Saturday, April 30, 2005

Roses to Celebrate

Roses to Celebrate

Celebrating my sister coming and my house being in order :-D That's why I bought these gorgeous roses, aren't they wonderful?

Gosh, I've been busy all day today and it's already 6:30, I'll have to leave to pick up the sister at 7:45. I think Tanner wants to go with me, we'll see.
I've even washed my car and vacuumed it out which is something I don't do very often. I also bought some flowers to plant in pots for the deck. I got short orange Zinnias and royal blue Lobelia for two black pots. I have about 8 pots to fill but I want to do them a little at a time as I find what I want for them.

Bought beautiful strawberries so we can have strawberries and shortcake, my sister loves strawberries. So I haven't had time to sit down and design the bookplate yet, maybe after we get back from the airport and we are just sitting around talking I can do that. I'm pretty sure it will have birds and tulips on it along with my friends name, maybe that's all it needs.

Santa in April?

Santa in April?

I'm only showing this drawing because it's a part of my daily drawings in my sketchbook. It's the one I used for the lino block print a couple of weeks ago.

I'm taking Tanner to go to work with his dad this morning (Dan does landscaping) and then I've got some finishing touches to do to get ready for my sister's arrival tonight.

Last night we watched the Lemony Snickets movie, A Series of Unfortunate Events. I had gotten it at Costco yesterday. As usual I was drawing so didn't watch carefully but what I did see I enjoyed. I'll watch it again soon and try to pay more attention.

I've decided that the lino design I'm going to do while my sister is here will be a book plate. Probably for a dear friend who has tons of books and loves bird watching and is originally from Holland. I think it will be fairly easy for me to come up with a design that fits her. If I can't come up with a design in short order then I'll do one for myself with yesterdays butterfly. Then I'll do the one for the friend.

Last night Tanner and I went with Paul to a 1.2 million dollar home that is part of our annual Parade of Homes. It was spectacular to say the least. It sits high above the valley on a mountain surrounded by hills and rock, the view of the valley is spectacular, you can see all the way to the horizon from the place. The home has 6000 square feet of living space and it's all very high quality with gorgeous polished woods, stones, rich carpets and furnishings a home theater and all. Tanner got to spend the whole 3 hours with the guy in the home theater watching movies and enjoying the comfort. If I can find any pictures of the place I will show you.

I have a nice home, we have a nice view but let me tell you that I had never seen anything like the view from that place! I am not wishing to live there and am very happy with my home but it looks very generic after being in a 1.2 million dollar home.

I wouldn't even want a place like that unless I had enough money to hire someone to come in and keep the monster clean, geesh, 6000 square feet is a whole lot of house.

Most of the floors were beautiful wide plank hard woods, black walnut and some cherry and they were polished so that the grain of the woods shone like it was almost metallic. There was extensive wood work, cabinets, pillars and such all done in knotty alder throughout the house. This is all custom woodwork made for the space. The counter tops in the enormous kitchen were granite and there was even a special pasta spout above the 12 burner commercial stove for filling pasta pots. A warming drawer, 2 dishwashers, a fridge that was huge and camouflaged to look like the beautiful cabinets, wine cooler and on and on. This house won all but one of the award given by the home builders association, Best Kitchen, Best Overall design, Best Interior Design etc.

All the doors in the house are 9 foot, solid Alder polished wood, the many windows are almost all 10 feet high so the view is always in sight. The home theater is a huge room with remote controlled room darkening blinds, a bar with dishwasher and fridge, pool table, other game tables and comfy seating for watching movies on the huge screen. There is a big computer in one room that controls the whole house, you can watch a different movie (at the same time) on each of the different flat panel TVs that are throughout the house, listen to different music in each room and control lots of the functions of the home from any computer.
Well, I'm going on and on, sorry. I was just so impressed with it all.

Anyway, after that we went out for Chinese food and then watched our movie. It was a fun night.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Ex LIbris?

Ex LIbris?

This is an idea for a book plate that I was thinking of doing. I just love some of the art I've seen created for book plates and want one of my own. I like this one but not well enough to make very many.

Today I have to go into town again, I've got several stops including going to Costco just to get some flowers. I usually only go there once in a while but since I'll be over that way I want to get some beautiful roses to put on my table and enjoy for a couple of week.

Going to make breakfast for the boys, be back if I can.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Bird Print Plan and Planning a Lesson

Bird Print Plan and Planning a Lesson

This is the design for my bird as I first did it in my sketchbook. Of course it turned out to be so different with the values changed and colors added and all, but the basic design stayed the same. I actually drew the flower of life pattern and then glued the bird and branches on top. Lately I've been using my sketchbook more for planning other projects. It's such a great tool to have a sketchbook to work in!

