Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Little Escape

It's been a while since I've posted! Many things are going on right now and I'm also taking advantage of some down time just to refill my artistic well. One way I do that is to read fiction. I used to read a LOT but in the last few years my art has taken over and I've all but quit. I have missed it, though.

Hubby surprised me one day and came home with a Nook. I never thought I would warm up to an electronic book reader. I'm one who loves to hold a book in my hand, feel the pages, etc. But I'm also one who has boxes of books that are still unpacked from the last move and sitting in the basement right now. There are no more book shelves to put them in. We both keep all of our books and have built up quite the stash. So storage has become a problem. And I hate to part with them so I pack my books in boxes.

So I gave the Nook a try. This way I can buy new books (plus get a lot of classics for free) and not have to worry about a place to put them. I'm hooked. I can't believe how much I love this little thing. The only's too easy to hit the shop button and buy a book, download it and start reading. I must control myself....

And since I was escaping into the world of fiction, I decided to really escape and see what all the fuss was about with the Twilight madness. So the first ebook I bought was Twilight. Then I had to get all of the rest of them. Now I'm hopeless. Even before the current wave of vampire madness, I was a fan of Anne Rice and all of her novels. So that made me go hunting through the taped up boxes in the basement looking for those.

Needless to say, not much art is getting done. But I'm enjoying my little escape into fantasy, I'm filling my well, and I'm getting some ideas for some darker art. And it just so happens that my friend Kimmie decided to open a group for "dark art" at her Digital Whisper site. So, I'm feeling right at home there!

This was a digital piece I did for Kimmie's moon challenge. She supplied the moon and some clouds, we were to fill in the rest. I had the girl in my files. I didn't keep track of where she came from so I can't give the proper credit. The sinister eyes belong to...who do you think? The piece is called, "Darkness Beckons". Hmmm...I think I'd follow him anywhere. ;)