Thursday, December 31, 2009

Oops...




I didn't plan on taking a two week break from this blog. I thought I could do all the Christmas stuff and work in the studio AND keep up with my blog. Unfortunately the closest I was able to come was keeping on top of Christmas (except those Thank you cards we have yet to send out!) I had been out of the studio for almost two weeks as well. UNTIL today! I am so happy. I finally made it out there for a couple of hours and it was fantastic. I feel completely inspired and ready for the New Year.


I worked on some Little White dress pieces and another piece that I like as well. I received a gift certificate to Art Media here in Portland, so I stocked up on some supplies. I am all set for hours of working fun. Thanks to Josh I have two pounds of wax to get thru as well. I haven't had an ideas of what I am going to work on. I just went out and worked and let whatever was going to come out... out. It was good. I had been feeling so cooped up and bored that I think all I really needed was some time out to work. I was able to turn the music up really loud and get to it.



I am going to post these new pieces on Etsy. It was so fun, one of the pieces in my last blog p0st was put up in the shop and then sold within a couple of hours. That was fun. I like the idea that someone saw it and just decided it was for them. So, out it went. The not fun part was sending it during the Christmas rush. Yikes, post offices are crazy. I usually don't do any mailing when it comes this close.

I am very excited for the New Year. I have just a couple of goals for this year. One of them being that I want to get much better at keeping up my Etsy shop and learning how to work it better. I have been saving all the emails with tips and tricks and just haven't spent the time reading it yet. I will do that this year. I also have some very personal goals that I will be working on. Those I think I will keep to myself for now.

I hope everyone has a great and safe New Year. I know we will.

Monday, December 14, 2009

new work...




I posted some new work in my Etsy shop today. It is good to get something new made. I finally made it out to the studio and aside from my hands feeling cold it wasn't too bad.

I am starting to feel that Christmas anxiety. I wish I could go thru the holidays feeling relaxed and ready, but I start to feel that pinch about this time every year. I have so many things on my to do list and am not sure how to get them all done. Plus, I want to make time for friends, but it feels really hard. The worst part is then I just sort of become paralyzed and don't know what to do with myself, where to start. The kids have this last week of school and then they are out which means gifts need to be wrapped this week. I want to say that it's fun for me, but it 's really not. I wish I could just put them under the tree and let the kids figure out what's theirs. Ok, not really.

I have a fun filled weekend to look forward to so that will make things seem better. Now I just have to get there!~

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hi



I've been a bad blogger. The thing is that it was so cold out it was too cold to go in the studio to work. Soooo, I have had not much to write about that has anything to do with my art. Other things have happened around here, but that's a whole other ball of wax and since it's all over and done with.... Anyway, I am planning on getting back into the studio tomorrow. It's still supposed to be cold, but not frigid like it was. I have to say I was a little disappointed this weekend. I was hoping for some snow. Just a little... It just seemed like if it was going to be this cold we might as well as have some white stuff to entertain us. But, no go. No ice either which is fine with me. At least not here in Portland.

Besides working in the studio this week, I have a wonderful weekend to look forward to (yes, I know this one isn't officially over yet). We have a Holiday Party to go to on Saturday and then a wedding of some very special friends on Sunday. It is going to be amazing. I am so honored to be invited to both.

As far as art goes, I am itching to get out in the studio. It's driving me crazy that I have not been out there for a bit. I have a Christmas present that I want to make for my daughter which I will post here later this week. She doesn't read blogs yet so no worries there. I have almost finished up my gifts for some dear friends that I hope they like. But I just haven't turned on the wax or opened up a tube of paint in a while. I did sneak out there earlier in the week to grab something and apparently I had left a cup of coffee half full out there. It was completely frozen solid. SOME DAY I will insulate. Either way, tomorrow I will venture out there. I might not be able to move after all the layers are set, but I will make it out there.