It's a dazzlingly gorgeous day out today, bright sun in a clear sky and lots of green grasses on the hills. The Bitter Brush is in full bloom and I am going to try and get a good picture later. Remember I live in the high desert in Idaho, we don't have green grass for long each year and we are in a drought now so we are really paying attention to the current beauty because it won't last.

However, I will be inside most of the day, there are some things I want to finish up in the housework department and then I want to get serious about my next print which is another candidate for this years Christmas card. When my sister gets here (Saturday) we are going to work on lino cuts for a couple of days and I want to know for sure what my project will be. I am going to be teaching her to do this and I want to be organized so it's a very clear lesson and she enjoys the experience.

Ok, gotta go, hope you guys are having a wonderful day :-D

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Nothin' Much

Nothin' Much

This is one of the drawings I did in my sketchbook to plan a lino block print.

Yesterday it took all of my will power and I still only got a minimal amount of drudgery done. I did get a good start though and so today I am feeling more like finishing the work. By the time I take Tanner to Kung Fu lessons after school I'll be on top of it.

I'm not even going to spend much time here at the computer, that way I won't have any excuses right?

Off I go...

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Abstract Drawing - Rant of a Spoiled Brat

Abstract Drawing - Rant of a Spoiled Brat

Today I am feeling a bit low, not sure why but maybe it's because my project is finished and the next stuff I've got to do is just mainly household drudgery? I am not a lazy person, in fact I can be quite ambitious but the older I get the more I just want to do specific things and to heck with all the rest, anybody feel like that? I find it harder and harder to give myself pep-talks for getting things like housework and yard work done. I've taken the advice of some wise souls and not fussed over my living space as much as I used to but it does eventually get too far out of my comfort zone and then it gets me down while at the same time I just want to do what pleases me (art of course.) And yes, I recognize that this is the rant of a spoiled person and what I'll actually do is get moving and do the work in my nice home and take care of things like a responsible adult. I'm just expressing how I FEEL.

Today I've already got the washer and dishwasher going and I'll be cleaning bathrooms too :-/ I also have a meeting with the director of the gallery and a lady who is interested in having me do a commission.

I really don't know what to expect. I guess it's a wait and see situation, we'll be having lunch there at Rembrandt's while we visit and see if we can come to a meeting of the minds. Should be fun actually :-)

So anyway that's my story for today. If I sit here at the computer very long it will all fade away into empty talk won't it?

Monday, April 25, 2005

Butterfly Drawing

Butterfly Drawing

It was so nice to get my prints finished yesterday, now I've just got the mounting and a couple other things and I can mail them off this week. I have a busy week this week because my sister will be here on Saturday and I want to be free while she's here.

So much to do, so little time! That seems to be the story of my life these days. Of course I'd much rather be busy than bored so I'm not complaining.

I'll take a little time to check in with all of my LJ friends this morning though, I may not comment but I do keep up most of the time.

Hope you guys are on top of it today :-D

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Blustery Sunday

Blustery Sunday

This is the drawing in my sketchbook which I used to make the print that I showed a week or two ago.

So, yesterday I got the third color printed for my current project, it is going really well and I am planning on showing the progress shots this week. I'm having fun with it and learning so much. The registration on this one has been much better.

Last night we had a really good time at the PBR and so did Tanner, he was very much into it. Today I'll be printing the 4th color as well as other household stuff. It will be a different kind of Sunday because we are all home all day. Usually I am by myself on Sundays.

I'm off to do the next printing :-D

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Christmas Card design, in April?

Christmas Card design, in April?

Well yes, I've been using my sketchbook to work out ideas for a possible lino cut Christmas card design. Some are not really very good, or maybe I should say I don't think I'd use them after all. I like the Santa better than this one although this one might be nice if I used a few different colors.

Paul and I went out for breakfast this morning, it was a day when we didn't have to get up early (Tanner is with his mom) and it was so nice. Now he's going roping and I've got quite a few hours to work on my Found: In Japan project. I've printed the first color and now I've got a lot more carving to do before I can print the second color. I suppose the carving will take up my time today. I am going to take pictures of each stage of the color process.

Tonight we are going to the PBR! Don't know what that is? It's professional Bull Riding and it's here in our area right now so we have tickets and will be there screaming with the rest of the fans tonight. For those that didn't realize it, my husband and son are both cowboys, team ropers actually. I'm glad they don't ride bulls but we do enjoy watching the bull riding and have done so for many years. Tanner is going to bring a friend that has never even been to a rodeo before, should be fun for him.

Well that's all for now, hope you are having a great weekend :-D

Friday, April 22, 2005

Blue Nosed Santa with 4 colors

Blue Nosed Santa with 4 colors

Here you can see that the registration is off, I don't mind it being off a little, in fact I like it. The first one, last post was done with 3 colors and this one has four. I think the next one I do will not have more than 4 colors, this was hard enough. Also, I will be letting each layer dry in between printings on the next one. This time I just went ahead and printed because I was in a hurry but I know that causes some problems. Also, next time I don't want all the messy stuff printed outside the image.

