New Art Trading Card Paintings

This first new gouache painting I think looks kind of like souls trying to escape or something:

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This next painting was inspired by the “pizza painting” technique from the book “Drawing Calm” by Susan Evenson:

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Another painting inspired by “Drawing Calm”, an abstract version of their “Little Houses” prompt:

Art by Maranda Russell

And lastly, this painting was inspired by the sea and a collage I saw of paper strips representing the ocean:

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All of these mini paintings are currently up for auction at my Ebay store!

 

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Writing Prompt: $1,000 to Spend

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Today’s writing prompt: If you were given $1,000 to spend right now and you had to spend it, what would you buy?

My response: If someone gave me $1,000 to spend right now and I couldn’t save any of it, I would go on a fun shopping spree! The top things that come to mind to buy are books and toys of course! There are a bunch of books on Amazon I have been wanting to get for a while, so I’m sure I would grab up a bunch of those. Lately I have especially been interested in getting some of the poetry collections written by people who have bipolar disorder. I would also do quite a bit of shopping on Ebay, getting certain toys and collectibles that I have been wanting for my collections. The Funko mini Heroes series comes to mind since I have been collecting those recently.

I would also likely grab some new agey or pagan stuff. There are some t-shirts put out by The Mountain company that I would love to have that feature all kinds of cool designs. I would probably buy my husband that 3-D Star Trek chess set he has always wanted too. Pretty much, I would buy the stuff I always buy, just in greater quantities! Oh! And I would pick up the new Halloween candle at Bath & Body Works! And do some shopping at the PINK store at the mall! And Hot Topic! Man, now I really wish I had that $1,000!

New Art Videos!

Sorry I haven’t updated in a bit, we are in the process of getting ready to move (moving date likely in mid-July). I did want to take a minute to share some videos I made on my YouTube vlog featuring my latest miniature artworks I have been working on! I also added a few of these new artworks to my art gallery here on my website! I hope you enjoy! I have made some other cool videos as well lately if you wish to check them out on my YouTube channel!

New Videos! Artworks for Sale & My DNA Genealogy Test Results!

Hello! I had a couple videos I wanted to make sure I shared with my blog readers! The first is just another look at some of my newest artworks and what inspired them (quite a few of them already sold!):

Also, I decided to do one of those DNA genealogy tests for fun, just to see what kind of results I would get, so here they are:

Hope you guys enjoy the videos! If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing to my YouTube vlog channel, Spiritual Agnostic.

New YouTube Vlog Playlists, Featuring Book & Collectible Toy Reviews

I recently decided to start two new vlog series focusing on two of my favorite hobbies/obsessions. The first vlog series is called “Toy Talk” and will feature all kinds of collectible toys (mostly I collect toys based on my favorite characters, so will focus a lot on that). Here is an example of the toy series which features new Mario Bros. collectibles…

The second vlog series is entitled “Book Talk” and will feature reviews of books I have read or am currently reading. I will occasionally throw in a video about one of my own books, but mostly I plan to feature the work of other authors. For one of my first videos in this series, I featured the new book “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” which is a companion book to the HBO documentary sharing the same name…

Lastly, I wanted to let everyone know that I also arranged playlists for my vlog videos on other subjects, that way it is easy for viewers to find the subjects they are interested in and just watch all those videos if they so desire. Besides “Toy Talk” & “Book Talk”, the other available playlists on my YouTube channel are broken into the following subjects: “My Asperger’s Syndrome Vlog“, “Art & Writing Vlog” and “News & Entertainment Vlog“.

Unusual obsession or typical writer and bibliophile?

I know many of my fellow authors are also bibliophiles.  We not only like to write books, but we love to sift through book bins at thrift stores and garage sales, and you may occasionally even catch us sniffing a book just to get that book lover’s high.  When you are an author, it seems you just naturally accumulate books.  Not only are books pleasurable and full of fond memories, but they also have helped shape us into the writers that we have become.

As a children’s writer, I think it is no surprise that I collect children’s books.  I do collect some new books, especially those written by my favorite authors or those who star beloved characters, but my real treasures are the the antique children’s books that I have rescued and sometimes nursed back to health.  My absolute favorites are the ones from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.  Their innocent prose combined with the old-fashioned illustrations make me feel like I have entered a Norman Rockwell painting.

I do have one literary obsession though that I do wonder about.  I am a sucker for literature textbooks, particularly those from the early elementary grades.  I have one large bookshelf full of pretty much nothing but textbooks.  Luckily, this obsession only applies to literature.  I’m not sure where I would find the room if I felt that I had to collect Science, Social Studies, Music, Art and Mathematics textbooks as well.

The only reason I can come up with for why I love these school guides so much is that they make me feel like I’m a little schoolgirl again and that makes me deliriously happy for some strange reason.  Am I the only one with this odd fetish?  Just curious.