Trying my Hand at Art Challenges

thumbnail_20171107_182800Have you ever watched something on YouTube and thought “that looks too fun, not to try?”

Well, that’s exactly how my latest disaster started. I watched YouTubers take on the finger-painting challenge and produce amazing paintings of fishys, mermaids and landscapes and naïvely thought, it would be fun to try the finger-painting challenge myself. I’m going to be honest with you guys here, I’m pretty such I’ve failed at this challenge.

Suspiciously, no one really shares their fails at these art challenges (makes you question, if they’ve had multiple attempts or how challenging the challenge is for them, in the first place). So, to break this perfectionist trend and show a genuine attempt at an art challenge, I will share with you my attempt at the finger-paint challenge.

thumbnail_20171107_151719There was some instant regret right about here. A pre-school child’s painting this fox, was not what I was going for. Fingers are so much harder to use than brushes.

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Yeah, adding more paint really didn’t help the situation. Apologies for the nightmare inducing eyes (My fox looks like he had a run in, with jeepers creepers).

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At this point I was finished murdering my fox with paint, so I decided to paint the background. I quickly learnt fingers can’t paint blocks of colour, so I smeared paint all over the place and hoped for the best.

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So, this is the finish piece. It might not be the best thing I’ve painted, but at least it’s an honest attempt at the finger-paint challenge.

(I should probably insult my own intelligence, before ending this post and mention that I wasn’t using lead paint or any other type of poisonous paint. I used non-toxic paint, so there’s very little chance of my hands dropping off and dying from paint related poisoning).

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Crimson Peak

thumbnail_65dfb950-d461-40fd-bde1-449ac3960c70The last review of this little Halloween horror adventure. A horror film about creepy ghosts, a lunatic with a knife and a helpless idiot, that breaks all the rules of surviving a horror movie, seems the perfect way to end this series. Crimson Peak had all this creepiness and alike bit more.

Crimson Peak is about a young woman Edith, who is hunted by the ghost of her dead mother. Her mother returns from the grave to bring her a warning of Crimson Peak. Although terrified by these ghostly visits, Edith decides to ignore the warnings and give it no more thought.

An English baronet named, Sir Thomas Sharpe appears out of the blue one day, at Edith’s father’s business. After only a few day Edith falls deeply in love with Thomas and after the mysterious dead of her father, she agrees to marry Thomas and move to his stately home in England, in a place known as Crimson Peak. Shortly after moving to Crimson Peak, Edith realises things are not as they seem and quickly discovers a horrifying secret about Thomas and the place called Crimson Peak.

With badly decomposed ghost skeletons jumping out from every corner, this movie should by terrifying. Unfortunately, Crimson Peak falls short of this and is more, creepy than scary. This film starts of good and set a scary tone, but sadly this doesn’t last long and is lost, when the film tries to become a psychological thriller. But before I end up ripping completely into this film, I think I should start with, what was good about this film.

The best thing about this film is the ghosts and the stately house. They’re both creepy as fudge and set a really nice tone for a horror film. The ghosts are these horribly mangled figures, that look more skeleton or zombie like then human. The house, you could not pay me to stay overnight in. It just looks like a place you’d meet a horrible bloody end in and screams haunted house. Perfect for a horror film and setting an eerie tone.

thumbnail_8992c439-92a4-4c04-96a3-7911508f1428When the film finally gets going, the storyline is pretty interesting. Before, Edith goes to Crimson Peak the movies a bit boring and not that interesting. However, when she finally arrives at Crimson Peak, things get very interesting and a very nice mystery is unravelled. Along the way, terrifying ghosts appear everywhere. Seemingly with the intent to hurt Edith. But things are not as they seem and the presence of these ghosts deepen the mystery even more.

Although, Crimson Peak has its good points, it unfortunately also has a lot of bad. I could go on and on about what’s wrong with this film, but that would get boring really fast. So, I’ll just touch on the two biggest problems with this movie. Crimson Peak didn’t seem to know what it wanted to be. It jumps between horror, murder mystery and twisted romance constantly. If this was meant to be a blend of genres, then they blended the genres very badly. At times it seemed like two different movies. One about a murder mystery with creepy ghosts and the other about jealous twisted love triangle. Making the movies direction seem confused and lost at times.

Also, the main character, Edith was incredibly annoying and a complete idiot. Edith receives numerous warnings from a ghost, but pays no attention. A strange guy and his creepy sister show up from nowhere, looking money. Then Edith’s father dies mysteriously after an argument with this guy. But for some crazy reason, Edith still agrees to marry this guy, despite only knowing him for a few days and the fact her father just died. That whole scenario stinks of black widow. More annoying, Edith even comments on the fact that this guy wants to appear to have money, but clearly doesn’t and you would also think she’d be wary of strangers, after being warned about an unfamiliar place. So, what the fudge was this lady at. She clearly has no sense.

When Edith finally gets to Crimson Peak, she just takes the complete biscuit. From doing ridiculously stupid things that always leads to injury or death in horror movies, to letting herself be treated and talked to, worse than a dog. She was clearly missing a back bone and possibly a brain as well. She had so many warnings and opportunities to escape. It was like was she wanted to be killed.

Overall, Crimson Peak was just Okay. It had an interesting mystery and terrifying ghosts, but seemed to missing that one thing that makes for good horror. It was also very confused about its direction and genre and at times was boring and predictable. However, in saying that, it did have some good going for it.

As a film for a Halloween horror binge watch, I would not recommend this movie. There is just so many other better horror films you could watch, that would more suitable and a lot scarier.

