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Apologies!

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 15, 2016, 1:10 PM
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Hello all! I'm so sorry I'm hardly here at the minute. I'm still building up my physical stamina and trying to keep well whilst I get used to being back at work. I do quite a physical job, in heat, so it takes quite a lot out of me. I'm doing ok but it doesn't leave me with much energy at the end of a day. I will try to get back to drawing soon as I'm still missing it, it's just that it's the last thing I've felt like doing when I feel worn out and achey.

I apologise for any birthdays ive missed. A huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to anyone I missed, I'm sorry xxxx

i want to say a big THANKYOU to the anonymous deviant who bought me a membership! Again! Very appreciated and whoever you are, Thankyou xxxx

Well, I'm worn out today as I had to work one of my days off so at least I know I can sleep in in the morning ;) 

 Well, must go but I just wanted to check in. Big hugs to you all.

Take care out there

Bev
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Hellooooo!!

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 1, 2016, 9:17 AM
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Apologies for my absence! As you know, I started a new job. After being off work sick for about 4 years, it took some getting used to! It's quite a physical job as well so on the plus side I'm getting back in shape ;) But it's so tiring so I haven't done any art at all for a while now...but I am missing it. Now I've got more used to the job and the physical demands of it I'm sure I will want to get back to drawing again soon. I can feel that feeling of wanting to get back to it.

How had DA been lately? Quiet? 

I will post when when I get started again. I hope you are all ok and I will be back soon.


Take care out there

Bev
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The Tooth and Nothing But The Tooth

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 6, 2016, 2:25 AM
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Howdy everyone :D Sorry it's been a while. I'm still adjusting to being back at work. I'm doing alright and getting used to the physical demands on my body, which I thought I'd never do!

Yes, it's great to be back at work. I've got the camaraderie back and so nice to be earning a wage again! I'm still absoloutly wiped out when I come home but I'm hoping that will improve over time. I tend to come home and collapse at the moment. I can feel I'm getting fitter though :)

Well, yesterday I finally got my wisdom tooth out :D The little bugger had given me the worst toothache for about 3 weeks. I had to have antibiotics when I first saw the dentist as it had an infection under it. Well, I went back yesterday and he took it out. Hurrah! He gave me the option of trying to save it but it had been filled twice previously and I didn't want this to happen again. So the pain I have now is healing pain, which I can cope with. Such a relief! I also ended up having another filling on another tooth so for hours yesterday my whole face was numb :) Trying to drink was a challenge, definately needed a bib! Today I've got a small swollen patch on my jaw but nothing major :)

I hope you are all well. I will try and get on here more often!

Bev
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Training complete

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 15, 2016, 11:46 PM
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Howdy y'all :) I finished my training this week for my new job. It was really good actually, if I could do that every day and get paid, that'd be amazing. I like learning so quite enjoyed it and the trainer was lovely, we all had a good laugh at the same time. So now I'm just waiting for my background checks to be completed and then I can start :) The early mornings weren't as bad as I thought either :) though when I start proper I will have to be up at about 6am at least. Just hoping now that my checks come through quick so I can get started.

Body wise, I seem to be alright. I had a pyjama day yesterday as I was so wiped out but I'm feeling alright today so I suppose I will get used to it eventually.

My art is on hiatus at the minute. Once I get used to my new routine and I adapt, I will get back to my art. I'm just so busy that I don't have the mental energy for it. I do miss it so it won't be long before I'm back to it. I've got a drawing in progress that's sitting there looking at me and nagging me to finish ;)

Well, got things on today so I will leave it there. Hope you're all well.

Take care out there

Bev
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Early starts once again

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 11, 2016, 1:41 AM
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Hello all, I hope you're all well and now looking forward to cooler weather :) I don't cope with hot weather too well, I don't like the sunburn or the fact I live in sunglasses all summer. I personally can't wait for winter. So it was nice to wake up to a cold house this morning, I've been saying for a few weeks that Autumn is here. I can see the changes in the garden and all around. I can almost smell it :) 

Well, I start training for my new job tomorrow so it's back to early mornings :( I unfortunately can't say much about the job as I've been told that they have policies against talking about them on social media and take steps to ensure that doesn't happen so I will leave it as anonymous ( no it's not that exciting, it's just cleaning). So it will be nice to be back in the land of the living having been out of it for 3/4 years due to illness. Im a bit nervous but looking forward to it. Work is great for taking your mind off things if you have worries I've always found so it will be nice to have some routine back. The cool thing is my daughter works at the same place so she's all excited to have her mum there :) 

Righto I must be off. I may not be here as much for a few weeks while I get used to my new routine but I will pop on to check messages etc.

