So, What I’ve been Thinking to do to this Blog…

Would it be less boring if I turned this into a art blog? I mean, you a fellow reader can obviously get bored with the same “blah blah blah” am I right? I mean I can post some of my drawings and other artworks here and there to make it feel more fun and worth browsing through my things and possibly make art features to see how much I had improved from year to year. A redraw would be an example.

I want you to imagine a drawing I did, let’s say from 2014. I decide to do a redraw of the same drawing in 2015. I compare them just to see how I had did my technique at the drawing. Or maybe, just art whore in general while screaming “HEY LOOK AT ME, I’M AN ARTIST AND I NEED SUPPORTERS!” Or anything related to that.

I wish to do this in the month of December somwhere around the 10th or the 20th. I may do this every end of the week, depending how effort into the work.

I hope you’ll all enjoy it. Stay tuned!

Art No. 6: Hands

Art: Unknown Art: Unknown

“I lean across his body and lift his hand for inspection. As i run my fingertips over his broken skin, careful not to cause more pain, I say “I meant you blowfish. Your bones.”
His hand trembles a little in mine. Somehow that rattles me more then anything else. I could deal with losing my fantasy Brody more then i can face a very real, trembling Quince.

“No,” He whispers. “I pulled my punches.” Then, with some of his usual humor, he adds, “Principal Brown already thinks I’m one step away from juvie. Don’t need to put myself there.”
I look up ready to argue, when a lumpy spot in his heather gray t-shirt catches my eye. Lifting my fingers to the place just beneath his collarbone, I’m both surprised and not to feel a sand-dollar shaped object. My gaze continues the journey up to his.

“Your still…

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Nicola McLean’s Beautiful Work


bGallery-Marwick Sunset-Nicola McLean

I am a self taught artist with a love of animals and the natural world.  Animals feature in much of my work, be they farmed, wild or companion. I do many pet portrait commissions and I aim to capture the essence and unique personality of the subject with each brushstroke. I would describe my animal art as realistic with a healthy dose of whimsy as I love to inject personality and vibrancy of colour in every painting.

As well as animals, I am inspired to paint the landscapes and seascapes of my beautiful surroundings in the far north of Scotland. The skies are massive up here where it is so very remote and they make for some spectacular sunrises, sunsets and even shows of the northern lights when the conditions are right. Nature’s own palette inspires the vibrancy and texture of my landscape work and I tend…

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The Art of the Con: Four Stories About Scams


This morning, as I filed folders at my day job, I turned to the podcast Criminal for comfort. Today’s episode was Gil From London, the story of a strange man posing as a British sixty-something who almost seduced an American widow named Karen. There are lots of well-told stories about con men, Craigslist hoaxes and financial scams—here are a few of my favorites.

1. “Crowded House.” (Tad Friend, The New Yorker, May 2013)

Mix cutthroat New York real estate, a too-good-to-be-true apartment, an unstable photographer to the stars and dozens of international tenants.

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