By the way, the picture of the tree was actually from last year. I haven't even gotten around to photographing our tree this year. Lame.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Brrr....



My goodness it's chilly outside. I know it's not that cold compared to other places, and I know there is no snow on the ground, but that wind is really chilly. I made it out to the studio today and even though I was inside, the studio is not insulated. It is cold in there. I had my insulated coveralls (sometime I will take a picture of that!) on, a hat, and some gloves and I still was cold.

I was able to look thru a couple of my older paintings that I decided to post on Etsy. And a new one that I made (above). I had this song in my head by Iron and Wine called Flightless Bird, American mouth. It's still stuck in my head. Anyway, that is what I had going on in my head when I made the piece. In particular my favorite part is when he sings "have I found you". Its beautiful. So, this piece is called have I found you? I am actually a fan of all the Iron and Wine albums, but this song has stuck in my head for weeks. Even after I listen to it, it's still there. Lucky for me I like this song!

Well, I am well on my way with my Christmas shopping. I still have a ways to go, but I feel like I have a good start on it all. I am trying to make gifts this year, like always. It's hard to come up with something cool that people will like (and won't regret not being able to return). I think I have come up with some things. I tried crocheting with a size 1 hook last night. Yikes, that is hard. I swear my eyes were hurting. So were my hands. It was fun though. I am not a great crocheter, but I like having something to do with my hands. I am not one of those people who can multitask when she crochets. I have to fully focus all my attention on what I am doing. I can't watch tv or glance at a magazine. I did have National Lampoons Christmas Vacation on last night. I have seen it enough times that just listening to it made me laugh.

Tomorrow the kids are off school (again) so I am not sure I will be able to get much work done. I hope so. If it's as sunny as it is today I may just send them outside all bundled up for a bit.
Hope everyone is staying toasty!






Wednesday, December 2, 2009

an unitentional break..



I didn't mean to not post for so long. Things come up and my blog gets put on the back burner.

I have had a bit of a block this week which I am finding a little frustrating. At the same time it's giving me an excuse to be a little bit of a slacker. Since I can't seem to come up with my own art I have been reading about other peoples. Blogs are great sources of inspiration for me. Sometimes I don't realize how much time I have actually spent looking at other peoples blogs. Time can fly by. The other thing I have been doing is reading books on other artist. Two of the ones I am reading now are: Charley Harper and Illustrated Life, and Joseph Cornell Navigating the Imagination. Both have amazing art and are very inspiring. I should be reading more of the text, but I love the pictures more than anything.

I am hoping to get out in the studio tomorrow and have a more productive day. I spent three hours out there on Sunday and nothing would come to me. I can't even post what I worked on because it's not good. So many things are wrong with it. Most of all I just don't like it. Some days I just can't get what is in my mind to come out in my art. That I guess is the way it goes sometimes.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you are looking forward to the weeks ahead.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Free Shipping!


Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is having an amazing Thanksgiving! I know that I have. I am so grateful for my family and that everyone is in good health.

To spread the cheer I am offering FREE SHIPPING in my Etsy shop. This will be until Monday night so if there is something you were keeping your eye on, Now is the time!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 23, 2009

New to you...


I am posting one piece that I did for the Skating with Scissors show and one that I have had for a while that I just never got around to posting.


I ran out of wax! I can't believe that I let myself get so low that I actually ran out. I worked so much last Friday that I used it all up. It was so fun though. Today I went out and bought some more. I should be in my studio using it, but I had to put it in the freezer to make it easier to break it up into chunks.

I am working on some Christmas presents which is really keeping my hands busy. I have so many ideas and I am not sure I will be able to do all of them. I hope I will. It would be fun to actually be prepared this season. I need to get a little bit better at planning out jobs. I feel like it's hard only because I have 3 other people in my house that have different needs and wants that are all different and are usually at different times. As much as I would love to be a "full-time" artist, I am a full time parent and wife and that's just how it is. When my kids are a little older and more self-sufficient I think I will have that time that I need. For right now, it's in fits and starts. Some times that can be extremely frustrating and other times I am pretty accepting of the fact that it is what it is. This time of my kids wanting me to do things with them (and for them) won't last forever. I have to remind myself of that fact once in a while.

