Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Car Got Egged

It's just a small thing in it's self, but it makes me nervous. Here I am washing car again hoping to get it all off.

It was 3 in the morning when I heard a loud noise that I could not place. Really it was no big deal, I just think I am too tired or something. Lack of sleep has me jumpy and paranoid. I loaded new photos on my Flickr site, yahoo Group site and FaceBook page. So go check them out. I will put some here maybe tonight.
So much stuff going on, my head is swimming with plans and ideas. It is time to start projects for the winter holiday shows, amp up Etsy stuff, plan sketch meet-ups and organize everything. Not to mention all the other regular, every day "fun". Wish my some mental health.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Dream Fullfilled

So much fun OMG! I feel the first Valley Sketch meet-up went very very well. Wish I had time to do that every week!

All the people that showed up were so great! I even had the privilege of spending time with a few of them afterward for our show and tell. Awe: the comraderey I felt was just wonderful. I found myself super happy yet totally overwhelmed which was followed by crazy exhilaration. I almost got a migraine. I think I need to beg my baby's daddy for a nap in the morn. Please please please! I will be posting all the pictures in all my media forums by Monday night (I hope hehe)
I really have to give a nice shout out to Courtney at Valley Books for all her help getting the word out and getting the News Press to come out and letting us all crash at her store to chat each other up. I sure hope all the other attendees felt as recharged as I do. All the kind words have my head inflated. This was a great way to start out a day/ and the weekend. I will be in touch!

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Better Photos of Newest Journal

 Okay, here are some pictures of my newest journal (almost put together) that are not blurry.  It is pretty fun with all the pink and lots of blank pages ripe for writing and sketching. It is late and I better head to bed. I am sooooooo excited about the sketch group tomorrow!! Sounds like there will be 5 to 6 of us. Not bad for the first meet-up right? I look forward to posting all the sketches! Don't forget to look for us in the News Press. I added a picture of some of the supplies I am bringing for tomorrow.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fastest ROD Style Journal Ever

I had a little Art Clinic time today and set out some goals. The Paperclay had not come in yet for the tags so I was able to fit in some social time too. One goal was to start/make me a new journal. I made it in the Remains of the Day style again, but put in a bunch more blank pages to write and doodle on. I had the stack of paper picked out, but just needed to cut them to size. I made a small one again so I can fit it in my purse. I ended up with 4 signatures put together with a bit of sewing machine work and found that I still had time to make the cover!! So, in 2.5 hours I was able to make a one step shy of complete ROD-ish journal! WOW! I am guessing it is due to the lack of pockets and such that made it go so quick. These pictures were taken on my I Touch, so they are blurry.

I will have to post better ones soon. And I did get out my daughter's Disney Book to figure out what it needs. Awesome!

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Paperclay Tags

 I just whiped up some demos for Knit Fit and now I am hot to make some more. Tomorrow I will have about 4 hours to work in the studio at the Art Clinic. 

I am hoping to start about 12-18 new paperclay tags. I need to make a new journal and do some work on Madison's Disney Trip journal. I hope to get all my art supplies ready for the Valley Sketchers meet-up too. I will photo a spread of what I will bring and pst it around to help others make their supply decisions.
 So tired...must go to bed.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


First Valley Skethers meet-up coming up this Sat! June 25th I find out how many eager sketchers in the area got the word. I guess I am a bit nervous, but this is my dream and I sure hope others feel as excited to do some art.

Had some time off I spent with my daughter and family and cleaning house and doing an art class demo. So tired! My baby took this picture of me. She takes good pictures for a 3 year old. I think I only look good because I am smiling at her :). I sure miss her today....anyway...
Had a great father's day and I hope others did too! I tested out my new noodler fountain pen some more on Tue. I ran it out of ink.
The SUPER EXCITING news is that the SB News Press called me and wants to do an article on the Valley Sketchers!!!! WOW!!!!! I sure hope people show up :)
Okay back to peddling this stationary bike into the ground.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Tired Me

Self portrait of a very tired me. I cannot seem to get my sleep to personal time ratio back to normal.
Like my new Mickey Mouse Ears?  I am getting pretty excited about the Valley Sketch project! So much so, I ordered a new noodle flex fountain pen.  It gets here Thursday I hope! I am happy if just me and my Dad make it to Mission Santa Ines to sketch, but it would be fun if there was more. I'll be doing the next one the end of July at Ballard School.
I have been making my plan of attack for the Queen of Arts show this year.  I have lofty hopes. Wish me luck! I am planning on necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings. Sigh! Seems like too much already (refer back to portrait LOL) 
I better get to sleep.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Yahoo Group Made

Yahoo Group Valley Sketchers

Please go check it out and sign up for updates on when and where we will meet up. Our first sketch crawl will meet June 25th, 10:00am at Mission Santa Inez.

I love this classic pencil. I love the green stripes and silver lettering. There will be a lot of work this month. I hope I will still find time for the gym and brain power to slip in some art at night.

Breakfast at Ellen's House of Danish Pancakes again last Saturday. I love the food there and they are so sweet to baby.

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Saturday, June 04, 2011

Working on a Sketch Group

I am so excited! I was driving to work when I started thinking of a large community of sketchbook artists that were brought together by Danny Gregory that started Every Day Matters which spawned books, blogs, groups, pod casts etc. I joined an off shoot group based in LA area. I loved it and drove all the way to LA 3 or 4 times to meet up with that group. One of the times Danny himself was there! I loved those times so much! I always try to sketch, but it was so epic to do it in a group! So I decided: why wish I was still doing that? I should make it happen. So that is what I am attempting to do.
I am starting a group and a Yahoo Group site to coordinate it.

Here is what I am going to put on the site:

Valley Sketch Group

Valley sketchers is a group for people who enjoy getting together to draw and sketch in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and it's adjacent areas. I hope to create a friendly community designed to encourage and _grow_ creativity. Artists of all levels are welcome to come.

The average sketch outing will start off with an optional meet-up at Valley Books in Solvang to fuel up with coffee drinks or tea, _group-up_ at our desired sketch location, around 2 hours of sketching, and an optional, yet recommended, meet-up afterward to have some show and tell.

For those not familiar with sketch booking: we hope to do multiple sketches of structures, landscapes and social scenes. These are, on average, quick and loose although there are no wrong ways to do this. I like to get in around 5 sketches in the 2 hours with one or two of them in full color, with a bit more detail than the others. For some this might be an experiment in freeing up your style where as some might might want to stay at the location longer than the suggested time. It is all up to you. I am just hoping to provide the _stage_ to induce creativity to flow and this is one of my favorite things to do. So come out and join me in this beautiful area rich with things to draw!

This Yahoo Group site will mostly be used to coordinate time and place of get-togethers, but feel free to use it to share information and sketchbook pages.

What to bring and other suggestions

Sketchbook- media appropriate.
Some of your favorite pens, pencils, colored pencils, travel watercolor kit, or any other of your favorite mediums you are comfortable with.
Pack light as we will be walking around a bit and you will be carrying all your supplies.
Some places we go will have ample places to sit, where others will not. Consider bringing something to sit on that is easily carried if you are concerned.
A large brimmed hat and sunblock on is a good idea for hot, or sunny days as there might not be adequate shade.
I feel a camera is a great thing to have to use if you want to work more later, as color reference, or just to record some good views/times.

First Sketch Day June 25

9:30- Optional meet-up for coffee/tea at Valley Books in Solvang
10:00-12:00 Meet at Mission Santa Inez parking lot by the field
12:15- Optional (and recommended) meet-up at Valley Books for show+tell

I hope to get this together by Monday. I will post the link soon.

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