Adventures In Sketching III

It’s been a while since I touched my watercolor set, but here is the last batch of sketches that I did a couple of months ago. They’re of a looser style than my previous ones, which I prefer – I’m not great at drawing, so with this style, I can just lightly sketch the outline and go right in with the watercolors. As usual, they’re based upon my photos.

A flower stall in Amsterdam

Singapore’s Chinatown

A beach in Batam, Indonesia


A house in the Cotswolds and the path in front of our house (what it used to be, anyway. Now there are apartment blocks on both sides)

I’ve been wanting to get back to sketching for a while now, because work has been so busy that I want something to relieve the stress. The problem is, because I’m so busy, I just can’t seem to find the time to actually sit down and sketch. I guess I have to make the time instead of just telling myself “Next weekend…”

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Where Did Time Go?

Oops, sorry for the tardy post. I kept reminding myself to write up the post when I had time and scheduled it, but I never had time, and before I knew it, it was already Wednesday and past the time my posts usually go live. Usually I would write all the posts¬† during the weekend and just schedule them for the week, but as I said, work has been so busy lately that my weekends were spent catching up on other works and errands I didn’t do during the week, and blogging is never very high on my to-do list.

Oh well. Next week I’m going wrap up all the end-of-semester work and head into the new semester, so things should calm down by then. In the meantime, here’s something a bit different because I don’t want it to look like I wear that brown tweed blazer all the time. I occasionally wear my other tweed blazer too.

 


SIA Inspiration: Bismark Pinera

Welcome to the first SIA challenge of 2018! Jen, our host, has a very exciting pick for us all:

This is the cover for a Pacific Northwest regional literary compilation, the Creative Colloquy. If you think it looks like an old-school tattoo, that’s because the artist, Bismark Pinera, is actually a tatttoo artist. There are a lot of details here to work on; I have no idea how to interpret this yet, but it should be fun. Just remember to send Jen (librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) your outfit by next Tuesday, Jan 23rd. Enjoy!


Winter Outfit Formula

I have been wearing different versions of this outfit for almost two weeks now. My winter wardrobe is definitely more limited than my summer one, and when it’s cold, I pretty much have to stick to the jeans + sweater + jacket + boots formula to stay warm. Plus in Vietnam, there is barely any indoor heating (sometimes it’s even colder inside than it is outside), so we don’t have much of a concept of “outerwear” – you can’t take off your coat or jacket to reveal a cute outfit underneath. Hats off to those style bloggers who manage to dress both cute and appropriate for the weather, because I’m finding it quite difficult.


Cozy

This week was absolutely crazy in terms of work, so I couldn’t maintain a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule and had to make do with Tuesday-Thursday instead. Oh, and if you’re looking for SIA, it’s coming back next week with Jen’s pick, so stay tuned!

Anyway, about the outfit – it was actually built around the socks. It’s all about the socks for me this season. In winters past, I always left my ankles bare when I wore oxfords and ankle boots, but the no-show socks I wore with them are thin and tend to slide down my heels, which is super annoying. Plus my ankles got really cold. So this year I stocked up on some colorful socks. They’re cozy, and they can add some interest to an outfit. No more cold ankles for me!


Happy 2018

Happy New Year! So I just took an impromptu break, for a combination of reasons. I figure it’s the week after Christmas and New Year’s Day, so everything is pretty quiet on the blogosphere. Plus it’s finals week at work so I was super busy with papers to grade, grades to calculate and turn in, and new schedules to set up for next term. Plus the weather has been absolutely hideous, gray and drizzly and miserable (this was taken weeks ago, when it was still nice-ish) so I had no interest in putting together any blog-worthy outfits. But heck, why am I complaining? It’s colder than Mars in the US and there’s a freaking storm over Europe, so we’re actually having it easy over here.

… so how’s 2018 treating you so far?


Outtakes Of 2017

I’ve just realized that I haven’t shared my outtakes since last year. They’re kind of repetitive because most of them are photo-bombs with my dogs, but then I figured, what better way to close out 2017 than to laugh at my dogs’ crazy antics (and some of my weird poses/facial expressions too)?


Sometimes it’s just one of them…


Sometimes it’s all of them…


What on Earth is going on here?!

STAAAAAHP!!!

See you guys in 2018!