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2009-05-07 12:28 pm
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State of the Bird, Thursday Edition

Recipe: Lazy Enchiladas
Dinner last night was what I call Lazy Enchiladas. Instead of rolling the meat and cheese up in neat little tortilla rolls, I put down layers: tortillas, meat, cheese, sauce, tortillas, etc. until the 9x12 dish is almost full; then I finish it up with a last layer of tortillas, sauce and LOTS of cheese. Cover with foil, then bake at 350 for 40 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes until the top starts to get crispy.

It's basically an enchilada casserole. I can make it with beans, or make my own enchilada sauce, and spice it up however I want. It's always tasty. :)

Work
Thanks to my new light box, I have completely redrawn the first page of Nameless. In the process, I fixed some anatomy things that were bugging me, and made some updates to character design -- in particular, Pau's hair and Feinne's costume. I'm much better-pleased with how it looks now.

I'm still wrestling with two things: one is how long it takes for me to get anything done with this, and another is debating how stylized I want it to be. Granted, the more I stylize things, the faster I'll be able to work. It's possible to stylize something and still pay attention to anatomy, and I need to figure out a balance that works for me.

The real point is this: last night my husband commented to me that if I'm going to be serious about this project, I have to make more than one page every four months. He's right! To do that, I have several options: 1) Be less picky about the art, 2) Stylize the characters more, 3) Find a way to increase the work time, 4) Work faster and more efficiently.
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2009-05-06 10:56 pm
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Yay Lightbox!

I love my light box. D: It has made my job much easier.

Some things I need to remember for the next time I use it:

1. I need to draw lighter. No, I can't really see my lines when I'm drawing them, but checking my lines is what the dimmer light is for.

2. I need to go back over the lines to soften them up and make them look more natural, but that's easily enough done.

3. Photo references are my friend.

Also, I need to draw up some character sheets. With expressions and facial proportions.
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2009-05-06 03:15 pm
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Working

House
I moved furniture today.

We live in a tiny space. (By tiny, I mean we have two rooms of living space, and share a kitchen and living room with the in-laws. My husband and I sleep on a futon that serves as a couch in the TV room during the day, and our sons have a bunk-bed in a 10x12 bedroom of their own.) We're always trying to shift things around to see if we can maximize the space we have. It's a challenge.

I moved a toybox and dresser into the boys' room. At first Sprout was traumatized. (I moved the toybox!) But I think this will work better for everyone in the long run.

Garden
We have peas, shallots and sunflowers planted, and today I dug some compost in and planted onions and bush beans. There's still lots of space, and we'll add tomatoes as soon as we're sure it won't frost anymore.

Work
My work time has been dedicated to other projects for the past couple weeks, but tonight I'm free from other obligations, and I will be putting my light box to use for my Nameless project. :) I AM SO EXCITED!!
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2009-05-05 07:03 pm
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Yummy dinner: Teriyaki Salmon

I just ate the best salmon I've ever tasted. It came from this recipe, only I didn't have oranges and I substituted asparagus for the fingerling Yukons and haricots verts.

My husband, who is not a fan of any kind of fish, said he'd love to eat it again, and I must always cook salmon this way. Bean even admitted he liked it. That is saying a lot.

*files recipe*

With it, I served stir-fried bok choy, only I added some beech mushrooms (that we bought at the Asian market this weekend) to the recipe. It was also tasty, but not as much a hit as the salmon.

Now? I'm exhausted. It's been a long day. We had to hit the library this morning, after which I turned a bag of compost into the garden and then hurried to pick Bean up from school. I had to talk to his teacher about him not finishing his work in school. (He can do it, he just won't.) Then after lunch we had to go buy swim trunks for both sons. Then Bean had his first swimming lesson ever and it was a hit -- except that Sprout wanted a lesson too, and spent the whole time running up and down the pool side (you know, the part where it says "No Running"?) and I spent the whole time Not Running to catch him. Then Bean didn't want to leave, and insisted he wanted another lesson, and I insisted that he'd have another lesson on Thursday. There were tears. I finally piled the kids into the car, we went to pick brozinski up from work, and came home... and I cooked. So I'm tired of standing and walking and dealing with children, and I'm ready to go to bed NOW. But I have to get them to bed first, after baths.
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2009-05-04 12:33 pm

State of the Bird

Doing my usual laundry routine this morning.

Weekend
We had an expensive weekend, but good. We have our tax refund, and we used some of it this weekend to get a new computer monitor (because our old one showed mostly black and not much else), to get me some new hiking boots (because my 15-year-old ones were falling apart at the seams), to get our computer a new hard drive (a separate one to hold brozinski's music sample files for GigaStudio), and to get Mario Kart Wii (because we need to do something fun with it). :)

We also visited an Asian market -- closer to our house than the Japanese market downtown. We wanted to see what they had. Boy howdy, they have A LOT of stuff. But it was mostly Vietnamese and Korean, and for the most part we had no idea what we were looking at. D: I was able to find one brand of miso, but no udon... but they had lots of good-looking produce, and probably 20 different kinds of whole fish, and none of them the salmon/trout/halibut staples that you usually find in an American grocery store. They also had a butcher where you could buy just about any part of the pig (inside OR out) that you wanted. I was too scared to buy most things there, because I had no idea what they were or what I'd do with them, but I did pick up daikon, bok choy (only it was called something else) and some white button mushrooms, and some red miso, because we're out at home. I think if I want to buy Japanese groceries I'll still have to go downtown, but it's good to know what this new place has.

Health
Bean has had a stuffy nose and cough for a week, but no other symptoms. I kept him home from school one day last week, but he's not acting sick so I'm assuming it's just a mild cold/allergies.

Sprout started coughing over the weekend, with a runny nose, sore throat, and last night started a fever. He's also acting like he doesn't feel well -- crying, clingy, and in general quieter than he usually is. We're keeping an eye on him, and keeping him home. If this keeps up tomorrow, we'll be calling the pediatrician. (I don't think it's swine flu, because we haven't had any diagnosed cases of swine flu here, and he hasn't really been around anyone that is sick -- to my knowledge, anyway. And no one we know has been to Mexico recently.)

Dreamwidth
I am now on Dreamwidth, as puffbird. For the time being, it will probably be a mirror of my livejournal.
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2009-05-03 10:48 pm

Intro Post

I'm an artist, wife, mother and homemaker. I garden, I learn, I teach, I watch, I see, I listen, I do.

What will go here: mainly art and art-related posts. Maybe some about my family.

Cast of Characters:
My husband is brozinski. :) He's a pianist, works part-time at a music store and part-time in community theater, and is finishing school.

Bean is our six-year-old son, just finishing kindergarten. He likes order, putting things in their place, drawing, telling stories, being read to, picking dandelions, getting piano lessons from his dad, and helping me garden.

Sprout is our almost-three-year-old son. He likes disorder, throwing things about, making music, looking at the dictionary, "reading" books to himself, and "helping" me garden.

Welcome! I hope you stay around! :)