Monday, October 26, 2009

New paintings!

Today I listed three new paintings on Etsy, all of which I think have a certain fall flair to them.


Ray of Hope - 8 x 10 - Currently on Sale through Friday - Textured canvas with black, brown, and gold accents around a solitary tree on a dark plain


Fall Leaves Under Glass - 8 x 10 - Currently on Sale through Friday - Under drawing of fall leaves with an overlay of clear crystal gel, painted with fall colored airbrush paints


Abstract Butterfly Collage - 8 x 10 - Currently on Sale through Friday - Textured canvas with an iridescent cream/gold glaze, with paper collage decorated with dark blue tar gel and cut out in the shape of abstract butterflies on branches


Tomorrow I'll blog about the process of creating the Fall Leaves Under Glass painting. For now, though, it's nap time. I have a flu-like something and my head is pounding and I'd like to sleep through some of it. Have a wonderful day! And don't forget to visit my shop. My sale is good through Friday, and everything is on sale, even my new pieces!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

"Process Blogs" this week! And simply the best coat ever.

I've been creating various paintings this weekend and I'll be "process blogging" about how I created them throughout this week. Here are some in progress pictures. I'm currently waiting for layers to dry on all of these so I can start the next phase.

Underpainting awaiting various glazes


Crackle paste in the process of drying/cracking, awaiting a mosaic overpainting


Modeling paste textured canvas with distressed glaze awaiting foreground painting


Under drawing with clear granular gel being applied


As the clear granular gel dries, it becomes transparent and awaits glazes and paint


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My inventory clearance sale is still going through October 30th! Be sure to visit throughout this week for new paintings that will be introduced on sale. :)

On an unrelated note, my birthday is in a little less than two weeks and I've found what I want:



My husband and I went shopping a couple of weeks ago and he found this coat at Anthropologie. It's simply the best coat ever (along with my yellow Ann Taylor coat, but that's more of a "Fall jacket" than a winter coat) and I need a warm winter coat. I always go for cuteness, not warmth, so finding this gem that offers both is pretty much a once-in-a-decade event for me.

Friday, October 23, 2009

New ACEO prints! And a bathroom remodel!

I've made my pointillism flowers available as ACEO prints! They're for sale individually and right now, to coincide with my sale, they're 20% off! Only $4 for these beauties! With an oversized mat, these make a really elegant statement. In fact, I'm thinking of framing one to put next to my pretty silver lamp on my bedside table in lieu of a vase of flowers, which I think is actually too overpowering on my bedside table since my lamp is of a larger size. When I get it framed I'll take a picture. Anyway, here they are!



You know how I get bored and instead of moving I remodel a room (so much cheaper in the long run)? Well, I bought a new shower curtain. It's black and white and vintage Mickey Mouse. Trust me, it's classy. It's not one of those plastic ones like most Disney shower curtains--it's a heavy fabric and it's got really pretty designs around the edge. Anyway. I liked it so much that I bought the matching rug. But that's as Disney-fied as I'm going to make the bathroom (it makes us really happy, though). But now I'm itching to change the rest of it up! Make it more sleek and clean and less frou-frou to better match the new Mickey Mouse shower curtain and bath mat (really, it's Disney, but it's not frou-frou--it's making me look around at my bathroom and think, "PINK? REALLY?!" And yes, it's a really gorgeous coral-y Anthropologie based bathroom. And I still get completely giddy over my matching rugs and towels from there, but I think it's time for a change.) So, over the next month I'll be buying new accessories and towels. Replacing the pink with black and white with a touch of green. And replacing flowers with milk bottles and other pretty glass containers.

Can't wait to post pictures!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I love California


And this piece right here, totally reminds me of the California sun. (The word "totally" also reminds me of California because of it's "Valley Girl" connotations.) It's only $16 right now. Can't pass that up. Just click here. :)

Just got back from a business trip to California where I had an intensive day of Redtail CRM training. I've come to the conclusion that California and I get along well. I mean, I'd like to avoid L.A. I think it might be scary living there. I feel safer walking around in NYC late at night than I do going into a gas station in L.A. That's where I was this weekend.

