been really odd for me. Anyway...onto the few pieces that I completed in July.  It was not a very good month health wise so I often felt too sick or hurt too much to be able to do much with art.  However, I did get a few things accomplished.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

GW2: Path of FIre

July 25th saw the last chapter of Living World Season 3 released.  Players have been hoping for an expansion after the season ended and AreNanet did not disappoint.  Just a few days ago on the first of August they announced their second expansion, Path of Fire.  Here are some of my thoughts on what they told us.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Rolling Queen

One thing I have learned since bringing Gemma to Missouri is that she absolutely loves to roll.  More recently I've been learning that her favorite place to roll is in the arena.  Sand rains supreme and the drier it is the better.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Smiley Cocoa Series

Some how it seems fitting that I'm posting this today instead of yesterday.  For it is the twenty first of the month and marks one more to go for my first entire year with out Cocoa.  It's funny how events can work out to such a thing as this.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Drawing Diary for June

One thing I've been learning is that I tend to get too serious about making art.  I focus on wanting a pretty and polished looking end product.  So, instead I'm trying to change my focus to the process and playing with that process.  Then whatever the outcome is to be happy that I enjoyed the time spent making the piece.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Bonding with Gemma

As of July 12th I will have had Gemma at the barn for three months.  I can't believe it's been that long already and yet it feels like no time at all.  We have had some downs but mostly everything has been an up.  Our time together is incredibly fun and she's helping give me a summer of happiness instead of sorrow.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Painting Diary for May

I did so much art during May because of the constant rainy weather that I decided to break up the drawings from the paintings for the month into two different posts.  All of the pieces (except one) in this post are watercolor or as I found out through reading about watercolor, opaque watercolors.  I am not keen on the results because the opaque watercolor doesn't have the bright luminescent qualities of transparent watercolor.  Therefore I didn't finish all of the pieces I had started because I was not having fun.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Drawing Diary for May

For May most of my drawing consisted of drawing mermaids for Mermay.  Mermay is an even that Tom Bancroft hosts on Instagram.  He encourages artists to draw mermaids and use the hashtag of #mermay.  I decided to join in and do a few since I am still relatively new to Instagram and figured it could be something fun to participate in.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Navigating Grief

If  you've been reading any of my previous posts you already know that my companion of almost twenty years passed away August 21st of last year.  I have never felt the amount of grief from loosing someone that I have felt from loosing Cocoa.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Real Life Happens


No posts this week.  Rea life needs much attention and energy.  If all goes well, should be back to posting next week.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My Art World

Through following Tara Leaver on Instagram, I found out about a new challenge that she started yesterday called 21 Days in My Art World.  She had been hinting at it for a few weeks and I was curious what it would be about.  Here is her explanation from her blog:

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Struggles of an Artist Part 2

A few years ago I had the opportunity to join some friends for a Continuing Education Ceramic course.  I jumped at it since I missed working with clay a lot.  It ended up being an eye opener for me.  What I learned through out the course was that I really didn't enjoy working with clay that much and I really don't enjoy working in 3-D.  It's difficult for me to take something and mold it into a decent and recognizable shape and it's rather crude looking.  Thus, I finally admitted to myself that ceramics isn't for me and is something I needed to let go of.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Struggles of an Artist Part 1

It is my experience as an artist that there are times when you lie to yourself or listen to other people, and generally the wrong ones, and as a result your creativity suffers as does the fun of making art; it all just slowly drains away until you're an empty shell.

Monday, May 15, 2017

GW2 LWS 3 Thoughts

(Spoiler Free)

My apologies for lack of posting last week.  Someone gifted me their cold so I was even more wiped out than I have been. Something had to get dropped from the to do list and since I couldn't put words together very well anyway....

With the release of episode 5 for Guild Wars 2 Living World Season 3 on May 8th, I thought I'd share my thoughts about it and the previous ones.  This will be a very generalized sharing of my impressions since I prefer to keep things spoiler free for those who haven't had the pleasure of running the content yet.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Botanical Drawing Challenge

I first caught wind of this challenge in Ravanel's Drawing Diary: January post and I really liked the idea of drawing thirty different plants.  So I headed over to My Open Sketchbook to read Kay's (she's the creator of this challenge) post about it and download the image for the list.  I started the challenge near the end of February and finished it near the end of April.  There were some days I just wasn't in the mood to draw and others I didn't have time or was too exhausted.  However, I persevered and completed it!

Monday, May 01, 2017

Drawing Diary for April

I was going to post a month review for April today but I wasn't having fun writing the post.  I figure if I'm not having fun writing it, then you won't enjoy reading it.  So, since it's now May I thought I'd instead share my creative endeavors from April.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thoughts on Bill Nye Saves the World

I remember catching Bill Nye the Science Guy on PBS back when I was in high school.  It was by far my favorite educational TV show on science.  I found Bill Nye to be fun and quirky which made the educational part fun.  Plus being a visual learner it helps my understanding a lot when things are shown well along with the auditory explanation.  Thus imagine my delight when I read a couple of weeks ago that Netflix had picked up Bill Nye to do another science show.  What I didn't expect was that it would be up to watch so soon (I'll admit I don't stay up to date on all the entertainment happenings) and of course when I saw that Netflix had it available, I had to start watching.

