Gratitude Journal: Trips to the Salon

I work full time at an office job.   Every few weeks, I'm scheduled to work 6 days a week (one extra day, on Saturdays).  Of course, on Saturday mornings, I'd rather be snuggled up in my bed, but you do what needs to get done.

So I began a ritual for myself.  When I'm scheduled for overtime, I get up early in the morning, make myself some breakfast, drive over to Starbucks (Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back :)), and then plug away at work.

Then, once work is done, I head over to the nail salon for a manicure or pedicure.  The women there have gotten to know me.  They know I am coming right from work, so they try to make it "extra relaxing" for me.  My usual lady calls me "honey", too, and I don't mind it.  It makes me feel rewarded and relaxed after a hard week of work.

Sometimes the extra hours are draining.  But it puts extra money in our savings.  I can catch up on work-related things too, get my Latte,  and enjoy the special treatment at the nail salon.

 . . .

How do you reward yourself after a busy day of work/kids/school? 

* * Art Tip * * 

The above sketch is just a quick one, but I wanted to share a tip for you that I remember from 4th grade art class.   Mrs. Shackleton taught us that there are "no lines" in the real world.  It has stuck with me ever since.   If you want something to look realistic, watch your use of lines....  If you are making a quick sketch, blur your vision of your hand. You'll see some darker "lines" jump out at you more than others.  Emphasize those areas when drawing, but keep the other outlines a little more subdued.  

If you want to really get into 

realistic work

... use lines sparingly, if any at all.  Instead, use shading to build up to your edges.  I hope this made some sense.  I will have to do a tutorial in the near future!