Read Books List 2019: FREE PRINTABLES

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With the year well under way and our New Year Resolutions lists probably a thing of the past, it’s time to start a new list… of books read!
Also taking into account all of the load shedding happening (if you’re in South Africa) and your phone’s battery always dying, it’s a good time to start reading more.

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So track the books you’re getting through with these Books Read in 2019 lists, and if you devour books quickly there’s an Even More Books Read page which you can keep printing and filling in the increasing numbers as you go.

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HOW TO DOWNLOAD (high-res):

Click on the page name below and it will open in a new tab > (right click) save image as > then print as A4.
1. Books Read
2. More Books Read
3. Even More Books Read

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Share your finished reading list and don’t forget to tag me @shmaymee 🙂

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Oh, love me do!

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Found this little floppy-tongued greyhound on my Facebook TL (below) and thought he needed an ode-to-puppy watercolour portrait done. It really was just going to be a little painting… but it turned into an Instagram post, then a scan and digital painting/edit which needed to be mocked up on some swag-a-lag chap from Tumblr (above) and then put into this here blog post. I guess this was a productive procrastination session when I have other work that needs to be done. Oh well.
At the end of this post is a bit of listening pleasure from the Beatles by whom the pup’s tagline is inspired. So please, love me do. Whoa, love me do.

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OriginalOriginal painting. A4 watercolour on cartridge paper. 

“To mother” – a Mother’s Day commission series

I was sitting on my couch one evening recently and got onto thinking about things, and things as gifts, and life, and more things, and home… and then thought about Mother’s Day, well more like wondering when it is and if I’d accidentally missed it already, isn’t it usually in March? Oh flip, what I am going to do if it’s passed already!

Google reassured me though that in fact, Mother’s Day is still to come, on Sunday 10th of May to be specific. So now you can relax knowing that you still have a good amount of time – the whole of April – to start thinking of a special gift for yo mamma… Like, let’s see… Now wouldn’t a thoughtful white-framed portrait painted of your mom be a great idea?

That’s how the concept for my next illustration series came about, entitled: To mother.
It’ll be a collection of black ink portraits painted on A6 (105x148mm) 200gsm card for commissioning individuals of their lovely mothers, which can then be ordered with a white, box-frame and couriered straight to your mom, or to you. To keep. For yourself. Because your mom is cool and you wanna see a picture of her everyday.

The title’s concept:

1. (to) mother: (verb)

Past tense: mothered; noun: mothering
Bring up (a child) with care and affection.
“The art of mothering”: look after (someone) kindly and protectively, sometimes excessively so.

2. To, Mother

To address a letter to… yo mama!

3. To mother

An art series of commissioned portraits painted by Amy (me) of moms for Mother’s Day (Sunday 10 May 2015), to send as a present to your ma (or to keep for yourself).


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And now…

How to get your mom’s portrait done:

1. I’m going to need a high res pic of your mother, preferably where her full face (no half-cut-off heads, please) and shoulders takes up most of the frame, or maybe you want to go with something more expressive that involves the whole figure, that’s cool too. REMEMBER: the more interesting and engaging the photo, the more likely the painting is bound to be too.

2. Email the photo and postal address to amyslatem@gmail.com, and I’ll book a slot for you and send a invoice with banking deets. The queue to get your portrait done is going to be dependent on demand at the time, and if it is too close to the commission cut off date (30 APRIL 2015) I might not be able to do it, sorry. Right of Admission Reserved (?).

3. As a formality I require the deposit before starting (see below for pricing*), you can opt to pay full price then too (deposit + frame (optional) + postage).

4. Once the portrait is done, I’ll send you an email with a snap of the work, and the payment balance (if due). You can add a frame to your order still.

5. All portraits will be safely packaged and sent to the courier by Wednesday, 6 May,  (tbc) to arrive the next day and in time for the Mother’s Day weekend.

*Pricing list

– All portraits (deposit) R350
– White box-frame (pictured above) – optional R100
– Next-day courier (Aramex) R120
– Registered mail (non-framed portraits only, I can’t guarantee when it’ll arrive though) R50

If you decide on the full, framed & next-day delivery package, the total price is R570.

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The frame can both be hung up on the wall, or stand on a table.

23dom: Week 3. 07/02/15 – 14/02/15

Day 16. Saturday. 07/02/15
#CRIKEY

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I often get these big and wonderful ideas, this is my current adventurous tangle of practicalities. Watch this space…


Day 17. Sunday. 08/02/15
#WHAT NOW

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This is based on a recent experience I had while visiting family friends and being asked to “un-Uncle” my one uncle figure and call him by just his first name. It’s rather difficult to unlearn such set “norms” that have always been so since I was little. This is one example of many.