Of 16 prints I think there are only 1/2 a dozen that I would actually use and since I'm not really happy with my colors I won't be using any of these I don't think. It was a trial run and that's it.

Ok, that's it.

Blue Nosed Santa with 4 colors

Blue Nosed Santa with 4 colors

Here you can see that the registration is off, I don't mind it being off a little, in fact I like it. The first one, last post was done with 3 colors and this one has four. I think the next one I do will not have more than 4 colors, this was hard enough. Also, I will be letting each layer dry in between printings on the next one. This time I just went ahead and printed because I was in a hurry but I know that causes some problems. Also, next time I don't want all the messy stuff printed outside the image.

Of 16 prints I think there are only 1/2 a dozen that I would actually use and since I'm not really happy with my colors I won't be using any of these I don't think. It was a trial run and that's it.

Ok, that's it.

Blue Nosed Santa

Blue Nosed Santa

Well I am not very happy with my printing but I am going to show you the best of 16 prints.

This is the one with only 3 colors which is the best of those. As you can see, I will need lots of practice if I am to ever succeed at doing a wonderful lino cut. What a great learning experience though. There are things I'm happy with, I like his eyes fairly well, the block was only 4" x 6" and so some of the cuts are pretty small and yet I did still get the impression of whites of the eyes. I also like the fact that the registration was pretty close on this one, it's the closest of all 16.

Printing and what I've learned so far

Printing and what I've learned so far

So I worked for hours yesterday on my "trial run" lino cut. I am so glad I did this because I've learned a lot and I'm sure the next one will be better. What have I learned?

1. It's good to do a bit of experimenting with the inks before printing so color choices are carefully considered before hand.
2. Registration is really hard and I think I can come up with a better way to do it than the one I've got.
3. How much ink on the block is too much and how much is not quite enough.
4. How the ink acts when it's getting too dry to use.
5. Why it gets more difficult to register the more colors you use.
6. It takes a lot of energy to do lino cuts and prints.

I've printed 3 colors and I only have one left to do so I'm hoping to show you a print before I have to go and teach art in Tanner's class.

That's it for now, I'm trying to hurry so I can finish this project.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Reinvent- for Illustration Friday

Reinvent- for Illustration Friday

The theme this week is reinvent and my illustration is about the many ways that I have reinvented myself. Especially about reinventing myself again when I realized I would be raising my grandson Tanner. I think the drawing actually speaks for itself.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Out, Out, Out

Out, Out, Out

Today's drawing was one of my ideas for Illo Friday's theme of travel last week. It's fitting for today because it's another day out in the car, it's a Costco Run day.

Every week seems to fly by faster than the last and I feel like I can't keep up! There is just too much to do and not enough days or hours.
My supplies did not come yesterday, they are supposed to be here today so tomorrow I plan on working on the lino print.

This morning I'll be picking up the little mommy and we'll goof off for a while, go out to lunch and then to Costco. Then I'll rush home, unload the stuff but won't have time to put it away and then take Tanner to his Kung Fu lesson. It is a busy day.

I guess I don't have anything much to say, I'll check in again tomorrow I suppose. Hope all you you are having a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

No News

No News

I like today's little drawing and I always have fun with the abstract ones.

The drawing I do tonight is the last page in my current sketchbook so today I have to go get a new one, I'm really getting a stack of sketchbooks that are full of drawings since I began my daily drawing project in early 2004. If I never do anything else with them they are at least a source of inspiration. Currently I've been messing around with designs that may become lino cuts for Christmas cards, don't know if any will actually become a card but at least I've got something to work on.

My plan is to do just a couple more lino cuts and then get started on a new series of abstract acrylic paintings. My sister is coming to visit on the 30th and we are going to do lino cuts together and that will probably be the last for me for a while anyway. My sister and I used to shop and run around town all the time when she came to visit and it wasn't nearly as much fun as what we do now. Having a nice project do do gives us a better quality of time to talk and also makes us feel productive, we have lots of fun. We've done mosaics together the last few times she's come, this will be a nice change and a lot less time consuming.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my print supplies will come today, I'm going out for a while and hopefully they will be here when I get back! Tomorrow is another day out so now I know it will be Thursday before I can actually get to the project, boo.

I'm not bored but this post sure is, sorry. I think I need to do more reading and deep thinking these days, geesh.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Using Dad's Tools

Using Dad's Tools

After my dad died in 1995 I received this little set of Xacto tools that were his. He never did linoleum cuts, he did leather tooling and some wood working with them and he carved his name on the box and his initials on the inside. It gives me such pleasure to use these tools that he used, I'm so glad I have them. I hope I can give them to Holly some day. She'll cherish them as I do.

