Tag Archives: Moleskine

Twisted Tuesdays: beautiful lines

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Last week I said Twister was the one who started it all, the one who put me on my path to Cat Ladyhood. πŸ™‚ I became a cat mama because of him, and he got me started on drawing felines. While I was working on my lesson plans yesterday, I looked up and saw him sitting like this. He was facing the wall across the room, but he turned his head to look at the chirping birds outside the window. He stayed in that pose in a while. No wonder artists like to have cats as their fur companions. They are fascinating, mysterious creatures! And look at those lines! Twister’s form was incredible—the shape of his body, the angles. Such a gorgeous creature. He’s always been my favorite to draw, not only because he’s beautiful, but he’s a willing subject as well. Let’s fill my journal, shall we, Twister? πŸ™‚

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Getting my groove back

I’ve been struggling to get my muse back for months now. No amount of pleading, heckling, and bribing could lure her back into my life. I feel spent and empty. Today I decided to take on a different approach: instead of hitting myself on the head, I followed the instructions I normally give to my students when they first start learning how to paint. I cleaned my room, set up my space, and tried my best to get into a creative mood.

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I did watercolor exercises the whole day to try to loosen up my brain. I used watercolor artist Lorraine Watry’s videos as a guide.

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Then I filled my Moleskine watercolor journal with images of my cat. I’ll share more when I feel more confident about them ;o)

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I still have a long way to go, but I think I’m on the road to getting my groove back. πŸ™‚

Okay, break time is over! πŸ™‚

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Psychedelic

Ink on masking tape. Brain fog is slowly dissipating, but headache seems sharper. At least it’s not migraine… yet!

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Out of the fog

I think my brain fog is slowly clearing up. It’s been, what? Three or four weeks since I’ve been completely lucid. I don’t know if it’s the same for the other migraine sufferers, but fatigue hounds me before, during, and after an attack. I didn’t feel the actual pain of the headache—at least I don’t remember, maybe the drugs I’ve been taking made sure of that—but I still haven’t found an escape from fatigue.

I feel worn out. It’s been difficult to do simple things. Coffee has not helped—not that it has helped me in the past. I just want everything to come into focus so I can be me again and just BE!

I’ve been taking it easy the past month. I feel guilty for not working as hard as I usually do, but I know that I need to do this, be good to myself… This too shall pass. I’ve skipped blogging for a long time (it was too much effort to think much less write!) and even stopped journaling for a day or two. Like I said, I feel guilty, but what could I do? I felt tired every morning after sleeping for 8 hours!

I’ve been going to an acupuncturist for the past three weeks. I think it’s making things worse by cleaning out my system and balancing my Qi, but I need this in the long run. My body is probably just purging the toxins; I should be okay soon. They’ve given me some herbs to help boost my energy and it seems to help, but I’m not out of the woods yet. I can still hear my bed calling out to me as I write this. Patience is key. I will be out of this fog soon.

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Sleeping cat

I’ve missed drawing my dear cat, my original muse, Twister. Good to do it again after a long, loooong time. πŸ™‚

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10 days

I’ve already filled 17 (maybe 18 by the end of the day) pages of my new journal in 10 days. So proud of myself for sticking to my promise to draw and/or write everyday. Yay me! πŸ™‚ It really does help clear the cobwebs in my head. πŸ™‚

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Journal obsession

Late last year, Moleskine came out with a limited edition notebook for The Hobbit. I had to have it, of course, so I asked my sister (who lives in the States) to get it for me. She was scheduled to visit Manila in February, so I had to wait a bit before I could get it. Of course The Hobbit notebook was released here in Manila in December… I could have gotten another one, but NO!, I wanted to wait.

My sister came as scheduled and I finally had my precioussssss. Unfortunately, I was still halfway through my other Moleskine journal so I couldn’t open it yet. You see, I was in the process of kicking my journal hoarding addiction. I had a penchant for buying one, opening it, only using a page or two, then when I see another one, I’d buy it, open, draw a bit, and then I’d see another cute one and the cycle would go on and on. At one time I had about 10 notebooks that were divested of their plastic covers, but were mainly left unused. It was quite confusing after a while because I would jump from one to the other. There was no continuity in my thoughts or my illustrations. So about two years ago, I had to promise myself to just stick to one. I had to put the other journals to good use, though, so I used them for my lesson plans and for work. I also started writing and drawing once a day.

Which brings me to my current journal. I finished my last one on May 31st. I could finally use my beloved Hobbit Moleskine! It was so pretty: it smells good, the etched cover, the map inside…

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… But the paper is THIN! Thin!!! I did not expect that. I wrote on one page and the ink seeped through to the other side! ARGH. What a let down.

I still have to use it, though, so I found a creative solution to my problem: I cut up some pages from an old phonebook and stuck them on alternate pages. I’ll end up wrecking this notebook because it’s going to get really fat, but, hey!, it’s better than seeing your handwriting or drawing from the other side of the page. Annoying.

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I’m still extremely disappointed, though, Moleskine. Extremely disappointed.

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Happy Easter!

I have been playing around with my new set of colored india inks and haven’t really come up with anything but this:

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I don’t know what it’s supposed to be or what it’s going to be, but I like the fact that I’ve been experimenting and making a lot of mess. πŸ™‚ It’s scary and liberating at the same time. No cats, seeeeee!! πŸ˜€

Neil Gaiman said that if you want to be a writer then you should just keep writing. Well for us visual artists I guess it’s the same–just keep on creating! Doesn’t matter if it’s pretty or not. Just create!

Happy Easter, world!!! πŸ™‚

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: back when Twister was stil a lap cat.

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One more pic before I go to bed

I drew my feet and grocery bag while waiting in line for an hour for a cab. It wasn’t exactly the smartest move on my part to go to the grocery on Holy Wednesday, on the eve of the Holy Week exodus. In Manila. Duh! At least I was prepared. My feet were killing me, my back felt like it was about to break, and my hands were shaking from fatigue, but I did not lose my temper and was calm the whole time. Thank God for my journal, pen & colored pencil, and my new contact lenses! πŸ˜€

Have a blessed and peaceful Holy Week! Safe travels!

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