Monday, March 15, 2010

At the Antique Store with the Husband

Straight up awesome.


I've always liked trying on hats. This hat? Was huge.


This made me laugh. Naked man flying with the eagles.


We left with a tin "Salts" box for my bath salts, a piece of coral, some seashells, and some antique rhinestone bobby pins for my hair. Hair accessories are my weakness.

Also, the photo shoot for the magazine article was tonight. Here I am afterward with the two paintings that were featured in the pictures.

Friday, March 12, 2010

What makes me an artist?

Sometimes I have a down moment and think I'm not a real artist because I'm not saying anything with my paintings like all the great artists throughout history. I spent my entire college career studying art history and what all the great painters said and did with their artwork. Politics, history, religion, paganism, science, etc...it was all deeply involved with the art that I studied. And so I often think, "I'm not saying anything with my art...it's just pretty and it just makes me happy."

And then I think, "Of course. It makes me happy, and that's all that matters."

So who cares whether I'm saying something? I'm adding happiness to the world one painting at a time. As long as my art speaks to someone or evokes an emotion in someone, even if it's just me, then I'm okay with that.

But my recent painting actually does say something. SAVE FOR RETIREMENT! :) I work in the retirement financial planning industry during the day, so I "get it"--"it" being the importance of saving for your retirement. And I see a lot of people who don't get it. So, to go with the magazine article (on my retirement plans), I was asked to work on paintings have to do with cash. And here it is:

"Retirement Red Zone" - Hands down, coolest and funnest painting I've ever done!


Photo shoot is on Monday evening. I need to lose 50 lbs by then. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The painting is finished!

Before...


After!



I love it! It turned out just like I wanted it. And it took a long time! I just posted it on my Etsy shop today! You can purchase it here!

Now I'm working on others in this same style/technique, including a couple for the upcoming magazine shoot this Saturday. Here's an in progress one. I'll post the finished product when it's done! A couple more layers, some sanding, and hopefully it'll be done! Otherwise, more layers and more sanding. :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Oops, we did it again


We got a second PS3 for the bedroom. It's much easier to work with than the Apple TV. And on a stroke of good fortune, we found a buyer for the Apple TV!

There are no PS3's at any Best Buy's in the western United States. We called all over town and no one else has them either. But then we called the local ShopKo, which is extremely under-attended. They had one coming in on the truck that night. Talk about luck. They were easy to find right after Christmas, but now they're almost non-existent! Happy birthday, Jeremy!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things...

My owl bookends, and the book I forgot to bring with me to read at lunch


My Anthropologie flowers and vase--I eyed these flowers for 2 years before I spent the $24 on them. My mom found me the vase. I was still a teenager. By the time I got them, I could appreciate them more I guess. They've been through college and multiple moves with me.


Original Winnie-the-Pooh books. They're filled with wisdom and really adult humor.


My abstract clock. My mom really does have great taste.


My Disneyland Enchanted Tiki Room print. I sing along every time we visit. And I sing it while I'm showering.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Paintings, New Techniques

I've been working on some paintings this week that are technically completely different from my other paintings. Usually I incorporate texture into the majority of my paintings through the use of some acrylic mediums, but the paintings I'm working on now are completely made using a light molding paste that has been tinted with color. The hard part is what I've got to do now:

SAND SAND SAND!!!


There are 7 layers of molding paste there, all in varying shades of blue (and white, with a layer of asparagus-colored green thrown in for an occasional burst of color). Now I need to sand back the layers to show parts of all 7 layers on the canvas at random. The layers alternate between a layer of a flat color and a layer of designs followed by another layer of a flat color, etc... a la this picture:

Same concept, same technique, but this one will be completely black, white, and grey


Unfortunately, once it was all dry today and ready to sand, I discovered that my electric palm sander is not up to the task. So during my lunch break tomorrow I've gotta go to Lowe's and pick up a higher powered circular sander and not skimp on it this time--Hitachi here I come. Once I get it done I'll post a finished picture. It's going to be gorgeous!

I've also got a few ideas that I've discussed with the art director for an upcoming photo shoot I'm doing for a magazine, but I'm not releasing those details yet. You'll have to stick around for the details of those paintings!

Monday, March 1, 2010

We went to Disneyland again!

This time it was for Jeremy's birthday, and we had a blast! We stayed three days and overspent, but hey, it was a party!

We saw "It's Tough to be a Bug" in 3-D in California Adventure


We bought rocks in the Indiana Jones-themed store


We met Disney characters


And we tried on hats!


But best of all, I've been waiting for almost 10 years to get a picture with Eeyore--he's never out at Pooh Corner when we go. But he was out this time!!! I love Eeyore.