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3/21/09 08:47 am - Nibblefest

One of the greatest bargains in the art world has to be the monthly Nibblefest contest on eBay. Each month, member artists produce works according to a preselected theme. All entries start at just .99! This month's theme is Asian inspired. It just opened last night, and there are already 53 entries. More can be added for shorter auctions but all must end on 3/27. Take a look at some of those fabulous entries!

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3/18/09 08:46 pm - How cool is this?

Thanks Torrie!


3/9/09 07:57 pm - EBSQ Live on very cool Papermaking!


1/31/09 11:10 am - Self-portrait still not done

This whole week I have been plagued with migraines and lots of back pain/nerve stuff. I have to try and finish this, as today is the lat day of the month.

I did make an appointment for acupuncture this afternoon which I think will help. There are only so many hours in the day, though.

1/28/09 07:55 pm

I haven't touched my self portrait today for various reasons, and of course I know hate it. I will be applying LARGE amounts of Titanium white....

1/27/09 09:39 pm - Self Portrait

I am working on a grayscale self portrait. I may post a work in progress tomorrow if you bug me.

1/21/09 07:13 pm - Nothing new this week, so I will start showing some older things

Life has a way of getting in the way of completing any art sometimes. Such is the case at the moment. Therefore, let's look at some ACEO's I did a few months ago, while I was apparently on a LJ hiatus...it must have been the aliens...anyway, here are a few:

1/18/09 08:29 am

It is snowing again today. This feels like storm 17,467 this year. The temperature has increased to 29F, though. I can't believe I am going to say this, but I would rather go back to -2 and no snow. It is so debilitating to me - mentally and physically. I don't know how I am going to make it through this winter with my sanity intact, let alone any more.

I managed to get some art done yesterday. I did a prisma pencil portrait of a friend of mine that is a server in my favorite local restaurant. I was letting my son play on his DS forever, and zone out (he needed a major league distraction anywhere but home). We cozied up by the fire, he with his video game and me with my paper and pencils. Considering that she could not hold still, of course, and could only come by a few times to "pose" it came out okay. She has a fabulous bone structure and a smile that can light up a room. Yes, I gave it to her, and no, I didn't get a photo of it. That's okay, it was a great exercise for me.
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1/17/09 01:37 pm - Mission Penninsula, MI

I figured I would show this piece finished. I actually finsihed it ages ago, but here it is. I am not happy with the photo, though. I took this outside a few months ago.

I also did these two watercolor notecards around the same time.

1/13/09 11:00 am - Renewed Resolve and Motivation

The past couple of years have been really challenging for me, and my art. Producing works consistently has been downright impossible. I have managed to complete a few things and have several works in progress. While I don't make New Year's resolutions per se, I do seem to have a renewed determination to find a better balance.

One of the things that I am doing is a lot of reading and researching on the "business" end of my art. I need to improve my presence, and my marketing. I need to stop letting that take a backseat to everything else. How can I ever expect myself to actually get out of the "red" if I don't?

I am also determined to complete a number of outstanding pieces that I have. I need to be more consistent with blogging, works in progress, and so on.

Recently, I have managed to get a number of monkeys off my back, including sending trades and such to fellow artists. (If you are still waiting for something I didn't forget, likely, but bug me). I am trying to keep my studio clean, and prevent it from becoming the dumping ground for the rest of the house. How can I work if I can't find my desk/tools/paint under stuff that belongs elsewhere?

This attitude is true for other areas of my life, as well. I am trying to be the best possible person I can be - wife, mother, daughter, sibling, friend and community member. They don't all fit into a given day, but I sure as hell try.

A quick sketch last night, very late, after a long, exhausting day and a few glasses of wine (and it shows, lol)....a peek at my "cocoon". However, I wanted to get something done for the EBSQ Drawing Challenge II (http://www.ebsqart.com/forum/m_228469/mpage_1/key_/tm.htm#228469), and I did. That was the goal and accomplishing it was important to me. I wish the piece was better, more elegant, etc, but so it goes. These challenges are for exercise, and that I did.

11/4/08 06:52 pm - Important enough to start posting randomly:

Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

7/13/08 09:03 pm - Life is insane...

But I need to move forward. Here is another work in progress. This is a watercolor, of a shot on the Mission Penninsula in Michigan's Upper Penninsula. I still have work to do on it in the water, the foliage and grass, as well as the rocks surroundings. As always, comments and critiques welcome.

I wil go back to the responses to David tomorrow. Thank you all so much for taking the time.

7/6/08 05:17 pm - New Art and Rambles

Goodness, 24 Weeks?? I won't even bother trying to explain all that has kept me away, so let's just jump right in, shall we?