They probably still sell the same set, I've never looked. I don't really know exactly what some of the tools are used for, I'm using the gouges and handles and that's all.
My dad was a short man, just 5' 7" but he had been raised on a farm and did lots of hard work and milking of cows, I think that's why he had large hands, milking develops the muscles of the hands. Anyway he was a sheet metal guy too, and his hands were always brown and callused and had lots of cuts on them. I can still remember how skillfully he used those rough hands to make beautiful patterns in leather and he even crocheted. Well, he did a better job of leather work than crocheting. He crocheted an afghan while recovering from a broken leg when I was a kid. I don't even know who got all the leather working tools, my dad's wife wasn't a very nice person in the end and she did what she wanted with stuff. I'm so glad that I got this little set of tools.

Using Dad's Tools

Using Dad's Tools

After my dad died in 1995 I received this little set of Xacto tools that were his. He never did linoleum cuts, he did leather tooling and some wood working with them and he carved his name on the box and his initials on the inside. It gives me such pleasure to use these tools that he used, I'm so glad I have them. I hope I can give them to Holly some day. She'll cherish them as I do.

They probably still sell the same set, I've never looked. I don't really know exactly what some of the tools are used for, I'm using the gouges and handles and that's all.
My dad was a short man, just 5' 7" but he had been raised on a farm and did lots of hard work and milking of cows, I think that's why he had large hands, milking develops the muscles of the hands. Anyway he was a sheet metal guy too, and his hands were always brown and callused and had lots of cuts on them. I can still remember how skillfully he used those rough hands to make beautiful patterns in leather and he even crocheted. Well, he did a better job of leather work than crocheting. He crocheted an afghan while recovering from a broken leg when I was a kid. I don't even know who got all the leather working tools, my dad's wife wasn't a very nice person in the end and she did what she wanted with stuff. I'm so glad that I got this little set of tools.

Cool Cat- daily drawing

Cool Cat- daily drawing

Good morning Peeps! Today's drawing was done in Chicago while I was visiting Holly. We were in a grocery store in the Hyde Park area and I saw this guy in there. He was different than any man I'd ever seen before because his hair was curled up in this little, tight, "sausage roll". He wore all black, trench coat, hat, pants shoes, everything black besides his shirt. Holly said he is a jazz musician, a "Cool Cat". He made such an impression on me with his droopy face and his sausage roll hair that I just had to draw him. Holly said it's amazing how much this little drawing looks like him even though I did it later just based on my impression. I just made his clothes gray because I've not mastered working with the black marker yet. I would love to see him playing jazz. His hair was actually gray but had yellowed so it looked a bit blond, I don't have a marker that would make the right color. A very colorful character the likes of which we don't see in our area.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Back to the daily drawings

Back to the daily drawings

Yesterday it was sunny and we did the spraying, today it rained which is just what the chemicals needed. We use pre-emergent and it has to be watered in, we are so happy about the rain. Also, it's clearing off in time for Paul to go roping :-D

My plan is to get going on some of the housework so tomorrow when the supplies I ordered for printing are here (hope) then I can begin my project. I'm so anxious to try it that it just kills me to wait. In reality it's a good thing that I can't do it today, it leaves no excuse for doing other work :-/

Today I want to sit down and read The Art Spirit by Robert Henri, I want to draw, I want to work on linoleum cuts, I want my housework done, I want the laundry done, I want to get the pots on my deck ready to plant with pretty flowers, I want to take all my houseplants out on the deck and hose them off and feed them, I want to mess around on the computer......... Ah, there are just not enough hours in the day! I am never, ever bored.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Last show piece and a big disappointment

Last show piece and a big disappointment

This is the last piece, it's a mosaic the same size as the others 12" square. Tomorrow I'll start showing daily drawings again.

So what is the big disappointment? Well, I worked my butt off today, 5 hours spraying weeds, tramping all over our 10 acres and guess what? My butt is still there, right behind me. Bummer.

The weed spraying is why I'm so late on posting too, it's a yucky job especially because we were so late that a lot of weeds had already come up and were flourishing happily. Besides that, something went wrong with a valve in our water system and we don't have any water today. We had to use our neighbors water for the chemicals to spray and we just had to "wipe down" afterwards until it gets fixed. There is a guy working on it now, I sure hope it doesn't take long or cost much.

The drawing I'm working on now is an idea for a book plate, I'd like to do some as lino cuts.