Take care out there

Bev
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Too hot for me!

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 25, 2016, 9:25 AM
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Ooh it's muggy and hot here. Urgh! I was glad I had to go out on an errand so I could wazz up the air con in the car :) 

Im still waiting to hear from my job applications and I'm toying with the idea of going back to hairdressing. It's something I can do with my eyes closed ( well I wouldn't though in case I cut an ear off!) but the problem is starting somewhere new and building up a client base...that takes time and while you're waiting the money isn't great. I'm thinking about it ;)

im actually tired now. Busy day. I've just done 2 haircuts, had housework...and ironing :( I had to go to the vets to pick up my cats meds for her little old legs, bless her. I'm just having a sit down with a brew before its time to make tea. Don't know what we are having yet, not christened it.


Well, I had a lovely surprise. Someone bought me a 3 month membership! How cool is that! I couldn't believe it :D  To whoever it was, Thankyou. I really appreciate it :D

Thats all for me. Take care out there


Bev
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What a busy old week

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 6, 2016, 3:15 PM
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That was a bit of a mad week. My landlord decided he wanted to do a tenancy inspection. Que lots of hours of unnecessary cleaning because I'm so paranoid. On the plus side, the house is gleaming so it means I can have a slack week on the housework...though I probably won't. I'm sure it's OCD or something! :/

Ive also been making a lot of prints for a carboot sale we are doing. I will let you know how it goes. They look good. They have a nice sleeve on each one and a business card on the back, hopefully the fact they look the part will help them sell! 

Im not nursing sunburnt legs :/ Me, my husband and daughter went fishing. Well, they fished and I sat sketching all afternoon. Unfortunately the factor 1000 sun lotion didn't do the full job so I have little sunburnt bits here and there...even my big toes! Weird! But that's me.

I'm hoping I can get stuck in to the new piece of work I've started. I can upload it so I will do when it's done. Unfortunately I couldn't upload my commission I finished on here but you can view it on my Facebook feed at :  Beverly Fiendley Graphite Realism. It's a new page I've got going so have a nosey if you get chance.

Well, it's crazy season where we live. We live in a tourism place and it's heaving with visitors this year. It's one of those where I don't like going out in the car as I know I will have lost my parking space when I get back, and at this time of year it's every man for himself! ;)

i hope one you are all ok and having some fun along with the hard work

Take care out there

Bev
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Hello :)

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 25, 2016, 6:16 AM
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Well I've had a crap week health wise so I've not worked, and I'm really missing it :( I'm hoping I will soon perk up and then I can get back to it.

Its so quiet on DA. I'm wondering if this site is going down the pan? Or is there something I'm missing? Please let me know what you think. Is this site on its last legs? There used to be a lot more activity on here and it just seems to have calmed right down.

Bev
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Made the leap

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 4, 2016, 10:47 AM
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Well I did it. Took a chance and glad I did. The new work is very different but it's a little phase I'm in. No doubt it will change and develop its own 'style'.

Thankyou to everyone who has sent lovely messages of support. Xxxx

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A moan and advice needed from artists

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 3, 2016, 3:58 PM
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Howdy y'all. Well I said this journal had two parts...a moan and advice.

PART 1 : Moan:
well im feeling downright sorry for myself. My usual gut problem is back ( Crohns) and it's pissing me off now. The last 4 days have been very painful and absoloutly no energy whatsoever :/ bah!! Moan over.


PART 2: Advice

Right, now this is a bit complicated so I will do my best to put it right on here so I can get my point across. Here goes. My art is usually graphite drawings and a little spot of watercolour here and there. Now, for a while I have felt myself going into a new direction, not that I will ever leave graphite, but this could be another avenue. This work is ink and is based on things I've lived through or situations I've experienced. I'm not sure what category it would come under. It could be illustration but I'm just not sure. Have any of you had this where you feel you're being pulled into a new direction? Would this kind of work be acceptable? Argh! It's like baring your soul and wondering how it will be received. What I will do is do one pic and see what reaction it gets. I will ask for critiques and hopefully some feedback to help me out. I've got to get this done as my frustration is building up that I'm not getting this down...artists know that feeling. So I will get one done soon and see what you think. Thanks guys and gals for your responses ( if I get any that is) and I'd appreciate your feedback xx

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Howdy

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 23, 2016, 7:37 AM
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Well just a quick journal to update you on me and my shenanigans. I'm working on a commission at the moment but it's one of those that seems to take ages! It took me about 4 attempts to plot it out and then I changed the style of it once I got going...I was going to have just a smudged graphite background and changed to a arty black background. I will ask if I can upload it on here when it's done as I think it should turn out ok.

