Wednesday, February 28, 2018

bits and pieces

in which our plucky heroine reflects on progress accomplished and needed...

The details of shading and whitework on the tiny heart shaped leaves, along the top edge of the fourth charter painting of the year.

The charter as a whole... This was a new style for me to paint, and I am rather charmed with the design, which feels very lighthearted somehow. My friend Marya created the master design, and did a good job of interpreting it for scroll painting, and unlike the last one, was fairly quick to complete.

Am rather pleased with the improvements in my shading and highlighting, and my first attempt to paint acanthus leaves. One of my future goals is to look at a number of manuscripts and figure out ways that they used to shade and color acanthus, and do some samples, so as to have several possible ways to use, for variety and depending on the particular historical style

It may be time to start a sort of Scribal Notebook, with a record of various things like diapering patterns for fillers, line end art possibilities, and ways of using gouache paint to create dimensional effects appropriate to the world of the Middle Ages....

I've been working on finding kaizen changes I can make in what and how I eat, with the intention of shifting the ever gradually rising number on the scale, which is reflected in the ever increasing pain and difficulty in moving the meatsuit in time and space. Since I began this project, I have moved that number down fifteen pounds.

First by deciding to not drink milk as my beverage of choice on a constant basis. I realise that this sounds odd, but for me, milk has been, along with water, (and formerly but no longer fruit juice), the only beverage I like to drink. Changing from that to water has made a small but noticeable difference.

My next change was to have at least half my breakfasts consist of cottage cheese with cooked veg, instead of fruit and chopped nuts and a double spoonful of rolled oats, topped with milk. My ongoing goal is to find more ways to shift the balance of what I eat to have more vegetable content, since I am never going to stop being an omnivore. (I was vegetarian for a number of years back in my thirties, and I was sick All The Time... it works for some people but not for others) That breakfast change shifted the numbers a little more.

No one would ever think to look at me that I had lost even an ounce, I don't know how much it would take for me to look any different at all. But if my legs hurt just a little bit less, that will make it worth all the efforts. These sorts of changes will take months, maybe years, to make a difference, and I have no intention of turning this into a slimming blog, but I figure that if I remember to write down things from time to time, it will help me notice how I am doing.

SWAP 2018 sewing progress report: I still have a LOT of sewing left to do in the next two months, if I intend to actually complete SWAP in the allotted time. While taking all the time to make the Alabama Chanin style cardigan may not have been the most sensible use of the first two months of the years sewing time, it makes me Very Happy. I do have two of the remaining seven items already cut out and ready to sew, which will help.

1. black randomwale corduroy pinafore
2. black DWR rain poncho
3. black top or leggings
4. indigo dark denim pinafore (already made, from SWAP 2017)
5. indigo pinstripe top
6. indigo rayon popover (cut out and ready to sew)
7. brown knit top (can use RTW Uniqlo turtleneck)
8. brown/indigo plaid pinafore (cut out and ready to sew)
9. floral print cotton blouse
10. brown/black flannel top
11. Alabama Chanin style cotton jersey cardigan

February SMART goals (x=extra)
1 Slavic scroll blank deck broken downcracked water barrel
2 another A/C sleeve dwarf pine plantedbag to Goodwill
3 grapefruit marmaladebathrobe patched landscape cloth
4 Seville marmalade croquis revamp yard waste bin
5 new garden bed7 jars applesauce recycle glass
6 blood orange marmalade x x
7 17 dishcloths x x
8 finished A/C cardigan x x
9 red deer enamel
x x
10 Romanesque charter x x
11 AoA charter x x
12 blue wool mitts x x
13 acanthus charter x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

1 comment:

  1. it is so geat to hear you are making positive choices for your health. A healthy weight and some exercise are the most important things for staying healthy but incredibly hard to do!