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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Let's Play Make-Believe

I've spent the last 3 days drinking heavily and living like an animal behind my kit. Christ, I wouldn't have eaten if the Hubby hadn't thrown raw meat into the drum room twice a day.  I just caught it like a seal and kept on playing. It was grand.

I did come out long enough to finish some drawings for my make-believe world of whimsy's.  


This is Whisk the fairy and she's named after my fellow blogger The Happy Whisk.  She's cute isn't she.


Here's a crop-out to show detail.  And since I now have two fairies, I needed to give them a place to live.


And since they're flower fairies, I painted them a house inside a flower garden.


This is a crop out to show a close-up of the little house for them to live in.


I did an impressionist style of painting using chalk to make each one of the flowers. I've never done anything like this before and wasn't sure if I could do it.  Actually, I've never even painted anything up until two months ago and haven't drawn anything since I was about 17 years old.

These pieces take a long time to do and because they take so long, I'm going to have fun while doing it.  I'm creating my own little make-believe world and am in the process of asking some of my long-time fellow bloggers if they'll allow me to name some of the characters after them.

Right now I'm working on a beautiful turquoise dragon and I'll post him when I'm done and tell you which blogger he's named after.

Now for some brief business. For those of you who post for an 8:00 a.m. American readership, I post at 4:00 a.m. your time and the Hubby has his doctor appointments in the morning so I won't be making it to your blogs until 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. your time on some days.  Take no offense.


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  1. Ooooooh a dragon, now that one I am looking forward too. The pictures look great and I'm glad you survived your three day bender. Being Irish though there wasn't much doubt, as long as someone kept you fed as well as watered.

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    1. I know you like dragons a lot. The Hubby set me up with a water tube, so I wouldn't dehydrate. I'm doing fine, no hangover at all.

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  2. how beautiful is your art.
    First time I have got to look at any blogs for a few days and yours in first on the list.
    I rarely think about the time I post, perhaps I should but I couldnt keep up with time zones.
    I admit, I love waking to a pile of emailed comments

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    1. I don't get piles, but enough that if I get to them late I feel guilty about it.

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  3. Love this stuff Anne, your art is actually class, I love it more and more every time I see it. Now I really don't mind the warrior elf thing one bit, in fact I can't wait to see how well drawn it is!

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    1. Thank you Matthew. I've got two warrior elves now, one Knight, one other Knight I'm waiting to hear from and a dragon. I'll need dwarfs too. That will take some thinking. I have a Court Jester in mind too. You'll laugh when you find out who that is!!

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  4. Very great art. Wait a second, slow down on the talent would you? Art, singing, writing, save some talent for the rest of us!
    Just kidding, keep on sharing it.

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  5. Back home everyone is an artist, a singer, a poet, a writer, a musician. It's what we do best.

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  6. Looks like you enjoyed your break quite a bit and more great art came because of it. A dragon is surely going to be grand too. Can't wait for that to come into view. And when your little world is all done, if you want to give it a rhyming run, that the cat can do with such fun.

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    1. you see how he uses every opportunity to sell his rhymes? I bet he would rhyme my grocery list too if I let him :)

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    2. Hey I could if you want me too
      Then you would never even need to view
      For it would be in your head
      Every word I said

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    3. Methinks a rhyming Court Jester would be grand!!

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    4. haha remember to make the cat grand
      And he'll rhyme away in your made up land

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  7. ooooh, the flowers looks very realistic, I can almost feel the smell, and it ain't the smell of your whiskey, dahling :) Tell, hubby hubs to throw you some peas too, not just meat, we don't want you go all carnivorous :)

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    1. I'll get my veggies in Dezzielou, but I was born a carnivore, I can't help it. The sight of cows grazing in a field makes my mouth water. You should see me at the meat counter at the grocers, it's shameful.

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    2. ah, you wouldn't think the same, dahling, if you've ever seen a calf being taken away from Momma cow to be killed, or a little fluffy lamb bleating close to his mother sheep while waiting for his head to be chopped off, or a baby piglet squealing and searching for his momma Piggy in front of a butcher. And did you know that chicken meat you buy in supermarkets is usually from 6 weeks old chicks, so basically babies..... It makes me wanna cry ever time I think about it :(

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  8. Wow, Anne, you are a Renaissance lady. Funny, beautiful singing, musical instruments, and lovely artwork. Especially considering you've only been painting a couple of months. It's like you fell out of the Talent Tree and hit every branch on the way down. Welcome back. As an old sailor, a three day bender is about the perfect time. :)

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    1. I didn't know you were a military man and as a sailor did your mates pierce your ear the first time you crossed over the equator?

