Camera: Nikon D80
Notes: An empty window…for now.
Camera: Nikon D80
Notes: An empty window…for now.
So, here’s some stuff…
It’s the last day of the month, and being that I am a stat-checking freak, I am happy to report that my number of visitors more than quadrupled this month! So crazy. I’m not just standing in a room talking to myself anymore.
My studio is a serious mess. It is definitely time to purge and I’m thinking of doing it in the form of some giveaways. I haven’t done one in forever and I need to come up with some creative ideas.
I really shouldn’t have bought that bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs.
I added a page to the blog for coloring pages. Hopefully, it will make it easier to find/print the pages. Because when the kids are bored and screaming, the last thing anyone wants is to make them wait for their coloring pages. Heh.
I’ve been meaning to tell everyone who thanked me for including them in my Friday Favorites that no thanks is necessary. You all earned your spots!
I’m finding that I’m spending more time blogging these days than actually creating anything. I’m not sure exactly how I feel about that.
Show me some love on Facebook, if you haven’t already. Pretty please? (Pssst, that’s the first place that I post about giveaways.)
You know, no one ever tells you what kind of ridiculous things will come out of your mouth when you become a parent. Honestly, if someone had told me that I would utter the phrase ‘Don’t lick the furniture!’ not once, but multiple times, I probably wouldn’t have believed them.
Eh, I guess that’s all I’ve got.
photo : brightly colored candy coated downfall by yours truly
As a mom, I have made a habit of not buying things for myself. When I go shopping, my purchases typically fall into one of three categories – groceries and other necessities, things for Sir (clothes, toys, diapers, etc.), and art supplies (which are viewed as necessities for me to work). I don’t buy new clothes or shoes anymore unless I am to the point where I run the risk of having to leave the house naked (the horror). I especially don’t make luxury purchases like jewelry (which I rarely have occasion to wear) or art (which makes me giddily happy and therefore feels like a selfish purchase).
But every now and then (like when the IRS happens to dump some cash into our bank account), I let myself go a little crazy. Saturday was one of those times, and though I didn’t buy nearly as many lovelies as I would have liked, I did get some pretty sweet stuff.
After purchasing the coolest little wooden toy for Sir (a Flipsy Car from Baldwin Toys – so fun!), I decided to buy at least one (and then another and then another) thing for myself.
The gorgeous necklace above is from Seeka – the collaborative effort of Israeli artists Nachshon Peleg and Stavit Allweis. There was not one piece of their work that I didn’t love and having to choose just one thing was extremely difficult. This piece is unofficially my anniversary gift (12 years next Sunday!). Heh. Thanks to my friend, L., for talking me into that!
Early on in our art adventure, the work of mixed media artist Michael Baxley caught my eye. Probably because it is extremely eye-catching. Seriously.
His pieces start with a wood box onto which paint and a litho print are applied. He then creates hand-formed porcelain blossoms that are cast onto the painted wood in very flowing organic arrangements. Beautiful.
It took me three trips back to his booth before I finally just let myself buy the piece that made me over-the-top happy. Now I am challenged with finding the perfect place to hang it.
I’m sure it won’t surprise anyone that my final purchase of the day was from Tsuga Studios. As I mentioned previously, I was very excited to see Nick Kekic’s work in person. He has been a client of mine for a while and I love looking at the photographs of his pieces. I was very happy to find that his work is just as gorgeous in person.
After much deliberation, I chose a vase from his Miniature Form Study. He described these frosted pieces as the ‘marzipan’ of his collection. I agree, they are quite delicious! As much as I would love to display this piece in my living room where everyone can see it, part of me wants to keep it hidden away with me in my studio where I can look at it whenever I need a little eye candy and inspiration.
photos : my treasures by yours truly
Things you can share while coloring this page:
To print this coloring page, open the .pdf file by clicking here or on the picture. When the file opens, choose File > Print.
Please be sure to read the post A Word About Coloring Pages before printing and using this page.
Camera: Nikon D80
Notes: Perfect bars of color.
I have a lot to share from my experience at the American Craft Council Baltimore show because, well, it was completely awesome! There’s so much, in fact, that I am going to have to split it up into a few different posts.
This year the ACC celebrated it’s 70th ‘Rebirth’ Day. As part of the celebration, local cake designers were invited to create cakes inspired by handmade pieces from artists participating in the show. Two of my friends are cake artists and I strongly encouraged them to participate, but the timing just wasn’t right. If they had done it, I know they totally would have rocked it!
While checking out the entries, we got a chance to speak to one of the bakers who let us in on a little secret…they weren’t real cakes, shhhhh. The fondant and buttercream were real, but the ‘cakes’ themselves were cardboard. Yum.
