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“Say, did you see?”

"Say, did you see?"

Mini update

I have been really tardy, but the kiddo was home for 3 weeks and took a lot of my attention. We were also on holiday for a week. While away I managed to get my SO to register my two blogs and they are both under construction and as soon as they are active I will let you know. I am very excited about both. Excited enough to redesign “Say, did you see?”. So much has happened in the past three weeks and a suicide of a friend’s wife prompted me to proceed with the spiritual blog I have been planning for a while. “Say, did you see?”is all about visual candy and superficial fun.  I need a forum where I blog about spirituality, about my ability to understand the spiritual needs of others, about spiritual health in general. It will be more about inspiration and emotion but still objective. I will keep the blogs separate but as you can see by name they are both sense inspired.


More Fashion Illustrations …featuring Camilla Gray

Watercolor fashion illustrations of 2012 Oscars by Brazilian artist Camilla Gray.

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace

Pitt & Jolie

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

Emma Stone wearing Giambattista Valli

Emma Stone wearing Giambattista Valli

Stacy Keibler in Marchesa

Stacy Keibler in Marchesa

Rooney Mara in Givenchy and Fred Leighton

Rooney Mara in Givenchy and Fred Leighton

Classic, elegant, beautifully rendered. So inspiring. Visit her site to see more of her gorgeous work

Digital Painting

In my year of art indulgence I am exploring many mediums of expression. I am most comfortable on my Mac at the moment. Most of my creative work is done on computer and is usually a design of some sort. I have made a commitment not to ‘donate’ my time to creative booty calls and so far have been quite good at keeping to my mid year resolution.

I bought this book today:

I’ve just briefly looked through this book but it looks really informative and educational. The lessons are set out very well and I think it is a good book to help you turn your art into a digital format as well as the original. I still buy art books.  R bought the following art books for my Kindle recently.


I am not 100% sold on the idea of having an art book on Kindle format. I love the feel of books but my bookcases are bent by the amount of art books they carry. Getting them on Kindle saves paper and usually the postage of these books are about as expensive as the books. These are two big pros to buying them digitally.

Working through all these books this year is impossible. It will probably take me another year just to work through them, but hopefully by that time I have a confidence to commit art while furthering my education. I really want to earn my own money. I have not been able to earn money since 1992 when I became ill. I have longed to earn my own money. I am very well cared and provided for by my husband but I think earning your own money gives you a great sense of self confidence and self worth. It is incredibly important to me.

I am exploring other business ideas related to the internet and I am thinking about starting another blog…but more about that later.

Confessions of a naughty reader

Now, you may remember my little rant about Fifty Shades Trilogy a few weeks ago. Well…I am confessing, I am reading book 3 Fifty Shades Freed now. Once you get past the poor writing, the repetitive phrases, gestures and the predictable storyline, the sex saves it. If anyone tells you they are not reading it for the sex they are lying. The sex is titillating, thrilling and not exactly vanilla. 

If you are an fanatic feminist, do not read this book. You will be very angry. If you are into serious BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism, Masochism) do not read this book, it will be a big old yawn for you. I am sure if the Marquis de Sade found that this was called and BDSM book he would convulse in the restraints of his coffin.

It is all fantasy, a young girl falling for a fantastically wealthy, gorgeous, experienced though haunted man. He is messed up and the sexual world he introduces her to is not your everyday experience. For the first time in a long time the world is taken with a book that has a realistic fantasy element, the main character is bizarrely wealthy, he makes $100 000 an hour and he is a philanthropist. No magic, no vampires, no werewolves, the most unbelievable thing about the book is that Anastasia is a 22 year old virgin, so beautiful men would die for her but totally unaware of her beauty, oh and she is not interested in money at all.

Fifty Shades of Grey has topped best-seller lists in the US the UK and around the world. The series has sold around ten million copies worldwide, with book rights having been sold in 37 countries, and set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time surpassing the  Harry Potter Series

I have  been thinking about why this book is so successful for a while. Does it speak to the fantasy aspect or is it the left of center sex. I think it is the latter. For the majority of people work, children and life takes up so energy that vanilla sex is all you have time or energy for. This book suggests playing. Spicing things up. Whether you take on the challenge or just revel in the story, I am sure you too won’t be able to stop reading. This is not a classic, you may not even be brave enough to confess that you have read it. It will not survive the ages, it’s a fad, it is short and easy to read, it really is a no brainer, but it fun, and sometimes that is all you need to make your journey a bit more interesting.

