Clownfish watercolor

Clownfish watercolor, 1.29.17

Clownfish watercolor, 1.29.17

I’m not always the best at talking about issues that matter to me – I suppose that’s why it’s generally easier for me to express myself through music or art. However! There has been a lot in the news that’s been concerning me lately, & a lot of that is related to climate change. In about a week, the Trump administration has instituted a media blackout/gag order for the EPA and brought back the pipelines, among other things. While I’m not a scientist myself, I love science & believe that the scientific process is key to understanding our world. When the vast majority of scientists believe that climate change is happening & that humans have an impact on it, who am I to disagree?

With that being said, if you live in the US & want to try & do something, please consider signing a petition to ungag the EPA and call your senators to oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA.

Also check out some of the rogue/alt accounts that have been popping up surrounding the EPA gag order – I’m not a social media person & do not use Twitter, so it’s saying something when I recommend checking them out!:

https://twitter.com/ungaggedEPA

https://twitter.com/ALTUSNPS

https://twitter.com/altnatparkser

https://twitter.com/RogueNASA

https://twitter.com/badhombrenps

https://twitter.com/AltForestServ

And a lot more: https://twitter.com/ariherzog/lists/alt-and-rogue/members

Also, please support the ACLU because they kicked ass this weekend: https://www.aclu.org/

And, now on to some commentary about the painting!

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Blue Jay Way

Blue Jay, 11.25.16

Blue Jay, 11.25.16

Happy 2017! I failed at keeping up a regular drawing habit in 2016 – needless to say, this blog suffered as well. However, new years = new beginnings, and thus, I present to all of you one of my goals this year: to draw enough this year to update this blog, at minimum, once a week. I give myself some leeway for vacations, but I must update Scribble Fiend at least 52 times this year, and preferably spread out throughout the entire year. How’s that for a goal?

So, for my first post of the year, I am actually sharing something I did about a month or so ago of a blue jay in watercolor and ink.

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Crocuses in ink & watercolor; plus, Mu in watercolor

Crocuses in Pen & Watercolor, 4.2.15

Crocuses in Pen & Watercolor, 4.2.15

I found some crocuses while taking a walk during my lunch break yesterday & took some photos.  Last night I decided to try & do another ink drawing & then color it in with watercolors & those crocuses were the subject.  I sketched it out in light pencil again, then outlined in Micron pen, & (a more simplistic outline than I did with Mu yesterday), & then colored it in with watercolors.

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Van Gogh Iris Paint & Sip

Paint & Sip, 3.15.15

Paint & Sip, 3.15.15

I went to another paint & sip event yesterday afternoon – this time it was “Van Gogh Iris”.  I have mixed feelings about this, but I guess it turned out ok.  I’m not crazy about my irises, buuuuut, oh well.  It was fun.  Makes me want to try some more painting on my own.  I think all of my acrylic paints are dried up, though, so I’ll have to buy some more.

I have another post coming later – the last of the Loomis mannikins from the book I’m working from, at least until I attempt to draw some of my own.