Thursday, February 25, 2010

Circles...again..


"in california"

I am having an attraction to circles lately. This piece I made today called "In California" has circles (obliviously). I like the shape of circles. I like that they don't end just keep going around and around. My circles are far from perfect. They have jagged bumpy edges and I like that about them. The background of this piece is made with lots of layers of fused wax. I don't usually put that many layers (6?) on the base of a piece, but do it as I go. This piece I wanted to be able to carve through. Part of me thinks it looks like a little kid did it and the other part of me likes it just for that reason. It seems to have an innocent look that I like. If you can call a piece of art innocent. Which is what i just did so I guess you can. I just posted this in my etsy shop. I have another piece that I worked on today that I am currently putting a frame on. It doesn't have any circles on it! I will put that one up tomorrow.

I have been wanting to do some art journals these last few weeks, but haven't found time. When I am in my studio I want to work on encaustics. I LOVE to bring a few supplies into the house and get to work on some pages. The only problem is that I am really messy and it takes up space. Plus I am pretty sure it drives Josh a little nuts. I am not the best housekeeper to begin with so adding a whole slew of paints, magazines and scraps to that makes it look like a tornado came thru.

The other thing I have been missing A LOT is sewing. I have two amazing machines, a serger and a basically brand new sewing machine that I haven't used much. I miss making things. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in each day. I am not someone who stays up late anymore so I can't work after the kids go to bed. When they go to bed I usually read because I am about to fall asleep too. And mornings are a little crazy getting them to school, then getting some exercise in and moving to the studio. I reserve the afternoons for Etsy and this blog. THEN I do some dishes, laundry, errands, pick up the kids, dinner etc.. Where do I fit sewing and journaling into this I am not sure. Not that I am going to complain about this. I am a lucky person and I know it. So, I should stop complaining and make some time to do what I want to do. I just can't cut out my studio time. That couple of hours is a necessity. Weekends? We'll see.....

I won't be posting much next week as it's a busy one. I am hoping that I will still have studio time everyday, but I am not sure. If I do I probably won't be posting much since most of the appointments I have are in the afternoon.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Clean...



I cleaned my studio! I do that every once in a while. It felt so good to go out there today and actually have a space to work with. I did some rearranging over the weekend which helped too. I don't have before pictures, but I can tell you it was a mess. Here are some after pictures:It might not look that clean to some of you, but this is actually my studio at it's cleanest and most organized.

I was able to get a lot done today. I still have some projects to work on and I am gearing towards that. I didn't make it out to the studio for a couple of days because I wasn't feeling well so I had a lot of ideas floating in my head by the time I finally made it out there today. The pieces I made today are at the top. I just listed them in my Etsy shop. It felt good to put something up there after a few days of nothing. I have a few days of studio time planned out so I am hoping to be back here tomorrow.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Little...


"wish you were here"


I have so little to post about.

I have been taking it a little easy in the creative department this week. Not slacking per se just trying to fill my creativity well a little bit. So, I have been looking more than creating. Getting inspired by photos in magazines and letting the ideas in my head get jotted down. It helped. I made it out to the studio today. It was gorgeous outside and I couldn't resist being out there. I made the piece above which I just posted to my etsy shop.

I did attend the Love Show during last Friday's opening. I am so glad I went! It was so fun. The art was AMAZING. Loved it. Some good friends came and that was awesome. Plus, right before I left I saw them putting a sold sticker on my piece! It was very exciting. I know I am a bit of a dork because I hugged the woman who put the sticker on it. She seemed just as excited as me so I don't think I freaked her out or anything. I guess I am not the cool nonchalant artiste type. If you can get to the Love show you should check it out. It's up until March 12.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Super Special....


I have a new project that I am going to be working on for some really special people. I am so excited about it and a little nervous. This is the first time that I am doing something specifically for a family and I want it to be really good. I have some ideas and I have made some sketches so I think I have a very good start. I think because this family might read this blog I won't post the piece until they have it. I want it to be a surprise!

Things are pretty quiet around here. I was out in the studio not so quietly listening to music. It was great to turn it up. There is no one really around my neighborhood during the day and with one door shut you can't hear the music too much. It's just nice to turn it up. Here is a VERY long video of one of the songs I was listening to today. One of my favorites actually. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PzoKyv9fvk&feature=related, if you can make it thru the introduction it's pretty cool.

