Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Life In Pictures. And Words.

Ack! I can't believe so much time has gone by since I last posted.  The past few weeks have been such a blur.  There are many times I want to write but then I want to work instead and most times I just ended up watching TV and become emotionally exhausted.  Anyone watching The Walking Dead or Sons of Anarchy? They are both wearing me out.  I have to balance them out with episodes of The New Girl and The Mindy Project just to get my emotions in check.  By the time that's over I'm ready for bed.  I'm starting to become aware of the toll all this TV watching is doing so I am making more of an effort to get back into my studio.  Here is what I have been doing lately. Sorry for all the Instagram pics. It's the best way I can procrastinate while still doing stuff.

I made feta stuffed dates for Thanksgiving dinner. Its the fanciest thing I'll ever do.

I'm working on little boxes for storing mysteries of the universe. 

I'm not sure if I'm finished yet.

This collection of rocks is my favorite.

I'm finally working in my studio again! I'm excited about these little creations.

Impromptu dance party while painting pictures.

I listened to music from my grad school days and did photo transfers and got nostalgic for my twenties.

And then I made the mistake of pulling out a blank sheet of paper. Um.......

I finally added some new work to Etsy including this Springtime garland. In my world it's always Spring.

These guys are slowly being added while I'm slowly saying good-bye to others.  We're a jar family.

Friday I turn 30 and its the weirdest thing ever but also a little anti-climatic. I think I've really changed a lot in the last ten years...Thank goodness for that!! If I hadn't changed this blog would be dedicated to bad poetry and terrible art.  All about boys. But in an angsty embarrassing way.  I just spelled embarrassing correctly for the first time ever. I guess turning 30 is doing great things already.

Happy Wednesday to you!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dreamy Dreams

See those cutie-pie house pillows on my old studio wall? I have had those for at least five years now and I'm absolutely crazy about them.  
The artist who made them, Dana from LeiLiLaLoo has just posted a bunch of new paintings and monoprints in her etsy shop and they are just as dreamy as her house pillows.  Since I have been trying to work on paintings lately I found these especially inspiring. Go to her shop and see many more goodies.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Makin' Stuff

Good morning! I just got back from my morning walk where I saw a group of five deer.  Then I saw one of the Mamas of that grouping start to run toward my friend and I.  There were two baby deer with them so I'm sure they were being protective but it was so scary. We started to run but I worried that would make them chase us more. I'm not sure what deer instincts are. We were finally able to round a corner by a chain link fence and hide from them.   We started running again trying to make it to the road and it was a good thing we did because they ended up also rounding the same corner where we were to get to the woods.  Aaaggghhh! My husband insisted deer do not chase people and that we were fine but I disagree. When they have two babies with them they are going to protect them.  So.... I'm going to live life today like I just barely escaped death! It's much more exhilarating to view it that way. And my husband is going to live life today like he is married to a crazy girl.

In art news... Sometimes when I procrastinate a project I am far more productive in other arenas than I would ever be without said project. I really want to make a series of paintings on paper and I'm starting to collect ideas for that but my fear of failure is out of control right now. So instead I have been making yarn pom poms like crazy.  I've been wanting to find a way to make banners and garlands that were not made of paper so they would be more substantial but it's really taken me a long time to find the right materials I want to work with. I used to hate yarn. I don't know why but I never considered it to be a material that I could ever work with. But now I'm obsessed with these pom poms.

I spent a long time trying to take this silly picture. I felt like I was chasing my tail-setting the camera up, taking it, running to check the image, setting it up again... finally I think this is as successful as it is going to be.  Those pretty house pillows in the background were made by LeiLiLaLoo.

I think I'm finished with this garland. Here is an instagram sneak peak.

I also started on a Christmas one. I've never been one for holiday-themed crafts. I'm always so obsessed with brighter colors and Springy looks but I'm really digging Christmas colors this year. I'd like to make several variations to sell in my shop.

I really have been working on some drawings, too. I'm working on new imagery which has been refreshing but also a little intimidating. I feel like I haven't used new imagery in a long time so it's completely overdue but that unknown territory is slowing me down.  

I hope I don't sound whiny. I'm excited to be using new images and new thoughts.  It's just that same 'ol fear that always creeps up on me.  That's why I keep making so many pom poms. I know what they are going to be in the end.

I hope you live your day today like you also narrowly avoided a deer attack!