Currently: February 2016

Currently is one of those series I meant to start up again in January and it entirely fell through the cracks. I really like sharing my Currently list for two reasons: 1. It covers things I don’t often write whole posts about (like TV shows and music) which can often open lovely conversations in the comments (feel free to fangirl or disagree about anything with me at anytime. I love discussing stuff!) and 2. I love reading other people’s Currently lists, so I figure people might enjoy mine as well! And if not, well, carry on then. 🙂

Watching: Peaky Blinders and I am obssessed. The hubs and I are almost through, and this show has solidified Cillian Murphy as one of my favorite actors. I’ve liked him in everything I’ve ever seen him in, and he is utterly captivating as Thomas Shelby. Bonus: all the Irish accents.

Reading: As my little widget on the sidebar there will tell you, I’m in the midst of Red Rising. It’s a re-read, but my neighbor has lent me the second book in the series and I wanted to read the whole thing fresh. I’m still loving it. A full review will be happening.

Listening: Lake Street Dive has a new album coming out today (I’ve had it pre-ordered for months and am SO EXCITED) and I’m obsessed with the song above. So bluesy and delicious. Also, Walk Off The Earth’s latest album is still great, and I really enjoy their latest video for their song Hold On (The Break) and also their cover of Hello by Adele. It features KRNFX (aka Terry Im), who I think may be the most incredible beat boxer I’ve ever heard.

Hair study in progress. It’s been awhile with my graphite pencils.

A photo posted by Kay (@myopensketchbook) on

Making: Art. All the time. And loving it. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see my latest WIPs, which currently consist of some hair studies and the start of a new portrait series I’m quite excited about. Plus some Deadpool fanart which will be debuting on the blog soon. Also, I sense some Peaky Blinders art in my future…I’m so addicted.

Feeling: Actually, freaking amazing. On Valentine’s Day we went out to brunch with three other couples, one of whom I’d never met. This is a big deal for me as meeting new people is not my forte, plus I have serious anxiety about food and specifically, eating in restaurants. However, the day was a complete success. I had a great time, and (thanks to mental prep + box breathing) even managed to eat some food. It was a really proud day for anxiety conquering!

Planning: Imaginary hiking trips to far away lands. One day, we will have money to travel!

Loving: The mild winter New Hampshire is having. We’ve had some snow, and a couple rounds of brutally cold weather, but in comparison to other years this one has been a piece of cake. Love it!

I use the Currently prompts from rukristen‘s awesome Currently Posts-Its – find them here! Not an affiliate link, just sharing some indie love!

What does your Currently list look like?

  • B.

    Just based on that photo I might need to check out that show!

    • Kay

      I adore it. It’s about Irish gangsters (in Ireland/England) in the 20s. I didn’t really know what to expect when I started it, but I love it! I hope Season 3 comes out soon!

  • It’s always nice to see what your online friends are up to. Glad you brought the series back! <3

    • Kay

      Yay, thanks!

  • gamerwife

    Hurray for concurring your anxiety! And I’m very curious about Peaky Blinders now. I love Cillian Murphy.

    • Kay

      Completely agreed. He is just so captivating to watch. I really hope Season 3 of Peaky Blinders is up soon! If you check it out, let me know how what you think.

  • I love that hair study piece. It’s beautiful! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    • Kay

      Thanks Mandy! I’m having so much fun with it!

  • I Loved the song! Lake Street Dive sounds good! 🙂 The hair drawing is also super impressive! What a patience you have!!! Steel patience!

    • Kay

      Glad you like it! And I am so obsessed with Lake Street Dive. They have such wonderful vintage sound…this new album is a bit different from their last…very MoTown influence and it’s SO GOOD.

      And thanks! I used to LOATHE drawing hair, so I started doing it more and more to practice and now I embrace it. I find it relaxing!

      • Yup I loved it!!!!! I’m going to search for more of their music! 🙂

        Oh! I haven’t thought about relaxing while painting hair. I recently bought a kitty book to paint cats xDDDD They’re around flowers and such 😉 That kind of relaxes me at the moment 🙂

        • Kay

          Okay, I have to recommend some Lake Street Dive songs – Henriette is amazing, so is Neighbor Song, and also Clear A Space, You Go Down Smooth. Start with those four but I could go on forever haha!

          I get lost in the details and tedious work…you know when you’re so into creating something that time slips, and your mind is just so focused on what you’re doing your house could fall down around you and you wouldn’t notice? It’s that kind of zen haha.

  • Your hair study piece is incredible!

    • Kay

      Thanks Stacey! <3

  • I’m happy you’re feeling amazing!! Conquering your anxiety is huge! And yay, Irish accents<3 I love Cillian Murphy but I've never thought to watch that show. Definitely something I'll be checking it!

    • Kay

      I’m glad we decided to watch it, so good! And seriously, anxiety conquering is often few and far between so when it happens I always feel like a million bucks haha.

  • I love Peaky Blinders! Such a good show and Cillian Murphy is using his natural speaking voice no made up accent there! The show is amazing I’ve gotten emotional on it a couple of times with the thing with Polly.

    • Kay

      Right?! Same here. We just finished season 2 and it was so stressful. And given his name, I did kind of assume Cillian Murphy’s native accent was Irish, but this is the first time I’ve ever heard him speak in it. Though he may have in 28 Days Later; it’s been a long time since I saw that. Anywho, love this show and can’t wait for Season 3 now!

      • I think he did keep his Irish accent in 28 Days Later but I really can’t remember it’s been a long time.

  • Nichole

    Love this idea and I need to check out Peaky Blinders. I’ve heard such great things about it.

    • Kay

      It’s excellent! I hope you enjoy it if you check it out!

  • I’m glad you had a nice Valentine’s Day! Meeting new people is always scary for me too, so I think it’s great that the day was a success! What about eating in a restaurant makes you anxious?

    • Kay

      I have a hard time eating in front of other people, especially people I don’t know. So when there’s an expectation to eat (you know, since that’s the whole reason you GO to a restaurant haha) it’s a huge trigger for me. As in, can cause a panic attack. But I’m working on it for when we do choose to eat out, which is rarely. If we’re going to get food, we tend to order in! 🙂

  • Claire White

    I was going through your blog (which is great btw) and I was so excited someone else is watching ‘Peaky Blinders’! I loved it and I feel like I’ve been waiting for season 3 for forever. Cillian Murphy is the best!

    • Kay

      Thanks for reading, Claire! 🙂 And yes, I so adore that show! There has been such a big gap between season 2 and 3 so I really hope it comes out soon!

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