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Color blind test or splatter paint art?

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

As I mentioned in this post, I had a huge 4 ft by 5 ft canvas that I was repainting, because the original was totally heinous looking. I just wanted something that looked less grimey, and fit with some of the colors that we’ve been repainting our house with.

Although I don’t think that this piece stretched my limits as an artist at all, it was sure alot of fun to make.

Feeling artistic & destructive.

Monday, January 5th, 2009

I am in the process of taking an electric sander to this gigantic Lee Reynolds Burr painting:

It’s 4′x5′ and has been hanging over looking our foyer… And I hate it. Its got a grey-mauve-sea foam color scheme going on with a touch of 80′s abstract-tasticness. It makes me cringe every time I look at it.  However is is hand painted & giganic. But after doing some quick research, the canvas is basically worth more than I could sell the painting for…. If anyone actually would want to buy it. But as an artist, I don’t think that I could, in good faith, sell this to someone who would put it on display. So I’m taking a sander to it & I’m going to do a kinda pop-art splatter paint thing with a bunch of the bright colors that I’ve used to paint some of the rooms. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

2nd self attempt on henna.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

This year for Thanksgiving, our friends Russell and Jenny kindly invited us to have Thanksgiving dinner with them. They provided an amazing spread of traditional turkey day goodies and we brought over a homemade pumpkin pie and supplies to try out my henna skills on Jenny. (She’s incredibly brave!)

The next day I still had a bunch of goo left and decided to try out some new ideas and doodle on my hands again. This was the result. Not super amazing, but it was fun to try some new patterns.

My 2nd self applied henna

And then Devon decided to be brave and let me doodle on him!!! I tried my best at making an Apple computer power button on the back of his neck. I drew one almost perfectly, but unfortunately the back of your neck is a location that’s really hard to keep from smudging. So it didn’t end up staining well… But the initially it looked really rad.

Apple Power button henna.

2 Years Ago, Today…

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Devon and I as husband and wife.

Happy 2nd anniversary, my love.


Sunday, June 24th, 2007

This evening I was really homesick. Missing family and my girls and friends and generally just the hopping social life that I had in Boston. I want to go home and visit, but plane tickets on JetBlue are running over $500 round-trip this summer. I feel bad about spending that kind of money on a “social call” when we’re trying to save money to move back and buy a home. However moving eastward seems like it is at the very least 6 months out, although who knows if it could be 2 years. (I hope to the lemur that it won’t be that long, i might go mad.)

Anyways. I have an art journal, that I used to write in/draw stuff/tape in photos. I hadn’t touched it in 3 years. I pulled it out tonight and just started writing down what I was thinking… Not nearly as poetic as most of the stuff I’d written in there, but it certainly felt good to get stuff down on paper. I think i get stuff stuck in my head and dwell on it and it kills me. I forgot how good it felt to write stuff down… I really want to keep contributing stuff to the journal.. So I can also have happy/positive entries.

And I need to start writing back chick poetry again… Its pretty bad/sappy/weird, but was a lot of fun to go back and read what I wrote back in high school. :)

Ok… Now to share some of my old school journal entries. :) (p.s. the drawings were both done with ballpoint pen.)
From 1998


Registering for my gallery.

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Hey gang. So over the past few days 3 unique guests have commented in my photo gallery. I can guess at who they are, but I’m not sure who is who and its been confusing. So I’ve made it so you have to register to comment. It takes, like, 2 seconds to register, and I made it so you just have to confirm your e-mail, instead of waiting for me to approve you. You can register/login at the top right of the gallery page.

Go ahead, use a disposable address if you’re scared of me spamming you. :)

But yeah. I love it when people comment, and I love it even more when I can figure out who is commenting. Thank you!

Now back to your regularly scheduled program.

Wrap-up of the 2nd Annual Diva Art Show.

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Me at the 2nd Annual Diva Art Show

(Please excuse my hunched over back and the goofy look on my face)

So my first real art show in Seattle. And this one was my first ever where I seriously had to stand behind my product while people looked at them. I was so nervous. (Devon was so sleepy, hehe)

Luckily, the day ended up being a success. I was one of 6 artists set up at the Highlands Diva location, and I was probably 1st or 2nd in sales. (Although I’m not sure if thats due to people liking my cards, or the fact that my cards were the most inexpensive thing being sold by any of the artists.) I sold at least 15 of my cards, although my profits were cut down a little bit because I ended up buying a beautiful pair of lime green earrings from a beader-artist next to me. :) Out of the hardest hit were my Fifi cards that were captioned “Fifi was a jolly ol’ St. Nick”, as I ended up selling out of those. :)

It was really interesting to see and chat with other local artists. There was the beaded-jewelry maker, another collage artist who worked on boxes and magnets, a painter, an artist couple where the girl took pictures and the guy wrote poems to be overlaid on the photos (which were really amazing looking), and a photographer who dabbled in wreath making. It was great to chat with them and find out where they have displayed their works and where they sell their wares. So I got some great ideas and feel motivated to keep on going with this whole “art thing”. :)

I think if anything, I feel really motivated to start up again on some large scale collages, which I haven’t worked on in probably 1 or 2 years. but I have some great ideas brewing in my head, and hopefully I’ll be able to get some of them out onto canvas.

Christmas Cards!

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Finally I finished 18 new Christmas cards and got them posted up online… Click on the pictures to be brought to that item in my gallery.

Season’s Greetings from Fifi the Iguana.

Feliz Navidad Fifi.

Happy Holidays – Gingerbread man.

Christmas – Nativity and shopping scene.

2006 Holiday Card Preview….

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

So at the advice of “some” fans, I made some Fifi themed Christmas cards, to market specifically at my upcoming show in December. Here’s an early layout…

(Please note that the photo is crappy and that the card still has to be put together and embellished a bit…..)

My first art show in Seattle!!!

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Diva Espresso Coffee CupA month ago, I submitted a form to be a part of an annual art show at my local (and favorite) coffee house: Diva Espresso. I just heard back yesterday that they thought that my collaged note cards were perfect for their show and that they’d like my art to be a part of it!!!!

So mark your calenders ladies and gentlemen.

Saturday, December 9th, 2006
9am to 3pm

At the Diva Espresso coffeeshop
(the North Seattle/Shoreline Highlands location.)

14419 Greenwood Avenue North

Woohoo! I’m super excited. I’m not sure how man of my note cards I’ll be able to display, but there will definitely be a quantity of them greater than 1, and they’ll be available to purchase. So, come on out if you’re in the area and would like to support some local artists.

(Thanks to Elena777 on for the Diva coffee cup photo)