well heellewwww my fine friends!
Let's talk about art classes - seeing as I am currently enrolled in one!
for years I've been interested in taking a class at the art gallery, but I've always been too busy with the kids and their events and such. So, finally, in my 40th year I figured that it was time to take some time out for ME! Yes, that's right - I turned 40 and decided to become selfish. Well, just a little teenie weenie bit selfish!
So my friend and I signed up for the intro to drawing class. It seemed like the logical choice seeing as many of the other classes have it listed as a pre-requisite. So like good little girls we went shopping and collected all the items on our supply list and showed up at the class on our first night full of wonder and artistic energy!
I enjoyed our first class - it was fun to just get right straight to work and she really just threw us into it with some different techniques designed to get your hand working with your brain. It was great until she said "ok - now, turn to the person beside you and draw them, without lifting your pencil from the paper, and without looking at the paper."SAY WHAT??!!!
Well, we laughed our way through that exercise, with my friend apologizing profusely and begging me not to be mad at her when I saw it. From the sneek peeks I kept taking at my own paper I was like "ok - it's not like you're looking like a beauty queen either!!" The outcome was horrifying and the worst part was that everyone had to walk around the room and check out everyone else's work. I was like "Sorry Trish - you know, I really DON'T think you look like you're from the Planet of the Apes - as much as my drawing might make you think that." She's actually very cute - not that you'd know it from my drawing of her!
Anyways, we're having fun and I'm learning a few things! I'm hoping it will get me to start picking up my pencil again, as I've been focusing on other things more and drawing less!
So I had an ultrasound last week.
You know....... I HATE
those things! Like, real, unadulterated hate! It all stems from the holding your bladder part. I mean... ok - if I drink 8 oz of water my teeth are floating within 30 minutes. Sometimes less. They want you to drink 32 oz of water, within 10 minutes, and then hold it for 45 minutes (or longer - actually - usually longer) and then they get you on their torture table, put the probe on your belly, press down and exclaim at how full your bladder is! Like it's a surprise!! Listen up lady - hurry up with that thing, or I'm going to let loose a dam full of fluid that will make your table look like a waterfall.....
I just can't handle it. I drank half the water, later than I should have and by the time I was walking across the hospital parking lot I was in so much pain I almost had to pee pee dance my way in. There is a guy I know who works there and he came out and saw me and said "Hey Sandra! How are you?!'" I blurted out "I HAVE TO PEE!!" at which he looked at me, said "oh - ok. Um........ well, it won't be much longer" and turned to walk away. At this point I realized how rude I just was and I said "oh! how are you?! did you have a good summer?" so then we had a little chat. Seeing that I was definitely uncomfortable, he gave me a little cup and said "ok - you can fill this one and a half times."
I'm looking at the cup and thinking "Do you have any idea in the blue blazes of hell exactly how badly I have to go? I've had 2 children, my muscles ain't what they used to be, and my bladder is about to explode like a water balloon hitting a brick wall and you want me to not only let out a little bit of pee and then stop - but you want me to do it one and a half times??!!!!
However, my momma taught me to never look a gift horse in the mouth so I said thank you, snatched the cup - and danced off to the bathroom.
When I came out I wanted to hug him in undying gratitude but seeing as he probably already thought I was a nut, I decided to just thank him and tell him what a good man he is instead.
I've got to tell you - after it was over, I had the most satisfying pee of my entire life. It lasted a good 3 minutes and it was almost orgasmic - - right down to the little shiver at the end.
It's actually amazing how something so simple can make a person so danged happy!!
ahhhh - well, thank you my friends for the support and please - enjoy the features!
A List of Links for tutorials/info that I've found to be useful!
Basics of Pen Tool [link]
Making Photoshop Brushes [link]
Adding Borders in PS [link]
Depth of Field [link]
PS Borders [link]
The Pen Tool [link]
Making Textures [link]
Layer Masks and Colour Gradients [link]
GavTrain Photo Training [link]
Manual HDR [link]
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