Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#WIPWednesday: A Big Dog

I'm currently working on a pet portrait that is 18x24. While I've made a few drawings this size before, I'm always excited to work on one so large. The process is a bit different because of the scale, and of course it develops more slowly.

Stay tuned on my Instagram (@Jonezee85) for progress shots! It's time for me to get to work.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Little Sketchbook Is Almost Finished!

So, I thought I was going to finish my little sketchbook last week, but somehow I'm still working on it. Yesterday, I did some Facebook live videos (I'll embed below). In the meantime, here's another couple of pages. The floral on the left is pasted in. It didn't show up quite as well in the photo as it does in real life. I think the dots on the right threw my camera off.

All right! Now for the videos.

This first one is from The Spinsterhood Diaries Facebook page. It's much shorter than the second one, so if you're short on time, this is the one for you:

 This second one includes a little tour of the sketchbook while I wait for one of the watercolor paintings to dry. It's much longer, though, so if you've got the time, this is the one for you!

 All right. That's it for me! Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Few Things You Should Know

So, this weekend, I finished my fourth quilt. It's a baby quilt, and it's a little irregular, but I enjoyed the experience, and I suppose that's all that matters. Well, that and the fact that it does its purpose as a blanket. It is warm.

Now, as for the title of today's post. There are a few things I've been meaning to tell you. Before we get started, this is not a sponsored post.

1. Protein Blends:
          If you're a spinster, and you're too lazy to cook, sometimes you end up eating things from your freezer. However, a lot of the options aren't as healthy as you might hope. If you need some extra protein and fiber, might I suggest Bird's Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends? If you eat the entire bag (which is generally a mix of beans, vegetables, and a starch), it's 500 calories, BUT it does have nearly your entire day's allotment of fiber so...I think it's a good option. My favorites are the New England Blend, the California Blend, and the Italian Blend. Make sure you drink plenty of water, though...

2. Target Quinoa Blends:
          These aren't nearly as healthy for you as the Protein Blends, but they're really very good. I think the Mediterranean-Inspired blend and the Moroccan-Inspired blend are the best ones. Bonus: They're actually really nice-looking in the bowl  once they're cooked.

3. Walgreens Girl Scout Cookies:
          I really hesitate to post this information for a number of reasons. Firstly, I love the Girl Scouts. I was a Brownie, and I loved it. Secondly, I'm afraid Walgreens will stop making these cookies if they're caught. However, in the absence of a Girl Scout Cookie stand, these really will do in a pinch. Walgreens' store brand cookies, Nice!, has created very acceptable knock-offs of Samoas, Tagalongs, and Thin Mints. I don't know how they're getting away with it, but they are. I've tried the Samoas and the Tagalongs, and they're both very good. Perhaps not quite as good as the original, but they will certainly do in a pinch.

4. Happy Style Socks:
          So, when I designed socks, one of my favorite lines to research for "inspiration" (wink wink) was Happy Socks. Well, yesterday I made a trip to Walmart, and I discovered that Happy Socks has a very affordably-priced line there called Happy Style. Photos aren't available on the Walmart website, sadly, but there's gotta be something else at Walmart you need anyway, right? That's what I thought.

5. The Great British Baking Show:
          You probably already know about this show, but if you don't, you need to go to your Netflix Account right now and check it out. This show is great. It makes me hungry, but it also makes me feel oddly creative.

All right. That's enough for your Monday morning. Grab some coffee, and make it through. Happy Monday!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Side-By-Side Tinsel Print

The reference photo for the portrait I'm working on right now has a red tinsel background. The background is small and a little out of focus, and with how much I've been looking at it, I was inspired to make this little image. With the highs and lows in the original image, it sort of ends up looking like the page on the right here. Then, of course, I had to add the print into some fashion girls.

Ok. That's all for today. I hope your Friday is excellent and that you eat some chocolate. But really you should eat chocolate every day.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Spinstergram: Printed Sketches

Last time I checked, I only have 6 pages left in the little sketchbook. I posted the right side of this image the other day on my Instagram, but later I added the sketch on the left, adding the print from the right into the pants. I find this sort of side-by-side so pleasing.

I've pasted so many pages into this sketchbook that it's really fat. I kind of like that about it. It reminds me of when, in high school, my art class worked on altered books. It seems like a good kind of contained chaos. Or maybe organized chaos? That would be the only thing even remotely organized in my life. Ha!

All right. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy International Women's Day!

Today is International Women's Day, and from one woman to another, I'd like to wish you a happy one. I made this little time lapse to celebrate. You should also celebrate with some chocolate. I know I am.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spinstergram: So Close to 800 Followers

Spinsters, I'm pretty excited. I'm very very close to 800 followers on Instagram. If you're not already following me, then you should be. Go here and click the button. Or, if you already have the app open, my account is @Jonezee85.

I'm also hoping to update my Etsy shop this week with some new things I've made. These items include but may not be limited to the little sketchbook, a baby quilt (and quilted - No machine!), and a paper flower crown. Of course I'll post about it when I've updated. In the meantime, go check out the Sarah J. Jones Art Etsy Store and buy everything. Thank you in advance!

And as for today's image, this is a work-in-progress of a painting that will hang in a pet aftercare provider. Their clients will be able to order paintings of their pets as part of their overall aftercare package if they so choose. I've already delivered a dog painting, and this one will be next!

Happy Tuesday!