Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Here is my Axis Mundi Mushroom that you will see in my paper brain #5 post in process. Here I have already penciled it in and inked it. And done the background wash-with a salt technique. One thing I do in a kamikaze kinda way is that I paint large background or sky washes around complex objects. If you have ever watercolored you know how difficult this is. And I don't use any mask fluid (rubber goo that resists the watercolor that some artists use to keep places white). These washes are made even more complicated when my little blue heeler sees me pick up the paintbrush. I swear she knows when I am going to do a sky wash...she loves to put her head under my arm and shove up quickly to make me mess the whole thing up.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
The Ginkgo tree is not only an axis mundi tree (a connection between above and below) but it is also a symbol of hope and love.
Friday, January 27, 2006
The two newbies are 5-HTP and L-Tyrosine. I am taking them for my wobblies and foggyness. 5-HTP (mine is from an african plant) has something to do with helping you produce serotonin...and L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that is some sort of precurser to dopamine. Hopefully it will help with my pain and my foggyness and maybe even the dizzyness. I was on what I will call a western medical happy pill for a few short weeks. It worked wonders but I just can't bare to take it. Plus my insurance does not cover it. Plus it had side effects. Let's not talk about it.
Ok other vities that I take almost every day when my foggy brain can remember are: chlorella (green protein mmnn), fish oil (I like a brand called Fisol cause it doesn't make me burp fish-yes I am certain you all wanted to know that), calcium, magnesium, an awesome multi-vitie, alpha lipoic acid, vitamin E, cinnamon, vitamin D, Coenzyme Q-10, B-6, curcumin, ginko, gotu kola, super primrose oil, a mix of flax pumkin and someother oil I can't remember. WOW! Yeah I really take all that almost every day. Oh and I forgot...my favorite Vitie is...drum roll....Vitamin B 12. Without that I am to foggy to paint. I have also added ginsing to my new regiment. In case your curious what the heck I take this regiment for. I have Fibromyalgia and a super-secret super-cool Batman-like neurological disorder.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Upsides to Holbein-Amazing luminous clarity of color. Which is obviously important to my work. Consistency-every tube is perfectly made. You won't open a tube and have it smell up the house as though something crawled in there and died (I won't mention names but DS are the initials). Also you won't find globbyness stickiness or general crap of any kind like-(I won't mention names but DS are the initials). If you have not tried Holbein you should check them out. I also love their oil paint although it is not at the tippy top of my oil paint list. (I will review oil paint at some point).
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Monday, January 23, 2006
Sunday, January 22, 2006
You can find this little ATC2~ACEO 2.5x3.5 painting in my store on ebay:
My Ebay Store
Saturday, January 21, 2006
It says ...Thanks for convincing me that it was a good idea. Also included was a business card that simply had the former students name and the word -Designer-.
I won't name any names, but I had a student a while back. She is uber talented. Uber. Where I worked students could-if they chose to-double major in Fine Art and Design. She is an amazing painter. But...many of us know how hard it is to make a living painting. She was only going to major in painting but she was a natural designer. Great at it and it came easy, but she didn't think she was interested in design.
So I bugged her to double major. And bugged her. And showed her cool design work. And bugged her. I was relentless. She was so talented and could be a designer with more ease than the average bear!
That student is the one who sent me that note. I am all teary. -sniff-
If you have Itunes you can look around and find Podcasts you are interested in then subscribe. I only subscribe to free ones. Podcasts rock I highly recommend y'all check em out.
My favorite Podcasts to paint to are: (Lots and lots of NPR and APM podcasts)
Kim and Todd Maffin's podcast about Multiple Sclerosis. An interesting podcast-plus they seem nice. And Kim is learning to paint! Go Kim! You can find a link to their podcast on their blog Mandatory Rest Period
Cast-on. Yup a knitting Podcast. And I don't knit! Hosted by Brenda Dayne this Podcast is genuine and terrific. She plays the BEST music. Really. This podcast is great to play if you are doing any kind of artwork or craft work. Plus she one of her mottos is saving the world from mass production one sweater at a time. How great is that?!! Cast-on
I just started listening to this pretty cool craft podcast. Sister DG has a whole show on glue. What more could you want? If you are looking for good technical info on crafting this is the Podcast for you. Crafty Pod
And one of the first Podcasts I listened to that got me addicted to Podcasts. Kathy Cano Murillo's the Crafty Chica Podcast. This is a link to her groovy website. Crafty Chica
If you have not seen her art yet you must follow that link and also check out her art on ebay. She is a fabulous person and artist. Thank you Jane. :)
Thursday, January 19, 2006
My miniature paintings are a sort of representation of my internal being/soul/mythos. In a world that seems chaotic and unstable these tiny paintings almost create themselves. Painting them for me, is meditative and spiritual-connecting me to that which is timeless and constant. The mushrooms and houses are symbolic of humanity or consciousness. The space between the objects in the paintings is as important as the objects themselves. The space represents the interconnectedness of all things. If there are absolute or universal images the home seems to resonate powerfully-a perfect representation for our soul.
I earned my B.F.A. degree in Design/Illustration from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle; and an M.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University in New York.
I taught fine art and design classes for over six years at the college level. I have worked as a fine artist and freelance designer since 1992. I have sold my art both nationally and internationally. My illustrations have appeared in numerous products and publications all over the world, including Magic: The Gathering and one of my favorite magazines-The Utne Reader.
I live on the water in a rural area of the Pacific Northwest in what my friends describe as "the middle of nowhere" with a blue heeler, a beagle, two cats and a writer-in a land of real mountains, tall trees and those that hug them, serious coffee, rain, and the salty smell of the sea. I attempt to make enough money from my art to exist and create a lot of work that will have a positive effect on this home we call Earth.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
ATC ~ Artists' Trading Cards: Generation 2 (ATC2) is an Ebay group for Artists and Collectors of Artists' Cards done in a variety of formats and with a variety of media. The most common and preferred size for an ATC2 is the standard business card-size of 3.5 x 2 (horizontal or vertical)~so that the Artists' Cards can be presented in a business card holder or rolodex. This inclusive group does, however, encompass a range of sizes~anything from average tarot card sizes under 6 inches to small square artists' cards~but not smaller than 2 x 2. This particular group's focus is on original or limited edition print Artists' Cards.
The idea for this great group came from my art pal JoE. I lead the group and soon you will find links to the blogs of other ATC2 members here on my site.
I worked as an illustrator for the popular collectable trading card game Magic: The Gathering so this small format is something I am familiar with and fond of. You can find some of my original Magic art and sometimes artist proofs with original art on the back in my Ebay store. Just follow the link to my store at the right under my profile.
I thought I would focus this post on reviewing my new Caran D' Ache Museum water-soluble leads. They make art supplies that ROCK. These are thick leads without wood. They come with holders that are really nifty-they even have sharpeners in the end. The leads are not too soft and not too hard. They are Just Right. Yup.
The pigment moves around well once you add water with a brush and they work nicely with traditional watercolors or Caran D' Ache's Supracolor II Soft water-soluble pencils.