Monday Interlude- Frisco, Texas

monthly notebooks fablesandcoffee canyonlands art in process fablesandcoffee canyonlands art project in processFablesandcoffee at home

Its been a while hasn’t it?

Between work, plotting out and writing new stories, editing an old one (who says 100,000+ words aren’t fun to re-write?), making travel plans, and in general just trying to get through everyday life in the semblance of a mindful adult, this blog has been shuffled off to the side. If I follow your blog you’ve probably seen me go on liking sprees every so often, so at least i’ve been on here in some form, but my own post have been absent.

That should should hopefully be changing soon though! For one, i’ve got an art project i’ve pretty excited about as it’s a different landscape than I usually work with, inspired by the wonderful Canyonlands National Park in Utah and i’m excited to keep slowly chipping away at it. When it comes to journals and journalling, i’ve picked up the habit of using small ones for each month, as a way to keep goals and plans fresh and present in my mind. My regular art journal has been tucked away for a little bit since I unearthed the travel journal I used on the last trip and have started scribbling in it for future trips (which will be detailed soon…er…maybe). And last but not least in two short week I’ll be up in Colorado for a week long trip that i’m still sorta planning because it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t leave it till the last minute right?

Keeping it real with all the coffee available in North Texas,

~ M

p.s Yes that a Gudetama notebook (in the first pic )that the bf got me for Valentines day because he’s cursed with the kind of girlfriend that wants weird egg things as a show of romantic love. What I also truly very much wanted was a can of Flex Seal® (in clear) but I think that would have been a bridge to far for the guy and, I can respect that 

I Have Seen Mountains- Sunday Art

fablesandcoffee art fablesandcoffee art

Of all the places I enjoy traveling to in the USA, from the big cities that burst with life (San Francisco, NYC, Boston) to sleepy coastal villages (Mendocino, Ft. Bragg, Augusta) and all of everything in between, anywhere that has magnificent mountains will always take 1st place with me.

Last year was a drought year when it came to art, and this piece was the only landscape one I worked on the whole time- started it sometime after coming back from the March road trip, lost inspiration and picked it back up at the end of June after the trip to Big Bend Natl. park and then didn’t look at it again until after the last road trip in October to give it some finishing touches, still unsatisfied. After unearthing it again this past weekend though- to give it one last pass through- as I re-inked some lines and brushes away colored pencil dust, i think i’m content with the way it turned out, if not how long it took to finish.

Definetly looking forward to creating more of these this year, especially with the chance to get up close and personal to some real mountains come March.

~m

Art Journal Monday- Burst of Yellow Warmth

fablesandcoffee art journal


art journal monday, January sunshine

For those of you that have never visited North Texas in the winter time, lucky you. I don’t make a habit of hating the weather- of all the things to waste energy on – but while i’ve come around to the frankly astonishingly temperamental weather patterns here in this lovely corner of the US of A, the winter time takes the cake. These past 2 weeks have been filled with heat and sunshine, thunderstorms, sleet and flurries of snow, humid rain and more cold snaps than anyone could count.

With that in mind, finding a sunny weekend afternoon to devote to art projects was an unexpected joy and I made the most it before I succumbed to laziness and the need to lounge on the couch.

Ambitions/Projects for this Week:
-Catching up on my snailmail (couple of posts coming up on that later on) and spending my lunch hours at work scribbling travel wishes to friends

– Re-writing a good chunk of my first effort at a modern fantasy novel, the Ocean Is Spilling. Which at this point is just me clicking around multiple screens on my laptop/display furiously and talking to myself in the car a lot.

– Finished up my Bastille inspired art piece (lyrics from their song “The Anchor” ) and sketching out some rough drafts of my next topography mountains piece

– Find a way to motivate myself to get my weekly workouts up from 2 a week to at least 4 (eventually the goal is to get up to 6 a week plus two extra on the weekends…this is perhaps a bit much for a person who still regularly takes the elevator up to the second floor instead of taking the stairs but hey, dream big yeah?)

Progress on the whole “reading more fiction books in 2017” thing: 
Since last year I read literally zero fiction books, preferring instead to drown myself in travel guides and economics, I decided to make it a resolution for myself to read more of them this year. That goal is…not going so great. So far out of the 4 books/graphic novels I had set myself to read for this month, i’ve only read Volume 4 of the Fables comic series by Bill Willingham and gone about a third of the way through The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins. I still have Volume 5 of Fables and the Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman to read this month but unless I find the motivation to get through the Girl on the Train, not sure how likely it will be to finish those as well.

Playlist of the Week :

Not falling into my coffee cups yet,
~m

And So- Restarting the Much Neglected Art Posts


Processed with VSCO with f1 preset

Technically, the subtitle of my blog is “travel, art and photography” but I really wouldn’t blame anyone if they thought all I posted about was traveling, since thats literally all thats been going on here for the past oh, 6 months? So this is a bit of a….I wouldn’t say warning, but a heads up I guess, for anyone that clicked to follow this blog on the basis of my travel posts alone.

My next trip isn’t until the middle of March (Colorado!) and while i’m planning some small adventures between now and then around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, i’m definetly diving back into art more until then.  And while I really hope anyone who’s stuck around for the travel posts will still be around by the time the next adventure rolls around, I understand if you guys kinda fade in the background for a bit.

not fading into my coffee cups yet,
~m

A Time Quiet and Warm – Textile Art Sunday

mixed media textile art

It’s been a quiet two or so weeks since I posted the last of the Big Bend road trip, though my own life has been anything but calm. Schedule changes at work as new people come and go, planning and researching for the next upcoming trip (at the end of this month, and how did it get here so quickly??), dealing with unruly AC units at home that prompt a 5 day stay at a hotel and in between it all trying to find time to do art, write up the stories piling up 4 cars deep in my head and of course, keeping up with friends both old and new.

It’s been…a challenge to say the least but, while I was putting together some parcels to send off to friends who i’ve just started snail mailing with, I managed to find this odd little project I had worked on last year. Messing around with fabric and textiles, creating weird things out of felt and buttons, it’s a thing I come back to eventually, even when I set it aside for what feels like ages. I have no idea if the friend I ended up sending this to just quietly set it aside to figure out at a later point, but revisiting the quiet hours spent sewing it up while the sun set over the upstairs balcony windows was calming in a way the end of summer rarely is here in Texas.

~m