Pulling out Hair…

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I’ve been keeping fairly busy doing design work for a client, and have been neglecting my blog.  I know, where are my priorities?  😛  Actually, what I’ve been doing has been really fun.  It’s almost been a new thing every day… and that’s really good because I think I was in a bit of a rut.  I was just thinking that I haven’t designed “one” greeting card this year.  Man, that’s so unlike me!

Speaking of “so unlike me”… last weekend (Feb 9th) I got my hair cut.  I look in the mirror and hardly recognize myself.  It seems that ever since I started getting my hair cut short… it’s been getting progressively shorter and shorter.  This time I think I got it cut TOO SHORT… yup… I think I look like a Vulcan… yeah… like Mr. Spock… all I need is the pointy ears. Well… the good thing about hair… is that it grows back… well… at least mine does.  😉

Zooooom week….

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Wow. I can’t believe it’s Wednesday! It’s been go, gO, GO! all week for me…
During the day, I’ve been designing stationery product for one of my clients which has been a lot of fun. Mainly, because it’s getting me out of my “greeting card rut” and making me think a little differently. I’ve been designing stuff that’s kinda “dimensional”. So far, I’ve designed 4 “Tower of Notes”… and designed my first “Note Cube” today. I’d really be interested in seeing these when they’re manufactured. Hopefully, I will get some sample product… that would be nice.

On Monday & Tuesday evening… I taught. On Monday, my usual “Children’s Picture Book Illustration” class… then on Tuesday, I taught “Watercolours” to my daughter’s Pathfinder group. I’m kinda happy that I’m staying in tonight, though we were originally planning to go to church. But, we got a heck of a lot of snow today… and the roads aren’t so nice… so it’s best just to stay home. Michael was really late getting home from work tonight because of the driving conditions.

Once again, the kids had a “Snow Day” because the buses didn’t run. They had 2 snow days last week. That was like a dream week for them! 🙂

Spring Inside…

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We had a big storm warning yesterday and a lot of the white stuff fell from the sky. I was out shoveling the driveway for a good hour… and by the looks of it… I need to do it again today. Sigh.

It does look really beautiful out there. Snow on the trees… really pretty.

I took some pictures this morning. Thought it was a nice juxtaposition. It’s the view from my living room window.. with my lovely pots of spring flowers on the inside and the winter wonderland outside.


Blustery Day…

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It’s been super cold and windy today. I have my desk set up in front of the window that faces the street. Today was garbage day… and I’ve been watching everyones blue recycle bins blowing down the street like tumbleweed all day. I have a feeling a large percentage of recycled material never made it onto the truck today… I had to run outside a couple of times to pick up stuff that dumped.

I just got in from walking the dog. The wind made it pretty difficult… but we managed to make it home okay without blowing away.

My son has invited a bunch of friends over for a LAN party tonight. They just finished up their exams and this is the way they are celebrating. They’ve set up all their computers in the livingroom. They’ve shut the big baby (my golden retriever) in his kennel, because he was being too exuberant. Now he’s making this pathetic whining noise… sounds like a beached whale. Between that and all the shooting… I have a feeling it’s gonna be a l-o-n-g n-i-g-h-t…..

Lookin' Good…

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Well, thanks to Michael for all his coding and tweaking… my blog looks even better than I had hoped today. 🙂 Thank you, thank you, thank YOU! I’m happy to finally have something that has a similar look and feel to my main website.

And now that I’m finally happy with my online presence… time to start sending out emails to art directors…

Interesting things come in mangled packages…

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I think I told you about this parcel that arrived on Monday. It looked like it’d been through a war… when it was only coming from one of my clients in Newfoundland. I was kinda amazed by the state of it… I’ve never had something from the post that had to be “bagged” with a notice on it. With the big hole in the side I wondered if some of it had fallen out, but I don’t think so. Surprisingly, everything looked intact.

What was inside….

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I’ve had the wonderful experience of watching my Amaryllis plant flower this week. These plants are such giants, and kinda remind me of the plant from “Little Shop of Horrors” when they’re still in the bud stage. Then they produce these big gorgeous flowers, kinda similar to lilies.

I’ve been taking pictures of it as it opened up over the week. Appreciating its beauty. I just took some of the pictures off the camera to show. I had to include the one with my dog’s nose in the picture.  It’s just like him to be in the middle of things….

Yesterday, I took it up to my studio and drew/painted a watercolour of it.

Website Uploaded…

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Uploaded the changes to my site today, so that you can see some new art.  If you have any suggestions to improve, I welcome it… just send me an e-mail.  I’m still working at designing this blog to match/compliment the site so please hold off critiquing it’s design until then.

I missed writing last night because I was teaching my first “Children’s Picture Book Illustration” class at the local Art Centre.  I’m really excited about teaching again.  I think it’s been about 3 yrs since I last taught.  I have a feeling that it’s gonna be a lot of fun.  I love sharing what I’ve learned with other people, especially when they’re as excited to learn as I am to share.  I was kinda shocked, but happy to have two men in my class.  In my previous classes, there were only women.  This group seems to want to learn more about the “illustration” side of things, which is exciting.  They want to explore the techniques of art making which should be alot of fun.

Also yesterday, I picked up a parcel at the post office.  I took pictures that I’ll post of it.  I’ve never seen a parcel in that bad of shape… it looked like it’d been through a war zone… but it was only coming from Newfoundland.  Though it looked in pretty bad shape, the contents weren’t damaged.  It was Valentine product of mine which has been printed, and is currently selling at “A Buck or Two” stores in my area.  I went there to take pictures of some of my designs a couple of weeks ago.  I will post those shots as well, soon.  It’s kinda nice to get to see my work in “print”.  Alot of the places that I work for don’t bother to send me samples, and I always forget to ask where I can find their product.

Art Happenings…

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Last night, I went to a local art event for the City of Cambridge. It was supposed to be a “brainstorming” session for art and culture in the community, a way for City Council to find out the needs of its artists, writers, musicians and performers. They had a suggestion box to submit ideas as well as a pad of paper to write down suggestions with the intention for others to add comments and expand upon. I’m not sure how successful it was in that respect, but I had a lovely time and met a few interesting people. It was a good time for all… there was free food, free spirits and a jazz quartet. They even had nice door prizes… lucky me… I won 2 bottles of wine! 🙂
One of my thoughts was that they needed a better way of promoting events. They really need something online where you can check out what’s happening in the community. I often miss events because they aren’t promoted well enough. I just happened to read about this one in the newspaper while having my dinner. I hadn’t planned on going & this was the first that I’d even heard of it. One thing that I thought about when I left, was that it would be nice if there was an event once a month or once every so often just for people to meet other artists, musicians, performers in the community and network. That’s kinda why I was there in the first place.

I was a real goof last night and stayed up waaaaaaaaaaay late 2:30 am (I think) working on my website.  I have a feeling that I’ll be uploading the changing sometime this week.  Though it was probably a crazy thing for me to do… I feel good about getting the tedious part of it done & out of the way.  Just minor tweaking left on it.  Now that I have an updated portfolio online… my next project will be promoting it.  Gonna design a new postcard mailer.

Sexy Jobs

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Hey… look here.  I’ve got a “sexy job” according to a recent survey.  On the “Top 10 Sexiest Jobs”… “Artist” was  listed as #7.

Who knew?  Well… guess, I’d better get back to my sexy job…