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I accidentally made fat-free muffins. They were still edible.

Better than when I've accidentally made sugar-free things or left out the baking powder, anyway. I expect the banana in them helped with the texture. I haven't had the motivation to bake anything for many months so it's a bit sad to have made a mistake in these, but hey, having something home-made and different is still nice.

I'm seeing [livejournal.com profile] naarmamo coming around again soon. Maybe there's something about the time of year - after joining in every year for so long - that I associate with the need to be creative. Yesterday I was outside in the clear winter sunshine taking macro photos in the garden, and today I found the drawing tablet I'd got for a birthday a few years back and tried plugging it in, but I hadn't consciously remembered NaArMaMo is coming until later on.

Maybe it's just that I've now had two days in a row where nobody at work has been sick and I haven't been called in when I'm rostered off, and suddenly my creativity starts to return.
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I made a knitted cat toy for my day's art. Somewhat large photos under cut.
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My Snapshot Bingo card was a bit all over the place but I managed to fill in one line of it and post the photos. That means I can have a new card before the round's over, although I may not get far with it. [personal profile] feng_shui_house: there are coots in one of the pictures :)

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I can't tell which occasions are an encounter with someone who uses "bro" or "mate" as gender-neutral terms and which are people misreading me until after the double-take, if there is one. I think the man at the tyre shop is one who calls women "mate"; I mean, I've just had a haircut and was wearing my baggy checked shirt, but I was carrying a handbag.

When I was 20 it was easy to see how people could mistake me for a short, downy-chinned 14-year-old boy. I wonder what will happen as my skin shows more and more signs of belonging to an over-30 in outdoor occupations. Will having wrinkles make me obviously not a boy? Or will I turn into some sort of ageless, genderless leprechaun creature?

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I signed up for [community profile] snapshot_bingo! I always feel arty near the beginning of the year, maybe from the general resolutionary atmosphere of New Year, maybe because I'm halfway between NaArMaMos. I'm not sure what the general artistic standard of the community will be like, and if it'll be encouraging or intimidating, but it'll be fun to try even if I don't show the results to anyone. Here's my bingo card:
N Grand Bird Text I
Fence Apricot Hallway Heard Wore
Lemon ImperfectFree Space Navy Children
Smile Button V Favorite Table
Joy Fuchsia Plate Outside Aqua
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Here are the rest of the things I drew for Art Month this year: not that many pictures behind the cut :(

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The last five years of NaArMaMo seem to have had an effect on me: my brain has been trained to associate cold weather with creativity. Yesterday I started on drawing a picture on the computer, learning about how to use layers and things. I have a sort of a story and it works better as a picture, and since it has several people in it I would struggle greatly without a photo reference (kindly posed for by family members, one standing on a chair holding a bicycle helmet) so learning how to make computer pictures is going to make things easiest. There are tutorials around which I've learnt some hints from even though they tend to use a lot of words I don't know.

And today Dreamwidth launched the first version of a new image hosting feature which even free accounts will be able to use. I hope there's enough space for a month's worth of art, because I'd love to have somewhere to upload NaArMaMo pictures that's guaranteed not to vanish or be "improved" beyond all usability like the last few hosts I've tried. Exciting!!
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Warning to all two of the non-Naartists reading here -- August is National Art Making Month and I'll be posting pictures a bit. Feel free to join in with us at [livejournal.com profile] naarmamo, you don't have to be left out!
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National Art Making Month, Day 2!

I am pleased with this picture. Blue makes me happy. Inconveniently, however, after pre-washing these brand new bright blue sheets and getting them dry I found that the fitted sheet of the set was quite obviously for a single bed. It must have been packaged wrong at the factory; I'll be taking it back to the shop today, and I just hope they still have a beautiful blue one to replace it with, otherwise I'll be sleeping on plain old white sheets tonight.

Fellow NaArMaMo participants have complimented the photo on its sunny summery vibe -- a reasonable assumption considering most in the group are from the northern hemisphere, but to me the photo is a celebration of sunshine on a clear winter day.
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I like to draw. I like to draw on people, sometimes, with felt pens or ballpoint pens or with that nice herby-smelling henna stuff in a tube. Now I find that I have a friend who has a friend who has tattooing equipment and would be happy to let me use it. This is almost tempting even though when you draw on your friends and you make a mistake you can't throw them away like with paper. It would almost be interesting to try.

BUT I believe that tattooing involves needles and maybe even blood, not quick needles at the doctor's and all over with but protracted needles for as long as it takes to finish the drawing. There's just no way. I don't have any sort of needle or blood phobia, it's just that I don't like hurting people. Not even if they would quite like me to. This is where the golden rule falls down, isn't it? Even if they say they don't mind, even if it's what they really wanted, I would never be able to bring myself to stick needles in people.

Related to this, I am going to rant a bit. )
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Around the end of January I always realise that I haven't drawn anything this year, and in fact I haven't drawn anything much for at least four months. And by this time my feeling about [livejournal.com profile] naarmamo has gone from relief that it's over to a sort of wistfulness. Next time is still six months away, and it would be awful if I never drew anything until then.

Every February (the last two Februaries at least) I decide to draw a picture every day for a month. Even if it takes only half a minute. Even if I don't show them to anyone. At the very least I might get something worthy of putting up for [livejournal.com profile] glarmaco. Sort of an in-between NaArMaMo. Halfamo, if you like.

So far I've drawn some vegetables and coloured in a fantasy map, and put my name on the first page of a new sketchbook. It's a start.
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Is this thing on?



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