I have been updating my etsy shop like a mad woman. Unfortunately that hasn't translated into sales. I am trying not to be too hard on myself. I figure there will be a time when it all comes together. Maybe this just isn't the right time. I am going to keep at it though. I love having a place to sell my paintings even if they don't really sell. I have sold a few so I shouldn't complain too much. I know this economy sort of stinks and it's always cheaper to buy a print than an original piece. But some people do like originals and I have to say I think my prices are really reasonable. Maybe I am off, but I think they are. If you think differently let me know! I would appreciate the feedback.

Off to post on my etsy shop!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Too dark for Etsy...


I made some new pieces today. I was really enjoying my time in the studio. It was great. I made one though that is a little darker than what I post on Etsy. It's the one above. I am trying to break out of that "make it nice" rut I got myself into a bit. I want to get back to just making what I feel. Not sure why I came up with the one above, but I did. I am wondering if someone would connect with it or be frightened of it. Either way I think I will post it.
Two posts in one day! Yahoo, I am on a roll. I think it helps that the only thing I have planned for this weekend, besides movies and studio time is going for a walk with a friend. It sounds so great and I can't wait. I currently have banana bread in the oven and it smells delicious. I made a promise to make two loaves so I have one to go. Unfortunately it's making me hungry and I already ate lunch!

I would love some feedback on what you think about posting darker stuff on Etsy. Maybe I am just missing it, but I don't see a lot of dark stuff there.

Me...

One of my pieces is featured on this blog http://www.ohchalet.blogspot.com/! It is my first time that one of anything have made has been a part of any feature. Check out her blog, it's very cool.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

134



This is the 134th post that I have written. That is pretty wild. Anywho, I did some work today and am going to be updating my shop again. The above piece will be in my shop. I also am pretty excited because I have started working on another project. I am not sure where it is going. I do know that I am going to take my time with it and just see where it takes me. Below is a picture of what it is looking like. I haven't done much yet. I found an old drawer that I sawed the ends off and am using one of my insulin vials. I have all this weird little hardware stuff that I collect that I think I will be incorporating as well. I am just excited about it. I haven't done any "playing" in a while.

My daughter is home for the 3rd day in a row. Next week they only have 1 day of school so she is missing a lot. Nothing much I can do about it. She had such a bad cough and fever. The fever is finally gone! It's been gone for almost 24 hours which means that tomorrow morning she can head back to school.

I started crocheting a little garland for my mantel. It's just red crochet yarn and I am just making little circles every so often. It's pretty fun to do something else with my hand. Plus, I am so looking forward to decorating for the holidays. I don't decorate for Thanksgiving or Halloween (besides pumpkins) but Christmas I LOVE to decorate for. I am going to start getting things ready next week while the kids are home. I am trying to think of other things that I can make. Not sure what that will be yet. Anybody know of some cool holiday crafts?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Les Illuminations....

Is the title of the piece I was going to post, but Blogger is not letting me download it.
I have some new work that I was able to do at the end of last week. I haven't done much this week since I had two kids home sick yesterday and one home sick today. Bummer for sure. I think everyone is on the mend so I will be getting out to work tomorrow. I can't wait. I went out a little bit this afternoon and darn it was chilly. I didn't have a lot of time so all I was able to do was get pictures.

I will be updating my etsy shop tonight with some new pieces. I feel pretty inspired lately so I am hoping I can keep updating as the weeks go on before Christmas. I can't really believe I just wrote that, and I can't really believe that Thanksgiving is next week! Wow, how time flies.

