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09 February 2013 @ 08:53 am
New orchid on the way  
Thanks to those of you that read my Emerald Phoenix story. If you haven't read it please check it out. It's not that long and I always like feed back on my stories.

Thursday I put in an order for a rare orchid. I hope I can take care of it right but the needs for it sound similar to nepenthes. I have been searching for this orchid since 2007. I first saw it when I went to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. I had only been gardening for two years then and didn't know very much. I just knew about veggies and flowers that attracted birds. I didn't even know what nepenthes were though I saw some there and was fascinated and got pics. I forgot about them and never knew a few years later I'd find one at lowe's and fall in love with them. I certainly didn't care for orchids, but this one got my attention because it was so unique and long.



I named it "Long Orchid". I never forgot this plant and like all things that stick with my I keep searching even though it's rare. I found out last year I think that it is probably Rhynchostylis retusa. I ordered some seeds and sent them to my friend for tissue culture but nothing ever came of that. I should ask him if they sprouted. Probably not. I found this on ebay from an orchid store in Hawaii and got one. I should arrive Monday. It doesn't look like this of course. It's a baby and they warned it will probably take two years to flower. But anything's good and if they are like nepenthes it should grow well here. So we went to pick up an orchid basket and some hanging wire. This is my first orchid basket, those wooden ones with the slats. This orchid is an epiphite (grows on trees) and from what I've read it needs to grow in little to no media. Just roots in a pot. To me that's really odd to have NO media. I'll probably put a little bit of orchid bark at least. I have no idea where I'll put it yet. They like bright shade. There is one tree but it's far from the house. I've wanted to hang nepenthes from it before but it's so far to take water to.

Yesterday was another inadvertent day off. Chris didn't get any calls but it was nice to have him around all day. He helped me finish watering the rest of the plants which was nice. One of my pretties Valentine's hearts got destroyed in the wind. I got it a Michael's and funny it was cheaper construction than the ones I got a Walmart. I don't think I'll try to fix it and set it outside again as it seems made of thick cardboard and that won't hold up to the rain. The others are made of wood. I'll find a use for it inside some how. It was three hearths inside each other that spun around. I may leave them separate and just stick them to the walls since I don't have any wall cut outs for Valentine's.

I finally drew a decent cobra head yesterday. I'm very happy with it. So now I need to put all these together and ink Quetzalcoatl. I definitely need to work on art today. I must force myself to ink more of Solan and Cope. Keep chipping at it and eventually I'll be done with that. I have a feeling that one may turn out to be another really nice piece. Gah, but what a shame I've lost my feeling for it. I don't dislike it, I just don't feel anything for it anymore which is bad too. I had so much passion, but not that my attention is on Ophidius and Malidicus my other characters are on hold with a "Meh" attitude towards them. I do feel a bit bad for them. But I need to finish what I started because like all obsessions I know this one will eventually burn out, or at least mellow out to the point where I'm giving everyone equal attention again. I'll never get tired of my own characters.

I need to take screen caps of photobucket today. They have a count down of how many days are left before they force the change on us. I think it is like 24 days now. So I will archive it so people never forget how nice it was. I did that with Youtube.
Speaking of sites, quick DA gripe. I wish DA had a more selective mature content filter. Nabyn has a nice one but I don't go there much anymore. (I do need to to make a bio page for Ophidius and catch up with my friend ;)) But yeah it's either turn off all mature content on DA or have everything on it opened.

Some stuff that's considered adult I don't. Ideally I'd like it set so that I can see blood and gore but not any sexual stuff. I hate any kind of sex or nudity in anything. (You can imagine my dilemma with finding "clean" horror movies) I do not even want to see butts. Gross. I don't care how many people say it's art, I say they are wrong. But I don't mind blood and gore, though I think those that draw stuff just to be gross is also excessive. In my own art I do love violence and I do draw blood. I'm very good at it. But I've never drawn a horror scene with guts and bones and stuff like that. I just don't see the need. Perhaps a pic in the future might call for it. I am working on two dinosaur projects after all that deal with T-rexes so that may finally break my record of just blood. But really I don't see the need for me to do that and even in my dino stuff that's not what the stories are about. But I don't mind seeing it in other people's art. So I think DA needs to have more filters so people can choose what they do and don't want to see. And if you're not logged in you can't see it at all with no option to see. I got around that by linking my last pic of Ophidius to my post here. So unfortunately I have to be careful and avert my eyes because I have my accounts set to allow adult content. But once you've seen something unfortunately you can't unsee it.

