Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I can now cross shopping at 4 o'clock in the morning off my bucket list. I had to do it at least once in my lifetime on black friday. My daughter and I talked about going Thanksgiving day. I didn't think she would actually get up that early to go but she was ringing my phone at 3 a.m. I was still sleeping pretty good ;) We headed to Valley West Mall within the hour. Would I do it again? Sure! It was fun and we came back in one piece.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Mike went with me. He could get extra credit for going and I have a tendency to get lost downtown. Finding the Greater Des Moines Partnership building was pretty easy and finding a parking spot was not a problem either. We got lost in the building. His sense of direction isn't any better than mine, you could tell we were related. We parked in the parking garage and got on the elevator which I didn't realize till it rose from the garage that it was a glass elevator! So I had a death grip on him on the way up. He thought it was hilarious. I didn't see the humor in it till later.
My mat cutter arrived today too! WooHoo! I've already got it set up. That will save me some money in the long run considering what it cost to have a mat cut. It's a Logan 65o and it's nice. Maybe I'll go into the mat cutting business now too ;)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
My first one has worked her way up the ladder and continues to educate herself to go even farther. Which is good, some people start at the bottom and are content to stay there, kind of like a safety zone. The other one wants to make a bunch of money as soon as possible when he graduates and aiming right for the top. That's good too, he has the potential.
Having an education and a degree is a good start. I don't have a degree in anything. I can't say I'm not educated, I have a high school diploma and a certificate. The rest of my education came from studying on my own through books, a few night classes and just doing. What I've learned is you've got to have a plan. You have the knowledge, now what are you going to do next? I don't think they teach you that in high school or college.
What about personality, character, morals and how well do you get along with all people? I guess that's where mom's come in. If I were to hire someone of course I'd want them to know what they were doing. It would also be important to be an all around good person. I think I've taught my kids well. You need the knowledge then continue to gain knowledge in your field, it doesn't end with a degree, you need go after what you want without stepping on anyone's toes. On the other hand you have to stand up for what's right and don't let anyone push you around.
Do what you love. If you have a passion, follow it. Don't waste a talent. No I don't have a degree. I do have a talent for artwork. Well, in my humble opinion anyway. I just do it because I like to do it. It makes me happy and I've made other people happy doing it. Someday maybe a degree in art. Maybe I'll be one of those people who gets a college degree at 80 years old. You always have to be going towards some goal ya know. It keeps your brain alive.
I'll always be proud of my kids no matter where their life leads them. Hopefully not too far away from me......but not too close. They both are in the process of being who they want to be, doing what it takes and having what they want. I'm sure there will be ups and downs for both of them. That's just life and learning experiences, continued education I guess.
I'm 55 years old and both of my kids are out of the nest. They both can fly pretty well. I don't have the empty nest symdrome, this mama wants to soar and continue to live life and have fun doing it.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I've started a new commission of a cute little dog named "Clover". It's on my in progress page if you'd like to take a peek. This has been a busy month which is good. This coming Wednesday all the artist that applied to be part of the Des Moines arts Festival are invited to attend the jury preview, it should be interesting being I have no idea how that's done. They received 1,274 applications for 158 spots. Yes, I still have faith!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Anyway, this is what I've been doing this weekend, it's still in progress the horse won't be that blotchy. It will be going to Kentucky! It's 17" X 14" on bristol vellum and of course all colored pencil. Which reminds me, I tried my hand at acrylics and working at an easel...lets just say it's not the same ;) I'm not giving up though.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Midnight Crystal, professional mobile DJ, Gary Septer, provided the music, DJ, and light show. They did a great job entertaining the mixture of age groups at the party. I'd recommend them for your party entertainment. I wasn't too sure if this picture of lights would turn out too well with my digital camera, but I think it turned out pretty.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
And this was kind of unique. It's a picture of a sewer along the curbing with a tennis shoe stuck in it. I was going to draw it and started on it. But as a drawing it was hard to tell exactly what it was and it just didn't make sense.
I have some other pictures from that area but I don't like any of them enough to draw. I think between the smell and and loss there's just nothing to get too excited over.
I am working on another drawing though, again it's different than a portrait. So I'll be posting an update soon. I'm not sure how it's going to turn out yet, but I'm liking it so far ;)
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The idea behind it is breaking free from old patterns and exploring bigger and better things. Not being held prisoner to the past and finding your light. That's the idea behind it anyway. Now finding a reference photo for it was my challenge. Because we all know I have to have a reference photo. I'm not one to just sit down and draw a hand, I have to see it in front of me. That's something else I have to work on I guess.