So, that's all I have to report for now, there is a lot I can't do today because of the water being off. At least the computer is connecting to the internet and I can check in on my LJ friends.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Imagining Harmony- Show piece

Imagining Harmony- Show piece

I think I've shown you this one before but it is part of the show so I'm including it too. It's title is Imagining Harmony, it's acrylic on Arches #140 paper and the size is apx. 21" x 29" (unframed)

I love this painting and miss having it in my home.

Yesterday I worked on the design for the lino cut and really enjoyed myself. It's all ready, I'm just waiting for some lino blocks that I ordered from Dick Blick to arrive so I can start carving. This time I'm going to try a reduction so it will be more complicated and since I'll be using different colors I will be dealing with registry for the first time.
Sure hope it comes out nice. What fun it is to learn something new :-D

Today however, will be a day out running around, I've got a meeting with the Gallery guys and have other errands to do. In fact if I don't get going I can't get it all done before time for T-boy to get off the bus.

Hope you guys are having a wonderful, creative day.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Elegance- show piece

Elegance- show piece

This is my favorite abstract mosaic, in fact I put it in the show with an NFS sticker on it. It's 12" square like the others in the show.

Typical morning of busy-ness around here, I've been rushing all morning. Anyway at least I never get bored, don't really know what that would be like.
I'm working on the design for a lino cut for a print exchange kind of thing that I signed up for, having fun with it so far. The theme is Found: In Japan so I did some research yesterday and I think I've decided on a design, can't wait to get to the carving part. First I have to plan it out carefully and I'm slow because my mind is not quick to solve the problems in this medium :-/

Kung Fu last night, baseball tonight, messy house, shopping to do, blah, blah. All I really want to do is work on the lino cut but today my mantra is discipline!

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Illo Friday- Alone

Illo Friday- Alone

I really love to be alone and think it's necessary for my mental and emotional health, however, I've felt like this before too.

Puzzling Multiplicity- show piece

Puzzling Multiplicity- show piece

Here is another of the largest pieces, it's about 30" x 30" unframed. The title goes along with the basic theme of the show, Puzzling Multiplicity. It is acrylic on Arches 140# cold pressed paper.

Yesterday I had gone to the Podiatrist and found out I have the very common Plantar Fasciitis- it's treatable and will just take a bit of time and consistent care of my feet.
I can't really wear flimsy shoes, ever, must have arch support and since I have really high arches that means I can't get them at the local Fred Meyer. He also said I must never go barefooted, never. Fortunately I got some real cute sandals with great arch support last summer and I can wear those sometimes. It cost me a whopping $175 to go find this stuff out, I wish I had just done some research on the internet and taken care of it myself but I was thinking I may have arthritis in my feet and needed an x-ray to find out. Well no, my feet look really healthy in every way besides the bone spur resulting from the Plantar Fasciitis.

Well now that you know way more than you want and are bored stiff I will move on and try to give you a little something interesting to ruminate on ok?

There are moments in our lives,
there are moments in a day,
when we seem to see beyond the usual.
Such are the moments of our greatest happiness.
Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.
If one could but recall his vision by some sort
of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invented.
Sign-posts on the way to what may be.
Sign-posts toward greater knowledge.

Robert Henri

Have a lovely day my darlings!

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Organizing Chaos- Show Piece

Organizing Chaos- Show Piece

This is my favorite piece in the show, it's title is Organizing Chaos and the title came to me a year after it was painted and I realized what most of my abstract work is about. I did most of these paintings that are in the show at a time when I felt life was very chaotic and I knew when I was painting that I was trying to accomplish something besides make a painting but I just couldn't pin it down at the time. Then one day as I was just mindlessly looking at this piece it came to me!
The painting is 30" square (unframed), acrylic on Arches #140 cold pressed paper. I was also working with color theory on this piece and limited myself to Red Orange, Blue Green, Yellow Green and red violet: a quadratic chord.

I got an appointment with a Podiatrist this morning so I'm going from dropping Tanner off at school to the doctor and then to the market. What fun?

Anyway, I'll be back later!

Monday, April 11, 2005

A Much Better Lino Block Print

A Much Better Lino Block Print

The ink is still wet and glistens but I just couldn't wait to post this one because I got it right! I feel like I don't have as much control as I'd like, perhaps I need to learn to use the tools better or maybe there are tools I don't know about. Anyway this is so much better than the one with backwards words :-D

I printed 8 and only 2 are good, 2 I like even though they aren't perfect and 4 are not good at all. I'm learning. This time I used Mulberry paper and didn't have to dampen it.

Now I'm looking forward to doing another one!

What's Wrong with this picture?

What's Wrong with this picture?

It is so silly that I did this but I've actually had a laugh out of it too. I was making this little lino block print to send to Holly but look what I did wrong!

I didn't LOVE the design anyway but honestly, am I a ninny of what? Paul and Tanner got a really good laugh out of this too.

