Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Does this help?

It's working for me!


I bet this doesn't help.


Is this easier?

Oh Where Oh Where Did I Go?

Yes, it's the busiest time of the year and I go off for a bit of a break...! No better time than the present, right?

So just for a little holiday fun I thought I'd post a few pictures, today through thursday, and see if you guys can figure out where I am. (maybe a clue or two also!) Leave me a comment here and on Friday I post a winner. If more than one player guesses correctly I'll put everyone's name in a hat and draw. The winner can choose a piece of jewelry from my collection and I'll mail it out next week.
Here's the first teaser pic...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Reviewing or AEDM #14

Today was another day of running around and my poor studio chair is gathering dust. I drove to San Diego today and tried to re-do my display at Art N Soul on 101.You know how if you stare at something long enough you don't really see it anymore? Well, that's how i felt about the display. So if it weren't for the help of Miss Paige and Cindy, the owners of the shop, I'm not sure it would have changed much. Thanks gals!!
My new display!
It looks much better! If you are in the area go check them out! The shop is full of fabulous art that could help with your Christmas list!

Other than display review I've been doing alot of thinking about designs and what to do next. Sometimes the best way to figure out how to move forward is to look back.
These were frogs I made back in 2009. Very fun brass stampings that say "rib bit!"
Also in 2009 I made a limited edition of 25 "Re-Affirmation Fairies"

Each one was hand stamped or drawn, cut out by hand, individually colored, and had something positive written on the back. They were great fun and sold out over the period of about six months or as fast as I could get them made.

I also made a bunch of these sort of paper doll like pins. Each one was named and I wrote a short story about their lives and likes.

 Later that year I started doing various caricatures of famous faces.
Some word jewelry.
And for Christmas that year I did a bunch of crowned faces.
Early 2010 I discovered these. I LOVE these!
I also got hooked on these Mother and child images as well as...
 the Virgin de Guadalupe.
Since then I've made rings and experimented in lots of resin.
Turned my doodling into wearable art.
Made LOTS of fairytale stuff.
My first time at Glitterfest!
And I've set up many displays.
But I am still pondering the next thing...the next design...the next creative piece of the puzzle.

Stay tuned...I"ll figure it out! (at some point!)

Until next time,

P.S. Check out the others involved in the Art Everyday Challenge!

Friday, November 11, 2011

How To Keep 10 Year Old Boys Busy or AEDM Day 11

Sun in the back makes for a tough photo.
During yesterdays post I thought I would do some creative re-organizing of the swamp I now call my seems that I'm too lazy to attempt that today so I'm turning over the creativity to my son, Paul.
He got into the polymer clay today and decided to experiment. Taking charge of a couple of blocks of neon orange and some denim blue, he ran them through the pasta machine at very thin layers.
Rolling the sheets together as a snake.
Pressing and rolling he pushed the two colors together as he rolled.

Action shot.
Snake anyone?!
The colors had swirled in no real pattern throughout the snake so we cut the ends off then began to cut slices to use. Paul just made his first cane!
Two of many...
He made a couple beads then halfway through decided they should all be creatures. No pictures yet as he's not finished. But he's raiding my trash bead stash to make eyes, robot hands and various other things. It may be too scary to photograph once he's done!

Until next time,

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Something From Nothing - AEDM Day 10

Yesterday I promised to make something out of here goes!
(AEDM #10)

Nothing on the sheet.
Ooh, now there's something!
Cut them out...
...a little color (can you see the lavender?)
Voila! There's really something!
These are part of my Steampunk collection.

The studio after a show! Ugh!
This last picture is my angst for the day. This is the other side of my studio from where I normally work. It's the side where everything gets piled while I try to put together show goodies. Now it's at a level where I feel like there is someone behind the ever growing blob....ready to swallow me up at any time!
Tomorrow we will attempt to "creatively" fix this (without a backhoe)

Until then,

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Playing Catch Up - Days 4 thru 9 of AEDM

Alrighty then! Seems I dropped off the, let's see. That leaves me off at last Friday. The day before my show at the Irvine Fine Arts Center was full of prep work. My lovely second in command, Jeanne, was called off to Chicago for a family emergency and I was left to figure out how to do all these things alone! 
Worked on new images for cards and display. Yes, this is me
about age 2, but I added the hat digitally.
I loaded the car which is always a puzzle and work.
The beginning...
...the middle...
...the end! (literally)
Then when my alarm went off at 4:05 am Saturday morning I was ready to go! In the dark!
The show was good. Lots of shoppers and about 150 booths. I only really took a couple pictures.
Some ladies fondling their way thru my booth.
The view from the side of my booth to the others on the patio area. 
Home again Saturday night and I think I passed out once I got comfortable.
Sunday we gathered some friends and headed out for brunch and to check out another show  but here locally. Sorry, no pictures, I completely forgot!
Day 7 would have been Monday and I hate to say that I'm not sure what I did during the day. It must have been somewhat creative but I haven't a clue. (the first thing to go...memory)
Monday night we got creative about dinner and went out! No cooking, too tired!

A little Yardhouse goofy son + one husband partially
catatonic + one quizzical Grandpa =
general gender confusion!
Tuesday was my trip out to Orange County to see about selling some jewelry at the Owl's Lantern.
Box #1
Box #2
Then it was home to take my son to his Judo class.
The dojo.
Today I was off again to San Diego this time.
Art N Soul in Encinitas, California
Great stuff all the way around.
My Mother chatting up the owner, Cindy.
Then there is my spot.
Looks better on camera but not sure if I like it.
Feel free to suggest some options here. I'm going in again next week to re-do this.
I need to change this up and make it look different. Hmmm...ideas!?

My last effort of creativity today was to sequester myself in the kitchen and cook!

All alone with my organic garlic and a knife.

Add olive oil. (and several Jamie Oliver cookbooks)

My cooking corner.
I whipped up pork loin chops with a soy, garlic, apple glaze, baked Butternut Squash, salad with all kinds of raw goodies and fresh arugula, some crusty French bread with roasted garlic hot from the oven....yum, yum!

Now I'm full and ready to sleep!

Not sure any of this fits the art every day bill but tomorrow I promise to create something out of nothing and blog about it!

Until then, Susan