The last few weeks have been busy. All but one of the presidential candidates came through town. I managed to get credentialed to them and got some decent shots. But first, here’s some fun stuff. The hoop dancers were part of the 27th Annual World Championship held at the Heard Museum. The Ostrich racing was part of the Chandler Ostrich Festival. These galleries are also on my photography page. Hoop dancers & Ostrich racing [gallery type=“rectangular” link=“none” ids=“1732,1733,1734,1735,1736,1737,1738,1739”]
I originally planned to do more frequent updates on this, but found that there wouldn’t be much to report. It’s been two months since I hung the test strip in a south-facing window. During that time we’ve had one of the hottest Februarys on record. Test strip in window. For a quick review, see the first article in this series. Here’s the side-by-side scan of the two halves. Scan of both halves.
So this thing happened, and now I’m off to cover the GOP candidates in Nevada. Go figure. About a month ago, a news wire service called Demotix was shuttered in a nobody saw that coming deal where Corbis Images was sold to a Chinese company. So what little work I had posted there is gone. It might pop back up at some point but other than the “we’re closed, see ya!
I recently started a series of posts jokingly titled “Fake Art School” where I look at historic art books and do drawing exercises found in them. The name was a joke that came out of nowhere. Imagine my surprise when I found out that fakeartschool.com was an available domain! So for $13 its mine for the next year at least. Right now the domain just redirects to my FAS page here on jennifermack.
I’ve been mulling over making a few changes to the blog since Christmas. In the last few days I’ve got around to it. The biggest and most visible change is the new theme. I previewed the Twenty Sixteen theme a few times but didn’t install it. After digging into some of the customizations, I finally clicked apply. Overall, it’s a clean theme and I like how the sidebar looks. The mobile responsive view is espectially nice.
To be blunt, October has been a month of failure. I’m glad to see it gone. Pretty much all my plans fell apart, and I accomplished very little. Read on, if you’d like to see a detailed post-mortem of the tenth month of 2015. Art Projects The 80in80 sketchbook project died in flight. October is also “#Inktober” and a nice time to show off ink drawings over the course of the month.
As promised, here’s the results of the sixth week of my 80 Drawings in 80 Days challenge. This covers pages 36-42, drawn Sep 14-20. Here’s the drawings from this past week. (I’m a couple days late on this one, sorry.) Monday: [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/7o_vdABZ4D/] Tuesday: [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/7rg24tBZ7w/] Wednesday: [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/7uKKKWBZ3B/] Thursday: [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/7yZ2ephZ7r/] Friday: [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/7yZ2ephZ7r/] Saturday: [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/71i_a8hZ5s/] Sunday: [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/74tjr3BZwt/]
As promised, here’s the results of the fifth week of my 80 Drawings in 80 Days challenge. This covers pages 29-35, drawn Sep 7-13. Here’s the drawings from this past week. (I’m back-dating this post because I totally forgot to keep the weekly posts updated!) Monday: [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/7W-8ZtBZ_0/] Tuesday: [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/7ZxX6nBZzt/] Wednesday: [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/7cHOD_BZ9N/] Thursday: [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/7er4zvhZ6M/] Friday: [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/7hIq0ThZx0/] Saturday: [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/7jpuqhBZzo/] Sunday: [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/7mXr2mhZ7q/]
So I’ve been doing a daily drawing for thirty days now. I posted the 30th last night. [instagram url=https://instagram.com/p/7ZxX6nBZzt/] That’s thirty down and fifty(!) to go for those keeping track. I’ve posted each one to Instagram, and I’ve managed to not miss a day. There’s been a few days when I really didn’t want to open up the pens. But I did anyway. The drawing might have been simpler than I would’ve liked, but I got it done.