Day 28. Write about a charity that’s important to you. #crazyrebelliousart

I’ve already written about PNA Village, as well as charity:water. So I’m going to write about a non-profit organization that my daughter is involved with, the Northside Youth Program. For 3.5 years she has been a member of the Northside Drill Team (formerly known as Greenwood Drill Team (click to support them on

These young ladies (and the occasional gentleman) work so hard! You can see this from the videos on their main page as well as the ones I posted on my YouTube account. Here’s an example, if you’re not in the mood to click away:

Book Review: Incumbent Trials

I haven’t read as much poetry in recent years as I would have liked, so I picked up Incumbent Trials by Isis Zystrid, which happened to be sitting on the Local shelf next to my own book at Couth Buzzard on Greenwood Ave. I’m so glad I did!

This is a heart-hitting (I meant to type hard-hitting, but the mistype makes sense too), intense book of verse. Feminist, sensual and socially relevant to the core, her words are everything from thoughtful musings about our place the universe to   smackdowns of societal hypocrisy around women, sex, and poverty. Highly recommended.

Day 26. What are some of your favorite tools? #crazyrebelliousart

When asked this question, I immediately think of painting tools. When I painted with oils I was introduced to red sable brushes and eventually discovered fake red sable (sabeline) brushes, and those are generally my favorites, though really, it just depends on what I’m trying to do.

I’m also a fan of disposable palette paper, because I don’t like cleaning my palette.

I also like palette knives, both for mixing painting and for adding texture to the painted surface.

Palette knives on a work in progress

Palette knives on a work in progress


What are your favorite tools for your work?

Day 25. Five resources you’d recommend to anyone who wants to get into your industry. #crazyrebelliousart

Hmm, well I don’t have just one “industry.”

For writing, I recommend CreateSpace if you’d like to self-publish. You can have them do an editorial review of your work for a reasonable price, and answer all sorts of valuable questions that serve as a sanity check for whether you really do have a good book to offer the world. For editing fiction, I recommend my editor Teri, the Editing Fairy.

For knitting and crochet there’s no better resource than Ravelry. I’m summerleaf on there if you want to friend me.

For painting, if you are local to Seattle, check out Artists & Craftsman Supply.

And this is pretty random, but if you are so busy doing your creative work that you don’t have time to cook, check out food delivery service Munchery.

Day 24: List your favorite art sites and blogs. #crazyrebelliousart

I must confess I spend more time on email and social media sites like Facebook or Quora or Twitter than I do on art or blog sites. And when I’m surfing the web, I’m often looking for either news, Buddhist stuff, or answers to questions that will help me with my fiction.

That said, there is a blog-like site I discovered recently which has a lot of material that I am interested in. It’s called Levekunst, and I’m not sure what exactly it is supposed to be, but I like it.

A new art site I’ve discovered recently is the makeup art of Tal Peleg.

Tal Peleg makeup art


What are your favorite web sites?

Day 23: Write about one of your biggest failures. What did you learn from that experience? #crazyrebelliousart

I’m probably supposed to be writing about a creative failure. For those, I’ve got my Learn From Art blog, which is supposed to feature art I’ve made and what I learned from making it. Some of those are things that didn’t quite come out the way I wanted but I took it as a learning experience.

In general, I think the worst creative failure is the one you never even start, or don’t bother to see through to completion.

Beyond the realm of creativity, I feel like a failure when I say something and end up hurting or annoying someone. There’s part of my INFJ self that really just wants to live as a hermit and not have to deal with anyone, so I can theoretically eliminate the risk of ever causing another person pain. Of course, this is sheer idealism. If I never speak up, I will never have the chance to help someone, which is what I dearly want to be doing.

Day 22. What’s a new skill you want to learn in the next year? #crazyrebelliousart

I took a bunch of yarn left over from other projects and tied them together into this crazy ball.

Magic yarn ball

Magic yarn ball

Then I wondered what to do with it. Freeform Crochet is my answer. I’ve started making a blanket (I guess that’s what it’s going to be) but there’s a lot I still have to learn about crochet. So that’s the first thing I want to learn: how to improve at Freeform Crochet. Meanwhile, here’s what I have so far:

Freestyle Crochet Blanket-to-Be

Freestyle Crochet Blanket-to-Be

The next thing I would like to learn is weaving. I don’t mean “serious” weaving where I get a huge loom…I don’t have room for that in my house. I’m just thinking of a little Zoom Loom. It makes little squares, which you can then sew together to make blankets, scarves, little boxes.