Saturday, March 29, 2008
So my very strange husband decided that we should have a movie night with a few of our friends to watch the movie "Blackula." Yes, the campy movie from the seventies. Nathaniel made rare hamburgers, I made a red velvet cake in the shape of a coffin and we drank red wine. Yep.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
About a month or so ago, someone bought one of my paintings. That person was Michelle, from Eggman Studios and if I had any athleticism or coordination in my body I would have done back flips when seeing her art. Her paintings have it all: the colors pop, the subject matter is whimsical and curious, and technically they are stupendous. She also loves Wes Anderson movies just as much as I do! I am not the only one who thinks her work is awesome, either. Eggman Studios was recently named as one of the top 100 artists on Etsy by A Thing of Beauty. A well deserved nomination!
Tube Worm Candy
The Journey Ahead
White Sperm Whale
You may find Michelle's work on her etsy shop and also on her blog.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Next, as requested by Maya we headed over to the Madison Children's Museum. Which is hailed as one of the top ten children's museums in the US. Maya loves it here. My favorite is the kid size farmer's market, with cloth food.
The view from the rooftop garden is incredible
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
It is late... midnight. I am tired but do not want to sleep. Nathaniel is gone for the week, and it feels strange to sleep without him. Instead I stayed up to start the guestbook I am creating for a customers' wedding. Lately when I am working I put on Pandora and listen to "my station," which consists of the music of Belle and Sebastian, DeVotchKa, Beck, Feist, amongst others. Pandora has the nifty feature of playing not only songs from those artists, but picks artists that are similar. Tonight Pandora played the Gin Blossoms, which brought back a flood of high school memories (aging myself here). Particularly the memories of sleeping over at my best friend, Carrie's house. She fell asleep every night listening to the local pop radio station and hence so did I when I slept over there. While laying awake listening to the radio I would often feel a sense of nostalgia, although I am not sure exactly what I was feeling nostalgic for. So every now and then, I will hear a song that will bring me straight back to those nights and I will again feel an overwhelming sense of nostalgia and sadness. I go to bed tonight with those memories and emotions in my heart, listening to the music of my past.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Three days ago I started a new painting in the same theme as my little ACEO triptych (which just sold today). I knew that I would have time in the upcoming week because it is Spring Break and Nathaniel is at his dads for the week (and took the car). So I am essentially stuck at home with (hardly) any distractions. Maya will be here, but we can paint together. I do have the distraction of my brand new imac (which is SO cool) but I will spend the week making art, art and more art. First is this painting, next I am going create a large papier mache cat that I have been commissioned to make, then I am going to make some books. We will see what happens after that.
My new imac! On my end table until my desk arrives.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I have started to post on the Etsy forum thread "Self Portrait Thursdays" It is a fun way to connect with people and see some interesting portraits. As someone who creates a lot of Self Portraits this is super fun for me! This is the image I added today.
I also am on a web page featuring self portrait artists: http://www.ipwm.org/artkitten.html
"Listen, If We Could Be Serious For A Moment, I Think I Have Been Shot"
Ah Etsy... always giving me something new to drool over. The latest artist that has me wiping my chin is The Mincing Mockingbird. His gorgeous little paintings have completely captured my attention and I had the lucky opportunity to interview him. Hilarity ensued.
"Bird Faces The End With A Disturbing Lack Of Dignity"
1. First off, why birds?
Birds are insane. Seriously. If you get in close, without being pecked or bitten or gouged, there is madness in their eyes. I like trying to capture that. Even the cute ones. Absolutely bonkers, with an ancient, reptilian, Cretaceous-period kind of crazy. That and I like painting in a "painterly" style, and birds lend themselves well to that.
"I Will Worry About Remorse In The Bright Light Of Morning"
2. What led you to be an artist?
Dinosaurs. I'd draw them constantly as a kid. My aunt was a full-time artist when I was growing up, so it was always a realistic option.
"I Did Not Grow This Mustache To Tickle Your Ironic Funny Bone,
This Is Serious Business"
3. What do you like best about making art?
The best part of painting, or writing, or any creative activity is when you get lost in it - the concentration and buzz of all your neurons working at once, in harmony. The process. There is no greater high - well, that doesn't involve "pipes" and "rocks."
4. What do you find to be the most challenging?
That's a good question. Technically, I chase down challenges in my drawing or painting, or whatever. For instance, I had problems with shadows. Well, I painted paintings with shadows for MONTHS, just to overcome that challenge. Overall, I'd say time is the biggest challenge. Never enough of it.
"Will You Please Put Down That US Magazine And Listen To Me"
5. Besides being absolutely gorgeous, part of the appeal of your paintings are the witty titles. How do you come up with such clever ideas for titles?