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    2. LOL. No, we did a rather anemic version of the Shellback Ceremony, involving a lot of crawling and getting whacked with pieces of firehose. The only piercing I ever got was when my brother "accidentally" shot me in the ass with a BB gun. :)

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  9. Oh, Anne, if I admit that your drawings made me tear up, just a little, would that make me somehow a girly girl? Cause I don't want that!! But, yeah, just a bit...I think it's a combination of knowing how much work, time, and love you put into each and every one you do.

    Your few days of R&R did you well!! I can't wait to see the dragon!

    I hope hubby's appointment goes well.

    (and thank you for adding me to your roll =) I just noticed LOL)

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    1. You've been up on my blogroll for quite a while now!! And you're no more a girly girl than I am. but we have to have some part of us that is still a little girl.

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  10. I love this so much. When you sent her to my email, I made her my computer wallpaper. Thank you bunches.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are one talented chickie.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

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    1. I was wondering what Tim thought of you as a sexy fairy!!!

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  11. Your paintings are just awesome! I can try and try but I will never be as good as you! I have my painting of you finished...to be revealed at a later date. Still have some more characters to do. When it's all finished and I bring them all together, it'll be something splendid...by my standards anyway!

    Any chance I would make it into your fairy world? I would make a good troll! lol because I AM a bit of a troll!

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    1. I can't wait to see it!! I hope I'm drunk in your cartoon and I'm wondering who the other characters are.

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  12. {clears throat}...yes...cute was not the first word that popped into my head....excuse me, won't you?

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  13. Love the faeries, love the whole concept you are creating. If you need a few ideas to spur the process hop over to Darksword miniatures (http://www.darkswordminiatures.com) and check out the frog court. And keep on painting, time spent doing something you enjoy is never wasted.

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    1. Thank you for that link. I just went there. The prices are great and the figures are what I want and I'm ready to buy my first figures this week too. They even have a signature George RR Martin series.

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    2. And which ones are at the top of your list? Here is a link to Reaper Miniatures. I can supply you with the full set of HD paints if those strike your fancy. Here is the link straight to the paints: http://www.reapermini.com/Paints/hd

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    3. On the list now is the Rabbit Ranger, a Female Fighter DSM4115 and Warrior with Axe DSM7427. I'll go look at the paints now. Thank You!!

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    4. There is a full set with your name on it if you want them. Just let me know where to send it.

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    5. Of course I want them!! By this time next week I can be painting my first figure!! I'll be at your site in just a minute and give you my email, so I can tell you where to send it.

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  14. I love your fairies!! They make me smile :) There flower garden house is adorable! Don't you wish you can take a little vacation in there and make some fairy friends?

    The close up really shows all the detail you put into it. Very impressed!!

    P.S. Beware of the bacteria in raw meat. Seals may be safe, but I fear you may not. ;)

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    1. I think this is the only area of my life where I am really "girly" I'd love a little house like this inside my garden.

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  15. Hope you managed to get a bit of rest! Beautiful pictures, the faerie house is so cute! If ever you do a lady-satyr/goat-girl in Autumn colours, think of me! Hee-hee!

    http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs16/i/2007/128/d/2/female_satyr_by_AmandaKathryn.jpg

    This morning, as my Siamese went 'doinksing' through the convolvulous, chasing after geckos, I thought of you. The bush is giving a lovely show at the moment and something in the blue of the flowers that matched the blue of her eyes made me think of you and yours. Hypnoyic!

    http://www.cfgphoto.com/data/media/784/CFGm007.jpg

    *Hugs*! :)

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    1. I'll think about the female satyr. I went to the link and she was really cute. And the other link with those blue flowers, I grow those every year in my garden. They are a true blue morning glory. The Hubby's favorite!

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    2. That's deeply cool! Morning glories rock! :)

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    3. I love them, they bloom longer than any other flower in my garden. I'm going to try to sketch out a female satyr. If I can actually pull it off, I'll paint it.

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  16. Shit! Why do I have to be a new follower?? I would LOVE to have a little fairy in your world you are creating named after me...that is awesome! You have done a wonderful job! I love it all!

    Now you make sure you stay away from the raw meat today!

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    1. I was a good girl all day. I'm giving up doughnuts for Lent. Believe me, that's a challenge!

