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Summer is a comin' in... [May. 11th, 2009|02:05 pm]
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glarmaco

[capriuni]
Soon, it will be June. And after that, it will be July. And after that, it will be time for naarmamo.

So my brain is gearing up, and wants some practice to get back into the swing of things.

What's your brain doing?
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[User Picture]From: capriuni
2009-05-11 06:12 pm (UTC)
Since it's almost August (no, really! It is!), I've decided to get ready for naarmamo by making a picture of some sort every Sunday; here's what I did yesterday [crossposted from capriuni]:



I remember reading somewhere (either from a book borrowed from the library, or in a footnote in T. H. White's "Beastiary") that the Hippogryph -- the offspring of a horse and a gryphon -- first appeared in literature as a satirical joke. You see, back in the day, it was believed that gryphons ate horses as their primary prey. So the idea that a horse and a gryphon would be sexually attracted to each other enough to mate and have an offspring was considered the most impossible of impossible things (think "Horefeathers!").

So, once, a writer (forget who, forget when) wanted to make a point that alchemy / magic was nonsense, so he wrote an epic where there was an alchemist who rode a hippogryph.

Somewhere along the line, people forgot the satire, and took hippogryphs seriously, as a magical animal (Hello, Harry Potter).

Anyway, I figured that the combination of fish-cat would have a similiar connotation for people today.

...I was going to give it bird's wings too, to make it really odd, and also to color it in with more texture with scales and fur, and feathers. But getting the shapes right was so fiddly without a proper mouse that I ran out of enthusiasm and energy by the end...

Oh, well...
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[User Picture]From: jekesta
2009-05-11 09:46 pm (UTC)
I love this pic, I failed at commenting to my flist again this morning. I worry slightly more about the bird/fish creature than the Hippogryph, because of the drowning issue. But yes, it is lovely all the same:)
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[User Picture]From: capriuni
2009-05-11 10:55 pm (UTC)
Well, yes... But if it works for mermaids (and mermen, and such), I don't see why it couldn't work for mercats. And dolphins and whales come up for air, too...

One title I thought of giving this (though it would have been even better if I'd included feathered wings) was: "Neither Fish nor Fowl." :-)
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[User Picture]From: suechosethis
2009-05-11 11:13 pm (UTC)
Mercat has a lovely ring to it - not to be confused with Meerkat (I have that ruddy advert in my head now) and she looks very content. Nice idea :)
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[User Picture]From: lolabobs
2009-05-11 06:58 pm (UTC)
oooh - today at work they had new books in, and one of them was an "art ideas for kids" book, ad I flicked through it thinking of Naarmamo and eyes aspy for any inspiration!
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[User Picture]From: capriuni
2009-05-11 07:43 pm (UTC)
The age segregation makes me uncomfortable. But "Art ideas for kids" could just as easily be "Art Ideas for NaArMaMo" because it generally means art you can make with household items instead of special supplies, and that you can finish in a luxurious hour or two. *nods*
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[User Picture]From: lolabobs
2009-05-11 09:43 pm (UTC)
well, I viewed it with an ye on Naarmamo and I'm a very big kid!
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[User Picture]From: antikythera
2009-05-11 07:14 pm (UTC)
My brain is trying to design a new comfy spot in which to write and draw. The livingroom has too many distractions.
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[User Picture]From: capriuni
2009-05-11 07:45 pm (UTC)
Hooray for comfy spots! I think people often underestimate the importance of living infrastructure.
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[User Picture]From: entropy_house
2009-05-11 08:25 pm (UTC)
I have moved all my art supplies out of the hidden cabinet and flung them into another room where I hope to sort them before August so that I can, for example, spend the day drawing with crayons VS spend the day *looking for* crayons.

Also I have sorted out some pretty animal photo references so if I can't think of a subject I can randomly grab a horse etc. to sketch.