Day 18. Monday. 09/02/15
#AMAWOOFWOOF

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Hmmm, does it make it any better that I can admit that I can be one (from time to time only, obviously…)?


Day 19. Tuesday. 10/02/15
#CUTSDEEP

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This is the second time I’ve managed to cut my finger with a sharp knife while preparing spinach (of all things). This time at least it didn’t end in stitches.


Day 20. Wednesday. 11/02/15
#ONE

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Still early days and counting. One month together yet one month apart.


Day 21. Thursday. 12/02/15
#JUNGLEHEADED

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Today’s thought is a continuation from Day 16, in which my brain is a mushy mess of thoughts and confusions, of excitements and doubts about the future, foreign countries and hearts. Made me think of the fab song by Wankelmut & Emma Louise: My Head is a Jungle (Give it a listen. Let it get stuck in your brain too! My gift to you.)


Day 22. Friday. 13/02/15
#JUST

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I got thinking about the formalities of making plans with old friends, new friends and people in between and how one goes about deciding on what kind of “date” you would care/be able to do based on your relationship with that person. Simple coffee dates by no means [always] hold a negative connotation, but I wouldn’t necessarily want to go on an extended lunch date or similar with certain people, I mean you’re setting yourselves up for a commitment of being able to hold long[er] conversations, choosing what to eat (mothatrucking pasta vs the greek salad, darling) and then still eating it awkwardly in front of each other while trying to determine the difference between awkward silence or eating silence, oh… and then the bill. Honestly, sometimes just going for coffee is a WAY less stressful/awkward/intimidating/ idunno invitation… sometimes you’re just a coffee date to me.


Day 23. Saturday. 14/02/15
#VDAY

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The distance between us is only half of the Earth, no biggie.
Also the last day of the 23dom series… and it’s Valentines day (23 days after my 23rd birthday!).


Let me know your thoughts about 23dom, the posts, your own experiences of being in your confused 20’s, being a creative and anything in between… I’d love to chat (and maybe do a follow up similar series).
To keep up to date with my latest artworks, follow me on Instagram @shmaymee.

Ink painting teaser video

I wanted to have a go at a “live painting” recording by doing a short one of a quick figurative ink painting. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the whole painting process recorded because I don’t have my tripod with me in Joburg and had to make an alternative plan with the camera set-up… which worked for the duration of this vid before the camera fell off its make-shift perch (the camera made it out unscathed, don’t worry).

But I’ll need to work on that and getting better video editing programs, so don’t take this video too seriously, but rather as a work in progress/first attempt.

Below is the finished piece, with another portrait work from earlier this morning:

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23dom: The beginning of a documentative series

23-cover_SlatemThere seems to be an increasing number of Buzzfeed posts or Elite Dailies on social media focusing on the trials, confusions, good thangs, bad thangs and general common traits supposedly experienced in your 20’s.

In particular though, my timeline has had a lot about being 23 (because many of my friends have been chugging away at this age for some time already…. #hipsters). Posts like: “23 reasons nobody likes turning 23”, “23 real-life struggles of being 23” and the likes…

So as my 23rd birthday approached, and the 23rd of January drew closer, I decided I’d record my own experiences, thoughts and understandings for the first 23 days of being this young/old/present/absent.

My idea is to document/doodle/illustrate/write/collage the most significant thought or happening of the day – and date it – to capture these initial days of being a 23 year-old, living by myself in Johannesburg, entering my second year post-varsity and with a fresh (but long distance) relationship on my mind.

The intention is to blog and Instagram the image, a tagline and then a brief explanation/ expansion about the day, each day.

The twenty threedom title plays on the word freedom (because we’re in the age of independence) and the Afrikaans word dom (meaning stupid or clueless – because we don’t have it/much/most/anything really figured out right now).

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For and about all those times we’re made to think our great isn’t good enough.

This piece has a kind of end-of-year-vibe with nothing to do with Christmas, but more a summative look back at the general feeling for the year gone by. A tad negative though, but I see it more as having just been a year spent trying to find my footing in the [creative and real] world and the big city. 2014 has been the foundation-digging year and from here on out, it’s only onward and upward. Here’s to greatness. *glass clink

This work is from an ongoing series of type-work based on experiences, thoughts and quotes particularly significant to me at this point in time. The ongoing struggle of a 22 year old. Negativity and the plight to greatness.

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