The other night, a relative of mine, sent me as photo online of my grandparents from years ago that was taken at a family do. Well, the floodgates opened! I was very close to them and still miss them very much. My gran was one of the most generous, kind, helpful people you could ever meet. Rarely had a bad word to say about anyone, if she did it must've been a pretty horrible person she was talking about lol. She was there for me when no one else was. My grandad was hilarious. He reminds me of an old comedian called Eric Morecambe. Same sense of humour. We had some funny times and I miss that :)  so I had a little weep, but they were happy tears, remembering the good times :)

Well I've been gardening this week as we had a break in the rain and so I made the most of it. I pruned all the garden trees and give the borders a little tickle over. I'm still waiting for my seedlings to get big enough to plant out. We went to a garden centre today, I needed replacement s for the two house plants I killed in the utility room. While we were there we had a good look round. They had a huge rose selection. I never used to like roses but I do now. They smell amazing and look so beautiful. One of them was a purple colour, a pale purple, so pretty. I had to drag myself away from there, I could've stayed all day ;)

Thats me for now. Hope you are all ok and hopefully getting a bit of nice weather too x

Bev
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At 42, human nature still surprises me

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 17, 2016, 3:42 AM
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Hello all. I've got to share this story as I was so surprised( though I shouldn't have been I suppose) by the conclusion of this.

Someone I know ( I'm not going to name names) who has lived abroad for several years came back to the UK to live this year. While this person has been away, not many people have been in touch with them, apart from me who always kept in touch over the Internet as I was always concerned for their welfare, especially since this person lived in a place where political uprisings etc were going on. I was in touch with other people this person knew and they never had a good thing to say about them. Always slagging off this person for mistakes they had made in the past, and how they would never change. 

Well, this person was making a trip to our neck of the woods. We had organised that this person would visit those people first ( the ones who had slagged them off behind their backs) and if they had time would come to visit me. Well, due to one thing or another they visited those people, didn't tell me that they got there then made excuses not to see me! Laughable, totally laughable. I'm the only one who supported them and gave advice etc and they chose, instead to see the shallow ones, the ones who never gave a crap about them. This person made the excuse that I lived too far away, even though I told them how far I lived from the others that they were visiting and was told it'd be ok. Just goes to show that being supportive to some people never works. This is a person who I've had a lot of respect for for years, which makes it sting a little.

Your views on this are appreciated. This happened to you?

Bev
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Hey Ho :)

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 14, 2016, 12:16 PM
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Hello, hope you are all well and enjoying better weather than what I've got here...quite heavy showers...the amount of times I've had to dry off my cat because she gets caught out by the showers and comes in looking like a drowned rat :s  She was at the back of the queue brains wise, so it may take several more soakings before she realises lol

Im working on a private commission and some watercolour work so quite busy. I will upload when they're done but the commission will take some time.

well that's all for now, not much going on. I've heard that DA is not as busy as it used to be. Is this the case?

Bev
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Perking Up :)

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 3, 2016, 2:56 AM
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Well, since my last journal I have been firing down veggie smoothies, have increased one of my meds and eating more of the food I used to...and I am feeling a lot better :D  I've got to get the results of my B12 later but that's not a worry as its a simple injection now and then to solve it if that's the case. Thankyou to those of you who commented, I didn't mean to make anyone sad :/ I've always used my journal as a diary kind of. Life affects art and I like to think that there is more to people on here than just their art, there's a life going on at the same time. As the two are so closely woven, it makes sense to me to let the community in on snippets of my life. Of course, what others do with their journal is entirely their choice, this is just mine ;)

Yesterday I had a wonderful afternoon. Me and my son and daughter went to the beach. We had food and drinks and they did some fossil hunting while I sat and sketched a bit. It was brilliant. We had ice cream, which I ended up wearing most of ;) So nice to get out and enjoy the amazing weather we had yesterday. The downside? Yet again I forgot to put on sun cream and burnt my face, neck and legs...yes I look a total pillock ;) I always forget! It's not like I want to scorch, I'm not one of those sun worshippers who will just sit in the sun and fry all day, far from it, I just totally forget :s I think i need to put the sun cream by the door so I have half a chance of reminding myself to put it on. I have to go shopping later too, so I'm gonna look a total prat walking round Tesco with a bright pink face...pillock ;)

I hope you are all well out there

Bev
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Oh Dear!

