Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Monday Madness

Monday Madness

This is an older colored pencil piece, it's done on apple green mat board. I really enjoyed working with colored pencil but sold many, many of this type of work for a mere pittance. I hope they are being thoroughly enjoyed :-D

Today I've got mucho running around to do, sometimes in spite of all of my time in town last week I still have a ton more to do. I got a new car which must be registered, have prescriptions to get, go by the YMCA and check on membership for Tanner and I this summer, go by framers to sign one piece that I had forgotten and also get another piece framed for a gift and on and on. I'm really looking forward to spending some time in my studio but it's just impossible right now.

So off I go, like a crazy woman racing around town all day trying to get things done. This evening is the pizza party for T-boy's baseball team. Tomorrow is the last day of school and it's only a half day, then the whole tempo of my days will change again.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

A surprise in the Barbeque

A surprise in the Barbeque

This is what I found in the barbeque today. I was planning on doing Kabobs but I guess I'll do them on the little indoor grill. These are Starling eggs. There is just a tiny hole on the side for the barbeque to get into her nest but I guess she doesn't mind. She is good with color don't you think? Weaving the blue into the bottom of her nest accent's those beautiful aqua eggs and the rusts and tans are good too. I also notice that Starlings don't poop in their nests, they poop just before they go in, I can tell by the signs all over the concrete, ewww.

Alone time

Alone time

I did this pastel painting a couple of years ago and it makes me want to do more when I look at the soft edges and the textures.

I'm home alone today and it's what I need. Tanner and I both had a hard time yesterday in some ways. He could not settle to play by himself and his friends were not available. Since he couldn't settle I didn't get any peace, he wanted me to play with him. I wasn't in the mood to play so it was just an uncomfortable afternoon.

Today Tanner is with Dan and Paul has gone roping. I'm going to go to an Iris garden just to enjoy the beauty, I'm sure the iris are at their peak right now.

Besides that I want to do more reading about illustrating children's books and putter around the house some. Later I think I'll break out the margarita fixins and sip a cool one on the deck. Dan might be home to join me, dunno.

Holly said that she and Elton may not be back until Wednesday or Thursday- seems like forever to me today.

I'm going to try to get a few emails responded to and check in on you guys a bit today since there's some quiet time.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

We paint pictures of more than our subjects

We paint pictures of more than our subjects

This is one of the "Joe Series" from a while back (probably 5 years or so). It's water color and colored pencil on Arches #140 cold pressed paper. Sorry it's a bit blurry, I don't have a better image.

Do you ever look back at old work and notice that it doesn't have the dimension that your newer work has? I'm not talking in terms of perspective but rather a multi-dimensional something that keeps growing deeper the longer we make art and progress? It shows in my work in a more extensive use of textures, wider range of values, differing line qualities and even a more extensive use of subtleties in color. I don't see it in all of my newer work but in my "greater" works. It's not just a matter of learning to make better art technically, I think it has to do with more life experience, the longer we live the more layers of understanding we have and it can't help but be expressed in the work we produce.

I once met a lady who could "read" what an artist was like by looking at the artist's work. I was helping to jury people into a co-op gallery, she was looking at the work of artists I knew and making comments about the artist themselves based on their work while she was helping to determine which work should be included in the gallery. I was astounded at what she had to say about the different personalities, she was "dead on" in most cases. She did not know the artists and didn't know me at all (or know that I was in the room) but when she came to my work her comments were really "spot on" and made a permanent impression on me. That was many years ago and my work was good as far as it went, compositions were strong, the work was fun and colorful, when she saw it she said, "Oh I wish everyone could be as happy as this artist!", and she had a bit of sarcasm in her voice. What she meant was, it's pretty and well done but it's rather shallow. She wasn't being mean or critical, she understood where I was at the time and called it like it was. She was right but at the time I couldn't understand it completely, I just knew she was right because of how right she'd been about the other artist's work and I knew deep down in spite of not understanding why. It was quite a few years and lots more of life's more challenging experiences before I understood, and it was through looking at my own work that I began to see the greater depth in myself.

I don't think every artist can be "read" by all of their work but I do believe that we can't leave ourselves out of it no matter what our style or subject matter. When we paint we paint our deepest selves to a certain extent. Our choice of color, texture, range of values, line quality, composition etc. are a language just as surly as the words we speak or write. What do you think?

And on a different subject....

