Friday, October 31, 2008

Dames in Progress





















When I was a little girl, I used to make characters out of everything. I made clothespin dolls and paper dolls, each from a different country and each with an appropriate name. I loved multiples, sequels, series...anything that meant, hey there's MORE of this if you like it.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Color Palette

Making some great art here at our kitchen table....love it when the colors from your own kids' paintings inspire your own.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My flag

I went to the Barack Obama rally last week. Just me. Longest line I've ever seen but I didn't have my kids with me so I thought, I can wait forever. I waited two hours and I didn't actually get into the rally or get a spot where I could see him. I just wanted to be there.

I heard a woman in my local grocery store say to her grown daughter a few days ago, "Well, if that Barack Obama is going to be President, it's going to be a real eye opener for people."
And I tactfully and dutifully responded, " I sure hope so, m'am, I sure hope so."

Monday, October 27, 2008

Snow Couple











Here's an illustration done for my sister Susan's reply cards. Her wedding is December 20th so the frozen nuptial pair is fitting!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Beautiful Site

M. Ward is quite possibly one of the best artists I have found in the last decade. His website is perhaps one of the most amazing sites I have ever seen on this vast, infinite "space of web." If you want a treat for the eyes, you'll enjoy it. Also, if you know his music, the images seem as if they spun right out of his songs.

http://www.mwardmusic.com/

Monday, October 20, 2008

Break


Another piece done over a year ago.... spring 07' when I was just learning how to "glue". I've been wondering lately....when I get a moment I like to check in on some artists whose artwork I admire then I end up click, click, click and finding other artists whose style catches my eye...and I wonder how much it influences me. Sometimes I see things like Jessica Rust's Birds On a Wire and I've loved drawing those precariously perched birds too. And I think where did I get that image in my head? The birds hark from "real life" me waiting at a stoplight or something, just noticing and cataloging. Of course, each artist has their own style in scribbling up those feathery friends.
So many of us and how many ideas? (Disclaimer, birds on a wire does not belong to anyone and I love Rust Designs and have been a patron of her art myself so I mean nothing by this).
So how much is our own idea and how much is found, borrowed, discovered, influenced? I once heard that there really is no original art or ideas out there. Oh, well, recycling is a good thing right?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Oldie But Goodie


"If they were stupid and ugly I wouldn't have had seven of them."
~Mother of seven apparently cute and smart kids. Heard this at my sister's wedding and laughed and laughed.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Older Images


I was drawing up these little doodles about a year or more ago. Sometimes, I put things away and then see them later and think, oh fun. So here's one I dug up today.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Report Card

The other day Bobby told me:
Housewife: D
Mother: A-
Now most of you may be thinking, what a mean thing to say. But I was beaming, really. (And if you know my husband you'd know that he likes to poke and I usually take things the wrong way and then I get all riled up over nothing.) But this time, I thought A-, awesome (and a little bit generous seeing as he's not home here all day, ha ha)!
And I was proud that I got that D, it means that my kids get to go to the park, color on the kitchen floor (on paper, it's not THAT bad), decide to make macaroni sculptures at the drop of the hat. You see, I have no real agenda these days . My to do list usually has one or two "house" things that I know I can get done and after that it's all about keeping my kids from killing each other and me from killing them and enjoying a bit of their childhood.
It's such a balance between being a mother and "keeping house" and something has got to give. It's much, much harder than I ever thought it would be. I'd love to strike a balance between the making a living being creative and the mothering/zoo keeper side but right now it's mostly chalk drawings in the driveway.
And let me tell you, the life size T-Rex's that I am drawing are worthy of an A+.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Gift


This is an illustration I did for my other sister's (who is also getting married this year!) shower invitation. Love the purple.
Also don't forget to go on over to Brain,Child's caption contest with funny little cartoon scribbled up by me...go on make it funnier!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Flowers, ties, rings and things....

September was harrowing, trying, take me to the funny farmingly difficult....my new kindergarten child was loving school and falling apart like two day old coffee cake at home. It was about three weeks of sheer hanging on by the skin if my teeth and all culminating on a Friday at 5pm.... my sister's wedding. Everything and anything could go wrong....I was bringing the molotov cocktail, wick and all, to the civilized party, ready to go off at any moment. But alas, it did not.
The boys wore ties.
Anna wore a poofy dress without spitting up on it.
They did their respective parts ever so cutely in the wedding, ring bearers and honorary flower girl.
My sister looked radiantly beautiful.
I grinned like a proud, proud sister.
Anna did make farting sounds (or as more tactful people call them, raspberries) though out the whole ceremony and at all of the right parts....but it's cute when a round little baby with bow in her hair is doing it.
We fooled them all.
We love you Claire and Dave.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

1909

Been realizing lately that my "technical" training has flown the coop. I think it must be the fact that I don't have the time to labor over the work that I do (strictly for "pleasure") right now. It's just about getting images out of my head and putting them down on paper. When they take up too much room I can't find my car keys (well, I always do that) and I forget that Wednesday is library day for J at school. So, it is what it is...that's my new favorite mantra of the moment.

Rolls

I have got one chubby baby girl and I love it. Apparently though, the clothing industry doesn't MAKE clothes for chubby little girls....I never found this problem with baby boy clothes and I should know having two of them, both rather chubby and with Colin off the charts (literally). Anna is in size 12 (12-18) months clothes now (she's 9 months so that's about right) and although all of the baby pants and leggings fit her in length, the super intelligent clothing companies have already started to "slenderize" the waist. Could it be that these companies are trying to send a "Hey You, baby, you better drop a few.." message to my daughter already!! Nah, it couldn't be that, right?
So her chubby little rolls (that I helped make, thank you very much) are squeezed in those little pants like, well, like mine these days....
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