Sunday, January 27, 2008

A good egg

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You just made my day!

Thank you to Ursula Shaw and Lil Kim for the 'You make my day' awards!!!
As soon as I figure out all the html to link to others and display the award I will pass it on.
I've also been tagged by Rebecca, so here are 5 things you many not know about me...

1. I can make the real deal monster masks, plaster molds and latex and all. Quite involved and quite rewarding!

2. Right now I have fuschia toe nails with irridescent hearts and little gems.

3. I used to live in Manhattan and worked for a record label (Astralwerks)

4. I haven't met a craft I didn't like. I have the supplies and books on probably every type of artistic hobby a person can have. My latest was stained glass and I have yet to really finish something. I tell myself it will all come in handy when I'm an art teacher.

5. I love reality tv, the worse the better. Project Runway, of course, Real Housewives, yes, Rock of Love, give me more! It's my guilty pleasure :)

Monday, January 21, 2008

One Down

15 Weeks to go...
The semester has started, 12 grueling hours. Taken in conjunction with the rest of my life, I'm going to be one busy lady. However, today, is a holiday.
I also am studying for my c-base so I can get into my level 2 teaching courses. Math, yuck.

One very exciting event in my life recently has been the discovery of Illustration Friday. This was my third week posting and all the support has been beyond my expectations.

Side note: My four year old boy just came up the stairs, looked at the paintings I had lined up on a table and said, "I like your beautiful fairies mama, can we marry them?" He's a sweetheart :)

Anyway, I can't believe all the comments and traffic I have received. It's so encouraging and I'm honored to have so many fabulous artists looking at and liking my work.

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by and those who took time to comment!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

IF: Plain

plain for everyone to see...

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

IF: Stitch

A rather literal interpretation, but sewing on collaged elements is a technique I’ve wanted to try so finally got the push I needed.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Friday, January 04, 2008

IF: 100%

50% you + 50% me = 100% us

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

art is my yoga

When I study art, reading through my glossy, full color collections of paintings, I am constantly confronted with my mortality.

It's almost like reading tombstones. Next to the slick reproductions are

It's humbling, these works are vibrant, alive and the makers seemingly immortal.
But I know better.

I look up from the pages, into the next room where my son is playing, and I appreciate the moment. I am suddenly aware, of time, the present, and the passage of time.

Why I love art, Reason #1

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

eating resolutions

It’s that time of year again for resolutions. The last few years, it has always been the same, to eat a bit healthier. That has actually been an ongoing thing for many years. Slowly but surely, a healthier eating style has replaced the awful, junky, way of eating that dominated my 20’s.

Items that no longer occupy my cabinets are chips, sugary cereals, candy or Little Debbie snacks. The chips were easy to get rid of. I seriously can’t stop eating them if I have a bag, so I just make sure I don’t have them in the house. I replaced chips with other crunchy things like toasted pitas and hummus, or corn chips and guacamole, nuts, and crackers with cheese. Pretty easy, though possibly more expensive. Cereals have been replaced with waffles. We have whole-grain waffles for breakfast almost every morning. My son doesn’t even want a drop of syrup, just some smart-balance spread. I try to get him to eat a yogurt with it, but usually just manage a glass of milk. Lila likes eggs, but not Paul.

Now my eating dilemmas have to do with my son Paul. Four years old and never met a vegetable he liked. I just bought Jessica Seinfield’s Deceptively Delicious, but after trying a few recipes, don’t see this as a long-term solution. Though we discovered he will eat the mashed sweet potatoes I prepared and froze according to DD. I know many many people have trouble getting their preschoolers to eat healthy choices. The boy would eat pasta and cheese the rest of his life without complaint. Or fish sticks with ketchup.

It’s very disappointing after I have prepared a healthy, delicious meal and have him refuse it and ask for noodles. Yesterday I made a wonderful chicken pot pie with carrots and potatoes, but he would only take his “one bite” as is the rule in the house, he has to try everything, but we won’t force him to finish it. I asked him how it was as he is gulping his juice after his taste, and he tearfully tells me, “not good”. Meanwhile, the rest of the family is devouring it, in fact we finished off the whole thing by the end of the night. Paul had peanut-butter and jelly.

My husband and I love good food. I get excited about food, and eating, and even cooking when I’m not too stressed. In fact I have two new cookbooks on the way from amazon. I can’t eat fish sticks and macaroni and cheese for dinner every night. But I hate preparing one meal for us and another meal for Paul.

How have others survived this?