I am starting to think about Christmas presents and what to make for everyone. I don't know what I will do yet, but I am getting some inspiration from various blogs. I use that as my excuse to sit every morning, drink my coffee and enjoy what others have written. Then of course it's school and then studio time. I LOVE when I can keep my routine. I don't do very well with change and having that routine disrupted. I can manage, but my whole day gets kind of funky.

Check out my shop for the other goodies that I have posted there. I even have a new acrylic piece. For some reason my acrylic pieces are much darker than my encaustic. I have written this before, but I LOVE anatomy books. I was able to use one for one of the pieces and it was really fun.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mimi



I made two new pieces this morning. It was so great to work and not worry about selling. I still updated my Etsy store, but I didn't worry so much about if they were going to sell. It felt goodl. I probably could have worked more, but darn it's cold and wet out. Plus, I am still a little tired from our sale on Saturday. Which I need to add, was great. It went off mostly without a hitch. It was so cool to see the amazing art people come up with. Just fantastic really. I am in awe of these talented people.

Back to the art! I named the painting with the lady "Mimi". She looked like a Mimi to me. I think she is adorable. The second one with the heart is just named "heart" very original I know. I could work on the paintings, but naming them was too hard. They are both available in my Etsy shop.

I also want to thank the people that bought something from me at the Sale this last weekend. It was so nice to see that people liked what I made. It's really a great feeling.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

One more day...


Until the Holiday Bazaar. We have some awesome vendors! Check them out!
I hope you all will come to the sale. It should be really good.....

Tomorrow is the day before set-up and then Saturday is the big sale. I am very hopeful that everything will work out. I am also really tired and anxious for Sunday. This should be a good weekend.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

darker...



Sometimes my thought go a little darker and it shows in my paintings. That is what happened to me this morning. For some reason I am really feeling on edge today. Not sure if it's because I have so many things to do, but can't do them for another two days or what. Either way, it's been a darker day in my head than it is outside. That's how these two pieces came about. I was in my studio listening to some music when these titles came up. I guess this is what I translated it to.

It is an absolutely beautiful day outside. I don't know what has made me so cranky and edgy. I guess if I can make something out of it that is better than nothing. I put these two pieces in my Etsy shop already. I don't think I will bring them to the sale on Saturday. They are a little too personally revealing for a sale at school with a lot of parents that I know. I guess it's easier to put them up on Etsy where people don't know me personally. They can take what they want from it and translate it to themselves. That is the great thing about Art.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Nothing much...


Not much going on here. I was working on other things today besides painting.
We had a really nice Halloween. My camera battery died so I didn't get any pictures. Max was Count Olaf from the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and Maggie was a witch that later turned into a cat. Good stuff.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Birdies x 2




Today I finished two paintings that I have been working on. One is a painting that I am doing for the Audubon Society auction done in acrylic and collaged, the other one is collage, but done in encaustic. They are both really similar and I had a lot of fun making them. I have never really tried to make two of something and it was kind of fun. They turned out differently even though they both started out basically the same. The one in the cream and blue is the Audubon society piece, the one in the browns will go in my etsy shop today.

I have new duds for my studio. It's pretty mild out today, but the other day it was really chilly and wet. Well, I am doing good because Josh found me some Dickie's insulate coveralls! I have some cotton ones that I sometimes use in the summer, but they are not warm. These are really warm. I look like the Michelin man, but I am super cozy. Plus, I can work in them which is really important. I just put them right over my clothes (or pajamas) and off to work I go. It's great.

Don't forget Portlanders me along with 90(!) other awesome vendors are going to be at the Lewis Holiday Bazaar on November 7! It's going to be awesome. Go to LewisEvents.org and see all the cool Portland vendors.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Feng Shui


Before Studio
Ok, I don't really know anything about Feng Shui except for things that I have heard or read, but I do know that I cleaned my studio up yesterday and a couple hours later I sold a painting on Etsy! Maybe I cleaned up or cleared out or whatever you do to get better energy coming in. I don't know, but I am pretty happy about it. From the before pictures you can see that it was really bad. I had neglected that space and it was making it really hard to work in there. It's not done now, but it is on it's way. I created separate work areas for my encaustics and my acrylics. I had been meaning to do this for a long time, but never did. Usually because when I went out there I just wanted to work and not clean. It feels so good to clean! Now if only I felt that way about cleaning up my house!