The sheer amount of talent at this show was staggering. I am going to do my best to talk about as many of the artists as I can and share links to their work, although I must admit that I had to narrow it way down to a select group of favorites.
The photo above is a sculpture by Massachusetts artist Dale Rogers. My good friend and trusty sidekick was ready to strap this to the top of her Prius and have her husband install it in their front yard. Sadly, we were pretty sure their HOA wouldn’t approve.
Here are a few of our other favorites from yesterday…
I have much more to share, but it will have to wait. Duty calls (in the form of a cookie tasting this afternoon!).
photos : acc awesomeness by yours truly
Camera: Nikon D80
Notes: Glass flower centerpieces at the American Craft Council show.
Title: Tiny Cosmos
Camera: Nikon D80
Notes: World’s Latest Birthday Gift still waiting to be mailed.
So, here it is, my first Friday Favorites! I came up with the idea of choosing and sharing my 15 favorite illustrations each week in order to introduce my friends/family/readers to Illustration Friday and some of the great talent that is out there. A major bonus is that it gives me an excuse to spend time looking at a lot of really great and inspiring work.
This week’s topic was ‘layer’. With that in mind, sit back, get clicking, and breathe in the awesome!
Camera: iPhone 3GS
Notes: We cannot color until ALL of the crayons are on the floor.
The topic for this week was layer. The only things that kept popping into my head were bricklayer (I know, I’m weird) and layer cake. The latter being more interesting than the former, that is what I decided to go with. I still didn’t know what to do exactly, until I remembered a conversation I had recently had with two friends who are highly skilled in the art of cake baking/decorating. Part of the conversation went something like this:
It’s just cake.
Hey! Cake is serious stuff. (Although, I must admit that ‘stuff’ wasn’t exactly the word that was used. But, in the interest of keeping things rated G in this entry, we’ll say that it was.)
And, there you have it. Some serious cake.
I really feel that, if given the time, I could have done a lot better on this. We’ll call it a work in progress.
Despite the fact that I’m not entirely thrilled with my IF submission this week, I am very excited to see what other people have done. And, I have decided to share some of my favorite submissions here for those of you who may not be familiar with the Illustration Friday concept or web site. I am going to try to limit myself to 15 favorites this week, which will undoubtedly be very hard.
Saturday, my trusty sidekicks and I will head downtown to
drool over peruse the awesomeness at the American Craft Council show. I will be fully armed with camera and laptop in order to share eye candy with my loyal readers (all two of you, heh).
And, because I don’t have enough irons in the fire, I have added a new project to my list of things to add to the blog. More on that later.
photo : jcc art by yours truly
I started work on Illustration Friday earlier this week than I did last week because my changing schedule warranted it. When I finally came up with an idea, it fell into place quickly (probably because it was based off of my illustration from last week). I did some very rough sketches on Friday and started working on the actual colored pencil drawing on Sunday.
It didn’t go so well.
Seriously, they are colored pencils, I’ve been using them since I was a toddler and suddenly they feel so foreign and unwieldy. I just COULD NOT get them to work. It was very discouraging. So, I scrapped the original drawing.
I started again and things went along a bit better, but the final product still wasn’t what I was hoping for. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to start a new drawing. So, I’m just going to call this week’s illustration a work in progress and maybe use the idea for something else in the future.
I have to confess that after scanning my drawing, I did a little *ahem* extra work on it. I blame Photoshop and my ridiculous need to make things ‘perfect’. One of the things I am finding most difficult about drawing is that there is no Edit > Undo in real life. If I screw up, it either needs to be erased (which doesn’t always work) or covered up (which I’m not very good at yet). So, for now, I’m cheating. Heh.
photo : colored pencils by yours truly
I have always wished that I had the skill to work with glass. Years ago, I lived a stone’s throw from a major art glass supplier. I used to love walking around perusing all of the glass art supplies and I kick myself for not taking advantage of the opportunity to take classes there.
I realize now that it is probably better that I didn’t pick up yet another medium that I would end up being mediocre with, especially when there is such a high price tag attached. Oh, but how I would adore having my own kiln…and blowtorches (!).
Best that I leave all that to the experts, like Nick Kekic of Tsuga Studios.
The whole concept of glassblowing is completely amazing to me and the flawless beauty of Nick’s work, from everyday dishware to gorgeous decorative bowls and light shades, just blows me away (no pun intended – heh). Seriously, amazing.
This weekend, I will be attending the American Craft Council show in Baltimore where I will finally get to see Nick’s work in person *insert embarrassing girlish squeal*. I can’t wait! Expect lots of photos (and possibly more embarrassing girlish squeals). If you happen to be in Baltimore this weekend, definitely check this show out!
In the meantime, go get your daily dose of COLOR at www.tsugastudios.com!
photos : small bowls, dinnerware, ribbon cane incalmo bowls by Tsuga Studios.