I went out to coffee with my friend farmerjulie and another friend this morning, it was fun! We had been saying we were going to do this for ages and finally met at Rembrandt's for a lovely chat. My friend MK has 2 boys which she brought and they played with Tanner while we did our visiting and laughing, it was refreshing.

We did succeed in getting a new car yesterday, well a used car but it's new to me :-D It's a little Honda CRV, a very practical car that is fun to drive and pretty easy on gas. It's bright red and shiny. Geesh it takes a long time to purchase a car even after you decide what you want!

I don't really have anything special planned for this weekend, Paul is working today and roping tomorrow and probably Monday. I think I'll make a big potato salad and plan on doing Kabobs on the grill to go with the margaritas which we NEED because it's hot outside. Supposed to get to 90 degrees today.

One more thing, I have been making an effort to keep up with all of you crazy, multi-posting live journal and blogging peeps. Good grief if a girl gets behind it's almost impossible to go back! It's been such a busy week that I did indeed get behind and so I am giving up on doing all the back tracking. I've got about a jillion emails that I need to respond to also but I'm feeling overwhelmed by them. You guys are such a wonderful supportive bunch of friends that I hate missing anything but it's impossible not to sometimes. Please don't take anything personally if I don't get back to you, it's not that I don't care and I will respond as soon as I can :-D K?

Friday, May 27, 2005

Just a Friday

Just a Friday

A couple more book plate ideas, the bottom one is unfinished of course but I like the design.

Holly and Elton drove in about 2:30 yesterday afternoon and we got right to the Margaritas on the deck and caught up with them on what life has been like the last several months. Later we went to Tanner's last baseball game and then out for Mexican food at our favorite place. It was a nice evening. They are leaving this morning for Portland and won't be back for a few days.

I'm strongly thinking about going car shopping today. I've been driving the little Saturn station wagon that was Holly's for the last several months and I want to get back into an S.U.V. I like the gas mileage on the Saturn, 31 miles to the gallon, but I don't like the lowness and a few other things. We'll see if I can find something I like better for a reasonable price.

It's supposed to get to almost 90 degrees today. I strongly dislike hot weather so I'm not happy about that. I know, I know, better get used to it. All the lovely green will be singed to a golden brown in short order, I'm so glad we got to enjoy the green for a longer time this year.

I think I may get to check in again later.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Illustration Friday- Aquatic

Illustration Friday- Aquatic

Would you go for a ride with this guy?

Would you go for a ride with this guy?

Mom and I had a great time doing a bit of shopping (Macy's) out to lunch (Applebee's) and then the Costco run. The part I don't like is hauling all the stuff into the house and having to put it all away but it's done now.

Today I'll be delivering the freshly reframed paintings back to Drop Leaf Gallery and the buyers will be picking them up. I'll be so glad to know that they are safely in the buyers possession!

Besides that Holly will be home sometime today!!!!!!! I can't wait to squeeze her and look her in the eye and just hang out with her! Of course it's only for one day right now because she and Elton are going on to Portland for a few days before they are here to settle for a while.

It's supposed to be in the 80s today so we are going to have big, icy cold margaritas on the deck this evening after Tanner's last baseball game, sounds good huh?
As usual I'm off and running this morning so I can do all that needs to be done today.
Cya

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Doing the Costco Run

Doing the Costco Run

As usual the week is flying by, I want to slow it down but I can't, I'm being swept along in the current.

Today my mom and I will be doing the "Costco Run" which is enjoyable only because it is my day with her. We get in lots of gabbing and a good lunch along with getting the other stuff done. It's amazing how much it costs to get the load of stuff we need at Costco, scary. I want to stock up though so I don't have to go very often.

I got up early so I could get myself ready before waking Tanner and doing the regular morning routine, my hair has reached another dorky, frustrating stage so it requires some messing with in order to look passable. I'm not a person that likes to do a lot of primping so growing my hair out is frustrating. Oh well, I'll be glad later.

I have nothing interesting to say today so I'm going to move on to the next part of my scheduled events, hope you all are doing exactly what you want to be doing today!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Empty Studio

The Empty Studio

So my studio is feeling like a sad, abandoned room full of memories but no new life :-/ (Doesn't that sound pathetic?) It's just that day after day I seem to have other things that need done and I don't have any work in the studio going on. My daily drawings are created in my living room most of the time, late, after 8:30 which is when Tanner is put to bed. I'm sure it won't be too long before I can get back to the studio but until then I am feeling a bit frustrated.

