Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Homesick for green, for crisp air, for family, for Oregon...sigh.

Illustration Friday- Trick or Treat

I am not much of a Halloween person but here is another one of my handmade, hand painted, mixed media ladies just in time for Halloween!

A Little Place Called Home

What a week it has been! Pre San Diego fires my brother and I had a weekend trip planned to go back home for a visit to the Oregon Coast and thank goodness for this. Being cooped up inside, watching over students, watching the news and having anxiety about everything meant it was a perfect time to escape. The weekend was full of fresh air, sunrise beach walks and lots of just sitting around chatting about life. Now I am back and a bit fuzzy and for reason having a tough time typing...So I will just leave you with some pitures from the weekend!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Mother Nature

Oh my goodness!! Just when you think life has calmed down and things are under control...mother nature throws something your way! The last few days we have been trapped inside our our apartment (which is a residence hall!) and been on call for a floor full of students! San Diego is on fire and it seems that we are surrounded by fire and this morning I freaked and had a bit of an anxiety attack- with windows closed, students to be responsible for and looming evacuations, I freaked! But tonight things are looking a little better!! More info to come!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Artistic Journey

Oh my goodness what a week it has been- my blogging has gotten lost in the mix of everything else I have been doing but happy to say I have been able to fit in some time to relax and just hang out which is a necessity for me since these days it seems I have problems sitting still! I sent off the last of the writing for my book and boy was that a relief. Now it is back to painting and filling orders and starting to get back into teaching and YES… taking on more projects! I cannot help but reflect on things right now and honestly, I try not to analyze too much these days, often it holds me back and keeps me from enjoying the ebb and flow of life (in fact I am currently working on just being present in the moment and enjoying life as it comes at me). But it is hard not to think about my creative journey lately- the last eight months have been such a crazy experience. It all hit me this week when I saw that Canvas Remix made it to Amazon for pre-order- it was so lovely to see something tangible to represent this whole process. I have been chasing the dream of being an artist for the last 15 years and am still paying off my college education in painting!!! I have taken crappy jobs in order to work as painter on the side, I have thrown myself into the gallery world and often felt out of place and not happy, I have put so much of my energy obsessing over how I could just be an artist and support myself. Being a creative soul can sometimes be very tasking- there have been times when I look at friends who are happy working their jobs and just living day to day and wonder- why can’t I be like that? My life has forever been haunted by this desire to paint, to make things and to pursue an alternative lifestyle. But I think the last few years I have finally come to terms with the fact the being an artist is who I am, it flows through my veins and whether I am painting something alone in my studio that no one will ever see or if I am painting for a gallery show or if I am painting projects for a book- it doesn’t matter- it is all about being the person I was created to be and that is an artist- even if I still have to work a day job just a little longer…ugghhh!!

In honor of my own artistic journey and since I forgot to write my "Tuesday Blog Love" entry this week- I have included some more favorite links to blogs that I read every day (to keep myself entertained and inspired at work of course!) and they are all people who I consider to also be on their own creative journeys and it is so nice to know that we are not alone when it comes to finding ourselves and our places as artists!!!!

Kelly Rae Roberts
I discovered Kelly Rae through the book process- it seems I keep stumbling upon all sorts of amazing and creative people through other people online and Kelly is one of them- Kelly is also writing a book with North Light which will be released a little after my own and some day I hope our paths cross in person because her blog has been such a COMFORT to read. Finding yourself as an artist can be an emotional journey full of so many ups and downs but overall so fulfilling- Her blog and her lovely art fully captures this journey and what it feels like to discover your creative voice.

Deanna Wood
I love this blog!!!! Deanna not only depicts what it is like to be a working artist but she gives all sorts of really practical advice and feedback about everything from packing and shipping artwork to writing proposals- all very valid things to consider when trying to find your way as a working artist!!

Suzanne Clements
Oh my goodness, Suzanne Clements has guts to keep a blog documenting all of her rejection letters!! Such a genuine glimpse into the challenge of being an artist and trying to find where you and your art fits!! Reading her blog truly reminds me that we may have different artistic styles but the roller coaster ride that goes with living a creative life is the same!!

Misty Mawn
I found Misty after she left a comment on one of my Illustration Friday entries a while back and I have been a fan of her blog ever since! Misty is another person who seems to be seeking a life the fulfills that creative ache and her blog beautifully embodies her experiences and her passage into the life of an artist. Another inspiring daily read!

