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Reflections and Resolutions 

So it’s that time of year when most of us look back on the last year and decide if any changes need  to be made. 

2016 was a busy year filled with too much reality and not enough time spent enjoying the little things that make life worth living. 

So that obviously needs to be rethought. 🙂 

One of the things I wish I had spent more time doing was painting and sketching. Now don’t get me wrong, I did do a fair amount. I painted or drew at least once a week. But art time is part of my “me time” and I know I am a happier me when I get to be all artsy and creative as much as possible. 

So resolution #1: more artsy time, much more time. I would like to spend at least 20 Minutes a day. But I  am realistic and know that life is going do it’s darndest to swipe my time with ultimately unimportant things.

Resolution #2: My reading goal for this year is 225 books. I read 220 in 2016, and there was about a month where I didn’t have time to read at all, so I think I pretty much have this one in the bag. 

And of course the last resolution for this year is the whole get healthier thing we all promise ourselves every year. I have already given up sugar in my coffee a couple of months ago and I eat very little refined sugary products, so I just need to take it further. Yep next to go is soda.  That one is a little bit of a bummer because I really like the bubbles. But have a soda stream and I have found some healthier recipes for flavoring. 

Well that is my plan, check back next year and see how I did or didn’t do. 🙂 

July is #WorldWatercolorMonth

Well look at that, there is a month for everything these days….:P but looks like fun, so I am marking my calendar to give it a whirl, anyone want to join me?world-watercolor-month-square-badge-simple

Creative update

While I am getting better at being creative every day, I’m still not so good with sharing the results. So here is a link to my album of sketches. I would like to say that I will be updating my blog daily with each new sketch or creative endeavor, but we all know that just isn’t going to happen. 🙂

Ann Charles: Jackrabbit Junction Mystery Series announces Book #4!

My favorite author just released book 4 in the Jackrabbit Junction Mystery series. I have already downloaded it and can’t wait to read it.

Quote from book:

“What’s up with you this morning? You’ve been acting all skittish and freaky-eyed since you came out of the library.”

“Something feels weird here today.”

“Have you considered that maybe you’re the one feeling weird today?”

“Listen, dear sister of mine, you’re supposed to be helping me keep an eye out for thugs and instead you’re spending all of your time pointing out my faults.”

“As your loving sister,” Claire started.

“Loving?” Ronnie let out a bark of laughter.

Claire continued, speaking louder over Ronnie’s sarcastic laughs, “It’s my job to be honest with you. So here’s a hard truth you need to swallow: You have not only moved into paranoia-ville, you’re running for mayor now.”

“It takes a paranoid nut to know one.”

~Ronnie and Claire

~Jackrabbit Junction Mystery Series announces Book #4! The Rowdy Coyote Rumble #annwcharles #JackrabbitJunctionMysterySeries #TheRowdyCoyoteRumble

I can now draw a box

One of my goals this year is to conquer perspective drawing. I have already watched the perspective course at CGCookie and now I am working through the Cityscapes sketch workbook from 3DTotal.

And after 2 days of practice I can draw a box. Lol,  next lesson covers making the box look like a building.