At least my yard is looking nice and other stuff around here is taken care of for now. Holly will be here on Thursday, possibly late Wednesday night. She and Elton left Chicago yesterday afternoon for the long drive home, they are so happy to be returning for a little while. Holly is so excited that one of her very best friends from Boise State University has been accepted to the Art Institute and will be moving to Chicago this summer. Both women are printmakers and both really excellent at what they do, it will be so fun for them to be together again.

Today I have to go proof the last 2 prints of abstracts that have been scanned and tweaked and then take the paintings back to the framer so they will be ready to deliver to the buyer on Thursday morning. That is what is taking me out of the studio today at least. Later Tanner has a baseball game. I also want to go by the YMCA and check on the price of a membership for Tanner and I for the Summer since we will be wanting a pool and I will be needing to work out. Hope it's affordable because that would solve some summertime challenges. I guess I'm just thinking out loud here.

So I'm off to do the errands of the art business.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Happy Birthday Dad, Barnes and Noble etc.

Happy Birthday Dad, Barnes and Noble etc.

Today is my dad's birthday, he was killed in 95 but I always remember his birthday and enjoy reminiscing about him.
This is a detail of a piece I did right after he died, it's called Grief.

Yesterday I did not "get it done" like I said I was going to, instead I was quite unproductive and put it all off until today. :-/ Oh well, it sure did wait for me.

Paul and I went out last night, ate on the patio of a great barbeque place and then browsed around Barnes and Noble. I love B&N, I've had so many nice times in there with my mom, my mother-in-law, Holly.... When I walked in last night I had that delicious nostalgic feeling which was brought on first by the fragrance of books and then as I passed the coffee bar it was the rich scent of coffee and finally because of all the people browsing, engrossed in looking at books and talking quietly if they talked at all.
I was looking for and found a book about illustrating children's books. I'm trying to find out what it takes to illustrate a story and see if I can give it a go. I also found a great book about drawing cars (in the bargain isle) and bought a book for Paul also. When we went in he was encouraging me to hurry so we could get home and watch a movie but then he got engrossed and forgot about that. ****grin****

I'm feeling better today than I was yesterday (depression) so I'm doing my on-line stuff quickly so I can get started on other stuff and be done this evening. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Friday, May 20, 2005

A "Get it Done" day

A "Get it Done" day

Holly called last night and reminded me that this time next week she'll be here, I'm very pleased.

Today I get to stay home, this is really wonderful but I'd be happier if I didn't have to do housework and could work in my studio. Oh well, I'll feel better when it's finished. I will also be planting some stuff in my garden, it's not supposed to rain and it will be quite warm so that is a plus.

Besides that I've nothing to say, it's just a "get it done" day today.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Run, Run, Run

Run, Run, Run

This drawing is one that I did while thinking of the illo Friday theme of Ambition a couple of weeks ago. I liked my other one better (fat lady) but this is a daily drawing too so here it is.

Today as I said before, will be another day out. I'd like to stay home but things must get done and I'm the only one. Oh well, I guess I won't complain.

I don't have much to say this morning, I've been too busy to do any reading, done very little drawing and no painting. Hopefully this next week will find me in my studio happily painting some new abstracts to replace the ones that have sold. Have I told you that I've checked in on you even though I've not had time to leave many comments?

Gotta run for now, cya later.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Running Around and Neon Cowboy

Running Around and Neon Cowboy

Yesterday I was gone for so long, arg, when I go into town it seems like one thing leads to another and I don't get home till afternoon.

Went to doc, got shot in foot, foot wrapped with tape and instructions to get a different kind of arch support. The shot wasn't bad and if it works then I should start noticing tomorrow. The tape is to keep the ligament from stretching so it can get some relief.

So I went directly to the Healthy Step store and got some killer inserts, they are so aggressive that I could only wear them for a couple of hours yesterday. Then a highlight, Paul met me for lunch, we just went to Subway because we are trying to loose some weight. The doc also told me that the cute, red shoes I was wearing are not sturdy enough (they are sort of like running shoes only they are really not functional for that) so I did a bit of shopping for a better pair. I didn't buy any because I have good shoes already but I did a bit of shopping none-the-less. :-/
Then I had to pick up Tanner's prescription (controlled substances can only be dispensed by picking up the prescription once a month which is such a pain! Concerta is what he takes). Finally I stopped and got some roses that I've been wanting for 2 years. This is the one I got it's wonderful it's called Neon Cowboy. I got 4 of them to go along my driveway, may need more, we'll see after the 4 are planted.

