Monday Mandala 60

Mandala_6060 seems like it should be some kind of milestone.  I started drawing these mandalas on a whim – who knew it would stick around this long?  There are definitely days (and mandalas) that go better than others, but I can see progress when I look at where I started.  Still room for improvement, but tons better than when I began.

Mo’ Minis

Now that school is back in session and I’m back at work, it’s been an adjustment. For the past several months, I was looking for things to fill my time. Now that I’m back at work (and working more hours), I’m finding it difficult to make time for all the things I want to do. :/

I’m slowly dwindling my pile of forgotten minis, getting them painted and ready for use on our gaming table (which I’m sure we’ll use any day now). I ended up chucking a couple of them into the trash, because after priming them, it became apparent that they would be a pain to paint and probably would still look terrible because of the poor quality of the mini.

I think I’m down to less than 10 minis at this point, which is amazing. Which also doesn’t count the three boxes of CR minis I bought during a Kickstarter last year. BUT – they are 3D printed, and are much better quality than the ones I’ve been painting, so I’m hoping that means they will go faster.

I got a few more completed last week – one has had to return to the paint table for touch-ups, but the rest of the batch is done and now resting comfortably in foam, awaiting their turn on the table.

First up is a fun one – it was meant to be some sort of dragonborn PC mini, but when I went to paint him, I realized his head was missing. So, he is now some sort of reptilian BBEG, made even more scary by his headless state. 😀

After him was another fun one – if only because they weren’t human and I got to paint something besides flesh tone for skin. I think this guy was meant to be a PC mini as well, but I wanted to paint him red and make him look more like a demon, because I don’t own many demon miniatures. I think he turned out great.

Then I moved back into humans – this wizard? mage? sorceress? was interesting. I like her pose and all the details on her belt and belongings. Her pointing hand, however, is a blobby mess. Not sure what happened with the sculpt here, but at least she is done, so – win. 😀

Lastly, yet another fighter PC mini. However, I do like the flaming sword and I bet he gets a lot of use once we are back to in-person gaming. It was also fun to try my hand at painting the flames. It’s not a fabulous job, but it’s not bad, either. I did also have some time in the last month to watch a few tutorials on painting eyes, and I think it made a difference. I didn’t have any minis turning out cross-eyed, and I didn’t have to spend hours trying to hold my shaky hand steady, so again – calling it a win!

I’m currently working on a set of matching guards, another ranger, a dwarf fighter, and some sort of beholder-type thingy. Once they are done, I can move on to the remaining few minis from the forgotten pile. It’s been a learning experience – I’ve been painting for years, but I’ve made a few changes that have definitely made painting more enjoyable for me, and I hope, resulted in a better quality paint job than I was capable of before.

My husband and I are (still) debating whether to invest in a resin printer and start resin printing minis ourselves. There are so many great quality 3D files out there – I’d even love to just be able to resin print my Hero Forge minis. We’ll see. 🙂

I’m Going Dotty

I forced myself to sit down this weekend and spend some time drawing and coloring. I needed to relax after all the craziness of last week. As I was scrolling through my Procreate gallery, I realized I hadn’t created any dot mandalas in a while, so I opened a new canvas and started working.

I’m still struggling with color palettes, but I decided to just push all those worries aside and start creating.

I’m still also struggling with the new editor forced upon us here at WordPress. I finally have a handle on copying serial posts (like the Monday Mandala series), but it appears as I write this post, that the issues with images in the block editor are still there.

Argh.

Anyhoo, I like the colors in this one, although I think I should have made the outer layers more detailed. Also, the gray layer kind of disappears, which makes the overall effect a bit odd – it looks like there is something missing, until you look really closely. After struggling with background colors for a bit, I decided just to move on.

So I started this diamond shaped mandala. Although I didn’t know it would be diamond shaped until I was done. 😀

I like the blues of this one and I think the balance of detail is nice. Now if I could just start to feel more confident in my color choices . . . :/

Monday Mandala 59

Mandala_59I spent quite a bit of time yesterday drawing and painting.  The last week has been spent trying to get everything done for school opening and I just hadn’t had the energy to do much of anything else.  However, after a few hours of creating, I feel like my mojo is back and my focus is better.  I think I’ve been more productive in an hour this morning than I have been all weekend.  😀

So Little Time . . .

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My sense of time is skewed.

March through June took an entire year.

July and August have flown by in seconds.

I am back into school/work mode and other things (like blogging) have fallen to the wayside. My schedule has gone completely off the rails, but I am determined to get back on track.

I spent today being productive. (I think younger generations refer to this as ‘adulting’?) I called and rescheduled doctor appointments since our doctor is retiring. (Is that a sign of my age or his? Both?) I called and got issues with online textbook access sorted for my youngest.

I paid bills – and said a silent thank you that we have enough to pay our bills. I set up my budget planner and my personal planner for September. We’re still making progress on our financial goals, albeit slower than either of us would like. On the positive side, my oldest will graduate college in May with no student loan debt.

I’m still painting minis – more pics to come later. I’m almost finished with all the traditional ones, so I can move on to the 3D printed ones. I feel like I’m getting better at it – I can definitely see a difference in quality.

I finished my first square drill full canvas diamond painting and I’m getting ready to start an even larger one.

But first up is all the lesson planning I need to do. These darn mental stumbling blocks are getting old, and I need to get over them so I can get done and move on to other things. And now it feels like I’m running out of time. School starts in less than two weeks.

I’d better get busy!

Resisting Change

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Change is scary for most people. You get used to something, and when it gets changed, it can be frustrating. Take the new switch here at WordPress. Everyone is being moved over to the new Gutenberg block editor.

I tried to like it, I really did.

It does have a lot of features that the classic editor doesn’t. However, it has some stupid changes, imho. For instance, I hate that I now have to click through a menu to see my word count. With the classic editor, it’s right at the bottom as I type.

Even doing routine things has become a chore. My Monday Mandala posts are a weekly thing, and I used to be able to copy the post, insert the new image, and off I’d go. Now it’s become a huge hassle, because a large majority of the time, my images do not show up when I am writing the post. I’ve tried preloading them into my image library.

Nope.

I tried ‘replacing’ the image as the new block editor suggests.

Nope.

Something that used to take me a few minutes has now become an exercise in frustration. And I get it. They want to keep things new and shiny to attract new people. Maybe if you do everything on your phone, this way works. I don’t, and it doesn’t. And now, it keeps prompting me to change all of my old posts into the new block editor.

I don’t want to.

I can just keep using the classic editor – and for many of my posts, I probably will, because it’s easier and faster. After several months of trying the new editor, I have yet to see the appeal. Something that you could do in a couple of clicks with the classic editor, like batch edit old posts, doesn’t work anymore. I have to go searching around for options I want, while wading through all the new ones I don’t.

I’m not giving up yet – I’m going to keep trying to use the new block editor and see if it grows on me.

Like a fungus. :/