I am getting so excited for tomorrow night. I know I keep putting this out there, but here is a link to the list of all the artists that are in the show. It's a date night for me which makes it nice since Valentines day is coming up.

The piece above is one I just listed in my Etsy shop. Like I said yesterday, things are kind of quiet out there in Etsy land, but that's alright. I would do this no matter what.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Almost a dead stop...



So, I raised my prices (it's been a bit since I blogged I know) and guess what? My views went down and no one is biting. Hmm, it makes me wonder if this is the after affect of too much holiday shopping or if my prices are too high. This whole thing is like a science experiment. I think it is going to require constant tinkering. In my gut I feel like I have the prices at the right level, but I don't know what other people think. It's hard to tell.

I haven't been out in the studio much except for today. I made the piece above and had to quit. I have housework to do and instead of doing housework I decided I had better update my blog. I love how that works. I still have to do the housework... I am just postponing it a little bit longer. I did list it in my Etsy Shop but this is all work related so I am just doing my job.

So, Friday is coming up fast and that is the opening of the 5th Annual Portland Love Show. There are sooo many great artists in this show. I dropped off my painting and it made me so nervous. I don't know.. I second guess myself whether or not my piece can stand up to all the other amazing works of art that are going to be on display. I really am excited for the opening. I think I finally figured out what to wear (ok that was stressing me out too). If you are going, bring a can of food as this is also a fund raiser for the Oregon Food Bank. I can't wait to see what the different interpretations of love will be. I am thinking it may not all be kid appropriate, but I could be wrong. I am leaving the kiddos with their grandparents which is a win-win for all of us.

I am having problems with Photoshop and it's not letting me crop my pieces. So all the yucky background is staying. I don't like it, but don't know enough about photoshop to fix it. All I know is that I try to use the little tool that lets you put a square around what you want to crop and instead it just makes one tiny little square. So, I apologize for the crummy picture. Some how I will get this figured out.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I finally did it....


I went thru my Etsy store last night and raised my prices. I was supposed to have done it on the first, but I waited. So, now my prices are a little higher. I think they are actually a lot better than they used to be. My work was inexpensive, but it also made it seem like it was "cheap". I feel relieved that I have it done. I guess now I just have to see what the response is.


I am getting super excited for the Love Show 5 on the 12th! It's going to be fun. I always get really excited seeing what other artists have come up with. This should be a really great show. So many artists! I have to drop off my work in the next couple of days and I have to say I am always a little intimidated when I do. I always think the person who is checking it in is going to think it sucks. I guess it doesn't matter if they do or not, but it's one of those things that I think of. I need to get over it. I am in it now, so I might as well be behind the piece that is representing me.

I spent some time in the studio this morning which was great. I have so many ideas! Finally. I couldn't be out there too long as I have a sick kid today. This cold bug seems to want to stick around. It went away for a bit, but now it's back. Anyway, the studio time I did have was great. I made the piece at the top of this page. I am LOVING this big cradled wood substrates. They are so great to work on. Plus they are bigger than I normally work and it is stretching me just a bit. It's a good feeling to push your own boundaries a bit. Working big means using more was and I am running low. I need to invest in some more. I really don't like running out of wax in the middle of a piece.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Beautiful Blue..






I made some new paintings today and I think they were inspired by this beautiful blue sky we have right now. It doesn't feel much like January right now and I can't say that I mind.

I had a wonderful weekend at the beach with friends and I really think it helped me get centered again. Our friends Serena and Eddie have a family beach house that is really beautiful. The weather didn't always cooperate, but it was the Beach. I won't complain. There was some beautiful sunsets and sunrises with some rain in-between. It was a wonderful trip and I am so grateful my family was invited (and able to go).

I am back in the studio now and I am working with some new colors. I have been stuck in a little bit of a rut when it comes to color. I needed a change and I finally made one today. Tomorrow I am going to be working (hopefully) with some beautiful yellow. I will post pictures as soon as they are done. I also have been working with some nice one inch cradled wood which has been a nice change. It is not cheap, but it looks great. I am a little uncertain whether to leave the sides with all the drips and splatters or to finish them so they are cohesive with the painting. I kind of like the rawness with them unfinished, but I am not sure. So, so far I am going back and forth on it.

I am so excited I am participating in the Fifth Annual Portland Love show it opens on the 12th. I am so excited. I can't wait to see what other artist have been making. I am using a piece I made a couple of weeks ago. If you can go you should. Especially to the opening. It should be lots of fun!