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.

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.