After Studio



The other thing I have been doing is re-reading Twyla Tharp's book The Creative Habit. I highly recommend this book. I like her writing just for the fact that it is completely straight forward. She basically lets you know that if you don't get out there and create you are never going to be any better at your art. She uses a lot of examples of other artists from all different backgrounds and talents and it makes it really interesting to read. I also like that it's not just about making art a habit, but about how we create it and how to get past those pesky critics we all have in our head. I received this book for Christmas a couple of years ago and read it then, but I think I am getting more out of it this time.

So tomorrow, I will be finishing the studio and hopefully making something. I have ideas that are finally coming up and I think I will finally have the space to make them. Now, I just have to remember to clean up after myself.

Monday, October 26, 2009

better..



So, the flu is done with me. I am hoping that was as sick as I will get for the rest of the season. Man that sucked. Unfortunately Max is now home.

My time has been taken up with being sick and my kids school Holiday Bazaar. I am looking forward to it. For those of you in the PDX area it's November 7. You can get more info here. There are some AWESOME vendors coming to do our bazaar. Shopping!

The other thing I started this weekend was cleaning my studio. I finally moved back out of the living room. It was just taking up too much darn space. But once I got out to my studio I realized that it's a huge mess. I have A LOT of stuff. I don't use all of it, but I keep thinking that I will use it at some point. I have a ton of anatomy books. A lot of my art used to focus on anatomy. I love old medical books. I have some vintage Red Cross First Aid books that are quite funny. They used black and white pictures of real medical situations. I also have a ton of books in French and Italian. I just like how it looks. I don't use those often enough I think. O' there are so many things I want to make and just don't have the time right now. I could cut my sleep time, but I get cranky without my sleep.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

It's going around...


So, I think I am sick which really sucks. I am so dead tired I don't know what to do with myself. This is a really bad time to get sick. I have a lot to do and I don't see that ending anytime soon. Since I became a type 1 diabetic (my pancreas went caput) I have to be a little careful when I get sick. I don't feel like monitoring my blood sugar, but I could get into trouble if I don't. I would like to sleep, but I do have some stuff I have to do.

I did not make anything last night unfortunately. I was sick and my tummy wouldn't allow anything but resting. I did look thru some old pictures I picked up at an estate sale. I bought a whole pack of them and stuck them in a box. I pulled that box out the other day. There are some great 60's pics in there. I plan on using them in my art very soon.

Stay well.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Neglect...



My poor blog. I have neglected it for a whole week. I have been very busy with school stuff and unfortunately my blog and my art have been the first to go. That and my house which is a mess.

I have taken over my living room to do some art pages and it's not pretty as you can see from the picture above. I have been working on some pages in my watercolor journals. Sometimes it's just taking pictures and pasting them down. Other times I actually do some different collages. Just depends on how much time I have and what I am feeling like.

So this blog is mainly going to be pictures. I have nothing else exciting to add to it.

Monday, October 12, 2009

A small reminder.

I am back from a really restful vacation. The kids did not have school last friday and I took them out about an hour early on Thursday to get our small break started. It was lovely. We did not much of anything. I watched some Mad Men (s2) and that was great, had some wine, did some fishing (I caught a big one!) The kids only fought a little which was good.

I am stuck. I have been trying to work on projects and am just not coming up with anything. I did make this piece today. I like it. I needed to remember to do just that, breathe. I find myself really frustrated. I have this feeling like I want to make something, but nothing is really coming forward. I have tried crocheting, painting, collages with magazines, encaustic, journaling etc.. nothing is sticking. Ugh, it's frustrating. I know I will get thru this just like I have the other times. I just hope this doesn't last too long. It's hard to have all this creative energy and no outlet.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Breather...




