The current prompt at creative therapy is "What is your daily routine?" When I first read the prompt, I giggled because my life is a little too hectic to have a daily routine. Then I thought of those little plastic puzzles with the numbered tiles you're supposed slide around and put in the correct order. Well, that's pretty much my daily routine - trying to slip and slide all the various pieces into the proper order. So, here's my art journal page capturing my daily routine. It would have been better sized as a square, but I still like it.
One of the reasons it's so hard for me to have a daily routine are those surprises that pop up. This week the surprise has been trying to fit in back-to-school clothes shopping for the kids. I always get a headache both from the amount of money I'm spending and the mall. I did buy myself some cute aqua-teal vans tennis shoes, though! Is this a chore you're struggling with?
I've got other thoughts of shopping in my brain:
1. Should I buy a new online class? Shimelle just posted "Learn Something New Everyday." I did it a couple of years ago, creating an ATC each day based on the prompt. Loved it! Not sure if I'll repeat it again. Any takers out there? Karen of Random Reflections posted about two free classes at BPS, but they aren't calling to me. Is anyone doing them? Any reactions?
Any other ideas out there? I'm leaning towards just working on some of the regular challenges out there and maybe finishing up my "When I Grow Up" art journal that I started and never finished.
2. Any new apps out there? Tara Whitney recommends the ShakeItPhoto App for .99. Anyone bought it? I just bought an awesome (though expensive as apps go) app from painter and assemblage artist Michael DeMeng called "Shades of Alchemy." It contains all his awesome recipes for paint mixes (plus videos and cocktail recipes). You can read about it in this blog post of his. He's an amazing artist, and I love the idea of having these recipes on my ipad, at my finger tips! The app cost $8.00 but the recipes and instructions are well worth it. I would have spent 3x that for his most recent book in order to get the recipes, and I would not have received the awesome videos. They're very clear and really give you an idea of how to apply paint. It's a lot like being in a class with Michael. Awesome! Plus, I've taken several classes from him and really love him as a person. I'm happy to support his venture. You can see some of my Michael DeMeng art in my post here or in this picture:
Anyway, I highly recommend it! Go on - be brave!
3. Time to shop for a new camera lens. When I was at the state baseball tournament, I fell and broke my telephoto zoom lens. I shoot with a Nikon. I'm considering this 70-300 lens with a f 4.5 for $600, although I'm lusting after this 70-200 lens with an aperture as wide as 2.8 for $2000. If I hadn't broken my lens, then for Christmas I was looking to get a fixed 85 mm lens - either this f 1.8 lens for $500 or this f 1.4 lens for $1350. I'm not really sure I can justify spending $1400-2000 on a lens. Especially since I was also/alternately planning to upgrade my camera from a D50 to a D90 ($900) at Christmas. So, any thoughts??? Also, anyone know what the story is with the Nikon DX line of cameras? Never quite figured that out.
Thanks for your advice!