365 Days of Art: Day 4 – Christmas Lights

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year.

Getting any sort of daily art done when you are the mother of a five year old is incredibly difficult. It doesn’t get any easier if you are on “vacation,” which doesn’t change your mother status. Again, I put in the mom hours and the office hours first, and finally at 10:30 I stood next to the counter in the bathroom while the rest of my family slept so I could get something done. No time for water color tonight. I did, however, snap this beautiful picture of a string of Christmas lights while at Hollywood Studios at Disney World. (These are from the Slinky-dog roller coaster in Toy Story Land. They are supposed to be tiny lights but Disney made them huge, and I thought they were pretty.

What a great exercise in perspective, I thought! How pretty! How easy, with the shapes and the wire.

Yeah, I’m an idiot.

Who on earth thinks that drawing a perspective-oriented picture on a twisted parabola is easy? Especially if you’re a perfectionistic, oldest child, who happens to be an accountant. My idea of doing a perspective drawing involves rulers and a straight edge and easy perfection—not twisted wire on a curved parabola. Basically, this was not as fun to draw as I envisioned. I struggled with the bulb sizes of the first and last two, and I couldn’t quite get a feel for the socket sizes. I made them smaller compared to the bulbs because they didn’t feel right being bigger, which isn’t really a good excuse. Also, I hate tinker toys, so those didn’t make the cut. Anyway, here it is below. I left my smudger things in the bedroom with the sleeping husband, so I used my finger for shading.

What is everyone else working on?

About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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