I am going to float on a houseboat this weekend with my family. I have been completely uninspired and I think this might get me back in my studio. The kids have Friday off so I am taking an extended weekend. Hope you have a nice one..

Monday, October 5, 2009

Ouch!

Nothing new to post today. I pulled a muscle in my back and can't sit or stand for too long. So, no new work, no new postings. Nada. Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with something to say.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

More journal goodness...





I worked a little bit on my journal last night and today. Nothing spectacular, but it's a good break. I think it lets me think in a different way. For the journal I take pictures that I find interesting or pretty and try to make them all work in some way. I love pictures of textures which is what page 2 is all about.

I am going to a friends are opening tonight which should be fun and then a school PTA meeting which doesn't really seem to fit. This night actually sums up my life pretty well.

I updated my store today. I finally have 40 items in my shop! I know some people have a lot more in their shop than I do, but I figure since I am making originals, 40 items isn't bad. I would LOVE to have to replenish though!

Have a great day.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Visual Journal...








I think I know why I am magazine obsessed. I need to journal. I used to use magazines and catalogs as journal pieces all the time. Then I went to canvases, then wood, encaustic etc... But I miss doing my visual journals. These pics are from the last one that I did. I am going to start one today I think. It feels like a good idea. I am the first to admit these pages are not the greatest, but they are not meant to be. They are just supposed to be a way of purging some thoughts and getting back to just basic paint on paper. I use watercolor paper for my journals. They hold the paint and glue really well.

So, here is part of my journal. Lots of pictures today!~

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Feeling uninspired...


I am not feeling inspired today. I went out to the studio, I turned on my wax and NOTHING. It's such a bummer when I feel this way. I really wanted to make something, but nothing was coming to me. This is probably a sign that I need to do some other stuff to stimulate my brain. I think I am going to do some Ashtanga Yoga (ooh la la) tonight to get my blood flowing. Other than that I have been a magazine junkie lately. I can go months without being interested in magazines and then something will happen and I just want to read them. I am a book person so normally I can get into a book and finish it pretty quickly. I usually have more than one going at a time. For some reason though even though I have a book I could read (actually I have several) I am not into it. I am into magazines. Part of it is the eye candy. There is so much going on with colors! I love the colors that are "in" right now. The purples and reds really get to me. Love them! The trick with reading all these magazines (vogue, elle, bazaar, etc..) is that I number one do not come close to looking like the models in the magazines, and two I couldn't afford a t-shirt ($86.00!) that they have in there. So, it's just for looking. And there is some inspiration there too. Like I said, the colors really get to me and sometimes the shape and flow of a garment can inspire me. It just depends.

Today I posted some more pieces in my store. I am feeling pretty good about it. Tomorrow I will have 40 pieces in there which is the most I have ever had. By the end of the week there will be even more.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Update that was...





I did it! I finally did an update on my Etsy store today! I am so relieved. I put about 5 new pieces up which means I will be updating all week. I have that many new pieces. I have a sale to get ready for at the beginning of November, but I am feeling confident enough that I will have more pieces for that show specifically.

I have opened the doors to my studio, but I haven't done any work out there yet. Which I know I just wrote that I will have a bunch of new pieces for this upcoming sale and yet I haven't worked in a week. I know it's coming though. I have been VERY unmotivated these past couple of days. I'm not sleeping very well so I think that is just part of it. It makes me really tired during the day. Even coffee doesn't seem to be doing the trick. I think I just need a solid amount of sleep in one swoop. I shall see if that is possible!

I hope you check out my update. I feel pretty good about it. I had to renew a few things that had expired as well so my shop is looking nice and full. I can't wait until the end of the week. Then all my pieces will be in there for everyone to see.