Yes that is the actual picture of the thermometer at noon today. A whole 4 degrees. It is freezing cold here in NYC and it was at a -13 degrees when I went out at 8am this morning bringing my brother to school. Insane! The snow was very nice coming down bu unfortunately after being run over by cars and people alike the snow is this mushy gray and now it's gray ice on the streets. Not good. My parents got a new coat for my little brother and he looked like a black and red pillow walking down the street holding my hand with his tiny mitten hands.
SO... since it was sooo cold I decided to post this Teddy and Me ornament because she looked absolutely so warm and cozy with her fuzzy teddy bear. Personally I don't have teddy bears or dolls because I'm somewhat allergic to them and my skin gets itchy and red. That doesn't stop people from giving them to me and now I have a rather large collection. Teehee. Also since I had no school or work today I spent the whole time wondering what to give to my boyfriend of many years. He knows I'm a major art person and he loves oil paintings of landscapes btw he has not one creative bone in his body unless you count how creative he gets with burping. So this year I spent the better half of the morning about 3 hours painting the forest painting above.
I grant you this is the second time I've painted with oil paints and there was something about oil painting that didn't agree with me... I rather preferred pastels and charcoal but I don't think it turned out too bad. At first I really disliked it but now looking at it from afar it was growing on me and now I want to hang it in my living room. I got a lot of help from well.. YouTube.. they have these great tutorials on "How to draw a tree" or "How to draw the sky" of course it really does take a lot of practice. When I get enough space so I can pull up an easel and all my supplies I'll try it some more.
Until next time... Keep warm! (and for you people living in summery weather... let's switch places... eh eh?)