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Chronicles of an Eclectic Creative
20 November 2009 @ 01:37 pm
To celebrate the completion of the new studio space (which hasn't actually BEEN completed yet, but will be by January 1st) I've just jumped onto two 2010 group shows in Brooklyn:

The Fiction Project
This project is a sister project to The Sketchbook Project. The Fiction Project sets its sights on literature and creating a narrative book that fuses writing with art.Each book submitted will be exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Library in Red Hook.

The Self-Portrait Project
Be part of a massive exhibition of self portraits from artists all around the globe! Create an 8x10 inch drawing, photo, collage, or anything that represents you. Send it back to us and we will cover our gallery walls with all of the portraits. We're not sure what the actual record is, but we think it will be one of the largest portrait exhibitions ever! Submissions will also be included in a book to document this enormous effort.
Chronicles of an Eclectic Creative
18 November 2009 @ 09:59 am
I've been creating new things, mostly written work and videos lately, but the journal here was somehow pushed to the back burner. I'll pulling it back to the front and preparing to crank up the heat!

Over the past six months, the husband and I have been working on renovations to the house - including the installation of a dedicated studio. All of my printmaking gear will be easily accessible, the drawing station will be used solely for that, and there is even a place designated for sewing and textile work. We're nearing the point where the drawers and countertops are added and the end is finally in sight. (pics to come)

The point of this entry: expect more to come from this journal soon. I have added five gallery showings to my CV in 2009 and have MORE in the works for 2010!
Chronicles of an Eclectic Creative
04 June 2007 @ 05:39 pm
I haven't created jack in nearly a month. I've let everything else in my life sneak in and take over ALL of my time. The Farmers' Market kickoff is quickly approaching and I only have done about one tenth of what I need to do.

I'm exhausted but I am determined to get back to work.
Chronicles of an Eclectic Creative
16 May 2007 @ 06:18 pm
There hasn't been much time in my schedule for even the quickest of updates lately. Warm weather seems to bring about so many extra things that the family has to do - softball, Girl Scouts, clubs, whatever. Maybe it just seems like more in the Spring and Summer.

I got my first "commissioned" job. All digital and EASY. Another Entrepreneur Mom I know that makes some really awesome vintage-style stuff with retro fabrics and oilcloth hired me to knock her socks off with a new logo and the layout/design of her line sheets. Her business is really picking up and she's been approached by some BIG retailers that want her stuff but she has no marketing materials to give them. Leave it to me. Oh, and she's paying me with merchandise and I'm TOTALLY okay with that. I'll be handing her the logo samples tomorrow.

I've been doing some linoleum cuts lately and have (so far) done two short print runs. Part of one is going in as another contest entry and the rest will be matted and framed (evilegg, I could use some advice on this - or hire you if you're willing to ship) to sell at the Farmers' Market this summer. Speaking of the Market, I've been scoping it out every day they're open and have yet to see anyone else with original 2-D artwork. There were a couple of potters and a woodcarver, but that's it. That bodes well for me.

I have a juried show that I'm about to submit entries for that I'm pretty excited about. The deadline is looming (05/31) and I'm supposed to be getting some kid-free time tonight to work on that. Cross your fingers for me!
Chronicles of an Eclectic Creative
That would be me. I think that the competitive aspect of the project motivates me just enough to keep me from giving up.

This contest is for CD cover designs. They give random imaginary album names and song lists for the mock-ups and basically you have freedom to do whatever. I LOVE my imaginary album - I don't think I could have asked for anything better. Did I mention that the prizes are $1500, $1000, and $500? Damn right I'm gonna get my hopes up.

Here's my submission (click for a bigger view):

Chronicles of an Eclectic Creative
01 May 2007 @ 07:26 am
I have a stack of shiny new addressed and stamped postcards waiting for the mail.

