Painting from Photo

Here is what I did on Friday

I used a reference photo from @eyeonebony on unsplash for my sketches and paintings. Source:

April 2019 Draw Calendar

Zeet Studio
Themed Gesture Drawing
Two Sessions Every Sunday
1:00 – 4:00 PM, COSTUMED MODEL (¥90)
4:30 – 7:30 PM, NUDE MODEL (¥150)
Themes are announced each week on the Official Account and in the group. Some supplies and drawing boards provided. Pre-registration recommended. WeChat/Alipay.
Contact: Sophie @MMCoconut
Official: 猹鱼工作室 @zeet-studio
Group: 猹鱼聚众速写 (230)

Life Drawing
Every Two Weeks at Different Studios
7:30 – 9:30 PM ¥180
Some supplies, drawing boards, and easels provided. Pre-registration required. Transfer on WeChat.
Contact: Marianne @mariannedaquet
Official: 阿特黎尔艺术工坊 @atelierartschool
Group: Atelier Community (126)

Drink & Draw
Every Tuesday, 9:00 PM (FREE)
Official: Modernista @Modernista_BJ
Contact: Nuria @room1007
Group: Drink and Draw (497)

Urban Sketchers
Every Two Weeks at Different Locations
Contact: Flora @florawang0410
Official: 速写北京
Group: 都市速写北京 | No. 3 (425)

Songs for Little Horses

singHello Song

Hello, everybody, so glad to see you!
Hello, everybody, so glad to see you!

Hello to SOPHIE so glad to see you!
Hello to SOPHIE so glad to see you!

Repeat for all kids. Maybe pass a ball or drum to signal who’s turn it is. Also, there is a quick moment between each verse where we call out the next kid’s name to make sure we sign the right name. End with greeting MOMS, DADS, GRANDMAS, or just repeat first EVERYBODY verse.

Source: Music Together

Open and Shut

Open and shut them, open and shut them!
Give a little clap, clap, clap!
Open and shut them, open and shut them!
Put them in your lap, lap, lap!

Creep and crawl them, creep and crawl them!
Right down to your toes!
Creep and crawl them, creep and crawl them!
Right up to your nose!

Source: Kings County Library System

This is Big

This is big, big, big. (arms wide) This is small, small, small. (hands almost together)
This is short, short, short. (hands low) This is tall, tall, tall. (hands over your head)
This is fast, fast, fast. (roll yours quickly) This is slow, slow, slow. (roll slowly)

Source: Mel’s Desk via Jbrary

Row Your Boat

Row, row, row your boat GENTLY (QUICKLY, SLOWLY) down the stream!
Merrily, merrily, merrily! Life is but a dream!

Source: Jbrary

Hands are Clapping

Hands are clapping! Clap, clap, clap! Hands are clapping! Clap, clap, clap!
Clap your hands my darling!

Toes are tapping! Tap, tap, tap!…
Fingers are wiggling! Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle…
Eyes are hiding! Peek-a-boo…

Source: Jbrary

Switching from Mercilon (back) to Marvelon

Irritatingly, last month I went to buy a pack of Mercilon pills from my local pharmacy in Beijing and they didn’t have it. Not only did they not have Mercilon, but they had a shelf full of Marvelon. Ugh. I just switched from Marvelon to Mercilon because it looked like all the pharmacies no longer carried it. And now it’s available again.

4 boxes of Marvelon birthcontrol

So now I’m going to try to go back to Marvelon. I bought 4 boxes, so I can be set for a while. They are 32.8元 per box. That’s almost half the price of Mercilon. More importantly, I have felt like my moods have been more severely up and down with Mercilon and also my skin has been breaking out almost constantly. I blame the pill, but who knows. There are always other factors with these things.

I found this advice on switching, which seems the same as going the other direction:

Switching Pills – {21 day to 21 day} Changing to combined preparation containing different progesterone (21 day combined preparations) continue current pack until last tablet and start first tablet of new brand the next day. If a seven day break is taken before starting new brand, additional precautions (barrier methods) should be used during the first 7 days of taking the new brand.

Source: guidelines for initiation and switching of combined oral contraception (PDF, 49.3 KB)

So there you go. Hope this works out.