Pent-up Another Show Piece

Pent-up Another Show Piece

Are you just plain sick of this show? Hope not because there are still a few more pieces to show you.
This is a collage with acrylic, ink, rice paper and gesso on Arches 140# cold pressed paper. The size is 21" x 29" and the title is Pent-up.

So today is back to the normal routine and I'm ok with that. I will be home working on things until it's time to take the little guy to Kung Fu lessons. I'm really into learning to do a nice lino block print so I'll be working on that today when I should be doing some household chores. Oh well.

Also making an appointment with a podiatrist because I have been having trouble with pain in my heel for quite some time and it is making it impossible to walk enough to exercise. Really a frustrating thing and I hate to have to go to a doc but I can't continue to sit so much, it's not good for the health or the weight problem. Boo. It makes me sick to type that out actually.

I have been missing Holly so much, talking on the phone is just not the same as being together. We used to go out to the Flying M coffee house once in a while and drink coffee and draw together or go to the art supply together and just enjoy being together. I wouldn't want her to be here and give up going to SAI but I wish she were closer, KWIM?
She went to some doctors last week and got the usual "bum's rush" from a couple but one of them actually tuned into the idea that she probably has Ankylosing Spondylitis . (Holly did not suggest it either) We figured this out about a year ago at least but the local doc said she needed to have it for about 10 years before it could be positively diagnosed which was very frustrating. (Men can be diagnosed with a blood test but not women) Actually it makes me grieve tremendously to consider this but in one sense it is much better to be sure of what is going on. It explains the Osteoporosis too and hopefully they will get her started on meds to combat that right away. I've been feeling a little low lately and I'm sure this is the reason, Holly is only 29 and it's pretty grim to have this kind of health problems at any age.

So anyway, now that I've spilled my guts I guess I'll go and cheer myself up by checking on you guys who are always busy with creating art and chatting away about what's up with you.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Curves and Angles- show piece and Busy Sunday

Curves and Angles- show piece and Busy Sunday

Another of the 12" square mosaics included in the current show, Curves and Angles is the title.

Yesterday was another of those busy days, like most days I guess. I went to Tanner's baseball practice at 9:00 a.m. and it was so nice, it was a beautiful, sunny, crisp morning with great fluffy clouds drifting past and warm sun on the back. Tanner is a pretty good little ball player and really had fun while his mom and I watched and visited.

After that I went to the art supply store for a few more lino cut supplies (I'm getting hooked). Took myself out to Taco Hell and then to the library for a book about what else? Lino Cuts! Then home to work on my latest one. Woo Hoo, this is fun.

At 3:30 I was across town again picking Tanner up from his mom's and the two of us then went to the arena at the Idaho Center to watch Paul team rope. Then to the school for the annual school carnival and finally home again to watch the boob tube and draw. Whew, I realize now that yesterday was quite a busy day.

Today we've been to church which was really inspiring and enjoyable and now we are home again to work on stuff that needs done here.

What I really want to do is ignore everything but working on a lino cut, drat, impossible to ignore the mess piling up around here. Heck, even my houseplants are suffering. I've been so busy all week that I haven't even called my mom or my sister which is making me feel guilty. I suspect that they have decided to hold out and not call me since I haven't called them. I don't blame them at all though.

Ok, I'm trying to say it all and make it quick because I want to get stuff done today- we have Paul's folks coming sometime this week, EEK! I like to have things in order when I'm having guests.

So, I'm outta here to get things done!

Saturday, April 09, 2005

City Lights- show piece

City Lights- show piece

Another of the current show pieces, the title is City Lights. This is a collage (includes silver gum wrappers) and the size is apx. 21 x 29 (unframed) It's mixed media-mostly acrylic on arches 140# cold pressed paper.

Today Tanner is with his mom but he has baseball practice at 9 this morning and I will be going there.
Paul is gone to a big Team Roping event so most of the day I'll be by myself :-D I'm working on a little lino cut which is quite entertaining but I've got to go get more paper to print it and also a couple of different shaped gouges. The whole thing sounds like fun to me.

Last night Paul and I had a nice evening to ourselves, we went out to our favorite Chinese restaraunt, did a bit of driving in the country to look at property (business that we enjoy) and then just hung out at home.

Oh, I'm very excited that we got our internet problem solved! We had been piggy-backed on to our neighbors router because the guy who installed for us didn't think he could get a straight shot to his tower on the day he installed, (It was foggy that day). It turns out that being piggy-backed was the root of our problems which I won't go into. Anyway, yesterday he got us on our own antenna (sp?) so that should make our connection much more stable! This is such a relief we are thrilled.

So that's it, gotta run so I can get to baseball practice this morning.
Hope your weekend is swell :-)

Friday, April 08, 2005

Jazz-show piece

Jazz-show piece

Another Pastel painting, this is JAZZ, it's apx. 26" x 19" on black paper.

