Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Same Sex Marraige in Maryland

This is the response I got to a letter to my State delegate about supporting same sex marriage in Maryland;

January 31, 2012
Dear Mr. Alexander,
Thank you for contacting me about your support of the proposed same-sex marriage legislation.
I really appreciate you contacting me and your perspective on this issue, but I have to respectfully disagree.
If you would like to discuss this issue further please do not hesitate to contact me at 410.841.3070 or email at Justin.Ready@house.state.md.us.

Justin Ready ,Member, House of Delegates

This is my response;

Mr. Ready,
I am 55, I am a cancer survivor and my husband and I will celebrate 28 years together this year!

What is your reason for denying us the right to legally marry? If you say "marriage ha always been one man one woman" You are ignorant of the Bible that you use to discriminate against me with! I have studied for the
ministry and know the bible well. Biblically there is NO reference to one man one woman! There are many places where Patriarchs and heroes of the bible are shown to have multiple wives! Fundamentalists like to interpret the bible as saying one man one woman, but it clearly never says that AND clearly says multiple wives was the norm!

If you say you deny me the right to marry because you want to "protect the sanctity of marriage"...well, I fail to understand how my 28 years with the same man, in a committed, monogamous relationship harms the sanctity of marriage in any way? And how Newt Gingrich's 3 marriages (2 of which he cheated on while his wife was ill) , Brittany Spears 72 hour marriage, other straight people marrying and divorcing multiple times is somehow upholding the sanctity of marriage! Just because it is two people of the opposite sex no matter how frivolous and shallow, they uphold the sanctity of marriage and long term committed relationships that are two people of the same sex is somehow an affront to that?

I know that nothing I say will change your view since you are a Republican and reason and logic makes no impact on you. But I had to try!

Tristan Alexander

Monday, January 30, 2012

Scroll Progress 11

This should be the next to the last picture before it is done. I may not post another one till the calligraphy is done. This is all but finished, some of the gold leafing still needs touched up and some outlines need to be redone. So sorry it is taking so long, but at least I am working on something I need to get done!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Scroll Progress 10

Nearly done, just some cleaning up of some gold and finishing the capital. Then the calligraphy will be all that needs done!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Scroll Progress 9

I had hoped to be done with all the gold today, but it didn't happen. If I had not put so much into it, I would start over and NOT use gold leaf! I hope to have the whole thing done (except the calligraphy) by the weekend.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Scroll Progress 8

Have I mentioned that I HATE gold leafing?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Dragon New Year!

Wonderful ancient Dragon scroll...someday I will try and do something like this!

Scroll Progress 7

I had planed to post this last night but the memory card for my camera and my computer don't always work together. So here is the little bit I got done yesterday.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Scroll Progress 6

As I said earlier, I hate gold leafing!! Here is what is done so far with the gold and the last I will be doing tonight!

BJD Room update

Just another picture of the "room" I set up for my BJD (who still needs a name). This shows his new Japanese lanterns. 

I Hate Gold Leaf!

The next post will have the update of the scroll have been working on and it will have some gold leafing on it! I HATE gold leafing! It is a paint and I am never happy with the final outcome! I should have just used gold paint!

Scroll Progress 5

I did not get as much done today as I had hoped. Also I am not real happy with my white work, but I hope when it is all done it will look ok!

Old New Thing

I recently got a new business  card printed and I don't think I posted it here. So here is my latest business card using an old picture that I still love. "Little Bat business card".

Friday, January 20, 2012

Scroll Progress 4

This is where it was at when I went to bed last night. All the colored leaves will have white work so will look allot different when finished. This is Acrylic on velum (animal skin) and will have gold leaf soon.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Scroll Progress 3

So far today, this is what has been done. I should have done the gold leafing first...but I never work in the right order. The colors look a bit Christmasy to me right now, but there will be blue and red and lots of gold, so I suspect it won't look like Christmas when I am done. The purple all will get another coat so will be smother.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Scroll Progress 2

Here is the next step in the scroll I am doing. This is all the inked design (I may still add some stuff) and the ground for the diapering on the background. The design on the background will have gold leaf as will much of the Arms and some of the border.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Boys New Room

I just moved my BJD into a new "room", it is actually a shelf on a book shelf (well space for 2 really). I am still working on adding little things. Still need to find a lamp for him. If I had allot more room it turns out I actually have many many great items that are the right scale for him... Anyway, still need a name for him and still working on getting his a "little brother". Miniature stuff is SO much fun! I have always love tiny things and miniature versions of larger things, so this is becoming an enjoyable hobby!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Decorating a Gift

I asked for a half mask from this merchant for Christmas and got it (the full mask is all she seems to have now so the one I got is not shown) http://missmonster.myshopify.com/ It was a blank, unpainted mask and this is what I did with it!

Scroll WIP

I am working on a scroll for a friend. It is based on a sketch he did (which was very good) and I basically just translated and added to what he had done but on a real piece of velum (animal skin). 19 x 13 based on the Luttrel Psalter.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Woops I Did It Again!

So here is yet another picture I should not have spent time on. The original was also by a person on Fur Affinity. Here is a link to the original picture http://www.furaffinity.net/view/7166045/ I just loved the pose and really wanted to see it in color...and then I got carried away. So here is "Snow Leopard Gryffon", 8 1/2 x 11, Acrylic, Micron marker, Copic marker enhanced hand colored print. Original and prints for sale. Picture 2.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Failing to Do What I Should

Here I am coloring the work of someone else, cause it appealed to me and they said I could. I should be doing any number of projects (many already paid for) but I do this instead. I hope the next post will be something I am supposed to be doing! This is the original and artist who did this lovely dragon http://www.furaffinity.net/view/7153772/  And here is my version, "Stippled Dragon color", 8 1/2 x 11 hand colored print, Acrylic, Copic marker and Prisma Colors. The colors are a bit off  in the scan, the yellow is much stronger on the original. Original and prints for sale if the artist of the black and white say I can.  

Thursday, January 5, 2012

First Picture of 2012

This is my newest picture but was started over 10 years ago. I did the sketch and had it mostly done but had never finished it or started inking it until yesterday. Simple and my first black and white stipple work in a while as well. "Summer Soak", 5 1/2 x not quite 10, Micron marker on Bristol. Original and prints for sale. Picture 1.