Edited at 2009-05-11 08:25 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: pebblerocker
2009-05-12 01:31 am (UTC)
Your preparedness sounds marvellous. I knew where my crayons were up until yesterday when someone kindly tidied them away for me. I think I may borrow your getting-ready ideas.
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[User Picture]From: entropy_house
2009-05-12 01:44 am (UTC)
I just came up with a new organization invention- I have been saving plastic cat-litter jugs for a while because they just *look* useful, so now I have at least half a dozen flat-sided, roughly gallon-size plastic containers with a handle on top and a screw top for pouring. I laid one down on its side with the handle facing forward so I could pull it off a shelf, and used a craft knife to cut a three-sided flap in the side that's now on top. Then I used magic marker to write 'Crayons and Pastels' on the cap. And voila! It holds nearly all my small packets of crayons and pastels neatly & will keep them dustfree & can be removed en masse with one tug. I

'm going to be able to organize a lot of the small stuff that way.
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[User Picture]From: pebblerocker
2009-05-12 02:08 am (UTC)
Oh, that's a useful idea! Currently my art stuff is mainly in a large plastic storage bin and is hard to get at because everything is on top of everything else. A dedicated art area would be a worthwhile project, and having space to work and tools at hand always causes amazing spurts of creativity.
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[User Picture]From: entropy_house
2009-05-12 02:11 am (UTC)
All my stuff had been shoved in a cardboard box and in two shelves behind other stuff & it was root, root, root, to find things. This is going to work out really well. I'll subdivide a few things into ziplock bags. My next jug will be for watercolors & inks. :^)
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[User Picture]From: spiralsheep
2009-05-11 08:50 pm (UTC)
I've been taking photos, mostly of wildflowers, and making small pieces of landscape art (occasionally in co-operation with unknown other persons who rearrange or contribute further to my efforts. Someone added a sparkly geode to one of my log plinth sculptures this last week, eeeeee!).

http://spiralsheep.livejournal.com/295072.html

http://spiralsheep.livejournal.com/295900.html

http://spiralsheep.livejournal.com/297795.html
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[User Picture]From: jekesta
2009-05-11 09:44 pm (UTC)
My brain is avoiding thinking about August and how I am NEVER GOING TO FIND enough things to draw all over again. It is impossible to imagine. OH GOD. That sort of thing. I am going to carry on pretending Summer is years away la la la . . .
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[User Picture]From: suechosethis
2009-05-11 11:10 pm (UTC)
Now we have some nicer weather I have occasionally had the urge to draw something. I've resisted the temptation so far...

I think this warming up to it is a good idea. I won't resist next time.
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[User Picture]From: vilakins
2009-05-11 11:45 pm (UTC)
It's winter that's looming here, which doesn't give me a lot to draw from (or just draw) in nature. I always have to cast about desperately for ideas and solicit them from friends. :-(
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[User Picture]From: capriuni
2009-05-12 12:58 am (UTC)
Well, come the end of August, you'll be there to witness the burgeoning hope of oncoming spring, which is always nice.

And there's always Google Images, to help with source material for drawing. :-)
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[User Picture]From: vilakins
2009-05-12 02:14 am (UTC)
True! I drew a magnolia last time. Most of August was pretty crap though.
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[User Picture]From: pebblerocker
2009-05-12 02:04 am (UTC)
There are daffodils in August! Even if it is too cold and windy to go outside and draw them.
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[User Picture]From: vilakins
2009-05-12 02:16 am (UTC)
There was a gorgeous magnolia against an amazing blue sky last time; lucky I had my camera with me to get a photo to work from. I'll have to make sure I have my camera up till then.

And this reminds me; I was going to make icons from some of my artwork, and that magnolia was one.
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[User Picture]From: pebblerocker
2009-05-12 02:02 am (UTC)
I have been busily creating clothes for an upcoming occasion, which has involved researching vintage dressmaking patterns, making sketches of evening gowns, choosing fabrics and matching colours, and lots of cutting and sewing, which definitely counts as an artistic endeavour although the design and all the really hard parts of the sewing were done by my dressmaker sister.

Sometimes I've had the urge to draw a picture but the urge has been less than fruitful, due mainly to lack of practice and very minor difficulties locating anything to draw with or on. I hope that NaArMaMo will give me all the motivation I need but I have horrible visions of lasting only two days and not doing any art for the rest of the month.
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[User Picture]From: whatho
2009-05-13 09:23 am (UTC)
I'm going to sharpen some pencils. I plan on spending 31 days sketching Shah Rukh Khan. It's just a plan.
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