Sunday, January 31, 2010

happy housekeepers

Instead of going to Artropolis at Chesterfield Mall like I wanted, we cleaned. Grandpa came over and got the kids leaving Mike and I alone, to purge, scrub and dust. I seem to have a bit of a book hoarding tendency, so I sorted through stacks and stacks of children's books and I'm happy to say I was able to donate about 30% of them. Paul's shelves are orderly and there is even some empty spaces.
Then we were off to get everyones hair cut, Mike, Paul and Lila. Everyone looks great and I keep smelling their heads :)
For dinner I tried to be healthy with a plate of falafel, tomatoes and homemade cucumber dill sauce.

I baked the falafel instead of deep frying it, and it was just wrong. But the sauce made it edible.

Next Sunday... Artropolis and maybe dinner out.

Friday, January 29, 2010


Thank you for encouraging comments! I'm sure the weather is related and it is darn cold here today. Lack of sunlight isn't good for me, no sir.

This morning after dropping the kids off, I came home and went straight to the studio. I started three different paintings and kept getting frustrated, and kept painting over them, until this image emerged on top. I was working on an itty bitty masonite board, about 8" x 7", much smaller than anything I've done recently. I think the change in scale helped and I'm happy.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

a serious case of the blahs

I think I have the January blahs, bad.
I should paint more, because it makes me feel good, but I'm tired, lethargic, unmotivated,
I can't believe tomorrow is Friday, I have nothing to show for the week. Where did this week go? It was Monday like 10 minutes ago.
I want to control time, rather than time holding all the power.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


I can't believe it's Sunday night already. This weekend has flown by. As my kids get older they get so much more Interesting and Fun! We played three different board games today, Lila helped my make stuffed french toast (delicious), Paul went to an ice skating party, Lila and I made a necklace and did some finger painting. Somehow I managed to squeeze in a painting too.

It does seem that my January blogging has suffered though. Instead of posting everyday, I am averaging every other day. Still it's better, and maybe a pace I can keep up in February and beyond...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

worry like a feather

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Class was great! It's called "Psychology of the Exceptional Child" and it's part of my degree program for my BFA in Art. Education. I think it's going to be really interesting and not to heavy on the coursework.

I've been having a good time painting, and I tried out a new bread recipe. here's the tasty results

It's from a book I got at the library called Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. It's this really easy process where you mix the ingredients, let it rise and put it in the fridge. You can take some out whenever you want, form a ball, and bake it. It can keep in the fridge for up to 14 days and the batch makes enough for six loaves. I may have to buy the book because there is so much more like adding ingredients in, making cinnamon rolls and different kinds of loaves. My first attempt was great, so I can't wait to try more.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

tuesday taxday

I am busily printing out monthly reports for sales from my online venues. Thank goodness they are organized and that they keep very nice reports for me to print out and hand to my husband to make into a pretty spreadsheet for my tax guy.

Actually it probably won't be that easy, but the information I need is there, we just have to put it all together and make sense of it.

Also I start my class tonight. Hoping, hoping, hoping for a good teacher...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

family fun

This weekend, we were so busy, but we had a lot of fun. Friday night was spent at the Grandparents house, a favorite event for all of us. Saturday morning we had Lila and Paul's first ice skating lessons for this session. Paul skated last winter, but it was Lila's first time on the ice. She has been begging me to take her ice skating for a few months now, so when I signed Paul up I asked if my very enthusiastic three year old could join the four year old class. The director allowed it and Lila did great. I was told that three is actually a good age to begin ice skating, but it's not good to force a three year old, so they start their lessons with fours, who are slightly more cooperative. Well Lila was very motivated and did awesome!
Saturday night was a charity trivia event. Our team came in 11th out of 48, no thanks to me. I only knew answers that pretty much everyone knew. Oh well, it was still fun to get out with the hubby.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Here are the paints I promised you... look how creamy, like butter

I love these paints, and they weren't expensive either, about $5.50 a tube, and they were 30% off this week.

Here is another painting in progress, I've been focusing on brushwork and layers lately. It's a fun (though time-consuming) way to paint.

Unrelated: Did any one 'get' Ping's outfit on the new season of Project Runway tonight? I would blame my lack of knowledge of avant-garde fashion, but the other designers pegged her as going home too. I do look forward to seeing more of her work, maybe it will make sense the more I see.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


YAY! I just finished watching American Idol, I am very happy :)
Is it wrong to like a tv show so much ?
Lila and Paul watched the first hour and Paul had fun deciding if the singers where "chumps" or "champs" (his terminology) I don't know where he picks this stuff up! But it is actually a good grading system. Lila seemed to enjoy it too, she laughed at all the right parts. Mike was here too and we were all lined up on the couch, sharing a blanket...good times.

On another note, I bought twelve new tubes of paint today. It was a brand I had never noticed before, but today, for some reason I did. They have the most gorgeous colors, I'll have to post a pic of the tubes tomorrow.

Monday, January 11, 2010


This morning things were back to normal. I dropped the kiddos off, came home and went to the studio with my coffee and finished this painting. It felt really good to work in the empty house. I have another promising painting started that I can't wait to get to tomorrow. I'm feeling fresh energy after our extended holiday break where I didn't get much done. Back to work!

