Monday, April 27, 2009


What with little man's spring break & being sick last week, I am WAY behind.
I got to play a little bit of catch-up yesterday--watercolor paintings,pen-and-ink drawings, and calaveras for a dia de muertos art challenge I am entering. In 2 weeks.
The 6 calaveras on the left are 1" across.
At the bottom of the page are recreations of three cards from the major arcana of the tarot. These are based off of the illustrations from the Rider-Waite deck. I am doing a series of 6 that I am going to turn into pendants for the Etsy store. Today I am back to work (after little man gets on the school bus).

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Check 'er out

There is this VERY cool gallery in Atlanta, Georgia and they are always looking for artists to participate in their shows.
This one struck me because I know quite a few photographers (hi, guys!)
The show is called A Million Little Pictures. They are looking for 1,000 people worldwide to document their lives in 24 frames.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


I was so full of plans for last night! I had photos to edit! I had paintings to finish!

I fell asleep on the couch at 7:30.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


rushing at me with alarming speed!
Deadlines that have been bumped forward!
How far? About 4 weeks.
Lucky for me, I was wise and sage (and lovely and good with animals, too) and prioritized months ago. All I have to do now is re-photograph the work, colorbalance in photoshop, and email the happy camper on it's way.

And also, I have to take some commissioned work OUT of my head and put it ON paper. It looks quite nice where it is, not subject to the laws of dimensionality or static placement, although rather difficult to deliver in the agreed-upon format.

And then there are 2 more deadlines in May, which I am pretending is a very long way away and not really 14 days.

I took this last week off (art-wise) to play hostess to in-laws and my very own I will simply have to do a run-up to get back to where I ought to be.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

The art of life

Today is Thursday. I have a list of things to do the length of my arm. I have accomplished maybe half of them. This morning I decided to throw the "need to" out the window & spend some fun time with my kids. We went to a kids museum, where they went art crazy as though we hadn't spent the morning up to our elbows in markers & crayons. I guess it's always better when it's someone else's supplies. I felt that way for a long time. My grandma is an artist (one of many in my family) and she always made sure I had art supplies. But it wasn't until high school that I started getting the good stuff: windsor & newton watercolors, prismacolor colored pencils, liquitex acrylic paints.
I've been doing watercolors again--they make for excellent backgrounds & small space fillers. And I have the giant John Pike palette, with many little rectangles filled with colors arranged chromatically. But the watercolor set that I keep coming back to, the one that I reach for first is the one that my grandma gave me for Christmas in 1994. It's a Windsor & Newton travel set. It has 12 tiny (8 ml) tubes of paint, and a #2 round brush, and the lid flips open to become your palette. Folded closed the whole thing is about the same dimensions of a business envelope. I'm not sure why it is my favorite--maybe because it was my first real set of tools, maybe because I made sure to toss it in my backpack every day for 4 years.
It isn't often that I am completely certain about something, but I am certain that I will use & treasure this set until the day it falls beyond repair.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Sneak Peek

I have finished the art for the next series that will be for sale on etsy.
I started with little rectangles that I painted with watercolors...
Then, I added the alphabet. And a few extras. Next step, I will glass & solder them. Then I can start on the next series, and work on some stuff I'm going to submit.
At this point I have enough ideas to keep me busy for quite some time.