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What Do You Do When There's No Electricity?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello, My Lovelies!  Lately we've been losing power.  A. Lot…..So I haven't been cooking much, and normally I try to share something delicious on Thursday.  Come back tomorrow for Literary Friday for a recipe from the cute little book I just read.

Losing power is annoying.  Very, very annoying because we have underground utilities in our neighborhood.  We can have the slightest little thunder shower and BOOM!  No power.

Usually it goes off in the early evening and stays off until around midnight or later.  Then our alarm system goes crazy when it comes back one and wakes everyone up.

So…..since I can't do much of anything else, I've been drawing.  By flashlight.  :D

I'm starting a new series based on some of my favorite fictional heroines.  The theme is hard to put into words, but basically the heroines I've chosen all have one thing in common:  circumstances/fate cause them to have a much different home than the one they have at the beginning of the book.  I really need to figure out how to better state it, but here are a few of the characters I'll be painting:

Tessa from The Infernal Devices series
Claire from the Outlander series
Adelia from The Mistress of the Art of Death series
Jane Eyre
Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice
Katherine from The Tenth Gift
Darcy from Something Blue
Mac from the Fever series
Diana from the All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches)
Bethany from Styx
Katniss from The Hunger Games

I guess if you've read any of these books you'll get the point.  My only worry is that I don't want it to look like fan art.  I want them to look very nice!  Anyway….here is my first study from my art journal.  It's Tessa Gray from the Infernal Devices series from Cassadra Clare.  It's one of two YA books I have on the list.

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Normally I share my art journals on my art journal blog, but I might share my studies from this series over here, too. Did you even know that I have another blog?  Yep, I do. You can visit it by clicking on the link in my sidebar.

Also, I'm open for any and all suggestions for this series.  

So what do you do when the power goes out?  And keep it clean…..or PG-13 anyway!

Until next time…

Ricki Jill


  1. I haven't experienced a power outage since moving to Vegas.
    I miss a good thunderstorm and power outage. As kids we would always get the flashlights and put on shows in the dark, lol
    Can't wait to see more of your journaling!

  2. We have outages periodically too. We stand out with the neighbors if it's not the middle of the night. Or sleep. :)

  3. We have been having rather frequent outages, too, and it is really annoying. We also have underground utilities, and we had congratulated ourselves till lately on not having this problem any more. We used to live in a heavily wooded area with above-ground utilities, and we were constantly losing power. It is so bad for the appliances and the electronics! At least you are being productive I usually get my iPad and switch to LTE and just keep on trucking.

  4. When the kids were younger we would play board games by flash lights and candles. It has been a very long times since we have experienced the lights being out other than the middle of the night when we all are sleeping.

  5. When the lights go out (depending on the time of day) I head to Starbucks and pray the power comes back on while I am gone. lol
    I did NOT know you had another blog...and you are VERY talented, Ricki Jill. Guess I didn't realize how talented you were before this. Hope you have a great weekend- xo Diana

  6. That list includes some of my favorite heroines, so I look forward to seeing the entire collection! :)
    I love the concept of displaced heroines....are you capturing them before the journey, or after?
    I also really like the framing "doodles"...there's a word for that in art, I'm sure, but the fact that elements of the story/her life serve as composition balancing things, and frame her face.

    We just moved into our house two weeks ago, and wouldn't you know it- the power went out on Saturday! I've loved it since I was a kid, but I have a feeling I wouldn't if it meant alarms going off in the middle of the night. Ugh! This time, it was during the day (and since my car is an electric, it started honking at me to let me know the power connection broke). It made no difference in the chores I was doing. But when it happens at night, that means it's time to break out the candles and board games!


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