Diana Fayt
Diana Fayt's blog is close to my heart because I have parents who are potters (unknown fact about me!) and have supported, raised a family and continue to be successful with clay!! Not only do I love Diana's lovely botanical sketches on clay (probably because I also love to use botanical images in my paintings) but I also love reading about her journey as a full time potter!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Illustration Friday- Grow

For this week's illustration friday I have submitted one of my mixed media ladies created from canvas, paint, fabric, and all sorts of found objects- she even has branches growing out of her head!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

My Book!

Yipeeeeeeeee...my book is on amazon for pre-order and my heart is racing -I am nervous and excited all at once!! More info to come!!!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Mission Accomplished

So we took a little trip to Catalina this weekend it was nice but it wasn't as fun as we expected. My hubby and I are agro travelers- We have explored all of San Francisco (on foot), found all the nooks and crannies of Mexico City (on foot), hiked, snowboared and ate out way through the Canadian Rockies. Everywhere we go, we show up to a place and conquer it! But we conquered Catalina in about 1 hour and then were left feeling...what next?? The only thing left to do was actually park ourselves at a coffee shop and read, people watch and RELAX! This was actually the most still I have been in a long time and if it took a boat trip to an island with nothing to do to get me to relax- mission was accomplished!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Yipeeee...I'm Done!

I am done with the writing for my book- Canvas Remix and I am happy! Now I can put an end to blogging about my complaints, stress and process. It is strange because when I look at the amount of words- they seems so small compared to the time and thought that went into them! Anyway, now I get to celebrate with my hubby and a little trip to Catalina this weekend- there is nothing like heading 20 some miles out into the ocean to make a person feel renewed! More to come later in the weekend!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

No Time to Blog

No time to blog- just a little preview of my life the last few days :)

Friday, October 05, 2007


So it seems that life is just full of distractions- I have been distracted a bit because a few days ago we bought a new tv and it is big! This purchase then snowballed into moving our house around to accommodate it and if anyone knows me well, they will know that I LOVE MOVING FURNITURE AROUND. Strangely it brings me peace and clarity and always has- I know crazy. Anyway, luckily I have made great strides this week in almost finishing the writing for my book- I am so close- so spending the last couple of evenings revamping our house did not do too much damage to the tasks that I have a at hand!!! Now I just have to fight the urge to watch tv all the time on this new fabulous tv!!!!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Tuesday Blog Love

To recap- Tuesday is now all about me paying tribute to my favorite blogs and online inspiration and today’s blog love is dedicated to all those design blogs out there- so much of my inspiration not only comes from other crafters and artists but also comes from all sorts of designers that range from fashion (oh how I love fashion!) to interior, to graphic design- In order to keep my own work current it is important to keep on top of all the design trends, colors and styles…..There are a ton of fabulous design blogs out there but these are just a few of my favorites!

Décor 8
In my opinion Décor 8 is an essential daily read if you are interested in design- Holly Becker has amazing eye for trends, design and everything from furniture to art to jewelry- I HEART this blog!

Athena Says
Another lovely blog dedicated all things design. Not only does Jenifer Altman have that eye for design but she also has fabulous taste AND she designs the most beautiful note cards EVER. I am so inspired by everything on her site!

Creature Comforts
Ooooohhh this site just makes me want to shop, redecorate and shop some more! Heather Pudewa finds the most unique things to showcase in her blog and highlights a variety of artists and craftspeople- I can literally spend hours reading it- such beautiful little blog!!

Oh Joy
From fashion to home décor to fine art- Oh Joy is simply that- a joyful blog to peruse. Joy Deangdeelert Cho is a genius designer who has worked with all sorts of clients and has some seriously good taste!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Before and After

So here I am before working 2 jobs plus working as a freelance artist and writing a book- so fresh and happy.....
And here I am now...working 3 jobs (1 of which is now includes making it as making it as a freelance artist which is actually taking up more time than my two jobs!) AND writing a book. My wonderful husband snapped this shot of me this weekend while I was typing, trying to work on the book...

But in defense of my crazy hair (which I am trying to grow out) and my dark circles and what I think is my tongue sticking out the side of my mouth- I was working my bum off this weekend on making purses galore-

putting up with my brother and my hubby moving the furniture and playing Halo 3 for hours at a time-

and of course trying to finish my writing...maybe after Oct 12th- my deadline- I can go back to looking like my before pic!


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