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I'm going to the hospital again tomorrow for my 8th chemotherapy, which is supposed to be my last. I've got nearly everything packed, from pajamas to fresh fruit, and I hope I won't have to stay longer than 4-5 days. Unfortunately our hospitals don't have a practice of using a port for hooking up the IV, so my poor veins are in a bad condition; some puncture locations are swollen, others are hard to touch, and one seems to be inflamed - I noticed this morning that it was red and painful to touch. I'll definitely draw attention to this; that's not supposed to happen.

After I'm done with all of this, I intend to start posting more regularly (I've said that before, but I really mean it this time :crosses fingers:), and I mean to start working on improving my calligraphy, bookbinding and watercolor skills. The money I had saved for my postgrad had to go for bills, some additional meds and healthier food, so I need to find an additional source of income. I had to quit my nightly teaching job because I couldn't handle being awake until 3 a.m. any more; I can reapply but if I do, I'll have to rework my schedule so that I can work on my thesis as well as on my skills. It won't bring in as much as it used to, but any little bit will help. And hopefully, once I finish my postgrad, I'll be able to ask for a raise.

If only I could win that jack pot... :D

New art!

Feb. 11th, 2012 11:24 pm
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
Not that great art, but new nonetheless! This is very good, because I've been unable to draw and paint both due to time, and a general feeling of listlessness caused by a long illness and too many work and school obligations.

I used Letraset Aquamarkers, because they are a new medium for me and I wanted to try them out, although I followed advice and examples from the book "Painting Watercolors" by Cathy Johnson. I love that book. It's so easy to follow.

Anyway, here are the images. I hope you'll like them! (They definitely look better live; the watercolor paper I used - Cotman - looks downright mangled in some scans, though it doesn't show any damage when I look or touch it.)

Click on images to open a larger version. First, some trees:

Tree in Spring

The rest behind the cut: )

And there you go. Not very good, some of them, but I had fun painting them!

Laptop desk

Nov. 1st, 2011 09:30 pm
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What do you guys think about my laptop desk? ♥

Bought it on Saturday when I went with my aunt to help her buy new curtains. I can also use it to paint watercolors if I put it to its lowest elevation, and there's also space on the mouse stand for a bowl of water. It's made of bamboo, it's very light, and I love the color.


Nov. 1st, 2011 09:06 pm
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I've had such bad luck with planning anything this year that I'm just going to just get going and see what happens. My wish is to post a piece of art every day, so we'll see if I manage to pull it through.

In celebration of that, here's my new icon, made just for NaBloPoMo!


Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:54 pm
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
A painting I did following a tutorial on Derwent's website. It's OK, I guess. I still have a lot to learn.

Done with Derwent Aquatone, Inktense and Watercolor pencils on Cotman watercolor paper.

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Done following the instructions from the Walter Foster book on painting animals with watercolor. I intend to go through all the animals in the book.

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