Let the downloads begin!

Welcome to December, can you believe it’s only four weeks till Christmas? I’m ready for it, bring it on…well, maybe. ha Thank you for being here, this is my favorite part!

One of my old digital advent ads.

I’ve been doing my Digital Advent for several years now here on my site. I love sharing my work with you, especially interactive pieces that you can make your own. This year, since my focus has shifted to Patreon, there is a SECOND set of downloads that are only for my Patreon patrons.

Every morning (today was a fluke) I’ll be posting two downloads – one free one here to continue my tradition, and one on Patreon for patrons only.

The free ones will be simple things like paper chain and ornaments. My patron-only ones, however, will be something really special. Both sets are made with love and gratitude, and are designed just for you.

If you haven’t already, please hit Follow over on my Patreon to make sure that you don’t miss out. As always, thank you! xo

Messy love

During the course of my daughter’s art lessons I have had the opportunity to paint again. Though only for an hour, it was nice to have the paint under my nails and up to my knuckles; a lovely, creative mess.

I have been so busy between work, finding work, homeschooling and life (college and everything else) that I haven’t had any urge to do anything creative. I sit up in bed at night and write a couple pages on my novel (read 2am) before finally turning off the light, but I’ve not really been able to dig in and get messy in a while.

A dear friend of mine in India is sending me the text I need to complete this one, as well as an assemblage I am entering into a competition (more later on that).

This one consists of lots of glue, a vintage map of India (since he is an Indian ellie), tissue paper for wonderfully wrinkly skin, and acrylic paint as well as pen and ink. Sharpies work well at times, but my tool of choice is my black Pentel Energel .5mm gel pen.

As soon as the package arrives from India I will complete it and post an update with more photos. I plan to look into making prints of her as well as greeting cards though that will depend on funding. The original may go up on eBay, not sure yet as we are all kind of attached to her.

For now she stands silent on her easel in the corner, waiting, Unrecumbent.

Moments of sanity

I do believe that things happen for a reason though so, when my daughter wanted to paint something for her father yesterday, there was no surprise when I accidentally pulled out two small canvases instead of one. That was all the incentive I needed.

I have not had time for much more than doodling lately and my sanity from day-to-day is, typically, directly related to whether or not I get moments of creativity. I have been wanting to sit down and make something for weeks now and doodling wasn’t cutting it. I needed to dig into something, get paint on my fingers, a brush and pen in my hand, make a mess.

This year, I have had to do a big push for freelance work. Aside from college, homeschooling, household obligations (that tend to get put on the “do later” list), making food and…what am I forgetting, oh yea…sleeping, I haven’t had time to delve into anything. I have stolen moments here and there to write, much easier than dragging out all my paints, but it isn’t the same.

I was sent several small, 5×7 inch canvases in a thank you package from a friend recently. The package itself has taken up semi-permanent residence on the edge of my desk as I’ve yet to sort through it and put everything away. This week, in between work, school, and everything else, I will be completely reorganizing the largest room of our house; three computers and desks on one end, kitchen on the other, art studio/catchall in the middle. It is my hope to move our writer’s meetings here again as it is much more conducive to conversation, we can do and say what we want, and the kitchen is right there.

For now, I steal snippets of sometimes life-saving time to make memories with my daughter.

We laid newspaper out on the dining room table (the dining “room” being part of the aforementioned space) and pulled a few paints, a couple of brushes and palettes. Half an hour later I was refreshed and feeling human again…at least for another week.

Reinventing two dimensional

The amount of work that was put into this piece is incredible. I do not know how long it took them to make it but it is an impressive piece of work. I love the depth and action involved. The sweeping up and down movements of the jumps are fun. Enjoy!

parkour motion reel from saggyarmpit on Vimeo.

I’m drooling…

They finally did it. They, in this case, being Paper Source and they have an at-home, tabletop Letterpress Machine!paper source letterpress machine

I have several projects that I have been researching printers for, all Letterpress, and there was no way I could afford it, so they have sat collecting dust instead of bolstering sales. Having a machine I can use at-home opens so many doors. :::dreamy sigh::: Not to mention all the fabulous stuff we could do with Art for Cures.

My 40th birthday is Friday O_O so I think that is a little short notice, but this one is definitely going on my Christmas Wish List!!

The 2009 Calendars are here!

The first of the 2009 Calendars, in this case a small preview of my book The Painted Hand: An Artful Life in Paint and Paper, is up for grabs on Lulu. A collection of some of your favorite collage pieces as well as a few snippets of creative writing will keep you company for 12 months throughout the coming year. Come take a look!

News | Creative Facilitator

As of this weekend I will be at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida every Saturday and Sunday through the weekend of February 3rd. I have been hired on as a “Creative Facilitator” and will be overseeing hands-on art stations in conjunction with the Deidre Scherer exhibit.


Entitled “Close Up with Red”, the image above is used
with permission from the artist. Thank you Deidre. :)

The exhibits themselves are meant to create an open dialogue on the topics of aging, death, dying and grieving as well as, I think, a reminder to be compassionate, have faith, and offer hope and companionship to those around us. I have seen Deidre’s work up close and it is awe-inspiring, humbling, heart-wrenching and life affirming. I do not know how else to really describe it. You need to see it.

I encourage all of you that are local or who will be in the area to come out and show your support of the museum and the exhibit. My own personal hours there are:

Saturdays: 10:30am – 2:30pm
Sundays: 1pm – 4pm

This Saturday will be my first day there and Sunday, February 3rd, will be my last day which is also the last day of this incredible exhibit. So if you would like to chat about the exhibit and create something personal in response to the exhibit, come play with me!

Various art supplies and creative space will also be provided during the week but I will only be available on the weekends. As extra incentive, :::Cheshire cat grin::: I will also be bringing more supplies with me from my own studio for everyone to use during the hours I am there on the weekends.

The next date that I will be at the museum, as of the current schedule, will be Saturday, May 24th at 3pm. contemplate/generate is a hands-on workshop and guided tour.

I will post updates as I am scheduled so keep checking back!

CHARITY SWAP ALERT | “Woman as Goddess” PINK Inchies for Susan G. Komen

The second benefit swap for Art for Cures has been posted :::happy dance::: and I would love to see us max out this swap! We had a great turnout for our first swap, “Musical Italy” with the Inchies rolling in now and there are some gorgeous miniature masterpieces coming in from all over the world! Our framed auction pieces are going to be INCREDIBLE and it will all benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This time our theme is SHADES OF PINK benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer and celebrating the FEMININE ARCHETYPE! Take a moment to read the guidelines and find out more…

You can find all of the swap details here.

The swaps and the “collage88” process are turning out to be great fun and my house is happily overrun with little squares of color. hehe I will be posting photos over the weekend and I encourage you all to stop by and read up on what we are doing. Looking forward to hearing from you all!

CHARITY SWAP ALERT | “Woman as Goddess” PINK Inchies for Susan G. Komen

The second benefit swap for Art for Cures has been posted :::happy dance::: and I would love to see us max out this swap! We had a great turnout for our first swap, “Musical Italy” with the Inchies rolling in now and there are some gorgeous miniature masterpieces coming in from all over the world! Our framed auction pieces are going to be INCREDIBLE and it will all benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This time our theme is SHADES OF PINK benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer and celebrating the FEMININE ARCHETYPE! Take a moment to read the guidelines and find out more…

You can find all of the swap details here.

The swaps and the “collage88” process are turning out to be great fun and my house is happily overrun with little squares of color. hehe I will be posting photos over the weekend and I encourage you all to stop by and read up on what we are doing. Looking forward to hearing from you all!