Today I am pretty sure I've got to go pick up the paintings that have been scanned to make giclees and then take them back to be re-framed. Seems like I'm always running around town these days.

So anyway, that's my story. The only art I'm getting done lately is my daily drawings and I'm not even totally up to date on those. Hope you guys are having a great week and being real creative!

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The News Team

The News Team

I got a kick out of this picture of Tanner and some of his class sitting behind the desk of the news reporters. They also got to see all the weather computers and talk extensively with the meteorologist for channel 6. Ok, I promise this is the last picture of my little guy, at least for today.

My Darling Grandson

My Darling Grandson

We had a good time yesterday on the field trip to the local television station. It was noisy and boisterous on the bus and this is how darling my little guy looked when I turned around to check on him. Yes, he's the one with his eyes crossed! The little boy next to him is Truman, Tanner's partner in naughtiness. They look like they could be brothers don't they? I wish you could hear the sound with this picture, it brought back memories of bus rides long ago. Tanner is taking after his dad and pretty much pulling faces in all pictures unless threatened or caught off guard. Fun.

Illustration Friday- Nourishment

Illustration Friday- Nourishment

I'm feeling pretty good that I got this little drawing done earlier this week than I usually do. The theme of course is nourishment and since I recently got to spend a long time at the Art Institute in Chicago I know how nourished I felt after soaking in so much wonderful art- well nourished indeed! If you'd like to peruse the other Illo Friday offerings here is a link: http://illustrationfriday.com/dev/index.php?section=participate

More running around in town today, arg :-/ Podiatrist, picking up Tanner's prescription, maybe buying some roses for my yard. Seems like I don't spend nearly enough time in my studio these days.

Dan finished doing the yard work for me yesterday so now I'm ready to plant my garden too but it rained so much yesterday that everything is muddy. I guess it will be a few days before I can plant stuff, that gives me more time to find the zinnias I want.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Monday Outting with Tanner, Badgers and Robert Henri

Monday Outting with Tanner, Badgers and Robert Henri

Today I will be going on a field trip with Tanner's class. We're going to the local television station to learn about forecasting weather. Tanner is quite happy about the outing and it makes me glad that he is excited for me to go also.

Here is today's drawing. I did this the other day when feeling quite depressed and I'm thankful that I'm feeling better.

I like this drawing, I think it would look good on a t-shirt or something.

My foot is not getting better so I am going to ask the doc to give me the cortisone shot this week. My biggest problem is that I am too uncomfortable to exercise and it gets worse when I do. It's downright unhealthy to be sedentary. I hope the shot will be enough to fix the problem, the stretches and orthotics are not working to cure it.

It's another rainy day today, this morning when I got up the sky in the south was that misty deep lavender which made the green hills seem to glow, I love that!

Last Friday when I was waiting for Tanner to get off the bus I saw a critter cross our driveway about 50 yards from me but I only caught it as it was about to run into the sage brush, couldn't tell what it was. I knew it wasn't a cat because of the shape, knew it was too big to be a ground squirrel, thought it might be a Rock Chuck. Well, Friday night when Paul and I were coming in from our date we found out for sure what it was. As we turned up the drive our headlights shone on a little huddle of furry critters, it was a momma and 3 baby badgers! So cute. She ran away fast but the babies were slower to duck into the brush so we got a look at them. We see lots of different creatures here on our hill, I really enjoy that.

Here is a great quote that I found today while reading The Art Spirit by Robert Henri:

"A public which likes to hear something worth while when you talk would like to understand something worth while when it sees pictures."

Robert Henri was talking about doing more than technical performance with art and I think he's makes a good point. Of course we are all different and tastes are different as well as levels of proficiency but when we are excited about what we are trying to express, when we feel like we have something to say I think it shows in what we are doing and sparks more interest in those who view our work.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Slow Sunday

Slow Sunday

Yesterday was a nice day, no rushing to do anything, rare. I finished planting the pots on my deck, hosed the deck down, did a bit of house work, took Tanner for Baseball pictures, did some shopping and went over to watch a little roping. Paul didn't win any money and was frustrated but he's got a good attitude and realized that the odds are really tough. There were over 800 teams to compete with.