But I would still like to live in Southern California. The fact that it's near Disneyland is a big bonus, too, since that's our favorite thing to do. We're going back for my birthday in 2 weeks.

My official "birthday season" started this weekend. Yes, my birthday is a big event. Jeremy and I went shopping and I got two new pairs of shoes from ATL, two necklaces and some gorgeous earrings from Anthropologie, and two new shirts ($12 and $14 on sale at Ann Taylor Loft and NOT summer clothing--sale on fall clothing!). Overall, it was a good haul.

If you'd like to contribute to my birthday fund...

my sale is still going on!


Just click here. I have things from $4 on up. And everything is 20% to 50% off. Really, it can't be beat.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

byhand.me

I don't know much about byhand.me, but I've been meaning to look more into it. Today I received a message from WinterGarden on Etsy saying that she was a big fan of my work and had included me in her byhand.me spotlight!



I think it's curated gorgeously and I'm so honored to be a part of it! It all looks so great together!

I was looking around the byhand.me site and I really like it! I still need to do some more looking into it to fully understand what's going on there, though. Does anyone have first hand experience with byhand.me? What kinds of things do you do there? Is it a very big community?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

All You Want for Christmas...

My birthday is coming up in less than a month, marking the beginning of the best time of the year!

And in traditional birthday fashion, I thought, "I need to make a birthday wishlist to give my husband ideas!" And then I remembered we're going to Disneyland for my birthday and in all likelihood my birthday present will come from there. Which pleases me.

But at this point, I wanted to make a wishlist or at least some kind of list.

Hence, the "What I'm Giving for Christmas" list was born!

I found presents for everyone on my list on Etsy. For those of you on my list, can you guess what you'll be getting?



To help ease my purchasing of these items, I'm hoping that my pre-holiday inventory clearance sale going on right now (click here, hint, hint) with prices slashed up to 50% (click here, hint, hint) will expand my current Christmas budget.

Here's to holiday sales and the joy of handmade gift giving!

Monday, October 12, 2009

SALE!!! And a new car!

First off! SALES!! Sales sales everywhere. I'm having an inventory clearance sale to make room in my husband's closet for more of my paintings while not taking anymore of his "clothing room." Everything is 20 to 50% off!! And custom orders are 15% off! On the big paintings, this is a big huge discount. On the small paintings, you're still looking at $10 to $20 to $30 off! Can't beat that!

Simply click here to mosey on over to ArtsAfire and see what you'd like to buy for your walls today!


Also! ArtByJay is having a huge ACEO and art print sale! They are all 40% off! This means you only pay $4 for ACEOs and $12 for prints! Much like you can't beat the sale in my shop, you can't beat this sale, either!


So, if you're of the watercolor persuasion, simply click here to mosey on over to ArtByJay to pick out a gorgeous print to adorn your walls!


So since we went to Disneyland right before my last post...

we went again. And we bought a car! (Which is why we went again--the car was 10 miles from Disneyland!) So we ended up just getting our Annual Passports while we were there. Believe me, we were kicking ourselves for not just upgrading our tickets since we'd been there TWO WEEKS BEFORE, but hey, we didn't think we'd be going back until April so that's when we'd buy our Annual Passes! But now we can also go for my birthday on November 6th since it's the Birthday Celebration year and I'll get free money since I don't need a free ticket.

But anyway. Here's our BEAUTIFUL car!




We're still waiting for the bank to send us the title, hence the Cali license plates. The Utah DMV is the most obnoxious DMV I've ever encountered. Can't get a temporary "no title" permit without receipt of title, but can't get receipt of title without the title, and then why would you NEED a temporary "no title" permit if you had the title? You could just get your registration!

Ever since our last Cobra (1996 Mustang SVT Cobra) was totaled in January...



...we've been aching for another one. So when we found this baby (1997 Mustange SVT Cobra with only 52,000 miles on it, already supercharged and fully awesome) we had to jump on it!

So now we have our two cars. Which was the plan when we ordered the Mini Cooper S back in October of last year.

Here I am with the cars. And this picture shows just how short I am.