19 December 2009

painting!!!

wow, its been way way too long since i've been able to pull out the paintings and go to town, but today i did just that. took pictures of the progress and also pictures of my new studio space which is slowly starting to take shape.




06 December 2009

more drawing and not so much shellac

back at the drawing board today working on art and making myself happy. sooner or later i'm going to have to put down the pen, the pencil, and the brush to get back to the real world, but right this second i refuse.

05 December 2009

remove shellac OR draw?

turns out this time drawing won by a long slide. started the day with every intention to work long and hard on stripping my cabinets of their shellac only to not do one bit of stripping. instead i got caught up in researching artists, redesigning business cards and then redesigning postcards which turn into let's create a brand new piece since i don't have a single image that i want to use as the postcard front. all in all the day was not suppose to end this way, BUT i'm feeling much revived and relaxed from working on art almost all day. :happy sigh: good thing too because this last week i had been getting rather short tempered with everything and everyone. just need to remember when that starts to happen again i need to sit by butt down and do some serious art to release.

first the initial sketch on a 3"x5" notecard


17 November 2009

floorplanning

i have a slowly growing stack of doodles. some ok, some no so good. the only thing i have time for these days are doodles. lots and lots of doodles and usually with a pen which is starting to really grow on me. but if i can manage i try to get up and grab a pencil so i don't forget how those work.



here is a pencil sketch of the groundplan of my new house. as you can see the living room and the porch are "empty" which in real life is not the case because they are full of boxes i still can not unpack due to kitchen remodeling still in progress. the kitchen is showing where things are going to go and the same with the bedroom as soon as i get appliances and queen size bed :big smile: maybe, just maybe in time for christmas my house will be in order so i will be able to go crop down my very own xmas tree.

03 November 2009

doodling and canoodling

doodling more than painting these days. try to doodle every chance i get since its more than a challenge to paint right now with remodeling. also have been doing a bunch of canoodling which makes me want to doodle little pink hearts on everything. i was never much for happy lovely art, but perhaps i should give it a shot now that i have good inspiration for such pieces?

02 November 2009

mini website update

updated the website last night. some new pictures in artGallery, sketchDoodles and miscellaneousBits. wasn't able to get a decent photo of all my new pieces yet, but no worries i will now that i have my very own camera! :giggles:

22 October 2009

the interim

i thought i could hold out until my studio was cleared out to set up my easel and paints....but turns out life has other plans for me. a mixture between an increase in interest and me sticking my hands in one too many pots as forced me to set up an mini interim studio in the corner of my room. while i thought i wasn't going to be all to happy working in such a small area its kind of cute and enjoyable. lots of ink drawings and paintings to get done now. i'm going to have busy art filled weekends which is exciting. so many ideas in my head that need to get onto paper and then canvas. AND now that i have my first very own 100% working camera i'm going to be going picture taking crazy! i'll try to not to go too crazy since i have other things i should be doing...but no promises :winks:

17 October 2009

school and remodeling will suck your soul

true story. don't get me wrong i am very grateful for both school and my house, but honestly if you think buying a fixer upper is a good idea while going to school and having a couple shows to get ready for you are seriously mistaken just like me. :giggles: on the bright side once the kitchen is done then so am i! :crazy evil laugh!: all you need is one really nice room in a house and it doesn't matter so much that the rest is dilapidated. for me the one nice room has to be the kitchen because i love to cook. as soon as thats done i'm kicking all the tool out of the room that is going to be my studio and setting up shop! of course i'll be taking lots of pictures of my first very own studio once its set up (and the new kitchen too of course). the walls are still crap and a window needs to be replaced, but its still going to be amazing.

i managed to get one full photo of one of my new pieces which is currently up at Cooper's Bar in Chicago.


working on doing a mass update on my website. going to have at least four out of six new pieces up along with an updated list of upcoming shows. also will post some pictures from past shows in the miscellaneous section. turns out when you haven't updated in months it takes a long time! but i'm actually enjoying every minute of it.

note: i don't currently have the internet at my house so updating will continue to be sparse until i can get internet.

