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  1. That's great news, @OneBoot!! Big hugs to you and Lucy, @Crowley. I know how dearly you love those puppers. Thanks for the update on Bryan, too. I hope he feels better soon!
  2. Wooo! Since I have arms again, I can paint again! I know it can be more difficult to get better blends on larger surfaces, but some semblance of brush control seems more important to get back first. That seems easier to do with larger areas first. And I've been dying to work on this piece for years, so it all works out! These bookends were a gift from a friend a couple years ago. He was moving across the country and entrusted his more fragile Lord of the Rings pieces to me. I loved it. It's a Weta Workshop/Sideshow Collectible titled, "No Admittance." Bookends in their well-loved, gifted state and after a *very* good dusting last week! Primed a couple days ago! The weather has been kinda meh for priming so this is the best it's gonna get haha. I put some color on this morning! Reaper paints, of course. I grabbed The Hobbit audiobook from my library's app, so I'm very excited to cozy up with a good book and get to painting this winter! (Current time excluding prep: 1.5 hours) Bah. I'm gonna have to edit this later so Gandalf stays on the right side throughout my photos! Edit: You know, I think he looks better on the left. Then you can see both faces properly when turned.
  3. I don't think you need to worry about that, the vibrant colours are part of the wonderful look of your creations. Yes!! I love seeing all of the wild and amazing color combinations in your work.
  4. Those are SO CUTE!! I've missed art too, @Cranky Dog! I've been burning through some older projects as my hands allow it. Make some space for new art :D @Auberon, that's brilliant!! I wonder if I could design and sculpt some....? My husband does have a 3D printer....
  5. Thanks y'all After forgetting my PT twice, I moved everything to the bedroom. That way if I forget, I can't justify that it's too far to get up for it haha! My elbows are completely fine now after the surgery, I'm just getting my hand strength up now! We also finished up my art room this week, so after I'm done unpacking I can paint again!
  6. Thank you so much everyone!! You know, @ManvsMini jokes about that candy, but clicking at my computer for an hour makes my forearms feel like I've been playing tennis haha!! I'm really happy with my doctor too -- I'm only sad that he's a specialist for hands and arms! I will definitely do my best to keep up with the exercises. They make my hands really sore so I've been doing them right before bed. Oh my goodness, @CashWiley, I hope you're able to find a solution!! I'm glad you can still play. *waves at griffin and space dragon* Ahhhh!!! Congratulations @Crowley
  7. Yes! It's so frustrating. I'm sorry y'all are going through similar struggles. We tried to get my back looked at in 2017, but after clearing out our savings with 3 different doctors and getting 4 different answers (??), we gave up.
  8. I apologize for not being on the forums (or doing art) so much lately! Between "2020," a new house, and my arm problems, I lost a lot of drive. Kinda hard to keep up the discipline of practicing and/or enjoying art when you physically can't do it.... We finally saved up enough to get my right arm looked at in late September. I've only mentioned it a few times, but I've had problems in both hands for several years. I already couldn't do too much each day, but back in March my right elbow began to be in severe daily pain too. I couldn't do anything at all for seven months. My doctor listened (!), called for a test that we were able to do right away, and confirmed that I had pinched nerves in both arms. He said it likely happened when I was a kid and that's why I've had all those other misdiagnosed issues for so many years! Within 10 days, he performed the surgery on both elbows. I couldn't do anything for another month except pout on the couch LOL but I am finally cleared for all activities again! My hand strength is half of what it should be and it will take some time, but I have a list of exercises to fix that. He also set me up with another doctor who will look at my back problems in a couple weeks. Maybe I'll be able to start running around again too! I miss nature! I promised the doctor I would take it slow. But! I'm so excited to be back here with everyone for art and friend time! So how are you all holding up?? I've missed well over 400 pages in the Randomness thread!
  9. I'm happy she arrived safely! I did not take any finished photos -- I just took out my photo box for my exchange mini the other day.
  10. Ohhhh @Pochi this is beautiful!!! Thank you so much!!! A happy little druid with friends!! Happy dancer! Tiny friends!
  11. Ohhh these are looking awesome!! Justin and I have been trying to make it to the post office all yesterday and today to drop off my swap and pick one up. But every time he puts on his shoes, he gets a work call (he's on call this week). He's gotten 4 calls just this morning! We're going to try one more time but I think this might just have to wait until Monday when his shift ends. I mean, I guess we could just try to go without putting his shoes on...?
