Waves & Fish

I know that I owe you, um…what’s the date today?, four (FOUR!) index card posts, at this point. But, you know, if there’s one thing you can count on about me, it’s that you can’t count on me. Heh.

Anyway, index cards coming soon.

For now, you’ll have to settle for some knitting. I started this wrap while we were out of town hindering helping family a couple weeks ago. I finished it over the weekend. The yarn was tough on my hands/wrists (as is often the case with cotton) and the wave pattern started to bore me to tears about a quarter of the way through. But, it’s done!

I ended up with just over half a skein of yarn leftover and, rather than tossing it in my ever-growing pile of yarn scraps letting it go to waste, I decided to make some fishy washcloths for Sir. Judging by last night’s marathon bath fest (where two other bath toys spent a considerable amount of time ‘fighting’ each other for possession of the fishy washcloth), I would say these little guys were a success.

photos : summer wrap & fishcloths by yours truly

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ICAD, You CAD, We All CAD!

Most people who know me know that, aside from brushing my teeth and bitching incessantly, there are very few things that I can commit to doing everyday. Most people who know me also know that I like to overextend myself so that I can fail and have more stuff to bitch incessantly about.

Enter Index-Card-A-Day!

This artsy-fartsy challenge starts June 1 and ends July 31. During that time, I will (attempt to) create one index card each day.

Man, this is really going to cut into my tooth-brushing/bitching time.

This should be interesting, kids. Not only am I in the middle of a creative drought, but I will also be out of town for one month of this challenge. That means having to pretty much wing it with whatever materials I can pack/find while I’m gone. That also means extricating myself from forced family fun for at least a few minutes a day in order to make my card.

This is going to be really messy – literally and figuratively.

On the upside, my pack of index cards only set me back .$64, which is the least amount of money I have spent on art supplies ever!

Anyway, there is still time to join the challenge. Don’t you want to fail miserably participate with me?

photo : index cards by yours truly

 

 

My Monster Army is Complete!

All stuffed and sewn and prepared to do my bidding…muahahahahahaaaaa!

Okay, so my bidding is really nothing evil, but I felt the laugh was appropriate.

Eleven of these little guys will make their way home with Sir’s friends on the last day of school. The twelfth one (Cokie) is already well entrenched in the stuffed creature menagerie that is Sir’s room (remind me to post photos of said menagerie sometime, it is quite impressive).

These were knit following Rebecca Danger’s Monster Chunk pattern – quick and easy (even in bulk).

 

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Some Girls Get Flowers, Some Girls Hoard Yarn

…and dye it to look like flowers. I would fall into the latter category.

Most of the time, I employ the ‘wing and a prayer’ method when it comes to dyeing yarn. I grab whatever colors appeal to me at that particular moment (usually blues and greens), throw a random mix into the dye pot, and hope it doesn’t come out looking like cat barf.

This week, I decided to try something new – namely, a reasonably well-thought out plan. I decided to create a colorway from a photo (which was lifted from the amazing Deirdre McCormick). Here’s how it turned out.

 

It doesn’t look like vomit, so I’m calling it a success.

photos : roses by Deirdre McCormick + yarn by yours truly

 

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Makin’ Monsters

Because I love finding ways to get in over my head (and because I love my son), I have committed to making a dozen Monster Chunks for him to pass out to his friends on the last day of school (which is less than a month away – ack!).

He was very excited when I made one for him.

He named it Cokie. Cokie Monster. Not Cookie Monster. Cokie Monster. Like Cokie Roberts. I really have no idea where he comes up with this stuff.

Anyway, I’ve been working on this project for just over a week and it seems like everywhere I look, this is what I see…

 

 

I swear their eyes follow me.

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What I’ve Been Up To (because I obviously have not been blogging)

Dyeing yarn…

 

Knitting bowls…

 

Felting bowls…

 

Also, sulking, reading blogs (but not commenting – sorry), and not drawing. Meh.

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This Blog Isn’t Dead…

It’s just stuck in a place that is neither humorous.

Nor inspired.

Nor relevant.

Nor the least bit entertaining.

So, sorry for that.

Also, the database got corrupted. So, everything disappeared for a while.

That sucked.

If anyone out there is still checking in here, the best I can offer you is this ($20 Monster and Dragon hats that I am clearing out of my Etsy shop).

And I guess that’s about it. See you on the other side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moose-norah & Christ-moose Tree

I am not a huge fan of holiday cards (for reasons that I won’t get into right now – although, I do have a GREAT story about Christmas cards/letters that we have been receiving from total strangers for the last 6 years. Maybe I’ll share it soon. It’s hilarious, I promise.). But all the other illustrators are doing it, so I did too. Because I’m a follower like that, ya know.

So, yeah, I designed one. I went so far as to almost order them. Then my efforts stalled.

Do I really want to spend the money on cards that I may or may not have the motivation to actually address and mail? My track record for making it to the post office in a timely manner is not so great (probably because the nearest post office is filled with surly aging postal workers and lunatics of varying degrees. That, and I’m lazy.)

