Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Gadget talk

I love colored pencils. Last year I splurged and purchased the large set of Prismacolor pencils. They color like butter. If I could, I would make out with them. True unadulterated love. The other day I went into the mecca of all art supply stores, Dick Blicks. I could spend all day in an artist supply store. I love to look at everything. The air in the store gets me high of all the creative possibilities at hand. I stumbled upon a table of pencil sharpeners. I have a problem of breaking the leads of my beautiful colored pencils. And when you fork over $200 for a set, it kind of makes me weep. Suddenly the skies opened up, and light shone on this fantabulous pencil sharpener. The Dick Blick dude and I ended up having a lengthy conversation about sharpeners and I walked away with this $10 purchase. My leads have not broken since. This sharpener is AWESOME. Time to add it to my list of  inanimate objects I would make out with. I also purchased a few of the Dick Blick's colored pencils to see what the difference is. At half the price, I'm willing to give it a shot. Next up on my wishlist, soft pastels. My birthday is in 2 weeks. Maybe....if I keep my fingers crossed.....or even a Dick Blicks gift certificate.......

What gadget/product have you found to really help you? What would be on your make out list? (Besides George Clooney.)

Thursday, February 18, 2010


I received a plain simple photo screen from my mom a few years ago. I loved the concept, but pictures didn't fit in very well and the wood color didn't match anything in my house. So off to the basement pit of despair it went. Where it sat. And collected dust. (Don't give me that look. I happen to like dust bunnies. They keep me and all my personalities company.......) Then a few weeks ago my lovely (and very cute) husband brilliantly came up with the idea of using the screen to display some of my artwork.

I put a few of my drawings in, but I didn't have enough completed to fill the entire space. It was making me antsy that there were big gaping holes where drawings should be.

I then cut up paper to fill the vacant spots. I didn't want to feel pressured in finishing the piece. Next I decided instead of just putting  drawings in the screen that I would turn the entire screen into an art piece. If I felt like changing the drawings, all I need to do is sand the screen and spray paint it a neutral color and start a fresh!

With "House Hunters" playing in the background, I set to work. It's going to take some time, but I am pleased with the results so far.

I may change the bottom left a bit. Not too sure about it, but I'm totally digging the purple dot explosion. I think maybe I should make the bottom one color after the last green diamond. I tend to gravitate towards abstract and heavy on geometric shapes. I love me some circles and triangles.

More updates on the Screen o' Art as it progresses. Any projects you want to share? Also, interested in any artist you might want to discuss. Lemme know.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Is this thing on?!?!


Hi!! (Waves hand so fast that I almost smack myself in the face.)

(What can I say, I get excited easily. If I were a dog I might dry hump your leg. Okay, not really, but I might just piddle on the floor.)

Like my new digs? Not bad, not bad, but for a blog about art I think the first thing I need to do is redecorate. I will get to that soon.

I love art. It is my passion (outside of my husband) and a part of my soul. I don't feel connected unless I am working on something in my studio. When I was a little girl, nothing excited me more than a brand new box of crayons. The possibilities were endless to me. Still to this day a crayon, new or used, makes me excited for the world of creation ahead of me. (Why yes that sounded corny. I meant to do that.)

My plan for this place is to share. I want to share the projects I am working on, get feed back and hopefully get you to share your work too. I love to see what other people create, even if you are just coloring with your kid. My goal is to build an artist community. Eventually I'd even like to have a weekly discussions about artists; famous artists, indie artists, etsy artists, etc.

If you don't really care for art, I hope you will at least stop back for my occasional whit and use of the word fuck. Don't give me that look, just because I have a new blog, doesn't mean I've given up my habit for swearing. M'Kay?!