September 30-in-30 Challenge – Day 2

As I said yesterday, I had day 2’s painting done already, but I want to try posting these on the appropriate days.  I need to get a better photo of this one, the bottom of the piece is too dark, but it’s late here and I don’t want to stay up too much longer.  I did a lunchtime daily doodle for this piece and think it turned out nicely.  I’d originally been planning to use white ink for the accents but the ink wasn’t cooperating and so I switched to a gel pen instead.  I think I need a visit to the art store to see what other options I have for gel pens though.  There’s got to be a white one available, right?

“Waveform”
Watercolor and gel pen on paper
6″ x 4″

Waveform (Day 2)

Waveform | Watercolor and gel pen on paper | 6″ x 4″ | 2015

 

September 30-in-30 Challenge Begins! Day 1

And thus begins my next foray into Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  I feel like I’ve gotten off to a rough start but I’m sure that’ll work itself out soon.  For day 1, I think I should have left well enough alone and just had the background, instead of adding the ink.  So let’s just file this one under “they can’t all be winners!”

I already have day 2 completed (I work on multiple pieces at once) and day 3 is in progress.  Hopefully this weekend I can work ahead a bit, too.

“Untitled”
Watercolor and ink on paper
5″ x 7″

Untitled | Watercolor and Ink on paper | 5" x 7" | September 30-in-30 Challenge

Untitled | Watercolor and Ink on paper | 5″ x 7″ | September 30-in-30 Challenge

State of the Art – Week 34

So I’ve apparently lost two months somewhere.  I’m sure it was well spent, somehow.

Anyways, finally back to doing some art again.  I’ve signed up for another 30-in-30 Painting Challenge organized by Leslie Saeta set to happen in September.  Definitely looking forward to this and because I’ve decided to work in a standard smaller size, I can prep my 4×6 and 5×7 pages ahead of time so I’m not scrambling to do that before I can paint.  I might even get some of my base boards ready with paper already taped down if I get organized.

Tonight I wanted to create some small paintings to go in these white square frames I’d had for ages.  Then they’d go to work with me to decorate my cube cave.  Since I wanted the paintings to go together, I painted them as one piece and then sliced-and-diced my way to the right size for each frame.

Untitled Abstract #11 Trio – WIP

Untitled 11 (trio) WIP | Watercolor on paper

Untitled 11 (trio) WIP | Watercolor on paper

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State of the Art – Week 24

Happy Sunday, folks!  Right now I’m in a good mood because game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals is tomorrow night and here’s hoping the Blackhawks win it at home!

Oh, and I have some art and writing to share as well from the past two weeks.

Storytime first – I’ve finished two “new” fanfiction stories since last SotA and posted them here on the site and over on Fanfiction.net.  I’ve also double-checked to make sure that all my stories are posted here on the site as well.  I’ve posted them with the actual dates they were originally put online, so except for the new most recent ones, it’s all in the archives.

Broken (Naruto) and Faded Memories (One Piece)

As for artwork, I’ve finished the two WIPs that I posted last time and added three more pieces to that.

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Broken (Naruto Fanfiction)

Title: Broken
Author:
Rhyssa Fireheart
Pairing:
None at this time
Fandom:
Naruto
Rating: T+
Disclaimer:
Don’t own it, never will. Just like to play around with it in my mind.

Posted today over on Fanfiction.net (which is where I archive almost all my stories – gaming related ones aren’t there).


Shinobi don’t fall out of trees. They receive rigorous training in chakra control in order to stick to the sides of objects (such as trees) or run across water or even to move quickly in short bursts, making it seem as if they can disappear. So why was she lying on her back gasping for breath, sprawled in the grass with a large root digging into her back? Not that it mattered, she couldn’t have fallen, obviously, because shinobi aren’t supposed to fall, at least not after they’ve graduated and become genin and chuunin and especially not once they’ve reached the rank of jounin.

Dragging herself to her feet, she tried straightening up, gasping at the line of fiery pain down the left side of her back. Something was wrong back there; something beyond simple bruising caused by a not-fall from the trees, but now wasn’t the time to worry about that. Right now she needed to get moving again, get back up in the trees she hadn’t fallen out of and keep going.

Forcing her body to keep moving, she jumped back up into the branches of the tree. Pausing to rub eyes gritty from dust and lack of sleep, she leapt to the next branch and then another, the uncertainty of her steps fading after several more jumps. There was still a long way to go before she arrived at her destination. Not that it mattered; nothing anyone could do would help the dead.

