Friday, July 23, 2010

Holiday Inspiration

With a Christmas project deadline looming I needed to come up with some Christmas inspiration fast. No easy task when it's 95 and 90% humidity.
I started to go through my holiday files when I remembered that I bought a stash of holiday-themed scrapbooks on a trip to Cincinnati. There are 12 in the collection and each one is more spectacular than the last.

Some industrious woman put these together by holiday (there is even one titled "Lent") and they include decorating ideas, menus, recipes and even make-up tips. Most of the articles are dated 1957.

Article titles include: "Family Eats Scrambled Eggs As Shells Become Works of Art", "The Marvelous Mitten Tree", "Spangles for the House", "These Dandies are Candies" and, well I could go on and on.

Maybe I should look for a publisher........
"Christmas Radiance"

"How to Wrap"

"These Dandies are Candies"

The Stack

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Time Flies & Three New Calendars

It feels like ages since I posted something. Between getting my portfolio ready for the Atlanta show, finishing up the branding and getting the house prepared for all of the visitors, time simply slipped away.

The following is a re-cap of the past week (give or take a few days).

Robin Davis arrived on Friday the 16th which was the night of the "Artist Meet and Greet" at my place. Since I live just a couple of blocks from the mart I am usually the central gathering place. Chad Barrett, his sister Lynn, Robin, Dan DiPaolo, Jamie Berger, Janet Wecker Frisch, Phyllis Dobbs and Sue Zipkin and my husband, Tom were all in attendance. Janet, Phyllis and Sue were all Facebook friends who I hadn't met and I was so glad that they came. We drank, ate and shared our portfolios. I have never had to put together and show a portfolio so it was a great opportunity for me to get input from all of these talented guests.

Most of Saturday morning was spent rearranging and editing my portfolio after which I headed to the mart to meet Robin. We went to several meetings and made some great contacts. More on how all of that works in the next post.

While walking the mart, I found out that I had three calendars for 2011, all produced by Lang. I'm not yet sure where or when they will be available but will let you know as soon as I find out.

The art for this Around the World calendar was produced in 2006 (I think). Originally it was for a 2008 calendar but it was never made. I have always liked these paintings and am glad to see them finally being put to use. Lang also made this set of matching nesting trunks.

The Season's of Faith Note Nook was the last calendar that I did for Lang. The text is scripture which is not really my thing but it works well with the imagery.

The Teacher's Plan-It is a handy little organizational calendar for teacher's. Some of the art is taken from my old Family Plan-It calendars.
It's always interesting to walk through the mart and see what products pop up with my illustrations on them. It's not that I don't know it's coming, it's just easy to forget. So much happens in the time between doing the illustration and seeing on a product that I sometimes completely forget that I ever did the illustration. It sounds kind of sad but it's actually quite a nice surprise when this happens.

Saturday night was dinner at David Thompson's fabulous loft. David owns Vagabond Vintage and he is one of the most creative people that I know. His home is an eclectic mix of amazing objects and art and it's always interesting to see what he brought back from his recent travels.

Sunday was more mart walking, meetings, brain storming , dinner at Noni's and a trip to Chad's loft where we watched a storm come in from the rooftop.

On Monday, two house guests left and a new one arrived.
Tom and I hosted an impromptu dinner party for 15. In addition to Chad, Robin, Tom and I the guests included Merrie Shinder (Canopy Design), Ashley Carter (Goldbug Studio), Nicholas and Tere Trujillo (Luna Bella), Eric Cortina and David Canzoneri, their friend Jud and our friends Bob and Rick.

Tuesday night was Indian food at our new favorite place, Planet Bombay and a night-cap at The Clermont Lounge, where they happened to be filming a documentary.

Quite the whirlwind.

It is almost getting back to normal around here.

To quote Tom, "Chaos seems to be the new normal".

I kind of like it.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Pass Around Project

One of the ongoing undertakings that the Super Secret Art Club (we still don't have a name) decided on is a pass around project. Each of us has to bring a project in it's beginning stage; the only criteria being that it has to fit in a Whole Foods grocery bag.

Tomorrows meeting is our first day of doing this so I had to throw something together today.
Ok, I didn't just "throw" it together. I thought about it for awhile and THEN I threw it together.

Here's what I came up with.


I had already gutted this Donna Parker book and used the pages to wallpaper a wall in my house.
Love that dress.


Originally I wanted to do a pop-up bird but couldn't quite figure out how to get it to do what I wanted it to do. Since that didn't work I opted for something dimensional so I made the bird out of polymer clay. The window is cardboard covered with sheet music. I added the fabric to reinforce the spine and to add texture.

It was rather difficult to keep myself from seeing this through to the end but that's part of the experience, letting go. I won't get to see it again until after it passes through the rest of the artistic hands in the group which should take about a month and a half.

I am curious to see what it inspires and to see what it becomes.

I am also curious to see what's in the bag that I receive tomorrow.