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  17. These are original O'Learys! Great pictures. Congratulations.
    Regards
    Lonewolf

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    1. Thank you. I enjoyed your post the other day!

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  18. Ah, the sleep-deprived, raw-meet bender art session. I know it well. Good stuff! You're getting some nice effects with that program!

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    1. Now if only I can paint mini's this well. I'm going to be buying my first ones this week I think.

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  19. You've seriously only started a few months ago? Yo're good.. shouldn't have stopped at 17, it calls for you!

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    1. Life got in the way and music too. I was surprised that any of it came back.

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  20. So....you weren't living inside your bass? That's probably for the best.
    Welcome back!
    Nice fairies, by the way.

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    1. No, but I did play for a good 6 to 8 hours a day. I needed the break.

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  21. Very nice work Anne, all this raw meat must be doing you good!!!

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    1. I think the gin may have helped a bit Ray!

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  22. Outstanding painting and faeries! Providing your fellow bloggers with the gift of your gifted talent is a treasure, indeed!

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  23. I like your fairies !!
    Very good start on drawing!
    if you do the same with figures-painting: I'm sure that you will do quick improvements...!!!!
    good and nice idea: giving bloggers names to your characters... (I suppose it's easy for the dragon....)

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    1. When I get the dragon, the knights and the elves done, I'll be needing some dwarfs, I may knock on your door for that!!

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  24. I love the technique you used for the flowers! You continue to impress me with your talent, sis. Love you!

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    1. You teach me to bellydance and I'll teach you to paint. Love you sis xoxoxo

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  25. Great flower fairies.
    I wish I could paint in the real world but I need computer wizardry at every step.

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    1. I read your blog and your work is really good. And the satire you write to go with it is first rate!

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  26. I love the picture of Whisk the fairy!

    I'd like to hear more about your fantasy world! I know you get into Narnia through a wardrobe but who do you get to your fantasy world? Do you climb through your bass drum?

    Keep up the great art! I can't wait to see more! (But of course take your time! Thats always the most important thing to do!)

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    1. I get to my fantasy world through the kit Bersercules. Without it, I'm fecked. The drawings are coming out painlessly so I'm not bored with that. It's blogging that's depressing me.

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    2. Depressed by blogging? That can't do. Have to start rhyming all over haha

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    3. Lately it has been depressing for me. I think I'm just too nice and sometimes blogger can be a cutthroat place and my feelings get hurt easily.

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    4. Yeah there can be some strats on here that are a pain. But I just let it go, in the long run they mean nothing.

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  27. That is awesome! This morning I had art class and our assignment was to draw a green bell pepper and a lemon with a pink textured cloth sitting below it all folded. I had already finished so I was trying to lean on my hand covering my eyes from the professor trying to sleep and pretending to color when she walked by haha.

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    1. You sound like me at school. Except that I rarely bothered to show up or if I showed up, bothered to stay!

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  28. nice drawings I like the 2nd one a lot

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  29. Nice! Looks really good! There's no substitute for the ol' paper and colours there now, is it?

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  30. your fairie is def cute...i like all the color...and who wouldnt want to live by all those flowers catching meat like a seal is def talent too...smiles

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    1. Blogger stuck your comment into my spam folder Brian. Now when blogger is dumb enough to put a poet into spam, we know it's time to shoot Lord Google.

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    2. Yeah for me Brian is spam too. Blogger has it out for him.

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  31. Blogger puts Brian in your spam folder too? Jesus Christ, whose running this place, Oompa Loompas?

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    1. LOL gotta be those stupid remake oompa loompas, the originals wouldn't make such a mistake.

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  32. Lovely work, Anne. And all done with chalk? That's excellent. My only wonder, as a non-artist is, how do you preserve something like that from smudging? Probably a stupid fucking question, but it's nagging me nonetheless. Nice work!

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    1. I did this on ArtRage using chalk. It'll never smudge! If you do a chalk on paper there is a sealant spray that you use to seal in the chalk and prevent smudging.

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  33. I like that "Impressionist" style I reminds me of what plasma televisions look like when the image sharpness setting is turned all the way down nice rounded edges on everything.

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  34. Looks so cool. You really make kick-ass paintings.

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  35. Do I see a fairy? I love fairies!! In fact, my blog mascot is an ice fairy. Impressive work once again. One thing bugged me though, those giant ants outside their home. Who will save the fairies from those savage ants?

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    1. I debated on whether or not to put them in there, but they showed scale so I left them in!

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