13 September 2009

sad, but wonderful

i have no pictures from opening night...sadly my aunt's camera died right after i put up the sneak peek image and i was unable to find a replacement on such short notice. but not to worry i had a magnificent time. i looked good, my art looked good, and more people came then i anticipated. all in all i had an absolutely fantastic time. thank you to everyone who made it out. i greatly appreciated your presence.

11 September 2009

sneaky sneaky

i'm not entirely sure about my feels on posting sneak previews before shows go up. usually the snapshot is so narrowly focused making the photo tantalizing and teasing which makes me highly impatient for the show to open and the artist to post pictures up after the opening so i can see what everyone else get to see. i suppose sneak previews have their place in the whole and entice people to come to the opening, but all the artist i follow currently are not in chicago which makes it impossible for me to go to their openings. . . anyways i'm so excited about hanging my art today and then partying tonight that i want to share a sneak preview! :giggles: also it gaves me a good chance to test out the camera i'm borrowing from my aunt.



oh geez, i can't wait for good food, good beer and good friends tonight! man, i love chicago.

04 September 2009

NEW SHOW!

one step for being in a gallery. i will be opening up a new show at a local bar in chicago with new work from me. here are the postcards for the event:



16 August 2009

next

currently working on commission triptych panels and started yet another new painting BECAUSE my favorite bar owner asked me to display my art in a couple of weeks. you know what that means? that means i need to come up with some new pieces that don't have nipples :laughs:

this is a sketch of the new piece from my sketchbook. originally i was trying to come up with a four panel piece hence the random four rectangles. scratched that idea when i saw how cool the whole thing was as one piece.



this is a napkin that i just happened to like the colors of so into the sketch book it went for safe keeping :giggles:

05 August 2009

too much time

...hahahaha, too much time my ass. life is as it usually is, not enough time and someone's always shitting on you. despite all that bad jazz i'm trying to keep my head up...or rather down to focus on creating new things. up late trying to finish some inkings but my hand is starting to cramp up so i'm going to have to call it a night.

i probably shouldn't post this until I get the chance to mail these, but i'm excited so i'm posting a photo. i'm hand-making thank you cards for each one of my friends who came to my first show. each card has a slightly different styled front (i forgot to take pictures of each before sealing the envelopes on most of them) and each card has a personalize message on the inside. remind me not to do this again...oh wait...i already started designing a new batch of cards. silly me. while the cards are time consuming they are kinda fun to do.

27 July 2009

silly contest time

browsing the internet i stumbled upon yet another little contest someone was having to draw their character. because i was trying keep myself entertain while talking to people online i decided to read about the contest and the character which the contest revolved around....and low and behold first prize gets $100USD!!! now, normal i have a rather negative view about these type of contests, but its amazing what a little $100 will do for the option of a poor soul. :giggles: so away i went researching and sketching like a crazy woman. i have never won a contest and to be honest i'm not all that likely to win first place in this one either, BUT i do need the practice! coloring, background, and drawing someone else's ideas are all thing i need to work on. besides entering a contest sure beats offering free commissions to get the experience...at least with contests if i don't make the deadline no one will know AND i get the pick and choice which contests i would like to try.

about the actually contest. the character is a dark elf/demon prietess woman who is every man's wet dream (now that i'm writing this out i realize my sketch will already have to be tweaked because it doesn't really embody that last part). dark skin, long white layered hair, green eyes, topped off with a demon tail. now i'm in the intial sketching/designing stage and working hard on trying to get a color scheme down...and failing...but its break time so i'm posting!



25 July 2009

tehehe



i was looking up information about freelance and came across this little comic piece on the (freelance switch site). it made me giggle a little.

22 July 2009

week 5 of puppies

in random order all taken between day 35-37.




my favorite ;)



inking

trying out something a little different and new. woman with clothes, arms and legs!....well an arm and a leg. i'm absolutely loving how i did the hair. looking at a bunch of art everyday seems to be paying off because i think the hair is a combination of a couple different styles i have be seeing other artists do. :big grin:

this picture is after i inked in the lines. i have already started to put some ink washing on it too and its not looking quite as good...we'll see i suppose.