I also have an envelope, cover letter, and entry form all prepared for the exhibit submission I'm sending. To go with that, I also have a nice and short edition of 15 prints to include as my entry. The prints dried overnight and are just waiting to be signed and numbered. This is also probably the only self-portrait I've ever done, or at least it is the only one I can remember. They were a pretty good hunk of work but fun to make and well worth the effort.

Paint has been hitting the canvas. Slowly, but surely. I'll have another abandoned painting done by the end of the week if all goes well.

Where are all of the drawings I "should" be doing? Well, they've been bumped down the list of priorities while I take care of backlogged projects, the occasional seduction of some new medium, or the tending of those new sparks of ideas that pop into my head and just burn bigger and brighter until I take action on them - like last night's prints. The drawings will get done eventually. Maybe I'll knock though this block and pull some great ideas from the back of my brain, who knows?
Chronicles of an Eclectic Creative
30 April 2007 @ 02:16 pm
Well, I was right. I'm extending Week 9 another week. This is a tough one, all right. I can't shake the thoughts like "You shouldn't be sitting here reading email, you should be drawing/painting/sewing! Don't be so lazy about it." I'm not lazy, I'm getting through a block.

The weekend was dry artistically except for a handful of photographs and some "playing" with watercolor and pencil I did on Sunday.

My email this morning greeted me with an invitation to enter a print exhibition starting in Seattle that will travel and be shown at five or six different locations before it is retired. I've done tons of printing over the years and am actually quite interested in and excited about this show. I've never entered MYSELF in any kind of show - juried or non - someone else has always done it behind my back. Nice, huh? Now I get to take a big first step without ever having made a plan for this kind of thing. Seat of my pants, that's how I roll.

I've actually got a piece of work in my head for this show that I'm hoping to get to tonight. It will be a two-process print: wood block followed by screen printing. I'll be sure to post a pic as soon as there is one!
Chronicles of an Eclectic Creative
27 April 2007 @ 08:24 am
I'm stuck on these mock-ups that I need to send back to the Interested Publisher. I don't have anything together yet. I feel like I need a nice, big chunk of time to work on them (which is hard to come by) because of their level of importance. I could be making excuses because I'm blocked and the ideas are drying up. IF I can manage to get the kids to nap today, my plan is to just start some random doodling - you know, the kind that happens when you're on the phone - and just see what happens. I'm hoping to have one image spark an idea for another and so on.

I forgot to mention that I finally ordered the postcards for the second mailing on Tuesday. They have already en route to me (speedy!) and will definitely hit the mail before the May 14th postage rate increase. I just HAVE to use all of the 23-cent stamps I have sitting around. Hey, whatever motivates you, right?
Chronicles of an Eclectic Creative
26 April 2007 @ 06:48 pm
I was up again this morning at the crack of dark to "sneak off" to the attic/studio. That's really saying something as I'm about as far from a morning person as you can get. I think that it has been helping me to get my brain in the right gear to get through the rest of my day without going completely nuts.

It seems the Crazymakers in my life are at it again. Some people really need to open their eyes and see that all of the negativity that they muddle through every day is INVITED NEGATIVITY. My mother is at the top of this list and is always using her favorite passive-aggressive techniques to fish for sympathy and to get me to volunteer to solve her problems for her. Sorry. Until you decide that YOU are going to change YOUR OWN LIFE, don't expect things to start looking up.

I've been doing some online "socializing" at a great bulletin board for artists. It is very motivating to hear about what others are working on and to see how supportive they are of each other. I feel like this group (of THOUSANDS!) is a very healthy place for me to be at this point in my recovery process.
Chronicles of an Eclectic Creative
25 April 2007 @ 11:15 pm
I think my fountain of imagination is running low. Either that or I'm just not willing to make the effort to come up with something fresh out of my head. I HAVE been working, though, and even got up at the crack of dark this morning to get a jump on a new project. I also made some progress on another of the abandoned paintings that was no more than a primed canvas with a chalk sketch on it. It now has paint. Three colors, even.

A sketch I did this morning of an American Goldfinch (from a photograph):