Friday, October 31, 2008

Why didn't I know?!

Alphonse Mucha. He is amazing. I guess this shows my lack of research into art/artists I didn't study in art history classes.

Wow, too many beautiful paintings to choose from. I love the outlines on everything, which I have always loved doing in my art (even if my professors disagreed). I think I'll be inspired by him whether I like it or not.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Today I had a rather awful day. I have that special emotional time of the month to thank for that. But it was exceptionally ridiculous this time. I cried about being one of thousands on Etsy trying to carve out a niche. I cried when I thought of McCain being president. I mean, it's a terrifying thought, but I wouldn't say really cry-worthy.

So, in the midst of this blue day I painted a picture. The result is something I would find especially interesting if I had pursued a career in art therapy as once planned. It's still rather interesting...Almost scary how happy it is.

It's good ol' Bigfoot again. This time showing his love for the woodland creatures. I must admit, he makes me quite happy.

Monday, October 13, 2008

I am


I've discounted all my barrettes on Etsy! I need to save up so I can substitute teach. So, I basically have to make money to make money. All well.

Here are a few of the pretties...

Friday, October 10, 2008


I finally had a breakthrough with my car driving anxiety. I am always on edge when there are other drivers on the road, mostly when they're behind me. I pretty much always go the speed limit, maybe 5 above at times, and I coast whenever I can. The reason I drive this way is pretty much all about the money (and, well, obviously safety). I don't want to get a ticket and I want to economize on gas whenever I can. Anyways, the anxiety comes from people tailgating me, always wanting to go faster than me, me feeling bad when I pull out in front of someone who wants to go faster. I get way too upset when these things happen.

So, the breakthrough was this: you don't own the freakin' road. Simple I know, but everyone should have this outlook when they're controlling a multi-ton hunk of metal on narrow, windy, deer strewn road-ways. And I don't even want to think about highways right now. That's a whole other pop-a-blood-vessel situation. What makes these speedsters think they have the right to get irate and give dirty looks when they're the ones breaking the speed limit and endangering lives?

I can understand speeding if you're late getting to wherever you're going, but really, what's with the big rush? We all need to learn how to s l o w d o w n . I went on a very enjoyable, beautiful walk yesterday down a dirt road in the country. I made it a point to walk slowly, and it was wonderful. I noticed so much more and actually had the time to enjoy and contemplate my surroundings.

I suppose I'm just not for the fast-paced. I'm for observing and fully taking in your surroundings. This probably explains why I'm so patient. Espcially when working on the same art project for hours and hours. See, my art tied into this whole thing.

Oh, and here are a few pictures I took today while ambling along:

I just can't get the camera to capture the colors correctly. I am a very amateur photographer, heh.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Pick Me!

(That's my attempt at a clever title)

Okaaaay...guitar pick time! I've made a few earrings, but nothing I'm too happy about. I know how much guitar pick jewelry is out there, so I'm really trying to come up with new, creative ways to present it. That's why I haven't even taken any pictures of the earrings yet...too boring. Here's the necklace I made that I hope is fairly original:

Pretty much everything on it is made from guitar related things. The "chain" is made from an old guitar string. I had to use an earring hook for part of the clasp in the back, but the end of the string has a metal loop on it that's perfect to be, uh clasped onto. The pick flower is attached to the string by more string. It's such a happy piece :)

And here's my cat grinning

Sunday, October 5, 2008


I think I'm starting to do what you're not supposed to do on Etsy...which is sell different types of art in the same store. So far I just have watercolors/mixed media and felt barrettes. I would like to add guitar pick jewelry and photo prints. But I figure I don't have a "reputation" to uphold right now, seeing as though I've only made 11 sales. I don't mind shops having different types of art for sale, as long as they have sections that make everything easy to find. All well, it's keeping me creatively busy at any rate.

Here are a few of the photo prints I might try and sell. I am by no means a professional photographer, but I do think a few of the pictures I have taken are alright, especially when they're spruced up in Photoshop.

Any opinions/advice???