Any American Idol fans out there? I am a huge fan and can hardly wait till tomorrow night!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

work in progress

oh dear, it doesn't look like much does it?
Painting is strange, it has to go through ugly stages, well at least mine do, and it seems the uglier I let it be in the beginning, the happier I am with it in the end.
I think it has to do with being free and loose with the painting and trusting the process. If I try to control it, I lose.

Tomorrow we go back to our schedules again. I loved the extra time with the kids on their snow days, but we all need our routines. Next week my class starts up too, psychology of the exceptional child. I'm hoping for a good professor, it makes all the difference.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

white primer

the creative extent of my day was priming a cabinet door for painting, so i'm not going to bore you with a picture of that.

It seems very difficult to get things accomplished when I have the kiddos underfoot all day. Since they have been home since Thursday I am getting behind again.

I'm having flashbacks of this summer.

I love taking care of them and doing things with them. As they get older, the projects we can do together get more interesting too. I know they are my first and foremost so I don't feel too badly when my time is going to them, but it does make me wonder how other mom/artists balance it all...

Thursday, January 07, 2010

snow dayS

We turned out to have a snow day after all! I think around 4 - 5 inches fell, and it was bitterly cold, so no school today AND no school tomorrow.
It's kind of nice to be 'trapped' inside with bad weather howling all around you.
I ate so much food today, but good food. Big salads, berries, turkey, pickles then a yummy dinner made from one of Annabel Karmel's cookbooks. She is one of my favorite cookbook authors. There are no dogs in her books, every recipe is a star.
I will have to leave the house tomorrow to get some scans done and to buy dishwasher detergent. I hope it's not to cold or dangerous out there! I'm safe and warm in here!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

stupid weather people

it's 10 to 10, my children are still awake, because we played big band music all night and danced, because they told us all day

winter storm

winter storm

don't drive tomorrow if you don't ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO

so I figured, snow day

the WINTER STORM has come and gone. There is a pretty, light dusting of snow, no schools have been canceled, and my kids are going to be near impossible to get up tomorrow.

also, there is no completed painting to post, I danced instead

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Baby it's cold outside

It warmed up to 16 degrees today.
Tomorrow a winter storm arrives around dinner time.
I guess I better go get my milk and bread, or whatever it is everyone rushes out to buy in the event of snow.
I like snow, I want snow, I have a tobaggon that will fit me and my kids and I can't wait to take them sledding, but I won't be sledding in 10 degree, frigid, windy weather.

I worked on a painting today, I thought to post a work in progress, then tomorrow the finished piece...

You can see a sliver of my cluttered desk.
You will never see pictures of my studio gracing pages of a magazine. I always feel a little guilty, or ashamed, when I see a cute, color-coordinated, clean, cozy, workroom. I barely have time to floss my teeth, much less spend time decorating my studio. Perhaps someday, when my kids are older, or I'm finished with school, but right now if I can find time to paint, I am happy.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Day 4

I'm finally feeling better. My husband and daughter had work and school, while Paul had one more day off so we spent the morning running errands. I managed to fit in an eyebrow wax with Paul chatting away to the stylist...

Is that chocolate? (I guess the wax was brown)
That looks like chocolate
Can I smell it?
Why does it smell like chicken in here? (apparently the stylist brought a sausage biscuit into work)
Does that hurt mom?
Your eyes are red now
I don't need to wax my eyes

and on, and on

the stylist humored him and his running dialouge and I was happy to get my neglected brows in shape.

nothing like mother and son bonding

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Happy Day!

I think it's safe to announce, as a few of you have emailed me already...
I am in this months issue of Cloth Paper Scissors!!!

I am over the moon about the whole experience. I love this magazine, and am honored to be a part of it. I remember when I first stumbled upon this magazine, I quickly ordered all the back issues I could. It's such a happy day when it arrives in my mailbox. It's a surefire way to get inspired.

Well imagine what I must have felt when the magazine in the mailbox had my art in it too!

I have the originals listed in my etsy shop, as well as prints available.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Day two

The first two days of the new year haven't been that great. I'm fighting a new cold, on top of the old cold I was still recovering from. Last night I was so fed up with not being able to breath through my nose that I was actually taking medication. I started with a day time cold remedy, which did nothing.
Then I moved on to the hard stuff, Sudafed, which did nothing.
So I waited about two hours, trying not to combine drugs, and took some Musinex-D.
Which cleared up my sinuses, AND kept me awake till 5:00 in the morning.
I then awoke at 8, bright and chipper, (irony) and had a coughing spell, which ended with me pulling something in my back.

I am not complaining though, well maybe I am, but I am not letting it get me down. I am trying to remain positive, a cold isn't the end of the world, tonight I'll take some night time cold medicine, sleep like a baby and enjoy the last day of vacation with my family. I've gotten used to having my kids and husband home for the last 11 days. It's been wonderful in fact. We need times like this to reconnect.

Friday, January 01, 2010

January Blogging

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starting bid $.99

Long time reader(s) may remember I did art everyday in the month of January last year. I was inspired my Misty Mawn's challenge, and I have to say, it was a great experience and I believe I will be doing my own version of it this year.

I am challenging myself to create everyday and to blog my efforts, everyday.

I find it too easy to put off posting new entries when I'm not holding myself accountable. I like posting, I like getting your comments and I like this form of virtual journaling.

So, starting today, January 1st, I will be posting something new, everyday for the rest of the month. There, I said it out loud, now I have to do it :)