  12. I think we've all had a pretty tough year. I was part of a cross stitch swap and it took us all a while too. I'm almost done with my mini swap, but I've also been struggling to get any art whatsoever done this year. We still took part in something cool together here!
  13. Only the photo is in the spoiler box! I know the focus is on Reaper, but this really seemed to fit the requests! So I'll just have to send some extra Reaper goodies.
  14. I made some tiny bees and turned them into buttons with putty. Putty is just so... comforting to use, haha. I do have some stuff I need to make in zbrush, but it's been at least 3 months since I've touched it (and 4 since I started learning it ), so I've gotta reread all my notes first! I was really excited that he was able to successfully do that because there are just some things I'm happier doing in putty!
  15. I worked on my swap for a bit and tomorrow I'll get started on some sculpting :)
  16. This weekend is my love's birthday weekend! So while he's off doing his own thing in the morning (he loves his mornings), I'll be in my art room! :D I unpacked my paint and sculpting tools yesterday to prepare!
  17. What!!! Not a single hadrosaurid!! The parasaurolophus is my favorite. I know they were pretty much just a normal herd animal of that time period, but they were so cuuute. Look at that goofy :3 face! (Some of them also had up to 1000 teeth all grown together. Kinda creepy.) I also love fierce, feathery raptors! I had a mating pair I named Luthien and Beren in a game called ARK and they created the most beautiful kid I'd ever seen. ARK doesn't have a lot of officially correct stuff, but we're always learning more about dinos! For example, dilos didn't actually have frills or spit poison, but they do in ARK. And they weren't this tiny cute, either! Yes, I love my colorful dinos. And now that I'm reliving my dino childhood, random facts are coming back into my brain haha. The therizinosaurs had *terrifying* front claws, y'all. Over 3 feet long. Oh. When I was little, I also sang along to this tape so much that my parents threw it away because they couldn't handle it anymore. It took me years to find any information about it! I just had the tune in my head.... I called it "the yellow one tape!" The songs are so bad.... hahaha.
  18. That's cool! I'm used to the temperature fluctuations, but this stays consistently and grossly lukewarm. I thought it might be because it's consistently over 95F now, but if I fiddle with the handles, I can get very cold water. Each sink is different. The second bathroom has amazingly cold water - but only if you turn the cold handle about 45 degrees first, and then the hot handle about 45 degrees second. I love when I see you standing next to your art! Partly for your awesome work in the gallery, and partly for your awesome clothes!
  19. At home or nearby, a tank top and shorts. Going out, a plain dress and my docs. I have plenty of clothes ideas and patterns that I'd love to make, but fabric is expensive. I like flowy pieces with minimal lines. And leather jackets. So I've pretty much worn the same shirts and dresses I bought 10 years ago. No big plans for this weekend. Sleep. Figure out why I don't get consistently cold water at the new house. Hopefully start on my mini swap! Unpack the Vive so I can get back to boxing if I'm not too tired. Sleeeeeep.
  20. I think social media had a good purpose for keeping in touch with extended family and friends, but that's definitely not what it seems to be nowadays. You can find me as Morihalda Silversage on most sites and games, but it's really just to hold the name. :) I'm not active much. The easiest way to chat with me is direct message on discord -- it's on my phone! Morihalda#8050 I'm in many discord groups but I keep most muted so I can check on my own time. I love discord, I've been using it for years, but the larger servers are overwhelming.... I do love to chat with friends. I just prefer smaller group interactions. :)
  21. *hugs* I know it was supposed to be my month and I ended up moving instead. It's a busy month!! I love using natural color schemes!! I use them for most of my work, even if the subject of the photo doesn't match what I'm painting. :) Random example - my pirate Maricela/Maeryn is loosely based off of blueberries. A teeny, teeny, teeny, tiny piece of me is relieved about ReaperCon. I've been mentally struggling about all sorts of stuff, including not having "enough" progress in my sculpting. This year has been wild but I could have put in more time if I tried harder. I don't want to let my friends down. But I miss talking to everyone more than any guilt about progress.
  22. I've unpacked the mini, paint, and a couple paintbrushes. Today I green-stuffed everything together and put it onto a base. I extended the terrain a bit with leftover putty. Tomorrow I will prime! Y'all! I'm so excited to be painting and sculpting again!!! I've missed this so much, why does life love to make us so busy?!
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