Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Not all sketchbook pages are going to grace the blog. However, I WILL post all of them on my Facebook Fan Page. I hope that you will "Like" me so that you can see them. And who knows. . . you just might find yourself in there!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Stay tuned to see how it unfolds. . . I'd like to know that myself!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Here are some of my watercolor sketches from the day, in order completed:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
I can't even express how wonderful it was to finally meet a friend that I have been conversing with and really getting to know these past few years. We have laughed together, cried, sent packages, cheered each other on and celebrated each others' successes. It's really amazing how people all over the world can connect with like-minded others and develop meaningful friendships over the internet. She is one of those special ladies that I really admire, and have gotten to know. Deborah, it was so nice to meet you finally!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
After what seems like a long absence from my last post, I decided to take on a big project to make up for it. Yes that's right, I signed up for the 2011 Sketchbook Project and got my sketchbook in the mail today. Excited!!! All boxes have been unpacked, furniture has been re-arranged a billion times in the new house and now I am ready to get back into my creative routine.
So what is this Sketchbook Project you ask? It is described to be like a concert tour but with sketchbooks. My little sketchbook along with thousands of others, will make it's way around the country for all to see. It will have a barcode on the back so I can track how many times it has been viewed. After the tour, it will arrive to it's permanent home at the Brooklyn Art Library in NY. Which makes me happy, because I have a good friend in Brooklyn who can check it out whenever the mood strikes. Keep an eye on her for me Bridgette!
Each sketchbook has a theme, and I chose "Adhere to Me". I'm not quite sure exactly how I will execute the theme, but you can count on things being adhered with adhesives. Maybe a cut and paste is in order of all of my archived sketch books throughout the years. Maybe some collages. Maybe a little of both. Will it tell a story? I don't know. We shall see how it evolves!
Monday, August 16, 2010
It's been a while, but I'm back! Life is sort of chaotic right now, as we are trying to get our new house set up in time for house visitors and still going out and enjoying the sights of Arizona. We had some friends visit from back home in Maryland, and stayed with their Mom at her house in Sedona. It was my first time there and I absolutely fell in love with it. Sedona is only about two and a half hours from where we live. A little less then a trip to Ocean City for my friends and family back East. I would trade Sedona for a weekend getaway any day for Ocean City!!!
Just look at these pictures:
Next week we will be going to Vegas, which we have been to twice. My husband and I got married in Vegas almost 10 years ago. We thought it fitting to drive there and make a vacation of it with friends and family flying in for a 10 year vow renewal ceremony. Same place, same day! Not much art creating lately, but certainly lots of excitement.
I'll be back creating soon, don't worry!
Monday, June 28, 2010
The inspiration for this piece is this past weekend's full moon I was admiring, and the stately little quails I often see on evening walks. The scenery and the wildlife is very different around here, and so inspiring!
Monday, June 21, 2010
We settle July 19th. So in the meantime, I'll be doing lots of sketches of yard concepts. I'm thinking desert in the front, maybe a few Palms off to the sides and in the back. The back especially needs work. We got an incredible big lot full of rocks, and I'd love to make it nice and lush. Any suggestions or recommended landscapers in the Chandler area from my fellow AZ friends would be greatly appreciated! Wow. This is exciting and intimidating taking on this big project. I'm so glad we finally found our house!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Just the other day my Mother-in-Law told me that she misses my Cactus Monday posts. I missed two of them simply because I forgot! I have been so pre-occupied with life events and getting settled, that I completely just forgot until Monday had come and gone. Yikes!!!
Between house hunting and planning our 10 year anniversary vow renewal trip back to Vegas where my husband and I were married, my mind has been somewhere else! Well, a fresh start is what I wanted, and that's exactly what I got. Renewing our wedding vows just seems fitting at this moment, and the 10 year anniversary date just convienently happens to be coming up. I feel like as soon as we find our house, we can truly settle in. . . our new life here in Arizona. I'm looking forward to that.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
And of course I knew right away who the sender was, my sweet Aunt Diane. She has been sending me out of the blue cards like this my whole life. She's a special lady I tell ya, and I bet I wouldn't even be interested in art if it wasn't for her. She was the one who fostered the budding artist in me from the very beginning, with many museum trips and art starter kits. She would gather all the newspaper clippings she could find about art, and send them to me in the mail. And she still hangs all of my artwork from various stages of my life, all over her house. I could go on and on about all the wonderful things she's done for me, and how incredibly kind she is!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Do you ever do that? Ignore the rules and try to make your idea happen anyway, and use whatever you have on hand to make it work? Well, I feel much more satisfied that I tried, I'll tell you that!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
So yeah, they say that the early bird gets the worm. I am surprised of just how many early birds live in Phoenix and squawk and sing and chirp and coo very early before the sun rises outside my bedroom window. Thanks early birds for waking me up hours before my alarm clock goes off! I work from home now and I like to sleep in, you know. Your songs are pretty and very different from the birds back home in Baltimore, but that is just too freakin' early guys.
