Wednesday, April 23, 2008

make your own easel!

I know I haven't been posting much artwork... but I keep finding great things online. Like, I found these plans for a huge easel. I happened upon a link to it during my blog-break at

I have been meaning to search for plans to build my own for a while now. When I went to Atlin Centre for the Arts (way back in 1990; I guess it is called Atlin Centre now) Gernot Dick, the owner/operator/teacher/founder/very-cool-guy, gave us plans for the ones he had in the painters studios. I still have them, but after two decades of moving from place to place there is no way I will find them easily. I actually really liked the benches they had (don't know if they still have them) at UAS-Juneau (or was it UAA?) You could flip them on their backs and use them like a table for your drawing board. Definitely not for canvases, large or otherwise. So, we shall see if I can get this project done this summer... If I miraculously do get to it, I will definitely share the final product here!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

submissions for ATC exhibit wanted

Just in case any of my fellow Art & Tech class mates are still trolling around these old blogs... The Ankeny Art Center in Iowa is asking for submissions of Artist Trading Cards. Might be fun to enter a few- they keep them, so don't expect them back if you decide to enter. I found this at, which looks like a great resource for artist opportunities!

By the way... Happy Earth Day! Although, I really do believe that every day is Earth Day (I'm a dork, I know!)

Monday, April 21, 2008

me 10 years ago...

I needed to sketch the other day and I have been thinking about doing a new illustration for my avatar... The only pictures I have and/or that I like are from 10 or more years ago! They still look like me, but obviously better; I am a big believer in improving with age, but then I see a new picture of me and am shocked at how I look because I still see myself in my minds eye as a 25-28 year old! Oh well, maybe it's just the old adage in works: You're only as old as you feel!
(looking at the sketch... it really doesn't look like me... My face isn't that gaunt and the lips aren't quite right. I could probably make it look better digitally, but we shall see if I feel the need! My avatar now really looks like the original picture; in that one I was a fresh 23 or 24:)

Friday, April 18, 2008

build your own pinhole camera!

Free pinhole camera download from Corbis! Looks cool. I don't know if I will do it, but just knowing it is there to download and build anytime I want makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside:)

origami bird trials

I just wanted to record my origami bird trials... I still don't know if I want to incorporate them as a 3-d element; I think I do, but if I do the shape has to be just right... They aren't there yet. I may have to cut the square down into a rectangle to get the shape I want. The little ones from my collage turned out (for the most part) the way I want them to look. They are also 3/4" compared to these which are about 5"; it's much easier to manipulate something small and get it to look polished! Now I wonder if I should just paint/draw the shape and cut the paper to fit in the shapes I want... I would like it to be more 3-d, though!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

bursting with creativity!

I have been going crazy! I need art:) I have all these things swirling through my head... Decorating (but I have no money). I am in love with this modern room from Domino Magazine; it has a grass green velvet chair and lighter yellow-green textural curtains (not shown below) with pops of red and fushia (I am not a pink person, either, it just works with that green!). There is also a huge ebony statue of a stag. It is really whimsical... I want a whimsical space! Good thing my space is small; I won't have to spend much to decorate! I have this page open on my desk so I can look at it longingly and it seems to help negate all the ugly rain (and 12 inches of snow this morning). I just look at that room and it is my cocoon of spring time yummy color.
Here is the link to the Domino page.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

a little break:)

I am still here! I finished up my Art & Technology class and life has been rolling ever since... so I haven't had time or the internet to blog. Since I last posted... I turned 37; moved; will be moving again (I can take my time this time); became a single mother (!); got deathly ill (103-104 degree temps)... I don't really like change. I really don't like being at the mercy of change, but it is easier to relax into it then it is to fight it. It comes whether your ready or not, I guess. I need to set up a place in my new place to do my art work... I think I have a spot. Then I will start blogging again, in earnest!

oops... the title should be "a little break" not "a little bread"! I need to improve my proof-reading skills :)