Happy Halloween!

This time, something a bit different :). As some of you know, I have returned to painting and opened an art shop on Etsy and RedBubble earlier this year. A Youtube channel seemed like a natural next step for me, and I’m lucky to have the support of my wonderful family in this new endeavor.

Hope you’ll enjoy my first YT relaxing art video, and I hope you’ll stick around my new channel for next videos, too!

Lastly, big thanks to Wakizashi for tips and encouragement! ๐Ÿ˜‰

38 thoughts on “Happy Halloween!

    1. Thanks!!! ๐Ÿ˜€
      And thanks! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘บ๐Ÿ‘ป (that middle mask is very Japanese, don’t you agree?)

      To be honest, I had a LOT of help with editing, from my inestimable husband ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s fun, but not so easy, and definitely horribly time consuming. My paintings usually take a good few days to make, so it’s 10+ hours of video to edit ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, I’m only learning how to do it properly, and only recently bought a good light source for the painting/filming process ๐Ÿ˜‰
      So yeah, learning curve! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. piotrek

    Wow, congratulations, nice painting, and a bold move to start your own YT channel! I’ll be watching that ๐Ÿ™‚


    My Halloween story from year 2021 – in a primary school my oldest niece attends, there were plans to organize a Halloween ball. Parents agreed, children were waiting happily. But! One of the parents, too craven to voice his/her opposition during the parents/teacher meeting, made an anonymous call to the local Board of Education (in Poland it’s a centralized institution, local supervisors are nominated by the central government – that means the current far right populist regime).

    And this supervisor, a ridiculous figure who, judging by her public statements, cares about indoctrinating young minds with catholic orthodoxy much more than about actually educating them – scared the school’s principal into cancelling the event. Catholic priests in Poland were always against Halloween, seeing this as a spiritual danger to young innocent souls (in their eyes much bigger danger than activities of paedophile priests… they know their priorities…), but this stance was not enforced by the state.

    We are moving from the stage when Catholics in Poland wanted to defend their children against the ‘moral rot coming from the decadent West’ to the next, when they actively fight against more liberal parents’ right to follow their values… there is pressure not only to force their version of religion in schools, but also increase in right-wing kind of patriotism in literature and history lessons, designed to raise a new generation of voters. I’m hopeful it isn’t going to work, as younger generations of Poles are increasingly, year after year, more liberal and secular.

    Anyway, this Halloween there really are some ghosts in Poland, ghosts of the scary past.

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    1. Thanks a lot! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Heh, I’ll return the favor with a different story, back from 2017 ๐Ÿ˜‰ There was a school Halloween party planned for the local school, organized as usual by the English teachers, and the local church decided to counter it with its own party – an All Saints party, where you were supposed to dress up as a saint ๐Ÿ˜‰ Back then, they at least were creative. Now, it’s just decrees and bans. I’m totally not missing that.

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    1. Thanks, Bart!
      Yep, looks like a black hole indeed, but on the flip side, for now I’m just experimenting so I don’t have too high expectations for anything – just a bit of fun ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. With an onward quest to reduce screen-time for vision reasons it’s a challenge to keep up with my current “visitations” but I’m sure your expansion into new platforms will spark new clientele and friendships too (although as someone else has mentioned, it creates new demands to nourish those relationships along the way too). I recently uploaded a short video to Tiktok (about my seemingly endless stacks of books) and was amazed how much I had to learn just for that short exercise, so I can only imagine the learning curve for a lengthy YT edit, but it keeps our brains in shape, eh? *cues ’80s style aerobic exercise counts*

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    1. You are so right! It’s a steep learning curve, all right ๐Ÿ˜… but it also gives a lot of pleasure once you can see the end result! ๐Ÿ˜€ And to be fair, the lengthiest part is actually painting the pictures! ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿคฃ

      Yup, unfortunately time is not flexible, at least not in our Earthly conditions. I’m trying to figure out a good balance between those activities; we’ll see how it’s going to go. Still, it’s a lot of fun for the time being – and thanks for visiting!


        1. Thanks!!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

          The camera overhead is not a great choice, but an unavoidable one. I usually switch it off for the very fine details, as I need to put my head right above the paper, between it and the camera ๐Ÿ˜‰ I experimented with angles in the upcoming video, you’ll be able to check it out when it’s out this weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Good luck! I enjoyed watching the creation process. Youtube seems to be the place to be (or TikTok). Blogging is really old-school… I do watch a decent amount of Youtube videos. Mostly booktube, but also random stuff I stumble upon.

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    1. Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Well, to be fair, I’m not going to start book vlogging – it’s not something I’d enjoy either watching or doing. But I do like to watch those time-lapse videos of making something out of nothing – it has a special charm to me, this creative process of making things appear on an empty page, giving them shapes and colours, and turning nothing into something ๐Ÿ˜€

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        1. They are also somehow relaxing ๐Ÿ˜‰ My husband watches a lot of woodworking vids, and there’s something magical in it, especially woodturning ๐Ÿ˜€ Haven’t watched a cooking video, but I love watching time-lapse of how watercolor stain spreads in water – almost as if it’s alive (which I guess is why I like time-lapse nature videos of plants growing! ;))

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