Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Road Less Traveled By

there's a story behind these two, I'll tell you later......

Bugs are running suicide missions into my studio window tonight. Because it's late and there's a light on in here. It was a tough day. Most of the day, I felt like a child' inflatable pool left out for a night or two. Stagnant, mosquito water, bitter and biting like the flies, I was today. The mother part of me goes full swing in the summer. Three kids, all home and no breaks.....as it seems, mine is the, yes, the house to be in. So I attract all manner of boys tromping through. And if I wasn't feeling like a putrid pool of water today, I would have smiled with my lot. I like it. I like that kids like it here. Thank goodness for short memory spans of the under 9 demographic. They will forget that I kicked them all out of my house today....
Tonight, my daughter (the one who cried for two hours straight this morning-causing my not so pretty implosion) and I went to the grocery store. And upon returning home, we  found that we were at the end of a long line of cars on the road waiting for an invisible flag man. The direct road home was closed for maintenance of some sort. And so I made my favorite left. It's a left that wanders around beautiful countryside here in Virginia. The kind you wouldn't even know about unless you lived here-a locals road, if you will. Old schoolhouses hidden at each winding turn converted to homes, fieldstone barns, grazing horses, green, green and more green. The sun was setting in a glorious orange melon glow and I took the long way home. I smelled the honesuckle, listened to my daughter bite a lollipop in half, crunch and promptly fall asleep.
My husband, after pulling up in the driveway, "What took you so long? (because it did)".

Well, sir, I took the road less traveled by and that, has made all the difference. Sigh. Crunch. Goodnight.

Monday, June 27, 2011

DC Deck Give Away!

kids have already been playing with them-can you tell?

I never do this....you want to know why? Because I'm afraid there will only be like 3 comments and I'll be feeling oh so embarrassed and in need of more therapy......so anyway, enough of that, who cares? So I'm giving away one (unplayed with)  Art in Hand DC Deck of cards this Friday. Yipee!!! Mine is the 10 of clubs and I am oh so proud to be a part of such a great group of artists representing Washington DC.  It's turned out to be such a fun project. So leave a comment by this Friday, July 1. You can say whatever you want-hello, hi, just don't try to sell me special P i L l s and I will use a random method (a.k.a-the old fashioned way of my kids picking out of a hat) to select a winner. So c'mon, first time reader, long time reader, just do it, show the love and I'll deck you (oh, that was fun to say).

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Oh holy cow......I couldn't say this better. Do yourself a favor and jump.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


just a little diddy

Went to the frame shop to pick up my Three Sisters for the Touchstone Show yesterday. I thought it was weird that they hadn't called, but it's small personal operation and had the utmost confidence that my art would be there, smiling at me, ready. But it wasn't. I'm not going to spend this short little post saying bad things about people. Shucks, I should have given it more than two weeks (that is a standard turn around time) but regardless. He's getting it done today so I can bring it in tomorrow-ruining my plans for a relaxing afternoon sipping pina coladas pool side with my bookclub/girlfriends at my friend Melissa's manor home (really, it's like out of a movie). Anyway, instead, I am driving into the city again (I'm doing it today too-see, that would have been perfect-I had to go today anyway).....ah, best laid plans you are not for me. Plans in general......argh. What can ya do?

Monday, June 20, 2011


Reading this interview with Brian Rea over at Illustration Friday......and simply had to post the above-reads like a song.

Summer break has started for me today and I'm planning on posting more and making as much art as humanly possible, oh and taking care of my three kids, two dogs, one husband and making sure there's food on the table-you know, the little things (ha ha ha).

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

People With Perfect Kids Need Not Apply

Really cool Notan designs done by my 6th graders (before their brains switched into Summer Mode- love em')

My daughter (3) has just finished shoving popcorn in her mouth with intensity of Cookie Monster on a cookie binge (I wish I could add sound to this post as it would be so appropriate.) Popcorn bits flew every which way, accompanied by a sinister laugh. I'm groaning, now, I've got to clean all of this up. Because, really, even though the Super Nanny may say she needs to help clean up, we all know who ends up really doing it. So it seems that I am being book ended by challenging kids. The soft fluffy marsh mellow sweet son squished into in the middle (is that typical middle child? Will I pay for this later?) Now, I'm wondering if my daughter is going to require me to check out more books from our local library. Raising Your Spirited Child (it is really all it's cracked up to be) is the only parenting book that I found helpful, along with the straight forward and dependable Raising Boys) Or is this is just being three? We'll see.

Just recently I've been really happy with living in my little tea cup sized community. The kids run free. The parents in our immediate area are not just "parents of my kids' friends" but friends of mine as well. The best thing about them is that they do not have perfect children (myself included). And best, best, of all they don't pretend like they do. There is nothing worse than that dealing with that.
If I could look back a few years on this blog you would find a pretty isolated mother and artist. My neighbors were here but my kids were too young to play together-we wandered in post baby hazes not really peeking out of our cocoons. However, I will tell you that just becoming a mother doesn't automatically make ALL mothers and neighbors be instant friends (I'm just lucky). My husband didn't get this for awhile until I explained it in sports terms. "Okay," I said, "You like football right? But does that mean then that you will get along WITH every man who likes football? Okay, never mind don't answer that, but you get my drift."
So we are extremely lucky to have very similar parenting philosophies here on Magic Mountain (yep-that's the cheesy name of my road).

I haven't been posting much due to the very busy and crazy end of school year. Only a couple more days......and then I'm planning on doing very little....little things with the kids, small excursions, mini vacations.....an art opening.....or something like that.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Friday, June 03, 2011


"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home."~Twyla Tharp

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Teeth (and art)

I went to the dentist this week. I'm not a big fan of the dentist after having a cavity filled years ago without enough novocaine. (And that'll do it too.) Hand pounding on chair arm, dentist drilling away oblivious to the periodontal torture going on below. It's a true story but it's also an excuse to put the dentist off. Don't get me wrong, I don't have decaying teeth. I'm lucky to have a really good set which I use my whirling Sonicare on-thank you Mom, Christmas Gift 2007. I just have a bad habit of delaying bad news. You see, I still have two wisdom teeth. And after much denial and bargaining with my dentist, they are going to have to go this summer. I knew this a couple of years ago but it was right when I got sick (June 11, 2009 to be exact-I know, it's weird.) but I just couldn't submit myself to any more "procedures" pain and pity that year (see almost all posts in years 2009-2010).

Right after receiving the impending doom news (they aren't doing so well, the wisdom teeth) my dentist looked at my kind of chipped front teeth. She remarked that they had become a victim of my night grinding (yeah, I have that too) and asked could she just file them a bit-smooth them out? (Well, we all know that my chipped teeth came from Lego removal and wine glasses right?). Really? (Who jumps at the chance to have their teeth filed? ME!) Have at it, lady! And she did. This didn't hurt me at all and after my teeth looked like perfect school children all lined up and decades younger. I know! It really made my day-so simple so easy.....if only I hadn't been putting off that appointment for so long...who knew?

So this summer it's chipmunk face for me for a couple of days, having those teeth removed. But who knows maybe it'll smooth all of my wrinkles out. I am so liking this dentist stuff......