The birds they sing at break of day, "Start again!" I hear them say. -Leonard Cohen
So I guess I need to become an early bird too. Are you an early bird? I've always been more of a nocturnal creature myself.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Above is a picture of my husband poking at this little Cholla with a stick, testing the theory that it jumps. It didn't. And of course he thinks I'm crazy because I swear a spider jumped on me once years ago as well as this particular type of cacti, most recently. We have a long running joke that just got a little funnier of awkward things jumping on me, that aren't supposed to jump in his opinion.
But as my fellow cactuteers know, Chollas DO in fact jump, (so do spiders!) and latch their little segments onto you, through your clothes and into their host's skin. OUCH!!! Just think of it like the force of a magnet near metal, once you slightly brush their little spines. Slick little devils.
I took this photo at the Desert Botanical Garden just yesterday, as well as many others. There are so many beautiful pictures I have taken from yesterday, that I have to pace myself and post just a few at a time! This botanical garden has it all. From abundant wildlife, gorgeous blooms, rolling scenic landscapes, mountains and all species of cacti. Beautiful sculptures can bee seen throughout, and a Chihuly glass installation greets you as you enter the garden. Did I ever mention that Chihuly is the sole inspiration of my glass blowing hobby?!!! Just 15 minutes from my house, I got a yearly membership. I plan on doing lots of reflecting there as well as photo shoots, plein air painting and sketching. If you can't find me, that's where I'll be! In cactus heaven.
Update: I will be at the garden this Saturday at 8am joining a sketchcrawl. And if any near-by fellow Cactuteers would like to participate, that would be sweet! I've got one free guest pass just for you.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
I'm sitting here in our new empty house, borrowing my husband's sprint card to post my first Cactus Monday post as an Arizona resident! It's been a hectic couple of weeks, and we are still waiting for our stuff to arrive. I can't wait to get settled to get back into art again. I joined a local sketch group, so more than likely you all will be seeing some cacti inspired sketches for upcoming Cactus Monday posts. Can't wait!
In the middle of this moving mess I had a birthday, and my husband bought me an amazing digital SLR camera. So we quick ran out to South Mountain Park, which is a bike ride distance from the house and took some pics with it. I can't wait to figure out this camera and use it to it's fullest potential and get come cool new lenses. I'm really loving where we are living. We are at the base of the Mountains on a golf course community. You can see golf carts zipping through the cul-de-sac and an occasional beer cart. I haven't even ventured out yet to see much of the neighborhood and golf course, but I already love it!
Below are some pics I took with my new camera. Enjoy!
Monday, April 5, 2010
So what is Tilt Shift photography? "Tilt-Shift miniature faking is a creative technique whereby a photograph of a life-size location or object is manipulated to give an optical illusion of a photograph of a miniature scale model."
I have been wanting to try this for a while, and this is my first attempt. It's sorta there, but I think it can be better achieved. I just googled "how to do Tilt Shift photography" and went all Photoshop ninja on this image! In addition to the instructions I found, I dodged and burned, blurred and sharpened, adjusted hues and saturation, variations, levels and curves. It was fun, and I'm looking forward to doing more!
Happy Cactus Monday fellow cactuteers!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
In celebrating the upcoming Earth Day and the fact that I get to keep my job with CBS Radio Baltimore when I move, I'm posting the cover I illustrated for their annual Eye on Green publication. Yay work!!! Work is always good. In fact, I'm going to see what else I can get into when I get settled in Phoenix. We move April 21st!
But back on the topic of being green, my husband and I are big advocates. We started out small, but it's kinda grown on us throughout the years. We have managed to upgrade mostly all of our appliances to new energy star models. Compact Fluorescent light bulbs are in every room in the house. We recycle everything from all recyclable trash items & car fluids (oil, brake & transmission fluids) to old electronics, batteries and donating our old stuff to goodwill. We even have a built-in water filtration system that was easy to install, and carry reusable aluminum water bottles around. And the reusable grocery totes. . . I don't do that yet, but it's next on the list. Wow. . . it sounds like we do a lot, but it really doesn't feel like it! It's easy once you get into the habit.
Monday, March 8, 2010
This concept made me think of two things.
1. I'll just use my existing art and create a cactus van!
2. Wouldn't it be super cool to have my little Rav 4 wrapped in my very own design with illustrations?!!!
How cool would that be? Of course, you would be able to spot me miles away in every direction, and that could be good and bad. I would have to be less of a lead foot driving around with a shameless self promotion vehicle to avoid getting mean emails since it will be plastered on it. Unfortunately, I always seem to be in a big hurry kinda like I am today! Also, I wonder how a vinyl car wrap would withstand a blistering Arizona summer. Just some random thoughts!