Heya folks.

I hope everyone is doing well. I’ve had a somewhat difficult time keeping up on my social media for a few weeks. Changing shifts at work, plumbers repiping my whole apartment for days, health issues, and the like. Topping it off, I got some bad news today. Turns out that my father has been diagnosed with a type of cancer. Things have happened pretty quickly so I don’t have a lot of information yet. What I know is that the doctors seem confident that they’ve caught it early and while it’s too soon to tell, optimism is still high at this point. Regardless, there are doubtlessly rough days ahead. Chemo, radiation, surgery, and a lot of unknowns. While not a complete surprise, the news was still a kick in the gut and while I like to focus on the positive, it’s impossible to completely avoid thinking of worst case scenarios.

On the art front, I’m still working at getting back into traditional media, but I’m also trying something new with my digital work. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was having some issues with my cintiq tablet, primarily the design of the stand and how it was really hard on my arm and back. I was almost ready to give up on it completely. Then a few days ago, while watching an artist interview, I noticed that she had her tablet on what looked like an angled art board or stand of some kind. Then it hit me… a tabletop easel. So I decided to try it, as you can see from the pic. It was a bit awkward at first, as I tend to lean over my work (I know, that’s bad), but I’m getting used to it really quickly. In lieu of getting a larger tablet with it’s own stand, it’s a nice compromise, and WAY better on my back. It also keeps my arms from resting on the table edge which was causing a lot of nerve pain in my wrist. A cheap fix for a big problem. As a nice side bonus, it gives me a good mounting point for my camera so hopefully I’ll be back to making process videos shortly.

My plate is pretty full right now, making me neglect some things (my writing, in particular). Trying to cut back on my number of goals so I can focus on the most important ones. It’s a painful process, as I have a lot of interests, but there just isn’t time to do everything at once.

Well, that’s all I have for today. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Happy 4th, if you’re into that sort of thing. I’m sure I’ll be spending mine with family. Until next time, take care!

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