Ellen Million (ellenmillion) wrote,
Ellen Million

Mondaily with Abstracts Updates and Fog

My desk is covered with drying canvases. I'm taking a tip from Laura and pre-coating my canvases with a (mostly) flat color to prevent white spots and allow some extra technique experimentation. I've got one of the 9x12s completely finished, and several more started, plus 48 ACEOs. I'm thinking I'd better cut and coat another 48 ACEOs, as well as the 5x7s... I have agreed to do all the prompts that are left, and if I can work up a good rhythm, it would be great to get them all finished on Tuesday. I am not entirely confident of my ability to crank out nearly 100 in one day, but if they've got a layer down already? Possible. Will I even get 100 prompts? Also possible. (We shall not delve into the performance anxiety of whether these will actually be any good - I have no real measuring stick to apply to my abstracts like I do to my illustrations, so I just have to make stuff I like and hope others do, too.)

We've made the first three group milestones, so I will be doing all of the prompts left in the free window tomorrow (9-1 Alaska time, which is 1-5 ET), and you will get animated icons of each one. (These are *simple* animations - words fading in, blinky stars, nothing fancy.) We're just over $70 from everyone who tips getting a second painting, so if you've tipped, do leave me a second prompt! (Second painting is an ACEO, btw, not a larger painting.)

I put the order in for the curtains and rods that I really wanted - they had really glowing reviews, and were on sale for 35% off, and, most shocking of all, everything but the brackets were eligible for free super saver shipping and not ONE of the sellers balked at shipping to Alaska! (I can't count the number of times I've gone to check out at Amazon, just to get the 'SORRY, we don't ship that that country primitive corner of the continent...' message.)

We took another easy day of nursery improvements yesterday, and installed all the baseboard. I am all a-wiggle over how utterly lovely and finished it makes the room look. We're going to get the ceiling trim up and then I will take more photos.

In factory news, today I am officially into my second trimester. Still don't feel particularly pregnant. Appetite has been good but not as crazy as it was for a day or two there. No weight gain. I've got my next doctor's appointment on Friday.

Now, off to work on an estimate, and nag on an overdue invoice, and... probably a bunch of other things.

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