On The Move At Ally’s Castle

I am not moving from my current accommodation.

May 11th I joined an online healthy lifestyle program. It was gifted to me for 3 months by my health insurance company. …no strings attached, no contracts.

My goal is to MOVE excess weight and in doing so become fitter and healthier.

The program comes with daily meal plans which includes recipes and the option to swap meals, shopping lists etc. It also comes with daily workouts that is provided at different levels. The program offers heaps of support,also has meditation videos and yoga.

I don’t do the provided workouts because of my health issues. I see my own exercise physiotherapist who has given me stretching exercises to do daily.

I also walk on my treadmill at home for 10 -20 minutes at least 5 times a week.

The meal plan is awesome. I have been making some delicious meals.

Below is just a few dishes I have recently enjoyed. Last night I had fish and sweet potato chips….I forgot to take a photo.

I am to starting loose the weight and have already gone down a dress size . Slowly but surely.

The mantra is : Progress not perfection.

At the end of the 3 months I might decide to subscribe to the paid program

I just took two screen scans of my meal plan for the next two days

Art Lessons Online- Weeks 13 and 14

Negative and Positive Spaces:

Negative Space in art is the space around and between the subject. Negative Space is the background.

Positive Space in art refers to the main focus of a picture.

To understand the concept of a negative space we need to copy the outline of some objects

This exercise was not easy to do. Below is a screen shot of the tutors work, I am still trying to do it 😂. Sorry the photo is faint.

The next exercise would focus on the negative space, do some shading flip the drawing to see the result. I almost managed that but again I have shown you the tutors magical work.

The shaded and flipped over work

To honest I am finding these exercises quiet boring and tedious. I am looking forward to actually drawing a picture. I guess we all need to crawl before we can walk….lots of practice request. Progress not perfection.

The Joys Of Aging !

I found this on Facebook and had to share it. ….love it ….🙂

I don’t have an issue with my hearing, so far so good.

I do have an issue with my back and feet so I reckon I can relate to the middle lady and the next one on the right….lol….😂

Art Lessons Online

Hi there I haven’t posted anything about my online art lessons for a few weeks. I have been distracted with a healthy lifestyle program I am doing.

We all need balance in our lives. I am needing to make sure there is a balance in my life.

Yesterday and again this morning I got stuck into my art work.

Week 7 was learning to sketch penguins . Sorry the photo is a bit faint. ..plus this is a copy from the tutor, I didn’t sketch this one. Sorry about the poor faint photo.

Weeks 8,9,10 was learning about shading, layering, blending. I didn’t practice much which I clearly need to.

I did find a couple of sketches and shading that I did back in February 2019.

Weeks 11 and 12 were about colouring the penguins that we sketched in week 7. My sketches weren’t the best, proportions need improving. I attempted shading, layering and blending. My practice drawings are not finished yet.

Below I will include a photo of the subject picture, that was the tutors magical work….so good.

My attempt isn’t too bad, I reckon they look like penguins

I am tempted to start again , use good sketch paper, get the proportions right,plus the colours.

The pencils I am using are Prismacolour soft core. I didn’t have a good colourless blending pencil so I have ordered some that should arrive within two weeks.

Wizard at Ally’s Castle

Anything for an easier life.Now that winter has arrived it’s time to make soup. I decided to purchase a Soup / Smoothie Wizard.This morning my wizard arrived and of course I had to try it out right away.I gathered up vegetables that needed using…..leek, carrot, sweet potato,peas, celery, spinach and chicken stock.You have the choice of making chunky or smooth soup, I choose smooth .Within 30 minutes my delicious yummy soup is ready.All I need now is a slice of toasted sourdough bread.

Art Lessons Online -Week 6

Learning to draw eyes this week. It’s a lot of fun . I took a selfie and tried to draw my eyes and a funny nose …lol.I have ordered some really good coloured pencils….Prismacolour soft core pencils…highly recommended by my online tutor.A scary wild looking selfie to capture my eyes…. 😂

My Irish Collection.

Even though my fairytale romance to the man originally from Ireland turned into a nightmare I have fond memories of my visits to Ireland.

I have a few souvenirs that I managed to save. I did have some cuddly leprechauns, I think my grandchildren now own them.

I thoroughly enjoyed my holidays in Ireland. My in-laws did take me sightseeing, I saw some amazing places.

My paternal grandfather was from County Armagh Northern Ireland. We did drive through that area but didn’t stop because my in-laws were from the South and still lived in fear because of the past terrorism between the Protestant and Catholic Faiths.

I found my favorite dream home

I fell in love with the country side in Ireland. I love little cottages with thatched roofs. Sorry the photo below is posted in sideways….I am using my cell phone and can’t work out how to rotate.

I did a lot of scrapbooking of my holidays. When visiting the Hill of Tara I felt a sense of peace and truly loved everything about it.

Below is a page from my travel book….The Hill of Tara.

That was just a glimpse of my travels. I actually travelled around the world in 38 days Christmas 2003.