Saturday, June 28, 2008

muck, muck, muck...

Yes... I'm a mucker. No kids, though, so I'm not a mothermu... well, you get the gist.

I did manage to gesso a couple of little plaques... They're right here, waiting, like in that bad song from the eighties... Except, well, I like them a lot more.

Hey, I am a kitty mom, though... so...

Monday, June 23, 2008

more mucking about with the old stuff...

I already miss you...

P.S. - Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, CockSucker, MotherFucker, and Tits.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

crooked little books, part two...

... electric, erm, bookaloo.

Okay, I apologize for that.

Have I mentioned that making mini art journals has become my new addiction?

I made five yesterday... and, folks, that's pretty productive for me. This time I took advantage of the stack of free local newspapers (like I did with my art journal cover) as well as hand painted paper... and even the cover from a bar of soap. (The green one is the soap wrapper.)

They're still crooked, but I'm getting better a book at a time.

I really should do my nails sometime in the next decade...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 to get stuck, please.

Been wallowing in the ideas lately... Not a lot of actual productivity, but it's coming.

Meanwhile, tonight I've been a bit zoned out, so I took one of my old drawings and mucked about with it with ze photoshop...

I love playing like this... but it certainly does suck time away.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

crooked little books...

Well, I made these little "mini journals" a few weeks ago using Tascha's tutorial and whatever I had on hand to substitute. (This means that I used recycled packaging material, work trash labels, painted my own decorative paper, etc. I even carved the star stamp out of an old eraser. Also, Mod Podge still rules.)

Inner critic says, "You cut everything all crooked. You don't even have a good craft knife, much less a paper cutter. You used scissors and a box cutter. You cut the corners too close, so the edges aren't covered properly. And these photos... ugh. Not very good."

But guess what? Screw inner critic.

I made these. For the first time. And I kinda like 'em.

I was inspired to make these by Tascha, and inspired to post them by walkinthewoods. She posted hers a while back and they look great.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

mermaids on the brain...

Lately I've been thinking a lot about painting mermaids. I think it must be because I've seen quite a few different interpretations of them on art blogs in the past couple of months. While I'm at work I have all of these ideas for different paintings... and these days it seems like mermaids are the switch flipper...

The problem I'm running across with this is that my figure drawing just isn't up to snuff. I need practice. I need to learn a few proportion skills... The painting I did last week was a just a face... and thus I had far fewer problems with it. (It just seems that, even though she's blue, I have to tell people that she's a mermaid.) I have to get better at arms and such... I want to show the entire creature... and I will.

I did do this sketch... then fiddled with the colors with photoshop.

Now I have to go and do cat things...

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

two for one, yes?

I did these two paintings on an approximately 5.75 x 3.25 inch block of scrap wood, one on either side, then painted around the outside in black.

I actually sort of enjoyed the challenge of working with the wood grain, but I'm thinking that next time I'll do a bit more preliminary sanding before I dive into the painting.

Wood scraps... yay.

Monday, June 2, 2008



Caramel's kittens are getting so big... Big enough to climb up on my desk and walk on my keyboard. They are adorable, beautiful... but when I got up I had these pictures downloaded to my desktop and I had no clue what they were. Well, it seems the little darlings somehow managed to download pics from the windows I had open when I walked away from the computer for a bit last night.

Pretty brilliant, huh? Seven weeks... It's going to hurt to have to find homes away from us for them, but I knew that would be the case from day one... (Caramel was pregnant when she stepped into our lives.)

Sort of mellows the aggravation of finding random things on my desktop.