Yesterday was about 80 degrees and now today it's sprinkling again, I love lots of changes in the weather. Church was really good this morning and then we went out to breakfast with Dan, Tanner and 2 of Dan's friends. It was a pleasant morning and now I'm going to regroup and see what I want to do with the rest of the day. Tanner may have a friend over and I may work on some art but not sure yet.

So, I hope you all are having a nice Sunday too!

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Friday the 13th in retrospect

Friday the 13th in retrospect

I had a totally quiet day yesterday, ended up not needing to do the art class and was home the whole day until after 8 pm when Paul and I went out.
I really didn't use my time alone very well, I was on the computer goofing off, putzing around the house, having lunch on the deck for the first time this year and even taking a nap. It was relaxing but not very productive. I'm not complaining though because we all need days like that sometimes. Friday the 13th was a good day after all!

Today I have to take Tanner to have his baseball pictures taken and I'm going to pick up some stuff to plant in my garden too. I always do tomatoes and some herbs but I want beets this year too because I love to make Borscht and the beets in the stores are high priced and small. I have 2, 8 foot, square gardens, in one I plant a few veggies and in the other I plant flowers for cutting and bringing in all summer. My first choice for cut flowers is Zinnias so I will try and get those. My son Daniel and a friend are going to get my garden spots all ready to plant and do some other yard work for me as a Mother's Day present. So I'll be working outside some also, it's always more fun for me if there's someone else out there.

Last night Paul and I had a nice time going out to the Dead Blobster (Red Lobster) for dinner. We really enjoy being together and enjoyed the good food too. Tanner stayed with his dad last night so we got to have a quiet morning too. Now Paul has gone to a big, competitive roping for the whole day and maybe into the night. He was so excited, it would be incredible if he won the Dodge truck that's up for grabs! (the odds are pretty slim though but we still hope) Paul is a good roper and has a wonderful horse but there will be hundreds of teams to compete against. I may go by and watch some today just to make him happy.

Can you tell I'm feeling a little less depressed today? I woke up this way, dunno what's different but I'm glad the cloud has lifted a little. (I wrote about depression in a locked post the other day.) I'm getting so tired of fighting the depression demon, takes the fun right out of life. Hopefully I can keep feeling better for a while until it goes away completely.

Holly will be here on the 28th!!!!! She and Elton will only be here that one night and then going on to Portland for a wedding but then they will be back for a month or so, I am very, very pleased. Holly and I are going to do some art together while she's here, among other things of course.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Coffee Anyone?

Coffee Anyone?

Coffee is the oldest theme I've done with my art, I have a huge series called the "Joe" series, paintings and work in colored pencil as well as a mosaic or two. I used to sell lots of them. So, when I just go on "auto draw" I frequently do steaming coffee like I've done in the series. Just in case you wanted to know.

Yesterday I bought some new tools for carving linoleum. I stopped at a woodcrafting shop and learned some stuff about keeping the gouges sharp and I learned that the exacto ones that I've been using don't have very good metal so they don't hold an edge very well. I bought a fairly inexpensive set of tools and something to help keep them sharp.
I also went to the art supply and got some more linoleum blocks and some pastel paper.
Then I went to the nursery and bought some rose bushes to replace a couple that I lost and also a Bougainvillea (sp?) which will be on my deck this summer and then I'll bring it in the house when the weather gets too cool this fall.

So I just went around spending money yesterday and it was ok.

Today I have art class in Tanner's class and since it was supposed to be the other mom's turn and she can't make it I'm going to have to make a plan quick. Oh well.
So it's a typical busy day today. Tonight we are supposed to go out for our anniversary but Paul will be roping so it will probably be fairly late when he's available. I can see it being postponed.

Arg, what a boring post.... Sorry.

Gotta run and take the little guy to school.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Book Plate again

Book Plate again

this one was designed specifically for a lino cut and I really like it.

Went with Paul to take our beautiful filly to the vet this morning. She's not sick or anything, we just wanted to have her evaluated before we start spending money to have her trained. All is well, she'll go to a trainer soon. Then we went hand had Venti Iced Mochas at Starbucks which were so yummy! It's our anniversary today but we'll be going out tomorrow night when Dan has Tanner.

