The World’s Ugliest Lamp

Week #1 of 1-pic-a-day-challenge

I completely agree with your suggestion to have something like a weekly digest of my daily 1-pic-a-day-challenge pictures here on my blog. That way I will keep everyone who is not on Facebook or Instagram in the loop without overloading (already overloaded) email inboxes

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Watercolor flower

Picture #1

Like all artists I want to create, but sometimes struggle with the right inspiration on what to actually draw or paint or illustrate. At times so much so that I hate myself for not ‘just drawing something’. Then I feel even worse, of course, about myself.

In an effort to break this somewhat self-destructive cycle…

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Inktober 2018 – (a short) week #2

Believe it or not, as much (or little) as I have inked over the years, there are two things I’ve never tried.

I have never used black ink to create a diluted, watercolor effect. Let’s call it a water non-color.

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Inktober 2018 – week #1

Those of you following my illustration/painting account on Instagram (OceandreamIllustration) know by now that Inktober 2018 is up and running full steam ahead.

Should there be anyone who doesn’t know: Inktober was started in 2009 by illustrator Jake Parker as a tool to practice ink drawings. Inktober has its own website, (Inktober), but really you can find lots and lots of awesome ink drawings all over social media. There is an official Inktober list with 31 prompts, but there’s also a ton of lists created by other artists around different topics and such. Oh, and by the way, there is not only Inktober, but also Drawtober (link), which is similar to Inktober, but ‘allows’ for any and all media and has also a list of prompts.

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The Great Birthday Mystery

I wanted to tell you about the great birthday mystery.

My last birthday was a big one (50), and Claudia managed to surprise me in a big way. She told me only that I shouldn’t plan anything on a certain week in June, and that was about it. Then we incidentally had a trip to Toronto that was supposed to be right before the big week. We’d been wanting to do it for a while so that I could meet up with a colleague of mine, an architect that I had worked with on a big project together – she had then been transferred from Houston to Toronto, and the three of us had been wanting to meet up.

So the plan was, Toronto for two days, Claudia had a couple business meetings to take care of, then the three of us would meet in Toronto for lunch, then fly back, and go “somewhere” the following week.

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