I like this piece a lot but it's seems so simple and uncomplicated compared to the acrylic paintings that it sort of stands out. I think that it may have been a better idea to show pastels in a different show than the acrylics and mosaics.

Today I will be going into Tanner's class to teach a little art lesson, I've planned to do potato prints, it will be fun! Strangely enough, I will have to buy some potatoes because I'm all out. It's goofy to be out of potatoes isn't it? I always think of potatoes as something that's always there in the pantry.

I enjoyed doing the linoleum print yesterday and I've got another one planned out. I learned a lot just doing that one: how much ink to use, that damp paper works best (thanks Ann), that every little cut shows up on the print, etc. I still have lots to learn, I don't know how to do more than one color and how to register them correctly when I do more colors and lots more things that I don't even know that I don't know. KWIM? I'll be going to the library to get some books on printing soon :-D Learning is a very good thing.

My daily drawing last night was a plan for a lino cut- there is nothing like a sketchbook to work things out huh? Have I mentioned that I love my sketchbook?

Nothing like pushing things to the last minute, Paul and I finally got to the work on tax preparation again last night and we are almost finished- just a tiny bit left to do and the whole thing goes to the accountant! Whew. Now if we could just get the weed spraying done I would feel relieved.

That's all the blab for this morning.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

My Lino Cut

My Lino Cut

This is certainly nothing to rave about, it's a first and I have lots of questions about how to do it right. Anyway it was fun and I want to do another soon.

The ink is still wet and I can see a glisten that looks like white spots- and there are a few white specs where black should be too.
I did this with dry paper, is the paper supposed to be damp? I can tell ones mind must be trained to see dark where normally you would think light and vice versa.

Illo Friday- Travel

Illo Friday- Travel

Ok, so I'm a posting fool this morning. Just realized that it's time to post my entry for illo Friday's theme of TRAVEL. I actually did 2 but this is my favorite so here you go:

Insight- a mosaic

Insight- a mosaic

This is the mosaic that I did using part of the Eye of the Muse for the composition. The title is insight- it's 12" x 12".

Eye of the Muse- Show Piece

Eye of the Muse- Show Piece

I had 3 pastel pieces in my show, this is titled Eye of the Muse. It's soft pastel and the size is apx. 26" x 19" The paper is sort of a medium gray. I think this piece would make a great mosaic, in fact I did a small mosaic of a section of it, I'll show that in another post.

Yesterday was a nice day, I had a great meeting with the Drop Leaf Gallery director- he made some wonderful proposals and had great ideas for promoting my work. I feel so blessed to be associated with these people.
After that I went to the Boise Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition (Boise State University) which was interesting. The friend who sent me the invitation is an excellent print maker and her work was really nice.

After that I went to our local art supply which is one of those places that is so inspiring, it's crammed full of all the cool stuff we need to work in any medium, smells good and stimulates the creative juices. I only bought a small linoleum block and some ink, some pens and paper to print the block. I wanted more stuff but forced myself to be realistic about what I can use right now. I did a little lino cut while I was with Holly and I need to see how it looks printed, I'm also working on a plan for another one just for fun.

I also spent some time with a close friend and framer, got Tanner some new jeans and then it was time to come home to get the little stinker and go to Kung Fu lessons.

There was more to the evening but I won't bore you with further details. Aren't I nice?

Anyway, we were going to work on finishing the tax preparation last night but it turned out we couldn't get on line so now it is still hanging over our heads for tonight. Boo. I'll be so glad to get that monkey off my back.

So, today I'm staying home and among other things I plan to try printing my little lino cut and see how it turned out.

I think I'll actually have time to stop in and check on you guys today too :-D

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Hump Day, Show Piece, blah, blah

Hump Day, Show Piece, blah, blah

Another painting from my show, this is titled Convoluted Mother Board, it's acrylic on Arches #140 paper and the size is 21" x 29" (unframed)

Today I've got a meeting with the Drop Leaf Gallery director and then I'm going to Boise State University to see a student art show of some of Holly's friends.
It's supposed to be 74 degrees, a nice day to be out and about.

Tanner has 2 days of Kung Fu and 2 days of baseball now. I'm not thrilled but the Kung Fu lessons are kind of spendy and we signed a 1 year contract so even if he doesn't go we still pay and Baseball is a thrill to him. I knew last year that this would be a bit of a pain at this time but did it anyway so I guess now I'm paying the piper so to speak. So there I am 4 days a week watching sports, hmm.....

I got way behind on keeping up with you guys yesterday :-( Boo.

Alrighty I'm dashing outa here....

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Remembering Our Loss

Remembering Our Loss

I am not a Roman Catholic but I did have great regard for this wonderful man. I know my drawing is a bit strange but it's my way of recognizing this loss.
What an incredible weight he carried and I think he did a job worth honoring.