Listing is very enjoyable for me. I just try and come up with things that make me laugh, or better yet, make myself laugh and feel creeped out at the same time. I might take words from a 1911 book on farming techniques and twist them and add my own thing. I'm a pretty voracious reader, and I enjoy writing, so I just see it as an added little bonus to the piece.
"Uploading My Brain Online So I Will Live Forever"
6. Favorite thing about Etsy?
The people and their sometimes awe-inspiring creations. It's like finding buried treasure. I have a feature on my blog called "Random Object of Awesomeness." When I find something mind-bendingly cool, I put it on.
7. What inspires you?
Nature, both past and present. Absurd and smart comedy. Most of all, my fiancee, Etsy's franticmeerkat. She is an amazing artist and designer, and she keeps me on my toes. My muse, without doubt.
"Stress Eating As Self-Expression"
8. Do you have any advice for other artists?
Best advice I could give is create what you WANT to create. You'll make better things. And the best customers pick up on the joy that exists in things made with inspiration.
And do it every day. One of the titles of a recent painting was "My Modus Operandi Is To Dial Up The Awesome And Break The Knob Off."
Thank you to The Mincing Mockingbird for the great interview. You can find his work here:
and his blog here:
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
My first interview of amazing artists that I love begins with Julia aka Red Otter. Julia is a bookbinder and designer that sells on Etsy. Her shop is filled with bright, gorgeous journals that are almost too pretty to write in!
"Lime Lime Notebook"
1. Why did you start to make journals, how did you learn to make them?
About four years ago I was living in a small bedroom in a lovely house, living paycheck to paycheck when I came to last page in my journal. Seeing as I would’ve much rather spent my money on tea and oranges, I decided to make myself a journal. I used paper given to my by an art professor and fishing line from one of my roommates. After that adventure, I slowly developed the techniques and processes of book making.
2. What is your inspiration?
The online artist community! Right now artists blogs are a favorite source of inspiration. Places like Posie Gets Cozy, or Perfectbound I find daily inspiration from. I love popping in to see what Simply Breakfast has in store, along with Creature Comforts and tinyk. I find inspiration from artists who make the simple and everyday things into something marvelous and unique. I find inspiration from women who have taken a craft or art they love to do and made a small/big business out of it!
"Orange Persimmon Journal"
3. You recently moved to Madison, Wisconsin from Minnesota, how is the change affecting you?
Madison, Wisconsin is a wonderful community to live in! I was so surprised when I moved here, I think I had anticipated something more rural, less chic. Madison offers so much in the realm of art and culture, its positively brimming with inspiration and opportunities. Moving away from Duluth was tough though. I miss the lake. I miss having that calming presence in my life.
4. What is your favorite thing about making art and journals? What is your favorite material?
I love tying up that last stitch in a journal, pulling the linen thread taught, then turning the journal over and looking at the finished product. It's thrilling to create something like a book. For me, I find so much satisfaction in creating something utilitarian as well as beautiful! I love working with silk ribbon and an eclectic array of papers. It seems as if there are endless combinations and potential creations!
5. What is your favorite aspect of selling in Etsy?
I love meeting new people! I feel like there's a world of fellow artists, dreamers, and creators at my fingertips! I love the support I find on Etsy, it's unlike anything I've ever been apart of!
"Little Owl Notebook"
You can find these lovely journals and others on Julia's Etsy shop http://redotter.etsy.com and check out her blog at redotter580.blogspot.com.
Thank you Red Otter for taking the time for this interview!
Monday, March 10, 2008
When I make art, Maya, my 5 year old, wants to make what I am making. When I make books, she makes books, when I paint she paints. I love it, she sits at her own little desk and I sit at my drafting table. This weekend when I was making my "Three Women" triptych, Maya decided she wanted to make ACEOs as well. I think they are great (of course I am her mom) but children have such an innate design sense. I wish we did not lose it as we get older...
These are her ACEOs. She was really excited about them and really wanted me to sell them on Etsy. ("Everyone is going to buy them!" she said). I decided I would put one on my shop, how can I say no to that?
Maya's Self Portrait
Maya's Circle Painting
Maya's Lion Painting ("The mouth is filled with teeth" she says)
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- Pictures hung in my memory
- Dinner and a Movie
- Projector Journal
- Baby Album
- Eggman Studios
- Retro Parents
- Happy Easter
- Pop Journal
- Girl's Day Out
- Wedding Guest book
- New Painting - finished
- New Painting - in progress
- Self Portrait Thursdays
- Interview with the Mincing Mockingbird
- Interview with Red Otter
- Making art together
- "Three Women" ACEO Triptych
- Front Page
- New Cherry Blossom Journal
- The art of my father
- A wonderful day with wonderful friends
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