One thing I plan to do is take the bios from Nabyn and rework them a little into images for DA. That way people can read about my guys and learn about them without me having to explain stuff over and over for each new person. That should be neat. I need to update my doodle project too for the last two weeks. I'm proud of myself that I'm actually keeping up with it.

Oh and now I'm thinking of plants again. For those of you that are new and want to see some of the pics from my Atlanta rip in 2007 Here is the link. Despite being extremely sad because Phage my best budgie died the day we left it's still one of my favorite trips and I enjoyed it immensely.

EDIT: Oh, I also put my default header back and a button to remind me of this year's Great Backyard Bird Count. I hope I can go to a park or something and count birds. That would be nice. Or visit Earthmother and count birds together. That would be so fun! I like printing out my State of Florida check list.
I like my header but I think it's time for a new one. I can draw so much better now. I'd like to have a default one for most of the year, a Spring or Easter one and an updated Fall or Halloween one. No ideas for any of them yet though.
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The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Do Not Wantsilvolf on February 9th, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
Those orchids are awesome!!
That's sad you lost your feeling for the picture. You were doing really well with it too.
I was forced to the new Photobucket weeks ago. But since I post my Sims pics on Tumblr and link them from there, I haven't been using Photobucket much lately anyway. I post WIPs of commissions on there for clients if I don't have their email address or something but that's it really. I used to use it a lot. I don't like the new look either.
I hate seeing sex and nudity in things too. I hate that about horrors or other TV shows. For me, sex is like tennis or another sport I enjoy. Fun to do but horrid to watch. It just makes me really bad tempered to see it on TV. But I can draw it just fine but I'm not that keen on seeing other people draw it lol! I don't really look around dA that much though so I don't come into contact with it. I watch those I follow on there but don't often search because when I do, I can look for some TV show I like if I want to see fanart and then all I find is horrible slash art where someone has paired together two characters who hate each other or something and then I can't unsee it and it ruins the fandom for me. So yeah I don't search on dA much.
I love Nabyn, I wish it was more popular. I love how customizable it is.
Des: Out of my fandom!thagirion on February 9th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
I love that orchid. It's been on my mind all these years. So lovely.
Yeah, I hope I can get the feeling back for that pic. Without feelings for it it just can't be at its best when I work on it. It's amazing for art and writing I think the author has to put themselves into it so the viewer/reader can feel it too. If you don't then they won't. Music is the exception to that. As long as you play everything in time and in rhythm feeling will be there whether you had it when you played or not. So I worry that if I don't get it back this piece may not come out right, but I'm going to keep working on it because despite how I don't feel I need to finish it.

I think the new photobucket will be hard to use and user unfriendly. I wonder if I'll be able to find everything.

Tennis, that's a good way to explain it. I hate all sports but as far as watching tennis and golf are some of the most horrid sports to watch. I feel that way too about others' human art. I watch some people for the humans they draw so I can improve and learn their techniques. But I don't like nor do I care about their characters. I do not care to get to know them either. I'm only into my characters and my story. I prefer watching others that have cartoon birds or monster art. Which is bad because though I love what they have and some have creative stories I probably won't get them as fans in return because they're only into birds or fantasy and not humans. Ugh. I've been trying to motivate myself to draw more birds but it's just not my thing anymore. I wish I could. Could want to that is. I definitely can draw birds, I just lack the desire.

I do look around DA because I often look up tutorials. I was recently looking up stuff for leaves since the Ophidius pic was giving me a hard time. And I do look up stuff like I mentioned above since I recently added some people to my watch. But ugh, yeah then I have to put up with horrid art and things that aren't even part of the search. Oh gosh I totally hear you on people pairing things up that weren't meant to be and then it ruining the fandom. Enemies are enemies. Leave them alone. I hate it when people take a harlmess kid show and defile it into sick adult stuff. I will never look up megamind stuff again. How sad. Sick minds out there. I recently got rid of some DVDs of cartoons I will never watch again thanks to other fans ruining the show forever for me.

Nabyn could have been great but the whole invite thing is part of the problem and I see it as one big click for the jerks that use the chat on the front page. That turned me off of the place and that no matter how much I posted I never got any watchers there. I will go back there. I need to comment on your stuff. I appreciate your comments everywhere else so I need to return the favor.
Cheezey: Hyacinthcheezey on February 16th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
You'd think there would be a different filter for sex and nudity and blood and gore, since one really has nothing to do with the other. I'm sure there are plenty of people on both sides who don't mind one but would like to be warned about the other.

That orchid in the picture is gorgeous!