Here is a piece that I am working on right now. I had sketched it out months ago for the EBSQ nude show, but then life got in the way, as it sometimes does. I just picked it up again recently. Obviously (I hope), it is after Michelangelo's David. My version is 21st Century David. I contemplated putting a cell phone in his hand, but decided the bold colors and acrylic medium spoke to the contemporary nature of it enough. Hard to say how "done" he is. Maybe 75-80%? Comments and critiques most welcome.

1/18/08 01:32 pm - Man, another month?

I can't believe how fast time goes. It has been a month since my last post. CRAZY!! I will continue to try to do better.

I got a set of prismacolor pencils for Christmas. I love how portable they are! I am always lamenting the lack of portability of art supplies (from my perspective - some has to do with ease of cleanup and so on). Now, I don't feel cheated.

Drawing has always been something I am comfortable with. Back in the day, if I had number 2 pencil and some paper, I was good to go. If I had a drawing pencil, an actual sketch pad, and an eraser, all the better. I had several sketchbooks that were filled over the years, from all different eras, all different subject matter. Unfortunately, My ex trashed them (when he needed some help). The one thing I really miss is a portrait of my cat Midnight. It came out really well, and I miss Middie so much.

Anyway, all this is a long way to say taht I rather miss drawing. Although the prismacolors are technically a new media, in a way they are not. I have used pencil, conte and pastel in the past. These are less forgiving (no erasing or paitning out like acrylic) but I am digging the richness of the colors, and all sorts of things. I have a colorless blending pencil that is critical IMHO.

I will post a practice piece as soon as I complete it. It is a still life. It has been a fun exercise.

I also want to get it done so I can start on my glass challenge for non-glassers at EBSQ! I was immediately inspired by the pieces I was allotted by Dawn Thompson, glass artist extraodinaire. Can't wait to start!

12/17/07 04:01 pm - I would lose my head if it wasn't attached, I swear.

It's a good thing I just reread my own LJ looking for something. I totally forgot that I have two pieces to enter into the EBSQ Better Late Than Never Show. (RIPS of Marc MacCallum and Beth Fiedel).

See the Show:

I am very happy to announce that I was awarded Memebers Mention for my entry in the EBSQ Novemeber Flower of the Month / Succulents show for my piece Echiveria:

See the Show:


Even though I am by no means ready for the Holidays, I couldn't pass up the chance to paint last night, and I created a piece for this month's Nibblefest on eBay. Nibblefest, or NFAC starts the 20th of the month, and ends on the 27th. While most people do 7 day auctions, occasionally people will do a 3 or 5 day, so check back. This months them is Nudes, and all entries start at 99 cents! Search on NFAC.

I do hope that the Holiday Season is peaceful and blessed for each of you.

12/3/07 01:17 pm - EBSQ Portrait Swap

Most of my art time this month has been occupied with meeting the deadline of the EBSQ Portrait Swap. I was fortunate to be paired with the lovely Tracey Allyn Greene. She was a true joy to paint.

The whole show is just fantastic, and well worth perusing. EBSQ truly has some innovative and talented artists, and I think this is one of the best swaps to date. This is also the first time that the Portrait Swap has been opened to voting.


I actually have some more tweaking to do, but here is the entry in the show.


11/10/07 06:57 pm - Monthly Ritual takes first prize in EBSQ Think Pink Show

I am honored and humbled to have been awarded the top prize for my entry Monthly Ritual in the EBSQ Think Pink Show, to benefit the Susan Komen Foundation.


Members Choice

Now I have to figure out the best way to sell this, as I want to donate 50% of the proceeds. I am also considering a scan for prints. Comments? Suggestions?

10/30/07 10:33 am - What I am keeping myself occupied with....

10/24/07 09:01 am - Oct 2007 NFAC/Nibblefest on eBay

Well, I am a bit tardy posting a reminder but there is still plenty of time to go to eBay and check out Nibblefest! This month's theme was Shadows. I didn't get a chance to participate this time, as I am getting ready for a local art sale, however, there are some great entries you should see. Remember that all Nibbles start at .99! Search on NFAC on eBay.

This is Kris Jean's FAB purse - check out the auction to see how beautifully the interior is finished!


Muriel Areno's paintings make you want to be there:


Noelle Hunt's fun & spooky portrait of one of her Blythe Dolls:


10/18/07 10:21 am - EBSQ Think Pink Show

EBSQ is holding a very special show this month. Please go check it out, and if you don't already have an account at EBSQ, please at least sign up for a free Patron Account. You can check out the show, and hopefully contribute to the EBSQ Team Goal.

See the Show:



You know you should.

Every woman should, right?

Sure, you did it a few times. Of course, your doctor does when you have a checkup. But nobody knows your breasts like you, or like you should. It only takes a few minutes, and it is easy. It could save your life.


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