Rating: 2/5

Weekend Halloween Celebrations in the City

thumbnail_20171027_201348I was serious when I said I was getting all Halloweeny over here.

thumbnail_20171027_201417 thumbnail_20171027_201426I actually broke my crowd rule and went to the Twilight Halloween market in the city.

thumbnail_20171027_201427 thumbnail_20171027_201420Unfortunately, the place was too crowded to take photos (I was also busy trying not to get trampled and concentrating on not freaky out, about being trapped in a sea of people).

thumbnail_20171027_201421 thumbnail_20171027_201423But luckily, I broke free of the crowds just in time to get a few pictures of the fireworks.

thumbnail_20171027_201200 thumbnail_20171027_201159They really are pretty, especially when viewed from the bridge on the canal.

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The Tragic Life of Frederick PumpkinSteiner

pumWith Halloween less than a week away, I might as well express my love for my favourite holiday and get all Halloweeny over here.

thumbnail_20171020_123642This post was meant to be a really cute post about carving a pumpkin, I named Frederick PumpkinSteiner. But, tragedy struck and well, I think pictures speak a thousand words.

thumbnail_20171020_134516I left Frederick alone for just a minute and he ended up rolling off the table.

thumbnail_20171020_161428My heart was in my mouth, when I discovered him in pieces on the floor.

thumbnail_20171020_164611I tried mending him, but poor Frederick PumpkinSteiner just wasn’t the same and was left horribly scarred.pum2

Woohoo, I’m Finally Finished! (The Winter Sun and Bathing in a River of Poison)

paint1This last week or so, I’ve not been posting at my usual rate. However, this has been for a very nice and creative reason. The reason being, I’ve been messing around with paint in my free time and I truly mean messing.

Last time I painted, was as a child. As an adult, painting is actually kind of intimidating and sharing what I’ve painted, is even more nerve-wracking. These are my first attempts at painting. I hope you enjoy. If anything, I’ll up lift your mood with my attempts at painting.

thumbnail_20170929_144136I started off with watercolour. As you can see from the shape of my page, some thorough messing took place.

thumbnail_20170929_193219But, it’s fine. I just waited until it was dry and painted a winter tree on the page. Then pretended that, I meant to do this and named the piece, The Winter Sun.

After my messing with the watercolours, I had to be a bit more serious with the Acrylic paint and actually set of to paint something. Which was kind of hard, when all I wanted to do was throw the paint at the page and see what happens.

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The pretty purple colour I used in the first layer.

The Acrylic paint wasn’t as straight forward as the watercolours and had to be done in layers. So, it took a hell of a longer to complete and because of this, I thought it might be nice to share each stage of the process, instead of just posting the finished piece.

thumbnail_20171002_165203Layer 1- Painting the blueprints.Drawing lightly in pencil first, might have been a better idea. I just painted straight onto the paper and I messed up a lot.

thumbnail_20171003_174707Layer 2- Adding colour and trying to correct my mistakes in Layer 1. Essentially, were you can save the painting and hide your muck ups.

thumbnail_20171004_160703Layer 3- Highlights and adding light and white. (Last Layer)
I like to give everything a name, so I’ve named this painting, Bathing in a River of Poison.

Hope you enjoyed this post. I had loads of fun messing with paints, but to be honest I still prefer pencil drawing a lot more.

Drawing for my Friend (Oopsy)

thumbnail_20170921_131909It’s not a self-portrait, I’m still working on that. I’m learning to use water colours and oil paint (things I’ve never used before) and plan on using one of them in my next attempt. I’m myself teaching, so any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Funny thing about this drawing, is that my friend wanted me to create something bright and cheerful and I ended up drawing this for her. I did give bright and cheerful a go for my friend, but it didn’t turn out too good. I drew the cutest thing I could think of, which was a little man giving puppies a bath.

My friend didn’t see the cute side of this. Her reaction was hilarious, though. She thought I was making a statement about bestiality. I honestly wonder, what goes through that woman’s head. How you get from puppies having a bath to bestiality, really baffles me. But, her reaction was too funny, so no hurt taken.

thumbnail_20170921_131959Long story short, I drew this for her, to make up for the puppy drawing. Safe to say, she like this a lot better.

I’ll probably not share my puppy drawing, but if anyone really wants to see it, I might share it (if only for a laugh).

Without a Bubble (No.11 Final)

thumbnail_20170716_205942Stuck with my twisted protector, I was forced to learn to live with this demon.

thumbnail_20170716_205954Eventually, I got that demon to, give back what took from me and for a time, we could live without destroying each other.      

To see the previous drawing of this series, click here.

To view this series from the start, click here.

This is the end of the Without a Bubble series. I hope you all enjoyed it!

This wasn’t easy for me to share, so I’d like to thank you all for your support, throughout this series. It was very much appreciated.

Without a Bubble (No.10)

thumbnail_20170716_205106After quite some time and struggle, I finally understood this demon. It was a demon of my own creation. Without a bubble to protect me from, the chaos and misery of this world, I made a demon, out of fear.

thumbnail_20170716_205139In some sad way, I had used it to protect parts of me, I never wanted the world to touch.       

To see the previous drawing of this series, click here.

I meant to publish this post yesterday, but before I could, our electricity went out. Meaning, there was no internet. Power has only been restored, a short while ago, so I’m posting the last 2 drawing of this series today (as long as nothing else happens).

Let’s hope, no more powerlines snap.

Without a Bubble (No.8 & No.9)

No.8

thumbnail_20170714_213429I finally gave in and left myself at, that demon’s mercy.

thumbnail_20170714_213522But, I would never willingly, follow it again.

No.9

thumbnail_20170714_214358 (2)Fatigued and tormented by that demon, I started to look like a demon myself.

thumbnail_20170714_215452It was clear, fighting was never going to destroy, that demon and trying was destroying me.

To see the previous drawing of this series, click here.