Today I'm taking another of the paintings to be scanned since it may be sold and we want the scan before it goes away. There is a chance that 2 of the originals are sold! We got that news while we were delivering the first 3 for scanning. If they are sold it will be my biggest sales ever, I've had enough experience that I'm not counting my chickens yet but I am keeping my fingers crossed.

So, again I've got to run- I seem to be on the road a lot lately.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Illustration Friday- Mischief

Illustration Friday- Mischief

Get it?

Today one of the Drop Leaf Gallery guys, Dean Estes and I will be taking 3 of my pieces from the show to be scanned so I can do a deluxe edition of Giclee prints. This is pretty exciting to me and I'm really looking forward to selling my best pieces in this way. First we'll be taking them to my dear friend at Fast Frame so they can be removed from the frames, then to be scanned and then back to be framed again.

I'm feeling like I need to paint again, I've been doing drawings and a few lino cuts but that's it for the last 17 months and I feel sort of dull and restless with those projects. I think I will always draw but it's not enough at this point. It appeals to me to get the pastels out too, I love the immediacy of pastels. Maybe when I'm out I'll get some pastel paper to get me started. I'm just thinking here in my journal, I hope you realize that? Sometimes it helps to write down ideas to get me going.

So, like I said, I'm feeling dull, don't have much to say and need to get moving around here. If I can get back I will because I love the whole LJ thing. I will check in on you guys this morning but may not have time to comment.

Tomorrow is our 32nd anniversary! Wow, we both just realized it. Need to make plans to get away somehow.....

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Another Book Plate

Another Book Plate

I think I like this one best because it's a personal one about me being an artist. I can just print this one out and use it without making a lino cut.

It's supposed to say, "an artist does not work because she is inspired but rather is inspired because she's working." It's one of my favorite quotes and I don't remember who said it.

I've got to do some errands today so I'll be away from my computer. Be back later!

Monday, May 09, 2005

Rainy and green

Rainy and green

It was lovely yesterday but today it's rainy and gray. It's still pretty though because the greens are so vivid.

I'm feeling sort of out of it, need to make a plan for the day so I feel like I've accomplished something significant. I should not have played baseball yesterday, last night and this morning my foot is really sore. Plantar Faciaitis (spelling is off I know) is no fun and it's not getting better, boo. I may have to get a cortisone shot, doesn't that sound fun?

Anyway I'll be back later. This morning I'm taking Tanner to school so his poster won't get messed up on the bus.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Sweet Sunday

Sweet Sunday

This is an incomplete drawing but one of the daily drawings and so it gets posted anyway. I was thinking about a black and while lino design when I started it but realized it was getting too complicated.

Went to church this morning and it was good. Then Paul and I took Tanner and played baseball for a while, it was fun but I'm really out of shape. Tanner had a good time, he's a pretty good ball player. It was an absolute, picture perfect day for playing ball, warm (high 60s) slight breeze and blue sky punctuated with great white, fluffy clouds drifting by, wonderful!

This afternoon Tanner and I spent quite a while doing a report and poster that he had to have for school. I'm glad it's finished and it turned out pretty well. I think Tanner learned some stuff and he seemed pretty enthusiastic.

Holly sent me the first book in the Griffin and Sabine series. I love it! Paul took me out to breakfast and lunch and a sweet friend of the family brought me flowers and a card, it was a nice Mother's day.

Now it's 6 pm and I'm looking forward to drawing this evening. I haven't had a chance to check in with my lj friends today, just too busy, I'll try to catch up tomorrow because I know you guys will have posted interesting, fun stuff!

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Dates are good :-D

Dates are good :-D

This drawing is about depression, can you tell?

Last night Paul and I went out on a nice date, we had dinner and then went to see Million Dollar Baby and also did a bit of shopping. We enjoyed each other's company and had some good conversation. ( The movie was incredible)

Today I'm home alone and when I leave this computer it will be to get my house in order again so I can enjoy the week ahead more.

Friday, May 06, 2005

A Woman with a bad attitude and I get a haircut

A Woman with a bad attitude and I get a haircut

This woman has a bad attitude, either that or someone close has just passed gas?

I'm hurrying around so I can go get a hair cut this morning. You know when you are growing your hair out from a short hair cut it goes through so many stages and sometimes you think it's not bad. The very next minute you feel like it's horrible and something has to be done to make it tolerable and that's where I'm at, the intolerable stage. My mom is going to cut it for me which is kind of her and handy for me.

