Monday, April 30, 2007

Boss of the Studio

Not too long ago TomTom climbed up the back of the etagere in my studio, knocked everything off of the top shelf, and claimed it as his own. I haven't been able to keep anything up there since.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

May/June Somerset Studio

Wow -- I got my May/June issue of Somerset Studio last week and discovered that I have not two but FOUR pieces in the Blue Issue! They published everything I sent them!

I didn't think they had accepted Blue Nude or Big Boy Blue, but it turns out they just didn't need artist statements for either of those, so that communication got lost.

The pieces are on pages 98, 99, and 108. "Close-ups" of the Blue Graces will apparently be posted on the Stampington Website as well.

Sunken Gardens, Accent Walls, and Time To Myself

I'm not normally a "nature photography" kind of person, but I thought darker color was unusual, and especially since they were about the only thing blooming yesterday in the Sunken Gardens in Lincoln.

I've always wanted to start a photo-log of the Sunken Gardens near my home -- pick a vantage point and shoot a photo from it once a week or thereabouts. This pic was taken yesterday (4/23), and virtually nothing is up and blooming right now except the tulips I photographed (above).

There were some people there cleaning the Koi pond, otherwise there weren't really any people there either.

Yesterday I took the day off from work to have a day at home alone, the first in a long time. I worked on an article for the local paper, did some paint-by-numbers (a wonderful meditation tool if you haven't tried it...), and walked down to the gardens.

I think I walked down to the gardens all of ONCE last year, because of a bit of an emotional block that I won't go into. Nice to be over that.

I'm working on an article for the local paper about "accent walls." Anything to do with decorating is interesting to me, I'm just having a hard time coming up with a good lead for the story. Interviewed a couple of designers, visited a show room, have done extensive research on the Web, even chronicled my own Accent Wall Disaster Room (I'm a renter and I didn't do it....).

OK, just a brief aside. My landlady grew up in the house I rent. At some point her father added a mud room (back porch) to the back of the house that essentially covered up two windows from the dining room. This is how they handled the windows: they boarded them up with plywood, and on the dining room side painted the plywood white and stuck black mirror tiles on it. This wall, of course, has sentimental value (as I'm sure my mother's work would be in her house...) and I can't change it.

OMG it's like living with a black hole in my space. I finally (after almost seven years) made something to cover the tiles up -- I slapped some gesso on some red rosin paper and did this sort of yellowy blue abstract grid thing with monoprinting using bubble wrap. I know it sounds awful but let me tell you it's better than the black mirror tiles. Anyway, that's an accent wall disaster story, at least I didn't try to faux finish it (which apparently is the most common DIY tragedy concerning accent walls).

The thing about accent walls is that just about anything goes these days. The most interesting accent wall technique/material I've come across is something called the "PlantWall" by a company named "Green Fortune." Check it out -- add a fountain and some wildlife and you could turn your living space into a little biosphere...

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

29 Random Things About Myself

See Chrysti's Blog entry for Wednesday, April 4th.

1. I learned to drive in a 1963 VW beetle (aqua).
2. I collect vintage sewing notions.
3. I too am allergic to my cats and won't get rid of them.
4. I don't have a favorite color, I love them all. Except orange.
5. My first TV crush was "Jack" on Daktari.
6. My first record album was Glen Campbell's "The Glen Campbell Album," a gift for my 10th birthday.
7. My favorite drink was a brandy godfather.
8. I come from the same hometown as SPAM (Austin Minnesota).
9. I haven't lived alone since 1981.
10. I still have my baby blanket.
11. I am allergic to peas, chick peas, lentils and lima beans.
12. My favorite TV show is Project Runway.
13. I can't stand listening to noisy eaters or gum chompers.
14. I can't decide whether I want to be a bird-lady or a cat-lady, so I am both.
15. I named my daughter so that her initials spell ART.
16. I was in a sorority for not-very-long.
17. I used to play the oboe.
18. I am the oldest of four children.
19. I am an Aries with Sagitarius rising and Capricorn moon.
20. I worked in restaurants for fifteen years.
21. I was a dot com casualty.
22. I am a published poet and artist.
23. I watch way too much HGTV.
24. I am addicted to French Silk pie.
25. I was a medical secretary for five years.
26. I've lived in Minnesota, Maryland, and Nebraska.
27. I wish I still owned my 1965 VW Camper Bus with a split windshield and a pop-top(it was DECORATED inside...).
28. I didn't see the ocean until I was 28 years old.
29. I tat.