Monday, August 25, 2008
I do love that there's a nice little company of slugs and snails hangin' out in my etsy shop at the moment. I wonder if they're planning any parties or nocturnal slug get-togethers?
My weekend was spent working at the day job (10 hour shifts both days...and now, I'm quite ready for a small break from the public) but I get a couple days off before heading back to the work grind for the rest of the week. So how did I spend my Monday?
Thrifting and antiquing!
Scooped up some simple notions and a plain white bed sheet (for the quilt) from the thrift store and then *scored* at the antique store.
I found this wee old papercut silhouette (under $4!) and fell in love. Hard. Look at that hat! The small antique frame was under $9 and I knew instantly I just had to put the two together. Last month I scored a ton of discontinued upholstery fabric sample books for free from a local fabric store and have been brainstorming projects with them. Yup, you see where this is going...15 minutes later, I had a finished dandy piece of art ready for the wall. The silk fabric was cut and simply attached to illustration board using a few small pieces of double-sided tape and the same was done to the papercut silhouette. I love how the rackety green and gold frame plays off the pink stripes.
I think it's time for tea, a book, and a good late-night film.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
It's been raining off and on for the past 4 days here in the Seattle area and I'm so digging it. Ah, rain. You are so refreshing in limited amounts.
I also snuck a couple new prints into the shop last night:
"In Flight" 7x10.25"and "Light In The Deep" 8x10"
I'll have the originals of these two pieces in the shop as well within the next week, along with more new prints.
Also! There's a pretty snazzy giveaway extravaganza going on over at the On The Dot Creations blog and I was asked to take part! Lots, and lots...and lots...of awesome stuff is up for grabs from various artists on Etsy.
From now until Mon, the 25th, you can enter to get an Eggman Studios pack of coolness.
Hilltop Circus print, The Journey Ahead print, and a Lollipops postcard are up for grabs in one big caboodle. Just go here, leave a comment with your personal fave item from my Etsy shop, and then on Monday one lucky winner will be randomly chosen.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
This amazing copy of Wind In The Willows is resting on my bookshelf until I have time to pour over it. I do love that book and this particular copy is illustrated by the amazing Arthur Rackham (my third Rackham book thus far...a collection seems to be brewing...). I think the best part though is that this is one seriously used book--a mild stain on the cover and very deep musty smell. Like it was thrown in an attic and forgotten about.
Pure bliss. :)
I'm off to get some sun and do a little reading! Enjoy your weekends!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
That being said, these two dearies have flittered into the shop and I'm a happy clam with both.
"Peculiar Adaptations" roughly 8x10 size--it should also be noted that the colors on this print are pretty unbelievable (I'm always worried with cyans because sometimes, they just don't reproduce so hotly). Very saturated, unreal cyans, 100% yummy.
More are on the way!
Friday, August 08, 2008
My goodness, it was fun.
The Royal BC Museum is still one of my all-time fave museums. The following pics were all taken from there (I had literally 95 pictures taken from the BC Museum by the time I got home--mostly taken of the wildlife diorama displays...guess I like animals).I love the amount of details the wildlife dioramas have. They look so real, but because everything is still, they have an eeriness to them. I can only imagine the place at night after the crowds have gone home. Massively spooky.A stuffed deer wandering the likes of a fake forest...Different corals housed in glass curio cabinets.I want this little man carving. Seriously so. Want.One of the coolest things about this museum, is that on one floor, they've recreated an entire city street in half-scale as it would be at night (very much like a Mainstreet from Disneyland--only at night and put inside a building, if that makes sense). The windows are warmly lit, the theater is playing a Charlie Chaplin flick, some of the buildings you can even wander through and look at the period furnishings, hear horses walking the cobblestone streets, and even smell the food being baked in the kitchen. It's amazing, and one of those places that when you visit as a kid you never forget.
There's me, looking at neat artifacts from days long gone.
Also ate at some fabulous pubs, making me feel a bit like I was in London again.
Happy weekend, everyone! Hope it's a good one! I'll be busily working away in my studio--making prints, making paintings, taking pictures, and drinking lots and lots of coffee. :)
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
The largest painting I had chilled on the easel in the front as an attention grabber. It worked really well.
Grid walls with framed prints. You can find these walls at Home Depot for $8 a piece--quite a bargain. They worked really well (had a hard time keeping pieces hung straight from the wind, but nothing fell down, so that's cool).
Painting display. The price tags on everything are little white gift tags with red/white striped twine. Mini clothespins held them in place.
Print and table display. That gorgeous red tablecloth was made by my good friend and fellow creative pal, Nadja, who deserves a *huge* shout-out for helping me with this show. That gal is bloody amazing. Truly.
The table holds my postcard pack stand, business cards, rings, a couple small framed ACEOs, and the Fresno catalogue with a brief bio about me and my work.I was pretty proud of this idea for displaying print samples. It's wire meshing (again, Home Depot for about $9) that I bent into a wave design and strung up from the tent frame (twine attached to the sides helped stabilize it as well). Then, I just hung my sample prints hodge-podge style all over it. It sort-of reminded me of a fish net or something and was far better than having folks flip through a portfolio for samples (this way, they could also see the print quality up-close).