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State of the Art – Week 22

Hmm, I missed last week for reasons.  No idea what they are, but I’m sure I had them somewhere! I’ve completed three pieces and have two more in progress, so this might be a bit of an image heavy update.  And I’ve also managed to post a new fanfic over on Fanfiction.net and discover that I’ve somehow missed posting like five of my old fics here on the site.  I know I said that last SotA but I’ll get it done this weekend.  And I have another old fic that I was reviewing to see if I could finish it and found out it was finished, just needed a bit of editing, so I can post that as well.  Crazy.

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Faded Memories (One Piece Fanfiction)

Title: Faded Memories
Author:
Rhyssa Fireheart
Pairing:
None at this time
Fandom:
One Piece
Rating: K
Disclaimer:
Don’t own it, never will. Just like to play around with it in my mind.

Also posted here over on Fanfiction.net, which is where I archive my stories.


 

The sea train pulled into the station at St. Poplar on a stormy day. The passengers grumbled as they got out, fumbling to find umbrellas or coats to protect them from the rain. One woman didn’t bother though; she simply limped her way up the street, pausing to notice the houses covered in, where those soap bubbles? Shaking her head, she continued on to the hotel, not wishing to spend more time getting wet than she had to.

When he finally woke up, Rob Lucci was relieved to find himself alive and alone. Hattori fluttered to the window sill of what appeared to be a hotel room and let out a happy chirp before flying off again. He closed his eyes again, falling asleep this time.

The next time he woke up, the room was filled with the other members of Cipher Pol 9 perched on stools, chairs, the window ledge (next to a returned Hattori) and even crammed into the corner, filling the room. They’d been talking quietly amongst themselves, waiting to see that their leader was truly going to survive after all. The doctor squeezed into the room to give Lucci a quick exam and then left, saying the patient needed to rest in bed for at least another four days and warning the others not to tire him out too much.

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State of the Art – Week 20

Hey, two weeks in a row!  I’m on a roll!  And I realized that my idea of time when working on a painting is skewed.  I was finishing up today’s piece and thought to myself “This didn’t take too long” but then I looked at the clock and realized I’d been working for almost 2 hours straight.  Not that that isn’t still fairly quick compared to how long others put into their work, but to me it felt like nothing, a few minutes.

I’m back to retro-circles with a twist, and liking how these are turning out.  I start with placing the circles more or less randomly, drawing them wherever it seems to work best.  This time I went with curved lines for the anchor points (I use a compass to draw these initially) and wanted to see how that looked versus the straight lines I usually have.  I made for a nice effect, I think.  I already have the next piece drawn and down on the board with the initial background wash put down and drying.  With the way I work though, that one will be completed next weekend.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, I’ve finally started transcribing one of the fanfics onto the computer, which is how I edit.  I do the initial write longhand in a notebook (and reading some of the stuff I’d started and never finished years ago.. hoo boy!) and then edit as I type it into the computer.  Then I read it out loud to myself (helps with dialogue and sentence pacing) and then do another edit.  Then I post it somewhere for it to be ignored, lol!  Seriously though, I’m finally starting to get back into this part of my creativity as well, so I hope to have something posted later this week if I don’t slack off.

“Cotton Candy”
Watercolor on paper
12″ x 9″

Cotton Candy | Watercolor on paper | 12" x 9"

Cotton Candy | Watercolor on paper | 12″ x 9″

State of the Art – week 19

Seeing as my last State of the Art was back in week 8, I’ve disappeared from updating here for over 2 months.  Pathetic.  It’s not that I haven’t created any art in that time, but a fair amount was spent in an art funk of some sort that I’ve finally decided to just push through.  I have a few new pieces to show off, including the art block-breaker, and I’ve added those pieces to the gallery here.

Another reason I haven’t been painting is that I’ve been writing.  I enjoy reading manga and watching anime and for some reason, I’ve gotten into One Piece hard again, to the point where I’ve been working on some fan fiction again.  I used to write a lot more stories years ago but for some reason, I stopped.  I’m not sure if my creative juices ran out or if something else happened, but according to the dates in the notebooks I write in (I start writing longhand, then edit as I transcribe onto the computer), the last story I was working on was dated 2009.   So I’m enjoying that bit of creativity as well.  Unfortunately, it takes me a long time to write, so the stories won’t be available for a while yet.  I did discover that one of my Ghost in the Shell fics was never posted here on the site for some reason.  It’s up on Fanfiction.net but I never cross-posted here.  I’ll do that as well.

On to the visual art though – here’s a bit of an art dump for the most recent pieces I’ve completed.

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