I could always sell them in my Etsy shop. But, I’m going out of town in two days and my shop will be closed for over a week.

Hmm. I don’t know. This is what I get for bandwagon jumping.

Anyway, here’s the card…

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Daily Sketches : Dancing Polar Bear

It’s nearly 70 degrees here today, but I’m hanging out with polar bears anyway.

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There’s a Sale at Penney’s!

Okay, actually the sale is in my Etsy shop, but I couldn’t resist the Airplane! reference. Honestly, who can? That’s comedy gold right there!

Wait, what was I talking about?

Oh yeah, the sale in my Etsy shop. So, I’m having a sale and, unlike those major retailers, I did not subtly raise my prices over the past several months so that I could convince you that you’re getting a great deal when you’re really not. You also don’t have to stand in line with a bunch of surly, sleep-deprived people who may or may not sneeze on you and give you a cold. Any way you slice it, it’s a pretty sweet deal.

So, visit my shop and enter the coupon code GOBBLEWOBBLE to get 20% off your entire purchase. C’mon, you know you want to!

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Daily Sketches : Holiday Moose(s)

Thinking I may actually send out some holiday cards this year…eh, we’ll play it by ear.

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Whatcha Gonna Do With All That Junk?

So, as I so subtly hinted yesterday, I am getting rid of most of what is in my portfolio. If I’m ever going to get anywhere, I need to create an almost entirely new body of work and/or fix a lot of my existing work. That means I am left with a bunch of prints that I have no real use for.

Do you want them? Do you know someone who might? Make me an offer.

I accept many forms of payment – pocket lint (only the high-end stuff), chocolate, undue praise, wine (preferably the kind one wouldn’t drink out of a paper bag), magic beans, poultry and/or livestock (in accordance with local ordinances, of course), things you found on the subway, your art (because it has to be better than mine), or change you found in your couch cushions.

Here are the illustrations that I have prints of and their sizes:


Izzy the Dog Sings a Duet – 8×12″ print (this print is currently spoken for)


Izzy the Dog in the Rain – 8×12″ print


Izzy the Dog Picks a Flower
– 8×12″ print (this print is currently spoken for)


Sleeping Izzy the Dog – 8×12″ print

How to Fight an Evil Carrot – 6×8″ print

Bad Teeth – 6×8″ print (this print is currently spoken for)

Prints are available unless otherwise noted.

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Daily Sketches : Duck!

Just a little watercolor doodle I did for Sir.

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One Man’s Trash…

I’ve been dreading this.

Honestly, I don’t even know what to say about the whole portfolio review experience. The following anecdote probably sums it up pretty well.

When I got home from the conference on Sunday, my husband was helping me bring my things in from the car.

He: I wasn’t sure where you wanted your portfolio.
Me: In the trash.

Now that a few days have passed, I realize just how ridiculous that statement is. I mean, throwing out all that paper would be wasteful and environmentally irresponsible. I should probably just give it to one of my cat-owning friends to line their litter box with.

My portfolio review was with an AD from Abrams. Among his accomplishments are art directing the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and giving two workshops at the conference. He also finds bacon delicious.

Sorry, I felt the need for a non-sequitur there.

He was friendly. Seemed to like me. I mean, why wouldn’t he? Everyone loves a neurotic Jew. Well, except for maybe Mia Farrow. But, I digress.

From the beginning, I got the distinct feeling that he didn’t much care for my work. Not that I can blame him. I wasn’t happy with most of the pieces I included. But unexpected surgery (and a decided lack of talent) kind of put the kibosh on my plans to clean up my older work and create new, better work. So, he was mostly looking at (to put it nicely) junk.

Izzy the Dog did not go over well. He was lukewarm toward Everett the Owl. The only pieces he really seemed to care for were what he called the ‘funny stuff’. Also, known as the not-quite-kid-appropriate stuff and the there’s-really-no-use-for-this-other-than-to-put-it-on-my-blog stuff.  He also told me there’s no money in this business.

Sigh. The old ‘don’t quit your day job’ routine. Well, the joke’s on you, Mr. Art Director, I don’t have a day job!

There were a few positive nuggets amidst the rubble. He was impressed by my ability to give myself assignments…and complete them. He also said I had interesting stories (talk about a non-sequitur). And he complimented me on being able to (water)color inside the lines. Okay, even the positive stuff is starting to sound bad now, so I’m just going to stop.

Oddly, when it was all over, I didn’t feel so bad. I went to my next workshop, schmoozed with another artist, sat through the final keynote. All was right with the world. I left the conference, started driving toward home, let it all sink in, and…bawled like a baby.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

 

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Daily Sketches : Henry the Goose

So, I was sketching this goose and decided to make a quick color version for Sir (I like to give him little watercolor doodles – usually when I pick him up from school). He asked me what her name was. I told him that I didn’t know. He then told me that her name is Henry. Not exactly what I had in mind, but we’ll go with it.

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