19 July 2009

could be worse

this might be a temp posting, we'll see.

photos of the first card done! it got a little messy towards the end, but i learned and the rest should be better...sorry miles..:blushes:

outside.

inside.

there is something on the back of this card which i will show when i finish them all and take better pictures.

early start

shortly after i posted i got sick of waiting for sunday afternoon to come. i mean why should i wait? also the best way to hide is to hide in art because people who know you tend to leave you alone while you work. anyways i started the cards and i think they are going to turn out great which excites me. also got a few pictures to post panels and paintings started. i'm posting quickly and then going back to card making.

PANELS for commission!
detail of panels!



small study for a piece in which i'm trying to work in textures

18 July 2009

"vacation"

well here i sit and hiding...yes thats right i am in absolute hiding from those who have enslaved me to their will. here i sit and will continue to hide until at last i am free on sunday afternoon for a whole week to do as i please...or more realistically as i need to do...meaning commission work, card makings/mailings, further computer fixing and of course attempting to get one of my own paintings done. of course all this art needs to be squeezed in between puppy feedings and playtime. however i plan on insisting to wear my rose colored spectacles throughout my "week of vacation" (it will only really be lasting from sunday afternoon to thursday when i have to work).

in the mean time while i attempt to wait patiently for my "week" to come i have absolutely nothing to show. i have found neither time or energy to pick up a pencil and put it to paper save but to make mundane lists of things i need to remember to do in order to keep all happy until gone.

soon i will have ample photos to show of build panels, progress shots and of course puppies.

03 July 2009

sketch bookings

firstly more from the pages of my sketch book dealing with design work for the band, phat cats. these pages came before the image in the last post.

page one.
second page.

this nest page has just a bunch of random stuff on it. scary girl face, fish bowl, another cat, naked woman and a quick sketch of the panels i put together for the commission i'm working on.



and lastly this sketch is for a new painting i'm working on. i'm pretty excited about this one because i'm trying to work with modeling paste to add texture. against my better judgment i did show this sketch (allow with others) to my mother, who did not like it at all....oh well, i do! :grins:

band design?

playing around with designing a logo for the band phat cats. here is the most promising image out of the fray.

24 June 2009

commission work

working on lots of art all at once today. crazy day. most important though is the pieces i was commissioned to do during my show. its going to be a three panel abstract piece in same vein as a triptych i did in 2007. i'm going to break out the big guns for this and paint in oils which i've been missing! the pieces are going to be done on masonite with the back framed out. each piece will be exactly 24" tall and 13.75" wide. the colors are to be dictated by a quilt which is in the same room the pieces are to go in. not sure if i'll do each panel a different color represented in the quilt or do them all in a similar color scheme with each one having one unique color all of its own.

the plan is to get the panels build and gessoed this week along with colored thumbnails okayed.

on an almost random note, someone remind me to sign each one of these panels before i seal them, please? :smiles:

sketch of triptic


scale drawing of pieces on wall

still playing around with which panel goes where and in what direction.

22 June 2009

becoming a midwife

its crazy here. cool, but not cool. i have to finish thank you cards to send to my friends that showed up to my show, need to finish application (going back to school), taking care of friend's dog who had 10 puppies (:chants: i'm getting a puppy!), need to take good individual photos of all my pieces from the show so i can post them here, need to do this commission i got during my show, need to move to a different state, AND need to start working on new pieces which i got ideas/sketches during my show. :sighs: little rest for the wicked. especially worried about hurraying up and starting new pieces so i have something new should another opportunity should arise, because i have learned you just never know.

so more about the puppi thing. my good friend's dog here in chicago had puppies starting monday the 15th at 4pm. we both rushed from work and i got the watch 8, 9 and 10 being born! it was amazing and further convinced me never to give birth myself. the female dog (hadie) had 10 puppies and lost one the first night due to clumsiness SO she has to be watched around the clock. i need to learn to stop thinking about the puppies all the time and get some work done. So here i am updating internet info, designing thank you cards, and coloring thumbnail sketches for a client. good times. lol.

Day 2!
proud mother with her little pups.

Day 5.
all nine of them are in there somewhere.

Day 5.
this little guy (or gal?) has a thin white stripe down the middle of his head and a spot on the side he's sleeping on so i call him spotted stripper :grins:

Day 5.
hadie (the mother) taken care of business.