Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I came home from the beach to find her lying in the front yard, completely mauled to death by an animal (my suspicions lead to the neighbor's dog...). She was a very old kitty--about 16 years of age, and I knew she was nearing her death bed, but god, not like this. She was such a sweet cat and deserved a far better death.
Nature is nature though, and really, all I can do is just accept it. I cried a good deal and buried her, then went straight to the bar for a couple mai tais. Needless to say, they helped a great deal.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
I hope everyone's holiday weekend is going swimmingly. I've been working at the studio, but I have tomorrow off to relax, enjoy, paint, and uh, catch up on all those dang dishes in the sink.
I also had the pleasure of going to the movies on Friday night with my brother to see Pirates of the Caribbean III. I loved it. None of these movies have dissapointed me yet (I know a lot of people hated the second one, but I actually really enjoyed it--perhaps because Davy Jones has a frickin' octopus head, so how could I not love it?). Anyway, the third installment is quite the plot-heavy movie (there's a lot of plot in this one--a lot) and I may have to see it at least once more to make sure I got everything, since there's a bazillion subplots and twists in there. And there's so many brilliant Capt. Jack Sparrow scenes that are really quite unconvential for your typical Disney pirate flick. Oh, and did I mention Keith Richards as Jack's dad? Yeeeaaaahhhh.....
I realize that it's getting a lot of weird mixed reviews right now, but trust me. Go see it. The last hour of the movie is amazing and there's a lot of "no way!"-type moments in there as well. I'm a tad bummed that they'll be making more Pirates of the Caribbean installments (3 more now they say? Ay caramba.) only because you really can have too much of a good thing, but oh well. I like pirates. I like Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack. And I'm sure I'll be seeing PotC 6 whenever that comes out as well.
Tomorrow I'm going fishing with my dad and I'm really excited. It's one of those things that always shocks people--they never believe me that I go fishing. A petite girl, with curly hair, who always wears skirts and high-heeled boots. ButI've grown up around boats and on the water, so it's one of those comfort things that reminds me of childhood.
Okay, sorry for no pictures right now, but this is meant as just a quickie update. I'm gonna go plug in a movie and do some painting before heading off to bed.
Here's to a pleasant week ahead for everyone!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I've had the past three days off from work and what have I been up to? Painting, painting, and uh, more painting. I haven't left the house once ('cept to grab some coffee). I'm in the home-stretch now for the snail/lollipop painting I've been working on--it'll be done by tonight and then I'll let it dry before varnishing. It's amazing how long it takes to finish such a small painting. I'm oh-so-happy with it though. And honestly, the whole thing came together rather smoothly. I love it when that happens!
I head back to work tomorrow, which means the end of my hermitism. Sigh. It felt so good too!
Friday, May 18, 2007
I'm on the hunt for a new photo printer.
This is easily one of my *least* favorite things to do in the whole wide world. Printers are a lot like real human beings that you have a serious relationship with. And you go through all those emotional highs and lows with 'em as well. There's lots of giddiness and excitement when you get the thing in the beginning and it's perfect, and there's also lots of screaming and arguing later on down the road (it never fails). Tears of sadness along with big, proud smiles. I've hit every emotion with printers and in every way possible, I find that I really do have a relationship with them. I wish they just always worked beautifully and never had any problems (kinda like the perfect man). Sigh. Tis not the real world though...
Anyway, despite my touch-and-go luck with Epsons, I'm getting another. I know all about the weak printer head issues and clogged nozzles Epsons get if not used regularly (which is, in fact, why I have to buy a new one) but I tell ya, the print quality on those buggers is beyond amazing. Beats my old HPs over the head with a stick (no--a baseball bat). And I've found that it's all in the papers. Shell out the biggo bucks on nice, Epson paper and you won't be sorry.
I've nailed it down to the Epson r1800, which has amazing reviews for its price. I'll be buying through B&H, my absolute fave camera/digital store. They have great prices, splendid service, and bottom of the heap shipping (free for my printer). The printer is a large-format one that can print up to 13x19" (hoorah!).
So what does this mean for you?
Prints! At long last, I'll finally be able to sell some prints of my artwork in varying sizes on bloody-amazing museum-quality paper. I wrestled with myself for the longest time about whether I'd do the prints myself vs. getting them done through a print shop. In the end though, I'd rather just do them myself as I'm very finicky about colors and print quality. This way I can run test prints affordably 'til I get the perfect colors.
I'm super excited! I have to wait a while before getting it as I can't afford the whole thing yet (I'll be buying the expensive paper with it, which will easily add on another $100) but soon. Very soon.
And, I do believe I'll have a couple new goodies for the shop tomorrow (at long last). Stay tuned!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I've also begun lining the paintings up on the mantle to get a feel of how they're looking together and for general unity. It makes me happy seeing them hanging out like that.
It's so fun staring at old photos...The old wooden framed ones are two of my fave old family pics I own. The left one is of my grandmother and the bottom right one is of my great aunt. Mixed in are a handful of old images from the 70s of my dad (he looks so young here!) and my mom, being cute as always, along with a couple of myself and my brother when we were youngins. There's also couple pet shots and views of Seattle and the Hood Canal in the 70s (my, how times have changed...).
Time for coffee! :)
Monday, May 14, 2007
I'm doing a bunch of miniature paintings for the series as well to spruce it up a bit (I'm goin' for a kind of sweetshop-meets-strange-nature sort of vibe). So here's three so far.Yea for chocolates! So sorry about the insanely blurry image (this is what happens when you're too lazy to break out the tripod...). Each one is extremely small, measuring just a little over 2" high. I think I'll also do some jellybean ones and some peppermint birds...
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
1.List seven random facts/habits about yourself
2.Choose another seven bloggers to tag and list their names in your blog
3.Leave your seven tagged bloggers comments to notify them of their tagging and to direct them to your blog for tag instructions.
4) My career dream is to work in the creative art department at a movie studio--drawing, painting and sculpting my ideas for their latest films. I've always worshipped Industrial Light & Magic.