26 August 2010

chugging along

yet another house guest, Dotti (left) :D

framed pieces ready for show saturday still much to do...including prepping for my live painting debut on the stage of the House of Blues. the theme for the painting is "muse". entertaining the thought of painting my version of Terpsichore who is the muse of dance.

new business card design in time for saturday!

20 August 2010

up and coming

i would like to start things off by jumping for joy that the cat is GONE! the cat, house guest, left yesterday evening and while a small part of me was sad to see him drive off into the sunset a larger part of me was ready to break out the champagne. for the record though i would gladly take cat of Quincy again in a heartbeat. he is a magnificent cat and i dearly love my friend who owns him.

anyways on to the good "stuff"! turns out i will be painting live on stage at the House of Blues which i have been told actually is a huge deal. sorry to those i may have offended i'm not really up on the music scene so i didn't know. for the record though i'm glad i didn't/don't know. i'm sure when i get there and see the place there will be plenty of freaking out. oh nerves how i love you. but until then i'm going to pretend its no big deal and that i do this sort of thing all the time :laughs at herself: "Fake it til you make it" right?

August 28th is the magical I AM Fest day at the House of Blues. i along with two other artists, whom I worked with during the promo video shoot, will be painting live on stage during Kelsey Montanez's 30 minute set. i couldn't have pick a better person to work with. she is so nice and i adore her music, especially "I Sold My Soul". i'll also have a table layout which will include these brand new ink drawings i'm finishing up as we speak:

i should have other new work there too, but space is still up in the air so we'll see. i have a couple of new paintings in the works which i am more than excited to sink my teeth into in the next day or so. still trying to decided what i want to paint them on though. completely different style then what i normally do so be warned.

been sketching pretty much everyday for two weeks now. soon i'll post pics from my sketchbook, pico.

((day 14 of "100x100"))

10 August 2010

repeat all

pomplamoose especially the song below>>

anna nalick - the cd 'wreck of the day'
fiona apple, especially the song below>>

Kevin Hammond, older stuff mostly not available online

in other news sketching, painting, and printing business cards. weeee. been sketching/painting everyday for the last 8 days and will continue for the next 92 days. the goal is at least 100 strokes/marks for a 100 days (which my friend and i decided equaled roughly 10mins minimum). the challenge is suppose to be for writers (100 words a day for 100 days), but i couldn't help twisting it to fit me.

and now back to painting/printing!

((day 8 of "100x100"))

08 August 2010

holy update batman

i'm going to try to make this "short" and sweet. updates are as follows>>

• paper doll update: i mentioned extremely briefly before that i was designing some paper dolls. i'm doing the project with a friend (she's the brains) and i have finally gotten my part down...well at least for now. if all goes well i'll have to make more dolls and many many more outfits. this is my first honest venture into illustration and its fun.

• art show update: two "shows" coming up. one on aug 28th at the House of Blues where i will have 2-4 new pieces depending on a lot of things. also there is a 80% chance that i will be painting live on stage while bands are playing. details are still up in the air on that one so we'll see. the other opportunity will be at MaZi although the date is unknown. i believe it will be sometime this month, but not entirely sure. the important part is that i will be hanging 4 new pieces there. i have all sketches done and i have all the kinks worked out in a test piece. now all i have to do it put the finishing touches on the wood panels i build and start painting! once the painting starts they shouldn't take too long because of all the prep i did. at last i was able to try out my new band-clamp which i am in LOVE with. now all i need is about 3 more of them along with about 30 more clamps and i can make multiple canvases at once!

• kitchen update: still slow and steady. i don't know if i mentioned this before but the new goal is to get it done by the end of august...here's hoping :crosses fingers and prays: on the exciting side though my cabinets are up and the counter top is in. currently the counter top is slowing being stained to match the existing wood.

• garden update: you may remember the excitement i had when my veg garden just started to show some growth. well after a mass slew of rainstorms which created a foot deep pond in my backyard i had lost all hope for the garden. a couple days after the pond formed i waded back to check on the garden only to find it withered from too much water. i was a little devastated, i'm not going to lie, BUT i ventured back there yesterday (yesterday was about a week after the pond dissipated) to compose some weeds AND GUESS WHAT?! most of the veggies are on the up and up! the cucumbers in particular are doing amazing. so need to add weeding veggie garden back to the list of things to do. also in garden news i hijacked 3 pepper plants and 3 pots from my mother's house and planted those today and placed them on my deck next to my potted black cherry tomato plant and my two potted mini orange plants. i think next year i am going to forgo planting a veg garden in the backyard and instead do a potted veg garden on my deck. much easier to control water and keep in eye on it that way. also the main reason it that my deck gets far more sun. think sunflowers will grow in a pot? :wishful thinking:

• website update: brushed just a little more dust off the website still a bit more dust to go. if you are the type of person who uses IE please please use something else to view my site for now. :blushes:

• house guest update: the last month and a half i have had my great friend's cat, Quincy, as a house guest. who would have that i would be so deathly allergic to one cat! i sure a shit didn't think that would happen. it took the entire first month to come up with the perfect recipe for fighting allergies which is as follows:
  1. vacuum at least once a week
  2. follow any cat touching with vigorous hand washing
  3. take 12-hour claritin and 12-hour decongestant at 7am and 7pm without fail
  4. drink more liquids than usual, have cough drops on hand and always know where the nearest restroom is
  5. wash cat with Aller-X (which you had to drive 1.5 hours to obtain) 1-2 times a week with your fella's help
  6. have your fella come over often to give cat needed attention and to prevent cat from meowing all night long in the room you have locked him in
  7. don't tell owner any of this (tehehe)
it has been quite the learning experience to say the least, but in all honesty Quincy is well loved here and i have the pictures to prove it!

((day 3 of "100x100"))

02 August 2010

!!! i'm a superstar !!!

alright, maybe not a superstar, but i'm still pretty darn excited. this is the promo video for I AM Fest which i did a couple weekends ago. three other visual artists (Shaun Bailey, Corryn Jackson, Polina Zionts) along with myself free-handed around a live male model for this shoot.

here's a close up of my part:

i used house paint on paper and i broke out my scenic brushes :purrs:

also put the video on the homepage of my website. tehehe.

way past my bed time

gearing up for a show is serious stuff. in fact i honestly forgot how much serious stuff it entails. my to do list is long and daunting, but i was able to chisel away at least a bit of it so far. began to dust off my website with a slightly different menu and updated info on the show page. also quickly put together a postcard based on the card i designed last year.

i'm going to let this stew in the back of my mind for a while before printing and sending it out just in case i decided i want to change it.

01 August 2010