September Drawing Series: Aster Flowers

Aster is my birthday month flower and it always reminded me of fluffy little kittens. According to various sources, the flower symbolizes love and wisdom, and is even said to ward off serpents (giant mythical ones, it won’t do anything against garden snakes). My great-grandmother had grown them and even though I painted them blue, I’ve only ever seen asters in warmer tones. 

September Drawing Series

It’s been a busy summer so I’ve put my blog on hold while work caught up but now I’m back! Hello September! Bring on the PSL,  sweater weather, and football season. Fall is my favorite season! This month is special to me because I’m celebrating my 30th birthday. Holy crap! Hold on, let me just process that for a second. Whew, ok. Anyway, now that I’m almost over the hill, I wanted to reflect a little on my childhood and do some doodles while I’m at it. Sound good? Great! I’ll be back tomorrow with another doodle!

May 2015 Favorites: I’m addicted to Hearthstone

I’ve been meaning to do this post but you know, life got in the way. Anyway, better late than never! My top May favorite (and June favorite, and probably summer favorite) has been the game Hearthstone. You can play it on your computer, iPad and now it’s also an iPhone app so you can play in the bathroom at work everywhere you happen to be. It’s basically a card game, kind of like Magic, but with the computer doing all the damage maths. If you’re familiar with World of Warcraft, you’ll appreciate the murloc sounds when you draw a murloc card. There is strategy involved because you build your deck to fit your style of play, and luck because your opponent seems to always draw the card they need. Rage! My sister introduced me to this game and at first we played on the iPad so that’s how I like to play still. Something about the tablet size just feels right but it looks really nice on the phone too (if you can keep from fireballing yourself). I should also add that the app is free but you can spend money to get card packs, or purchase adventures and things in the game.

My second favorite is the Princeton Select Round Brush Series 3750R, size 6. I bought this brush for the second time at the Yosemite Art Center – it’s the perfect brush for traveling because it’ll hold a lot of water for a watercoloring painting, so you can use it to paint large areas, and a fine enough tip for details. Obviously, I also bought it for the mint handle color.

To relax, I’ve been loving Korean spa masks. There are a ton of different options and types from snail masks to cucumber cooling masks. A couple of my favorite brands are Skin Food and the Face Shop. There’s even a fun video from EYK’s Simon and Martina trying them on – Korean Beauty Face Masks – Animal Style! When you’re wearing the mask, it can look a little Hannibal-like so make sure to warn your roommates! Pro-tip: put the mask in the fridge a few minutes before using it and you’ll get a nice cooling sensation. Ahhh, feel the calm. Where can you find these besides every corner shop in Seoul? Your best bet is the Internet, or a Korean market. Sephora and other beauty shops also have similar masks.

On the other hand, exercise can be relaxing (ahahahahah!) Ok, but seriously using Fitbit to track steps has been motivating me to move more and I’ve even started a C25K routine! You can add friends to motivate (or taunt) you and while it’s not great for tracking food, it syncs with MyFitnessPal so it’s not a problem. The hard part is forgetting to wear it and then charge it but my Fitbit is bright pink and the app will notify you if your battery is low, so again not a problem.

I also finished Norwegian Wood, a novel by Haruki Murakami. I don’t want to say too much about it because I don’t want to spoil the experience. That’s actually how I feel about the book – it’s an experience. I took it with me to Yosemite and I couldn’t put it down. How does he do it? The story grabs you completely so definitely put it on your summer reading list.

That’s all for May favorites! Now I heard a new Tavern Brawl is out so I’m off for more Hearthstone. Thanks for reading – new videos from Yosemite are coming Sunday!