Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Why I love my husband Reason #236

My husband is fond of saying, "I love my stupid little life"
and I love him for saying it.

Friday, February 22, 2008

if: multiple

multiple layers
multiple stars
multiple styles
multiple multiples

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008


This post is inspired by Illustration Friday and it has been something that has been on my mind.
The topic is multiple, and I am applying it to the multiple styles that I work/experiment in.
Is this a bad thing?
I'm sure on a sales perspective, probably. From what I have been told, art collectors want a strong, identifiable, consistent style from a particular artist. As you can see by browsing just a few pages of my archives, this does not describe my art.
I try.
I get an idea, and excitedly tell my husband, "I think I am really on to something this time." Then 5, 10, or 2 paintings later want to try something else. I do call up some of the old 'styles' for time to time, so maybe I'm working towards a stock of applications that can be called upon when needed.
I'm young.
I've only been painting for 3 years. Well officially, I've been creating my whole life, and have spent the majority of my life in some sort of art class. But as far as painting on a regular basis and offering the work for sale, it's not been THAT long, in the big picture.
I paint what excites me.
I suppose I could pick a style and say thats it. This is the way I am going to paint a face, a background, a dress... But I would be giving up possibility. I would be giving up the unknown. I would be sacrificing my growth as an artist, and suppressing my voice. Obviously, I can't do that.
There are some things that are consistent in my art. I love faces, womens faces in particular. I love stylizing their faces. I like long necks and eyes. I like using ephemera in my collages. Vintage maps and dictionaries. I love the color blue.
I know I can't stop the changes, I guess I'm looking for some insight, how do other artists stick to one thing, or do they find themselves changing over time too?
I know for my personal journey, it is a good thing. Looking back at earlier work, I can see the positive growth from then and now.

This is a big painting for me, 11" x 29". I painted it with mostly oils on an old cabinet door. I love the rusty, distressed hinges. It adds so much visual interest. I wish I had more of these door, I only have three left.

On other fronts, I had to make an important decision regarding school. They changed my degree program, now offering a studio arts option. That was good news for me, as then all my "art classes" are fulfilled. Those are the most difficult to schedule, they are long, and usually in the middle of the day. So officially, I have only 10 classes left, then an intern semester and a student teaching semester. I was overcome with excitement, to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, I was thinking I could push myself and complete the 10 classes in a year, so would be ready to look for work in 2. Immediately, I began to fret, Lila is only 1 now, I would have to find some sort of full-time daycare for her while student teaching. If I did the 10 classes in a year I would be very busy, finding babysitters, driving all over, doing homework, I feared my kids would get the short end of the stick in this deal.

I decided in favor of taking the lesiurely route. It will take an additional year, but then I will be present for my kids, be able to continue with my personal art, invest a lot into the classes I am taking and all over be a more relaxed person :)

Yea! for stopping to smell the roses.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

IF: Theory

Hmmm, which theory could this possibly be? :)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

my bird

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Has anyone thought about how all the Native American artifacts and art pieces came to be displayed in art museums and natural history museums all over the country?

Apparently, a lot of those objects have been stolen or cheated from the tribes in which they belong too. Many of those objects are sacred, and not meant to even be seen by us, only within the ceremonies for which they were created. Some of those objects were taken from graves. Objects meant to help the spirit in the afterlife. Tribes still exist from those looted plots, and they want those items returned and reburied.

Just as in Nazi Germany, where many Jewish homes were robbed of paintings and jewelry. Now those paintings and such are being returned to their rightful owners.

Is this any different?

Tuesday, February 05, 2008


Anyone know how to take a song i have in itunes and get a url tag out of it?
I want to add a song to my blog.

Happy Tuesday! I have three days without school each week. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Sundays are so busy with family, cleaning, laundry, groceries, so it hardly counts. But I live for my Tuesdays and Fridays. It's just nice to be home, nowhere to go, kids underfoot... I try to do my homework in the morn, so I can enjoy the rest of the day. I may start a new painting today, I've been feeling 'big' lately, so maybe I'll get out a cabinet door.

I actually do have somewhere to go, but I'm glad to do it. To place my vote in the primary.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

IF: Blanket

I've been using oils in my paintings lately. This one I used acrylics for the background, collaged old maps, and oils for the face, and blanket. I really like the dreamy blendy qualities, but it definitely takes more time.

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