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.

A doodle break

I have been really busy lately so I decided to stop and breathe for a few minutes of doodling. I got an email that Illustration Friday’s theme was “linked” and the first thing that popped into my head was Siamese twins. I think it turned out pretty cute and may end up making it a greeting card.

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.

Art can be anything

If there is one thing that I have learned in this life, it is that anything can be used as a creative tool. I hope you are as impressed with these as I am.

Chalk, not just for teachers and clogging your lungs anymore. I really enjoyed the music on this as well.

Think about this the next time you build a sand castle. I am not sure but I think this was the Russian version of the Got Talent-like shows. If anyone knows, let me know.

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!

Rooster Rocket Retired

Yes, it’s true. My Red Riveted Rooster Rocket business cards have finally been retired…

Out with the old...

They had a long run and were very popular but, though I still do children’s book illustration, my style focus has shifted and I needed something to reflect that. I have also been doing a great deal of writing lately, both on my novel (one of them) and with the local writer’s group that I run, so I wanted to incorporate that somehow as well.

...in with the new.

The text is from what is now chapter three of the novel for my Odonatia project. I am going to be using the month of November, NaNoWriMo, to complete the manuscript and begin editing in December. I am looking to publish in the first half of 2009 so I am really excited. The few individuals who have been privy to my writing have been sitting on the edge of their seat waiting patiently for the final read. They are my cheering squad and my whip crackers so it has been fun.