Excited!

So, I posted last time that I was selling cartoon portraits on my Etsy shop .

My friend bought one!

My first sale on there! Woo hoo!catherineCatcatCollage

And she liked it enough to get two more!

CatherineCat2 Collage

CatherineCat3 Collage

Yay!

Funny Faces

I drew this picture of myself the other day.  Just a quick doodle to use as my profile picture around the interwebs.
Self portraitDSCN8915(looks exactly like me. 🙂 not bad just from memory. I guess I sorta do remember what I look like)

So, the other day I decided to goof around on my computer to calm my brain while I was anxiously awaiting the phone’s ring. I drew a picture of my friend.

Melanie  CollageAnd then one of my uncle.

Uncle Bill Cartoon Collage

And then I thought that maybe people might like to pay me to do these for them.

So I put it on my Etsy page.

sorry!

It’s way to early for this stuff, but I’m getting started on pieces for two holiday bazaars in the first week of December. (Um, yes I know that I’m late on that part. I just meant that I like to keep xmas stuff until later. I’m not a fan of Christmas creeping up earlier and earlier.)

This was my first stopping point. I really like the sketchy look, but wasn’t satisfied with some of it. Of course, I started fiddling with it and then did it some more. Until eventually I got to this:

This is oil pastel which I blended with some kind of turpenoid or something*. (My friend gave me a little of hers since she paints in oils and has the requisite paraphernalia and I paint in acrylic and therefore do not. I can’t remember what it’s called, of course. At any rate, it is great for blending the oil pastels.)

That’s my funny little Santa

*Update: it’s this stuff here.

Doodley Do

a little doodle i did the other day.

on different backgrounds.

backgrounds are important.

Yeah, well I’m taller.

Currently I am still taller than my son. But my days are numbered I’m fairly certain.

I took this picture yesterday:

Frowny dude.

I took these ones two years ago in July:

Gosh, he’s getting tall.

In drawing class last fall we had an assignment to create a drawing using at least three figures in a narrative. We were encouraged, but not required, to use a comic strip sort of layout or at least idea for moving the story along.

So I took a few of my pictures from swim lessons last summer…

and used them to put together something of a montage of Child C at swimming.

I’m not really all that comfortable with realism, so I traced and transferred the figures onto my paper. My instructor liked the nostalgic, old picture feeling I ended up with. He preferred it without the yellowy background. Then he delved deeper into the picture to find that it seemed like a study in the ephemeral nature of youth. Described here by the interminal waiting, the preparing, poised just on on the precipice, and then, whoosh, they’re gone.

This was not what I was thinking of when I was making this piece and nearly made me cry in class. Jerk.

Anyway, I felt like these pictures of the progress of  Child C as he grows taller (he can now just grab stuff out of that top cabinet!) and moves through time toward his  own big splash had the same feeling of trying to capture a moment in time before it gets away from you.

Or grows taller than you. 😀

On Dancing With Mistakes


”The seed of your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece. Such imperfections (or mistakes, if you’re feeling particularly depressed about them today) are your guides — valuable, reliable, objective, non-judgmental guides — to matters you need to reconsider or develop further.”
— David Bayles and Ted Orland, Art and Fear.

My dance teacher had a saying, “There are no mistakes, only variations. Some intentional, some not.”

Edison is credited with saying, “I didn’t fail 1000 times, I found 1000 ways that didn’t work.” (paraphrased)

In my art and art history classes we often talk about Action Painting. Where the artist isn’t trying to use the painting to create an illusion, but the painting is evidence of the action taken. If I move my arm in this manner, the paint falls in this way and the canvas takes record of it.

In this same manner, I think that mistakes, failures, and detours are evidence of our having taken action. If you are moving forward, acting to make progress, trying and doing, then not everything will go according to plan. But it will go how it is supposed to go and you will get where you need to be, even if you take the long way to get there.

Six Word Friday: Offering

I have only this to offer:

For all your prehistoric healthcare needs.

Sunday Funday

Today looks like it will be fun. I usually meet up with my girlfriends on Sundays for “coffee” and chatting. Today I’m also getting some pictures taken for my art project. I think I mentioned those last week. I have a friend who is a photographer. She’s going to take them for me so I can have more pixels and better pictures, too.

The ebb and flow of things

I suppose the energy of winter is one of a hibernating, germinating nature. Less about activity and more about contemplation. Although this winter here has been less winterlike than usual. For a variety of reasons I have been feeling kinda low energy lately. Some of that is stress from other people’s HEALTH issues, some is from our own health stuff since the kid and I are taking turns with some weird “24 hour” bug. But I also know that a lot of people are low energy this time of year. Or weird energy. Feeling sort of contrary just for the sake of being contrary. Not necessarily a SAD (seasonal affected disorder) thing. So this is a long winded way of saying that I’ve been feeling sort of contrary to my blog lately and so haven’t posted as much as I might like to. Although I did a post the other day and uploaded a bunch of pictures and at the end I hit ‘publish’ and it said there was an error and ate the post. Which really did make me contrary.

So here are some things I’ve been working on lately:

We’ve been having a live model in drawing class. My instructor noticed that my piece was leaning toward broad flat areas of color (above) (reminiscent of Alex Katz’ work)  and thought I should explore that more (below).

Which led to a more Cubistic thing going on (above). Which led to this.

Overall a fun day in class.

Under the weather

dis week i hab a code.

whad that really beans is that I’m just as procrastidaty as usual,

but i hab a buch better reasod for it.

😀

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