Journal Entry: Mon May 30, 2016, 11:59 PM
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Hiya everyone, hope you're all ok and enjoying your art projects etc. It's just a quick journal to keep you up to date.

As some of you may know, I had major surgery back in March. Things have been OK recovery wise up until last week. I suddenly became very lethargic and tired. I must've slept most of last week away. Yesterday was worse.i got up, had a shower and was changing my appliance when I started passing out. It took me a while to be fully conscious. So this has been a big setback.

I see the nurse this morning to get my full blood count done and Iron levels tested. The theory is I may need B12 injections. The pain in the backside is I'm going to have to wait for the results and an appointment with my specialist before anything is done :( so I suppose I will just sleep the time away ;) 
Its so annoying as I was doing great. I will chat with the nurse in a bit and see if anything can be done sooner.

Will update soon

Bev
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Still snoozing

Journal Entry: Fri May 27, 2016, 3:40 AM
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Hi folks :) well, I'm still very snoozy. I must've slept over 100 hours this week easily! Yet I'm still so tired! I've managed to bring forward the blood tests, so I'm going for those on Tuesday :) 

Im not doing much work this week as I'm just not up to it but I am mulling around ideas for the next lot of work. I've got a commission to start, but there's no deadline (yay) and two more paintings to finish of the bird series, and a drawing to finish but I just can't tackle those yet. I'm looking forward to feeling better so I can plot on with those.

Righto, I've just had breakfast and I can feel a sleep coming on ;)

Take care out there


Bev
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Ah :/

Journal Entry: Wed May 25, 2016, 4:18 PM
Ah :/. It seems that my cold was not a cold as such. It turns out I've got B12 deficiency and folate deficiency. I've got to have another round of blood tests to see if I need to have B12 injections as my symptoms are text book according to the stoma nurses :s. Even the breathlessness is a part of it all. Crazy. The pain in the butt thing is I can't get the bloods done till the 6th June here, so I may have to go through A&E to get it done sooner if it gets much worse.

So no work for me at the moment till I'm sorted. Last night I slep 14 hours and I'm still so very tired. That is not normal for me at all.  I've heard this can happen a lot to stoma patients. One of my stoma group friends had this as bad as I feel and ended up having blood transfusions :/ I don't fancy that, and that might be a bit of a problem as I have a rare blood type . Ooh the nonsense of it all. Ah well, I'm sure they will get it sorted in the end,

A big thanks for all the faves, watches and comments I've been having, really means a lot to me :) 


Bev
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Howdy all :) I've got a wonderful cold off my daughter, she caught it from work. It's a weird bug in that, during the day you could sleep all day and at night the sneezes start and the cough and the horrible feeling in my chest that I can't get a breath properly. Very odd and I'm hoping it buggers off soon as it's making me miserable lol ;)

Work is very busy. I'm working on the watercolour trio, I've got a commission and another drawing I'm doing, so need to be well to get them done :/ I could just crawl into bed right now :) I might have a little sleep here on the sofa and put my alarm on for an hour...hmmm :) ( just realised I've left my phone in th bladdy car)

Ive come across some great art recently and it gives me the little push onwards to get my stuff done.

Righto, I'm off for a kip, after I retrieve my phone from the car lol

Bev
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Well I'm doing ok :) My body is doing a great job of healing. I still seem to be getting very tired but I've been told to rest a bit more than what I am :/ The thing is I can't seem to keep still when I feel great!

Updated my membership today...no more adverts! I'm also doing a series of works at the moment too. I've uploaded a WIP today.

Not too much to report at the moment. Hope you're all well

Bev
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Well I'm doing ok :) My body is doing a great job of healing. I still seem to be getting very tired but I've been told to rest a bit more than what I am :/ The thing is I can't seem to keep still when I feel great!

Updated my membership today...no more adverts! I'm also doing a series of works at the moment too. I've uploaded a WIP today.

Not too much to report at the moment. Hope you're all well

Bev
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