Indulge yourself in an art course – get 10% off

As many of my readers know I am taking a year of art classes this year. It all started with ‘Life Book‘If you are interested in doing ‘Life Book‘it really isn’t too late to start, the lessons are up for everyone to see and are available throughout the year and I am sure it will be available long after the end of this year. I was a bit behind and managed to catch up in two weeks time.

I am now an affiliate of Willowing and if you sign up by clicking the button below you will get 10% off. Contact me for the discount code.

‘Life Book’
Click here to visit Willowing Arts.

This is part of the promotional presentation for ‘Life Book‘ from Willowing It is a year-long mixed art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. She is joined by 14 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating a minimum of 2 loose mixed media art journal pages per month (through a minimum of 2 lessons a month) which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)!  This gorgeous book will have chronicled your journey, artistic growth and personal development for the year!

How are the lessons structured?

Tam will provide 1 mixed media lesson a month (posted on every 1st Monday of the month) and there are 14 contributing mixed media teachers who will each provide a lesson for a month they’ve been assigned to (these lessons will be posted each 3rd Monday of the month)! In addition there will be extra things happening the other weeks: artist interviews to inspire you, journal prompts to encourage you, extra art exercises, tips and tricks, you name it! This course will be overflowing with lessons, inspiration and stuff to keep you busy the whole year!!

 You will become part of a thriving, buzzing, creative community with opportunities to make new connections, learn many new mixed media styles and techniques and make new arty friends!

  • Download all class materials to your machine, keep them forever
  • Learn many new mixed media techniques and styles
  • Grow and develop both personally and artistically
  • Receive extra inspiration, like PDF worksheets, art journal prompts, free uplifting affirmation jpegs (for you to print and hang up), give aways, artist interviews etc!
  • Connect with like-minded creative people
  • Make new artistic connections
  • Become part of a buzzing/ thriving art community for a whole year!

Teachers taking part are:

Jane DesRosier (Gritty Jane)
Bonnie Rose Bryan
Connie Hozvicka
Effy Wild
Adriana Almanza
Juliet Crane ♥
Jodi Ohl
Mystele (Little Glimpses Studio
Jane Davenport ♥
Samantha Kira Harding
Tracy Verdugo
Kylie Fowler
Guadalupe Brizuela Cabal
Tamara Laporte ♥

I have taken other courses with the ♥. I hope you will consider doing ‘Life Book’ many people believe that they can’t draw a stick, but their is an artist in all of us. Even if Mixed Media is not for you, you may find your inner artist by doing this personal development art course.

Making a blog button

This is a repost, my original vanished and when I updated it, it appeared as a new post – it’s still cute though :-)

Eye Candy – Part 4

If you enjoy eye-candy please visit Faith is Torment  most of the images you see here I originally saw on the collection of Jason Jose. Although I link directly to the artists web pages there would be no eye-candy without Faith is Torment. Enjoy these images :-)

Trauma - Doug Webb


Jeremy Kidd

Jeremy Kidd


Anna Camner

Lori's Sensational Shoes

 Peter and Madeline Powell

Fashion Illustration – it’s a trip

Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration | Trendland: Fashion Blog & Trend Magazine.

My latest trip is fashion illustration. I am taking one course at the moment and hope to apply what I learn sooner than later. What I find interesting and inspiring about FI is that it is underestimated as an art form, that it is totally individual to each artist and that you can turn it into true art. I love looking at different approaches to the medium. The following images are via Trendland article by Amanda Jakubik from n Fashion Space Gallery’s latest exhibition, entitled Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration, curated by Ligaya Salazar and Polana Dolzan

Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration | Trendland: Fashion Blog & Trend Magazine

Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration | Trendland: Fashion Blog & Trend Magazine

Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration | Trendland: Fashion Blog & Trend Magazine

Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration | Trendland: Fashion Blog & Trend Magazine

Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration | Trendland: Fashion Blog & Trend Magazine

These via Trendland by Cyril Foiret

 Antonio Lopez is the Picasso of fashion illustration 

Via Trendland by Cyril Foiret

Elena Sofia Tini’s bold illustrative style 

Teri Chung via Trendland by Ani Tzenkova 

Beautiful and fashionable mixed media illustrations are the work of German/Japanese artist Niky Roehreke

Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration | Trendland: Fashion Blog & Trend Magazine

Via Trendland by  Cyril Foiret