Happy 2014. A New Year. I love it! I just know that this year is going to be filled with an absolute explosion of creativity!! I cannot wait, and, I have the exclamation marks to prove it!
O.k., some stuff to get out of the way first:
* The e-book giveaway is finished - I sent my final mail out this morning. I had lots of fabulous feedback - thank you! I'm sorry if you missed out, but it was only for December and I did give it an extra day just to make sure.
* The new e-book - well, it's probably pretty obvious that I didn't get it done by late December - the end of year school stuff, Christmas, family/friend commitments and the hay carting just got away from me. I am still working away and am up to my final edits - I just keep thinking of more stuff I want to draw to get in there! I now have videos to tape and am looking at having it available mid-ish January. I'm way excited and hope you are too!
Back to the hay carting..............it's the gift that never stops giving, I tell you. If you've lived on a farm and annually lock/ed up your paddocks for hay, you'll know what I'm talking about. We do square bales and it wasn't so bad when we had all the kids at home but now it is just my youngest (15) and me (too old to be doing it), helping my husband. This year John messed up his setting and made the bales way, way, WAY too big and heavy - I could just barely lift some of them and we ended up bringing in around 800 - this usually happens in 35degC+ heat. Fortunately this year was a little cooler.
Right now the baler is broken with one more paddock to go - it's only a small one and we have enough stockpiled for the cows, so is it bad of me to hope it doesn't get fixed in time? Yeah, probably - so let's keep it between you and me, o.k.?
These pics are from a few years ago - it's pretty much the same though now we have a larger trailer, some equipment to help get the bales on the trailer, the baby in the pic is now 15 (back then she was just along for the hay rides), my husband still looks pretty hot (literally and figuratively) - pretty sure he was wearing exactly the same gear this year - eww, I hope it's been washed since then! And, site supervisor, Goldie had to be put down in 2013, aged16. We miss her.
Aside from the book I've managed to squeeze in a bit of other drawing here and there and had fun playing around with a bit of an aquafleur interpretation - I know it's not done correctly, my edges are round, there's no guideline, inner shading, etc, etc. - I was just inspired by what I'd seen and just went with what was happening once I started.
I hope 2014 is full of love, laughter, fun and creativity for all of you (and me!)