I don't actually know when this post will get into cyber space, we are having yet another day of problems with internet service. The minute we have another choice we will be parting ways with our current problems.

In other news, I was feeling lousy until lunch time yesterday and then right after lunch I took a short nap and woke up feeling great and have felt great ever since, isn't that cool? Whatever it was it's gone now and I'm glad.

Update at 9 pm. - finally we are on line again, I've had it, it was over 24 hours that we were down!

Monday, April 04, 2005

Show Art- Monday Madness

Show Art- Monday Madness

Another of my show pieces, this is a collage with ink, acrylic and gesso. The size is apx. 18" x 18" (unframed)

I've already been on tech help this morning, GRRRR, my computer has been fine but Paul's has not been on line for days so that HAD to be fixed. Nothing is more frustrating than having to mess with that kind of stuff first thing in the morning. Oh well, all fixed now and hey it only cost another $25 bucks :-/

Yesterday was one of those days that seemed to last forever, I just hung out here at home trying to get over this cold. I am feeling better today.
Paul and I never got finished with the tax preparation before I left for Chicago so we will have to do that right away, probably tonight. Also, for the first time in the 6 1/2 years we've lived here we are behind on the weed spraying, it has rained recently and there are huge weeds everywhere. That is a big project for this week if the weather allows. It looks like the week will be ruled by the tyranny of the urgent.

I guess you've noticed that I have not been showing daily drawings? Well, that's because I've gotten a bit behind on that project. I am replacing the dailies with work from my show so you guys can see the body of work ok? I have actually been drawing but doing this is giving me some breathing room. Paul's parents are supposed to be visiting in a week or so and other things in life may interfere with my drawing so I am trying to get some done ahead.

Ok, I'm ready to move along with the day, lots to do, lots I want to do and never a minute to lose right?

Sunday, April 03, 2005

More of Holly's work

More of Holly's work

This is not a print, it's a drawing that Holly did, I love it.

Conciousness- art from my show

Conciousness- art from my show

Another piece from my show, it's title is Consciousness. It's apx. 22" x 22", acrylic on arches 140# paper.

Yesterday was a busy day and I felt lousy so finally at 2 pm I laid down to take a nap, at 2:30 the phone rang and I was reminded that I was supposed to have 6 t0 8 paintings to the Idaho Center for a display, arg. Tanner got invited to go to a friends for a while so I dropped him off and dug up 7 paintings and rushed over to drop them off.
On the way back Paul and I arranged to go out to dinner alone (we love that) and then he had to see clients for a little while. By the time we got home it was about 8:45 and Tanner was due to be dropped off. We visited a little while with our friends when they came by with Tanner and then Tanner and I went back to the Idaho Center and picked up the art which is still in my car! At that point I just took some Nyquil and went to bed, didn't wake up until after nine. I'm still feeling like my head is packed with cement but I don't have to go anywhere today so I'm content.

I've been getting wonderful feedback about my show :-D

That's all my news for now, I'm so happy to be hanging out at home today!

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Greenbelt Summer

Greenbelt Summer

This is another of the paintings I'm currently showing at Drop Leaf Gallery. It's acrylic on Arches 140# cold pressed paper. The title is Greenbelt Summer. 21" x 29" without frame (Colors are more vibrant in person)

Yesterday I had a nice time with my mom, we went out to lunch and spent a very long time visiting and then did a little shopping. When I took her home I helped her a little with her computer, she's writing about her life and getting familiar with Microsoft Word. I think it's so cool that she's taking the time and writing about her life- her memoirs!

Today Tanner has his first Baseball practice so that's what's up for mid morning. (you were just dying to hear that weren't you?)

I'm thinking about starting a new series of abstract work so getting my life organized to that end. I want to do acrylics and collage and do some fairly large as well as some quite small. I want my next show to be really dynamic! So hopefully this week sometime I can at least get started. We are expecting company mid month and possibly more at the end of the month so getting started is probably about as much as I can do at this time.

Friday, April 01, 2005

A Painting from My Show

A Painting from My Show

Today's artwork is from my current show, it's title is Deep Healing and it's acrylic on paper. This one is the favorite in the show. I wish you could see it in person because it is actually very vibrant.

Last night was another fun night in the gallery, Dean Estes was sculpting and I was talking to people about my art and in the coffee house there was a wonderful singer Gayle Chapman who we really enjoyed a lot. ( You can hear her on that link) Paul and Tanner hung out in the coffee house the whole time and enjoyed the music.

Last night I came down with a cold, bleh. It's so strange that I felt great all day and even got the house clean and then came down with it, oh well, it will pass.
Tanner is going to spend time with some friends today and I'm off to see my little mom and do some shopping.

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