Thursday, December 31, 2009


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


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


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.