The creative thought was there, I could see the picture in my mind. All I needed was handcuffs and 2 guys ( I know it sounds pretty kinky). So in comes my family, the handcuffs were easy. I called my daughter and asked if she had any. Well, she had a set but they were pink and furry. She knew someone who had some I could borrow though. Now the hard part, convincing my husband and son to be hand models, one of them had to put the cuffs on, but only on one wrist. There was no doubt that Ed was going to be "God". My son reluctantly gave in out of respect for his dad ;) This was decided after an hour or two of convincing them to even pose for it. They both decide they would knowing I wasn't going to leave them alone and they both like the fact I cook for them. The universe of course had to be just out of my head.
So, that's the story behind this ;) It's 12" X 12" on black art paper.
I'm open for suggestions on the title.
Friday, July 4, 2008
I've reached a goal too, I'm in a size 8 :) Who needs "the biggest loser"? I did it all by myself with no gyms or coaches. I'm not finished yet, actually I'm kind of getting into working out, it's tough getting started but once I'm into it, it feels good. Nothing like a sweaty body. I still haven't mastered "Chicometrics" though, oh my gosh that's tough. Chico and I have a love hate relationship.
I've also started "The Master Key System". So far that seems interesting. I love things like that. And the artwork is still coming along well. There's changes to come along there too.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I'm on vacation from my other job so I'll have more time to get things done. Of course the Des Moines Arts Festival is this weekend so there's no doubt about it I'll be taking time out for that too. Ed hasn't been called back to work yet so he's still sticking with our original vacation days. We have no plans now but it still feels good to have time to do whatever. This coming Thursday, July 3rd, we have 4 birthday's. My daughter's, the twins and yours truly :) I've lost 35 pounds and still counting preparing for this event. It's swimsuit time!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Today I'll be organizing my Studio, it has to be done I'm running out of room, then I'll get started on the next drawing. It's also Father's Day so Cathy and Mike are coming over for dinner. Jeepers! I'd better get busy.
Update: The water is down in most places. I now have a road!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
She looks real light here. She was fair skinned but the original drawing isn't this light. Anyway, I'm pleased with it now and I have it all framed and matted so I'm moving on.
Monday, May 26, 2008
I decided I'm not finished with Ed's mom's portrait, it still needs work but it's coming along. I'll have an updated picture here soon. If you want to take a peek now it's on my website at the in progress page.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
The rose is finished. I started it before Mary passed away, not knowing she liked yellow roses. When I was told about the yellow rose she pampered by her porch I wanted to dedicate it to her. It's 14" X 17" in colored pencil.
It's been through a lot really. I moved my desk out of the studio so I could watch TV and do art work at the same time. What I forgot about was the weird shows Ed tends to watch. One day I actually listened to a documentary of some doctor in Russia who transplanted the head of an ape onto another ape. They even had a graphic video of it. That's when I decided the desk and myself had to move back to the studio. So everything went back again.
I really don't care what he watches, what bugs me is he falls asleep and I'm listening to it thinking he's awake. So, I'm very satisfied now with my little TV in the studio. By the way, the ape made it through the operation but he was very angry and mean when he woke up. Sounds kind of Frankensteiney to me :)
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
While I was working on it I got to wondering about the meaning of the yellow rose so my inquiring mind had to look it up. Did you know that in the Victorian era a person couldn't flirt even by love letters or eye to eye contact because it was considered in bad taste. So giving flowers took the place of flirting. It use to be that yellow roses were symbols for jealousy,infidelity and fading love. Now they are a symbol of happiness and friendship. I'm sure glad the meaning has changed. Why would you give flowers to someone expressing faded love? Maybe it was a sly way of letting the other person know you were having an affair. But then again, why bother? OK, I'm getting way off track here. The meaning of the yellow rose is friendship.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I might add that I didn't go to one garage sale yesterday. I saved money by doing things I needed to do and not spending money on things I didn't need anyway. Not saying I won't go to any garage sales this year. Until I get some things in order I'm just on a garage sale diet. And Oh, there was some big ones! My daughter called and asked if I was going, it felt pretty good to say, "I'll pass". We just had a garage sale last week and I got rid of a bunch of stuff, it makes no sense. That would be like losing 5 pounds then eating a whole cake :)
Saturday, April 26, 2008
The first thing I'm doing is making a schedule for myself. I always blamed my day job for not getting artwork finished. Enough of that. There are 24 hours in a day, I only do that job 8 hours. That leaves 16 hours, of course I do have to sleep but not 16 hours! Then take out time for dressing, grooming and personal things. So the truth is I do have time. It all comes down to setting priorities. Follow along with me as I learn and do what it takes, who knows before too long that day job may be history.