Monday, April 24, 2017

There's More to Horses Than Riding

The question that I tend to be asked the most is, "Are you going to ride?" And any variation there of.  This is not one of my favorite queries because not only do I feel like it's putting pressure on me but it down right irritates me.  Seriously, don't people realize that you can do more with a horse than ride it?  Really who cares if I ride or not? That's between my horse and I.  Plus there are so many other things that you can do together.  Personally, I think that giving your horse a break from being ridden and then doing something else that you both can have fun with is good for the emotional and mental state of the horse.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

LOTRO: The Leveling Blues

This post isn't meant to sound as a complaint or whining.  I am using it to help organize my thoughts on the whole leveling business in Lord of the Rings Online.  I do realize that it could come off as sounding negative but again, that is not my intention.  Maybe I'll be lucky and find the path that sounds the most fun.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Drawing Diary for March

This month I have more than just a couple of paintings to share with you.  I actually was able to get back to doing some drawing and sketching.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Dream Turned Reality

If you've been keeping up with Moon's Meadow, you may remember my writing about adopting a horse named Gemma from Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue.  If you don't recall reading about her or haven't been reading for long you may find out about how I came to adopt her in Opting to Adopt Part One and Opting to Adopt Part Two.  Well, finally after almost a month we (BW, her friend, and I) were able to make the 740  mile (which equals to about 1190.91 kilometers) round trip to go get her on Wednesday, April 12.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Guild Wars 2 Super Adventure Box Festival 2017

(Warning: this post contains a high volume of screenshots.)

As of Thursday March 30th the much requested Super Adventure Box (SAB) is back for players to enjoy in the land of Tyria with in Guild Wars 2.  The activity will be available until April 19th.  So there's plenty of time for payers to acquire whatever rewards their heart desires.  Including the new Crimson Assassin weapons.  If you're curious what they look like Dulfy has a gallery posted.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Appreciating the Developers: DAW 2017

I found out from reading Ravalation that this week is Developer Appreciation Week! So being a gamer myself, I figured I'd join in on thanking the hard work of the developers that work so diligently on the games that I enjoy.  Also a thank you to Ravanel for putting out the word!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Goals for April

A post that is more of a personal nature, however; I'm hoping that writing down some goals for the month will help me keep things in mind better.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Playing with Conté Crayons

Today I thought I'd share with you a process I learned of how to use conté crayons when I was in college.  It is one of my favorite ways to use them for a drawing because sanguine is the dominate color which makes the drawing feel warm and inviting.

Monday, March 27, 2017

March 2017 Month Review

This month has seemed to be rather full of things happening and a lot of waiting.  Thus I thought I'd take some time to review what filled the days.

Friday, March 24, 2017

LOTRO Spring Festival 2017

When I saw the posting in my news feed on Facebook that the Spring Festival for LOTRO had started, I decided to go check it out.  I was honestly hoping it would be as fun as I remember it being when I played a few years ago.  Sadly I met with more frustration than fun...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Opting to Adopt Part Two

As December flowed into January and January into February, the desire for Gemma never went away.  I also did a search on HoP's Facebook page to see what more I could learn of her.  What came about was support for what was in the blog post and any other postings they did about her to try and find her a home.  Although what caught my attention more so were the older pictures of her.  I could easily see the intelligence and innate friendliness in her personality.  Those are two characteristics that I love to have in a horse and Cocoa spoiled me with.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Opting to Adopt Part One

I'm not entirely certain how I ended up on the trail that I have followed to this point but I do know that it branched off about two years ago.  Facebook showed a page in one of their sponsor spots that caught my attention.  The post showed an emaciated horse and the rescuers told a sad story of the poor animal's neglect.  I decided that I wanted to see how this equine's future turned out so I clicked like and started following the organization.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

5 Fandom Friday: Green Photo Challenge

Originally I wasn't going to take the time to post today because of a dentist appointment and getting ready for something tomorrow that is going to be the culmination of several months worth of waiting and hope (stay tuned for Monday's post because no matter the decision it will be the topic).  However, doing something like this sounded like it should be simple enough.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Drawing Diary for February

This month I have for you the last two oil paintings that I did.  I didn't end up with time to do any drawing for this diary before the month ended.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

5 Fandom Friday: Geeky Expressions Only Your Friends Would Understand

It's not Friday but close enough.  This seemed like a fun prompt and with everything going on currently, fun is needed.  I am not saying that things are bad.  It's more along the lines of life changes for both my husband and I.  Mine is being saved for a later post once I know which direction I'm going.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Book Review: Inheritance Cycle Books One and Two

I consider this to be a spoiler free review.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

5 Hobbies I Enjoy

The idea to do a prompt like this came from 5 Fandom Friday which I learned about by reading Ravalation.  I came up with this particular one myself but 5 Fandom Friday could have one similar to this, I didn't read through the entire list.

Monday, February 27, 2017

GW2: The Journey for Caladbolg

A warning to those who haven't completed the Heart of Thorns story, this post contains spoilers that involve the ending of that story.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Drawing Diary for January

The idea to do a drawing diary every month came from Ravanel the author of Ravalation.  I started following her blog last August after my husband sent me her post about Playing Pokèmon GO When Chronically Ill because I have rheumatoid arthritis and we play the game too.  Her drawing diaries have become something that I look forward to (not that her other posts aren't good also!).  So since I am an artist the drawing diary has become a main idea for posts, thus you may look forward to them at least once a month.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

In Memory of Half a Year Ago

Tuesday's aren't on my posting schedule but today is a different kind of day, for it marks the sixth month since Cocoa passed. So I thought I would share a bit (a lot) about the horse who was a part of my life for almost twenty years.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Kick Off

It's always difficult to start something, especially when it involves something like a blank page.  At least it is for me.  This apparently doesn't just include the snow white page of a new sketchbook, trying to come up with the opening sentence for a paper, or figuring out how to start an email. It also included starting this first blog post.  Calling out the elephant in the room seems to have worked for it is started.  Huzzah!