So, I started a new book plate yesterday on the very last lino block I've got, I'm being very careful to make sure the letters are backwards on the block :-D Also, a new friend suggested that I carve out the letters on the one I showed yesterday and just make a different block with the words to go with the butterfly that way I could still use it, isn't that a great idea. Why didn't I think of that?

Going to run for now, hopefully I'll be feeling much better about my hair in an hour or two.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

My Second Print Failure

My Second Print Failure

You guys can never say I'm phony and pretend that I always do things well because look, I'm showing you my goofy 2nd printing failure.
I appreciate all the kindness from my friends and I agree that leaving the text backwards may be a good idea for certain prints but this was to be a book plate so I think my name should be very readable. Oh well. I do like the design though. Just thought you might like to see. I left ink on the block so it would be easier to tell what it looked like.

My sister gave up and never finished her block, shopping won over art for her.

Illustration Friday- Ambition

Illustration Friday- Ambition

Need I say more?

Another from the "Miss You" series

Another from the "Miss You" series

This is one done in marker in my sketch book, it's kind of hard to read but I like the design anyway.

I'm trying get caught up on some computer stuff and other stuff today. Yesterday my sister and I took our little mommy out to lunch and gave her a gift for Mother's Day, I think it was the first time the 3 of us have been together for MD in years. She seemed to enjoy herself and we knew she'd love her gift- it was a big jar of Opium body cream, her favorite. I will be out of town on Sunday so this worked out perfect!

So, I don't have a lot of interest to say just now, I'm going to get some things done and then maybe I can come back.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Ex Libris- design drawings

Ex Libris- design drawings

Another of the designs made with the idea that I might like to use it for a book plate later.

I'm going to try and get a hair cut early today, I've been growing my hair out for quite a while and I'm ready for the next stage in style. I'm going for a bob type hair cut and it's still too short but I can get the illusion of a bob so that's what I'm going to go for today. Right now I've got this bi-level look going on and it's not cool.

Besides that I'll just be goofing off with Sherry and Mom.

I will be back to normal tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Abstract Anyone?

Abstract Anyone?

I try to save the drawings I like best for Monday's and Tuesdays because those days seem like busier days for my LJ friends. Just thought you should know.

Yesterday we stayed home a worked in the studio. It's actually been a really frustrating time for me with my art, my lino cuts have been unsuccessful in my opinion. In fact, and I hate to admit this but it's true, I did another one with the words backwards. Bleh. I had just designed it right on the block with graphite and forgot again until I printed it that the words should be backward on the block. The first time I could laugh about it, this time I just feel really dorky and sad. I've been trying to get a bookplate that pleases me but it's not happening. I think I'll end up printing one from the computer that is originally done in my sketchbook.

Today we'll be going shopping because Sherry is going on a cruse at the end of the month and she needs some fun clothes for it. I'm not a shopper but for my sister I'm willing to go. She is a shopper and would do it for me. I do have a safety valve, I've got to back for Tanner at 4:00. ;-)

So that's it. I've not had any chance to check in on you guys so I'll just have to do that after Sherry has gone back to Washington. Hope all is well in LJ land!

Monday, May 02, 2005

Santa in April ?

Santa in April ?

Well yes, this is the drawing of Santa that I did for the block print a couple of weeks ago. Part of my daily drawings.

Yesterday was a busy running around day but last night was a treat. Our valley is having it's annual Parade of Homes and Paul had signed up to help out with a really special one. This home sits way up on a hill above the valley, the view is nothing short of spectacular and the home itself is spectacular. Tanner and I went with Paul and just hung out there while people came through and ogled and awed. I took some pictures and if they turned out I will show them to you. Tanner spent the whole time in the home theater watching fun movies and I got to do the same as well as just enjoy the place.

After we left we went out for Chinese food and then came home and watched A Series of Unfortunate Events which I had gotten at Costco yesterday.

I'm off to see if my pictures turned out. Later Tanner is going to work with his dad and I am putting the final touches on getting ready for my sister's arrival this evening.

Sunny Bananas

Sunny Bananas

Hope you all are doing well, I'm not checking in to see for myself right now.
Still having fun with sister and mom.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Another Christmas one- sorry

Another Christmas one- sorry

My sister is here, mom coming over, we are going to work on lino cuts :-D It's my idea of fun!

Probably won't have much time to check in today....

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